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Meet Theo Pencil!

Born on the 5th of may 1993 and raised in Accra, Ghana. Theo attended firm foundation senior high school a private institution in Ghana. His name is Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong but popularly known as Theo pencil.

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He discovered his talent as an artist at the age of eight years when he used to draw cartoons just for fun. Theo pencil advanced as a pencil artist at the early ages of seventeen as a self-taught artist, he is good in color works but most of his master piece arts are in pencil which inspires him allot.
At the age of nineteen, Theo pencil made presentations of realistic portraits to some popular personalities such as: Nana Akuffo Addo and honorable Shirley Ayorko Botwe.

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Theo gives to Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo!

Its amazing Theo never took any art lesson or classes. He mostly works on human figures. At the age of nineteen, he also made realistic portraits of some world’s famous personalities like:

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Barack Obama

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

The late president of the republic of Ghana John Evans Atta Mills:

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The late Prof. J.E Atta Mills

and many familiar faces, not forgetting few paid-for ones…lols!

Theo's doing :)

Theo’s doing 🙂

Theo pencil enjoys listening to music whenever he creates his work of art, it relaxes him and also serves as a source of entertainment! He doesn’t use more than fifteen hours to complete a portrait within a single day. He’s fast at it- very professional-

Theo at work!

Theo at work!

Need a portrait of you? don’t hesitate to get in touch with Theophilus on: 0543457132 or 0543991957.

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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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Parliament to Pass Right to Information before 2013?

The Rights to Information Bill (RTI), which was laid before Parliament in February, 20I0, has generated controversy, with the RTI Coalition blaming Parliament for feet-dragging in passing the bill into law.
There had been a lot of media bashing against the august House recently after the Majority Leader Mr Cletus Apul Avoka told an Accra-based FM station that the House gave preference to the passing of the Petroleum Revenue Management, the Petroleum Commission and the Presidential (Transition) bills last year as against the RTI due to the urgency that was attached to those bills.

But addressing the media in Parliament Wednesday, Mr Avoka debunked the assertion by the civil society and rather blamed the RTI Coalition for failing to submit the expert legal opinion on the bill that it was commissioned to do. He, however, assured Ghanaians that the House was committed to passing the bill into law before the lifespan of this Parliament expires on January 6, 2013.

“Contrary to the perception that the House is dragging its feet towards passing the bill into law, Parliament is doing what it can to provide a solid law that can stand the test of time”.
“Let me also indicate to you that the government is also committed to the bill and has not done anything to suggest that it is not interested in the bill since it was presented to the House”.

According to him, since the country had at that time started commercial production of oil there was an urgent need for a legal framework to be put in place on how revenue accruing from the oil should be used.
Mr Avoka said the civil society and an Accra-based newspaper which published their concerns took him out of context when he stated that the House gave the Petroleum Revenue Management Bill, the Petroleum Commission and the Presidential (Transition) Bill a priority.

He said the House had shown its commitment to pass the bill by organising regional fora, under the sponsorship of the World Bank, to collate views from the general public. Those fora, according to him, were held in Tamale, Kumasi, Koforidua, Ho, Takoradi and Accra in addition to the gathering of information from other countries for best practices. He said that all those steps were taken because the civil society prevailed on Parliament to tread cautiously and allow them to have copies in order to make inputs before passing the bill due to its importance to the society.

Mr Avoka explained that before the House went on recess in March, this year, the Joint Committee on Communication and Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs organised a workshop to wrap up discussion on the bill. He said now that the wrap-up workshop had been done, what was left was for the joint committee to write its report taking into consideration suggestions made by the general public and the civil society and present same to the House for debate. He said during the wrap-up meeting the coalition of NGOs on the bill was to present proposals aimed at beefing up the bill but as of now they had failed to do so.

Mr Avoka said even at that meeting, the World Bank indicated its readiness to sponsor a trip by the leadership of the joint committee to some of the countries that had already passed the RTI to enrich the quality of the bill.
“Against this background it is unfair for people to criticise Parliament that it has delayed in passing the bill into law. I find these criticisms quite unfortunate”.

He promised that within the next two or three weeks, the report of the joint committee would be presented to the plenary for it to be taken through its second reading stage.

