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#VGMAs2017: Joe Mettle makes history as first gospel act to win topmost Prize (+ FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

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In an unprecedented turn of events, gospel singer Joe Mettle was crowned Artist of the Year at this year’s edition of the Vodafone-sponsored Ghana Music Awards.  He is the first Gospel act since the scheme was instituted in 2000 to achieve the topmost prize.

Joe Mettle also walked home with awards for Gospel Artist of the Year and Best Male Vocal Performance. He beat off fierce competition from EL, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Medikal, and MzVee.

A couple of weeks to the event, a huge campaign was championed by the Gospel fraternity to help him achieve the coveted prize. An excited Joe Mettle was joined onstage by colleagues Nacee, Jeshrun Okyere, among others.

Initial technical hitches led to the late commencement of the show, which was originally scheduled to commence at 8 pm, but it was rectified, and the rest of the show went smoothly.

Other big winners for the night were rapper M.anifest and Confession hitmaker Kofi Kinaata. Tamale-based Fancy Gadam also pulled a significant surprise as he beat the likes of Article Wan, Eugy, and Medikal to emerge New Artist of the Year. Medikal, who was up for a total of 7 nominations, went home with none…a major upset for the night.

This year’s event, the 18th sedition, was hosted by ace broadcaster Anita Erskine of Starr FM. She’s the first woman to host the show, and was supported by DJ Black on the turntables, and Berla Mundi an Eliken Kumordzi on the red carpet.

The evening also saw performances from local and international acts as Toofan, Sarkodie, Medikal, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Runtown, Kofi Kinaata, EL, and M.anifest, among others.

Here’s the full list of winners:

GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze – Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku

Change Over – Mary Agyemang

Mewo Jesus – Mabel Okyere

Still You Reign – Sonnie Badu

Healing Stream – Jeshrun Okyere ft. Nathaniel Bassey

Agye Won Nsam – Piesie Esther

HIGHLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR

Jwe – Bisa K’dei

Confession – Kofi Kinaata

Beshiwo – Becca ft. Bisa K’dei

Mintse Bo – Wisa Greid

Christy – Dobble

Bokor Bokor – Kill Beatz ft. Mugeez & Fuse ODG

HIPLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR

Samba – Guru ft. Singlet

Club – Donzy ft. Piesie & Sarkodie

Go Low – Flowking Stone

RNS – Sarkodie

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Sweetie Pie – Kofi Kinaata

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR

God MC – M.anifest

Trumpet – Sarkodie ft. Teephlow, Koo Ntakra, Strongman, Donzy, Medikal & Pappy Kojo

Lalafalama – EL

Confirm (remix) – Medikal ft. Sarkodie

Egboame (remix) – Edem ft. Cabum, Teephlow, Ayat, Gemini, Medikal, Mac M, Darko & Bebelino

Tension – Okyeame Kwame ft. Cabum, Medikal & Sister Debbie

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SONG OF THE YEAR

People Dey – Stonebwoy

Nwansina – Ras Kuuku ft. Luther

Gborgborvor – Gallaxy ft. Stonebwoy

Kupe – Ebony

Yonnah – Samini ft. Luther

Pain Dem – Rudebwoy Ranking

Arostor – Kaakie ft. Yaa Pono

AFRO POP SONG OF THE YEAR

Kaabuame – EL

Dance For Me – Eugy ft. Mr. Eazi

Solo – Article Wan

U x Me – Joey B

Too Risky – Medikal ft. Sister Debbie

Too Late – Adina

Grind – Vision DJ ft. A.I

GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Joe Mettle

Piesie Esther

Sonnnie Badu

Jeshrun Okyere

Nacee

HIGHLIFE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Bis K’dei

Becca

Kofi Kinaata

REGGAE/DANCEHALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Stonebwoy

Ras Kuuku

Samini

Ebony

Rudebwoy

MzVee

HIPLIFE/HIP-HOP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Guru

EL

Flowking Stone

Medikal

Sarkodie

M.anifest

Joey B

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Joe Mettle – Onwanwani

Kill Beatz – Too Late

Kofi Kinaata – Confession

Nacee – Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze

BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Leno by Wiyaala – Charlotte Appleton

Small Small by Okyeame Kwame ft. MzVee – Phamous Philms

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze by Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku – Mcwillies

