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KOD rejects comments that he begged KKD to keep him out of rape saga

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TV/ radio and fashion icon Kofi Okyere Darko popularly known as KOD has rejected comments made by ace broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) a year ago suggesting, he [KOD] begged him not to mention his name, after he was arrested for an alleged rape incident.

In an interview with Deloris Frimpong Manso in August 2016, KKD disclosed that his brother and friend, Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD), was with him at the African Regent Hotel the night he was alleged to have raped a young lady, but went on his knees to beg him not to mention his name.

In a very explicit interview, KKD gave a blow-to-blow account of what transpired without mincing words.

“KOD was there, he had knelt down begging me…and I want to make this public today that those whom he (KOD) mentioned their names, they should also come out to deny what he was lying.”

KOD however, in an exclusive interview on the hit satirical talk show, Tonight with Nii Kpakpo Thompson on Joy Prime last Sunday denied ever begging KKD not to mention his name.

“He called me on his birthday last year and said that, ‘hey I’m his younger brother, I’m his son. What he said on the Delay Show was not what he really wanted to say.’’ ‘’Because I did not beg him not to mention my name. It was way after the event that I apologized to him.”

KOD also revealed to host Nii Kpakpo Thompson that that former President Rawlings took keen interest in the issue and called him to find out the truth of the matter. KOD also disclosed that Rawlings encouraged him to speak out about the issue.

“When it happened President Rawlings told me that he thinks that being everything that I am I didn’t have to be quiet about it and I have to go out and talk about the facts of the matter because he was very concerned, he was very concerned, he had an interest in that case. And am like a son… so to make sure am doing the right thing, he called me and wanted to know the truth and I told him.”

Despite the challenges that the duo had to go through during the crisis, KOD maintained that he had since mended his relationship with his friend insisting that the incidence was the lowest point in his life.

“When my father died, KKD came home. And it was at a time I could feel things were not okay between KKD and myself. I spoke to him in Twi [If you are here let me use the opportunity to apologize to you]. He felt that I should have been in court or sitting on a show like this one in his defense but my lawyers had talked to me. My lawyers said that where the act took place I was not there. And he had conceded that he had consensual sex with the young lady. He had spoken for himself, what else was I going to say?”

“I have now buried this issue like my father, it’s been the lowest low in my life,” KOD stated.

The State was forced to drop its charges against the entertainment personality in April, 2015 because the lady at the centre of the rape charge against KKD said she was no longer interested in the case.

Tonight with Nii Kpakpo Thompson now airs on Joy Prime Sundays at 8:30 pm.

 

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I had the worse performance of my career at Rapperholic 2017 – Feli Nuna

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Ghanaian Afrobeat singer and one of the fastest rising music star in Africa Feli Nuna has opened up on her not so impressive performances at last year’s Rapperholic.

The ‘I like am ‘ singer in an interview with Ghone TV’s Eli Kharis on RythmzLive told the host ” I had my worse flop at Sarkodie’s rapperholic last December. Sarkodie called and said he wanted us (Freda Rhymes, Eno and I ) to do 16 bars each rap song for performance on the night. I ended writing and recording my part that 25th morning …… So I had to memorize before the show, I had several engagements that day ….. I went on stage and I forgot my lyrics, no one realized it ”

Known in real life as Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, she is signed to Bee Hyve Entertainment which also has Mr Kem Ankude, better known as Fizzi, as their sound producer. Nuna has worked with the likes of EL, Joey B, and Richie Mensah and was one of  Ghana’s rep at the Coke Studio Africa in 2017.

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SATURDAY LIVE! Beloved Citi FM show returns this weekend with Rex OMAR, others

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Saturday Live, Citi FM’s popular music & arts programme, returns for the fourth season this weekend.

