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Sports cars, Jollof, fur coats & Mama Boss Papa – The 7th Ghana Meets Naija – A PREVIEW

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May 26, Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.

8: 45 am – A hundred phones and cameras go up as Davido emerges from the airport’s arrival hall. He sports an orange hoodie and a backpack. There’s little time for anything. Smiling and acknowledging teeming fans, he rushes to Ibrah’s Audi sports car, and is whisked away in seconds. Who’s Ibrah? A friend of Davido’s for sure, very popular, and based in East Legon, Accra.

Falz emerges minutes later, and cameras levitate again. He’s in a white vest and black jeans, and as usual, the frames in his sunglasses are absent. He’s directed to the white Range Rover, and he, too, dashes off in a convoy of six or seven cars. Minutes later, Tang Palace Hotel, Roman Ridge!

Tiwa Savage, the third in the Nigerian contingent arrived a day earlier (Thursday night), and has been lodging at Tang Palace since. Davido’s hotel of choice is Kempinski. A power trio, they face off Ghana’s Shatta Wale, M.anifest, and supporting performers as Kwadwo “Lil Win” Nkansah, B4bonah, and Article Wan at the 7th annual Ghana Meets Naija concert on Saturday May 27th.

Organised by Empire, it has now assumed the stature of “West Africa’s Biggest Concert,” and in the years that it has been running, paraded the topmost acts from Ghana and Nigeria: Whizkid, The Mavins, Sarkodie, Naeto C, KCee, R2Bees, Samini, Kwaw Kese, Guru, 4×4, Timaya, etc.

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A room is readied for a quick press briefing. Falz is first up. As soon as he settles in his seat, questions start coming, both cliché and new: Who’s going to carry the night? Is a new album in the work? Is he afraid of fans eventually getting used to his style? How much has his starring in popular Nigerian sitcom Jenifa’s Diary helped his career? Does he really have a record with Ghana’s Medikal? Whom are his favourite acts from here? What should fans expect from him at Ghana Meets Naija 2017?

He navigates this interrogation without stress, mostly employing a fantastic corrupted English accent which is now his trademark: not ne-zes-trily (not necessarily), am zo mosh eg-zited (I’m so much excited)… And when a tough question is thrown at him, he exclaims “gen gen”, smiles and strokes his well-kempt beard, before submitting his response.

Microphone after microphone are shoved into his face, for endorsement of this media house or that media house. He gracefully obliges to every single one, repeating his aliases with the same zeal.

He gets up and heads for the door when he’s done. That very second, Tiwa Savage is making a triumphant entry. She’s clad in costume the colour of yoghurt — except for the black stockings on her thighs. A flamboyant fur coat hangs over her shoulders, and her eyes are hidden behind oversized designer sunglasses. They embrace warmly, and whisper pleasantries.

A hundred questions (per minute) are hauled at her, too, and though her voice is soft and delicate, an unmistakable sense of command resounds in her responses. Like Falz, she extols Ghana’s superior hospitality, and promises an iconic set — pure thunder and lightening.

“A minute more,” a rep from Empire notifies from behind. It’s a packed schedule for the rest of the day – mainly media appearances.

Soon, the convoy storms the streets again. We’re heading to Live FM, Adabraka. Men in black are hanging out of the front windows of the black 4X4 leading the fleet. With stern looks, they wave away anything in our path. These men doing the waving do it with the distinct audacity of national security detail. Maybe they are.

Again, the Live FM studio is  crowded than usual, and phones/cameras are in full motion. Falz confesses his fondness for “Ghana Jollof,” which instantly is blogging fodder, considering how significant it will prove in the perpetual conflicts between both West African countries regarding the delicacy. Here, too, he shuffles between his peculiar corruption, decent English, and (briefly), an impeccable British accent.

Rapper M.anifest joins him during the interview (which is being compered by Lifestyle Cafe host Sammy Forson). The exchange is warm and hearty, and there’s resounding laughter when Falz is asked about his ideal woman. Assuming Sege’s “azzent,” he details how he doesn’t discriminate when it comes to “kolor,” yet a fair complexion is added advantage (Sege is whom he plays alongside Funke Akindele Bello in Jenifa’s Diary. He also stresses how this ideal woman must have “meat” at the appropriate places, and finally, her intellectual capacities. “I like a woman with sense,” he explains. It is hilarious, and everybody needs a minute to catch their breath from this round of laughter. Both he and M.anifest praise each other’s abilities as wordsmiths, and announce a forthcoming joint single to massive applause.