Rapping Drums by Flowking Stone – Xbills Ebenezer

W’ani Aba by M.anifest ft. Bisa K’dei – Solomon Director

Nyedzilo by Edem ft. Rekaado Banks – Phamous Philms

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Me Ne Wo Aa – Nacee

Hello – Akwaboah ft. Sarkodie

Too Late – Adina

U x Me – Joey B

Motromodwo – Trigmatic ft. A.I

BEST MALE VOCALIST

Ogya Mensah – Get Serious

Afriyie – Here To Stay

Joe Mettle – Onwanwani

Akwaboah – Hello

Sonnie badu – Still You Reign

Ernest Opoku – Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST

Adina – Too Late

Becca – Beshiwo

MzVee – Nobody Else

Piesie Esther – Agye Won Nsam

Petrah – My Man

BEST GROUP OF THE YEAR

VVIP

R2bees

Dunsin

Gallaxy

BEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR

Flowking Stone – Fire Bon Dem (remix)

EL – Love God

Medikal – Connect

Yaa Pono (Ponobiom) – Mind on Money

M.anifest – 100%

Sarkodie – Fire Born Dem (remix)

BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze – Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku

Confirm (remix) – Medikal ft. Sarkodie

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Nwansina – Ras Kuuku ft. Luther

Samba – Guru ft. Singlet

BEST NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Medikal

Nii Funny

Fancy Gadam

Article Wan

Feli Nuna

Ebony

Rudebwoy Ranking

Eugy

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Counselor – Nacee

BAR 3 – EL

Nowhere Cool – M.anifest

Gifted – Flowking Stone

Soundz of Africa – Sonnie Badu

VODAFONE SONG OF THE YEAR

Christy – Dobble

U x Me – Joey B

RNS – Sarkodie

Solo – Article Wan

People Dey – Stonebwoy

Kaabuame – EL

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Sweetie Pie – Kofi Kinaata

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

Yewo Nyame Aa Yewo Adze – Nacee

Go Low – Flowking Stone

OVERALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

EL

Sarkodie

Stonebwoy

Joe Mettle

MzVee

Medikal

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Patoranking

Mr. Eazi

Runtown

Tekno

Nathaniel Bassey

UNSUNG ARTISTE

AJ Lyricx

Afezi Perry

CJ Biggerman

Cina Soul

Deon Boakye

eShun

Kuami Eugene

TRADITIONAL ARTISE OF THE YEAR

Sammy Amed

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Philip Acquah

VODAFONE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOUR

Paapa Yankson

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Final steering committee meeting of “French Solidarity Project” held

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On Tuesday 12th December, 2017, a final steering committee meeting was held on the French Solidarity Project geared towards “Strengthening the accountability of Ghana’s central and local government” at the Residence of France.

In attendance were the French ambassador, the Director of research, statistics and information management representing the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), both of whom co-chaired the committee, the Rector and Deputy rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Executive Chairman of the State Enterprises Commission, as well as other partner agencies such as the Centre for Democratic Development, FD Associates and the Touton company.

 

Support for public sector reform and the decentralization process

Funded with a budget of €800 000 over a period of 3 years, this project sought to facilitate public sector reform and support the decentralization process. It aimed more particularly at reinforcing accountability through a number of actions: performance contracts, training, open forum and dialogue, ensuring  progress of communication and consultation programs implemented by the ministries, improving the capacity of local government, development of coordinating systems, etc. Another objective of the project was to improve citizen participation by consolidating mechanisms of accountability or transparency. This involved the sensitization of the civil society in order to foster a better appreciation of issues relating to statutory reforms and available tools for keeping policy makers accountable.

The first component of the project was principally based on training, which “represents a crucial element in the strengthening of the public service that, in collaboration with the private sector, will nurture a more vibrant, inclusive and sustainable economic development” Ambassador François Pujolas stated. In this vein, more than 200 civil servants have been trained in various sessions facilitated by visiting French experts from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and Expertise France, whereas 10 civil servants underwent training organised by ENA in Paris. An equal number of women and men have been given this opportunity in each training session.

The ambassador was “pleased with the outcomes of the project, the objectives of which have been attained to a large extent” and emphasized that this project has been “the fruit of an enduring cooperation between France and Ghana, especially in the area of decentralization and the public sector because, since 2006, the French government has disbursed 3.2 million euros to finance three projects within the sector”.

