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James Gardiner for possible Rawlings biopic

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Actor and TV presenter James Gardiner has revealed that he has thought about the possibility of playing the role of Rawlings in any future movie about the ex-Ghana President.

Host of the Tonight Show, Andrew Tandoh Adote pointed out the unique resemblance between James and the ex-president when the former made an appearance on his show last Sunday on Joy Prime.

Mr. Adote quipped, “Do you know you look like Rawlings? Any future movie, you for dey inside. Haven’t you thought about it? I am sure it is not only me. The eyes and everything… Only you must lose weight. I even thought you were related to him at some point.”

James Gardiner responded in the affirmative stating, “Oh yes I have thought about that, you will never know.”

James Gardiner, who is a familiar face when it comes to love scenes in Ghanaian and Nigerian movies, may as well use such a future opportunity to demonstrate his versatility.

 

 

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“Potato Potatho” star Joselyn Dumas named ‘Best Actress’ at 2017 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival

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Joselyn Dumas has won ‘Best Actress’ at the just ended Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival for her lead role  in the romantic comedy, ‘Potato Potatho’.

Meanwhile the comedy was premiered in Lagos this week with massive patronage from Nollywood stakeholders, and attendance from the cast.

The Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s movie was premiered in Accra, at the Silverbird Cinema on 30th November, 2017.

This follows a successful showing at Cannes Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival and the British Urban Film Festival.

It was also part of the official selection for the Film Africa Festival which ran from October 27 to November 5.

The film, an African comedy of errors, is about a divorced couple who cannot agree on divorce terms and settle for co-ownership of their matrimonial home and other property.

The movie stars Nigerian actor OC Ukeje and Ghana’s Joselyn Dumas who play the lead roles, alongside Joke Silva, Blossom Chuckwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Nikki Samonas, Adjetey Annang, Lala Akindoju and Victoria Michaels.

At a press screening of the movie on Tuesday, Shirley Frimpong Manso said that the movie was collaboration between Ghanaians, Nigerians and some Swedish people.She also added that due to the vagaries of the film production in Ghana, she adopted a different strategy.

“Potato Patahto has been out for almost a year but we’ve decided to have a different approach. We decided to pursue different market because Ghana is not enough anymore. We been to festivals and we’re releasing in other countries too,” she said.

‘Potato Potahto’ highlights the fact that marriages are fraught with challenges and it takes the two to iron out their differences.

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Barco Studio Readies “Accra We Dey Series”…Out in 2018

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In the first quarter of 2018, Ghana, Africa and the world at large would be thrilled week-in, week-out to a tale which focuses on the struggles of five final year secondary school students as they come to terms with the fact that they are no longer teenagers but full-grown adults, who must make decisions to benefit their future. With several movies under the belt of Barco Studios, one can rest assured that this new series would surely be on the verge editors’ headlines, movie lovers’ hearts and sponsors’ billings across the country.

Kobby Bartels reveals in a recent interview, exciting details of his forthcoming series, ‘ACCRA WE DEY’, which explores themes like innocence, coming of age, revenge, spiritual enlightenment, death and the power of friendship:

You Came Into The Scene With About Two Full-Fledged Movies – How Far Has The Journey Rolled Out?

It’s been a tried and tested journey, where the industry took us through a vigorous process to ascertain whether or not we belonged and I would like to say that by his Grace we are still here and ready to have another go at it hence, #Accrawedeydaseries.

A few Months Ago, You Brought In Your Italian Partners In Anticipation Of Another Blockbuster, So Far We Have Not Seen Or Heard Anything From Your Production House. Why Is That?

 

That was a very ambitious project we embarked on and I think we got a little bit ahead of ourselves when we weren’t in the capacity to execute. The project is not dead as we are fine tuning to deliver in the coming year. The budget was huge, thus, we are still putting things in place, and we trust God to see us through that journey.

Barcos Studio Is Back After Few Months Of Hiatus, What Is New Before The Year Ends?

