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Nana Churcher talks about hosting 2017 Grammy week media-meets-talent event

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It was a dream come through for me hearing publicist and producer Ericalane Brown mentioning my name as host of such a high-profile event to interview Grammy Awards nominees as well as Hollywood celebrities right inside Los Angeles just a day before the 2017 Grammy Awards. As if that wasn’t enough, I was doing that with Grammy Awards nominee, Tony Grant, someone I have over the period had the opportunity to watch on television several times”, according to Nana Churcher.

The 59th Grammy Awards was held at the Staples Center on Sunday February 12th, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. And as expected, the celebrities came out in their numbers just like in previous years amidst the pomp and pageantry the event has become known for. It’s always one event all movers and shakers within the industry wouldn’t want to miss.

It won’t be hard to say exactly how the 2017 Grammys will be remembered by patrons on the night and the millions of people who watched the live broadcast around the globe. In fact, it’s hard to recall an award show in recent years that managed such a confluence of stunning and electrifying performances, controversial award winners, acceptance speeches and real-world relevance. That’s the 2017 Grammy awards for you!

Prior to the Grammy Awards night, there were several events within the week in Los Angeles in preparation for the main event, most of which were private and only opened to Hollywood celebrities, Grammy nominees and members of accredited media houses. Notable amongst these events was “The Nana Lounge”. Held on Saturday 11th February in Los Angeles, “The NaNa Lounge” was the most anticipated media event during the 2017 Grammy week with a record invitation request. The event provided the perfect opportunity for live interviews with Grammy nominees and Hollywood celebrities while honoring the press.

“The Nana Lounge” was attended by about two hundred industry professionals across the media, creative arts and entertainment industry across the United States of America in attendance with Ghanaian international talk show host and motivational speaker, Nana Churcher, partnering with Grammy nominated singer and top Tyler Perry theatrical as well as Sitcom Actor, Tony Grant, as presenters.

“Being the only Media-Meets-Talent preview mass Grammy party which offered various brands the opportunity to interact with celebrities, bookers, producers, editors, bloggers and writers, there was a lot of pressure on the team to ensure it was done right. You had giant media houses on the guest list such as US Weekly, Playboy, Entertainment Tonight, E! News, TV Guide, People Magazine, Rolling Stone, LA Times, VOGUE Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine, so everything had to be on point”, Nana Churcher said.

Speaking about how she landed the role to host the event and whether she felt intimidated by co-hosting with Tony Grant, Nana Churcher attributed it the God’s blessings. She further said “I have been shooting in the United States for some time now, covering the BET Awards, Essence Festival, and having interviews with celebrities. Earlier last year, I was in Los Angeles shooting and I was introduced to Ericalane Brown and we discussed the possibility of working on projects together. By the way, Ericalane is an established publicist and her clients include The Africa Music Awards, Jamaican musician Beenie Man, R.A.K.E Foundation, Janay’s Herbal and R&B Singer Brandy Norwood. Being paired with Tony meant I had to bring my A game to the event but I wasn’t intimidated. I was rather looking forward to having the great and successful event with him”.     

About her preparation for the show, Nana Churcher said “I got to Los Angeles four days before the event. The daily schedule varied from having team meetings at the venue, working out the technical rider to going through the event flow and creating the running order. I also spent time researching the backgrounds of some of the key guests and celebrities to be interviews on the red carpet to ensure the sessions were engaging and also, I ask the right questions”.

Nana Churcher is the presenter of The Nana Churcher Show (TNCS), a weekly exciting television content which features captains of various industries as guest who open up on their rise to fame and fortune as well as share their success stories. A thirty-minute motivational chat show, it seeks to inspire viewers to become change leaders in their chosen fields of specialty and also empower them to become agents in transforming their societies.

“The NaNa Lounge” was sponsored by Rebecca Laclair, Dizaind, Chipotle, Pizza Hut, Adwoa Design, Tracy Lynn Jewelry, Movie Star Leather Stickers and To Whom It May Chocolates. Others are Reboundwear, The Bullet Studio (www.thebulletstudio.com), Watch Ya Mouth and Earin M-! True Wireless.

