Ghana’s media is perhaps the most lively in Africa and leaked recordings, photographs, and records play a major role in this vibrancy.
The leaks that were made public in 2020, like in previous years, were suspected controversies involving powerful figures and heads of public agencies.
Every year, viral sex videos of famous people are a major source of leaks, and this year’s victim was a well-known rapper and businessman.
Furthermore, some of the suspected scandals in 2020 were subsequently debunked by the principal players, who faced court proceedings for slander after the alleged controversy hit television coverage or made waves on social media.
We have compiled a list of the top leaks that created a big disturbance in Ghana during the year the pandemic wreaked havoc around the world.
1. The suspected bribery footage of Nana Akufo-Addo
In the run-up to the December 7 general elections, a video purportedly depicting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo reportedly accepting a bribe in his office was released in an attempt to smear the President’s name.
Regardless of the true motivation, the Salis Newspaper undercover video sparked a national debate regarding Nana Akufo-integrity. Addo’s
According to the narrator of the film, Alhaji Abass Awolu, Director of Urban Roads, sent a delegation to the President at his private residence in Nima.
“They were directed to the president by Dr. Adjei Bawuah, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States. “There were a woman and a man in his business who was introduced as the wife and brother of the Director of Urban Roads,” the narrator said.
The voice alleged to be that of the man introduced as Alhaji Abass’s brother is heard pleading with the President to turn a deaf ear to certain accusations against Alhaji Abass, emphasizing that it was a conspiracy by opponents intent on tarnishing Alhaji Abass’s name and finally seeing him removed from office.
Following the alleged appeal, Akufo-Addo is seen obtaining a large brown envelope from Ambassador Bawuah, which contains $40,000 and is delivered on behalf of Alhaji Abass, according to the narrator.
However, a second video of the same incident, which was also leaked, debunked the statements in the Salis video as fake.
About the fact that the scenes and characters of both videos are the same, the conversation was completely different.
The second video attempted to imply that it was a gift rather than a ransom.
The unidentified guy, who was also secretly recording the footage, was overheard discussing how they [Alhaji Abass’s family] should help in the 2016 electioneering campaign that brought Akufo-Addo to power.
The President’s group, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), said the video was doctored and released to cast a negative light on their presidential nominee ahead of the 2020 election.
2. D-Black’s sex tape
D-Black was hit by a sex tape scandal in September after a leaked video of him performing various sex acts on a lady went viral.
Some said it appears D-Black knew he was being filmed as he looked directly into the camera at some point.
Later on, the lady is seen with D-Black in the video, Adrienne Nicole Edwards said in a video published on Instagram that she was surprised about the leak.
She revealed she was working with the authorities both in the US and in Ghana to resolve the leak.
It remains a mystery how the video leaked.
3. GH¢52.5 billion transfers to ghost accounts
In the latter part of November, a leaked audit conducted by the Ghana Audit Service purported to show that there were transfers of tax receipts of GH¢52.5 billion by GCB Bank to unknown sources.
However, to quell public suspicion that the billions had gone missing, the Audit Service released a statement on December 1, 2020, to clarify the leaked document.
“Whilst we appreciate the public’s interest in this audit, we wish to place on record that the audit in reference, is a special audit exercise which was requested by the Honorable Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta in a letter dated 15th August 2020, based on the mandate of the President under Article 187 (8),” the Service said.
According to the Service, the request included the confirmation of the transfer receipts from the various transit accounts maintained by commercial banks into the respective BoG Holding Accounts from 2015 to date.
4. Felix Ofosu-Kwakye’s ‘side chick’
On Monday, November 2, 2020, a video popped up on social media showing Felix Kwakye Ofosu, parliamentary candidate for Abura Asebu Kwamankese in the Central Region, in a room with a woman said to have been engaged to another man.
In the viral video, the staunch National Democratic Congress (NDC) member, was being accosted by relatives of the man the lady was allegedly engaged to.
5. The returned bribe
Investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, in November produced an exposé on a longstanding tussle between the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and Centre of Awareness (COA-FS).
Titled ‘The Returned Bribe’, Manasseh interviewed the Executive President of COA FS Global Peace Mission, Prof. Samuel Ato Duncan on what exactly is the reason his widely praised herbal food supplement is failing to get FDA approval.
Ato Duncan then revealed he was asked to pay some money to grease the palms of some big shots at the FDA.
After doing so, he got a surprise call that the bribe money was too small for that reason it would be returned.
Dr. Duncan’s exchanges with the official of the FDA about plans to return the bribe were caught on an audiotape.
The FDA later denied the allegation of taking a bribe from COA FS.
6. Mzbel and Tracey Boakye’s ‘Papa no’ conversation
Leaked audio of a conversation between actress Tracey Boakye and popular former musician Mzbel ended the controversy about the true identity of the ‘papa no’.
Before the leaked audio, there were speculations that the ‘papa no’ was former President John Dramani Mahama. But it was just a rumor at the time.
In the audio, Tracey Boakye could be heard accusing MzBel of tarnishing her image to John Mahama.
She stressed that MzBel has been taking screenshots of her Instagram post only to edit it with bad caption and send to the ‘papa no.’
That leaked audio settled the saga of the ‘papa no’, which is Twi for ‘the man’.
7. A hug from you will put me to sleep
In January this year, a video of the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, in a bedroom conversation with a lady who sources allege is his girlfriend leaked online.
In the video, the Minister who is supposed to be conscious of his security is clearly taken off-guard and being ordered around while in the said video conversation to show the make of his pajamas.
He was seen displaying his pajamas which he claims is classy and a depiction of his taste for good things.
There was never a reaction from the Minister or government.