September 2013

Sunday 29 September 2013

Friday 27 September 2013

Thursday 26 September 2013

Brother Francesco Siniscalchi, symbol of fight against P2 Lodge, died

The Masonic Press Agency informs that on 24 September 2013 the Brother Francesco Siniscalchi died. He entered Freemasonry in 1951 at 23 years old and was among those exposing, criticizing and fighting against Licio Gelli and P2 Lodge actions of corruption when the P2 Lodge scandal flooded the Italian, European and International Masonic life. Italian Freemasonry is in mourning due to his departure to the Eternal Lodge.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Installation Address by the Deputy for the Province of Ghana (Dr. Nii Adjetey Bonnie Andrews, 33°) in the presence of Sovereign Grand Commander J. M. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, 33°

Most Powerful Sovereign Grand Commander, V. Ill. and Illus. Brethren, E. and P. Companions,

I must confess that I am humbled by the presence of such a large number of members of our Order in this Temple tonight particularly by the presence of the Most Powerful Sovereign Grand Commander.

The Masonic Temple, Achimota holds a special place in my heart; to the best of our knowledge, it is the only purpose built Masonic temple on a school compound in the world.

It was in this Temple that my father was installed as the 21st Master of his Mother Lodge. Since 1993, two of my younger siblings and I have been brought to Masonic Light here; two of us have also been installed Master in this very place.

Another happy coincidence was that both V. Ill. Bro. ECT Amui, Administrator of the Province of Ghana and I were raised MM on the same day in May 1996 in this Temple.

Indeed, as a thirteen year old pupil at Achimota, I had watched totally enthralled as a large Masonic procession lead by the Grand Master Mason and with a full piece police marching band wound its way with great solemnity from the summit of the Outlaws’ Hill to this very site for the Foundation Stone Laying ceremony in 1971. 

To have arrived here tonight with so little and from so little but in the company of such an eminent group of masons, one can only prostrate himself in adoration and thanksgiving before the blinding majesty of Him who is the Great Architect of Heaven and Earth while supplicating the eternal mediation of the Ever Blessed Rose for continuous blessings from the inexhaustible store.

We pray for grace to enable us to perform our duties - which are to work, reflect and pray; to hope, trust and believe; to teach the truths that are hidden in allegory and concealed by the symbols of Freemasonry. 

In short, to dispense light and knowledge and to practice the Masonic virtues.

Therefore, it is with the greatest humility that I offer my most profound personal gratitude to each individual Brother and Companion for your attendance and support on this day the 14th September, 2013.

Your spontaneous and enthusiastic display of fraternal affection forcibly reminds me of the motto of our 14th degree - the Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason. It simply states, “Those whom virtue unites, death shall not separate”. (VIRTUS JUNXIT MORS NON SEPARABIT).

I salute you all and especially V. Ill. Bro. Dr. Eid, Past Deputy for the Province and V. Ill. Bro. John Lawson, Past Administrator for their wise counsel and support during our recent transition phase.

To our Most Powerful Sovereign Grand Commander and M. Ill. Bro. Grand Secretary General, on behalf of the Province of Ghana, I extend to you the most cordial welcome to our country; it is our fervent hope that this shall be first of numerous future visits.

Most Powerful Sovereign Grand Commander, I owe you an eternal debt of gratitude for agreeing to travel to Ghana solely to install me as Deputy of the Province. 

It is a most gracious gesture on your part; one which will never fade from my thoughts.

We of the Province of Ghana are confident that with your guidance and support we shall build with devotion to the service of God while promoting the welfare of man.

And now as a token of our fidelity and to mark this happy occasion, the Province of Ghana wishes to present to you - Most Powerful Sovereign Grand Commander and M. Ill. Grand Secretary General a memento of your visit.

I now respectfully invite V. Ill. Bro. Dr. Samir Eid 33°, past Deputy of the Province of Ghana to make the presentation.

Most Powerful Sovereign Grand Commander, M. Ill. Grand Secretary General and Brethren, I thank you most sincerely for your kind attention.

V. Ill. Bro. Dr. Nii Adjetey Bonney Andrews, 33°
Deputy for the Province of Ghana

Monday 23 September 2013

Brother George Adotey Richter-Addo Baffour, B.Sc, M.Phil aka SoulKnight-Jazz

He was born in Accra, the capital city of Ghana in West Africa, on September 10th,1980. Known more as a popular actor and independent musician in Ghana, he rose to fame as one of the stars of the revolutionary ‘Adams Apples’ saga, shot in Ghana and the UK by Sparrow Productions, and directed by famed female director Shirley Frimpong-Manso.

