Connect with us

General News

54-year-old man walks from Takoradi to Accra to raise funds for charity

Published

on

Since 1996, he has made perilous treks on foot as a personal method of demonstrating his perseverance, strength, and courage. "In the last 27 years, I've walked from Elubo to Shama, Elubo to Aflao, and other places." The journey from Takoradi to Accra began on a Thursday and finished on a Sunday. We just stopped in Winneba on Friday and resumed on Saturday. "I usually don't sleep when I'm alone," he said TV3 in an interview. He wasn't alone on this excursion that put a 54-year-old's physical strength to the test. Two trainees, Millicent Assane and Lawrence Manful, kept him company through the highs and lows of their journey.

Few people can walk longer distances, and even fewer can finish the trek.

In this day and age, if you happen to see Henry Smith and his two trainees by the side of the road, they may be on their way to breaking and creating a new world record for walking vast distances on foot.

The ultimate cross-regional road adventure is not for the faint of heart.

Every year, Henry Smith, 54, looks forward to walking 224 km from Takoradi to Accra and other sites.

Since 1996, he has made perilous treks on foot as a personal method of demonstrating his perseverance, strength, and courage.

“In the last 27 years, I’ve walked from Elubo to Shama, Elubo to Aflao, and other places.” The journey from Takoradi to Accra began on a Thursday and finished on a Sunday. We just stopped in Winneba on Friday and resumed on Saturday. “I usually don’t sleep when I’m alone,” he said TV3 in an interview.

Two trainees, Millicent Assane and Lawrence Manful, kept him company through the highs and lows of their journey.

He wasn’t alone on this excursion that put a 54-year-old’s physical strength to the test.

His Hiking Smith Foundation provided them with training.

“It was my first experience. I am a mother of three, and each of my children was born via caesarian section (CS). It means a lot to me because God has given me the strength to walk from Takoradi to Accra,” Millicent Assane stated.

Lawrence Manful was also experiencing his first time.

“To be quite honest, it wasn’t an easy path for me. But I worked hard to finish it because I promised to be a part of this history,” he explained.

Henry is not doing this for personal gain, but to generate funds for charity while demonstrating his God-given power and sharing gospel pamphlets.

Based on his previous foot travels, he said the 224-kilometre route from Takoradi to Accra was a walk in the park.

Here’s a great way to evaluate the lengths.

“Some think I’m doing it for fame, but it’s more spiritual to me.” It is spiritual because I have witnessed God’s grandeur whenever I start on such long-distance hikes. “The goal this year was to raise funds to support an orphanage in Accra,” Smith explained.

The voyage from Takoradi to Accra was not without its difficulties.

“I truly wanted to give up. The sun was blazing when we arrived in Mankessim, making mobility difficult; I was exhausted. But I convinced myself that once I committed myself that I would complete this voyage, I had to keep going,” Lawrence said.

Despite the hurdles, they are determined to overcome them and are even preparing to travel outside Ghana’s boundaries.

“Because we have the experience now if someone wants to sponsor us from here to Nigeria, we will train for just two months and go.”

Many people have expressed worries about road safety, with many fearing nighttime attacks on the road.

However, Henry Smith claims that enough precautions are taken to assure their safety during the travels.

He does, however, have a message for those who are sceptical.

“I have no fear; I dare anyone who wishes to harm me – they are not God.” “I am always walking and moving with God.”

He’s a walking advertisement, and he looks the part. He intends to train more youngsters to walk through his ‘Hiking Smith’ charity.

Continue Reading

General News

Majority of MPs backed the passing of the anti-LGBTQI bill – Sam George

Published

on

By

Ghana's Parliament passed the anti-LGBTQI law after completing all three readings. The bill's third reading was place on Wednesday, February 28. "The third reading of the anti-LGBTQ bill has passed by parliament," TV3's Parliamentary journalist Komla Klutse stated. Prior to its adoption, a human rights coalition consisting of CDD Ghana, "the big 18," and others had urged President Akufo-Addo not to sign the measure in its current form.

One of the sponsors of the Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, often known as the anti-LGBTQI bill, Ningo-Prampram Lawmaker Samuel Nartey George, has thanked his colleagues for their help in passing the legislation.

He informed media in Parliament after the law passed on Wednesday, February 28, that the sponsors had the overwhelming backing of the majority of MPs on both sides.

“We want to thank Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who was very instrumental in passing this bill,” he said in a statement.


“This measure has received overwhelming support from all sides of the House.

