Cheddar It seems the scrap dealers in your communities are doing something wrong because young Ghanaian self-acclaimed billionaire Cheddar just opened up about his first source of wealth and it’s shocking. According to the business mogul and president of the Kwarleyz Group (Wonda World Estates and Petronia City Development), he made a million pounds when he was just 21 years old. Cheddar, who recently changed his legal name from Nana Kwame Bediako to Freedom Jacob Caesar, revealed on ‘Drive On Joy’ on Thursday (Feb. 6) that he made that money by selling scraps and communication materials. “By age 21, he had made a million pounds for himself, selling scrap, steel, and telecommunications material while in school at Waltham Forest College,” Joy FM’s Twitter quoted him. Cheddar, who owns a 7million dollar mansion in California, further revealed that he was able to afford a car, mobile phone and started his business just three weeks into his college. “I started college and the first three weeks I bought a car, mobile phone and started my business.” He said the first business he opened in Ghana was a nightclub. “When I came to Ghana, the first business I opened was a night club.” He had an advice for all. According to him, it’s better to spend on loved ones now than when they pass away. “We spend too much money on funerals. We need to honour our loved ones now and not when they die.” However, Twitter users didn’t believe his claims. Some think something smells fishy about his source of wealth. “Ah the same aloomi abokyi dey scavenge for ghana here or Gold plated one’s dey the UK der?” one curious Twitter user quizzed. “Nigga was out here selling Excalibur swords and valerian steel,” a GoT fan asked. “Can’t wait to get rich and tell my struggle story. Then I Dey swim plus crocodiles all to go get fish come sell lol,” another user stated. This guy had a point. “Like kokomba boys would’ve been billionaires at 12.”
Nana Kwame BediakoChief Executive Officer (CEO) of Petronia City Development Company Ltd and Wonda World Estates, Nana Kwame Bediako, has left many Ghanaians sceptical about the source of his wealth.According to Nana Bediako, who is also known as Cheddar, he earned a million pounds for himself, selling scrap, steel, and telecommunications materials while in school at Waltham Forest College at the age of 21.He also added that he bought a cellphone and a car three weeks after he started his university education to begin his business operations.Nana Bediako who made this revelation on Joy FM’s ‘Drive Time’ show said, “I started college and the first three weeks I bought a car, mobile phone and started my business.”His interview with Bola Ray, on his lifestyle show ‘Revealed with Bola Ray’ however, showed an entirely different narrative.Cheddar revealed that in 2001, he made a resolute decision to come to Africa at the age of 21 to build his ‘empire’, and this statement was in sharp contrast to his recent revelation; where he said he was in school at the time. “In 2001, I was just turning 21, and I decided to come to Africa. To build a new Africa, I had a vision, unlike Martin Luther who had a dream, I had a vision for Africa and I always believed that there was so much that had to be done, especially me being outside and travelling around the world,” he stated.The reception to his success story was nothing short of plain disbelief, but to the young ‘self-made’ millionaire, his image is how he perceives his life.“You have to live life like an art, you need to think about the things you do. Image is basically a perception of life. We can see that, we draw it, we paint the picture, we live life by a picture we paint, so that’s how I do things,” he said.
The second tranche of payments will be made after the match day eight gamesThe Ghana Football Association and the Referees Association of Ghana have agreed on the amount to be paid to match officials as fees per match.After a successful meeting at the GFA Secretariat on Tuesday February 4, both parties agreed on an amount to be paid as officiating allowances to match officials at all levels of top flight football.As a result of the meeting, the Association has began processing payments for the first four Matchdays as earlier communicated.The second tranche of payments will be made after the match day eight games are played.It has been agreed that officiating at the Colts/Juvenile football level will be free and considered as preparatory grounds for upcoming match officials.Senior referees may also officiate in Colts/Juvenile matches as a way of motivating upcoming match officials at the junior level as part of the “catch them young” policy.Meanwhile, the GFA will soon announce Referee Assessors for league matches.
