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A Sergeant’s revival, Irish Skirts & a ‘Falz’ Impression – 2017 Ghana Meets Naija – A REVIEW



It’s a grim picture, what we are beholding this very moment. Laying still on a gurney in a dark theatre is a soldier. He appears to have been shot. An oxygen mask covers his nose, and on a monitor behind is the haunting sound of his ebbing heartbeat. Surrounding him are a team of doctors wrestling time, and family who observe restlessly. Surgical accoutrements sink in and out of his dying body: a stethoscope, clamps, forceps, scalpels. A well-decorated warrior, his toughness is unquestionable. But this bullet seems to be one against his will.

A spastic rhythm now emanates from the monitor. This is not good. “We’re losing him,” cries a desperate voice. “Work faster…work faster!”

Blood-stained hands pound at his chest in an attempt to keep him alive.

His breath sounds slow down steadily, and finally ceases. The frantic spikes on the screen are replaced by a single flat line. He’s gone.

One by one, comrades Joint 77, Captan, and Addi Self beckon him to return, but there’s no response.

And then, all of a sudden, the hero springs up to thunderous cheers, holding on to his one true weapon – a cordless microphone.

“Holy holy holy, man – a still holy,” he roars, backed by close to three thousand animated voices. These words from his moving 2015 anthem “Kill Em Wif Prayers” reverberate across every corner of the Accra International Conference Center. The energy Shatta Wale (who is now leaping everywhere on the stage) invokes on this momentous evening, and how he maintains it for something like an hour, is one for the gods.


Essentially, single-handedly, the “Taking Over” man rescued the night from Nigerian compatriots as Falz, Tiwa Savage, and turntablist DJ Obi, who clearly had taken a comfortable lead with performances on that prestigious Ghana Meets Naija stage. Even African superstar Davido, the closing act, required a bit of Shatta’s oomph; he cleverly negotiated his entrée, singing his verse of Shatta’s “Whine Your Waist”. It is no wonder that he (Shatta Wale) was crowned king on the night.

Born Charles Nii Armah Mensah, Shatta Wale’s heroic performance last Saturday is why he has been on the stage for five years on the trot, and further testament to why he has stayed at the very pinnacle of Ghanaian music for as many years (or more) as he has headlined Ghana Meets Naija, VGMA or not.  An unparalleled charisma, no-nonsense lifestyle, tested street credibility, and consistently zealous work culture culminating into frequent hit releases, have ensured that his acclaim has spread far and wide. “We dey drop hit songs each and every year,” he sings in “Don’t Try”. There’s hardly any dispute there. From “Dancehall King” to “Shatta City”, “Chop Kiss” to “Mahama Paper”, “Kakai” to “Take Over”, this man has influenced the playlist at our fetes more than any of his contemporaries. That is beyond amazing. On the night, Shatta Wale also performed well-liked songs from an inexhaustible catalogue as  “Low Tempo” (featuring wife Shatta Michy) “Enter the Net”, “Cocoa Season”, “If I Collect”, “Say Fi”, “Obodorbidi”, “Hosanna”, “Ayoo” among others.

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This is the 7th year for the regularly overbooked show. It has also proved to be the biggest. Ghana Meets Naija has, since inception, excellently served as a platform to celebrate music from the two West African countries. It is put together by showbiz guru Bola Ray’s Empire, and is widely deemed the most influential concert on the sub-region. And why not? Acts which have graced the stage over the years have remained strictly A-list: Mr Eazi, Eugy, R2Bees, Wizkid, Naeto C, The MAVINS (led by Don Jazzy), Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, KCee, M.I, Samini, Kwaw Kese, Guru, 4×4, Timaya and a host of others.

Lil Win

Though the night belonged to Shatta, a number of other performances deserve mention – like Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin (celebrated Kumawood comic and musician), whose performance, too, was met with eruptive cheers. His record, “Mama Boss Papa” is, after all, among the most spun tunes on radio right now. When he promised in an interview to give off his best performance yet, it wasn’t just smooth talk. Opting for a chequered Irish skirt in his 3-piece suit, it was clear he was there for more than merely a good impression. “Mama Boss Papa” made lunatics of all present, especially when intermittently, he would lift his skirt to expose red leggings, or fellow comic actor Akrobeto charging unto the stage in a surprise appearance. Lil Win’s set was thoroughly entertaining, and will linger on the smiling cheeks of patrons for years.

MAVIN diva Tiwa Savage also made a mark with her act. Equipped with a classic pizzazz, sultry voice, and a set of steamy dancers in flowery island costume, she poured forth an infectious vim which equaled (perhaps surpassed) most of her male counterparts on the night.

