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Thursday, October 19, 2017

PHOTOS : MENS GROOMING, HAIR TREATMENT AND HAIRSTYLE TRENDS

I spent the last week of August and first week of October 2017 in Johannesburg and Pretoria working on a cultural event organized in by a group of Ghanaians and South African nationals in partnership with the Ghanaian High Commission in Pretoria. 

It was a platform to showcase the rich Ghanaian culture to the rest of through a series of events including musical performances, exhibition of arts and craft and workshops on tourism in Ghana.

Though not my first time in one of Africa’s most developed (infrastructure and economy) countries, one of the several things that struck me was how much importance South Africans, not excluding men in certain suburbs across the country placed on their grooming needs – haircut, styling and general looks.   

Mathew Kabelo, is a trained editor and public relations professional who works with South African Broadcasting Corporation, the state broadcaster which provides nineteen (19) radio stations and five (5) television platforms broadcasting across South Africa. Mathew, who I have known for almost four years tried to justify the ‘craze’ about looks in South Africa and why men aren’t left out. 

Miss Universe Ghana 2017 Receives Her Official Make-up Package From Maybelline

Miss Universe Ghana 2017, Ruth Quashie has already hit the road running after winning the enviable crown.

Ms. Quashie and her team have visited the office of Maybelline on the Spintex Road in Accra to show her appreciation to the international make-up brand for supporting her and the pageant.

Brand Manager for Maybelline New York in Ghana, Aretha Yorke Sabeng and her team warmly welcomed the queen and her team and congratulated her for being the chosen queen among the lots and also encouraged the reigning queen to shine on the international stage and bring the Miss Universe crown to Ghana.

Maybelline, which is the queen’s official makeup company, presented a complete makeup package to the queen as part of her prize package for winning the crown.

Maybelline New York in Ghana will provide one-year supply of makeup products   for the Miss Universe 2017 queen and also support her and ensure that she glows on stage at Miss Universe International in America come November.

Maybelline provides scientifically advanced formulas, revolutionary textures and up-to-the-minute trendsetting shades effortlessly, affordably and beautifully.

25 Finalists Unveiled For 2017 Miss Nigeria Ghana

Top 25 finalists for the much awaited 2017 Miss Nigeria Ghana beauty pageant have been unveiled to the public. The finalists who represent all the thirty-six states plus one FCT are prepared to battle it out at the main auditorium of the National Theatre, Accra on the 10th of November, 2017.

The contestants include; Elizaphan (Plateau State), Francisca (Anambra State), Angel Sonia (Benue State), Victory (Abia State), Joan Chidinma (Sokoto State), Confidence (Lagos State), Esther Vincent (Rivers State), Precious Chioma Sampson (Ogun State), Beatrice Edet (Cross Rivers State), Ijeoma Perculiar (Imo State), Irene George ( Edo State), Henietta Musa (Kaduna State), Precious Okechukwu (Oyo State), Adaobi Ukeje (Enugu State), Susan Monsurayo Mensah (Osun State), Mirian (Delta State), Esther Akerele (Ondo State), Talatu (Niger State), Bella (Bayelsa State), Rosemond (Kwara State), Chioma Chukwuka (Abuja State), and Georgina (Ekiti State).

STREET KONNECT HITS KNUST CAMPUS TOMORROW!

Rap and Dance seem to be a lifestyle of every youth. Certain people enjoy listening and dancing to good tunes, whiles others might just love to put beats together to make music. 

In all of these, a great atmosphere is built whenever the youth come together to have fun with beats and body moves.

Street life is part of our everyday lifestyle. The craziest moments always happen on campus. 

Thus, the essence of having a day set aside for just street life. iSel Media in collaboration with Independence Hall, KNUST, will tomorrow give reasons to to the youth to have fun in the most-friendly way.

Speaking to the project managers, they stated that the event will capture young musicians and dancers from across Ghana, spoken word artists, fit models, skaters, gamers and painters who will display their art in different ways. This is to give opportunity to these youngins to practise what they love doing and also get exposed.

It's the third edition on KNUST campus and will hit other campuses before the academic year ends.

Queen of Renditions Renner Releases Her First Official Music Video Featuring Epixode

After taking the music scene by storm after going viral with her reggae rendition of Shatta Wale’s Ayoo hit single, Renner real name Mercy Renner is out with her first official music video for her song ‘Good Gal Bad Gyal’ featuring Epixode.

The video shot by young budding video director Director Tee; with the setting at the Aburi Botanical Garden, portrays Renner’s cool calm side and her energetic dark fiery side.

Renner has high expectations for the video and has set a target of achieving a million views on YouTube.

She has started the hashtag #GGBG4Mview which she hopes would generate the necessary attention to help her achieve her million views goal.



See The Video After The Cut.....

MultiChoice Tanzania Celebrates 20 Years Of Changing Lives

MultiChoice Tanzania (MCT) the country’s first Pay TV Company has reached an exiting milestone as the company celebrates 20 years of changing lives through innovative delivery of ground-breaking content. The celebration will involve a two days special exhibition set to take place at the Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam where the public will get to witness first-hand MultiChoice Tanzania’s journey.

