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Historic 450-kilometer swim conclusion is celebrated by Yvette Tetteh and The Or Foundation in the Volta river



Drummers and dancers don’t perform on the Volta River’s banks every day, but neither do people who complete the longest known swim in Ghanaian history. Agribusiness owner, athlete, and activist Yvette Tetteh, 30, is the only person to have ever swum across the Volta River from Buipe to Ada.

Yvette and the crew of The Woman Who Does Not Fear, an auxiliary research vessel of The Or Foundation, traveled down Ghana’s largest internal waterway during the course of the expedition, gathering extensive data on microfiber pollution from textile waste and spreading awareness of the effects of waste colonialism on the ecosystems that support millions of people in the area.

As Yvette completed the final kilometers, large crowds gathered along the river banks in Ada to celebrate numerous records and firsts. the longest swim ever recorded in Ghana. most miles paddled in a kayak in Ghanaian history. the first solar-powered research vessel in Ghana and ground-breaking studies on Accra’s and the Volta River System’s water quality.

The Gulf of Guinea current at the Ada estuary pushed Yvette upstream on the penultimate day of the swim, making it one of the hardest days thus far, according to Yvette. She persisted, though, all the way to the Tsarley Kope Beach Resort, where a party was in store.

She says, “The trip began in Buipe on March 7th with the difficult process of submerging the Ghana-built aluminum research vessel. The Swim Team, as the expedition crew has come to refer to itself, then traveled down the Black Volta onto the Volta Lake, stopping in towns and villages along the way, many of which had been inundated by rising waters and some of which are not even depicted on standard maps. The expedition stopped in Yeji for a few days to replenish supplies and basic pleasures, such as haircuts, before moving on to Kete Krachi and Tapa Abotoase for quick boat repairs before swimming toward Kpando and Akosombo.

Swimming was particularly difficult in the rough waters south of Kpando, where waves frequently broke above her head. One day, despite swimming for several hours, she only covered 1.5 kilometers—one tenth of her typical distance.

This may have been discouraging, but the expedition team decided to press on and show that everything is possible with the correct amount of determination and cooperation.

As Yvette emerged from the water wearing her specially manufactured recycled swimsuit and an anklet holding a water sample device to record the chemicals in touch with her skin, the chief, community leaders, local kids, and a drum group gathered around her. In front of the specially built solar-powered research vessel that The Or Foundation will now deploy along the coast of Accra to map ocean pollution, Yvette and the crew thanked the cheering crowd for their support and took questions from members of the public and international and local press.

To assure her safety in the water throughout the voyage, Yvette was followed by a kayaker.

Ofoe Amegavie, the expedition’s documentarian, and Edwin Dzobo, science lead and communications manager for The Or Foundation, paddled in tandem for many hundreds of kilometers, perhaps setting a record for the longest distance paddled in Ghana. Ofoe, an Ada native who has spent the majority of his career documenting the shifting water patterns that are upsetting life along the coast, felt as though he was returning home during the final leg of the voyage. Ofoe captured the colossal human-environmental connection swimming Ghana’s largest river with this keen eye for how people and the environment interact.

The mission builds on a year and a half of scientific investigation by The Or Foundation into the effects of discarded secondhand clothing has on the ecosystem as it flows through Ghana, one of the world’s major recipients of used clothes.

The Or Foundation, an Accra-based NGO working at the intersection of environmental justice, education, and fashion development, estimates that 15 million items of used clothing from Global North nations like the EU, the UK, and the USA enter local markets in Ghana each week. Additionally, 40% of every bale of used clothing opened in Accra, Ghana’s largest secondhand market, Kantamanto, is typically discarded as waste, leading to significant environmental and social problems.

The Accra beaches are covered in thousands of textile tentacles, or tangled masses of abandoned apparel, some of which are over ten meters long, according to the Or Foundation. The Agbetsi Living Water Swim, which ends this week, is currently monitoring the effects of textile waste around the nation. Agbetsi, which means life water in the indigenous Ewe language of Ghana, is a fitting name for an expedition that aims to preserve Ghana’s waterways.

Once in Akosombo, the Bravehearts Expeditions team helped Yvette swim between the Akosombo and Akuse dams while the Or Foundation team, led by Special Projects and Logistics Manager Enoch Nsoh, worked to move the boat overland around the dams with assistance from the local boat builder Benlex Engineering.

Yvette and the expedition team, which also included the boat’s captain JayJay Addo-Koranteng of Bravehearts Expeditions, renowned documentary photographer Ofoe Amegavie, Edwin Dzobo, and artist and environmentalist Isabel Abreu, collected water and air samples every day using the same procedures as The Or Foundation team collecting samples in Accra. To keep communities along the swim route informed of the expedition’s progress, the expedition staff also disseminated information to them.

The Or Foundation has published “The Untold Stories from The Volta,” a series of 12 commissioned stories from along the expedition route, which is available through the campaign website This is the first collection of stories about the Volta River System and the people who live along it. The Or Foundation will show the movie “stories” to the public on the rooftop of their Adabraka building in Accra on May 19 at 6 p.m.

The project website offers images of hundreds of the water samples collected during the expedition, and The Or Foundation intends to publish a detailed study of the results in the coming months. Citizen scientists and aspiring swimmers can continue to follow the expedition by visiting, following @livingwaterswim and @theorispresent on Instagram, and listening to the daily dispatch audio diaries and the Untold Stories collection.

