Ghanaians and lovers of the late former President Jerry John Rawlings are not done settling and addressing the issues surrounding the alleged first daughter of the former president who just surfaced a few days ago.
Another woman who also claims to be the daughter of JJ has also surfaced with her own story to back her claims.
The woman who identified herself as Kate Yeboah Rawlings in telling her story in a telephone interview narrated that her mother met the late former President at Breman Asikuma where she resided, leading to a relationship.
According to her, her single mother was finding it difficult to cater for her and therefore handed her over to her aunt and her husband who happens to be military personnel.
Kate continued that her aunt started to call her Zanetor which struck her to find out about herself and her biological father.
It was during that period that her aunt opened up about being the daughter of JJ Rawlings adding her mother at one time even collapsed upon hearing the name JJ Rawlings a thing that heightened her suspicion.
Asked why she decided to keep this private until after his death, she disclosed that she wasn’t too sure to be accepted by his immediate family hence kept quiet.
She, however, alleged that she had a father-daughter bond with the late former president to the extent that he was financing her and her children to make up for the lost years they have been apart.
As it stands now, both ladies are yet to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are actually daughters of the late stateman.
African Footballer Of The Year
For more than two decades (1970-1994), the African Footballer of the Year award was handed out as a Golden Ball by France Football magazine. The magazine discontinued the award from 1995, not because the Confederation of African Football (CAF) started to recognize the best African players three years prior, but for the mere fact that the European Ballon d’Or (also awarded by the same magazine) was made open to all players playing their club football in Europe.
Côte d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure holds the record for most African Footballer of the Year awards, alongside Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o with both players having won the award on four separate occasions an outcome that has benefitted soccer bet online enthusiasts. Chelsea legend Didier Drogba holds the record for most top-three appearances with nine and has taken home the award on two occasions. With each passing year, the difficulty of predicting who takes home this award has increased, thanks to the constant improvement of African football stars across Europe and the continuous influx of talents from the African continent to the world.
The 2021 African Footballer of the Year award recognizes the performance of players during the 2020 calendar year, and here are some of the early favorites for the 2021 edition of the award.
Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool)
Born in Nagrig, Basyoun in Egypt on June 15, 1992, Mohamed Salah could stake his claim as the greatest player to come out of the North African country. The 28-year-old is one of the best players in the English Premier League and across Europe, and is currently the captain of the Egyptian national team. Salah moved to Europe to sign for FC Basel in Switzerland following an outstanding showing in the 2012 Summer Olympics. After initial struggles with Chelsea after joining them in 2014, the Egyptian has won the Premier League Golden Boot award on two occasions, and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) award -following his return to the Premier League in 2017 with Liverpool.
Liverpool might have failed to mount a successful defense of their league title this season, but that doesn’t seem to have deterred Salah. He is currently the top scorer in the league with 17 goals, and his impressive performances in 2020 helped Liverpool end their 30-year wait for a Premier League title.
Salah is a two-time recipient of the African Footballer of the Year award, winning it in succession in 2017 and 2018.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon)
Aubameyang might not have started the 2020-21 season like he ended the 2019-20 campaign, but the Gabon national team captain had a stellar 2020 calendar year.
Born in Laval, France to former Gabonese international Pierre Aubameyang, Emerick Aubameyang became the most expensive Gabonese player of all time when he joined Arsenal for a then club-record fee of £56 million from Borussia Dortmund. The former AC Milan trainee has more than justified his price tag for the club having finished as Premier League top scorer on one occasion and led the club to FA Cup and FA Community Shield success in 2020.
Aubameyang spent four-and-a-half years with Borussia Dortmund winning the Bundesliga top-scorer crown in the 2016-17 season and also ranks sixth in the club’s all-time scoring list. Featuring in three African cups of Nation tournaments, he presently holds the record as the highest goal-scoring Gabonese in the tournament. A winner of the coveted award back in 2015, Aubameyang is one of the favorite African players to win the 2020 award due to his impact at the club level with an FA Cup triumph.