 

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Adane BEST, Samuel Owusu, Tagoe Sisters, others for “Time with MGA” concert, March 2

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The Executives of MUSIGA Greater Accra, (MGA) in partnership with EventMastersGh, and Alliance Francaise Accra presents “Time with MGA“: a  variety show featuring top artistes of all genres.

The MGA Variety Show is a pre-independence day live concert slated for Friday, March 2, 2018. Artistes billed to perform include   Shegah (godmother of Dancehall music in Ghana), Adane Best (Highlife), Nana Quame (Highlife), Samuel Owusu (Highlife), Kento & Joe Wizzy (Hiplife), Ex-Doe (Hiplife), Soma Iddrissu (Traditional), Tagoe Sisters (Gospel), Gifty Osei (Gospel), Ras Caleb, Appiah-Levi (Reggae) and Mellodica led by bassist Emmanuel Ofori as a back-up Band for all the artistes.

This event promises to be one of the exhilarating concerts in the series of “Time with MGA”.

The Chairman of MUSIGA Greater Accra, Ras Caleb Appiah Levi said “this collaboration is welcoming as such Platforms do not only help the musicians to improve on their stage craft when it comes to live musical performances but also an avenue to further improve and grow the creative arts industry”.

Mr. Isaac Kofi Maafo, Director of EventMastersGh also added that, they are opened for partnerships as these concerts would provide one of the best and cost effective consumer engagement platforms for organizations to promote and consolidate their brands.

 

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Reconnecting Africa, Diaspora key to accelerated development – Dr Bawumia

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The single most important factor in the development and progress of a nation is its human capital, and it is crucial to reconnect Africans on the continent and those in the diaspora to accelerate the emancipation of the African continent, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has underscored.

The Vice President, who was speaking at the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr W.E.B Du Bois in Accra on Monday February 19, 2018, emphasised that the destiny of Africans anywhere in the world is irrevocably tied to the destiny of the African continent.

Born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, a small town in Massachusetts town USA, Dr Du Bois Du Bois was a leader in the pan-African movement that sought solidarity between all people of African descent. He was a major influence on Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, especially after they met at the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester, England.

 

travelled to Ghana in 1961 at the invitation of Dr Kwame to help write the Encyclopedia Africana. Renouncing his U.S. citizenship, Du Bois became a citizen of Ghana and lived here until his death in 1963, at the age of 95.

Alluding to W.E.B. Du Bois’s drive to reconnect the African diaspora to the continent, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia emphasised that almost 400 years after the advent of slavery, Africa was still strong and, with a growing population billed to be the largest in the world by 2050, a focus on developing the human capital of persons of African descent would help the continent assume its rightful place in the world.

“It is important for Africans to recognise that we are all Africans, whether you are in the diaspora or in the continent” Dr Bawumia stated.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a billionaire walking on the streets of America as a black man; they will see you no different from anybody walking on the streets of Africa, and so the emancipation of people of African descent lies in the emancipation of Africa.

“That lesson for me is very very important, and that is why we have to grow and move beyond aid and develop our continent.”

According to the Vice President, Dr Du Bois’ decision to relocate to Ghana, sowed a seed that reflected his commitment to the development of the African.

“The message for me in his coming back home – he was here, died here, he is buried here – that singular act is the sowing of a seed, and we are all the products of that seed. He sowed a seed to let us understand why it is important to unite the African diaspora with the continent.

“The research is very clear, that the single most important factor is not natural resources, the gold and all that. The single most important factor for the development and the progress of nations is your human capital. That is the single most important factor.

“Next year 2019 will be 400 years of the first documented arrival of slaves from Africa to America, so if human capital is the key to the development and progress of nations and you have 400 years of a loss of human capital, it is bound to have a major impact for us descendants. Therefore it is very very important to reconnect that human capital that is out there, our brothers and sisters out there in the diaspora.