“Parliament has a tight schedule, this is an election year, but within the time constraints, we will work hard to pass the bill before this Parliament is dissolved”, he assured. Responding to Mr Avoka’s concerns, however, the Convener of the RTI Coalition, Nana Oye Lithur, said it was the responsibility of Parliament to pass bills, adding that Mr Avoka could not, therefore, “pass the buck”. “These are excuses that he cannot run away from. It is his responsibility as the Majority Leader to lead Parliament to pass bills into laws”.

She questioned why Mr Avoka did not hide behind excuses to delay the passing of the Petroleum Revenue Management Bill, the Petroleum Commission Bill and the Presidential (Transition) Bill. She said the coalition had supported the bill right from its drafting stage till now because it was committed to transparency in the governance process. Nana Lithur explained that the World Bank (Ghana Office) commissioned a representative of the coalition to draft an expert legal opinion on the contentious clauses in the bill.

That, according to her, had been completed and submitted to the World Bank, adding that the coalition would, therefore, seek the bank’s authorisation to submit the expert legal opinion to Parliament.
“We will continue to support Parliament to pass the bill because it is in the interest of the country”, she said.

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Issues!

 

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Kids Speak: what would U do if You owned a TV or Radio Station?

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I took to the streets of Accra interviewing children to know what they would do if they owned a media house (Radio & Television)! Their views as usual were interesting; I spotted a 14 year old student of the St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Kanda, she mentioned that she would use her media to meet the needs of both the young and old, I was surprised, she spoke of varieties of items for her audience and viewers at all times, allocating time for children’s story-telling and poetry recitals, also apportioning much of the time for Ghanaian Programs on air, why? She felt we were too open or over-exposed to western culture and this has affected our culture, not forgetting programs for children-run by children themselves, she had noticed nudity and sexual scenes on TV and said her media house would show movies with nude scenes late in the night, when most children are in bed. Interesting- huh?
I next spoke to a group of children who were from school and were on their way home, they said their TV or Radio stations would do entertainment all day, they would love to play their favourite songs and show their favourite movies, they mentioned quite a few, and believe me it was what they were much exposed to, probably. Two of the boys wanted Action movies and wrestling on their networks, they literally said they learn some fighting moves and use them on their friends whenever they fight i.e. a punch in the face or kick in the groin (fatal moves). Some of them also wanted Sports on their Stations; they equally wanted their peers to host many of the programs on their Stations. Cartoons/Animation was definitely on the program menu of another group of children, they said they would dedicate a station solely for that. Other children I spoke to had no idea what they would do if they owned a TV or Radio Station, I don’t know why, but they left my questions unanswered and shy.
My curiosity landed me in a household in Osu-Accra, where I saw an out-spoken girl who was ever ready to grant me the interview, Hannah was her name, “Hannah Coleman” she insisted I called her such, she is 10 years and is a student of Aggrey Memorial international School, in class five (fifth grade pupil). Hannah also wanted her class-mates esp. best friends to host all of her TV and Radio programs, she felt they were the best to handle those programs; she mentioned news as her number one program on her own TV station, then Telenovelas, Hannah mentioned over 7 Telenovelas of which I had personally watched 2 and she could recall names of casts too. I was shocked! So was my Cordinator, Mr. Kingsley O. Kyere as he listened to the sound bites I had gotten from my interviewees.
Bottom line? Children are discerning-they know what is on-all around them. Let’s not forget, Article 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) gives children the right to access the media with utmost responsibility. Are most children exposed to the right information esp. from the media? Secondly, Do these Scenes (nude and Violent) and Strong languages ensure a child’s development? Why aren’t movies rated? Who’s responsible for what gets on TV or on Radio? Where is the National Media Commission (NMC), what’s their role in this? Where do parents and older siblings come in? Am asking many questions right? They demand answers! Okay what do you personally think about this issue? I would be glad if you leave a comment. Thanks!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2010 in Issues!