 

Empowering women to participate actively in the public sphere

Furthermore, as a means of promoting citizen participation – especially that of women and youth, a call for projects focusing on the reinforcement of links between civil society and local authorities was launched. Over 10 000 people benefitted from various actions carried out under the initiative. Also, 11 forums bringing together civil society and parliamentarians were organised to encourage interaction between the population and their representatives, in the Western region which served as the pilot site of the project.

The consolidation of the place of women in public discourse and in local governance, as well as the increase in representation of women at the district assembly level were major areas of concern. Sensitization campaigns were embarked upon, resulting in the training and networking of over a hundred women opinion leaders and policy makers.

Finally, the project has enabled the realisation of “green” micro-projects aimed at combatting deforestation, promoting solar energy and fighting global warming.  The co-chairperson of the committee, Madam Dorothy Onny, reiterated the ambassador’s comments by calling on the Ministry of local government and rural development and its partners to explore possible fields of cooperation and future projects to undertake with France in the domain of public sector reform.

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All set for Worlasi’s “Outerlane Concert” tomorrow!

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Worlasi was born and raised in Ghana, and he hails from Agbozume in Volta region. He is a figure painting artist and also a musician. He is a beast of a rapper, producer, singer and songwriter. His songs have been praised for being refreshing and inspiring and his lyrics, unrestrained and African.

Worlasi is an intriguing contrast: hyper confident yet humble, hungry for knowledge and simultaneously overflowing with it. His breakthrough single, Ay3 Adz3 set him apart from his peers. He caps off such focused and realistic lyricism with his mixtape project, Nus3, released in September 2016. Nus3 is a super jumbo bundle of motivation, assertiveness and self- belief. This was his first major project and it already has people calling him a god.

He released a second major project which has also nothing short of breathtaking and shot compelling visuals for two of his singles- One Life and Nukata. Since then he has worked and bagged features with artistes like EL, M.anifest, Hammer of Da Last Two, Sena Dagadu and shared songs with the likes of Sarkodie and Kwaw kese. He has shared stage with some of Ghana’s finest musical acts on platforms such as ACCRA [dot] ALT’s Sabolai Radio, rock group, Dark Suburb’s Awakening concert, Beatphreaks, The Unheard Voices etc.

 Worlasi wraps up this year’s success by performing songs from his upcoming EP (Outerlane) on Saturday, 16th December 2017 at 7pm at the Amphitheatre of Alliance Francaise Accra. The concert would be with the Safoa Band and Fans would be thrilled to a live performance of songs from the Outerlane EP. Also performing would be Alee & Dede, artistes who are signed to Worlasi’s record label.

Other featured artistes for this concert include Manifest, EL, Teephlow, Boyd, Extacy & Kwame X. Save the date and come with your friends and family to enjoy extraordinary mixture of Afro, Rap and Soul music!

 

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‘KOK StopOver Tour’ back this December

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After a successful beginning at Awoshie in the month of September 2017, Koo Ntakra and his friends return on December 16th for another mega street block of the ‘KOK StopOver Tour’.

With over three thousand in attendance at the first stop, the second promises to be sizzling hot inside Bubuashie, BN Pub, Bishop School on Saturday 16th December.

Koo Ntakra who recently released his 2nd studio album ‘KOK’, is to be joined on stage on the night with an array of his colleagues including dancehall diva Renner, Tee Rhyme, Amerado, Phrame, Addi Govnor, Bassaw and a host of other arts, as well as surprises from some of the artists featured on his KOK Album.

The ‘KOK StopOver Tour’ is a Gulfcoast Entertainment & Dekins Entertainment event, powered by Coloured Frutz, with support from ignite Creatives, BankyNation and all our media partner.

The event is a free concept which looks to bring the artists closer to their fans in a more interactive way, as well promote other up and coming talents across board.

 

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Obrafour, STONEBWOY, Pappy Kojo, Medikal, VVIP, others join Kinaata for ‘Made in Taadi Concert’, Dec 23

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Over 20 Artistes are billed to perform at Kofi Kinaata’s 23rd December ‘Made in Taadi Concert.’

The much anticipated concert which will be hosted at Jubilee Grounds in Takoradi will witness 20 known artistes across Ghana thrill the attendees to good music. At a press launch in Takoradi on December 7, Kinaata told the media that he gets calls from his colleague artistes daily who show interest in the concert.

