Just like a few countries around the world, Ghana closed its borders on midnight Sunday, March 22 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
This was made known by the president Nana Akufo-Addo in an address to the Nation. During the address, the president stated “All our borders; by land, sea and air, will be closed to human traffic for the next two weeks beginning midnight on Sunday.”
However, the border closure has been extended a couple of times during national addresses leaving the aviation industry in turmoil.
Aside from the growing impact on the aviation industry, a number of individuals have got themselves stuck in foreign lands and are unable to return to their home country. These include businessmen and professionals from different field of life.
However, this article focuses on a number of Ghanaian musicians stuck in foreign lands who wish they could return to the motherland but are unable to due to border closure and the grounding of several flights around the world.
Undoubtedly one of Ghana’s biggest musical exports over the past few years, the CEO of SarkCess Music is one of the many citizens stuck out of the country due to the coronavirus pandemic and the closure on Ghana’s borders.
Currently in the United States of America, Sarkodie had earlier visited Spain, one of the countries with the highest recorded coronavirus cases.
Sarkodie who had kept his head up high hoping all this would be over soon seems already tired in the foreign land and wishes the president of Ghana would give a grace period of two days for citizens who wish to return their home country.
In a recent tweet, the rapper said;
Spain has so far recorded 204,178 coronavirus cases with 82,514 recoveries and 21,282 deaths.
Aka the Fante Van Damme. Although tempted to exclude him from the list since he’s got ties and real family in Italy where he is currently locked down, Pappy Kojo is one of the first few Ghanaian musicians who called on the government of Ghana for an intervention to get him back home.
His call sparked up a conversation as to whether it was prudent for the government to ‘risk’ it in repatriating its citizens in these foreign countries.
Speaking in an interview with MzGee on TV3, Pappy Kojo reiterated he was not safe in Italy.
“I’m not safe, I live just across a busy street and people keep using that road every minute which is not safe for me, I’ve been calling out to the government [President Akufo-Addo and his ministers] yet no response, I’m a Ghanaian and I’ve done a lot for this country in terms of creative arts.”
The Ghanaian Embassy in Italy recently reached out to inform me about the death of some two Ghanaians residing in Italy which I told them I’ve heard the news. Sincerely I’m not safe, I have something to feed on now but I’m afraid I might soon run out of food.
Italy as at the time of this publication had recorded 181,228 coronavirus cases with 48,877 recoveries and 24,114 deaths.
Call him the Puff Daddy of Gh music!
Desmond Blackmore as he is officially known is one of the 5 Ghanaian musicians stuck outside the country.
Currently being hosted in the United States of America, D Black seems tired abroad (Amanone) and wants to come home. Although silent on the matter, the rapper seconded Sarkodie’s call via Twitter saying; “Mi nnipa Ka biom! na ma br3 amanone” which literally translates as “Say that again, I’m tired abroad.
The United States of America is fast becoming the country with the most recorded cases with 799,515 confirmed cases, 73,373 recoveries and 42,897 deaths.
Signed to Harbour City Recordz, the Shishiblishi hitmaker and VGMA Unsung nominee is having to deal with unplanned expenses in the United Kingdom where he is at the moment.
Scheduled for a number of shows in the UK, the musician was hit with uncertainties as the global pandemic caused various governments to put their countries on lockdown.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment News – www.nydjlive.com, Real MC revealed he’s not too excited at the developments especially as his team has to cough up so much to cater for unplanned bills within the period.
The Wrowro Ho hitmaker makes up the 5th person on our radar!
Just like Real MC, Agbeshie is stuck in the United Kingdom and wishes to return to Ghana.
He has, therefore, joined a call on the president by colleague musician Sarkodie to grant access to citizens who wish to return home.
An early call by Pappy Kojo proved futile as Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, in an interview with MzGee, stated that it was impossible to jet the rapper back to Ghana.
She is quoted as saying;
“Currently, travelling is out of the question. We’re not encouraging people to come to Ghana,” she said. “Ghanaians can return home but if you’re in a country which is locked down and you don’t have a flight coming in, then how do you travel? Does he want to be jetted back to Ghana? How is that possible? We cannot arrange a jet to bring an individual back.”
“We’re trying to contain a situation and the directive is that for countries which have recorded over 200 cases, we are not allowing people from those countries into Ghana because we are also trying to contain the situation here. And I believe that wherever he finds himself if he follows the guidelines from the protocols, he will be safe,” she added.
How To Surprise Your GirlfriendOn Her Birthday
If you want to make your girlfriend feel special on her birthday, there are a lot of things that you can do. You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to make her feel loved and appreciated.
In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:
Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.
Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.
Here are some ideas:
- Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
- Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
- Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉
Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.
As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!
If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!
Take her on an unconventional date.
A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.
If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.
You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).
Get her a thoughtful gift.
When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!
A few ideas:
- Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
- Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)
Spend more time with her than you usually do.
As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.
You could take her out for a fancy dinner or buy her a gift, but those are all things that have been done in the past by other people and they might not be as special to her as they once were. Instead, why not spend more time together?
Spend more time with her than you usually do. Make sure that each day you spend some quality one-on-one time with her before bedtime so that she knows how much she means to you—and how much fun she can be!
important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!
Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
- Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
- Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
- Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
- Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
- Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!
Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.
Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.
If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.
Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.
This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!
Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).
Give her a private dance party.
If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.
You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.
If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!
Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.
One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.
The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.
For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!
You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money
You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.
Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.
To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.