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Was Bahrain’s uprising worth it?

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An ongoing dream for change

Human rights activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei , the director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, was jailed for six months in Bahrain for participating in pro-democracy protests. He later sought asylum in the United Kingdom.

I joined the protests because they gave us hope. When we saw Tunisia and Egypt achieve their revolutions, we decided to have our own day of rage. We started the largest popular uprising in all of Bahrain’s history.

It was a fight against injustice, discrimination and corruption. We wanted to turn a new page, where all citizens were equally respected and had their dignity, and had a say in the governance of their nation and destiny. We wanted a share of the wealth and opportunity.

What motivated me the most was my own bleak future. It was not only about getting a job; it was about being treated as an equal citizen. In May 2010, I returned to Bahrain after completing my electronics engineering degree and fulfilling two years of experience at British firms. I began to see problems everywhere.

I was struck by the sight of police officers wearing Bahraini uniforms, struggling to speak Arabic, and felt insulted that with so many unemployed in the country, we were importing people from outside Bahrain.

The state has kicked sand over the embers, but the embers are still burning.

I protested on February 14, the very first day of protests, and saw how police attacked us. We were peaceful protesters. We held nothing except Bahraini flags and chanted pro-democracy slogans. They threw tear gas at us. That night, I went to Salmaniya hospital and witnessed the state’s crimes. There were so many wounded protesters. It was overwhelming to see how my own people were being treated by our government.

I attended a funeral the next day. It was the bravest protest I ever saw. People chanted freely. They were so angry. There was no fear.

The determination and aspirations of the people remain today, but in the five years since the uprising, the government has created a state of fear by arresting, jailing and torturing opposition leaders. The state has kicked sand over the embers, but the embers are still burning.

I went through beatings, arrest, torture and unfair trial in Bahrain. They tried to take my dignity with these acts. I left Bahrain into exile with nothing but my citizenship, and last year they took that from me. But this has only given me strength, and made me more determined to create change.

The revolution was a fraud

Bahraini journalist and politician Adnan Bumetea believes that the country’s uprising was not a revolution, but rather an attempted coup against the royal family. 

The 2011 uprising in Bahrain was merely part of a sectarian coup movement against the ruling family, conducted in coordination with Iranian secret intelligence. It promoted vandalism, roadblocks and organised assaults on security officers, along with civil disobedience, in parallel with the withdrawal of Shia parliamentarians from the elected parliament and from the consultative council, in an attempt to suggest that most Bahrainis approved of this movement.

During the uprising, significant efforts were made by local, regional and international media to portray the demonstrations in Bahrain as a vast public movement that encompassed various groups and segments in Bahraini society. But this was absolutely contrary to the truth. It was not a revolution, but rather a planned coup.

With the rapid escalation of events, resulting in numerous civil confrontations in the streets of Bahrain, various patriotic parties rushed to unite in a public front to uphold the regime and to defend the existence of the nation. The escalation required the Bahraini government to further assure its security by seeking assistance from other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which instantly responded and rushed to send troops to save Bahrain from imminent civil destruction.

The future of Bahrain is dependent on… severing all forms of malignant foreign intervention.

In spite of the judicial decrees against the groups that have plotted the coup and other acts of sedition, violence remained persistent, to project an image of Bahrain as destabilised. Such acts of violence continue until today.

The Iranian-backed sectarian movements in Bahrain have obstructed the march of political reforms and have tremendously affected economic growth, as actors involved in the coup refused to participate in the legislative elections held in 2014, in an attempt to create further obstacles towards any real democratic transition.

The future of Bahrain is dependent on normalising the current situation and severing all forms of malignant foreign intervention, especially Iranian intervention. Paying full attention to the principles of citizenship that would produce patriotic generations, and rejecting all forms of intervention against the interests of the nation, is equally paramount.

It is also crucially important to eradicate the corruption in Bahraini society and government institutions to produce an effective political environment that is based on transparency, international human rights and social justice.

– Al Jazeera

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Court Case: The Deafening Silence Of Black Sherif And His Investor

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What is the latest on Black Sherif’s court issue with his investor, Shadrach Agyei Owusu (Chavis)?

Well, Ghana Weekend has been following up on the matter. At least we need to get our audience updated on the issue since it is of great interest to many.

