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EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

ISSN 001003

THURSDAY 31ST MAY, 2012

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KPANDO SHS MARKS 59TH SPEECH AND PRIZE

CRISTIANO RONALDO RECEIVES 2 011 BEST E.C PROVISIONAL RESULT p-3 IN VR

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he Director General of Police in charge of Human Resource D e v e l o p m e n t , Commissioner of Police (COP) Hamidu Mahama Sampah have charged personnel of the Ghana Police Services to exhibit a high sense of professionalism in the course of their duties by being impartial. He said this will create a conducive atmosphere for citizens to entrust them and give them the needed support towards maintaining peace and tranquility before, during and after the 2012 general elections.

COP Hamidu Sampah made the call he presented building materials to the Fodome Police Post and items to the Volta School of the Deaf both in the Hohoe Municipality. The Director General of Police presented 10,000 Ghana cedis worth of building materials including cements and roofing sheets to the Fodome community to expand facilities at their police post to make it a fully fledged Police Station with an adjoining ICT centre to enhance ICT education for both the Police and the community. Cont. P-3

GHANAIANS WATCH-OUT- ANOTHER DEADLY DISEASE!!! LUPUS (INCURABLE)

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upus is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs. Under normal function, the immune system makes proteins called antibodies in order to protect and fight against antigens such as viruses and bacteria. Lupus makes the immune system unable to differentiate between antigens and healthy tissue. This leads the immune system to direct antibodies against the healthy tissue - not just antigens causing swelling, pain, and tissue damage. What causes lupus?

Although doctors do not know exactly what causes lupus and other autoimmune diseases, most believe that lupus results from both genetic and environmental stimuli. Since lupus is known to occur within families, doctors believe that it is possible to inherit a genetic predisposition to lupus. There are no known genes, however, that directly cause the illness. It is probable that having an inherited predisposition for lupus makes the disease more likely only after coming into contact with some environmental trigger. The higher number of lupus cases in females than in males may indicate that the disease can be triggered by certain hormones. Physicians believe that hormones such as estrogen regulate the progression of the disease because symptoms tend to flare before menstrual periods and/or during pregnancy. Certain environmental factors have been known to cause lupus symptoms. These include: extreme stress, exposure to ultraviolet light, usually from sunlight, smoking, some medications, and antibiotics, especially those in the sulfa and penicillin groups, some infecti-ons, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), parvovirus (such as fifth disease), hepatitis C infections, and the Epstein-Barr virus (in children), Chemical exposure to compounds such as trichloroethylene in well water and dust Symptoms of lupus Since no two cases of lupus are exactly alike, there is a wide range of symptoms that are known to affect many parts of the body.

Sometimes symptoms develop slowly or appear suddenly; they can be mild, severe, temporary, or permanent. Most people with lupus experience symptoms in only a few organs, but more serious cases can lead to problems with kidneys, the heart, the lungs, blood, or the nervous system. Lupus episodes, or flares, are usually noted by a worsening of some of the following symptoms: •Achy joints (arthralgia), arthritis, and swollen joints, especially in wrists, small joints of the hands, elbows, knees, and ankles •Swelling of the hands and feet due to kidney problems •Fever of more than 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) •Prolonged or extreme fatigue •Skin lesions or rashes, especially on the arms, hands, face, neck, or back •Butterfly-shaped rash (malar rash) across the cheeks and nose •Anemia (oxygen carrying deficiency of red blood cells) •Pain in the chest on deep breathing or shortness of breath •Sun or light sensitivity (photosensitivity) •Hair loss or alopecia •Abnormal blood clotting problems •Raynaud's phenomenon: fingers turn white and/or blue or red in the cold •Seizures •Mouth or nose ulcers •Weight loss or gain

