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Supreme Military Council (Ghana)

The Supreme Military Council was the ruling government of Ghana from 9 October 1975 to 4 June 1979. Its chairman was Colonel I. K. Acheampong, he was the Head of state of Ghana due to his chairmanship. The period of the SMC can be divided into two eras; these are: Acheampong era - SMC - 1 Akuffo era - SMC 2 - The SMC was overthrown by the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council on June 4, 1979. This was a bloody coup during which one of the SMC members, the Army Commander Major General Odartey-Wellington was killed; the council consisted of all service commanders of the Ghana Armed Forces. The head of the police was included. Many members of the government changed porfolios; the various commissioners were designated as members of the National Redemption Council as membership of the SMC was limited to the Head of State, the Inspector General of Police and the various military service commanders. Following a bloodless palace coup on 5 July 1978, the SMC was reconstituted. General Acheeampng was placed under house arrest.

This government remained in power until its overthrow eleven months by the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council on 4 June 1979. Monday 4 June 1979 Some of the information here was on the German Wikipedia. Past General Officers Commanding /chiefs of the Defence Staff Past Army Commanders / Chiefs of Army Staff Past Chiefs of Naval Staff 1959 - 2000 Past Chiefs of Air Staff

Bilal: A New Breed of Hero

Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is a 2015 English-language Arabic 3D computer-animated action-adventure film produced by Barajoun Entertainment and co-directed by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal. With a story by Jamal, the screenplay was written by Alavi, Alex Kronemer, Michael Wolfe and Yassin Kamel. With this film, Jamal aimed to depict heroes from the history of the Arabian Peninsula; the film depicts the life of Bilal ibn Rabah, known for his beautiful voice, was freed from slavery and rose to a position of prominence in 632 AD. The voice cast features Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, China Anne McClain, Jacob Latimore, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Fred Tatasciore, Cynthia McWilliams, Jon Curry, Dave B. Mitchell and Michael Gross. Bilal premiered on December 2015, at the 12th Annual International Dubai Film Festival. Starting September 8, 2016, the film released throughout the MENA region; the film began an international rollout in February 2018. Bilal won "Best Inspiring Movie" on Animation Day at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

It won "Best Innovative Movie" at the BroadCast Pro Middle East Award 2016. Bilal was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2016 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region's highest accolade for film. Bilal lived a peaceful life with his mother and his younger sister in the outskirt of the village until the Byzantine soldiers came, enslaved them and killed his mother. During his childhood, he was sold as a slave to the richest man in the city of Mecca, one of the Quraysh's leaders. While getting water for his master, he encountered Okba, another Quraysh's leader, persuading the peoples of Mecca to come to his shop and buy various types of idols from him, the mysterious and masked Charlatan Priest, who tricked people to give their money to him with the promises that the idols will grant them all of their desires. In another part of the city, Umayyah's son, was bullying Ghufaira, Bilal's sister, along with his friends and was about to shoot her with an arrow when Bilal intervened and saved her.

Umayyah heard about this from one of his merchants and reminded Bilal of his status with brutality before ordering the guards to whip him. After that, Umayyah slapped Safwan for embarrassing him. One day, Bilal befriended a white horse, whom he rode until he reached adulthood, he became friends with an archer. On his way back to Umayyah's mansion, he stopped a hungry young boy from stealing from the idol's bowl as he wanted the boy to not get whipped by the guards, who are under the command of the Meccan Priest, he gave the boy his food instead. His act of kindness was seen by Abu Bakr, a man who believed in equality for everyone and saw greatness in Bilal. However, Bilal doubted his beliefs. Unbeknownst to both of them, Safwan's servant has been watching them while they were having a conversation. After receiving the gift from Sohaib, a slave of Persian origin purchased from the Romans lands, the gift from his master to Umayyah, he was told to sing at Umayyah's feast at night, when he realized something while his master's friends are mockingly praising and insulting Bilal's late mother.

So he went back to Abu Bakr the next day to ask for clarity and accepted his beliefs that there was only one God and get to learn that his master too is a slave of greed itself. At the next feast that celebrate for Safwan's first success as a merchant, another Quraysh's leader named Abu al-Hakam, warned Umayyah of the new movement opposing them. Upon learning from al-Hakam that some of his fellow merchants are beginning to join the new movement, Umayyah is enraged of this and demand to know of anymore traitors among his ranks. Seeing the opportunity, Safwan accuses Bilal of being part of the new movement. After being questioned by his master, Bilal defied Umayyah and was taken to a cage where he was tortured everyday until one day Umayyah came and offered him an opportunity to be a spy for the enemy. Bilal did not yield, was taken out to the public where he was chained in front of the Meccans. A large boulder was put on top of him to crush him, but he was saved by Abu Bakr who bought him from his oppressive master by selling his whole business to him.

Ghufaira, belonged to Safwan, who did not want to sell her at all just to torture Bilal mentally. Three months after being sold off to his new master, Bilal is freed by him and learned how to fight with sword from Hamza, the foster brother, paternal uncle and one of the companions of the movement's leader, while traveling with them up north, fleeing from the persecution of the Meccans. One year after the migration to the great city of Yathrib, now renamed as Medina, Safwan sent Bilal a lock of Ghufaira's hair. Bilal rode back to Mecca after receiving it, followed by Hamza, they found a part of city on fire and many peoples who are part of the new movement slaughtered on orders of Umayyah and his fellow corrupted merchants. Bilal was caught by the guards. However, Hamza saved him, they both escaped back to Medina. A year two more cities joined the new movement like Medina, resulting in Umayyah and his merchants to declare war on them for threatening the Meccans' power. In the midst of the battle, Bilal managed to kill Umayyah despite the former's attempts of ending this peacefully.

Due to the deaths of Umayyah and al-Hakam in the battle, the army of Qurayshi Meccans fell into disorganization and defeated. The death of Umayyah spread fast in every city and the angry Safwan prepared for revenge with his troops from various allying cities of the peninsula. A year Hamza died in another battle against the Qurayshi warriors of Mecca, b