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Event Organizer Threatens To Sue Ebony For A “No Show”

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An event organizer based in the Volta Region is threatening to drag dancehall artist Ebony to court for failing to show up for an event she was billed to perform.

According to the organizer, preparations were made towards the show and Ebony was paid prior to the event which was scheduled to take place on January 2 at Majestic Ville Resort in Hoehoe.

However, Ebony and her management failed to honor their part of the deal after being paid GHS20,000.

According to one of the organisers who spoke to Sammy Flex on Zylofon FM, Ebony’s manager called him a few hours to the event when they were all set to inform him that the artist was sick and therefore wouldn’t be able to make an appearance.

The non-appearance of the Ebony which led to the cancellation of the whole concert would go a long way to affect the Volta Region-based company that produces alcoholic bitters, called “K Monsi Bitters,” the main sponsor and financier of the event.

He further explained that they had to refund the monies to the people who were at the event — over 1000 people received their GHC30 payment back as refunds, something they were forced to do to protect their image for future projects.

The last straw that broke the camel’s back was the fact that they spent huge sums of money on stage preparations and also on promotions prior to event. And even though management of Ebony had returned their money, it still doesn’t cover the other cost incurred, hence the law suit.

Ebony’s no show did not only cost them a lot in cash but they also suffered reputational damage since the people who gathered at the event were ardent event goers who have been regular patrons over the years.

Manager for Ebony, Bullet of Ruff and Smooth fame explained to Sammy Flex that he has refunded the GHS20,000 that was paid to them. He was however not willing to honor any payment which has to do with the cost of the stage preparation, lighting, advertisement and other consequential costs — since they were no such clauses like that stated in the contract signed.

Bullet however stressed that Ebony’s failure to show up for the event wasn’t deliberate as been speculated by the event organizers, however the artist was and is still sick and currently responding to treatment.

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Pressure From Family Can Push People Into Wrong Marriages — Joselyn Dumas

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Undoubtedly in our part of the world, as a female getting towards a certain age if you’re not married the pressure starts to mount on you, especially from members of your own family who start questioning you in subtle and not so subtle manners.

This pressure can reach a tipping point and force some women into marriages they are not exactly prepared for.

Ghanaian actress and tv show host Joselyn Dumas succinctly elucidated this point of view during a recent episode of her weekly episodic talk show ‘Keeping it Real with Joselyn Dumas’.

The TV host had three guests on her show to discuss the issue of ‘Social Media and Marriage’ — how the new age of the internet has changed the institution and how people relate to it.

Joselyn Dumas opined that the incessant pressures families put on certain people to get married can push them into marriages they end up being miserable in because it wasn’t their choice to get married at that time.

Dumas illustrated her point by telling the story of a guy whose parents pushed them together simply because they were both Ghanaians living outside.

She said eventually she realized the relationship was being pushed for the wrong reasons and backed out.

“If I had made that mistake of probably going along with this guy I probably would have been very unhappy.” she said.

Dumas, who is a divorcee, said she would love to get married again someday, but not under duress from family or society which can lead you down the wrong path.

“I want to get married too because, obviously, for the companionship…Eventually when you are old and your kids are gone away you will want somebody to talk to. You want that friend, a best friend.

“After a while when you’re married the elders say that your husband becomes your friend or becomes your brother. For me that is one of the reasons that I will want to do that. But I also don’t want to get pressured into getting married…” she said.

Ghanaian-Canadian TV host Ivy Prosper, one of the guests, also narrated her experience with being pushed into marriage.

“…I’m not going to marry just anybody because people are telling me I have to get married.

“For instance, one of my aunts, she was like ‘Ivy, you haven’t married. I found a man he lives down the road. I actually brought him to the house to meet your mother so your mother knows who he is already’.

“Really? Just let me pick.” she said in exasperation.

The other two guests, Christal Beeko and Wendy Donkor, also added to the interesting conversation about marriage.

‘Keeping it Real with Joselyn Dumas’, the talk show created by the TV host and actress, airs every Saturday at 8:30pm on GhOne TV.

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The AMA’S Decongestion Of Accra, An Exercise In Futility?

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Almost every year, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) embarks on its routine decongestion exercise. This exercise is mainly characterised by threats and counter-threats between the sellers and the Metropolitan Security Committee which comprises of the police, the military and the AMA taskforce. Down the years, this exercise has proved to be highly ineffective. The traders move from their illegal spots, albeit temporarily only to move back when “the heat cools off”.

The AMA has made it an open secret that the activities of these hawkers go contrary to the AMA hawkers by-laws of 2011 and section 117(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012(LI 2180) and a breach of the above stated laws are punishable by the law. It is amazing how these laws exist and yet there is so much difficulty in enforcing them. The decongestion of Accra has always hinged on two factors namely: humanity and legality. Legality in the sense that, the activities of the hawkers/traders go contrary to the law and humanity in the sense that every human is entitled to the right to earn a living (second generation of human rights). We must note that there is always a justification when one violates the law. In this case, the justification from the hawkers/traders is always that they have to feed themselves as well as their families. Due to the justification provided, they go ahead to breach the laws of the nation because “man must survive”. The effects of the activities of hawkers/traders in Accra are well profound. These include increase in vehicular traffic, choking of gutters, increase in the activities of pick pockets and excessive loitering of the environments, just to mention a few.

Of course, no one will be happy to deny these hawkers a source of livelihood. The issue is that the right thing must be done without giving room to emotional manipulations. As we have seen over the years, so much energy is spent on driving these people away but little is spent in preventing them from coming back. The AMA must note that Ghana’s population has increased significantly and so there is a higher demand for goods and services. Adequate market centres would have to be provided to these hawkers at affordable costs so that they can also earn a source of living. Yes, they can be driven away but are adequate provisions made for them so that they can keep on doing their business?

It is as good as pouring water on stone if the AMA go about this decongestion exercise without having effective plans of building affordable trading centres for these hawkers/traders so as to contain them. Definitely, attempts will be made by these hawkers/traders to go back to their illegal sites and that is where the AMA must stamp their authority.

Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah said “We are encouraging all the hawkers and the petty traders to move back inside the markets. We want to fashion out a strategy to be able to sustain it”. Is it to say that there is yet no plan on how to prevent these traders/hawkers from moving back?

Is it apt to go into a war without any strategy on how to win? Your guess is as good as mine.

By: Baiden Gideon/EonlineGhana.Com

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