•Dry eyes •Easy bruising •Anxiety, depression, headaches, and memory loss Lupus can also lead to complications in several areas of the body. These include: •Kidneys - serious kidney damage is a primary cause of death for lupus sufferers. •Central nervous system - lupus can cause headaches, dizziness, memory problems, seizures, and behavioral changes. •Blood and vessels - lupus causes an increased risk of anemia, bleeding, blood clotting, and vessel inflammation •Lungs - noninfectious pneumonia and difficulty breathing due to inflammation of the chest cavity are more likely with lupus •Heart - heart muscle and artery inflammation are more likely with the disease, and lupus increases the chances of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. •Infection - lupus treatments tend to depress the immune system making your body more vulnerable to infection. •Cancer - lupus increases the risk of cancer, especially of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, lung cancer, and liver cancer •Bone tissue death - a lower blood supply to bone tissue leads to tiny breaks and eventual death of bone. This is most common in the hip bone. •Pregnancy - lupus increases the risk of miscarriage, hypertension during pregnancy, and preterm birth. •How is lupus treated? Cont. next edition


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A.M.E ZION CHURCH GETS NEW CHAPEL

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he Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ametefee has reiterated government's resolve for the maintenance of peace and security in the country. He therefore urged religious bodies to enhance government's efforts by using their pulpits to preach peace, love and unity. Mr. Ametefee was speak-ing at the dedication of the A.M.E Zion Holy Trinity Chapel in Ho. The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ametefee admonished those in leadership positions in the country to collaborate efforts at ensuring peace and unity which is the basic prerequisite to the socio-economic development of the country. He urged the Churches not to concentrate on only the spiritual upliftment of their members but to ensu-re their physical development. The preliminary efforts to establish an A.M.E Zion mission and church in Ho began in 1946. But it was in 1959 that its present site was acquired. However it is in 1969 that the Holy Trinity A.M.E Zion formerly Trinity A.M.E Zion Church was officially opened under a shed made of palm branches by the then Circuit pastor Anselm Zormelo. In 1975, the Church started its local school with the humble beginning of 27 members, the Church has now got a large congre-gation with four local branches. The school has also grown into a Junior High School.

The Presiding Bishop of the Western West Africa Episcopal district of the A.M.E Zion Church, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mildred Bonnie Hines in a sermon a dmonished Christians to eschew selfishness, greed and activities that contradict the will of God. Dr. Hines who is the first female Bishop of the Church urged religious leaders not to use their position for monetary gains but rather seek the welfare of mankind. In a speech read on his behalf, the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbi Afede commended the Church for its efforts at improving the lot of the people particularly in education and health. He however urged them to expand their activities to the deprived communities. The Pastor-In- Charge, the Rev. Gabriel Kwasi Senanu disclosed that the church has constructed a three unit classroom block and a 10 seater water closet for the local school. The Church has also purchased a minibus for evangelism. The Rev. Senanu mentioned the unavailable fence wall round the school to prevent encroachment, insufficient furniture and computers as some of the challenges facing the school. The Rev. Senanu however commended Dr. Paul Kuivi who has built and furnished the head teacher's office. Retired priests, presiding elders and trustees who contributed immensely to the development of the church were awarded.

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he film industry is one fastest growing sectors of the entertainment world. It is earning many countries inflow of valuable foreign exchange. we the youth of volta region are well cultivated , has a good command of the english language, well talented but unfortunately for us there is nothing like a film school or a sustainable movie industry that will help us to bring out our talents. our elders continue to die with our history that can be written to make a movie which will br purely african movies. our youth are jobless because they do not have a stepping stone.we sit down doing nothing with our talents and histories hollywood and nollywood continue to influence us wiyh their histories and movies which make us not to make good use of our talents and histories.

To talk of resources in volta region,we have lot of resourecs that can be used for our movies. We have thousands of typical african villages tha can be used for real african village scenes. then what are we waiting for why can,t we make good use of our talents why can,t we reduce joblesness within our youth with movie making its all about vollywood. Vollywood is a new movie industry located in hohoe volta region. our aim is ti recruit and train qulified actors and actresses to uplift and boost the image of the ghanaian film industry, also to bring out the talents in youth.we also aimed to bring out the histroies and culture of our land and to lift the heritage of our forefathers who have been forgotten because of western cultuere . we aim at bringing people living in the rural areas and their plight to our screen through movies so that they can be noticed and helped.

EPUC SECOND CONGREGATION From Maclean Spark

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he Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ford Kamel has observed that knowledge and skills acquired by the country's graduates and academia will become meaningless and useless if it is not used for the development and betterment of the Community and Society.

