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Fear grips Ghanaians in Maryland over murder of Chris Attoh’s wife



Fear grips Ghanaians in Maryland over murder of Chris Attoh’s wife

The gruesome murder of Bettie Jenifer, wife of famous Ghanaian actor, Chris Attoh, last Friday has sent shivers down the spine of many Ghanaian residents in Maryland, USA. The sad incident has also attracted mixed reactions about what might have motivated the murder.

While some suspect it could have been a contract killing, others allege the killing could be punishment for Attoh himself over unvoiced infractions.

When Graphic Online visited the scene of the murder 36 hours after the incident, the police had removed their cordon of the crime scene. However, a couple of police patrol vehicles were parked at different spots close to the crime scene. There was no one available immediately to comment.

Meanwhile, the building in which she worked also houses a school where some Ghanaians are undertaking courses in data management.

Although they refused to comment, they could be heard discussing what they thought actually happened.

According to one, she heard the shots and rushed out but all she saw was a car driving away from the scene of the murder. She could not describe the make of the car because it was slightly dark at the time of the incident.

One student who parked close to the scene had to be escorted to her vehicle before she moved for fear of an attack from the unknown assassin.

Ghana Embassy “No comment”

When contacted, the Ghana Embassy in Washington declined comment on the matter.

“At this point, the Embassy is not going to make any comment on the matter”, an official told Graphic Online in a WhatsApp chat.

Murder report

Jenifer, an American, was gunned down in the parking lot of Capital Office Park, 6301-6421 Ivy Lane, Maryland. The area shares a compound with Crowne Plaza Hotel and other offices.

The area is well landscaped with many trees which makes it possible for anybody to commit crime a escape.

Bettie was reported to have left the office and was walking to her car when a man armed with a handgun approached her.

When she tried to run away, the man followed her and fired at her multiple times, with at least one shot hitting her.

The gunman then made his escape in a getaway vehicle.

The Maryland Police have declared the killer wanted.

Giving details about the physical appearance of the killer, the police described him as “a black male with a thick build and black hair, wearing a dark shirt and pants.”

The relationship

Chris Attoh and Bettie Jenifer were married at a private event at North Kaneshie, Accra, Ghana in October 2018. This was 10 months after ending his marriage to DamiloIa Adegbite, a Nigerian actor with whom he has a son.

Last week, Chris Attoh sparked speculation on social media that all was not well with his second marriage after he deleted all of Bettie’s pictures from his social media pages.

It was alleged that they had broken up but neither of the two publicly confirmed or denied the story of a separation.

Chris is believed to be in America but was it not clear whether the police had picked him for questioning.


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Otumfuo’s daughter succeeds Berla Mundi on GHOne TV



Otumfuo’s daughter succeeds  Berla Mundi on GHOne TV

Daughter of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the King of Asante takes over from Berla Addardey Mundi, as the new host of GhOne TV’s ‘The Late Afternoon Show’, Management of EIB Network has confirmed.

Berla Mundi divorced her relationship with the media conglomerate on Thursday August 15, 2019 and is heading for TV3’s Media General.

But EIB Network has since announced her replacement in the person of Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh, a General Practitioner at Clarion Health International and an advocate of Cervical Cancer awareness.

The official announcement on the Instagram page of GHOne TV sighted by reads” Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh is a medical practitioner with major interest in Global Public Health.

She an old student of St Roses Secondary School, Akwetia, further studied at Headington Girls School, Oxford, (United Kingdom), University College Of London – Biomedical Science, School Of Medical Science (KNUST) – Medicine, Queen Mary University of London – Masters in Global Public Health.

Dr Prempeh is the founder of a non-profit organization called CERVIVA focused on creating awareness and educating women on Cervical Cancer. She also continues to practice medicine with experience working at 37 Military Hospital – Accra, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital- Kumasi, and Abenkyiman Hospital – Kumasi. She is currently at Claron Health International – Accra as the Resident Medical Officer.

Away from all this, she also has In health Medical Solution that focuses on Healthcare Customer Service Training, Medical Supplies, Medical Tourism, Health and Preventative Medicine Education.

Today she is a medical doctor , with interest in Global Public Health focusing in Preventive Medicine and Female reproductive Cancers , especially cervical cancer in Ghana”

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Comedian Steve Harvey lands in Ghana for Year of Return



Comedian Steve Harvey lands in Ghana for Year of Return

The Year of Return, an initiative aimed at marking 400 years since the first black slaves landed in Jamestown Virginia is taking off like fire.

Already, the initiative that urges Africans in the diaspora to come back home, has seen an array of celebrities make their way into Ghana to explore, learn and appreciate their roots.

American comedian and television host, Steve Harvey, has joined the array of African American diasporan who have visited to learn more about their roots to slavery.

The Minister of Tourism, Babara Oteng Gyasi and the Year of Tourism committee met up with the comedian at the W.E.B DuBois Centre in Cantonments, Accra.

Steve Harvey was greeted by Mrs Oteng Gyasi who disclosed she was ecstatic to have the actor visit the country.

The comedian is in town with his family to visit the various tourist sites including the castles where slaves were kept, learn more about Ghanaian music and also about the African roots.

Steve Harvey is not the only celebrity from the United States to have come to Ghana.

Actor Boris Johnson, in late 2018, along with some of his friends from Hollywood, came to the country to spend Christmas.

The team included Nicole Ari Parker, Diggy Simmons, Micheal Jai White, Anthony Anderson (of Blackish), Rosario Dawson, Jidenna, Cynthia Bailey, Bozoma Saint John and many others

They explored the castles, markets, traditions, culture. In their adventures and quest to learn more about traditions, Michael Jai White got enstooled as ‘Odupong’ of Akwamu Traditional Area by the Akwamuhene Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III – Akwamumanhene.

Also, in honour of the celebrations, the committee organised a music festival which saw sensational artiste Deborah Cox, Ernie Smith, Irvin Mayfield and reggae band Third World coming to the country to perform and explore the music, art and culture.

After tracing his roots to Gabon, ace actor Samuel L Jackson, also made his way to Ghana to shoot a documentary on slavery.

His adventures in the country included visiting local markets like Makola, fish markets in cape coast and many others to have a feel of the culture and the people.


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Peace Hyde delivers keynote speech at Flourish Africa Conference



Peace Hyde delivers keynote speech at Flourish Africa Conference

Unstoppable Peace Hyde just gave an incredibly powerful keynote speech for Africa’s richest woman whilst suffering from her leg injury.

Peace Hyde’s verbal delivery brought power to her words and tears to the eyes of over 1000 women at the 2019 Flourish Africa conference in Lagos, Nigeria. Hyde’s speech to the group of millennial women had the hallmarks of what you’d expect from a master orator: personal stories, wisdom, insights, humour and short, motivational sayings that are pure gold on social media.

The founder of education non-profit Aim higher and the head of digital media and partnerships for Forbes Africa graced the prestigious event, created by one of the wealthiest women on the African continent, Folorunso Alakija, with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion according to Forbes. It comes after Hyde suffered a grade three ligament tear to her right ankle over a month ago.

Still badly injured and struggling to walk in a cast, Hyde’s speech which stirred the audience’s emotions was focused on her remarkable journey where she overcame challenging obstacles to make the transition from a science teacher in the UK to one of the continent’s most successful media personalities and education activists.

She encouraged the women to not be scared to move in order to disrupt their environments and to use their skills to achieve their fullest potential through faith, hard work and perseverance.

Watch highlights below:

Source: Brenda Omawumi

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