Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Big Brother Naija Returns For A Fourth Season In Nigeria

Africa’s popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, is set to return for a fourth season with the producers of the show also revealing that the Big Brother House will be in Nigeria.

Auditions for the show will hold on the 1st and 2nd of February, 2019 in eight locations across Nigeria, an increase from previous editions.

In addition, Nigeria’s number one betting website, Bet9ja, has been announced as headline sponsors of the new season.

The reality TV show which follows the format of the international Big Brother franchise is known to bring excitement and entertainment to fans and viewers across the continent as it houses strangers over a period of three months who contest against each other in a battle of wits for the ultimate prize.

Speaking on the return of Big Brother Naija, the Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr John Ugbe said: “This fourth season promises to be even bigger than previous editions and underscores MultiChoice’s position as the biggest investor and driver of entertainment content on the continent”.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

THOUSANDS GATHER IN LAGOS TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF MEDIA, STATE OF THE PERIOD AND TECHNOLOGY

The SMW Lagos 2019 theme “STORIES: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility” will explore the power in the stories we tell, and how as content creators, policymakers, brands, journalists and citizens we can influence our community, customers, audience and constituents for the greater good.

The conversation will bring together a diversity of perspectives to discuss the most productive ways to harness our collective influence to drive African innovation, improve consumer experiences and bring people together. Informed by the theme, State of the Period Lagos will discuss the known issues you want the incoming government to address in relations to health most especially fighting period poverty and responsible tourism.

As the February 2019 elections draw closer, this is the best time to tell a formidable story of how social media drives social good, and while the government should listen to the engagement of users with the hashtag #SMWFreePeriods to provide free sanitary pads to girls in Public Secondary Schools, Shelters, Slums and Prisons.

At Social Media Week Lagos 2019, We’re assembling Padman Africa chapter leaders in Secondary Schools & Universities, and recognizing aspiring activists in the Menstrual Movement. We’ll be joined by an impressive roster of speakers ranging from activists, influencers, brand representatives, legislators, and more. We’ll be sharing updates leading up to State of Period Lagos 2019 via our Social Media channel.

E.L To Perform At 2019 SXSW Music Festival

Ghanaian rapper, singer and record producer, E.L has been listed among the artists to be performing at the 2019 SXSW Music Festival, which is slated for March 11-17, 2019. The announcement was made known in November of 2018.

Aside the 2016 ''VGMA Artist of the Year'' performing, he was the ONLY Ghanaian Afrobeat artist to be featured on SXSW FM 2019 Spotlight with his song 'Overdose'.

Other artists who were featured include: Adekunle Gold (Nigeria), King Kanja (Kenya), Urban Hype (Zambia), Anatii (South Africa), Stanley Enow (Cameroon) amongst others.

''I think it's a great opportunity for me to showcase my new music on a world stage. First of all, it’s amazing that, the stage has been set because it’s been a lot of back and forth to establish a platform where Africans can come and do their thing. This is a full set and it’s actually a very big step in our conquest of the world.

Also, Afrobeat is taking over slowly in musical circles and our place to show/let the world hear what we have to offer, so I’m excited and we are definitely planning on releasing my new album this year.

And I think the platform by SXSW will be a good launching spot to begin that journey'', expresses E.L.

Yvonne Nelson Premieres "Sin City" On Valentine's Day

Ghanaian actress and producer, Yvonne Nelson will on Val’s Day February 14 outdoor a new movie titled, Sin City with a grand premiere at the Silverbird Cinemas in Accra.

Movie fans will be taken through yet another exciting cinema experience while  they also learn from the movie.

Sin City tackles some of the difficulties in marriage and relationships, covering the mysteries of love, mortality, loyalty, and human vows.

Directed by Pascal Amanfo, it stars the 2018 Ghana Movie Awards Beast Actress In Lead Role award winner; Yvonne Nelson, Adjetey Anang, Kweku Elliot, Kunle Remi, Regina Van Helvert, Gabriel Narh Addo, Rosaline Meurer, Michelle McKinney Hammond  and  Oscar Provencal among others.

See Images : Nana Churcher Organizes NASA Information Session For Selected Ghanaian Students

Ever wondered the critical benefits mentorship provides to individuals and sometimes organizations around the world? Over the years, mentorship has proved to be important for an individual's career advancement. In the United States of America, historically, mentorship has been most apparent in relation to the advancement of women and minorities at several workplaces.