George A.R-A Baffour is an oceanographer and fisheries scientist by training and holds a B.Sc in Oceanography and Fisheries (2004) from the University of Ghana, as well as a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree in Fisheries Science (2009) from his alma mater. He has held several positions in various scientific agencies and consultancies, including the Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where he was an Assistant Research Scientist.

Rise to Fame

In 2009, George A.R-A Baffour wrote the science-fiction/fantasy novel ‘Bubble Joe and his fantastic journeys to Zapokrepit in the Land of the Day and a Half’. The novel is published under Lulu Press and is available on Amazon.

In 2010, under the stage name SoulKnight-Jazz, he wrote two songs that were included in the soundtrack for the 2010 film ‘6 Hours to Christmas’ – the movie which also introduced him to audiences as an actor. This was his first movie role and he played the CEO. The movie was produced by Sparrow Productions.

In 2011, SoulKnight-Jazz was on the cinema screen again in another Sparrow Productions project – the ‘Adams Apples’ movie series – playing the role of Chris Smith, husband to Baaba Adams (played by esteemed Ghanaian actress Yvonne Okoro). This was the movie role that catapulted him into the limelight and endeared him to Ghanaian and West African audiences at home and in the Diaspora, especially Nigeria and UK.

2012 was another great year, seeing George take on the quirky role of the eccentric CEO, ‘Skipper’, in the maiden and second seasons of the ‘Ogya FM’ television comedy series: a project produced by Sapphire Productions and spearheaded by the famous Ghanaian comedian and TV personality, Kwaku Sintim Misa (KSM).

2013 saw a return to Sparrow Productions as he reprised the role of Chris Smith in the smashing 2nd season of Adams Apples, this time adapted as a TV series.

SoulKnight-Jazz is an independent musician and has released two singles available on iTunes, 'So Good Together' and 'I'm still in Love with You, Girl', and his first album ‘Azonto New World Order’. The title track ‘Azonto New World Order’ is a dance take on the recent Azonto music craze sweeping through West Africa. SoulKnight-Jazz’s musical roots are diverse ranging from deep R&B and Soul to House.

Masonic Career

Brother George A. Richter-Addo Baffour is a member of Orbis Lodge #9334 EC and was initiated into Freemasonry on 28th May, 2011, passed on 27th August 2011, and raised to the degree of a Master Mason on 19th November 2011. On 24th November 2011, he was appointed Senior Deacon of the Lodge for the 2012/2013 administration.

Brother Baffour was exalted into the Chapter of Perfection #8559 EC of the Holy Royal Arch on 5th March, 2012, and was perfected on 13th May, 2013 into Lily of the Valley Rose Croix Chapter # 1131 under the Supreme Council 33° of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England, Wales and its Districts and Chapters Overseas. 

Personal Principles

George A. R-A Baffour, being a versatile person, is an advocate of education and intellectual pursuits, as well as the development of talents. His love of acting serves him well in his Masonic career.

An article published with the support of the Masonic Press Agency which thanks to Brother Ekow O. and Brother George A. Richter-Addo Baffour for their support and collaboration. For more details we encourage all Brethren to visit the YouTube official channel and official website of our Brother George A. Richter-Addo Baffour.

Sadio Lamine SOW elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Mali

The Masonic Press Agency announces that on 12 September 2013 the Grand Masters of Ghana (Otwasuom Osae NYAMPONG VI) and Togo (Kossi R. PAASS) gathered to analyze the situation within the National Grand Lodge of Mali (Gande Loge Nationale Malienne). They have studied carefully all the documents (Constitution and General Regulations) and have concluded that the new elected Grand Master of Mali, Most Worshipful Sadio Lamine SOW, was elected according to Masonic rules and the Constitution of his Grand Lodge.

Brother Sow is one of the central pillars of the Bamako Government (number 2 in the Government), serving as Minister of State, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He was also the personal adviser to the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré.

Born on August 9, 1952, in Kayes, Sadio Lamine Sow graduated from the University of Paris X Nanterre, obtaining a degree in modern letters and a certificate in political studies. Sow is a known communication expert, reporter, journalist etc. He is passionate about reading and swimming.

Source of the private data: APMR's Secretariat General

The Masonic Press Agency will withdraw from Mexico invoking the excessive politicization of the Craft

According to APMR, on September 21, 2013, was adopted the #1/2013/6013 Resolution which sets APMR's withdrawal from the United Mexican States, invoking the excessive politicization of the Craft in this country and the use of the image of Freemasonry in personal and political propaganda purposes.

Sunday 8 September 2013