“After three long years, we have finally passed the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Act 2024. I am grateful to my Colleague sponsors who have waged this battle with me to a successful end. Our collective gratitude goes to our Leadership and the Rt. Hon. Speaker for their guidance and leadership. Our values would be protected and defended so long as we have a voice. For God and Country.”

Ghana’s Parliament passed the anti-LGBTQI law after completing all three readings.


The bill’s third reading was placed on Wednesday, February 28.

“The third reading of the anti-LGBTQ bill has passed by parliament,” TV3’s Parliamentary journalist Komla Klutse stated.

Prior to its adoption, a human rights coalition consisting of CDD Ghana, “the big 18,” and others had urged President Akufo-Addo not to sign the measure in its current form.

At a news conference in Accra on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, Prof Audrey Gadzekpo, Board Chair of the CDD, stated that the Bill will violate many people’s fundamental human rights, particularly those of the media, as guaranteed in the 1992 Constitution.

Professor Gadzekpo stated, “We saw that attempts to alter the Bill to substitute community services for castration, made by the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Mr. Afenyo-Markin, were regretfully denied. Although the majority of the house rejected his proposals, resulting in their elimination, we admire his efforts to modernise our judicial system.

On Wednesday, February 21, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the then-Deputy Majority Leader, withdrew his modifications to the anti-LGBTIQ+ law, which aims to impose a jail term, clearing the way for the measure to be considered for passing in the following days.


However, the coalition of civil society organisations and interest groups insisted that the Bill should be reconsidered.

“Ghana is a secular and multi-religious country with more than 50 ethnic groupings and diverse cultural customs and beliefs. Any attempt to impose a uniform cultural value system for Ghana destroys the exquisite cultural mix that distinguishes us as a nation.” Professor Gadzekpo proposed.

She said, “It is for this reason that the constitution abolishes all practices and laws detrimental to people’s health and well-being, even in the name of culture and tradition.”


The coalition argued that the Bill would limit journalists’ capacity to speak freely. In its present version, the Bill stipulates that “any person who uses the media to broadcast and slash or advocate on the LGBTQ+ topic faces a prison sentence of up to three years.”

According to the organisation, “this places a heavy restriction on journalists, bloggers, influencers and various social media users who produce or publish content, especially those who work in the field of human rights.”


Continue Reading

General News

Audrey Gadzekpo argues that an anti-gay bill is harmful to society

Published

on

By

In a conversation with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM's Eyewitness News, Prof Gadzekpo emphasised the critical significance of protecting rights and freedoms in a constitutional democracy. When asked if she thought the law was unwholesome, she responded, "Absolutely and without any doubt in my opinion," adding, "I don't even think they had a quorum. I saw an empty room on TV."

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, Board Chair of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), described the Anti-Gay Bill as damaging to social well-being.

Ghana’s parliament approved the tough law on Wednesday, February 28, which calls for a potential five-year jail sentence for forming or sponsoring LGBTQ+ groups.

The measure has received support from both main political parties and now seeks President Nana Akufo-Addo’s assent to become law.

Individuals who engage in banned actions might face a jail term ranging from 6 months to 3 years, while sponsors and promoters could face a 3 to 5-year prison sentence.

In a conversation with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, Prof Gadzekpo emphasised the critical significance of protecting rights and freedoms in a constitutional democracy.

When asked if she thought the law was unwholesome, she responded, “Absolutely and without any doubt in my opinion,” adding, “I don’t even think they had a quorum. I saw an empty room on TV.”

Continue Reading

General News

NAGRAT advocates for reconsideration of the Free SHS policy

Published

on

By

According to a research by Africa Education Watch, the average government spending on Senior High School (SHS) pupils between 2017/18 and 2021/22 academic years. The survey found that the government paid GH¢1,241 per student under the Free SHS regime, whereas parents spent GH¢4,185 annually throughout the same period. This underlined the government's policy issues, as its budget credibility rating steadily fell over the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years. Based on this backdrop, NAGRAT is certain that a review will alleviate the burden on parents.

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has urged for a reconsideration of the policy so that parents who can afford it can pay their children’s tuition and other expenditures.

The Association feels that this will reduce part of the government’s burden.

According to research by Africa Education Watch, the average government spending on Senior High School (SHS) pupils between 2017/18 and 2021/22 academic years.

The survey found that the government paid GH¢1,241 per student under the Free SHS regime, whereas parents spent GH¢4,185 annually throughout the same period.

This underlined the government’s policy issues, as its budget credibility rating steadily fell over the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years.
Based on this backdrop, NAGRAT is certain that a review will alleviate the burden on parents.

Continue Reading

Trending

Optimized by Optimole