MultiChoice recognised the need for multi content for varied consumer needs when it commenced its operations in Dar es Salaam in July 1997 providing Tanzanians the Pay TV service, DStv, at a time when conventional TV services was a novel.

The company’s spirit to deliver revolutionary content in entertainment and education remain the same to date when it has grown considerably with 5 regional offices across the country with significant investment in infrastructure, technology and human resource.

Our Campaign Not Meant To Demean Black Skin – Nivea

German personal care company, Nivea, has defended its Natural Fairness Body Lotion campaign following a heavy backlash on social media started by UK-based Ghanaian artist, Fuse ODG.

Fuse in a series of social media posts which tagged NIVEA’s campaign billboards as promoting skin bleaching used the hashtag #PULLITDOWNNOW.

But in a statement, NIVEA said that the company develops products with the aim of helping consumers take care of their skin’s health no matter their skin type.

We have recently noted concerns on social media by some consumers regarding our NIVEA Natural Fairness Body Lotion communication in Ghana. We would like to emphasize that this campaign is in no way meant to demean or glorify any person’s needs or preferences in skin care.

NIVEA as a global leader in skin care has developed a safe product that contains natural ingredients and UV filters, which protect the skin from long-term sun damage and premature skin- ageing as well as reduce the sun-induced production of melanin, which, over time, can lead to an uneven skin tone.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Africa1Media Opens Entrepreneur Masterclass With Godwin Tom To Empower Talent Management

The development of the creative arts infrastructure is essential as it is a tool to ensure the enhancement of its growth. 

With the vision of empowering and enhancing the African Creative Arts Industry through the provision of top-notch professional business and legal advisory services, whiles educating the industry through its Thought Leadership Programs, Africa 1 Media proudly presents the Creative Entrepreneur Series.

The event is slated for the 3rd of November 2017 at the African Regent Hotel from 8am to 5pm.

With support from the Ministry of Arts and Culture, and Community Change Incorporated USA, the 1 day session will feature talent manager and brands expert, Godwin Tom, the CEO of IManage Africa, a firm that focuses on developing tailor-made strategies that suit the business needs and goals of many entertainers and individuals in the creative arts industry in Nigeria.

The objective of the masterclass is to empower and educate both aspiring and established talents, their teams and other music industry players on how to bridge the gap between the arts and entrepreneurship. The class will also enlighten the participants on the many challenges and solutions within the industry from legal, to business, and everything in-between.

Potato Potahto Finally Heads To African cinemas & Set Premieres In Nigeria, South Africa & Ghana

Following a series of successful screenings in some of the biggest festival across the globe, West African romantic comedy ‘Potato Potahto’ will kick off its cinematic releases across the continent from November 2017.

Potato Potahto opens in Nigerian and South African cinemas on the 24th of November and makes its way to Ghanaian screens on the 30th of November.

Directed by award winning Ghanaian film maker Shirley Frimpong-Manso; the film stars OC Ukeje, Joselyn Dumas, Joke Silva, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, LalaAkindoju, AdjeteyAnang, Victoria Michaels and Nikki Samonas.

The movie tells the story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home results in chaos after the husband, Tony, brings in an attractive female house help. When his ex-wife, Lulu, then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues.

Producer Inya Lawal is ecstatic about the movie’s upcoming cinematic release; “We have taken Potato Potahto round the world to an incredibly warm reception, we cannot wait to bring it to cinemas home in Africa, this is just the beginning! “she explained

For South African filmmaker Bonginhlanhla‘Mr. B’Ncube, more African film makers should adopt Potato Potahto’s unique form of pan-African collaborations. “This collaboration is a true representation of Africans coming together and saying, ‘we own this space, our continent, our people,’ let’s serve them and tell those African stories-to our people.”

Ghanaian Rapper Trigmatic Shines At Felebaration

Ghanaian Rapper and Host of YFM’s Myd Monring Show, Trigmatic over the weekend set the stage on fire as he performed with the Safoa Band at the 2016 Felabration at The Shrine in Nigeria.

Trigmatic put up a spectacular performance for patrons at the show. He rocked the stage with live performance of most of his hit songs.

The ‘Motromodwo’ hit maker together with the Safoa Band lifted Ghana high with at the music festival in Nigeria. 

Since their over the weekend, Trigamtic and the Safoa Band have been all over the news with everyone talking about their outstanding performance during the “FELABRATION” MUSICAL FESTIVAL; a most prestigious festival celebrated by a great number of people in Nigeria and across Africa to honor the legendary FELA KUTI.

Felabration is an annual music festival conceived in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti in memory and celebration of her father Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician and human rights activist known for pioneering the afrobeat genre of music.

The one-week-long event which is held annually at the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, attracts visitors all over the world and has thus been considered as an official tourist destination by the Lagos State Government Felabration is held on the week of Fela’s birthday.