Tiwa recomposes the setting with her gentle demeanour when she arrives. She laughs with the pitch of a teenage girl, smiles as she divulges her latest craving for gari and sugar (or while detailing her recent managerial deal with Jay Z’s ROC Nation), and leaves everybody dumbfounded when she admits to having never tasted the famous Ghana Jollof. Sammy Forson is shaken, and there is embarrassment in Tiwa’s giggle.  “Tiwa, you’re joking,” Sammy hopes, worried. She’s serious, and he is left with no other option than to offer to rectify the situation as a matter of urgency — “right this afternoon.”

At Starr, Kwadwo “Lil Win” Nkansah is the man! Both Anita and Giovani Caleb (hosts of the radio station’s drive belt programme) virtually drown in a pool of their own tears — not from sadness of any kind, but from abundant laughter invoked by the Kumawood actor and rapper. A seasoned performer, Lil Win is among the country’s biggest celebrities currently — for his numerous roles in local movies, popular songs as Mama Boss Papa, and ultimately, his personality as a super humour merchant. He’s among named supporting artists on the night, and this radio appearance is to give prospective patrons a taste of what he brings to the stage come Saturday night.

One can’t help but admire the I Cant Think Far man’s humility despite his elevated place in society. Clothed in a green camouflage Channel hoodie and Adidas cap over green pants and boots, he effortlessly unleashes joke after joke, while simultaneously sermonizing on life hacks, and nuggets for living. Our gifts are for the benefit of others. Everybody has an appointed time for a breakthrough. It is important to never lose hope. These are key takeaways from his presence at Starr on Friday afternoon. It has taken him a lot of effort and grace to get here, and it is all very inspirational how he has remained grounded even in stardom.

Tiwa graces Starr, too, this time with the seasoned broadcaster Kweku Sakyi Addo at the La Palm Beach Hotel, emphasizing once more, the need for all to go see her perform at Ghana Meets Naija 2017.  She is later joined by Shatta Wale, who extols Miss Savage’s personality. Both promised to work on a project.

Typically overbooked, Ghana Meets Naija has constantly served as the ultimate platform for the West African countries to execute a longstanding sibling rivalry in the area of music. Ghana and Nigeria have a lot in common musically, and constantly collaborate on projects. The concert has since its institution, provided a unique platform for musicians from both countries to celebrate the diverse sounds which also unify them.

Earlier at Tang Palace, Falz points out that to be named among performers on the Ghana Meets Naija stage suggests that one has achieved great heights in their career. It is why in his opinion, the concert is treated with this much seriousness, as well as what accounts for unforgettable performances every edition.

At the Accra International Conference today May 27, when the trusses go up, and the led lights dimmed or swung far and wide to sync with mood boards and patterns, only one thing should matter; who kills what? The troops (musicians) are expected to come out firing at targets (patrons) in sight. Some may understandably be overly animated, others, will go home not bothered about who did what. It is normal because all they wanted to see was a certain Mr. Mensah, or Shatta Wale as he is known in the streets of Accra.

The 2017 Ghana Meets Naija is powered by Empire Ghana and proudly sponsored by uniBank’s Smile and Mastercard products, Alomo Gold-Natural Herbs and Fruits, Paba Cosmetics, Tang Palace Hotel, Nasco Mobile, Kasi Express, 7Fold, Emerge Ghana and Maaha Beach Resort and ENEWSGH.COM.

 

Images by Eben Yanks/ Sadiq More.

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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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Manifest, Efya perform @ Stella Artois launch in Ghana

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Accra Breweries Limited (ABL) has added ‘Stella Artois’, the second oldest beer in the world, to its stable of the product as a new brand of beer in the country.

The Head of Marketing at the ABL, Ewurafua Addo-Atuah, said ‘Stella’ is here to satisfy lovers of exotic beers.

Miss Addo-Atuah after the launch of ‘Stella Artois’ at Bistro 22, Labone, on Saturday.

According to her, “That one peculiar thing about ‘Stella’ [Artois] is its dedication to people who are interested in leaving a mark. There’s a space for any kind of beer in people’s consumption repertoire but for us at ABL, we want to make sure there’s a beer at each level of the category that suits people’s pallets.

“Sometimes one may be in need of a mainstream beer like Club, but if you’d want something more premium on a different occasion, we do have Stella [Artois] in our portfolio for you.”

The launch saw a number of dignitaries from the food and beverages and music and film industries, and other arts and culture-related fields. 

One of such personalities was Chris Attoh, the actor who emceed the event with Joselyn Dumas for the night.

Attoh also spoke to the paper. He stated that “This is a big deal for Ghana and beer lovers because aside South Africa, Ghana is the next country to launch the beer in Africa. With only 5% alcohol content, the Stella Artois rich and historical brand is built on the better life initiative and seeks to acknowledge people leaving a legacy.”

Songstress Efya and Manifest thrilled attendants on the night with riveting live music. They both performed with the Patch Bay Band.

