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NKWANTA SOUTH MUNICIPALITY DESERVES OTI REGIONAL CAPITAL

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Everyone is doing what we call lobbying to enable them get the Oti regional capital but for us in the Nkwanta south municipality we will prove with facts why government must locate the regional capital in Nkwanta.

The Nkwanta South District was one of the 28 new districts inaugurated officially on 29 February 2008 by the then president of Ghana John Agyekum Kufuor. The former Nkwanta District was split in 2008 into this district and the Nkwanta North District. Nkwanta, the capital of the former Nkwanta District remains as the capital of the new Nkwanta South District.
In addition to Nkwanta, the capital and administrative centre, the town keeps growing day by day and currently is the fastest growing constituency in the whole of VOLTA region, it is surrounded by towns and villages and has the most villages in the whole VOLTA.
Nkwanta South District contains the following villages:

Gekrong
Abunyanya
Bonakye
Bontibor
Brewaniase
Damaniko
Odumase Adele
Ofosu
Kabre Akura
Kecheibi
Keri
Shiare
Kromase
Chillinga
Abrewankor
Pawa
Koe
Krachi – Akura
Nabu
New Agou
Nsuogya (Asodja)
Nyambong
Bontibor
Pusupu
Sibi Central
Sibi Hill Top.

This villages each has a population not less than 3,500 people.
Considering Nkwanta South as the best place to locate the regional capital for OTi region will be the best decision ever in the books of history.
We have a lot of reasons to boast of which makes it imperative for government to select Nkwanta South for the regional capital.
Our environment so conducive for everything you can think about, take our climate for instance,
The climate is characterized by bimodal rainfall pattern to the south and uni-modal to to the north. The three vegetation zones found in the district namely Semi-deciduos forest, Transitional and Savannah grassland coupled with the two types of soil (Savannah- Ochrosols and Forest Ochrosols with Oxysol) present area with large variety of crops .

Tree crops such as Cocoa, Citrus Oil-palms, Kola, plantain, cashew and banana. Roots and tubers – cassava, yam and cocoyam. The cereals are cowpea and sorghum. The district characterized by high population density and has vast tracks of land for agricultural activities. Land are highly accessible from the local chiefs and family elders. The many rivers and streams that drained the area bring many small valley bottoms and river basins which offer opportunities for irrigation and large crop production, fishing and livestock production.

Processing or adding value to agricultural produce like cassava, yam oil-palms, cashew are venture that present more prospects in the district.locating a regional capital it is important for one to consider location and size, if location is an important factor in the selection for the OTi regional capital then Nkwanta South municipality the best.
Let me give you some digest for our location.

Nkwanta South District is located in the North Eastern section of the Volta Region. Its position is latitude 7 300 and 8 450 north ,longitude 0 450 east It shares common boundaries with Krachi East District in the West, the Republic of Togo in the East, the Kadjebi District in the South and the Nkwanta North of the Volta Region in the North.

The District has a total Land Surface area of 3,026.6km2. The total agricultural land area is about 2106km2.
Nkwanta South municipality is best known for its agricultural activities, the town is blessed with a fertile land which vegetation is good for every agricultural purposes.

There are three (3) vegetation zones. These are:

Semi-Deciduous Forest:

This is found mainly on the South-Eastern border of the district along the Buem-Togo ranges ie Dadiase, Keri, Kromase and Shiare. Some forests are also located towards the southern border with the Kadjebi District, thus Obanda, Abubruwa, Pusupu and Bontibor, and the west at Tutukpene.

Savannah Woodland:
This embraces the areas from the fringes of the Semi-Deciduous Forests South wards to the central portion of the district involving towns like Nkwanta (the district capital), Krontang, Abrewankor and Kabiti.

Savannah Grassland:

This extends from the central portion about 32km towards the North part of the district, the border with the Nkwanta North District ie Bonakye and New Agou.

RELIEF:

There are two (2) main relief zones in the District. These are; the mountainous southern portion lying along the eastern border with the Republic of Togo to form part of the Akwapim/Volta-Togo range. This section is marked by the Kyabobo Mountain, 884meters near Chillinga and the Kelebo mountains, 738 meters south of Brewaniase. This zone has steep slopes.

