Friday, May 24, 2019

Pastor Mike Nwanegbo In Belgium To Reveal Hidden Things

Pastor Mike Chuks Nwanegbo, a Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, ended his Heaven conference in Accra some weeks ago and He is presently in Belguim for another conference to reveal hidden things.

Pastor Mike Nwanegbo is the host of the popular television program "Just Before You Go To Bed" - preparing souls for heaven.

The two day conference on the 10th and 11th of May 2019 left a lot of testimonies from Ghanaians about the blessings they were left with.

Pastor Mike Chuks Nwanegbo is one of the only preachers who is teaching about heaven in the end time. He is positive that souls won’t miss heaven if he can impact individuals with the knowledge faith and attitude involved in making heaven.

Solution hour in Belgium is happening on Friday 31st May at 7pm prompt. Venue is 149 Statiesntraat 2600 Berchem. Theme is revealing the hidden things..

Quote from Pastor Nwanegbo “ Heaven at all cost” .

Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy Banned Indefinitely By 2019 VGMAs Board

Two of Ghana’s leading musicians  Livingstone Etse Satekla better known as Stonebwoy and Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr better known as Shatta Wale have been banned from taking part in the annual Ghana Music Awards. The sanction takes effect immediately.

The decision was announced in Accra, Thursday, 23rd May, 2019 at press briefing held at Swiss Spirit Hotel and Suites Alisa put together by Charterhouse, organizers of the scheme.

Board Chairman of the scheme, Amanzeba Nat Brew read out the sanctions at an event that had other members of the board in attendance.

Subsequently, the two acts have also been stripped off their respective awards at the just ended awards ceremony, and have been asked to return their plaques to the organizers.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pead Statement : Shatta Wale Explains Reasons For Joining Stonebwoy On VGMA Stage

Management of dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, has apologized over the clashes which ensued at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards last weekend.

Chaos broke out at the music fiesta after Shatta Wale stormed the stage while Stonebwoy was receiving his award for emerging the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the year for the fifth consecutive time.

Stonebwoy was seen on national TV pulling a gun on stage during the melee and had to be restrained by his associates. The stage fracas led to a long hold up of the prestigious event organised by CharterHouse as security struggled to restore order between the two camps.

Shatta Movement Production has issued a statement to apologise over the issue.

“Management of Shatta Wale wishes to render a sincere apology to all patrons of the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), viewers of the event around the world, organizers of the awards, Charterhouse Productions, title sponsors, Vodafone Ghana and all Shatta Movement fans worldwide for the unfortunate incident that happened during the recently held VGMA. We further apologize for all the inconveniences caused on the night and afterwards,” the statement said.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Op-Ed: A Diverse And Culturally Rich African Continent Is A Bedrock For Storytelling

More than 1 000 languages are spoken across the continent and this diversity means we have great stories to tell. Yolisa Phahle, the CEO of General Entertainment for the MultiChoice Group, explains how the time for African voices to receive the exposure and representation they deserve, is now.

Today,Africa has a population of 1.1 billion as well as the youngest population. By 2050 that will have doubled and is expected to generate 10-15% GDP growth in the next 15 years. These fundamental shifts are also reflected in a key figure of special interest to us: the amount spent on entertainment and media (E&M).

According to research conducted by PwC South Africa last year, E&M spend in South Africa is expected to reach US$12,3 million by 2022. Nigeria saw a 25.5% rise in E&M revenue in 2017 to US$3.8bn. Ghana’s E&M industry has more than tripled in value since 2013. Total E&M revenue in Tanzania rose by 28.2% to half a billion dollars in 2017.

That is substantial growth, and it raises the following set of questions: as entertainment consumption increases, what can we say about the nature of that consumption? Where is that entertainment produced, and whose stories does it comprise?

Well, for a start, a lot of that media is television. We watch a lot of TV. Kenya watches twice as much as the world average. South Africa and Nigeria aren’t far behind. Secondly, a rapidly increasing amount of that television is produced by African production houses and is telling African stories. 

GOtv: Deepening Local Content Access In Nigeria

With the television broadcast industry undergoing a transition from analogue television to the initial test-running of digital television (DTT) in 1998, there was a huge expectation globally that a more refined digital television would be within the reach of all and sundry.

Pay television service-via satellite- had, a few years before, debuted in Nigeria and had introduced to the public a new television viewing experience marked by top-class programming and considerably better audio-visual quality than what they were used to.

However, access to satellite television service was restricted, as many found it less than affordable, forcing them to depend on public broadcasters to provide television service, which was routinely susceptible to variations from either the amplitude or frequency of the analogue signals transmitted, thereby making viewing largely unpleasant for many.