International broadcaster, motivational speaker, talk show host and the presenter of The Nana Churcher Show, Nana Churcher through her mentorship activities over the years has helped in building the capacity of several Ghanaian youth. She has exhibited her commitment to empowering the youth and assisting disadvantaged people around the world by taking her activities a notch higher.

Ahead of the Christmas festivities, the award winning host partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program for an information session for selected Ghanaian students dubbed “Think Space”.

Five Interesting Facts About Efya

Ghanaian songstress Jane Awindor popularly known as Efya in a conversation with musician Eli A Free on his podcast AUDACITY revealed some interesting facts about who she is outside of showbiz.

Efya characterised herself as an embodiment of two persons, that is, Efya and Jane. The GIRL TALK STAR explained saying, "Jane characterises herself as a normal girl, church girl, very down to earth, loves to make people happy, good energy spreading and Efya is the performer artiste celebrity musician Mama Gingam, super gingam."

She further mentioned that "Jane is the other person you see outside of Efya"

Here are some interesting facts about Efya.

1.    Efya is an Ashanti who hails from Kumasi.

2.    Efya is the daughter of celebrity host of late-night show "Greetings from Abroad" Nana Adwoa Awindor.

3.    Efya was the 2nd runner up of Stars of the Future 2011

4.    Efya is a lover of American adult sitcom "Rick and Morty"

5.    Efya's favourite meal is Fufu with Kontomire soup

Listen to the Podcast on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/audacityto/every-day-life-episode-3-efya-as-jane-awindor

Stakeholders Meeting Held On 2019 Year Of Return

Stakeholders meeting on the Year of Return, Ghana 2019 was held at the Office of the President, Diasporan Affairs on Thursday, 10th January 2019.

Discussions mainly centred on the various roles to be played by the various Tourism Trade Associations, Private and Public Institutions to ensure a successful programme of activities for the YEAR OF RETURN, GHANA 2019.

Present at this meeting were representatives of the Tourism Private Sector including Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) , Car Rentals Association (CRAG), Ghana Hotels Association (GHA), Tour Guides Association of Ghana (TORGAG), Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA), Ghana Progressive Hotels Association (GHAPROHA), Board of Airlines, etc.

4th Edition Of Northern Entertainment Awards Launched

The 4th Edition of the Northern Ghana Entertainment Awards was on Wednesday, 9th January 2019 launched in the northern regional capital, Tamale at the Global Dream Hotel.

The annual awards scheme put together by the Celebrities Charity Development Foundation in collaboration with the 2017/2018 Northern Tourism Award winners; Smile Multimedia Agency and Partners Seek to annually recognize and honour distinguished personalities who are positively contributing positively contributed to the growth of the entertainment industry in Northern Ghana.

Addressing stakeholders during the launch, Board Chairman of NEA, Alhassan Abdul Latif said the 4thedition of NEA Ghana is in two folds; NORTHER-GHANA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS for the ENTERTAINERS and NORTHERN EXCELLENCE AWARDS for other distinguished Individuals and Organizations contributing to the socioeconomic development of the north.

He revealed this year’s ceremony will be on the theme; ‘Entertainment for SOCIAL CHANGE: TOURISM and YOUTH DEVELOPMENT’.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Film Submissions For The 2019 Edition Of The AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS Are Open!

The AFRICA MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS (AMAA) invites African Filmmakers or others with African narratives from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films for the awards to be held 7th -10th June 2019 the theme: “Engaging the Narrative
 
We invite filmmakers who believe that the world should see the beauty of African stories to submit their films for the 15th Edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards. 

This year, for the first time, there will be a mini show case of films that make it to the final shortlist, prior to the main awards ceremony.
 
AMAA is the most prestigious and transparent reward for African Cinema; AMAA has been the launch pad for many young talents in the film industry in Africa and has been at the forefront of celebrating the best of African Cinema from Across the Globe.

AMAA will be celebrating her 15th Anniversary in 2019, and we will look back at the 15 Best Directors and Best Films of the last 15 years of AMAA as an ode to where we began. We also want to Engage the Narrative, ask: “are we really telling our stories in the way they should be told?”

Friday, January 11, 2019

AKA Set To Make History With AKA Orchestra On The Square

Multi award-winning musician, AKA, is set to make history with his upcoming event, AKA Orchestra On The Square, which will take place from 4pm on Sunday, 17 March 2019, at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria.

