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Young Ghanaian Man Opens The Country’s First Non-Alcoholic Bar

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A young Ghanaian entrepreneur has plans for Accra’s first standalone non-alcoholic bar. John Asogonnde was a former Business Manager for an Entertainment Company consisting of a Record Label and Nightclub in Accra.

In 2019, John wrote a book about his addiction to marijuana which won him an award at the Youth Excellence Awards and a nomination in the 2020 Forty Under 40 Awards.

He has toured several schools and communities across the country with free copies of the book which focuses on breaking up with the habit of smoking. He also doesn’t drink anymore.

“I quit drinking and smoking three years ago” he said in his lastest announcement for the opening of Accra’s first Non-Alcoholic bar.

He added “But all work and no play, makes John a dull boy. This was quickly evident to me as my social life became almost non-existent. If you knew ‘John Hermit’, he was a party animal frequenting all the plush nightclubs and bars in the city.”

Instead of throwing in the party towel, he’s creating a bar where he can put his expertise to work without the presence of alcohol or smoking. Eden Bar is the name of John’s project, which is set to open in December 2021.

“It’s practically impossible to go anywhere in Accra for a fun night without the dominance of alcohol and smoking. So I arrived at the conclusion that if it’s not out there, I’d create one myself.” he said.

It’s worth noting here that there are a few alcohol-free restaurants in Accra.

However, John’s plan for Eden Bar isn’t just the regular fruit juice & soda being served at places like this. He explains their menu is going to include an extensive collection of non-alcoholic wines to give the same experience of spending a chill night out with a premium glass of wine. They would also serve fantastic non-alcoholic cocktails, beers and spirits sourced from suppliers worldwide.

In Accra and beyond, over-drinking has become very rampant. A lot of young people engage in a nightlife filled with alcoholism and drug abuse. John wants to curb this situation by offering a place where young people can hangout without having to partake in alcohol.

The goal is not to only be for people who are sober and don’t drink at all. “We warmly welcome all individuals from all walks of life because we believe everyone deserves to enjoy a night out… No matter your motivation, if you want to keep a clear head and not drink alcohol, we are here for you” John said.

John has expressed in several interviews that his addiction to drugs and alcohol in the past detracted him from his family and focus.

With an ambition to become President of Ghana someday, John said he wanted to stop wasting his time getting drunk, high and being unproductive.

His ingenuity has led him to harness what Forbes calls one of the biggest trends in bars — drinks without booze, the next big thing.

Eden bar will also serve delicious meals and treat customers to live entertainment, games, karaoke, movies, comedy and so much more.

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Accra Is Second Most Expensive City In The World : Survey

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Ghana’s capital city, Accra, is the second most expensive city in the world in terms of the property price to income ratio, according to Numbeo.

Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database of reported consumer prices, perceived crime rates, quality of health care, and other statistics, explained that the Price to Income Ratio is the basic measure for apartment purchase affordability.
It is generally calculated as the ratio of median apartment prices to median familial disposable income, expressed as years of income,” the site stated.

This comes amidst agitations about the city’s high cost of property prices, contributing to the #FixTheCountry Movement.

Accra is ahead of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Shenzhen (China), Moscow (Russia), Paris (France) as well as many other world-class cities.

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Ghana Will Dominate African Football Very Soon : Kurt Okraku

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GFA President, Kurt Okraku has promised that Ghana will dominate African football.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting with the visiting CAF President, Patrice Motesphe, and other dignitaries, the GFA President was bullish in his expectations for the country’s football teams.

“Very soon Ghana will be dominant on the African continent”

He explained that this was based on the performance of the U-20 side, the Black Starlets, who won the U20 African Cup of Nations earlier this year.

He then reminded the attendees that the success of the senior team, the Black Stars at the 2010 World Cup was based on investment in grassroots and juvenile football.

He concluded with the proclamation,

“Ghana must always be at the apex of the sport”

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UCL: Chelsea Thrash Malmo But Lukaku And Werner Pick Up Injuries

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Chelsea thrashed Malmo in the Champions League but lost strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner to first-half injuries.

Andreas Christensen volleyed the Blues ahead from Thiago Silva’s cross for his first goal for the club.

Lukaku was fouled – and injured – for a penalty which Jorginho scored, and Werner then pulled up while running.

Kai Havertz dinked home Chelsea’s third and Jorginho added another spot-kick for the European champions, who are second in Group H behind Juventus.

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