The second relief zone is a flat and low-lying belt occupying almost 2/3 of the District land area. This zone stretches from the Savannah woodland of the northern part of the District to the forest zone of the southern part. It varies in height from 100 to 200 metres above sea level and this really makes the area enjoyable for settlement, as for agriculture? You need not to be told again,
Agriculture is the main economic activity in the District engaging about 95% of the people. Crop farming, Livestock and inland fishing are the main sectors. It is estimated that 75% of the farmers practice shifting cultivation, 24% Bush fallow, 1% Agro forestry; and 60% of farms are mixed crops with another 60% mixed farming. The average farm size is about 2 acres.

Couple with all this activities Nkwanta South municipality has a viable market environment which builds a strong economic development.
In this part of the country everyday is a market day, the District is an important producer of Food Crops and Livestock in the Region and as a result a number of market settlements have developed where vigorous trading takes place. These markets offer producers locations to meet buyers and also give them the opportunity to buy agricultural inputs.

Our local Market Days starts from Monday – Monday through out the year.
Our markets days for instance.

Nkwanta Every Monday Major
Kabiti Every Wednesday Major
Bonakye Every Saturday Major
Brewaniase Every Friday Major
Kue Every Tuesday Minor
Pawa Every Thursday Minor
Keri Every Sunday Minor
Kecheibi Every Friday Minor
Communities cart produce by trucks or by head pottage to these centres. Most of the leading produce like yams, gari and maize attract middlemen from outside the District. They buy both from these markets and the farm gate and cart them in big trucks to urban areas all over the country. Even sometimes to the neighbouring countries ,transported out of the district every week to other parts of the country (Accra, Mankesim, Cape Coast, Tamale Bolgatanga and Bawku) and outside to Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali. Because Nkwanta south municipality is an action oriented area in terms of farming and business a of institution have chosen to locate branches of their offices here and this really makes it easier to do anything. Institution such as Banks ie.

The financial Institutions in the District include:
• The Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB)
• The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB)
• Fidelity, GN.
•NIB
• The North Volta Rural Bank (NVRB)
• Also the following institutions:
• Women and Development, NGO
• The Catholic Dioceses of Jasikans Financial Unit (WADEP-MFI)
• Association of Productive Entrepreneurs in Development (APED) an affiliate to the World Vision International
Provide microfinance services to most petty traders and artisans as well as farmers.

The Nkwanta District Teachers Credit Union of the CUA is a source of credit to some salary workers who also engage in agriculture activities.

additionally, is our tourism, the beautiful and serene atmosphere one will always wish to visit, *Kyabobo* is Ghana’s newest national park, stretching over 360 square kilometres and contiguous with Fazao National Park, just across the border in Togo. Seen from a distance, Kyabobo’s Breast Mountains, so named for the distinctive shape of two adjacent hills, are at its front door.

The rest of the park is surrounded by dry plains that rise into hilly terrain covered in semi-deciduous forest.
Nkwanta is the nearest town and the gateway to Kyabobo. About four kilometres from the park headquarters, it is on the main north-south road running from the Volta region to northern Ghana in the area between
Lake Volta and Togo. Since Kyabobo is really the only tourist draw in the area and well off Ghana’s tourist circuits, not many travellers make it Nkwanta. There are a couple of good reasons why, the main being how long and dusty the road is. By public transport, it can take two days to reach Nkwanta from Tamale with at least one transfer. There is also direct transportation from Accra that takes around eight hours.

Given the challenges of getting to Kyabobo, it is well worth staying a few days. Fortunately there are some good options for accommodation in the area. The Gateway and Kilimanjaro are good hotels in Nkwanta. At the park headquarters there are two nicely equipped guesthouses, each with a kitchen and bathroom, and camping sites. There are a number of other camps within the park, including a platforms.
This Just a few to talk about if am to continue papers can’t afford our enormous natural and artificial facilities which makes this place the best place to site the Oti regional capital.

I am hopeful government will not disappoint we the people of Nkwanta South municipality .

Ref:
Assembly documents.

Soggysun (ANANE ERIC QUAKU)

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Meet ken kojo Adams, the young ghanaian whose paintings can make you go hungry

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Food as we all know is any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink in order to maintain life and growth.

I was sitting under a big mango tree one hot Saturday afternoon reminiscing on how granny used to force me just to eat from her kitchen when I used to stay with her in the village. A series of questions which I couldn’t get answers to kept running through my mind; why have we abandoned granny’s kitchen and going after fast food.

Food does more than fuelling and restoring the body with energy. According to study, some individuals going through depression recover quickly after taking in a very good meal, the satisfaction alone brings back some memories hence food being a solution to some of our psychological problems.