The case

On 11th April 2022, a writ of summons by the plaintiff, Shadrach Agyei Owusu, requesting that Ghanaian artiste Black Sherif be prevented from performing at events without his consent, was sighted by the media.

Shadrack requested an order for the preservation of all funds accrued from Black Sherif’s online streams.

Shadrach Agyei Owusu, the Chief Executive Officer of Waynes Chavis Consult, wanted a receiver to be taking the proceeds of all funds that would be accrued from the activities of the defendant.

This happened at a time when Black Sherif’s latest song ‘Kwaku The Traveller’ was topping global charts, making him the most sought-after artiste in Ghana in recent times.

Why was Black Sherif sued?

This suit came on the back of claims that Black Sherif had neglected his investor after he had injected funds into his career.

Black Sherif was reported to have signed a distribution deal with Empire Music without the consent of his investor, who purportedly had a business management contract with him.

The contract required that Black Sherif conducted all his activities through the investor who came on board to help the artiste.

Court day: May 9, 2022

This was the date set for the court hearing on the matter. So far, little information has been gathered about what became of that particular hearing.

While some of our sources say the case was not called at all, others say, it was deferred to a later date.

Ghana Weekend has tried scooping some information from both sides of the issue, but they are unwilling to really give details of the current situation of this suit.

Our interest

Ordinarily, this should be none of our business, but Ghana Weekend, as a media organisation, is interested in streamlining all facets of the entertainment industry. We saw this matter as a test case of many cracks in artiste-manager deals in the country. We are not on a mission of waking up sleeping dogs. We want precedence to be set for posterity.

Currently, Black Sherif is minding his music business, making money for himself, and growing his music career. Shadrack on the other hand is going about his work. They are both silent about the issue like nothing happened.

Maybe they have squashed their matter in private. Maybe Ghana Weekend is impatient with the outcome of the court hearing.

Maybe, our dear readers need to keep their eyes glued to our platforms as we nose out all details on this matter in our subsequent episodes.

We’ll be back!

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Feli Nuna’s “Towel” Hits 100K Views On YouTube

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Feli Nuna, Off Da Ground signed artist, released a top-charting song on May 11, 2022.

Shawerz Ebiem produced the song “Towel,” and R.Dee shot and directed the video.

Since its release, the song has become a trending topic in Ghana, with over 100,000 views on the global video platform YouTube.

Watch below.

The video has since featured well-known celebrities such as Efya, Jackie is everywhere, Nadia, Shatta Michy, Christable Ekeh, and others.

Feli Nuna’s towel song is all about taking care of one’s self. Self-care is defined as an individual’s, family’s, or community’s ability to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health by eating well and engaging in stress-relieving activities.

Feli Nuna, real name Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, has performed on major stages throughout Ghana, including the Ghana Music Awards Nominees Concert, the 4styte Music Video Awards, Coke Studio Africa, the Yaws Fashion Show in Gambia, the Asia-Africa Youth Festival in China, and many more.

Follow Feli Nuna on these social handles below.

Facebook: Feli Nuna

Twitter: @FeliNuna

Instagram: @FeliNuna

Tiktok: @FeliNuna

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Gospel Singer Mercy Chinwo Is Engaged

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Mercy Chinwo, Nigerian gospel singer, is engaged.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the music star announced the exciting news on her Instagram page.

“I am blessed to be blessed with @theofficialblessed ❤️ The thoughts of doing the next phase and the rest phase of my life with you makes the blessing more real💃 I love you Sweet❤️,” she wrote.

The music star’s soon-to-be husband, Blessed, also shared the big news via his Instagram page.

“I’M THE MAN THE LORD SHOWED MERCY! @mercychinwo thanks for saying YES! I LOVE YOU DEARLY !😍😍😍😍😍 Ecclesiastical 9:9 Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your REWARD for all your earthly toil. #Mercyisblessed,” he captioned their pre-wedding photos.

Blessed is a pastor at the WaterBrook Church and The Upperroom. He is also an IT professional.

Chinwo is a Nigerian gospel musician, singer and songwriter.

She won the Nigerian Idol Season 2 in 2012.

Chinwo released her first single, “Testimony“, in 2015, and “Igwe” a year later.

She has also had a stint in acting.

She landed her first film role in Yvonne Nelson’s film, House of Gold where she acted as Lucia, starring alongside Yvonne NelsonMajid Michel and Omawumi among others.

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