Archive | October 2012

Nzema Youth Congratulates Mr. Emmanuel Boavo Twum,Award for Academic Excellence Ghana

The National Youth Achievers Awards for young entrepreneurs

MAIN OBJECTIVES:

To acknowledge and bring to the fore exceptional achievements of the youth in creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, patriotism and leadership in the various sectors of the socio-economic life of the country.

To make excellence and achievement a national value, starting with the youth.

To empower the youth for community activism, National Development and sustainable peace.

• To create an image of the ideal Ghanaian youth and make them role models to other youths and standards of performance they can benchmark.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS:

• Youth from age 15 – 30 years across all sectors

CATEGORIES:

• Award for Agriculture

• RLG Entrepreneurship Development Award

• Award for Young Professionals

• Award for Science

• Sports Award

• Award for Leadership

• RLG ICT Innovator Award

• Award for Culture

• Award for Music

• Award for Business Excellence

• Award for Youth Personality

• Literary Award

• Award for Grassroots and Rural Community Development

• Award for Financial Excellence

• Special Award

• Award for Academic Excellence (JHS, SHS, TERTIARY):The Award for Academic Excellence is a category awarded to a Ghanaian youth who has distinguished him/herself over and above the average intellect in the educational field through his/her excellent academic achievements, consistent distinction in performance and is a role model for his peers.

Mr. Emmanuel Boavo Twum
University Of Ghana Legon

The Executives and the entire membership of the Nzema Youth Association is proud to announce to all that this year’s Award for Academic Excellence Tertiary level was awarded to one of our own son, a brother and a colleague to most of us Mr. Emmanuel Boavo Twum a native of the motherland from Nroful where the Great Dr. Kwame Nkrumah comes from’

Mr. Emmanuel Boavo Twum excelled excellently ‘above the average intellect in his educational field through his excellent academic achievements, consistent distinction in performance and a role model for his peers’ and was awarded last night for being the  nation`s best tertiary student.

We on behalf of the entire Nzemamanle CONGRATULATES our brother Mr. Emmanuel Boavo Twum for once again lifting high the image of the Nzema-land especially the very hometown of The Great Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

We wish him all the very best in his journey to success, our prayers goes to you; we pray for you, Divine protection and Divine guidance were ever you might find yourself!!

WRITE TO HIM YOUR CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE

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CONGRATULATIONS BRO!!

This entry was posted on October 27, 2012. 1 Comment

Youth For Human Rights


LEARN YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS

    1. We Are All Born Free and Equal

    2. Don’t Discriminate

    3. The Right to Life

    4. No Slavery

    5. No Torture

    6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go

    7. We’re All Equal Before the Law

    8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law

    9. No Unfair Detainment

    10. The Right to Trial

    11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty

    12. The Right to Privacy

    13. Freedom to Move

    14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live

    15. Right to a Nationality

    16. Marriage and Family

    17. The Right to Your Own Things

    18. Freedom of Thought

    19. Freedom of Expression

    20. The Right to Public Assembly

    21. The Right to Democracy

    22. Social Security

    23. Workers’ Rights

    24. The Right to Play

    25. Food and Shelter for All

    26. The Right to Education

    27. Copyright

    28. A Fair and Free World

    29. Responsibility

    30. No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights

Human Right #1

We Are All Born Free & Equal

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Human Right # 2

Don’t Discriminate

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Human Right # 3

The Right to Life

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Human Right # 4

No Slavery

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Human Right # 5

No Torture

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Human Right # 6

You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Human Right # 7

We’re All Equal Before the Law

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Human Right # 8

Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Human Right # 9

No Unfair Detainment

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Human Right # 10

The Right to Trial

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Human Right # 11

We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty

1.  Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.

2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Human Right # 12

The Right to Privacy

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence,nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Human Right # 13

Freedom to Move

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.

2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Human Right # 14

The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live

1. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

2. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Human Right # 15

Right to a Nationality

1. Everyone has the right to a nationality.

2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Human Right # 16

Marriage and Family

1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled

to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Human Right # 17

The Right to Ownership

1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Human Right # 18

Freedom of Thought

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Human Right # 19

Freedom of Expression

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Human Right # 20

The Right to Public Assembly

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Human Right # 21

The Right to Democracy

1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

2. Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.

3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Human Right # 22

Social Security

Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Human Right # 23

Workers’ Rights

1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Human Right # 24

The Right to Play

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Human Right # 25

Food and Shelter for All

1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and

medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Human Right # 26

The Right to Education

1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory.

Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Human Right # 27

Copyright

1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Human Right # 28

A Fair and Free World

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Human Right # 29

Responsibility

1. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

2. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

3. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Human Right # 30

No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights

Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

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This entry was posted on October 26, 2012. 1 Comment

Profile Of Our Hero Nzema Chief Priest Okomfo Anokye The Great Nzema African Prophet And Co-Founder Of the Ashanti Kingdom

Profile of
OKOMFO ANOKYE THE GREAT NZEMA AFRICAN PROPHET AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE ASHANTI KINGDOM


Okomfo Anokye (active late 17th century) was an Nzema fetish priest, statesman, and lawgiver.
Okomfo Anokye was born in Benyin,in West Nzema-Ghana West Africa, now called Jomoro, in the late 1600s. His father was from Benyin and his mother was from Anosuazo, Eastern Nzema. His father was called Kaku Ackah And His Mother Was Called Maame Nkobɛ’. Anokye was named after his paternal Uncle Egya-Ano who was a fetish priest.The Nzema called him Ano kye which means Ano Junior.

TheAshanti and Denkyira, who were unable to pronounce his name, called him Anokye. He lived in Anosuazo near Atuabo East Nzema, where he began his priesthood. Anosuazo later became known as Anokye because of the priests frequent visitors. Okomfo Anokye later helped King Amakye, Kaku Ackah’s Uncle, to defeat the first Europeans who came to the coast of Nzemaland.

The Denkyira’s later heard of his wonders and requested his aid. Through Anokye’s help, the Denkyira’s successfully defeated the Ashanti’s. Osei Tutu,the King of the Ashanti at the time, requested Anokye’s aid. Anokye went to Osei Tutu’s aid in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Empire, with a group of his tribesmen and women. King Osei Tutu gave Anokye land to settle on after he helped them to defeat the Denkyira. The land given to Anokye to settle on was named Nzemaa right there in the Ashanti region.

Artistic impression of Okomfo Anokye the chief priest incantating  The Golden Stool from the heavens.

After the Ashanti defeated the Denyira, Okomfo Anokye brought the golden stool from the sky and gave it to the Ashanti’s. He also put a sword on the ground as a symbol of unity between the Nzema and the Ashanti.The oath also prevented the Ashanti from fighting the Nzema and allows Ashanti’s and Nzema’s to marry each other with one single plantain as dowry.When Osei Tutu died, Okomfo Anokye’s life was in danger, so he fled and lived the rest of his life in Awukugua. Through Okomfo Anokye, Nzema’s gained the nickname, Nzema bayie, which means Nzema’s came well or Nzemas are blessed.

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This entry was posted on October 10, 2012. 20 Comments

Nzema Youth Association Observes The World Mental Health Day 2012

World Mental Health Day 2012Image

 

World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.

This day, and each day the 10th of October thousands worldwide celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to Mental Illness and its major effects on peoples’ life worldwide.

The overall aim of the field of global mental health is to strengthen mental health all over the world by providing information about the mental health situation in all countries, and identifying mental health care needs in order to develop cost-effective interventions to meet those specific needs.

Today Nzema Youth Association joins the nation Ghana and the rest of the world in observing World Mental Health Day under the theme “Depression: a Global Crisis”.
Depression is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease and affects people in all communities across the world, including Ghana. Today, depression is estimated to affect 350 million people.
The World Mental Health Survey conducted in 17 countries found that on average about 1 in 20 people reported having an episode of depression in the previous year. Depressive disorders often start at a young age; they reduce people’s functioning and often are recurring. For these reasons, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide in terms of total years lost due to disability.
The demand for curbing depression and other mental health conditions is on the rise globally. A recent World Health Assembly called on the World Health Organization and its member states to take action in this direction (WHO, 2012).
World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 thanks to the work of Richard (Dick) Hunter, the Deputy Secretary General of the World Federation for Mental Health.
After a period of planning, the Federation proclaimed 10 October as World Mental Health Day and Dick looked for ways to build support for it. The World Health Organization agreed to become a co-sponsor, and the project was also supported by the Carter Center when former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter agreed to become honorary chair of the event.
The immediate goal of the project was to draw attention to mental health as a cause common to all people across national, cultural, political and socioeconomic boundaries. The longer term goal was to establish parity for mental health with physical health in national health priorities and services.
Looking back over general trends in the field in the past two decades, it is clear that there have been substantial changes in the place of mental health at global, national and local levels. High quality epidemiological research has helped quantify the extent and impact of mental health disorders on individuals, families and societies.

They are now ranked at or near the top of public health challenges and priorities by the World Health Organization and an increasing number of its member states. There have been advances in human rights, reduction of stigma, and empowerment of service users. To a growing extent, the large asylums and mental hospitals of past ages are being replaced by community mental health and support services.

Speaking to the President of the Nzema Youth Association, Mr. Kingsley Blay  he advised encouraged anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue, whether it is drug abuse, anxiety, depression, sleeping or an eating disorder to discuss it with competent people and ask for help immediately.

 

Increasingly, mental health services are becoming stronger and better integrated into primary health settings. Treatments are becoming more effective and readily available.
World Mental Health Day remains an important vehicle to advance mental health objectives worldwide.

 

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