It is important to leave while the applause is loudest, and analysts say that she may have performed a song too many. Still, it hardly takes from the top-notch performance of the RED singer, who recently inked a management deal with Jay Z’s ROC Nation. A unique entrée, vivacious choreography, impressive song choices, and overall energy level did the magic for the mother of one.

Tiwa Savage

“Soft Work” rapper Falz, too, who clearly understood the dynamics of gigs thus: this is the battlefield, this is a war. And so, fire dancers cleared the stage for him, and his name was announced by the dominant baritone of an imposing hype man. It was the perfect way to set the stage for the BET and AMVCA laureate. And what better song to kick things off than spraying from his artillery, the mighty “Clap”. Featuring colleague Reminisce, it is among the brightest points of his sophomore studio album “Stories that Touch”, which ranks among top African works of 2015 for the critical impact of records as “Karishika”, “Celebrity Girlfriend”, “Soldier”, and “Ello Bae”. Falz is set to release his third album later this year. It will be big, judging by recent releases as “Weidone Sah”, and “Baby Boy”, which we anticipate to end up on the album.

Rule 2 of a stage as big as Ghana Meets Naija is to invoke dance. Falz is a party technician, so he dispatched this instruction too expertly, even topping it with his rib-cracking specialised English “azzent”.

This “Bahd” performance ended with his collaboration with Davido and Olamide. The crafty title, which acknowledges the aliases of all three featured acts on the song, also comes in handy in summarising his time on stage: “Bahd, Baddo, Baddest”.


Ghana’s M.anifest, who came right after Falz, managed a perfect balance between a performance to be listened to, and one to be danced to. Described as a classic presentation which confounded critics and delighted purists,” it saw the “god MC” commendably shuffled between live instrumentation and the skillful fingers of DJ Keyzuz.

On stage for about half an hour, the left-of-center performance made him a top trend on social media. As is characteristic of him lately, the night was not all about him, for he was joined by the talented Worlasi for “100%”, and up-and-coming rap act Kwesi Arthur, who made a bold statement with his “Prekese” freestyle over American singer Future’s “Mask Off”.


M.anifest is among a handful of artists who have achieved commercial success not by conforming to popular trends and methods, but strictly on his own terms. It is what he reiterates in his latest single, released soon after Ghana Meets Naija 2017, and featuring singer Big Ben – “make you leave me make I do my own”, the song demands in Pidgin.

Tema-based B4bonah, Article Wan, Kuami Eugene, Ko-jo Cue, King Promise, Tee Phlow, DJ Switch, and the gothic Eno, all rendered impressive accounts of themselves as supporting acts. DJs on the night, led by Starr FM’s Nii Ayi Tagoe also kept energies at a constant high with rich and timely selections across a wide spectrum of genres.

Ko-jo Cue

Tee Phlow

DJ Switch

Davido’s set was straightforward, yet very potent. At this point in his career, the mere sight of him causes uproar. He mounted the the stage with a glowing playlist he has racked up since first mounting the Ghana Meets Naija stage in 2012. On this particular night though, it was all about one song: “If”. Now, don’t be mistaken, the crowd bellowed along to every song he performed – “Dami Duro”, “Skelewu”, “Aye”, “The Money” etc. But “If”, is what it all came down to. For when DJ Obi cued it in, it was nothing short of chaotic. Word for word, patrons thundered out the lyrics to this brilliant highlife number, which is turning out to be the biggest of his career. A million covers have flooded the internet, including from global R&B icon R. Kelly.  Accompanying visuals to the record have been over 17 million times on YouTube alone. Davido called his Ghana Meets Naija 2017 appearance “emotional” in a tweet afterwards. If you were there in the auditorium on May 27, or have seen any of the numerous videos of his performance via social media, there’s no question about it.


The Accra International Conference Centre was graced, not just by regular folk, but by some of the most important stakeholders in Ghanaian entertainment, sports and business: Renowned broadcasters KKD and KOD, Yasmin Behzadi (international fashion icon and co-creator of Sark Collection), MUSIGA president Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour), EIB boss Bola Ray, The Ayew brothers Dede and Jordan, Confidence Haugen, Footballer Daniel Opare, Kwabena Duffuor II (MD, uniBank) etc.

This year (like the ones before), the concert did live up to the hype, and as usual, received widespread praise for how professionally it was put up.  This year also represents a major milestone in the Ghana Meets Naija franchise as plans are far advanced to stage a UK version come August 25 at the famous O2 Arena. A Dubai leg is also reportedly in the works.

*Ghana Meets Naija 2017 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.

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Photo Credit: Kwabena Awuku, Frozzen Second, Vine Imagery, Twinsdntbeg.




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Ten qualify for TV Africa Bumper to Bumper talent show



After days of tight game and show, 10 dance talents have qualified for the TV Africa’s first-ever dance competition show which is about to storm the Ghanaian television airwaves.

