John Ackah Blay-Miezah is one of Ghana’s most popular exports of all time and a man who proved to the world that the black man wasn’t a human monkey but a human with brains and indeed, enough of it to outwit the supposedly superior white counterpart.
Blay-Miezah would forever remain in the history books of the US, Philadelphia especially in their list of villains and go down as one of the most cunning men to grace the face of this earth.
This is the story Blay-Miezah got the world to buy, according to him, he was the sole beneficiary of gold reserve amounting to billions of dollars Nkrumah stored in banks in Switzerland and Liechtenstein in an account named: Oman Ghana Trust Fund.
His evidence to this fund was an account number and a manufactured document purportedly from Union Bank of Switzerland.
To access this money, estimated to be over 40 billion, Blay-Miezah needed a specially serialized diplomatic passport which would come at a huge cost and money to pay off some chiefs in Ghana who held various interests in the money, Gold in this case.
To do this, he needed money, Blay-Miezah sold to people, starting from Philadelphia a 1000 to 5000% interest on investment for anyone who supported the initiative. Yes, people bought a scheme with a profit margin of 50 to 1. For those at loggerheads with the ratio, bring 1000 Ghana Cedis and receive 50,000 Cedis.
Over three hundred people in Philadelphia alone bought into the idea and contributed over 18 million dollars in cash, across America, Blay Miezah, with the help of his right-hand man, Ellis succeeded in defrauding people in hundreds of millions of dollars. Truth is Ellis, the accomplice of scam believed the scam too. Blay-Miezah won over highly educated Americans including judges.
Back in Ghana, 1975, Blay-Miezah manages to get Acheampong’s government salivating over the prospect of landing 47 billion in Swiss Banks, he succeeded in conning the government into the scheme. Secretary to the government at the time, Mr. Ebenezar M Debrah who was a former Ghana Ambassador to the US pointed out that Blay-Miezah was a conman with a bad reputation in the US.
This was a battle even the secretary to the government wasn’t going to win, so convincing was Blay¬-Miezah that a powerful government official, one of Acheampong’s trusted lieutenant was pushed out of the government altogether because he was seen as an enemy of progress.
Acheampong’s government gave Blay-Miezah a Diplomatic Passport. He then relocated to spread his tentacles in Europe and succeeded in bringing more people into the scheme. Wanted in America, he could not be extradited from Europe for prosecution in the US because he was a diplomat and hence benefited from immunity.
In 1979, he availed himself to contest the presidential seat in Ghana but was disqualified even though he had a good number following him. His main message was to get the power and use the power to retrieve our cash detained in Europe.
When the PNDC took over from Liman through the coup, he managed to get the government embroiled in the scheme and had his Diplomatic Passport renewed on the promise of raising 15 billion for the government. In fact, he traveled to Cayman Island with Captain Kojo Tsikata, in Charge of Security under PNDC and Dr. Kwesi Botchway who was in charge of finance. They returned empty-handed, embarrassed and the result is at the conclusion of this post.
He is rumored to have succeeded in defrauding people to the tune of billions of dollars.
A classy man who wowed the people he encountered with his breath-taking oratory prowess, Blay-Miezah knew how to entertain his victims in expensive hotels and joints and treated them to drinks that were the preserve of the very affluent.
As it is said, there is nothing entirely evil, even the mosquito makes us tidy our environment. At the time when Blay-Miezah made a fool out of the whites, blacks were considered just the next step after animals with lower thinking capacity compared to the whites. In view of this, when one black succeeded in swindling thousands of whites of reputation, many white folks began to question their orientation. He proved a point for Africans, albeit in an unpopular way.
Nigerians adopted Blay-Miezah’s approach, commercialized and patented it as 419.
So convincing was Blay-Miezah that even his family believed him and fought among themselves as to who’d take his place and actualize his vision to land the money after he died. They were willing to chase what was really a mirage at the peril of their lives because they believed the scam.
They tried the pulse of both the Kufour and Mills’ government but with the past history, each government wanted to avoid being embarrassed and soiling their international reputation.
CBS produced a documentary on him and described him as the world’s greatest conman. Blay-Miezah would have none of that, he took them on legally and won the case. CBS had to compensate him financially. With this global popularity, Blay-Miezah was positioned to lure more people. Talk about a way to turn lemons thrown at you into lemonade.
Despite his soil reputation globally, he still associated with high profile personalities across the globe. The former Attorney General of the United States of America, John Mitchell visited him twice in Ghana with little care of how it was going to affect his reputation
Dr. John Ackah Blay-Miezah, a.k.a Nana Ackah Nyanzu II a.k.a Liina Disca of Allengenzule, Western Region, Republic of Ghana died in 1992 while under house arrest for deceiving and embarrassing the PNDC government.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Grandfather of Nana Appiah Mensah, aka NAM1 and the godfather of all conmen of African descents.
Note: Although from the same country and possibly the same tribe (Fante), Dr. John Ackah Blay-Miezah is not the grandfather of Nana Appiah Mensah in the actual sense. The writer, Isaac Kyei Andoh drew comparisons between John Ackah Blay-Miezah’s Swiss gold scam and Nana Appiah Mensah’s Menzgold.
Young Osu Guy Named “Cash” Kicks Off 2019 With A Brand New Car | PHOTO
CASH, A young osu based guy who has been working very hard since last year surprisingly has kicked off osu by getting himself a brand new car.
This surprise came up just this afternoon after he posted a photo of him by his car.
Famously know as “Cash” he was able to get his name on the car as its number plate whereby he was seen by his car.
He got himself a 2015 Hyundai which costs about $15,300.
See photo of cash and his car below.
Czech Republic Offers Nigerians 4,000 Euros To Leave Their Country
The government of Czech Republic has offered to pay Nigerians and other migrants €4000 (1.6m) to encourage them to leave their country and return to their homes.
A report by RemixNes, a Czech-Republic based newspaper, the offer is under a programme that focuses particularly on migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Mongolia, Russia, and Vietnam that wish to voluntarily leave their country.
The programme tagged ”Returns” established by the Czech Interior Ministry would assist immigrants with transportation costs and integration in their country of origin, including accommodation, household equipment or domestic animal expenses.
”Anyone who voluntarily leaves the country and promises not to return not only to the Czech Republic but to the EU will be eligible for the money. Allocation for the program amounts to 60 million CZK, 75 percent is to be covered from the European Asylum, migration and integration fund. Each individual could get funds ranging between 40,000 and 100,000 CZK. First funded returns should be processed in the third quarter of 2019.” the report read.
Huawei’s New Campus In China Looks Like A Big European City And Can House 25,000 Employees | PHOTOS
Tech giant Huawei‘s massive new campus, which is designed to look like a group of European cities, has left people in awe.
The campus in the Chinese city of Dongguan recreates a wide swathe of Europe, from faux Italian towers to artificial lakes and classical palaces. It also has its own tram system.
The campus is split into 12 “towns,” which are areas where employees work. Each town is named after a European city. There are towns including Paris, Granada, Verona, and Bruges.
The campus is still being built. So far 8 out of the 12 towns have been completed.
The nine square kilometer facility can house up to 25,000 employees. 17,000 employees are currently located on the campus. There are over 50,000 employees at Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters.
Huawei’s Dongguan campus is so big that a tram operates to transport employees between different towns. There’s also a bridge that connects the different parts of the campus on different sides of the lake. The bridge is a replica of the Freedom Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, CNBC reports.
More photos below.
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