Fred Amugi sheds tears after receiving donation from Gloria Sarfo

Fred Amugi sheds tears after receiving donation from Gloria Sarfo

Veteran Ghanaian actor Fred Amugi could not hold back his tears when actress Gloria Osei Sarfo presented a hamper full of goodies and cash to him on April 4 at the National Film and Television Institute, NAFTI in Accra.

Miss Osei Sarfo made the altruistic gesture to the actor when celebrating her birthday on Wednesday as a sign of respect to the legend who has been acting for several years.

Speaking at the short and informal event organised to give the items to Mr. Amugi, the birthday girl, Gloria stated that the largesse was to exhibit her love for the actor and his works in the past.

Fred Amugi after receiving the items could not find the right words to thank the young actress for the good she has done.

Before uttering his first word, emotional Uncle Fred dropped some tears which made all who witnessed the presentation including we at Zionfelix.net sad.

Despite his sad moment, the actor managed to say “I’ve known Gloria for a long time but I never dreamt she will sit back and say let me go see Uncle Fred”. He cut the speech short and embraced the ‘Efiewura’ actress for the magnanimity.

Eleven other veteran actors also had gifts like cloth, drinks, rice, oil, biscuits, washing powder and many other items from Gloria Osei as part of celebrating her big day with the legends.

The eleven others included Maame Dokono, Grace Nortey, Fred Amugi, William Addo, Prince Yawson aka Waakye, Mcjordan Amartey aka Sugar Daddy, Kojo Dadson, Rama Brew, Papa Nii, Dzifa Glikpoe and Sam Adjetefio aka Taxi Driver

Watch Gloria Sarfo giving the items to Fred Amugi at NAFTI in Accra below:

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How the wedding of Joe Appiah and a British lady stirred the world in 1953

Joe Appiah from Gold Coast (now Ghana), the first Ghanaian to marry (Lady Peggy Cripps) from the British Empire`s Upper class. Early Life Mr. Joe Appiah, born Joseph Emmanuel Appiah on Nov. 16, 1918 in Kumasi, was known as Joe in politics and used the shorter name as the author of several books. He was a Ghanaian lawyer, politician and statesman born in Kumasi to Nana James Appiah and Nana Adwoa Akyaa, members of the Ashanti imperial aristocracy. His father was a schoolmaster, Methodist leader, traditional nobleman and, finally, Chief Secretary of Asanteman, a position his son would also subsequently occupy. Joe Appiah was educated at Wesley College, Mfantsipim, and the Middle Temple. Marriage Life In 1951, Joe Appiah met Lady Peggy Cripps at a student dance. She was the daughter of the Right Honourable Sir Stafford Cripps and Dame Isobel Cripps. She was born on May 21 1921. Peggy Cripps was then working for an organisation called racial unity, after having lived in Moscow, where her father was a British ambassador, and in Tehran, where she worked for the British army (railways). In 1953 in London, Mr. Appiah, a law student from a prominent Ashanti family in what is now Ghana, married Peggy Cripps. It was then unheard of that an African will dare to marry a white lady from the British upper class family. When it was announced that the 32-year-old Peggy was to marry a black man, every Colonel Blimp in the Empire was horrified. Disgusting! That was how the apartheid South African minister of justice, Charles Swart described the marriage between Joe Appiah and Peggy Cripps. During that period in Britain, interracial marriages were largely absent and a white girl who was seen out with a black man was deemed not “respectable”. It was reported that Kwame Nkrumah (who would later be Ghana’s first president) was supposed to be Appiah’s best man, but George Padmore, the Pan-Africanist, journalist and author took up that role. At the Church of England ceremony, the bride wore a gown of mother of pearl-embroidered silk brocade. The bridegroom, a Methodist, wore a tribal ceremonial garment – similar to a toga – of yellow and green striped silk. This sensational love affair inspired the 1967 Hollywood comedy-drama movie “Guess who’s Coming to Dinner ” starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, and featuring Hepburn’s niece Katharine Houghton. Return to Gold Coast Joe Appiah,Peggy and their four kids Their firstborn child, Prof Anthony Kwame Appiah (now world renowned Professor of philosophy and co-author of Encyclopedia Africana ), was born in London in 1954, followed by three daughters. The Appiah family returned to Ghana in late 1954. Soon after, Joe Appiah’s friendship with Nkrumah was ruined. Mr. Appiah was for several years the personal representative in London of the Ghanaian leader, Kwame Nkrumah, during the campaign for independence of what was then the Gold Coast. It became independent from Britain as Ghana in 1957. But Mr. Appiah broke with Mr. Nkrumah and became prominent in the West African nation’s political opposition. He was a member of the Ghanaian Parliament when he was arrested and detained, under the Preventive Detention Act, in 1961 and 1962. He joined the National Liberation Movement party and won the Atwima-Amansie seat in 1957. From 1970 to 1972 he was chairman of a new opposition party, the Justice Party, formed in 1970 through the merger of the country’s three opposition parties. At that time, he was also president of the Ghana Bar Association. Under later national leaderships, He went on to become Ghana’s representative at the United Nations in 1977 and 1978 and held other official posts. Works of Peggy Meanwhile, Peggy learned the language of the Asante, Twi, and became conversant with their folklore which influenced her to write several books such as Yao and the Python. (1971); The Children of Ananse (1968); Why There Are So Many Roads (1972); Ananse the Spider: Tales from an Ashanti Village (1966); Kyekyekulee, Grandmother’s Tales (1993) and The Lost Earring (1971). Her last major work was a collection of 7,000 Asante proverbs entitled Bu Me Be (Tell Me a Proverb) which she co-authored with her son Kwame, and Ivor Agyemang-Duah, currently information officer at the Ghana high commission in London. At the same time as immersing herself in Asante art and culture, Peggy Cripps became a philanthropic figure in Kumasi and founded, with the assistance of her children, a school for the disabled at Jachie. She also contributed to the education of many children in Kumasi. Death Joe Appiah died in Accra after an illness and was buried at the Tafo cemetery at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana July 8, 1990. Peggy Cripps bought a plot at Tafo cemetery in Kumasi, so that when she died, she would not be sent back to England, but be buried next to her husband, who died in 1990. She died in February 11, 2006. Source: Ghanaianmuseum.com

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