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Sadik Shahadu

Woman And Son Arrested After Son Raped His Two Young Cousins Living With Them, Killed one In The Process.

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Five-year-old Sierra  Leonean girl, Kadijah M. Saccoh and her sister lived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, with her aunt and uncle. Kadijah's parents lived apart. The father, Congolese Saccoh, lives in the U.S. and on several attempts tried to take Kadijah with him to the U.S. but couldn't because a judge prevented him from doing so as the mother wasn't in support of that. Kadijah and her elder sister lived with their aunt, Kadijah mother's elder sister. 

Ironically, the aunt's son started to rap Kadijah's elder sister, 8, and Kadijah, 5. Reports say that when the aunt learned that her son had raped Kadijah's sister, she hid it from the mother of the children and treated the girl herself. Sadly, he has raped Khadija to death, and his mother hurriedly attempted to bury her. It was confirmed that the woman reportedly informed Kadijah's father about her death after which she asked for permission to bury the child, but the father demanded to know the cause of her death.   

The father instructed his relatives to get a postmortem report of her mortal remains. The result showed that her auntie's son sexually abused the girl. The father then called for a check for Khadija's sister, and it revealed that she was raped too. 

The aunt and her son have both been apprehended and with the hashtags and , internet users are seeking justice for Kadijah. 

Such a terrible story. RIP Khadija 

Sadik Shahadu

Meet Farida Bedwei: The Ghanaian Female Tech Genius With Cerebral Palsy condition

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Farida Nana Efua Bedwei born (April 6, 1979) is a Ghanaian software engineer and an author. She is the co-founder of a fin-tech company in Ghana called Logiciel Ltd. Farida Bedwei has built mobile and enterprise applications and is also known for her knowledge of software architecture and deploying mobile services, particularly for banking applications. 


Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Farida has lived in many countries growing up including Dominica, Grenada and the UK before moving to Ghana at age 9. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was home-schooled until she turned 12. Her parents discovered her passion for technology at the age of 15. She was immediately enrolled in a one-year computer course at the St. Michael information technology center, making her one of the youngest in her class.

Farida Bedwei began her career as a software developer at Softtribe. She later moved to Rancard Solutions Ltd where she progressed from the position of solutions analyst to Senior Software Architect from 2001 to 2010. She has also worked with several tech companies such as G-Life Microfinance and KPMG Accra before moving on to establish her own companyLogiciel Ltd. Her first book, a mini-autobiography titled ''Definition of a miracle'' has since won her several awards such as

''Special Award'' by President Abdel Fattah El SISIspecial award by President John MahamaLegacy and Legacy Ideas Award, Government Award Financial Sector and was the winner of ''Most Influential Women in Business''.


Farida also created a cerebral palsy superhero. Her comic character called‘Karmzah’ gets her power from her crutches that she has to use for her cerebral palsy.

Farida is a tech genius!







James Aiden

Sports Update News

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This weekend marks the return of several live sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, after a few months of little to watch. NASCAR, golf and All Sports News with Darlington, Bundesliga and the TaylorMade Driving Relief make their returns, while UFC is also in action. Check out the live sports schedule this weekend below for more information including watching, TV schedule, dates , times and live streams.

 

9:30 a.m. ET: Augsburg v. Wolfsburg (Fox Soccer Plus)
9:30 a.m. ET: Borussia Dortmund v. Schalke (Fox Sports 1)
9:30 a.m. ET: Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Paderborn (Fox Soccer Match Pass)
9:30 a.m. ET: Hoffenheim v. Hertha Berlin (Fox Soccer Match Pass)
9:30 a.m. ET: RB Leipzig v. SC Freiburg (Fox Sports 2)
12:30 p.m. ET: Eintracht Frankfurt v. Borussia Monchengladbach (Fox Sports 1)

Sadik Shahadu

An-Nawawi's 40 Hadith- Hadith Number 2: Islam, faith, and excellence

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Hadith 2: Islam, faith, and excellence الإسلام والإيمان والإحسان