At the moment food is very prestigious and you can testify to the fact that food makes us keep some people in our memories and I can honestly say, I haven’t enjoyed groundnut soap for the past four years after i lost my mom, it’s very unfortunate that we are forgoing our culture in the name of technological advances and the acceptance of others culture. My people, we have to reclaim our tradition.

Culture is also influenced by food through various ways such as tradition, religion and family. This aspects are what makes us distinct from others and created a whole new society.

There are variety of food which represents the various ethnic groups in Ghana, and this is another rich culture we have to protect for the benefit of the future generations.

Gone are the days when we cherish our local foods but now we only take selfies with round open pie made with yeast dough and topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and a variety of other ingredients and we call that strength living, LOL, what made you forget about the fresh kontomire leaves with your fresh plantain or cocoyam….our generation has lost it we choosing weakness over strength.

This is the time to promote your own.

Let’s talk about “Banku”, I’m sorry wetting your appetite.

Banku is a Ghanaian dish which is cooked by a proportionate mixture of fermented corn and cassava dough in hot water into a smooth, whitish paste, served with soup, stew or a pepper sauce with fish. It is mostly preferred by the people of the Southern Regions of Ghana; the Ewe tribe of the Volta Region, the Fante and the Ga tribe but also eaten across the other regions in Ghana. Banku is found throughout Ghana, and is one of the staple foods enjoyed by all tribes in the country.

I feel that sharp pain in my heart whenever I remember some of the pioneers of this mouth watering meal files a letter of departure from Ghana. Could this be possible?, are we also going to say bye bye to the meal because they are the originators, this will probably lead to segregation which isn’t good and that’s why I suggest, just as banku and its captivating green accompaniment has been recognized and adapted by almost every ethnic group in Ghana, so should we know that we are one people and there is a common culture that holds us together.

No two ways about this, ‘banku’ is the most commonest meal every Ghanaian might have tasted, we enjoy that and have the originators in mind. Refusing to correct what is wrong is what makes it a mistake. Let love lead, Ghana.

Oh less I forget!
what’s your thought on left over Banku 😋.

Left over banku lasts for up to a week, and some prefer to keep it longer than that because the fermentation process gives it more flavour and taste if stored properly. I dare you to try that.

The best feeling is when grand mom gives you your favorite.

Below are paintings from the young artist.

Story by Ken Kojo Adams

@kenkojoadams
#madeinghana
#ghanafood1

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Young blogger UrsTruly Praiz launches the Ghana Unite Campaign ahead of 2020 elections

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Elections both presidential and parliamentary as well as on any other level is one basic characteristic of every democratic nation on earth and it is just another form of exercise that gives the general masses with legitimacy in voting to make Choices and decisions as to whom they deem potential enough to hold the mantle of rule.

Amidst Ghana’s preparations towards December 7th general elections dubbed the very 8th one since time in memorial, much has been said and done thereby leaving some with joy but others in great fear and suspense.

Well, we at PraizFame Media Africa Inc, the owners of wwww.urstrulypraiznews.com regard this year’s elections as another very simple nationwide activity that should be conducted with so much peace and understanding void of fights,misunderstandings and forceful but illegal movements by anyone and for that reason comes the peace dubbed campaign “Ghana Unite”.

This very new development is one of the social media campaigns that has been set to promote peaceful atmosphere before and after the elections come December.

The masses acclaimed Ghana’s youngest blogger Emmanuel Quainoo Otoo professionally known as UrsTruly Praiz spearheads this very initiative and urges all Ghanaians to jump on this.

All one has to do is to share a 30 seconds video of him/herself urging Ghanaians to ensure peaceful atmosphere before and after the elections on WhatsApp number 0264770404

Let’s join hands and make this happen for Ghana is all that Ghanaians have.

Story: UrsTruly Praiz

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AWO KOMI BEAT COMPETITION TO EMERGE WINNER AT THE 40 UNDER 40 AWARDS 2020

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Awo Komi has emerged winner at the just ended Forty Under 40 Awards held on 25th September 2020 at the Kempinski Hotel, Accra.

The Forty Under 40 Awards had 40 categories and Awo Komi beat the competition to emerge the winner for the Food/Catering and Beverage category.

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The Forty Under 40 Awards is usually organized in order to identify, honor, and celebrate a cross-section of the nation’s most influential and accomplished young business leaders under the age of forty from a wide range of industries.

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