New Series And More!! It’s An October To Remember On DStv

October looks set to be an extra-ordinary month of series entertainment with the return of some of the most spectacular shows and premiere of new ones on DStv.

On 17th October, DStv customers can look forward to the irreverent BAFTA award-winning chat show host from the Emerald Isle with a fresh season of The Graham Norton Show, to air every Tuesday at 6pm on BBC Brit.

There is a whole lot more entertainment in store for DStv viewers with The Mayor (Vuzu AMP, 19 October at 5:30pm), The Good Doctor (M-Net, 9 October at 20:00), The Platinum Life (E!Entertainment, 16 October 6:55pm ),  Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Crime & Investigation, 18 October at 6pm)…plus a whole lot more!

Earlier this month the hit series Prison Break, returned with a special fifth season after a seven-year break on M-Net Mondays from 5pm.

New Record Label Launched In Ghana : Renzel Music Group

Over the weekend, October 14 2017 an official Press Launch was held by Management of Renzel Music Group to publicly announce their existence in Ghana’s Music Industry. Invited Guests, Top Bloggers and Journalists amongst others were present and given first hand information about the rationale behind the birth of this Record Label.

The label which is the brainchild of renowned Entrepreneur “Sylvanus Sedzro” popularly known as Renzel officially signed and unveiled 3 budding Ghanaian new talents (Shaimi, O.L & Esco J) who are set to invade the Ghanaian Music scene with new sounds.

Zoocci Coke Dope Signs To Vth Season

Rising Hip Hop freshman, Zoocci Coke Dope, has just announced his signing to Vth Season, one of Africa’s leading Talent Management and Entertainment Marketing Agencies.

Zoocci Coke Dope now joins renowned musicians and personalities such as the likes of Big Star, TRESOR, Berita, Nina Hastie and Blue Mbombo under the Vth Season umbrella.

“I’m excited to start this new venture in my career, a whole lot of hard work and sleepless nights became the fruit of my efforts. I’m mostly humbled by the support and belief from Vth Season in pursuing my dreams with me. This is like when the Cavs first signed Lebron, I'm just really happy to be a part of the team and I'm ready to take my career to the next level. I told Benza to bet on me, it's a guaranteed flip,” shares Zoocci Coke Dope.

Steadily amassing an unwavering presence in the SA Hip Hop scene over the past year, multi-talented sound engineer, producer and musician, Zoocci Coke Dope, hasn’t gone unnoticed. Earlier this month MTV Base listed Zoocci Coke Dope as one of the Top 5 Best Trappers in SA for 2017. Zoocci Coke Dope has also been pegged by the likes of Hype Magazine and MC extraordinaire, Stogie T, as an artist to watch.

“Zoocci Coke Dope is the best producer in the game right now. We are excited to release to radio Africa wide his new single All Night Long featuring A-Reece, which is also a fan favourite off his Morning Star EP, to follow with some exciting visuals,” shares Raphael Benza of Vth Season. 

SARKODIE NOMINATED FOR MOBO AWARDS 2017 ‘BEST AFRICAN ACT’

Shortly after announcing his UK nationwide ‘Highest’ tour which takes place from November 23 - 25, across Birmingham, London and Manchester, and on the back of his hugely successful fifth studio album Highest, which continues to dominate iTunes and Spotify charts all around the world, Ghanaian rap star Sarkodie has just been nominated for a 2017 MOBO Award in the ‘Best African Act’ category.

This marks Sarkodie’s second nomination at the renowned MOBO Awards, following his nomination in the ‘Best African Act’ category in 2012, the same year he won the prestigious BET Award for ‘Best International Act’. 

Alongside the just announced MOBO Award nomination, Sarkodie has also been nominated for ‘Best Artist In West Africa’ in the 2017 All Africa Music Awards, after winning the ‘Best Rap Act’ award at the just concluded AFRIMMA 2017 in New York.

Jackie Ankrah, Bernard Kelvin Clive To Speak At 5th Edition of Hope 4 Life Tour

Ofori Panyin Senior High School will host the fifth edition of the acclaimed youth motivation, mentorship and networking event “Hope 4 Life Tour”, which is scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, October 21st, 2017.

One year after St John’s Grammar in Accra hosted the fourth edition of Hope 4 Life Tour, the youth empowerment project makes a major stride with its first event outside the Greater Accra Region which is themed “The Revolutionary Mindset”.

According to creative house BEKOFI, organizers and managers of the youth empowerment project, all arrangements have been finalized with the school and students of Ofori Panyin SHS can expect the pearls of wisdom, career and personal development advice, together with the fun and entertainment that has been the mark of previous editions of Hope 4 Life Tour.

The speakers for the fifth edition will be the lovely media personality and musician Jackie Ankrah, and Ghana’s foremost personal branding coach and Amazon bestselling author, Bernard Kelvin Clive. This remarkable duo will inspire the students with their valuable personal experiences.

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