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City/Algeria)
Riyad Mahrez became the third African footballer born in Europe to win the African Footballer of the Year crown -after Frederic Kanoute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- in 2016 after his former club Leicester City wrote a football fairy tale by winning the Premier League that same year.
Mahrez became the most expensive African footballer at the time when Manchester City paid Leicester City £60 million for his services in the summer of 2018. Not the most important player in the team, Mahrez helped City win the Premier League title in 2019, and his contribution to the team this season hasn’t gone unnoticed. The 30-year-old currently has seven goals and five assists to his name in the league this season, with City seating at the top of the standings -14 points clear of the nearest challenger.
Mahrez also led the Algerian national team to glory in the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt, scoring three goals including a late winner against Nigeria in the semifinals.
Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool)
2021 might not be turning to be a good year for Liverpool and some of its players, but the sheer ferociousness that the Reds swept the whole of England in 2020 should be enough to include Sadio Mane in the discussion for African Football of the Year.
Mane, who won the 2019 edition of the African Footballer of the Year award, scored 18 goals and provided 10 assists alongside, as Liverpool secured its first-ever Premier League crown but 19th English league title overall. The Senegalese winger also has 14 goal contributions (seven goals and seven assists) to his name this season despite missing some games due to injury.
Mane captained Senegal to second place in the 2019 African Cup of Nations, where they lost to Algeria in the final.
Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan/Morocco)
Born in Madrid, Spain on November 4, 1998, Achraf Hakimi began his professional career with Real Madrid -making his debut in a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain after spending 10 years in the club’s academy. After struggling to hold down a regular place in the Real Madrid first team, Hakimi joined Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan in 2018, and his progression to one of the most exciting full-backs in Europe soon followed. The Morocco international contributed two goals and seven assists in 23 appearances during his first season at the Signal Iduna Park.
Hakimi’s performances improved the following year, scoring 9 goals and providing 10 assists in the 2019-20 season before completing a €40 million move to the Italian side, Inter Milan in the summer of 2020. The 22-year-old continues to impress in Italy, with six goals and four assists already this season, putting him in the running for the 2021 African Footballer of the Year award.
Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon/Cameroon)
Boulaye Dia (Reims/Senegal)
Ramy Bensebaini (Monchengladbach/Algeria)
Victor Osimhen (Napoli/Nigeria)
Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla/Morocco)
Written By: Bright Elemeje
Kidnappers And Killers Of Takoradi Girls Sentenced To Death : Court Rules
The Sekondi High Court has sentenced two persons arrested in connection with the kidnapping and deaths of four girls in Takoradi have been convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
The suspects, Samuel Udeotuk Wills and John Oji were charged for kidnapping and subsequently murdering Ruth Abakah, 19, Priscilla Blessing Bentum, 21, Ruth Love Quayson,18 and Priscilla Koranchie, 15.
The two pleaded not guilty to eight counts of conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
The presiding judge, Justice Richard Adjei Frimpong, however, gave Nigerians Samuel Udoetuk Wills and John Orji 30 days to appeal the judgement if need be.
Teacher Slashes Colleague With Machete Over An Internship Lady In School
The Police in Kirinyaga County is currently on hold of a teacher for allegedly slashing his colleague teacher in the same school with a machete.
A report by OB network in Kenya indicates the incident took place at Karoti Girls’ High School following a disagreement between the suspect and the victim over a lady who is doing an internship at the school.
It is has been reported that the suspect who is believed to be having a love affair with the internship lady picked intelligence that his colleague is trying to have sexual advances with his partner.
This actually led to a fist exchange with his colleague in the staff common room causing a huge drama as students of the school leaving their classes to watch what was happening.
Mr Alfonse Orina, was subsequently rushed to hospital with injuries all over on his head.
The lady who is in the middle of this pathetic drama is reportedly a fourth-year student at the university who is only in the school for only 6 months undertaking her teaching practice.
“The two male teachers are in a love affair with one female teacher. We have also recovered the weapon he reportedly used to attack his colleague in the school compound,”
The Mwea East police boss Daniel Katavi confirmed the news as he indicated the suspect has been charged with an attempted murder.
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