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Starr FM’s Osei Owusu Amankwaah marries college sweetheart – SEE IMAGES!

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An 8-year romance that began in journalism school finally came to fruition over the weekend for Starr FM journalist Osei Owusu Amankwaah and Maabena Dohu Mensah of the Multimedia Group.

The colourful  wedding ceremony came off at the Church Of Pentecost (Tema  Comm. 1 Assembly), and was attended by colleagues in the media fraternity including Joy FM’s Komla Adom, respected deejay Andy Dosty, Jerry Justice, Kweku Obeng Adjei, Francis Abban, Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman of GH One among others.

In a symbolic act honouring the genesis of their story, the couple, radiant in red, cream, and white, made a triumphant return to the Ghana Institute of Journalism for a special photoshoot which has since gone viral across social media.

Amankwaah and Maabena’s story has been met with endless goodwill messages, and been described by friends and well-wishers as a true fairytale that is one more proof that love stories still exist.

We from ENEWSGH wish the newly-weds the very best of marriage.

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Presidential Grand Ball Board Meets Minister

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The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Honorable Catherine Abelema Afeku has expressed her ministry’s full support for the upcoming Presidential Grand Ball organized by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) to be held on Friday, December 29 at the State House Banquet Hall.

The Minister gave the assurance when a delegation from the board of the Presidential Grand Ball paid her a courtesy call to brief her on the event. Honorable Afeku assured the board that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would be present at the Grand Ball. Honorable Afeku commended the Union for their work with the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWeF) and the board for the decision to celebrate five Music Heroes at this year’s event.

The five Music Heroes to be honored this year are highlife musicians A.B Crentsil, J.A Adofo, C.K Mann, Nana Kwame Ampadu I and former chairman of the National Commission on Culture Ebo Hawkson.

The 2nd vice chairman of the Grand Ball Board Kwame Sefa-Kayi thanked the Minister for the warm reception accorded the board members and assured her of the firm resolve of the board to ensure that the Presidential Grand Ball provides the necessary support for AMWeF. Other members of the board present were the 1st vice chairperson of the board, Mrs Pearl Esua-Mensah, C.E.O of Media General Group, operators of TV3, 3FM and Onua FM; Prophet Agyeman-Prempeh, Founder and Head Pastor of the SOJ Ministries and MUSIGA President Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour.

The Presidential Grand Ball is an initiative of MUSIGA and it began in 2013 as an event to bring together captains of industry and leaders of society under the auspices of the sitting President of Ghana.

As part of this year’s event, a number of individuals and institutions will be honored with the Music Pillar Award for their meritorious contribution to the development of the music industry in Ghana. They are the former Chairman of the National Commission on Culture, Ebo Hawkson; C.E.O of Eurocar Rentals Oscar Doe and C.E.O of Charterhouse, Mrs Theresa Ayoade. The former C.E.O of the Forestry Commission, Samuel Afari-Dartey who is the outgoing chairman of the Grand Ball Board will also receive an award for his work with the board.

 

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D-Black announces BAM Festival 2017…Stonebwoy, R2Bees, Bisa Kdei, Medikal, King Promise, Joey B, OTHERS to perform

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Ahead of the festive season, multiple award-winning Ghanaian rapper and CEO of Black Avenue Muzik Desmond Blackmore also known as D-Black has announced the maiden edition of the BAM Festival and the D-Black Hunger & Thirst Mixtape release concert.

First of its kind, the day long BAM Festival will consist of a number of exciting activities including fun games at the poolside of Oasis Pool & Shisha Lounge from midday till the musical and mixtape launch concert kicks off at 8pm with performances from D-Black, DJ Breezy, Wisa Greid, Nina Ricchie, Kobla Jnr, Sefa Dahlin, Gage, Osayo with special guest performances from Stonebwoy, R2Bees, Bisa Kdei, Medikal, King Promise, Joey B, Pappy Kojo, Efya, VVIP, Jupitar, and several others.

The day’s activities will be climaxed at Club Onyx with the Champagne Campaign Party (The Climax)

The BAM Festival, Hunger and Thirst Mixtape release concert is scheduled for December 23 2017 at the forecourt of D-Black’s Club Onyx in Cantonments.

Known for throwing some of the wildest parties and hosting the biggest celebrities in city, venue for the BAM Festival and Hunger & Thirst Mixtape release concert will be no different from the forecourt of the Club Onyx located in Cantonments, Accra behind the Police Headquarters and next to Rockstone’s Office.

Tickets go on sale on the 15th of December 2017 at Yfm at the Accra Mall, The 4syte Mansion, Live fm and at the Oasis Pool & Shisha Lounge in Cantonments.

 

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