Compered by Kojo Akoto Boateng, the show, since its inception in 2014, has witnessed iconic weekly performances from established names, as well as served as a grooming ground for emerging acts. Pat Thomas, Paulina Oduro, Obrafour, Okyeame Kwame, Kontihene, Gasmilla, MzBel, Yaw Sarpong, Lucky Mensah, Wiyaala, Lawyer Ace Ankomah, and Kyekyeku have all appeared on the show.

Others include spoken word artists Poetra Asantewa, Chief Moomen, Nana Kofi Sammy, Abibikasa, comedian OB, Dark Suburb, Sollo 7, Josh Black, the Voice Trumpeter, Strongman, Six Strings, Koo Kumi, Adomaa, Hashmullah, Nene Narh, Choirmaster, Brenya, Celestine Donkor, and a host of others.

Aside treating listeners  to enthralling live renditions of some of their most requested songs, the show also sees the host engage acts in lively conversations pertaining to their careers and creative approaches, as well as their lives beyond music.

This season kicks of with sets by highlife great and Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) chairman, Rex Omar. He will be joined by singer Adina, as well as the Characters Band.

Saturday Live airs on Citi 97.3FM and Citi TV, 2 pm to 4 pm every Saturday.

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AGAINST THE ODDS! Peace Hyde interviews Linda Ikeji on Forbes Africa TV

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“True success is not about buying a house in Banana Island but rather the impact that you make,” Linda Ikeji opens up to Peace Hyde on Forbes Woman Africa Against The Odds.

In this episode of Forbes Woman Africa’s Against The Odds with Peace Hyde, Linda Ikeji shares how she went from the fashion runway to the digital space and in the process creating one of the most popular blogs in West Africa.

With several challenges and controversies along the way, that journey has not been an easy ride. She sits down with Peace Hyde and tells the story of a woman on a mission to make a mark in the lives of women all over Africa.

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EIB NETWORK Completes Strategic Growth Path Process

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Leading media organization, EIB Network, has successfully completed an internal growth path process that will see it become a world class media organization.

The company, founded in 2014, and currently a leading player in the media ecosystem in Ghana and Africa, has set its sights on a deliberate and conscious drive towards an agenda that makes it resolute going forward.

The company today announced that, with the exception of GHOne TV (which operates from its head office at Platinum Place, Ridge, Accra), it has strategically moved all of its other units in Accra to the Meridian House located on the Ring Road.

The assembly of the units, executive management says, is to ensure a realization of its long-held dream of convergence, which is a key element of its initial roll out and strategic plan.

Management says it believes the businesses coming into one space would offer the various departments a perfect synergy to consolidate its gains while strengthening internal company values and ethos, central to its growth.

Part of a planned process that started in September 2017, executive management says the movement into one space would also afford it an opportunity to adequately scale down its human resource, where necessary and concentrate on meeting its stated goals with the right numbers. An internal Human Resource process to brief workers has been held while assurances have also been given.

“This is necessary as we have to stay competitive and winning. Growth, to our overall plan to become a leading business, is essential and we do believe that these steps would play a critical role in how we are able to navigate the business environment we find ourselves in,” says Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi.

He added that: “We have immense confidence in our staff and can be rest assured that they will help in realizing this convergence plan, a necessity for a progressive brand like ours.”

The media group’s management says it strongly believes that these prudent measures will play a pivotal role in sustaining the goodwill of its brand and the equity it has, and continues to enjoy in Ghana and beyond.

With headquarters in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the company was founded in August 2014, and has since become one of the leading media groups in Africa.

With an impressive asset portfolio in television, radio, print and digital, the company is strategically positioned to lead in the markets that it operates.

The media group operates Starr FM, LIVE FM, Kasapa FM, GHOne TV and Agoo TV (all in Accra); Ultimate FM and Abusua FM (in Kumasi); Empire FM and Radio 360 (in Takoradi), Agoo FM (in Nkawkaw) and the Daily Heritage Newspaper (also in Accra). The company is also getting ready to launch its digital group, EIB Digital, to amalgamate its current online offerings.