Created, developed and produced in partnership with Mahogany and Vertex Events, AKA Orchestra On The Square will see the gifted performer take stage with a 30 piece orchestra, a first in South African history for a Hip Hop act.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I want to give my fans a different opportunity to see me perform,” expresses AKA.

Tickets for AKA Orchestra On The Square range from R200 – R450 and are available at Computicket outlets nationwide and online.

I've Never Met Medikal In My Life - KNUST Girl

Family of Ohenemaa Yaa Owusua, a KNUST student alleged to have been caught pants down with Ghanaian rapper Medikal has issued a statement denying any such act.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced the said girl had been caught in bed by Fella Makafui causing mayhem with most blogs quickly running with the news with no authenticity.

A statement signed by the uncle, Isaac Opoku Danso admits Ohenemaa Yaa Owusua is a student of KNUST but has never in her life met Medikal or Fella and neither does she even follow any of the drama on social media.

 
Read full statement after The Cut ....

Thursday, January 10, 2019

CBG Well Capitalized, And Has Good Asset - BOG

Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Elsie Awadzi, has disclosed that Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG) Limited is very well capitalized and has good asset base for its operations.

Speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy 99.7 FM on Tuesday, Madam Awadzi said the bank is more resilient now than it was in the initial stages.

The Deputy Governor noted that the managers of Consolidated CBG initially had to manage liquidity ahead of the release of cash from the bond issued in its name and that it why it appeared as though the bank had liquidity challenges.

She further revealed that the Consolidated Bank detected some accounting anomalies between the erstwhile banks which also caused some delay in customers receiving their funds.

“Due to the state of records by some of the erstwhile banks, CBG was unable to pay depositors their monies initially, since some of the banks had co-mingled bank accounts with capital market accounts and investment accounts. So, when the depositors came with their receipts to take their claims, it turned out that the accounts did not exist and that is was rather a claim on the investment wing of the group and not the erstwhile bank”.

Why Put All Blame On Customers Over Their Locked Cash – Lydia Forson On Menzgold Saga

Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson has shared her views on the pending Menzgold saga.

In a long post, published on her personal blog, the award-winning actress said it would be unfair to declare that depositors of Menzgold are responsible for their own locked up cash.

She stated that politicians and celebrities had genuine suspicions about Menzgold dealings yet they endorsed and supported the business because of what they were getting out of it.

According to her, most of these affected depositors are those who did not have access to social media, newspapers and other traditional media.

Read Her Opinion After The Cut .....

It’s Unfortunate To Call Hollywood Stars’ Visit To Ghana ‘Useless’ – Abraham Attah’s Manager To David Osei

Manager of Abraham Attah, Mawuko Kuadzi has described actor Prince David Osei’s ‘useless’ comments about the recent visit of Hollywood stars to Ghana as inappropriate.

The actor who is not enthused about the visit by some Hollywood stars to Ghana during the festive season was of the view that stars should have engaged stakeholders in the Ghanaian creative industry to share ideas.

But Kuadzi who finds his opinion unfortunate in a post on Facebook said Boris Kodjoe who has been made ambassador for the film industry has been able to bring back home all these Hollywood stars but the thirty (30) ambassadors for tourism have done nothing for the country since their unveiling.

According to him, the Hollywood actors who visited this country left here with Ghana on their lips and this will give opportunities to producers and directors to want to come and do business here and filmmakers in Ghana will get jobs to do.

Don’t Be Myopic – Kojo Preko Dankwa To Actor David Osei

Ghanaian radio presenter, Kojo Preko Dankwa has also reacted to Actor Prince David Osei’s comment about the recent visit of Hollywood stars to Ghana.

The host of Kasapa Entertainment on Kasapa 102.5FM described Osei’s comment as worrying and lacks foresight.

Read the full post below.

l had the opportunity to read an article on CNR (Citi new room) with the headline “HOLLYWOOD STARS VISIT TO GHANA ‘USELESS ‘ – DAVID OSEI. I find it worrying and disturbing when I read stories of such sort coming from acclaimed STARS in this country. If we find ourselves speaking this way to the world how do we open the gateway to Ghana?

Prince David Osei with all due respect you need to start Checking your facts and don’t base your arguments on assumptions and hearsay. It’s very unfortunate because a huge figure like you should be speaking with maturity and facts.

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