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Prison Made Kwaw Kese A Better Person



Popular hiplife and rap artiste Kwaw Kesse, aka Abodam, has said his recent incarceration in a Kumasi prison for a day has made him a better person at heart and reignited his passion for charity.

The award-winning musician said this was what inspired him to raise funds to provide food and drinks for some 4,000 inmates of the Nsawam Central Prison on Vals Day.

“My stay in prison inspired me to be charitable towards prison inmates. I realised they need love, encouragement and show of concern from society. When I came out in February last year, I organised one charity event for inmates of the Kumasi Central Prison and donated a list of items. We followed up with another charity donation event at the Kumasi Teaching Hospital (sic).

“This time, we decided to visit inmates of the Nsawam Central Prisons in fulfilment of a promise the Kwaw Kesse Foundation made about a month ago that we would go and feed all the 4,000 inmates at that particular prison. That was the exact promise we fulfilled on Vals Day, February 14, when we fed the 4,000 inmates with food and drinks, entertained them with music performances and even played soccer with them,” Kwaw told NEWS-ONE.

Apart from charity donations, the Kwaw Kesse Foundation is on a mission to set up fifteen different industries including a book printing factory, a soap making factory, beads making factory, a chalk making factory, cane weaving, and block moulding factory, among others, for inmates of the various prisons across the country.

He spoke to NEWS-ONE on the recent Valentine’s Day visit and donation to the Nsawam Prison.

Why February 14?

February is the month of love and we decided to show that love. Apart from the food, we had a soccer match between the Kwaw Kesse 11 and the Prison 11. It was fun and even the referees and match officials were prison inmates but my side, Kwaw Kesse 11, won by two goals. They, Prison 11, did not even score one. I was playing number 10. It was real fun. I am a good player. Then we did music performances. Pope Skinny and Afia were there to support the show. There were also performances from the prison inmates.

How did you raise money to feed 4,000 people?

The truth is, there were even more than 4,000 plates available for everyone. The Kwaw Kesse Foundation did not do it alone. We had support from several people and we very much appreciate that help which came by way of food stuffs, cash, items, logistics , professional expertise, human resource and permit me to make special mention and show special appreciation to Nana Obokom Atta, the Chief of Gomoa Dasum, Man Capital, an independent consumerist institution which provides comprehensive financial solutions and consultancy services, Franco Phones, Francopath, Special Ice, FC Beauty, Sandra Ankobiah, Escort Security, Mtech Ghana, Kenpong Travel and Tours, Mama Vits Noodles, Kinpin Drinks, Joy Industries and all the media houses especially the Despite Group of Companies and EIB.

How did you get the support of all these people and companies?

I think they believe in the vision and mission of the Kwaw Kesse Foundation and they also looked at my works over the years. I am very grateful to them. We did a proposal and sent to them… and fortunately, they did not disappoint us. I am a very charitable person who believes in giving back to society and the people who came on board also have good hearts.

How was the atmosphere?

It was amazing and some of the people who went with me shed tears. Some of them have never seen such a huge number of prisoners. Some of the inmates have been there for a very long time with no one to put a smile on their faces and I was very happy that I, with the support of the Kwaw Kesse Foundation, and all the donors were able to achieve that for them. The inmates were happy to see us, eat with us, watch us perform and play with us. They were very happy and they did not hide their feelings. It was the greatest feeling some of them have ever had and I am proud I helped put smiles on their faces.

What are the prospects for 2016?

Well, we have kept our promise to feed 4,000 inmates and our wish for this year would be to continue to bless people in need. It is my wish and prayer that we would get persons and companies to join and support us in our next big project. When God blesses you, you also have to help someone in need and this is what I am calling for and what I want people to know. There is more love in giving than receiving so we should try to give more.

Any final message?

2016 would be a great year for us all and we have to have that mentality and hope and use that positive attitude to forge ahead for grater things. As far as my music is concerned, we would release the long awaited ‘Forever’ album and people should watch out for it.


