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‘TheNewForce’ Cheddar leads radical African leaders to meet John Mahama after failed event


Jacob Osei Yeboah, better known as Cheddar, the face behind the #TheNewForce initiative, met with National Democratic Congress (NDC) Flagbearer John Dramani Mahama.

This followed the government’s last-minute postponement of the “The Convention” event scheduled for January 7, 2024, in Independence Square, where some major African political personalities were set to speak.


The government confirmed in its explanation that it stopped the event despite the fact that it had been organized and paid for because it was required by a “unforeseen State Event scheduled to take place at the venue.”

The letter, written on behalf of the Chief of Staff by the Jubilee House’s Chief Director, H. M. Wood, also said that the booking fee of GH¢10,000 would be refunded to the unnamed organizer of the said programme.

“We write to revoke immediate the permission granted per our letter No.OP/PH/02 dated 11th November, 2023, which approved your request to use the Black Star Square for the above event.

“This decision has been necessitated by an unforeseen State Event scheduled to take place at the venue,” portions of the letter, titled, ‘Revocation of Permit,’ read.

Former Nigerian independent presidential aspirant Peter Obi; President of the Economic Freedom Fighters of South Africa, Julius Malema; former Director of the Kenya School of Law, P.L.O Lumumba; and former Permanent Representative of the African Union to the United States, Arikana Chihombori-Quao were all scheduled to attend the event.

Following this, it was revealed that Cheddar, the event’s brainchild, met with John Dramani Mahama, the NDC’s flagbearer, as well as other of the luminaries scheduled to speak at the Black Star Line Festival.

Dele Momodou of Ovation International released images of the meeting of Cheddar, with P.L.O Lumumba and others, with John Mahama, former president and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“After the aborted gathering of radical African leaders, (including Timi Frank, Prof. PLO Lumumba, Labour Party Presidential candidate Peter Obi, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao and Freedom Jacob Caeser) invited by NANA KWAME BEDIAKO (aka CHEDDAR) to meet in Accra, Ghana for the launch of the New African Convention movement, some of the leaders today met with former PRESIDENT JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA, the NDC Presidential candidate in the DECEMBER 7, 2024, elections in Ghana…

“It is not clear if CHEDDAR has decided to throw his full weight behind His Excellency JOHN MAHAMA…,” he wrote in his post.

Musicians including Efya, Stonebwoy and Wiyaala were also billed to perform at the event which was cancelled at the last minute.


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