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Changes: Unveiling Illustrated History

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“Changes, The Dawn of a Revolution” is a historically illustrated book that vividly depicts how Flt. Lt. Rawlings broke out of custody on June 4 1979 to lead a popular revolt that redirected Ghana’s political and socio-economic destiny.

Within the brief period of AFRC rule under the chairmanship of Flt. Lt. Rawlings the entire nation was mobilized and galvanized, aimed at purging the armed forces and society at large, of corruption and graft as well as restoring a sense of moral responsibility and principles of probity and accountability in public life.

Human history before the invention of writing has come down to us in the form of artwork, for example, the numerous prehistoric cave paintings and drawings that abound all over the world, testify to this fact. The illustrated book, Changes: The Dawn Of A Revolution, conveys a vivid impression of the legendary Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings not only in the part he played in Ghana’s June 4th Revolution, but further engages our attention with background information which enhances his personality as a heroic figure.

Apart from the historical content and the moral context, the aesthetic value of the book cannot be overlooked.

It is said that the height of civilized attainment of a nation is consonant with the quality of its artists as well as its scientists. The artist’s concept of the world and his attitude towards life is the basis that renders his artistic creation.

The content of ‘Changes’ is genuine to the effect that the mastery of the technique of drawing by Professor Kwame Addo, the author/ illustrator of this book, for expressing the imagery of the 4th June drama; reveal the trait of his power of expression that recognizes and exposes graphically the exemplary leadership that the book seeks to portray.

The significance of this book lies in its graphic character to the extent that persons who cannot read and write can see and understand the events that unfolded during that period in Ghana’s history.

Also, pupils of early school-going age can also read and understand the drawings and in fact could serve as one of the ways of revealing to them right from childhood, what exemplary and visionary leadership is all about.

This captivating illustrated book reconciles us, both young and old, with our history, as our nations in Africa continue to rediscover the true essence of democracy; reminding us of the people’s power and their desire to survive in a free, just, and accountable society. As expressed by the author at the end of the book….”But the effect these changes will have on.

Ghana,….only time will tell.”

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Dubai’s Princess Latifa Urges UK Police To Investigate Her Sister’s Kidnapping In London 21 Years Ago

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Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, the daughter of Dubai ruler and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has sent a letter to police in the UK asking them to investigate the alleged kidnapping of her older sister, Princess Shamsa, from Britain in 2000, 21 years ago.

In a new BBC Panorama documentary, Latifa claimed to be held hostage in Dubai in secret video recordings.

She said she was always guarded in a secret house and was told by security operatives she will never see the sun again.

According to her she has been held hostage since 2018 when she tried to flee the country but was arrested while on sea by Navy commandos.

Now in a letter dated 2018 but released on Thursday, February 25, Latifa says the UK should investigate her sister’s alleged kidnap as she has been ‘missing’ since then.

“In the summer of 2000 Shamsa escaped the family vacation house in England. She was 18 years old … and of sound mind,” Princess Latifa, wrote in a letter sent to CNN by her friend David Haigh, a campaigner for her release and part of Detained International, a legal advocacy NGO.

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“She was enslaved and oppressed and suffered physical abuse at the hands of family members … She wanted to seek asylum in the UK where she has family permanently living there. After a few months, she was kidnapped … She was dragged from the street kicking and screaming. She was tranquilized and flown back to Dubai,” Latifa wrote in the document dated February 2018.

The princess added her sister was tortured, “kept incommunicado with no release date, trial, or charge.”

“She was tortured by getting her feet caned which is something I experienced myself with my own imprisonment,” she wrote.

“Her ultimate goal is to be an emancipated person, to live with dignity, to have freedom of choice and freedom of movement … She wants the basic rights that all human beings are entitled to,” the princess continued.

The princess said her sister has “strong links to England” and was “abducted in an illegal manner, on UK soil.”

“All I ask of you is to please give attention on her case because it could get her freedom, which is the only thing that she wants in life,” she added.

The letter was obtained and delivered to the police by one of Latifa’s cousins and Haigh.

The botg the of them also submitted a “transcript of a number of video statements from Sheikha Latifa,” which were obtained by “smuggling, with great difficulty and danger, a mobile phone into the Dubai jail of Sheikha Latifa,”

“Contact [with Latifa] was maintained throughout the majority of 2019 and 2020. Contact was lost in the second half of 2020,” Haigh said.

They claims possessing evidence that one British citizen was involved in the kidnapping of Princess Shamsa.

“We were not able to release such evidence previously due to what we believed was an unacceptable risk to the life and safety of Sheikha Latifa. However, now that contact has been lost, we are gravely concerned for her life and safety and decided to take the step to release the evidence obtained,” Haigh added.

Meanwhile the United Arab Emirates embassy in London says
coverage of Latifa’s situation “is not reflective of the actual position”

They claim she is being ‘cared for’ in Dubai.

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“God’s Wrath Will Come On Ghana If LGBTQI is Legalised” : Prophet Kofi Oduro

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Prophet Kofi Oduro is vehemently against the legalization of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGTBI) in Ghana.

In an interview on Peace FM, he stated that legalization would bring the wrath of God on the nation, Ghana.

He said the idea of calling for its legalization in the first place is total ‘madness’ and ‘nonsense’.

The founder and leader of Alabaster International Ministry went ahead to quote bible quotations to prove that God frowns against it.

Listen to him below:

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LGBT+ Rights: I’ve Never Seen A Male Goat Running After Another Male Goat : Haruna Iddrisu

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The Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu has added his voice into the debate surrounding the opening of a new community space for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights of Ghana.

According to him, he has never seen a male goat running after a male goat and described the sexual preferences of the LGBT+ community as “dehumanising”.

“I haven’t seen a male goat or a male cow running after a male goat or male cow,” the MP said at the Appointments Committee during the vetting of the Minister-designate of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ibrahim Awal Mohammed.

He said “There’s a significant development in our culture today about lesbianism and gays and you are a true Muslim; I want to know where you stand because where I stand is that I find it immoral and dehumanizing and not in the context of any Ghanaian culture for a man to be relating to a man, and a woman to be relating to a woman.

“I know where Prof Mike Oquaye stands strongly. He’s anti-lesbianism and gay. As a leader of this house, he stated that publicly; and as a reverend.”

Meanwhile, leaders of the LGBT Rights of Ghana have urged its members not to panic after the police closed down the recently opened office space on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

The group said they will triumph despite a raid of their office by the security personnel.

The new office located at Ashongman in Accra was closed after the landlord of the building and the Kwabenya Traditional Council stormed the apartment of the organization.

The LGBT group in a Facebook post appealed to human rights organisations and allies to come to their aid.

The group said: “While this unfortunate incident has happened, we wish to encourage all our members, and queer Ghanaians to stay calm. Do not panic.

“We anticipated this. We will triumph.

“The police may have raided our office, and closed it down but the real office is in our hearts and minds.”

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