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All You Need To Know About Nafa City, Talented Musician & Music Producer From Ghana. 

Nafa City – Musician/Sound Engineer 

Nti Augustine Frimpong born on 14 September 1989  and better known by his stage name Nafa City is a Ghanaian recording artist, songwriter, performer and sound engineer.

Early life and career.

Nafa City was born Nti Augustine Frimpong on  14th September 1989 in a rural area known as Komeso in the Ashanti Akim south district of Ghana, to Lydia Penamang and Philip Oppong. He was named after his grandfather Mr. Nti who was a cocoa merchant.

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He grew up with his  mother, grandmother, uncle, his three cousins and younger sister. He was raised by his grandmother as his parents were separated at an early age. He attended Komeso presbyterian  primary  school and L/A JHS from 1997 to 2005.

Nafa City grew up listening to records of 2pac, Notorious BIG, Culture, Lucky Dube, Nana Ampadu,  Dr. Paa Bobo, Daddy Lumba,  Amakye Dede, Kojo Antwi,  Samini(then Batman) , 2face, Obrafour, and mostly his mentor Bob Marley.

He started writing music after completing junior high school in 2005 and he attended New Juaben College of Commerce in Koforidua in 2005 and completed in 2008.

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He recorded for the first time in June 2008 with Master Teddy a then producer for Daasebre  Gyamenah.

Nafa City relocated from the Ashanti region to the Greater Accra region of Ghana in 2009 where he resided with his cousin in a slum area called Dome. Just like  his mentor he struggled in poverty and found inspiration in music.

He met Dewem who owned a home studio in Lapaz in 2010 and they became good friends as the engineer helped him to develop more of his creative and writing skills by recording him multiple songs(Demos).

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In the year 2011 he got the opportunity to join a music group called “Dolo Records” in Dome  after they expressed interest in working with him .

He recorded “send us to school” a song which featured Nyax a Sierra Leonean artist who was studying in Ghana and was founder of the group. The song won the hearts of many music lovers across the Dome community and brought a lot of attention to the studio as a whole. He later on introduced “Ras Kuuku” a Dome based artist to the group as they began to get more recognition.

In 2015 he recorded “Oman”which means “the nation” in the Akan language and featured Obibini and Ras Kuuku . The song was produced by Ibee and it was to be released in the year 2016.

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Unfortunately most of the  group members left including the producer and it left the young teenager with no other choice than to learn music production and to become a sound engineer at the same time. Even though he acquired a lot of skills and knowledge about music production from the former engineer, he still continued to take part in online music production courses and studied theories online to master the art and to understand it better.

In January 2016 he lost his mother and at this point his music career nearly came to halt as the group “Dolo Records” eventually collapsed.

He continued to work alone on himself during these difficult times as he went through emotional changes.

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In April 2017 he was signed on to “4real Records Ghana” as the head engineer and producer. He worked with the label for a year and later on decided to work on his own after getting some experience with the label. He  recorded multiple songs in 2018 and shot his first official music video for the song he titled “Adwuma” which means “work” in the Akan language.

On 13 April 2019 he released his first official extended play(EP) album titled “Lydia Penamang” which was named after his late mother with the track listing 1.” Lover Letter”, 2.”Efutuo”, 3.”African Girl”,4.”Lydia Penamang”, and 5.“Money Come featuring Delphik” on all digital platforms. This earned him a recognition on Google as a Musical Artist.

He went on to produce “Sika” a song by M.r Bankz featuring Obibini and himself in March 2020.

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Poised at creating awareness and spreading good messages through music, he emphasizes on contemporary African music with a blend of the modern style of music. His music can be categorized into genres like, Afrobeats, Dancehall, Hip Hop Music, HighLife Music, Pop Music and Reggae.

His recent project Oman which was recorded in August 2015 and features Obibini and Ras Kuuku is set to be released in August 2020.

Nafa City which simply stands for Nti(N) Augustine(A) Frimpong(F) African(A) CITY is undoubtedly a name that will go down in the history books as he continues to show his prowess in creating good African music.

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Check out his trending album dubbed “Lydia Penamang.

SOUNDCLOUD:

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DEEZER: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/91752662

APPLE MUSIC:

https://music.apple.com/us/album/lydia-penamang-ep/1457903920

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Government spent GH¢40.4 billion on education between 2017 and 2020 – President Akufo-Addo

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“EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION INCREASED BY 95% IN MY TIME” – PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

President of Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

“So great has this government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from twenty billion, seven hundred million cedis (GH¢20.7 billion) between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, to forty billion, four hundred million cedis (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020, that is in the Akufo-Addo era, representing an increase of some ninety five percent (95%).”

These were the words of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th January 2022, when he delivered a speech at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.

Addressing the gathering at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that GNAT is what it is today because of the work of its past and current membership and leadership, and he assured that, under his administration, the work undertaken by the membership and leadership of the Association will not be in vain.

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The President, thus, used the opportunity to thank all teachers in the country for the work they did, and continue to do, in ensuring that the education of Ghanaian children, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has not been truncated.

“Continuous assessment, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident. The nation is extremely appreciative of these acts of selflessness and patriotism,” he said

According to President Akufo-Addo, his vision of a modern, competitive, Ghanaian economy, spearheaded by indigenous entrepreneurs, with productive employment for the great majority of its citizens, requires skilled economic actors, and to get there, the nation needs an educated workforce.

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“Through the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, we are ensuring that value is being added to the intellect of every Ghanaian child. This is our surest way of succeeding in adding value to the Ghanaian economy, thereby helping to create acceptable, well-paying jobs for the young people of our country,” he said.

The President continued, “For us, in Ghana, also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a group of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy and nation”.

Outlining the many initiatives implemented by Government since 2017, he stated that his government has restored, since coming into office five years ago, and continues to pay, teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the previous administration.

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“In addition to the yearly average increase in salaries over the last five (5) years, my government is, for the first time in our nation’s history, paying a professional allowance to teachers. We have abolished the three (3) months’ pay policy for teachers, we have cleared the arrears, and promotions due teachers have also been effected,” he said.

He stressed that to prevent undue delays in promotion of qualified teachers, Government will, in 2022, improve on the conduct of the aptitude test instituted by the Ghana Education Service, leveraging on lessons learnt from the one conducted in 2021.

Affordable Housing for Teachers

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“Government is also committed to the development of affordable housing for teachers all across the nation. The current initiative will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental. I am fully aware that one challenge facing teacher ownership of homes beyond finance is their inability to purchase homes where they intend to retire,” he said.

Through a subsidised loan programme, President Akufo-Addo indicated that teachers will be provided an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country, stating that the Ministry of Education is working with the National Service Scheme on this.

In addition, the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussion with teacher unions to provide more housing opportunities for teachers.

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“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country. This, as we all know, is the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good beginning,” he added.

Touching on the vexed issue of laptops for teachers, President Akufo-Addo was glad the supply of laptops was appreciated by teachers, and promised that the other related matters of concern will be addressed.

“Good relations between GNAT and my government are matters of importance to me, and I will do my best to promote such relations,” he added.

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Source: The Presidency

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