Editor's note: Thank you for making yen.com.gh you most credited news source for the latest news in Ghana. 2016 has been exceptional, but 2017 promises to be better. The following article is my personal opinion of news that broke the internet in Ghana and set the agenda for many conversations across the country. Refresh your memory of the year's biggest stories as we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.
Guantanamo Bay prisoners
In January 2016, it was revealed that Ghana had agreed to accommodate two ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoners, as requested by the United Sstates of America. One of the former detainers, Mahmmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef was said to have been one of Osama Bin Laden's soldier who was later captured by the United States and sent to Guantanamo Bay.
This news did not sit well with a lot of Ghanaians who for the most part were worried about the extent of freedom the men had in Ghana, their potential influence of citizens and how their presence in Ghana could damage Ghana's reputation and also put the country under threat in a world riduled with terrorism.
6th March brochure disaster
Who can forget that time, on 6th March 2016, when Ghana was supposed to be at it proudest, celebrating our success and growth, only to slammed with the most ridiculous blunder of all time in full view of the whole world?
It will shock you to know that the official brochure for the Independence Day celebration was distributed with so many unforgivable errors without any official noticing or perhaps bothered enough to salvage the disgrace that lay within those pages.
Not only did Kenya's president receive a new appointment as Ghana's president in the brochure, but the description of Ghana and its attributes were abysmal.
But did anyone pay or answer satisfactorily for this unbelievably huge magnitude of errors? No!
Mahama Ford Saga
Another big story in 2016 was the revelation made about a car gifted to President Mahama by a Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe. President Mahama said he accepted the Ford Expediton as a "personal gift," therefore, it could not be listed as a bribe.
This revelation caused all kinds of commotion between the NDC and the NPP and was a major talking point among citizens who were eager to draw a line between gifts and bribes.
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) later ruled that President John Mahama breached the gift policy even though he had surrendered the car to the state.
Montie 3 saga
Arguably one of the most debated issues in Ghana in 2016, the Montie 3 saga stands tall and mighty among the biggest stories of the year.
A radio host with the Accra-based Montie FM Salifu Maase and two panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako-Gunn were found guilty for scandalizing the court and sentenced to four months in prison. Barely a month after being in jail, the three were freed by President Mahama after he was bashed with petitions for the release of the men.
Ghanaians fumed over this and now some of the members of the NDC believe this action by the president played a major role in the outcome of the December 7 elections.
Bishop Obinim flogging saga
It came as a shock to Ghanaians when footage of Bishop Obinim showed him physically punishing members of his church on live TV.
The controversial pastor ignited public outrage after he was seen in a video flogging the pregnant girl and her boyfriend. Infuriated by the couple’s lustful actions which resulted in a pregnancy, Bishop Obinim beat the young man on his bare back with his belt before turning to the girl flogging her mercilessly in the full glare of his congregation.
NDC December 7 election defeat
After a hectic campaign for the mandate of Ghanaians to govern the country, Ghana went to the polls on December 7, 2016. When the numbers from polling stations started to trickle in, members of the New Patriotic Party were more than confident that they were winning the elections and even called on President Mahama to concede. The NDC rebutted by saying they were in a "comfortable lead" and will therefore not back down before results were officially announced by the Electoral Commision.
However, although the NDC lost, the shocker lay in the margin of the defeat. The NPP won by over one million votes, the most in any elections ever witness in the country. This defeat shook the country and still remains one of the most talked about news item today.
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2016 was a classic mix bag of events. There was a bit of everything albeit overwhelming sometimes.
What was your biggest news for 2016? Share with us in the comment section.