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: We were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, one day when a man appeared with very white clothes and very black hair. There were no signs of travel on him and we did not recognize him. He sat down in front of the Prophet and rested his knees by his knees and placed his hands on his thighs. The man said, “O Muhammad, tell me about Islam.” The Prophet said:

الْإِسْلَامُ أَنْ تَشْهَدَ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَتُقِيمَ الصَّلَاةَ وَتُؤْتِيَ الزَّكَاةَ وَتَصُومَ رَمَضَانَ وَتَحُجَّ الْبَيْتَ إِنْ اسْتَطَعْتَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلًا

Islam is to testify there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish prayer, to give charity, to fast the month of Ramadan, and to perform pilgrimage to the House if a way is possible.

The man said, “You have spoken truthfully.” We were surprised that he asked him and then said he was truthful. He said, “Tell me about faith.” The Prophet said:

أَنْ تُؤْمِنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَتُؤْمِنَ بِالْقَدَرِ خَيْرِهِ وَشَرِّهِ

Faith is to believe in Allah, his angels, his books, his messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in providence, its good and its evil.

The man said, “You have spoken truthfully. Tell me about excellence.” The Prophet said:

أَنْ تَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ كَأَنَّكَ تَرَاهُ فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ تَرَاهُ فَإِنَّهُ يَرَاكَ

Excellence is to worship Allah as if you see him, for if you do not see him, he surely sees you.

The man said, “Tell me about the final hour.” The Prophet said:

مَا الْمَسْئُولُ عَنْهَا بِأَعْلَمَ مِنْ السَّائِلِ

The one asked does not know more than the one asking.

The man said, “Tell me about its signs.” The Prophet said:

أَنْ تَلِدَ الْأَمَةُ رَبَّتَهَا وَأَنْ تَرَى الْحُفَاةَ الْعُرَاةَ الْعَالَةَ رِعَاءَ الشَّاءِ يَتَطَاوَلُونَ فِي الْبُنْيَانِ

The slave girl will give birth to her master and you will see barefoot, naked, and dependent shepherds compete in the construction tall buildings.

Then, the man left and I remained. The Prophet said to me:

يَا عُمَرُ أَتَدْرِي مَنْ السَّائِل

O Umar, do you know who he was?

I said, “Allah and his messenger know best.” The Prophet said:

فَإِنَّهُ جِبْرِيلُ أَتَاكُمْ يُعَلِّمُكُمْ دِينَكُمْ

Verily, he was Gabriel who came to teach you your religion.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 8, Grade: Sahih

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Sadik Shahadu

Hadith Number 1: Deeds Are By Intentions

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Hadith 1: 

Deeds are by intentions 

إنما الأعمال بالنيات

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ لِدُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوِ امْرَأَةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ

Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended. Whoever emigrated to Allah and his messenger, his emigration is for Allah and his messenger. Whoever emigrated to get something in the world or to marry a woman, his emigration is for that to which he emigrated.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 54 

 

Sadik Shahadu

Nawaawi's 40th Hadith. Hadith One: Actions Are By Intentions

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Hadith 1: 

Deeds are by intentions 

إنما الأعمال بالنيات

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ لِدُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوِ امْرَأَةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ

Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended. Whoever emigrated to Allah and his messenger, his emigration is for Allah and his messenger. Whoever emigrated to get something in the world or to marry a woman, his emigration is for that to which he emigrated.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 54 

 

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Introduction To #Wikidata for absolute beginners-By Sadik Shahadu (Hands on)

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Hey folks!

Here is a practical hands on session of my introduction to presentation. 

Please note that this video was speccifically made for those who are totally new to . I hope you will learn someting new.   

Watch the video bellow:

 

 

Sadik Shahadu

Introduction To #Wikidata for absolute beginners-By Sadik Shahadu

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Hey folks!

