Top 10 Stories That Got People Talking in March


The past month of March was a very hot one in the nation when it comes to news and events. It was noted that some stories made headlines for a whole lot of days because of the controversies they sparked off among readers and the general audience. We bring you the top 10 most talked about events that took place here in Ghana in the month of March.

1. The Abraham Attah Saga

A 14 year-old Ghanaian boy who was picked while playing in the streets last year to feature in Netflix’s movie, Beasts of No Nation achieved a great feat 0n the 27th of February by winning Best Male Lead at Hollywood’s Film Independent Spirits Awards. His presence at the 2016 Oscars to present an award also added to his fame. These two major events in the life of the young and uprising actor sparked off other unforgettable topics and stories that trended almost throughout the month of March such as the ones listed below:

Abraham Attah Aids Donation of 10,000 TOMS Shoes To Needy Ghanaian Kids

Abraham Attah Was Paid $1.2 Million For Beast of No Nation Role – Manager Reveals

President Mahama Congratulates Young Actor Abraham Attah

Leila Djansi and Sonnie Badu Prays Abraham Attah Relocates to America

Dzifa Gomashie Intends Hosting Abraham Attah and Family To A Special Dinner

Abraham Attah: A Unicorn in The World of Film

Trailer: Abraham Attah Features in New Movie ‘Out of the Village’

‘I Fumbled With My Acceptance Speech Because I Didn’t Know I’d Win’ – Attah

‘Jay Foley Collapsed Y FM With His ‘Good’ English’ – A Plus Blasts Jay Foley

Who is Abraham Attah That No One Can Tease? [Article]

MANASSEH’S FOLDER: The Bitter Truth Abraham Attah Must Hear!

Abraham Attah Arrives Ghana In Grande Style, Hosted At Flagstaff House

Abraham Attah To Become Tourism Ambassador For Ghana

Abraham Attah Relocates To USA, Gets Netflix Scholarship

Having represented Ghana well in the global entertainment industry, and now in the US, Ghanaians are still looking forward to hearing news of greater successes recorded by the young actor.

2. Arrest of South African trio on March 20

The Bureau for National Investigations (BNI) arrested three South African ex cops on March 20 at the EL CApitano Hotel where they were allegedly training security guards for the New Patriotic party.

At the beginning of the whole episode, it seemed to be something less serious but as time went on, it culminated in something much more serious and controversial. Although the three South Africans have been repatriated tpo thneir home country, the upheavals b rought about by their arrest is yet to completely die down. follow the story line by reading the following:

BNI Arrests Three South Africans Over Suspected Terrorist Conduct

We’re Training Party Security Men Not Terrorists – NPP

NPP Roars Out Over ‘Alarmist’ Report On Three South Africans

South African High Commission To Meet Hanna Tetteh Over Arrest Of Citizens

…That The S/Africans Came In With False Identity Is Worrying – Koku Anyidoho

SA Security Men Arrest: We’ll Not Be Intimidated – NPP

NPP South African Security Men Granted Bail

Gov’t Inciting ISIS To Attack Ghana – NPP’s Freddie Blay

All You MUST Know About The Arrested 3 South African Security Men

Three South African Ex-Police Officers Deported

NPP’s Captain Koda Sick in BNI Custody – Lawyer

BNI To Be Cited For Contempt Over SA Nationals Detention – NPP Lawyer Fumes Over Deportation

NPP Vows To Continue Training Akufo-Addo’s ‘bodyguards’ Despite SA Deportation

This topic is still trending as the BNI are not done with their investigations on the matter. Still hang on as we’ll continue to provide you with latest information on the issue.

3. Zanetor Rawlings’ Court Woes

The Electoral Commission confirmed that Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, the National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary candidate for the Klottey Korle Constituency, was not a registered voter according to their records. The EC made this known in a letter written by Chairperson, Charlotte Osei, to a private legal practitioner, Thaddeus Sory, giving him instructions to represent them in court, in a suit filed against Dr. Zanetor Rawlings and the EC, by incumbent NDC MP for Klottey Korle, Nii Armah Ashietey.