Samson DeenGhana Premier League giants Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko are taking the Super Clash derby to the United Kingdom.The friendly encounter with mouthwatering prizes as stake will take place at the famous Barnet Stadium in London at exactly 6:00 pm.The football clash is being organised by Proball International Limited, a football organisation agency in the country.According to them, the encounter is, among things, intended to take the Kotoko/Hearts brand to the international arena.However, Mr. Samson Deen Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of African Origin Travels has secured a total of 1000 match tickets a to be sold and packaged with hospitality to WhiteHart Lane, Emirates Stadium and Wembley Stadium for sightseeing. According to him, the game will be watched by more than 200 FIFA and UEFA player and coaches agents.“It’s true Kotoko and Hearts of Oak will play a friendly match in London at the Barnet stadium. This match will be watched by over 200 FIFA and UEFA player and coaches agents. The Hotel where Asante Kotoko will lodge is where we worked on the over 1000 tickets for the game which will be brought for sale in Ghana for everyone who wishes to go to get some and buy,” Samson Deen said in an interview with Kumasi-based Fox FM.“We should be satisfied with the 1000 tickets because Visa processing will take about five days, so if we go beyond 1000 it will be a problem. It’s an opportunity given to you the supporter by Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak, so we are doing it to help our supporters to bring back the love. So we are doing it very cheap for all, GHC15000 can help you make this trip after acquiring your Ghanaian passport”.
Ibrahim Osman, King FaisalKing Faisal forward Ibrahim Osman has set his sight on Kotoko return following his impressive start in the Ghana Premier League.Osman who was sent on loan to king Faisal at the beginning of the season has scored five goals and made three assist in eight games for King Faisal despite the Insha Allah boys failure to win any game.When asked if he will like to return to his parents club at the end of the season, Osman answered,“Sure, I would like to improve here and return to Asante Kotoko. But first I want to help King Faisal. My biggest priority is now to see the club get back to it’s best after that we will talk about Kotoko”Osman was surprisingly left on the bench in the game against Olympics before coming in the second half to score two goals, but the player remain unperturbed with the decision of the coach.”Sometimes we win games from the bench, the coach told me he will need me in the second half. I’m not sad at all. We all want the best for the club.”King Faisal will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they welcome WAFA at the Baba Yara Stadium.
play videoFormer Great Olympics coach, Prince George Coffie Barely a week ago, he was standing in one of the two technical boxes at the Accra Sports Stadium shouting, clapping and doing all forms of gestures to charge his side to victory against a well-grounded WAFA side. He was the head coach of Accra’s second-oldest Premier League club and they were taking on a ‘younger’ yet well-structured and managed WAFA who have rightfully earned their name as ‘Academy boys’. Today, he welcomed GhanaWeb reporters to his white-painted house situated at one of the developing areas of Ghana’s capital with the title or label of ‘former Great Olympics coach’. Dressed in a black tracksuit with three stripes representing the Adidas brand, he warmly received the reporters in his living room. His wife, whose light-skinned color sharply contrasts his rather extremely dark complexion, treats the reporters to bottles of water and ‘sobolo’. Inside his living room, one needs no reminder of his profession as a coach and football instructor. Boldly displaying on the shelves are pictures and certificates telling the story of a man who has largely been imparting knowledge at the educational level and is now making the step up to the elite level of coaching. On the day Christians across the world celebrated the birth of their saviour Jesus Christ, he celebrated the birth of his GPL coaching career. He was appointed by Olympics on December 25, 2019. However, unlike Christ, the ‘death’ of Koffie’s Olympics career came 13 days to Valentine’s Day and 65 days to the crucifixion and demise of Jesus Christ. At the time of his appointment, Olympics were rooted bottom of the league but at the time of his departure Olympics were 14th with seven points. When he signed up for the Olympics job, he was not unaware of how ‘violent’ some of the club’s supporters could be when results don’t match their expectations but in the era of #BringBackTheLove he thought some form of civility was going to be shown by the fans. Unfortunately for him, while the direction of Ghana football had taken a different course to success, some fans of Olympics were still threading the old path which most often than not leads them to suspensions, ban and relegation. Seated comfortably in a sofa in his living room, Koffie opens up to these reporters on what triggered his resignation from the team with a truckload of nicknames and slogans. “I didn’t state in my letter of resignation as to exactly why it happened. There were numerous reasons as to why I resigned. The one which triggered my resignation is insecurity with regards to a section of the supporters of Olympics. “Some of the supporters are great. You’ll always see them at the training ground supporting the coach as well as the players. Anytime we have a match you’ll see them come to throw their weight behind the players and the team. But I left because of insecurity. After our game against WAFA, a section of the supporters were not happy, made a lot of utterances and questioned the players. But I was not in charge of registration. What I do is I pick my players based on the availability of players. I could field those who have been duly registered. One went to the extent of pushing me and assaulting me in the presence of my wife. That was unprofessional, so I decided to call it quits”. Koffie is not ungrateful of the platform Olympics has given him. He wished there was no divorce but his personal security and fears of family members including his children, all of whom reside outside the country forced him to make an unpleasant yet necessary decision. For the board, players and majority of the Olympics family, he holds no malice. He was not bitter but rather appreciative of the chance given him by Olympics and will never utter a bad word about them. He promises to follow the team keenly and also hope that the club will not return to the second-tier of Ghana football. “I’m very optimistic that Olympics can survive. We have done a great deal of work. Together with my staff and some management members and supporters we have worked well and I believe we have a strong team and I’m believing that they will survive. I have left a legacy at Olympics and any coach who takes over should at least be able to maintain that legacy.
