2019: ‘Year in Review’
2019 has been an eventful year across all sectors of the country. From the breaking news and all the detailed reports, TheGhanaReport.com brings you a photo recap of the major events during the period in pictures.
January 1: “2019 promises to be good” – Akufo-Addo’ New Year Message to Ghanaians.
January 2: Some Muslim youth wielding machetes and other crude weapons vandalise one of the branches of Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah’s Glorious Word and Power Ministry International church for prophesying that the Chief Imam, Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu, may die within the year.
January 4: Relatives and friends of the kidnapped Takoradi girls, as well as residents of the city, stages a protest demanding investigation and prosecution of officers on duty when the suspects of the kidnap escaped police custody.
January 16: Undercover investigative journalist and a key member of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye Private Investigations team, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, was shot dead by unknown assailants at Madina in Accra. Almost a year later, no one has been arrested.
January 31: Ayawaso West-Wuogon by-election to replace the dead Member of Parliament for the area, Emmanuel Kwabena Kyeremateng Agyarko turned violent and by a shooting incident at the residence of Mr Kwasi Delali Brempong, the NDC candidate, which resulted in injuries to at least 18 persons.
January 25: New Yaa-Naa, Abukari Mahama II, outdoored after enskinment following approximately two decades of vacuum. The coronation was held following the successful burial and final funeral rites of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani who was killed in 2002.
February 23: The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) elects former President John Dramani Mahama as presidential candidate for the 2020 elections.
March 22: Over 60 people were confirmed dead after two buses had a head-on collision in the Bono-East District. The vehicles were travelling in separate directions when the collision occurred.
April 21:Hundreds of Asanteman loyalists, including chiefs and foreign dignitaries, have thronged Dwabrem, Manhyia Palace, to celebrate Akwasidaekese to mark 20 years of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s ascension to the throne.
April 24: Zipline medical drones launched in Ghana.
May 19: A brawl erupted between Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale camps at the 20th anniversary of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards leading to the former pulling a gun on stage amid a crowd.
May 31: The Ban of Ghana (BoG) shuts down 347 insolvent microfinance companies, 23 savings and loans and finance houses.
June 8: Loom pyramid scheme craze hits Ghana.
June 12: Two Canadian ladies, Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitly, 20, who were kidnapped in Kumasi rescued by police.
July 5: Three members of pressure group Economic Fighters League (Fighters) – Ernesto Kofi Yeboah, Abeiku Adams and a third arrested over #DropThatChamber protests in Parliament.
July 8: The Black Stars were knocked out of the 2019 AFCON after losing 5-4 on penalties to Tunisia in the Round of 16.
July 11: Embattled Menzgold CEO, Nana Appiah Mensah (NAM1) arrives in Accra after being acquitted by a Dubai court to answer charges involving his gold dealership firm in Ghana.
July 30: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Congressional Black Caucus visit Ghana
August 17: Steve Harvey in near tears as he visits the Cape Coast Castle as part of ‘Year of Return’
September 16: The Ghana Police Service confirms that the four missing girls in the Western regional capital Takoradi are dead.
September 24: Ghanaian security forces arrest alleged coup plotters after their plans to target the presidency were foiled. Days later, The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) arrested Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr Benjamin Agordzor for a treasonable offence. Some military officers and civilians were also picked. They deny the allegations.
October 6: The government made a quick u-turn over the Comprehensive Sexually Education curriculum as it terminates the implementation of the curriculum many faith-based organisations, civil society organisation and a section of the public described as a pro-homosexual agenda.
October 7: Two University of Ghana lecturers – Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor – caught in a BBC documentary titled ‘Sex for Grades’ allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct with female students.
October 8: Akufo-Addo confirms James Oppong-Boanuh as new Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
November 17: After 17 years of waiting, the Overlord of the Dagbon Traditional Area, Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama II, celebrated the annual Damba Festival with splendour in Yendi in the Northern Region last Saturday.
A protracted chieftaincy disagreement that pitched the Abudus against the Andanis and threatened the peace of Dagbon prevented the celebration of the much-cherished festival in the traditional seat of Yani (Yendi) since 2002.
November 29: Bank of Ghana (BoG) introduces GH₵ 100 and GH₵ 200 bills as well as GH₵ 2 coin.
Dec 9: Cardi B ‘Meet-and-Greet’ with Ghanaian stars fiasco.
December 14: The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of his ascension to the Ofori-Panin Stool at a ceremony at Kyebi in the Eastern Region.
December 26: Rick Ross touches down in Ghana for Detty Rave Concert.
December 27: Akufo-Addo Launches “Beyond the Return” Initiative
December 28: Hollywood star Boris Kodjoe, mum and siblings of American singer Beyoncé arrive in Ghana for the climax of ‘Year of Return’.