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You Live In A Hen Coop : Shatta Wale Roasted After Jackie Appiah’s Lavish Mansion Went Viral



Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah also known as Shatta Wale is currently trending on social media for yet another wrong reason.

The dancehall artist Shatta Wale has been heavily trolled on Twitter after the video of the plush mansion went viral on social media.

Nollywood actress Luchy Donalds paid Jackie Appiah a visit to her Accra mansion and was shocked to see the beauty of the mansion. She filmed the mansion of Jackie Appiah as she was taking her on a tour in her house.

After the video was shared online, social media users reacted to the video and tended to troll dancehall artists.

Read some comments below….

@Sharer: Jackie Appiah showing Shatta wale that he’s a poor man

@Jey: If ebe Shatta Wale wey get this Jackie Appiah en house aa like he go come door to door then insult everybody But we serve the living God,he can’t buy

@son of jacob: Jackie Appiah’s mansion makes other mansions look like chamber and hall

@Kobby: If you look closely at Jackie Appiah’s mansion, you’ll realize the likes of Shatta Wale, Medikal, and Gambo are poor men.

@Ghana yesu: Jackie Appiah’s mansion is getting more attention than Shatta Wale’s album. You people will make Nima Bob Marley stop doing music oo.

@mr President: Jackie Appiah’s Mansion dey make I dey see Shatta wale own as Hen Coop

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‘Howard Webb To Become Premier League Referees’ Chief’



Mike Riley, the head of Premier League referees, will step down from his role next season, with Howard Webb set to replace him.

It was previously reported that a host of Premier League sides were pushing for a change in command, as they believed too many mistakes were made during games in the 2021-22 season.

In a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Board, it has now been confirmed that Riley will leave his role next season – one which he had held since 2009 when he replaced Keith Hackett.

Riley’s role is set to be split after his departure with PGMOL, aiming to appoint a chief refereeing officer, in charge of developing match officials, and a chief operating officer, who will manage the organisation. 

Speaking after his departure was confirmed, Riley said: ‘I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional and high-quality group at all of the levels that PGMOL manages.

‘As the Elite Referee Development Plan begins to take shape, now is the right time to plan for the future and allow the new leadership team to build on the strong foundations that we have in place. 

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Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles And More Hit Out At US Abortion Decision



Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Harry Styles have reacted in horror and outrage over US lawmakers’ decision to make abortion illegal in parts of the USA.

A backlash was sparked on Friday when the US Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark 1973 cast Roe v Wade which had made abortion legal across America when it was originally ruled upon.

With laws on the topic of abortion now reverting to a State level, women in some States could now be prosecuted if they get an abortion.

A number of high profile stars have taken to social media to express their shock over the decision – and their fears on what this will mean for women’s freedoms and the health and safety of those who wish to terminate a pregnancy.

Taking to Twitter32-year-old Taylor wrote: “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

Showing his support for women in the USA, Harry, 28, tweeted: “I’m absolutely devastated for the people of America today. Check on your friends. Look after each other. We’re all in this together, and the fight is just beginning. A truly dark day for America.”

Meanwhile, on InstagramKim Kardashian, 41, highlighted the ruling and expressed her own shock, writing in an Instagram Stories post: “In America, guns have more rights than women.”

TV star Sophia Bush, 39, expressed her concern women’s health will suffer in light of the ruling, tweeting: “They will never end abortion. Only safe abortion. This is not about life. It’s about control. Those motherf–kers.”

While Oscar winner Viola Davis, 56, hit out at the ruling, tweeting: “And so it goes….Gutted. Now more than ever we have to use our voice and power! WE the people.”

The overturning of Roe v. Wade has sent shockwaves around the globe – with chart topping star Billie Eilish taking time out of her Glastonbury headlining set on Friday night to address the drama.

The 20-year-old said: “The song we’re about to do is I think one of the favourites that we’ve written and it’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember how not to abuse it.

“And today is a really, really dark day for women in the US. I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”

While British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 58, slammed the US Supreme Court’s decision, saying: “I think it is a big step backwards.”

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