Hearts’ Amusa Gbadamoshie with PeleOn 6 February, 1969 (Exactly 51 years ago today) Accra Hearts of Oak were held to a 2-2 drawn game by a Pele-led Santos FC of Brazil in an international friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium.Striker Abeka Ankrah opened the scoring midway in the game but Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele’ struck to pull the visitors level before the break.Not in the mood to be outdone, Ghana’s own “Pele” Amusa Gbadamoshie, restored Hearts’ lead in the second half, but midfielder Edu earned the great Brazilian side a deserving draw.Despite the draw, Hearts still wrote their names in the history books by holding the giants from Brazil to a drawn game.Santos FC had gone on a tour of Africa in 1969, led by the player, who would become the greatest ever to play the beautiful game, Pele. The Brazilian giants played 9 games on the continent. They won five, drew three and lost just one, and scored and conceded 19 and 11 goals respectively.Read this Match Report by the Daily Graphic on Feb 7, 1969Not much was seen of the legendary Pele in the match-heralded club international match between the fabulous Santos Club of Brazil and Ghana’s Premier Club, Accra Hearts of Oak at Accra Stadium yesterday.And when the shrill whistle of referee major George Lamptey sounded, ending the game in a 2-2 tie, fans began to ask themselves whether the match deserves all the money spent on it, not to mention the fantastic high gate fees charged.To say Pele is not a good player will be an underestimation. For the few occasions that he struck, fans saw in him a demon of a player.His shooting and heading were a menace enough. And on no occasion did he give a wrong pass. But the man of the match was left winger Edu, whose superlative dribbling rendered the Hearts defence ragged.On the whole, it was a match between skill and determination. The visitors showed plenty of skill showing superiority in every move they made.But Hearts compensated their lack of finesse with hard unorthodox soccer, always carrying the game to their opponents. They succeeded in taking the lead on eeach occasion but for one or two unfortunate decisions by the referee, Hearts would have contrary to expectation, won the day.Hearts were 1-0 up in the 27th minute when Abeka Ankrah found the net with a brilliant shot which could have made even the great Pele envious.This goal was a morale booster for Hearts and two minutes later, opportunist goal soccer George Alhassan just missed the post by inches.The visitors, playing as if there was nothing at stake stuck to their short pass-system. Suddenly, Pele struck and in a matter of moments, the entire Hearts defence was mesmerized. A typical Pele pass went straight to right winger Maria but his goal-bound cracking shot was brilliantly saved by Joe Adjei. This really looked like an obvious goal.Five minutes later, Pele received a back pass and with a close range left-footer, pulled even for his side. There was some element of doubt about the goal, for linesman Hulede has been signaling that left winger Edu was completely offside.The score stood 1-1 at half time.Santos were in control of the game after the recess but as they repeatedly failed to find the net through over elaboration in the vital goal area Hearts soon took the initiative.In the 55th minute, Ghana’s Pele, Amusa found the net when the he had the better part of his struggle with the goalie. Amusa was injured in this process and he remained on the touch line for five minutes.The visitors protested against the goal but later on gave in.Substitute player Douglas pulled even the in the 67th minute with an unseen shot.Play was balanced from this moment, bit it was Hearts who had two narrow misses. George Alhassan actually put the ball in the net in the 67th minute but linesman Hulede who was fast becoming flag happy, ruled it offside.Amusa missed a last minute goal which would have definitely won the day for Hearts in a match which failedd to satisfy fans, mainly because the fabulous soccer gem Pele, did not give of his best.
Alhaji Abdul Karim GruzahBankroller of Kumasi King Faisal Alhaji Abdul Karim Gruzah has called on the fans of the club to rally their support behind the head coach of the club Slavisa Bozicic despite their eight game winless streak.The Kumasi Based club are the only club yet to win a game in the league after eight round of matches losing five and drawing three.Their 3-4 defeat at home to Great Olympics triggered the fans to call for the head of the coach, but Alhaji insisted he has so much faith in the Serbian trainer and the first should give him enough time to change the team fortune.“No one should blame the coach. I don’t want to hear someone calling for the head of the coach.“If you want to blame anyone blame me and my management for signing poor defenders for the coach. We have taken the responsibility for registering bad defenders for the coach.“I have promised the coach we are going to strengthen the team for him in the second Window. I’m calling on the fans to give the coach some space to work. He is not going anywhere. I have so much faith in him. And insha Allah he will deliver”King Faisal are languishing at the bottom of the Ghana Premier League table with three points after eight round of matches.