He therefore urged the country's intelligentsia to exhibit values and virtues that will promote the countries rapid socio-economic development. Mr. Ford Kamel made the remarks at the Second Congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian University College in Ho. The Evangelical Presbyterian University College (EPUC) was established in 2007 with 54 students with affiliation to the University of Cape Coast and the Eden Theology Seminary in the U.S.A. From this humble beginning, it has developed steadily and today, it can now boast of one thousand and sixty students, but with infrastructural and other challenges. It also has a total faculty of 11 full time and 14 part time lecturers with an administrative and supporting staff of 31. Currently the EPUC is offering three degree programmes in Business Administration and one in Pastoral Ministry and Church Management. Plans are also far advance to introduce two new Programmes in Business Administration and one each in Corporate Secretaryship and Management and Finance Integrated Development Studies. The Volta Regional Minister lauded the role of the E.P. Church in national development particularly in the education, health and agricultural sectors. He stressed that the Church has over the year's complemented government's efforts at improving the living conditions of its people and urged them on. The Volta Regional Minister urged the graduants to live lives worthy of emulation by leading the fight against activities that destroy “our valued social concepts�.

Mr. Kamel urged them to be honest but fearless and critical so as to praise where praise is due and condemn where condemnation is needed. In a speech read on her behalf, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Nana Jane OpokuAgyemang noted that it is very expensive to establish and run a university. It is therefore obvious that a university such as the EPUC will be facing enormous challenges. Consequently, she appealed to all stakeholders, investors, private developers and the public in particular to substantially support the college. She said it is only through that, that the college can meet its infrastructural development challenges, recruit, train and retain qualified staff and establish more schools and programmes. Prof. Opoku Agyemang advised the management of the EPUC to take measures to establish appropriate structures such as Academic Planning and Quality Assurance Unit and also ensure the adherence to the policies of tertiary education regulatory bodies. The Vice Chancellor also advised the EPUC to link with industry and other users of her products so as to improve their curricular and make them relevant. The President of the EPUC, Rev. Dr. Cyril Fayose disclosed that the institution is developing curricular and programmes for the establishment of schools of social sciences, education, computer and agricultural sciences, modern languages and African music and dance. He said the College is acquiring 188 acres plot near Ho for development into a campus of the University College and the establishment of the school of agriculture and research as well as a biogas center. Rev. Dr. Fayose further disclosed that study centers will be open in Keta and Kete Krachi districts and the Greater Accra region. He mentioned among other things infrastructural and financial inadequacies as challenges facing the College and appealed to all to support them to provide quality education to the people.

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3 POLICE CHIEF ASSISTS SCHOOL OF THE DEAF He said the project when completed will not only help maintain peace in the community but improve on security on the Hohoe campus of the proposed University of Health and Allied Sciences to be established in the Volta Region. COP Mahama Sampah attributed Ghana's underdevelopment to the selfish interest of some citizens in leadership positions who amass wealth at the detriment of the masses, especially the needy and vulnerable. He therefore appealed to individuals, corporate organizations and NGO's to assist government in reducing extreme poverty in the country. This he said will go a long way in enhancing the country's peace and democratic dispensation. The Paramount Chief of the Fodome traditional area, Togbi Gbedegleme (III) lauded the efforts of the commissioner and appealed to others to compliment his efforts by contributing their quota to his development oriented agenda. He disclosed that since the (COP) Hamidu Sampah was

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installed the development chief of the area in March this year under the stool name Togbi Yingo Sampah (I), he had not relented in his efforts at bringing peace, unity and development to the area. At the Volta School of the Deaf, the Director General of Police presented 5,000 worth of assorted items including student mattresses, bags of rice, sugar, toiletries and beverages to the school. The Headmaster of the School, Daniel Dzotefee who received the items pledged that it will be used for its intended purpose. He disclosed that COP Mahama Sampah has made a standing order on his Ghana Commercial Bank account out of which the school since April has been receiving a percentage of his monthly salary. He mentioned the lack of a fence wall and teachers bungalows as some challenges facing the school. With the help of a translator most of the students expressed gratitude to the Police Chief and asked for God's blessings for him. They also called on other philanthropists and organization to emulate the gesture.