The 10 participants who were picked from the audition stage to join the maiden edition of “Bumper To Bumper” will be visited in their various neighbourhoods to find out their preparedness towards the commencement of the competition.

Each contestant will be representing themselves as well as their community for the enviable cash prize and the bragging right.

“Bumper To Bumper” is a talent hunt TV show, targeted at the youth and lovers of dance in general. The dance reality show is set to air somewhere in May 2018.

The show has been certified as part of TV Africa’s flagship programs and reviews from participants and followers points in the same direction.

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This year’s Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards is slated for Saturday 14th July 2018, at InterContinental Hotel in London. Ahead of the highly sought-after event, nominations have been open across 11 categories.

Inaugurated in Porchester Hall in October 2010,  the scheme, which has seen such prestigious persons as actor Idris Elba, Fuse ODG, veteran boxer Azumah Nelson, as well as EIB boss Bola Ray all awarded for their contribution across various spectrums.

The categories include Made in Ghana Award, Efie Ne Fie Award, Innovation & Technology Award, Leisure & Tourism Award, Sustainable Agriculture Award, Humanitarian Award, Ghanaian Association of the Year Award, Charity of the Year Award, Rising Star Award, Professional of the Year Award, and Student Achiever of the Year Award.

CEO of GUBA Enterprise Mrs Dentaa Amoateng MBE, submitted the following regarding the importance of the nomination process:

“The call for nominations is a crucial part of the GUBA Awards. The process allows for the public to have their say and bring forth a wide array of talented and deserving individuals. I urge everyone to participate in this process, to bring to light the talents that go unrecognised.”

This year, nominations can be filed via between March 20 to April 10, 2018.


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Mayorkun, KiDi, Keche, others show class at MEGA Legon Hall Concert (+IMAGES)



As the University of Ghana’s Legon Hall came to a standstill, it was obvious history was being written as WatsUp TV, leading pan-African entertainment TV Show, hosted a concert to climax the 66th Hall Week Celebration of the Legon Hall in Accra.
The mega concert which took place at the University of Ghana campus saw headline act, Davido’s record label mate and Afrobeat Artiste Mayorkun flying from Nigeria to deliver a sterling performance to the awe of his fans in Legon.
KiDi, an alumnus of the Legon Hall also made an appearance to surprise fans as he joined Mayorkun to perform their hit collaboration Odo Remix for the first ever time.
Artists who also performed include: Daddy Opanka, Keche, Gemini, Epixode, Obibini, Dope Nation, Feli Nuna, Article wan, Dee Money, Ephraim, Black AvenueMusic, Danny Beatz and many more
DJ’s & Emcees who also came to support include: Jason El-A, DKB, Dj Xpliph, Merqury Quaye, Mr shark, Bra Qweku, DJ Toyor, DJ Sly, Berima Seanbills, El baby etc
The concert which took place on 17th March 2018 has also been rated by fans as one of the best hall weeks for 2018 so far.
other artists who performed include: Ohemaa Dadao, Kenzy, Dzidu, Longation, Kaytee, Kofi Mole, Berimah Boateng, Dope LRB etc
The event which was hosted by WatsUp TV was supported by Rush Energy Drink, Indomie, SHOB Group, Davido Music Worldwide, Jack Daniels, GhOne TV, TV7, 369 Live, 3fm among others.
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Stephanie Benson, Kobla Jnr, OTHERS for YFM’s BLC event March 30



Come Friday, March 30, YFM, Ghana’s number one urban radio station will offer Ghanaian Boss Ladies the opportunity to party the night away in a grand style.

The much anticipated event which will take place at Badu Lounge inside Labone is free for ladies.

According to Eddy Blay, Programs Manager for YFM, the BLC event will also have all the Boss Ladies of YFM present to chill with other fans as well.

BLC will attract a tall list of some top notch musicians in Ghanaian including Stephanie Benson and Kobla Jnr among others. The event will be hosted by YFM’s Akosua Hanson with DJ Kess on deck.

“YFM is noted for organizing ground breaking events and BLC is part of it. BLC is going to be a night of unlimited music, fun activities and more. The event which is absolutely free for ladies, will attract ladies from the corporate world among others,” he stated.