I made this introductory video for

Please note that this video is speccifically made for those who are totally new to . I hope you will learn someting new.  

Watch the video bellow:

Sadik Shahadu

Public Domain Day 2020 Celebration in Accra Ghana organized by Global Open Initiative

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Public Domain Day also known as PD Day is the observance of when copyrights of works expire and are now available in the public domain.This legal transition of copyright works into the public domain usually happens every year on 1 January based on the individual copyright laws of each country.

This year, we organized a photo walk and a Wikidata workshop to mark the celebration of the 2020 edition of Public Domain Day in Ghana  with support from Marijke EvertsAdina Ciocoiu and Sebastiaan ter Burg

on January 11 2020, several open advocates joined us to embark on an epic photo walk to capture images of some Ghanaian monuments and heritage sites. The idea of the photo walk was to add photos of public domain items onto Wikidata. During the photp walk, we visited places such Usher fort, Holy Trinity Church at Accra high street, Light House at James town and the Christiansborg Castle at Osu. 

Wikidata workshop

After several walk, the team converged at AITI-KACE to attend a Wikidata workshop organized by Sadik Shahadu, Co-founder of Global Open Initiative Foundation, A young nonprofit organization dully registered in Ghana but working with international organizations such Wikimedia foundation and Mozilla foundation. Participants of the workshop were introduced to Public Domain Day, Creative Commons licences and Wikidata.

During the Wikidata session, participants were also guided on how to upload photos to Wikimedia commons, link photos to Wikidata as well as contributing to missing items Wikidata. Several photos were added to some selected public domain items on Wikidata. 

Here is what some of the participants are saying about their experiences:

Moving from one national monument to another and taking pictures of structures of historical significance in the heart of the capital was one heart soothing experience.

Learning the stories behind their existence and what they mean to us as a people was fun. I also learnt about the importance of copyright and the significance of public domain day. All in all, a great experience.

 

Name: Emmanuel Yeboah

Occupation: Student

 I learnt how ignorance n illiteracy made our ancestors sold us out to our colonial Masters. Also, I learned about how our brave leaders stood against all odds to fight for our freedom. Blacks were treated as animals in our own land n our rich resources taken away from us too.

It's was a bad experience walking through the tunnel they were kept n knowing how they were treated.

Name: Jacinta 

Occupation: Stenographer secretary

 

Want to know more? 

Please find all the photos from the event.

Sadik Shahadu

Open Data Day 2020 Celebration In Ghana

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Overview

 By Shahadusadik - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Open Data Day is the annual event where we gather to reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data. The tenth Open Data Day will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020. The following Organizations will co-organize this year's event:

I Watch Africa

Theme: Using satellite and drone imagery to track deforestation and water pollution in West Africa

Why are drones and satellite imagery (data) important in dealing with climate change?Negative effects of climate change on West Africa.

  Session on real-time use of open source satellite imagery to highlight deforestation and water pollution in West Africa

Open Forum:

 What are some of the innovative methods of using open data to fight climate change?

  iWatch Africa officially unveils its Climate Change Initiative.

Tree planting exercise as part of the WEF 1billion tree initiative 

Global Open Initiative 

Theme: Art and Feminism 2020: Ghanaian women in sports

As part of the Open Data Day 2020 and Art + Feminism campaign, we will organize a Wikidata edit-a-thon to create and improve biographies of Ghanaian women in sports. 

The program will host a 15 minute presentation and a 2 hour practical hands-on workshop. 

 

OpenStreetMap Ghana

Theme: Building capacity in Open Source mapping.

OSM Ghana will organize a mapathon to introduce new people to OSM and increase the skill set of existing members. There will be a 10 minute presentation about OSM and an hour hands on session to map areas known to participants.

Another hour will be used to take a 30 minutes walk around  the neighborhood to map points of interest.  

 Register to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd088eM4F_PRrcFRjS1692v00kvC_BRoiZ9d7kn7PLjB7XXSg/viewform

 

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