“I get calls daily from my colleague artistes. Some are even ready to pay for their own bills to Takoradi. If people who are outside Takoradi are this eager about the concert, I can only imagine what my Taadi people are waiting for” Kinaata told the media at the Best Western Atlantic Hotel yesterday.

The Public and Media Relations Officer of the concert, Nana Kwesi Coomson mentioned that Obrafour, Stonebwoy, Medikal, VVIP, Kwaw Kese, Pappy Kojo, Donzy, Nero X, Ayesem, Sayvee, Afedzi Perry, Aya, Ayma, Ras Ebo, Snow B and almost every Sekondi-Takoradi Artiste will perform at the concert.

He also reiterates the concert as a “strategy to project the Artistes from Sekondi-Takoradi.”

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Christiana Addo Memorial Foundation to Fete Beneficiaries

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The Christiana Addo Memorial Foundation (CAMF) established in memory of the mother of the MUSIGA President Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour is to fete youngsters in the Juaso area as part of its activities for the Christmas holidays.

According to Obour, CAMF will undertake a series of clean up exercises in Juaso and Obogu on December 24 and 25 and climax with the Christmas party for the youngsters. In addition to providing the youngsters with entertainment and refreshing them, they will also receive sanitary products from the Foundation to promote their personal hygiene. Some of the items to be presented include personal hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpastes, deodorants and soap. Meanwhile the Foundation has begun processing application forms from applicants for support for their education.

Speaking at the launch of the Foundation, the Chairman of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and National Youth Organizer, Sammy Awuku applauded Obour and his siblings on such a bold initiative to both honor the memory of their late mother while contributing to the socio-economic development of the community. He assured the Foundation of the support of the agency in their operations.

The Asante Akyem South MP Lawyer Asante Boateng on his part commended Obour and his siblings on the establishment of the Foundation and assured them of his support to realize their aspirations.

The Christiana Addo Memorial Foundation will provide scholarships to successful applicants to pursue courses at various levels of their education. CAMF will support brilliant students who are financially handicapped especially the girl child from the deprived rural communities of Juaso and adjoining communities through the provision of scholarships at the tertiary level. The Foundation is also to promote sanitation and personal hygiene as critical pillars to health, survival, and development in the Asante Akyem area.

According to Obour, the decision to establish the foundation is due to his mum’s selflessness and strong, unshakable conviction in education as a lifeline to poverty eradication. He says, knowing the value of education, his mother endured enormous sacrifices to educate him and his siblings. He added that the foundation is also to celebrate the unwavering and strong leadership qualities of Christiana Addo as a role model for all women especially single mothers.

The Christiana Addo Memorial Foundation was set up with the vision to become an organization that impacts lives and helps transform and bring sustainable development to the Asante Akyem Area especially the South, Central and North Districts of the Asante Akyem rural area.

 

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Richard Addisson Foundation Marks Ten Years Of Successive Growth [+images]

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The RICHARD ADDISSON FOUNDATION (TRAF) a non-governmental youth philanthropy is marking 10 years of giving assistance to the less privileged in Ghanaian communities.

TRAF was founded by Richard Addison, the CEO of Kent Investment, a multi-layered firm that currently holds investments in the fields of Agriculture (Kent Farms), haulage services (ARE Haulage Services), an IT/information system and management company (K.SIS) and recently acquired major stake in a Digital Graphics and Advertising company  (Beyound Graphics).

The foundation which was set up to put smiles on the faces of the very poor, needy and under privileged across the country is marking the decade of doing good with the launch of an after school programme in collaboration with Matic Foundation run by Award winning Hiplife act Trigmatic.

The After Work Programme which will be cordinated by Trigmatic, Teachers in the chosen communities benefiting from the programme and leaders of TRAF will focus on Maths and Science, Sex Education and First Aid.

“When charity began at home, me, you and every young adult did not sit down for Bill Gates to dole out money for the eradication of Malaria on our, we gave up a bottle of beer for one treated mosquito net everyday”- Richard Addison

“TRAF started ten years ago by distributing thousands of mosquito nets on annual basis to help eradicate malaria which is a predominant illness killing these poor and needy who sleep around the central business district of Sekondi Takoradi, and also to all the major hospital in the metropolis.”

The Richard Addison Foundation (TRAF), now focuses on projects ranging from farming, provision of water and renovation of schools for deprived communities.

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