“We want quality human capital, that is why our education systems have to be ramped up, and we have to link up with the human capital that we already have in the diaspora. We have to link up and take advantage of that to propel this continent scientifically.”

 

 

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These Paul Addo images sum up Ebony’s One – Week Observation!

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The One -Week observation ceremony for singer Ebony Reigns (Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng), held in Dansoman over the weekend, was characterised by a mix of emotions: disconsolate and celebratory alike.

A momentous time in modern Ghanaian music, the event attracted a myriad of sympathisers (celebrities, as well as regular folk).

Photographer Paul Addo, via a selection of poignant images, sums up the key scenes from proceedings. Follow him on Twitter

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IMAGES: Mzvee shows class at inaugural NFF Awards in Nigeria

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Afro-Dancehall artiste Mzvee was the toast of the several patrons who throng the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island (Lagos) on Monday for the maiden edition of the Aiteo/Nigeria Football Federation awards.

The versatile act performed her smash hit “Rewind”, and was joined by Nigerian Dancehall act Patoranking to perform their collaboration “Sing My Name” on the night.

Other performers on the night were Tiwa Savage, Simi, Kiss Daniel, Reekado Banks,  and Falz.

Present at the awards were NFF President Amaju Pinnick, First Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad and Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Born Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda, the Natural Girl is popular for many hits including Bokor Bokor, Abofra, and Hold Me Now.

She has worked with top colleagues as Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Richie Mensah, Efya, Didier Awadi, Pappy Kojo, and MI Abaga etc. MzVee is also a two-time BET honouree, and is recipient of several other laurels including VGMA awards for  Unsung Artiste of the Year (2014), Best New Artist Of The Year (2015), Best Female Vocalist of the Year (2016), GMH Best Female Artist Honour (2016) and a host of others.

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WEDDING BELLS! Here are exquisite Kwabena Awuku -made images of Paa T & RHODA’s nuptials

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Here are images from the most-talked about wedding in the capital all weekend. Made by celebrity photographer Kwabena Awuku, the pictures are a captivating portrayal of what a momentous time the ceremony turned out to be.

A classy garden event which saw Michael “Paa T” Tawiah Attoh (CEO of Accra Young Wise Football Club, and PM’s Lounge) say “I do” to his sweetheart, Rhoda Adei Asantewa Neequaye, in the presence of several high-profile personalities including actresses Moesha Budong and Efia Odo, executives of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), members of the Shatta Movement, as well as a number of TV and radio presenters.

LYNX Entertainment singer KiDi, was present to serenade guests with songs from his ever-growing catalogue.

Another highlight of the beautiful function, which came off at the Page Centre in Sakaman – Accra, was the fascinating decor ( a masterful blend of  gold, white and wine).

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THE JOURNEY OF AN ENTREPRENEUR! Bola Ray to speak at 9th edition of OF LEAD SERIES

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OMNIS2131, in conjunction with live919fm, will host Chief Executive Officer of EIB Network, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi on Sunday, February 25, on the theme ‘THE JOURNEY OF AN ENTREPRENEUR”.

The event will run from 4pm to 6pm at Capitol Café & Restaurant, located inside Labone, a few meters away from the Ghana Free Zones Board.

Bola Ray is unquestionably one of the utmost successful young business magnates in the media circles whose success story is motivation to the youth who look up to him.

The LE.A.D Series is powered by OMNIS 2131 with support from The Radio Advertising People (TRAP), TOTO Wear, Made Men Agency, Brands Aid, and TIGO Bussiness. In the past, the series has hosted influential personalities as Sarkodie, Ameyaw Debrah, Nabil Alhassan, Asamoah Gyan, among others.

Bola Ray joined radio while still in university, Bola Ray has grown to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole. He joined Accra-based Top Radio after university and went on to The Multimedia Group, where he served a variety of roles, mainly hosting Drivetime on Joy for 11 years. For the past two years, he has been host of Starr Chat and co-host of Starr Drive.

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