E.C PROVISIONAL RESULT From Quame Asare IN VR

THE CONTROVERSIAL DUAL DESKS HANDED OVER

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total number of 33 basic schools in the Ho Municipal has benefitted from the 1,000 mono and dual desks distributions. The Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Kodobisah, presenting the desks to the Municipal Education Directorate for onward distribution to the beneficiary schools, said the gesture is in pursuance of the “Better Ghana Agenda” of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).and Sons Construction Limited some weeks ago to the Assembly. He said the Assembly is expecting 800 dual and 1,000 pieces mono desks from Ossei Bossie Limited and Deltafa Limited respectively. Mr. Kodobisah said government has also provided classroom blocks, free exercise books and uniforms and increased the capitation grant to help Mr. Kodobisah disclosed that the

NDC CONDEMNS NPP'S INFLAMMATORY STATEMENT

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olta Region has recorded 1,147,128 during the recent fourphase 40-day Biometric Voter Registration Exercise held across the country. Ms. Laurencia Kpatakpa, the Regional Director of the Electoral Commission disclosed that the figures were provisional. She said the Ho Municipal Area recorded 134,400 registrations being the highest figure, Ketu South had the second highest figure, it recorded 125,386, followed by Hohoe Municipal with 102,206 and Keta Municipal recording 100,894. Also the North Tongu area had 87,084 and Ketu North, 60,800. The rest are Kpando56,323, Akatsi, 53,808, Krachi West, 52,752, South Tongu 52,278, Nkwanta South, 51,128, Nkwanta North, 44,533 and Adaklu Anyigbe, 44,432. Others are Biakoye 40,144,

Kadjebi-38,863, Krachi East, 37,947 and Jasikan, 37,504. South Dayi District recorded the lowest registration of 26,646. The Volta Region which has 18 administrative districts consists of 22 constituencies, the Keta, Ho and Hohoe municipalities and North Tongu have two constituencies while the rest are coterminous with constituencies. Mr. Selormey the Deputy Director of the Electoral Commission said that the EC is yet to arrive at the substantive figures as intercessions to challenges filed against certain applicants among other issues could differ the current figures. The first phase of the exercise, recorded the highest number with 355,849.

1,000 desks were the first consignment d e l i v e r e d b y MOFRAachieve academic excellence in schools. In a reaction to a GNA story carried by the Ghanaian Times on the front page of its Thursday, May 17 edition, on how hundreds of dual desks were left at the mercy of the weather for several months at the Assembly work yard, Mr. Kodobisah said the Assembly only provided a place for the contractor to fix the desks which had not been well sorted. “It was this process of assembling the furniture that some people failed to understand that the contractors have to finish with the assembling process, apply weevilfree chemical and final polishing; and subjecting them to inspection and final handling over to the assembly for onward delivery.” Mr. Kodobisah stated. Mr. John Teku, the Deputy Director of Planning at the Municipal Education Directorate received the items on behalf of the Ghana Education Service. He expressed gratitude to government for the gesture, saying the desks would alleviate the furniture plight facing the schools and urged the heads of beneficiary schools to make good use of the furniture.

he Ketu-South Constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in concert with a coalition of youth groups in the area has called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to assist the country maintain and gain from the potency of its peace. The call was made at a pressconference held at Denu to register the group's discontent at the alleged speech made by the AssinNorth Member of Parliament Kennedy Agyapong, that the Gas and Ewes in the Ashanti Region be eradicated. In a statement signed by the KetuSouth Constituency Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Ben-Bella Haligah requested the Danquah-Busia Tradition area and its offspring the NPP to put a stop to the triba-lism and violent. He stressed that what Mr. Kennedy Agyapong said were antecedents of hate speeches and provocation comments aga-inst Ewes and the Volta Region by persons from that tradition, he

added that such conducts were negative to building a strong and peaceful country. Mr. Haligah condemned the act of the NPP for lending support to the MP instead of disapproving what the statement described as “shameful hate calls which brushed the sensibilities of all wellmeaning Ghanaians”. Mr. Haligah however congratulated Mr. John Ndebugri, a member of the NPP for coming out to condemn the abysmal statement. He mourned that it is unfortunate that the appeal to tribalism has become a strategy of the NPP in the run-up to the 2012 elections. Mr. Haligah said the raging and past conflicts in Africa were prompts that promoting inter-ethnic ties was the best choice for Ghana. He urged the clergy, civil society groups and other stakeholders to stand up against irresponsible talks and help fight against tribalism.