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AirtelTigo, GHL Bank Ltd others honored at the CCIFG Gala Night



The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) in partnership with the Labadi Beach
Hotel held the CCIFG Gala Night at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Thursday 15th March 2018. Attended
by about 350 guests comprised of high profile corporate moguls, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the
Republic of Ghana Honourable Samuel Abu Jinapor as well as the Ambassador of France to Ghana
H.E. Francois Pujolas, the event was also the grand occasion to host the maiden edition of the CCIFG
2017 was a year to reposition the Chamber as well as its business activities to better suit its network
as well as promote the Ghanaian economy. The second edition of the CCIFG Gala Night held, created
a platform for businesses executives to thus grow their network and have direct access to
opportunities among a diverse group of co-professionals.
Speaking to guests in his welcome address, the President of the CCIFG Mr Patrick Prado was elated
to share objectives achieved during the course of 2017 which revolved around strategically
repositioning the Chamber as a promoter of the Ghanaian and French markets as well as upgrading business support to companies was successfully achieved. To this end, about 40 French companies
and other businesses benefited from the chamber’s support to enable them better understand and
penetrate the local market. Elaborating further on the successes of the French Chamber which have
grown to 120 members from 54 members in 2016, CCI France Ghana organised a total of 17
events. The participants to the Gala were also enlightened on the CCIFG’s direction for 2018 which is
already well underway. Business support in 2018 beginning with 3 successful trade missions to Ghana
coupled with the visit of the CAP Afrique delegation of African counsellors for French SME’s, who
had a first-hand experience an overview of the business opportunities available to enable them
to give a better representation of Ghana to foreign businesses. Mr Prado also highlighted the impact of
the Ghana Days Tour which was launched in 2017. The tour saw the Managing Director of the French
Chamber visiting various regions in France and Lebanon to speak more on the Ghanaian market. As
such, 7 collective trade missions have already been scheduled in addition to a discovery trade
mission to France.
The presence of the Government representatives from Ghana and equally from France also gives an
optimistic indication of a growth in the bilateral relationship between the Republic of Ghana and the
The Republic of France. Hon Samuel Abu Jinapor addressing guests gave a focus on the collaboration of
both Republics and the importance of advancing on the bilateral relationship to the President of the
The Republic of Ghana. With Ghana surrounded by Francophone countries Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and
Burkina Faso, there is a need for the promotion of the French language, an initiative which is equally
being pushed by the President of Ghana. To this effect, the government is promoting bilingual
education and testing it with 5 schools in the country. H.E. Francois Pujolas in his speech to
participants was elated to share on his delight on the growth of the bilateral relationship between
France and Ghana and its positive direction. The realisation of increasing activities between France
and Ghana as well as France’s commitment to not only sustain this relationship but also support the
growing activities between France and Ghana which was reinforced by the visit of the President of
France, H.E. Emmanuel Macron to Ghana. The visit is a step towards the modernisation of France's
relations with Ghana by emphasising business links, education and sport.
The maiden edition of the CCI France Ghana Awards was also held at the Gala Night. Six companies
were awarded in 6 different categories for excelling among criteria outlined in each category. The
categories and winners are:
● Digital Innovation Award: won by Jade E. Services Ltd for their e-commerce and diverse
online marketplaces grouped under Jumia, Jumia Travel, Jumia Food, Jumia House and Jumia
● Best CSR and Sustainability Company of the Year: won by Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd for
the various CSR activities to contribute to livelihood which includes year-long activity to
show support for World Malaria Day, road safety education for over 8000 dead children in
the various part of the north as well rehabilitation and construction of classroom blocks and
other facilities in schools in the North
● Emerging Company of the Year: awarded to GHL Bank Ltd for the successful transition from
a mortgage finance institution with a licensed bank to meet the needs Ghanaians and
● Transformational Project Award: won by Meridian Port Services for the ongoing execution
of the $1.5 billion Port of Tema Expansion Project which will significantly boost economic
growth and create around 450,000 indirect jobs

● Judges Choice Award: awarded to Decathlon Ghana for the impact of the Decathlon
Foundation on the community following less than a year of establishing a subsidiary in
● CCIFG Associate Award: awarded to AirtelTigo for the merger making it the second largest
Mobile Network Operator in Ghana with a combined customer base of approximately 10
million and 25% market share.
The CCIFG Gala Night is organised as an annual event to showcase an optimistic indication of the
growth and prosperity of the bilateral relationship between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic
of France as well as the role of the Chamber to promote business activity through high-level
networking. Sponsors to the second edition of the Gala and maiden CCIFG Awards were Allianz,
CFAO, Logiplus, Orsam, Pernod Ricard, Societe Generale Ghana and Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd.
CCI France Ghana

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana is an association of companies and
professionals belonging to different sectors which aim at supporting, fostering and enhancing
bilateral trade and investment relations between French and Ghanaian companies. With over 20
business sectors represented, the CCIFG acts as a business support system to its members by
providing information through market studies, product-market testing, prospective missions and
trade shows.

To contribute to business growth for members, CCIFG continues to organise informative events to
share practical information and create a platform to establish new business partnerships. With 400
guests participating, the event showcases the diversity of the Chamber’s activities as well as its
effort to create a functioning platform for companies engaged at the event. The CCIFG Awards
organises sheds light on the impact of companies within the Chamber’s network which contributes
to the Ghanaian economy and community.



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