 

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Ghana Marks World Day Against Child Labour (Day 1&2)

Ghana couldn’t wait a second more; she had had enough, and had to join the globe mark World Day against Child Labour 2010 with the Theme: “GHANA, GO FOR THE GOAL: END CHILD LABOUR”. Last years’ was “Give girls a chance, end child labour”, which was vital for that year’s celebration. This year’s theme takes advantage of the World Cup SA 2010 to drum home how it affects children (victims), their families, the society, the Nation’s development and the need to halt the canker.

Children (drawn from around Ghana), on the 4th of June 2010 were in Accra to ‘Jaw-jaw’ on the issue and come up with a communiqué which they will present to Parliament and the nation, for it will take all hands on deck to make Ghana a Child Labour –Free Nation.

The Media Launch of the 2010 World Day against Child Labour and the Current ILO Child Labour Global Report was held on 5th June 2010, at the Ghana International Press Centre, Accra. In attendance were Representative of the President, Hon. Antwi Boasiako Sekyere (Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Welfare), Mr. Dave Agbenu (GJA National Organizer), Ms. Anna Bossman (Dep. Commissioner L&I, CHRAJ), Mr. Ransford Tetteh (GJA President), Madam Yasmin Ali Haque (UNICEF Country Rep.), Hon. Juliana Azumah Mensah (Minister, Women & Children’s Affairs), Miss Stella Ofori (Principal Labour Officer, Child Labour Unit of the Labour Department), Mr. Francesco d’Ovidio (Chief Technical Adviser, ILO/IPEC), Mr. Kabral Amihere (Chairman of the National Media Commission), The Media and the Children and Youth In Broadcasting-Curious Minds (CYIB-CM).

The Chairman of the National Media Commission, Mr. Kabral Amihere charged the Media to take up the issue and develop interest in such matters for it concerns them too. He said they should investigate, and expose by reporting folks who engage children in labour and Mobilize society with their ‘Media Power’ for attitudinal change for the elimination of Child Labour / Worst Forms of Child Labour! Gabriel Nii Obodai Ashong and I brought “Minus 10” an eight munite master-piece to life, Evelyn Fia-kwoffie took over to perform a poem “The Plight of the Street Child” – All written by Mr. Kingsley Obeng Kyere-K.O.K (Cordinator of CYIB-CM).

The Current ILO Child Labour Global Report was launched in Ghana by Hon. Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere, Dep. Minister for Employment and Social Welfare. All around the Globe, measures have been put in place to reduce Child Labour drastically, Sub-Saharan Africa’s situation has not experienced any significant drop. Ghana is demonstrating significant commitment in dealing with Child Labour, being the first country to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990. In 1992 the Republican Constitution that is very clear on Protecting Children from work that is detrimental to their development was promulgated, in that same year an ambitious programme dubbed “The Child Cannot Wait” was launched, demonstrating the urgency Ghana attaches to children’s welfare. In 1998 the most comprehensive legal framework on child development: the Children’s Act (Act 560), was passed with explicit provisions to deal with Child Labour. In aid to combat the canker effectively within the shortest possible time, Ghana joined the ILO’s International programme on the Elimination of Child Labour by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ILO in the year 2000, this was promptly followed with the ratification of the ILO Convention No. 182 on the elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, thus commiting itself to put in place effective and time-bound measures to address the problem. Since then, Ghana has accelerated its efforts and the impact of interventions is improving. Several Gorvenment Institutions, Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations, local and international NGOs, the ILO and UNICEF as well as IOM have contributed significantly to efforts to address the problem.  Note: According to latest estimates, 215 million Children are engaged in Labour and 115 million of these children are into Hazardous Work (ILO)– One that exploits and endangers their health and proper development (mentally, physically, socially or morally and that which deprives Children of the Opportunity to attend School, make children leave School Prematurely, or Requiring children to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work). The Worst Forms of Child Labour targeted under the National Plan of Action (NPA)- (An Action Plan Document developed by the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare (MSEW) in collaboration with the Ghana Employers’ Association (GEA), the Ghana Trade Union Congress (GTUC), ILO/IPEC , UNICEF and other Key partners) are Children in; Child Trafficking, Mining and Quarrying, Fisheries, Ritual Servitude, Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Porterage of Heavy Loads, Domestic Servitude, Agriculture, Street Hawking and Begging.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2010 in Issues!

 

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