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Turas debuts new show “Written in the Stars” on Joy Prime

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A star is the type of astronomical object consisting of a luminous spheroid of plasma held together by its own gravity. A star in our local setting is someone who stands out in their profession or skill.

Our superstars are human, just like you and I. How powerful will it be to have an open window to their weapons of survival?

Written in the Stars brings to you the leaders, pacesetters, role models and mountain shakers in all walks of life.

Written in The Stars is a 30 minute chat show with various professionals ranging from musicians, lawyers, doctors, professors and many others who are setting an example for all and sundry to follow. The setting of the interview takes place in their comfort zone. Purpose of this to achieve the main objective of the show which is to uncover that other side of them they never talk about. Scars, wounds, troubling past, near-death experiences and weakness which never weighs them down as they share their survival strategies. Not your regular one-on-one Interview session which will go off track to talk about third party’s and matters relating outside the scope of the star.

Society has a view that people in high places, famous and of prominence are superhumans who have no flaws. You will be amazed with the revelations this show will be bringing as you spend time with host Alex Crassie as he asks the tough questions you may have never thought of.

Alex Kwesi Crassie is a seasoned Ghanaian entertainment presenter who has broken boundaries in the field of entertainment.  Based in South Africa, he was previously the host of Good Morning Africa on DSTV, as well as The Request show, also on DSTV and GoTV.

Premiering on Joy Prime on the 3rd of June, this show will be aired every Sunday from 5:00pm – 5:30pm.
Written in the Stars is produced by Ark House Productions.

So get on board, put on your seatbelts and let us take you on that roller coaster trip with amazing stories which can only be ‘Written in the Stars.

 

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Fw: Four HD Channels Coming To DStv

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Your favourite Discovery channels on DStv are now available in HD bringing audiences a fresh dose of entertainment, bigger and clearer than ever before. From Monday 21 May, TLC (channel 135), Discovery Family (channel 121) and Investigation Discovery (ID) (channel 171) will be available in HD, boosting the viewing experience for TLC OMG lovers, ID crime suspense fanatics, and Discovery Family magic shows followers across Africa. The three channels will join Discovery Channel, which is also available in HD.

“At Discovery, we are constantly seeking ways to enable our passionate audiences to explore their world and unlock new experiences. With our entire DStv portfolio available in HD, Discovery fans can now catch their most loved shows in the best quality,” said Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Africa and the Middle East.

According to Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana, “MultiChoice key priority is to put customer’s needs at the heart of everything we do.  part of our continuous efforts to offer an ever-evolving and enhanced DStv experience that ensures our customers get the most value for money, we’re delighted to announce that four DStv channels will now air in High Definition for our customers from 11pm on the 21st of May.” Customers will not have to tamper with their decoders to be able to enjoy the enhanced picture quality.

Showcasing the best in meaningful entertainment and reality shows, this June TLC will premiere shows such as THANDO BARES ALL (Saturday 2 June at 7pm) a new local series which sees South African actress, radio DJ and television host, Thando Thabe the sassy, straight-talking style and charismatic personality encourage people to ‘open up’ and be honest about things they might otherwise be embarrassed to talk about. While Honey Boo Boo’s mum, June Shannon AKA “Mama June” is back with all new MAMA JUNE: FROM NOT TO HOT (Tuesday 12 June at 7pm), and she’s hotter than ever!

Then on ID, new series THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER: IT’S NOT OVER (Thursday 24 May at 7.55pm) follows the decades-long case of the real-life bogeyman who stalked the night across four major Californian cities, assaulting over 50 women and killing at least ten people.

Lastly, on Discovery Family’s STRANGE EVIDENCE (Wednesday 6 June at 5:20pm), experts from across all fields of science analyse video footage to discover the truth behind some of the world’s most bizarre and mysterious occurrences ever recorded on camera.

Skip the FOMO and be part of the new-look TLC, Discovery Family and ID, when they launch in stunning HD on Monday 21st May, only on DStv.

 

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