But all that changed in 2011 with the launch of GOtv in Ibadan, the birthplace of television in Africa. The introduction of GOtv, a digital terrestrial television (DTT) service, immediately widened access to digital television broadcasting that Nigerians had wished for since being exposed to satellite television.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Shatta Wale Resigns From Music & Ventures Into Real Estate

Self-acclaimed dancehall king Charles Nii Armah Mensah popularly known as Shatta Wale seems to have officially resigned from doing music.

Shatta Wale and musical rival were engaged in a brawl at the just ended 20th Vodafone Ghana music award where the latter was seen in videos circulated on social media pulling a gun midway through his acceptance speech after winning the highly competitive reggae/dancehaal artiste of the year.

This came after Shatta Wale attempted to join Stonebwoy on stage, which did not go down with the BHIM management team.

After the incident however, Stonebwoy had duly apologized for his actions, and both acts have subsequently been picked up and detained at the Tesano Police station.

Wendy Shay Crowned New Artiste Of The Year At 2019 VGMA

RuffTown Records signed act Wendy Shay over the weekend won the New Artiste of the Year at the VGMA 2019.

The female artiste who is barely a year in the Ghanaian music industry has achieved this feat which comes as a surprise to all and sundry.

In that same category were KelvynBoy, Eddie Khae, La Meme Gang, DopeNation and Quamina MP. Being the only female in that category, it was going to be a tough competition for her to win that award.

Thanks to hit such as Uber Driver, Bedroom Commando, Astalavista and Shay On You, gunning for the attention and making sure things go as planned was in motion for the RuffTown Records signed act.

During her speech of appreciation, she expressed thanks for all who had supported her music career and made things go successful for her. 

A message of encouragement was given out to all those living abroad as well to come to Ghana and will be able to live their dreams.

OGILVY GHANA BAGS SIX PRESTIGIOUS WINS AT AFRICAN SABRE AWARDS

Ogilvy Ghana bagged six prestigious awards at the just ended SABRE Awards for the African region in Kigali, Rwanda.

The SABRE Awards Africa is organised by The Holmes Group which curates the most prestigious awards and PR conferences in the world. In its fourth year, The SABRE Awards Africa is partnered by the African Public Relations Association (APRA).

Ogilvy Ghana received two (2) trophies for Integrated Marketing, and Mining and Extractive industries, three (3) Certificates of Excellence and one (1) Platinum "Best in Show" Finalist:

1.    Integrated Marketing (Winner) - Ghanaians Against Child Abuse (GACA) for UNICEF and Government of Ghana

2.    Mining and Extractive Industries (Winner) – Kosmos Innovation Center (Global and Ghana) - for Kosmos Energy Ltd with Ogilvy Ghana

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Review: ‘Duty Is The Death Of Love’

DStv’ s favourite drama opens up to the final episode in dramatic fashion, as only the Game of Thornes franchise can, with some startling imagery as Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow wander, almost aimlessly, through the ruins of King’s Landing, surrounded by piles of rubble and burnt corpses.

It is at this point that we realise the true devastation of what Daenerys Targaryen has done as if it was not highlighted enough in the previous episode just how mad the ‘Queen of Dragons’ had gone when she burnt innocent children, women and men.

Pain and sadness are evident on both the face of Tyrion and Jon as they try to internally rationalize what has occurred before the two operate. Tyrion off to the Red Keep dungeons where he finds the bodies of his brother and sister, Cersei and Jaime, crushed by the collapsing castle, and much like the building imploding so does Tyrion’s faith in his Queen as he weeps for his siblings.

Jon goes in search of Daenerys and encounters Grey Worm, the leader of the Unsullied, as he looks to execute the surviving Lannister soldiers to which he objects but is met with confrontation. Grey Worm says he is acting on the orders of his Queen, and it is at this point that we start to think Daenerys is beyond saving.

Kwame Gyan Wins At Kingdom Honours 2019

Kwame Gyan Nkansah, team leader and president of Kwame Gyan ministries on May 11, 2019 was honoured as ‘Most Patronized Event of the Year’ with his annual worship event dubbed ‘SIFAFEST.’

The awards scheme which was held at the Perez Dome and organized by Kingdom Biz Gh, geared to support and to encourage the next Gospel Musicians.

‘SIFAFEST’ is an annual worship service that seeks to gather over 600+ PEOPLE in one auditorium to give God undiluted worship and praise. The event has had the likes of Efe Grace, Kweku Teye, Harry King and a few other spirit filled gospel ministers.

Funke Akindele Launches Dettol’s Newly Commissioned Hand Wash Site At Mushin Market

Dettol’s Clean Naija initiative started its health journey at Ojuwoye Market, Mushin-Lagos on Monday, May 13th, 2019. The brand ambassador, Funke Akindele-Bello, who is the main driver of the initiative launched the newly commissioned Handwash station in the popular market as part of Dettol's activities to mark the World Hand Hygiene Day.