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KPANDO SHS MARKS 59TH SPEECH AND PRIZE GIVING DAY From Quame Asare

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ith the call on parents to instill the habit of

decipline in the wards The Kpando District Director of Education, Ms. Dora Agorsor called on parents to help instill discipline in the youth from the home to help attain high academic excellence in their education to enable them contribute effectively to the socio economic development of the country. She noted that students need not only knowledge but relevant skills required for survival to enter the job market. Ms. Agorsor made the call at the 59th Speech and Prize Giving Day of Kpando Senior High School. The changing nature of technology and the competitiveness of the global job market require teachers to provide students with practical application of what is taught in classrooms with real life situation, Ms. Agorsor said. She added that practical application is a quality method of educational delivery that leads to academic excellence. The Kpando District Chief Executive, Francis Ganyaglo expressed misery on the rise of indiscipline in educational institutions in the country. He appealed to school administrations and P.T.As to support government in its role and be vigilant in the supervision of students to bring the refractory ones to book. Mr. Ganyaglo therefore recommended students to take their lessons seriously to justify the investment made into their education by their parents.

Mr. Ganyaglo noted that government is committed to uplift the fallen standard of education throughout the country. He added that government has made provisions in this direction to advance upon the situation. Mr. Ganyaglo announced that as part of the “Better Ghana Agenda” government is constructing a 6 unit classroom block in Kpando Senior High School, Kpando Technical Institute, Anfoega Senior High School and Bishop Herman Collage. He disclosed that an ICT Center has been commissioned in Bishop Herman Collage and one ongoing in Kpando Technical Institute. A 2-Story 12 Unit classroom block is ongoing at Vakpo Senior High School and Bishop Herman Collage, he said. Mr. Ganyaglo added that a 4 x 4 Mahindra Pick-up has been allocated to the Vakpo Secondary Technical and Bishop Herman Collage to enhance effective management of the school's affairs. The Headmaster of the School, Fred Mordey appealed to traditional leaders to bury their differences and assist the school in its developmental projects. Mr. Mordey mentioned inadequate library to accommodate the increasing number of students, lack of staff bungalow and a fenced wall around the school compound as some of the challenges facing the school. He therefore pleaded with the government and other stakeholders to assist the school.

HO TO BECOME GREEN CITY From QUAME ASARE

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he Volta Regional branch of the Department of Parks and Gardens is upgrading its seedlings and developing new plants towards the beautification of the Ho Municipality. Speaking to newsmen in Ho, the Regional Director, Janet Oboni said the beautification will focus on roundabouts and other road intersections. Madam Oboni said Ho is very peaceful and when beautified will attract tourists. She added that the topography of the town particularly the mountains, rivers and streams,” are very appealing. Madam Oboni appealed to the Municipal authorities to create recreational parks for children and the general public. She also called for resources to enable the Parks and Gardens Department to embark on beautifying major towns and cities in the country. Madam Oboni said most of the plants they grow and use for beautification are medicinal and help refresh people and enhance their health.

SPORTS NOT DEVELOPING IN VR From QUAME ASARE

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he Volta region has many of its citizens in high positions of government. Akua Sena Dansua MP for the North Dayi constituency and the former Minister for Youth and Sports, the current Minister for Youth and Sports and M.P for the Anlo Constituency Clement Kofi Humado are among some of the personalities within the sports arena to help promote the games but has failed Voltarians. Mr. Worlanyo K. Agra, the Chief Executive of the National Sports Authority among others seems to be unconcern. The neglect contributes enormously to the underdevel-opment of sports in the region. The Ho Sport Stadium is the only sporting facility in the region and serves as the host for almost every sporting activity organized in the region. The facility which is designed to accommodate about 5000 spectators is depreciating in form. It has never seen any major rehabilitation since its establishment. A portion of the spectators stand is left uncovered;

