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Opinions of Friday, 17 May 2013

Columnist: Akpah, Prince

Stop Killing Young People's Dream.

The fact of the matter is that some newspapers must not be allowed to operate if
they can't write and publish their own stories. I am just 20 years and a writer
who is trying as possible to keep my dreams alive and kicking where I use my
leisure time to write articles and publish them on Ghanaian websites. Whiles
passing by a newsstand on Wednesday when going to work, i saw a headline on a
newspaper that resembled an article I wrote about Prophet TB Joshua. I then
decided to go closer to read the story just to ascertain the truth whether it
was mine. To my outmost surprise it was the same thing i wrote which was even
unedited and publish same way. I then decided to check since it was published
without my consent, whether my name will be added to the article but yet still
my name was nowhere to be found near the article. Getting furious i bought the
newspaper and left the stand.

i then decided to contact the owners of the paper through Facebook, which i
did. But when i tried telling my mind the said editor became angry with me to
the extent of insulting me. Below was the conversation i had with him on
Facebook (Sorry for the grammatical errors, it was because i was angry then. But
I present it the same way we chatted)
Akpah Prince( a message is sent
to their facebook page before the reply)

hello manager of this page. my name
is Akpah Prince, a columnist on ghanaweb.com, i have seen your newspaper
publishing my article "doctors can go to bed-TB Joshua to provide free
anointing water to Ghanaians" without my consent or even acknowledging the
writer of the article. i am therefore bringing your attention to that. please
what do you have to say about this.
Conversation
started Wednesday
Otunba
Dotun
This is the Publisher of ********** Magazine, I received your message and
its unfortunate my people didnt credited the story to you.am not in d country
at d moment but will definitely get back to you when i return. Once again do
accept my sincere apology.
Akpah
PrincepleAse i am being forced to take legal actions
because it is paining me and for your information i am just 20years and i see
this as a contribution to kill my dream. i might also be forced to place report
the case for plagarism.

Akpah
Prince
pleAse i am being forced to take legal actions because it is paining me and for
your information i am just 20years and i see this as a contribution to kill my
dream. i might also be forced to place report the case for plagarism. you can
just use my property to make money whiles someone who suufered to put a story
together is not even ..........
Otunba
Dotun
Please don't force me to use a harsh word on you. The noble thing is to
apologise which I have done. So please restrain from talkin shit to me. Be
careful
Akpah
Prince
pleAse i am being forced to take legal actions because it is paining me and
for your information i am just 20years and i see this as a contribution to kill
my dream. i might also be forced to place report the case for plagarism. you
can just use my property to make money whiles someone who suufered to put a
story together is not even ..........
Otunba
Dotun
You can go ahead with your so called legal actions but please stop sending
me further threat cos it might backfired on you
Akpah
Prince
oh! you want to use harsh words on me? thanks for that threat.
Otunba
Dotun
Contribution to kill your dream .what yeye dream? Use your brain and desist
from talkin rubbish to me as you re so STUPID not to understand d meaning of
apology
Akpah
Prince
i have a rubbish brain but you use my article to make money for yourself.
thanks very much.

Otunba
Dotun
IDIOT like you want to collect money even after I have apologised on behalf
of my people for a copied stories online. Do you know how many papers dat has
used our stories?
IDIOT is threatening in takin a legal action for usin an online article.
What a moron! OLE
Akpah
Prince
please lets stop the insults here. you are supposed to be mentoring me and this
is how you want to make it look otherwise. i will forever be grateful.

Hmmmmmm, it surprised me to know that someone with the stupid and 'yeye' brain
wrote an article which qualified which qualifies to be carried an a frontpage
of a newspaper owner who is wiser to be making money. This is the same way
people out there are destroying the dreams of young people who try to use their
time for meaningful use.

I learnt according to the law it amounts to plagiarism. So i can sue him for
stealing a property of mine, taking something which wasn't his. Please advice
me.
Thank You.

Akpah Prince
akpahprince@ymail.com
akpahprince.wordpress.com