Since then, it has been court case after court case for the daughter of former president of Ghana, JJ Rawlings. The following are crucial stories we covered on the case which you can’t afford to miss.

Klottey Korle Saga: Nii Ashietey’s Lawyer, Gary Nimako Says His Life Is In Danger

No show In Court For Ashitey vs Zanetor Case?

Nii John Coleman Pulls Out Of Zanetor Suit

Court Dishes Out GH¢2,500 Fine To Zanetor For Wasting Its Time

Zanetor Files New Suit At Supreme Court Over Baafo’s Ruling

The case is yet to be completely settled. We’ll still keep you updated with proceedings as they unfold.

4. BoG Governor and British ‘drug lord’ Arrest

The mujch talked about British Drug lord who was arrested in Ghana is one David McDermott, who according to UK officials is a member of an organised crime syndicate from Liverpool  working in Ghana’s mining industry and had been on the run for the past three years, for attempting to import cocaine into the UK. Get details of the entire gist by reading the following:

Fugitive British Drug Lord Arrested In Ghana Happens To Be BoG Governor’s In-law

Extradition Process For British ‘Drug Lord’ Begins Today

British Drug Dealer Arraigned And Charged In Ghana

The story is still on as the lawyers for the drug lord are still fighting for him to be tried here in Ghana. Keep up with us because we’ll keep feeding you with updates on the case.

5. Mahana and Nana Addo’s debate

After so many criticisms directed towards the President Mahama from the New Patriotic Party’s flag bearer, Nana Akuffo-Addo, the president challenged him to a face to face debate which will create an enabling environment for them to trash their grievances. This summon by Mr President however woke up some sleeping lions who were ready to bite should they lay hands on their prey… See:

President Mahama Challenges Nana Addo To A Debate

‘I’ll Debate Mahama If It Will Solve Ghana’s Problems’ – Nana Addo

“Come Face Me, Not Akufo-Addo” – Nduom Challenges Mahama

6. Independence Day Error-ridden Brochure

Following the celebration of Ghana’s 59th Independence day celebrations held on the 6th of March, photos of grammatical and typographical errors found on the Independence brochure went viral on social media which also had the “Coat of Arms” wrongly spelt among other errors. This got many tongues wagging. See – 

Occupy Ghana Demands Answers From Govt On Error-ridden Brochure Saga

NDC MP Calls For Removal ISD boss From Office For Error-Ridden Brochure

7. Mahama’s Scotland Trip

President Mahama’s visit to Scotland turned sour when some Members of the Scottish Parliament have called on their government to confront President John Dramani Mahama on Ghana’s alleged abuses of its lesbian and gay citizens. get details below:

Scottish MPs Boycott Mahama Over Gay Rights

8. PURC Squanders Money on X-Mas Hampers

Reports revealed that Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) exhausted about GHC 99, 663 on the distribution of Christmas hampers. This was said to have taken place during the 2012 Christmas and New Year break. The Auditor General, Richard Quartey indicated this discovery in a recent report, decrying the act and calling for sanctions on PURC.

See – PURC Spent Almost GHC100, 000 On Christmas Hampers?

9. Jake’s Death

Popular UK-based Ghanian politician, Jacob Obetsebi-Lamptey died on Sunday March 20 in a London hospital. His demise came as a shock to many prominent Ghanaians, especially, members of the NPP. Read the story below to get details.

UPDATE: Former NPP Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey To be Laid To Rest On April 22

10. BoG Governor Steps Down

Wampah, whose term was officially to end on August 5, told Reuters he had informed President John Mahama of his intention to leave by the end of March 2016. The tenure has been a stressful one for Dr Kofi Wampah as result of so many issues that besieged it such as the DKM saga, the failing cedi and that of his son-in-law on drug charges.

He said one of his two deputies, either Millison Narh or Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, was expected to serve as interim central bank governor until President Mahama chooses a permanent successor. Millison Narh was eventually appointed as his temporary successor but Abdul Nashiru Issahaku was given the job full time by President.