few funs that visit the place to have a feel of the game are scotched by the sun. The state of the basketball court is not encouraging; polls holding the rims are rusted and serve as death trap to users. Markings on the court are washed away by rainfall and parts of the laid concrete on the floor of the pitch have cracked. The Stadium serves as the home ground for Division One campaigner Hot Steel F.C and a Second Division outfit Golden Eyes. Matches are sometimes deferred due to the awful condition of the drainage system; the pitch gets waterlogged after heavy rain falls. Green grasses on the pitch are unkempt, this makes playing on it unpleasant. The region also lacks qualified coaches and a well equipped athletic gym. Some months ago, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Clement Kofi Humado paid a working visit to the Volta region to meet, interact and visit land owners of a propose site for the Regional multipurpose Stadium that is to be built at Ho, since then nothing has been done.


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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ASOGLI STATE

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s most Ewes settlements traced their origin from Abyssinia now known as Ethiopia, so is the Asogli state. They migrated with other Ewes groups from Abyssinia to Oyo in Yorubaland located in the western part of Nigeria. They later advanced to Ketu in Benin formerly known as Dahomey before settling at Notsie now called the Republic of Togo. In Togo the Ewes lived under the administration of the famous and vindictive King Agorkoli. History sates that during their stay at Notsie they lived in a fenced wall, at a point in time the Asogli's detested the way and manner in which King Agorkoli treats them. With the leadership of Togbe Kakla, the Asoglis's decided to escape. They broke through a section of the fenced wall after softening it through constant splashing of water. The plot also included a deceiving plan of walking backwards after escaping out of the walled city through the broken portion. This was done with the purpose of creating an impression that the footprints on the ground were of those who had entered the city (Notsie). This act confused King Agorkoli's warriors, they could not trace the escaped subjects and before they realized what had happened most of the subjects had escaped to freedom.

The leader of the group Togbe Kakla and his people later broke away from the larger Ewe group to settle at Komedzrale. The Asogli's depended mainly on farming and hunting as their livelihood. As the population grows and the lands at Komedzarle gradually lost their fertility, the Asoglis had to migrate to another land which could support their livelihood thus farming and hunting. They later settled at Ho, their present settlement. Togbe Kakla had three sons and a daughter; they are Akoe, Letsu, Asor and Esa. The descendants of Akoe and Letsu founded Akoefe and Kpenoe and, Takla. Those of Asor settled at Ho after a halt at Hofedo, Esa's descendants settled at Saviefe. The Dagger that was used by Togbe Kakla to break the wall is called “Gligbayi� and a hallowed artifact of the Ewes is in the possession of the Paramount Chief of the Asogli State.

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t should be the hope and desire of anyone to make it to heaven. It should be the number one priority for anyone especially those who profess to be Christians. Nothing else is as important as going to heaven. Because the alternative is spending eternity with satan and his angels burning and tormenting in hell. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

and all these things shall be added to you." Our soul is the most precious thing we have. There is nothing that can equal its value. We read in Matthew 16:26, "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" One certainly does not profit in the tragic loss of his soul. It is easy in today's materialistic society to get caught up in the pursuit of materialism if we are not careful. Our Lord says in Matthew 6:19-21, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also." Our bank account needs to be in heaven. Everyday we need to tell ourselves that the main thing in this life is to go to Heaven. We read in Colossians 3:2, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." We should regularly think about going to Heaven. Heaven is a prepared place (John 14:2-3) for a prepared people. It will be such a wonderful place, which is beyond our wildest dreams. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." There is no way that Heaven can be described so we as mortal human beings can understand how wonderful it will be. A person will not accidentally go to Heaven. Going to Heaven is a lifelong race as we read in Hebrews 12:1, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Going to Heaven requires endurance, patience, and persistence. We must finish the race. Pastor Gabriel Gomado, is a publisher, broadcaster, and senior pastor of believers worship center, perth,Australia. Author of the book stranger in strange lands: building marriages that survive multicultural shock.


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