The World Hand Hygiene Day is a global movement championed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which, just like the Clean Naija initiative, advocates for better health and hygiene for all. The ultimate goal is to pass the message that regardless of age, ethnicity or socio-economical status, everyone can stay happier and healthier just by cultivating the simple habit of thorough hand washing.

Women and mothers who make up the larger percentage of the foot traffic at Ojuwoye market as buyers and traders were educated on the importance of raising their wards to understand the need for meticulous hand washing. Also, the brand ambassador Funke Akindele-Bello taught the participants the proper way that health professionals advise that hands should be washed in order for it to be clean and germ-free.

Samini The Saviour: He Brought Sanity To #VGMA20 With Another Historic Performance

Regardless of last weekend’s skirmishes at the #VGMA20 occasion, Samini came through as the melting ice to restore peace and sanity with his high class live band performance, maturity, stage mastery and finesse.

Before Samini’s performance on the night, there had been previous performances from Efya, Sarkodie, Kula and others who rocked the stage as well; but Samini raised the bar very high that he’s still on the lips of many hours after the show. This followed the much publicized altercation from 2 of Ghana’s Music Icons, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, some moments earlier before his (Samini’s) set.

The annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is an occasion that celebrates Ghanaian music and its crooners and this year’s was supposed to be the most exciting as it marked the 20th anniversary of the awards, but it was marred with the abrupt melee. Nonetheless, the show went on with Samini melting hearts and brought smiles to many patrons and viewers watching from home and online.

As an experienced performer and a man of peace who has been in the industry for years (during his performance during the VGMA Experience Concert — the weekend before — on Saturday, May 11, at the Independence Square), Samini called on his fellow artistes to allow unity reign amongst them since that is the only thing to make the industry grow.

Born Emmanuel Andrews Samini, he is also referred to many as "African Bob Marley"; Samini put in all efforts with ease and jammed the place to keep the remaining audience engaged and happy. His showmanship on the night was a perfect liaison that cemented attempts by Charter House to restore calm at the occasion. 

OPINION: Serwaa Amihere On Shatta Wale-Stonebwoy’s “Musical Feud Carried Too Far”

Before venturing into news and current affairs, I was a bit-part entertainment pundit. Entertainment has never really left my bloodstream and I continue to follow the sector keenly. So, l caught the bug of anticipation and expectation like everyone else when Charter House set the date for the VGMA 20-a reference to the 20th edition of what has become the biggest night of entertainment in Ghana.

The night got off to a good start last Saturday, with Giovanni Caleb and Sika holding down the red-carpet moment remarkably. The red-carpet parade itself, was a spectacle on its own. Those of us watching from the comfort of our beds, were treated to anything between the elegant to the ridiculous.

There was Wendy Shay’s beautiful emerald dress which won her the best dressed personality hands-down in my books, and then there were two chaps who wore dresses that looked like a blend of disused T-shirts and badly sewn wedding gowns. It is not too clear what informed their choice of wardrobe, but they added some amusement to the night.

The choice of the ever-green Kwame Sefa Kayi, who was reprising his role at the very first edition of the event in 1999, and the super talented Berla Mundi as hosts for the night was a match made in heaven.

STATEMENT: Asamoah Gyan Quits Ghana National Team

Ghana’s all-time top scorer, Asamoah Gyan announced his permanent retirement from international football Monday evening.

The 33-year-old striker’s decision, which comes 32 days to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – a tournament he had been eager to honour as his 11th major competition in the Ghana colours, was made public via his official Twitter handle.

“I have represented the proud colours of our country in 10 major tournaments from the Olympics, World Cups, and in the African Nations Cup with different coaches,” read a portion of the announcement.

Gyan is unhappy about developments surrounding his captaincy at Egypt hence the decision to “recuse” himself from the Afcon and “retire from the national team permanently.”

“As an active footballer yet to retire, I have been in the team since 2003 and I have played with some members of the technical team who were my seniors. Through such periods, there were no times substantive captains were part of a team in a tournament and had to surrender their captaincy to other players and served in different capacities…

Araba Sey Emphasizes On The Need For Branding In Career/Business Building

Branding is more than just the name or logo of your business. Besides that, good branding could as well all start from the name you give to your brand. The name you choose for your brand can help in inveigling people to your business.

Branding helps you to distinct yourself from your competitors. It makes you stand out and makes you unique. Good branding can be fully achieved when you are well enlightened about your brand or business even before you start; knowing the value your brand is going to provide and the reason or purpose for creating that brand.It helps you to be able to position your brand well to the public knowing the nature or structure of the brand or business you are venturing into.

In branding oneself you need to identify or determine your target market. You need to ensure your brand stands out and that your target market recognizes it and is aware of it. Your brand identity means revealing exactly or in detail what you do concerning your job and making your target market or public understand your brand.

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