Education Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh Intellectual Youth Patriots (IYP) commends Government and Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Minister of Education) on the spotlight the Free SHS implementation is giving the nation globally. According to them, free SHS policy has been instrumental in the second cycle education of Ghana since it’s the introduction, gaining global admiration and praise to the extent that other countries like the Government of Kenya want to emulate the good work of the NPP government led by HE Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo. The Ministry of Education in Kenya has written to the Ministry of Education Ghana seeking support to emulate the free SHS policy that was started by the NPP government in their country. This should tell us how thoughtful and helpful the free SHS policy is and this has come to stay to afford every Ghanaian of school-going age to have access to this opportunity to raise our level of literacy in the country. “We believe that this is just the beginning of the great reforms in our educational sector. HE Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo needs 4 more years to do more for our beloved country and we will go all length to advocate and enlighten Ghanaians on his good works. Ghana is indeed working again,” Education, according to the Universal declaration of human right article 26 should be free and accessible to everyone. Everyone should have the right to education especially at the elementary and fundamental stages; it should be compulsory for everyone. The 1992 constitution of Ghana in article 25 also states that (1) All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to achieving the full realization of that right- (a) basic education shall be free, compulsory an available to all; (b) secondary education in its different forms, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education It is against this backdrop, that the Government of Ghana in 2017 under the able leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo announced the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy as it was a major campaign promise made prior to the 2016 general elections. A lot of students have enrolled in various Senior High schools in the country since then; records show that enrollment in the year of the inception of this policy increased by over 75%. This policy is one of the reasons President Nana Addo won the 2016 general elections with such a huge margin and as such deserves our praise and admiration as he is a man of his words, he is the kind of leader Ghana and Africa at large would love to have. It is the vision of the President to see every Ghanaian child have Basic education to at least the Senior High level not only for the knowledge they gain but the life-changing experiences that they get as well. The free SHS policy implementation, though it came with its challenges due to the high number of students enrolled, have helped Ghanaians and has several advantages. It was in the wake of these challenges that the double-track system was introduced by the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service under the able leadership and Supervision of the Honourable Minister of Education Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh. The Free SHS policy has gained international recognition and admiration from other countries worldwide as it is evident in the letter from the Ministry of Education, Kenya dated 31st January, 2020 addressed to the Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh requesting for technical support from the Government of Ghana in aid of Kenya’s educational reform. In the said letter, the Government of Ghana was applauded for the implementation of such a policy and it’s success and as such requested for the aid of the Government to conceptualize and design a double-track system that will enable Kenya to achieve 100% transition for 2 cohorts of learners. We are proud of the President and the Honourable Minister, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh for the implementation of such a policy and putting Ghana on the map positively unlike other Governments… We have no doubt that President Nana Addo will get another 4 more years to do more for our beloved country. To those who for their own selfish and parochial political interests consider this policy needless and not worth it, the rising intellectual youth of this country are watching keenly and we say that Education is a right to all and not a privilege for few… One good term, we believe deserves another.
Mr Mensah later presented the four continental trophies to President Akufo-AddoPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the Ghana Rugby Football Union a $100,000 boost to assist with preparations towards their 2020 international tournaments.The President made this known when he met with the recently elected executives of the GRFA led by its President and Board Chairman, Mr Herbert Mensah.In his opening remarks, Mr Mensah praised President Akufo-Addo for not only understanding sports better than his predecessors but also being a great champion for the cause of sports in Ghana.Mensah also appealed to the President to get rugby officially approved as an optional sport in government schools, and to assist with allowing Ghana Rugby access to national stadia and facilities for their preparations towards flying Ghana’s flag high on the continent.President Akufo-Addo congratulated the national squads of Ghana Rugby for their achievements and urged them to continue performing exceptionally.The Ghana President also acknowledged the huge investments made by the GRFU President and his administration towards the development of rugby as a sport in Ghana.Mr Mensah later presented the four continental trophies that the GRFU has won since 2017 to President Akufo-Addo.The trophies included the 2017 Rugby Africa West Africa Regional Challenge in Ghana in (men’s fifteens), the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup (men’s fifteens), the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Challenge Trophy in Tunisia and the 2019 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Challenge Trophy in South Africa.