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I went through depression that nearly took my life – Evang. Amy Newman



Evangelist Amy Newman, a well-known gospel performer, has disclosed that she had despair that almost claimed her life.

The singer of the hit song “Okamafo Jesus” claimed in an interview with Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show, that she was only experiencing death during that time.

She adds that she had to experience spiritual deliverance before being saved.

“Four years ago, I traveled quite a bit; that was my relaxation. I suffered from depression during those four years and only saw death. If I locked myself in the room, the only thought on my mind would be to die, she said.

A new song called “Makoma Ahye Ma” was released by evangelist Amy Newman.

Amy claims that after she overcame her despair, the new track’s release was precipitated.

“I wrote this song, Makoma Ahye Ma, in 2009, but after going through a depressive episode, I chose to release it as a way to express my gratitude to God.”

She continues by saying that the new song has been posted on all of her social media accounts, and she encourages everyone to go check it out.

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Camidoh features Vybz Kartel, Miss Lafamilia, and DJ Lara Fraser for new Summer anthem “Taxi Man”



A fantastic summer anthem called “Taxi Man” was released by Ghanaian afropop singer and songwriter Camidoh. Download and stream “Taxi Man” here:

“Taxi Man,” a song co-produced by Ghana’s Streetbeatz and the renowned UK producer Toddla T, also features verses from the legendary Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel, the UK’s rising star Miss LaFamilia, and the Grammy-winning DJ and producer DJ Lara Fraser. Each of these artists contributes their distinct and unmatched performance style to the song.

The Ghanaian BET Award candidate for Afropop’s distinctive R&B and afrobeats rhythms are what give “Taxi Man” its distinctive dancehall and afrobeats mix. The song is accompanied by a beautiful portrait-style music video created by Amane Akbaraly. The video, which was shot at the renowned Zap Studios in Camberwell, London, documents a day spent with DJ Lara Fraser, Camidoh, and Miss LaFamilia.

With nominations for the BET Awards, AFRIMA, and The Headies, as well as praise for his debut project L.I.T.A., Camidoh has been on the rise. He made his debut on the Ghanaian music scene in 2018 after signing with the independent label Grind Don’t Stop (GDS) and releasing his debut track, “For My Lover.” The single and its remix generated excitement about him as the next big thing, which led to the release of his debut effort, the six-track EP known as Contigency Plan (CP), to rapturous reviews.

The viral smash tune “Sugarcane,” which Camidoh debuted in December, was his big break, though. When the chart-topping “Sugarcane” remix with King Promise, Mayorkun, and Darkoo was released in April 2022, it propelled Camidoh to stardom and made him one of the most sought-after African artists of the year. To further broaden his appeal throughout Africa and beyond, he released the mini album “Sugarcane EP” and the notable singles “Kaba” and “Slow” after the big single.

Early this year, he joined the exclusive Golden Club of Boomplay, Africa’s largest music streaming and download service, after becoming the second Ghanaian artist to attain and surpass the milestone of 100 million streams.

Taxi Man [Visualizer] by Camidoh, Vybz Kartel, Miss Lafamilia, and Dj Lara Fraser

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I’m glad that everyone is picking up my book. After the release of her book, Yvonne Nelson talks for the first time.



Yvonne Nelson, an actress and novelist from Ghana, has expressed her happiness over the positive reception to her memoir, “I Am Not Yvonne Nelson.”

Yvonne Nelson highlighted in an exclusive interview with Giovani Caleb on 3FM that the demand for her novel has outstripped expectations and caused a lack of accessible copies during her book signing event at Silverbird Cinemas.

Since there aren’t enough books available right now, I’m glad Ghana is reading. I’m glad that everyone is reading, she said.

When questioned about the possibility of making a film version of her novel, Yvonne Nelson said she did not see herself taking on the position of producer for the endeavor.

“I don’t think I’ll be the one to produce it, but I feel great that people are reading,” she said, gesturing to the audience.

She didn’t give specifics, but her response hints that there may be plans or negotiations for a movie version.

Her tense relationship with her mother and the unanswered concerns about her father’s identity are two major themes in Yvonne Nelson’s memoir; nevertheless, she refuses to comment on how her mother reacted to the book and the disclosures in it.

She replied, “I think she’s reading it too, and I think everyone else is reading, so it’s good.

On Apple’s Memoirs and Biographies list, “I am Not Yvonne Nelson,” which explores her personal journey and illuminates the truths of the celebrity world, is presently in the top spot.

Yvonne Nelson also expressed her happiness at the book’s popularity, saying, “We are number 1 on Apple Memoirs and Biographies so it’s good, I’ve got people reading and that’s good.”

Plans to refill “I Am Not Yvonne Nelson” have been made in reaction to the book’s resounding success.

Yvonne Nelson stressed her dedication to enabling universal access to her memoir by revealing that extra copies will be made available at the University of Ghana bookstore.

“By Friday we are going to get more and send them to the University of Ghana bookstore, I gave them copies and it got finished in thirteen minutes, all over Ghana we’ll make sure we supply to all the bookstores,” said Yvonne to Giovani Caleb.

The ‘Princess Tyra’ actress hasn’t discussed her memoir since it was published on Sunday, but she chose not to mention the subjects and people she mentioned in the compelling book.

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