Right now it is all about “Accra We Dey”#Accrawedeydaseries. This particular series is going to tell a lot about our beautiful country Ghana; we are hopeful because we have assembled the best hands, we have quality equipment, we have the technical know-how, we are ready to start production before 2017 rolls out.

‘Accra We Dey’ Series Seems To Be The Talk Of Town; Tell Us More About It.

We feel it’s a fantastic series that is remarkably written which will resonate with the audience. It’s a coming of age story. The series focuses on the struggles of five final years Senior High School students as they come to terms with the fact that they are no longer teenagers but full-fledged adults who must make decisions to benefit their future selves. The series explores themes like innocence, coming of age, revenge, spiritual enlightenment, death and the power of friendship.

How Would Series With Its Theme Directly Have Impact On The Viewers?

We are hoping to have the viewers engaged in the series as they can relate to the issues and life experiences of our characters. From the onset, we have put our house in order, thus, we know that the public would love it.

The Series Comes Across As An Authentic Ghanaian Story That Will Leave The Audience With Feelings Of Nostalgia And Fond Memories Of The Transition From Teenage Years To Adulthood. What Is That One Lesson That Would Be Learnt After The First Season Comes To An End?

You know history teaches us or should teach us that nothing is new and nothing is what it seems.

Let’s Talk Briefly About The Characters In The Forthcoming Series, How Interesting Are They In Connection With The Plot.

We have a phenomenal casting team that has spent considerable time to cast the perfect individual. Very soon they will be introduced to the audience, who we have no doubt will gravitate towards them.

How Soon Should Your Patrons, Fans And Sponsors Alike Be Expecting The Release Of The First Episode?

The first episode God willing should be out early first quarter next year (2018).

 

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Kofi Siriboe covers Dec/Jan edition of ESSENCE magazine

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Ghanaian Hollywood star Kofi Siriboe covers the latest edition of top fashion magazine ESSENCE. The

The Danielle Kwateng-Clark piece describes the Queen Sugar star as “a young man with ambition”, who’s  “constantly delving deeper into his love of film and heritage”.

Conversation with the K Brothers: On Identity, Heritage, Purpose, and Spirit

 Only 23, Kofi is member of the “First African Family of Hollywood”, which also consists brothers and fellow actors  Kwame Boateng and Kwesi Boakye.

Read excerpts below: 

To truly know Kofi Siriboe is to love a young man with ambition. Yes, that skin, beard, perfect white teeth and toned stature immediately grab your attention. But behind the 6’2″ frame is a deeply conscious 23-year-old man constantly delving deeper into his love of film and heritage.

In his second season of OWN’s Queen Sugar, the talent plays Ralph Angel, the youngest brother of the Bordelon family reclaiming his birth right as a co-owner of their sugar cane farm. Balancing the process of redemption with fatherhood and business, his character is constantly challenged to step up to something greater than he ever expected.

“When I read the description, Ralph Angel was in a hard place,” the Ghanaian-American actor told ESSENCE in the Dec 2017/Jan 2018 issue.

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“He was with his son and about to rob a liquor store, but I didn’t see him as aggressive. I just thought he was broken. Even though I have not been incarcerated and don’t have a son, I remember a time when I felt broken. I also know what it’s like to try so hard and feel as if the world is against you.”

For Siriboe, he’s also trying hard to make his mark in the world with his debut project, Jump. He wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film about mental health. And then there was Girls Trip, the box-office hit he starred in that grossed over $100 million. But near and dear to his journey is fostering a deeper understanding of his African roots.

“In first grade I was asked ‘What’s your favorite food?’ I said, ‘Fufu,’ and everybody laughed. I also remember asking my teacher not to say my full name, Nana-Kofi [Nana means ‘son of kings’]. Last year I went to Kumasi, in Ghana, for the first time and met the king, whose real name is Nana.”

“I didn’t always understand the roots that are woven into my name, but that realization is happening now.”

 

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Yvonne Nelson covers WOW Magazine; talks pregnancy, marriage, God…

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Actress Yvonne Nelson recently put to bed in Accra. A recent WOW Magazine feature sees her divulge her thoughts on marriage, childbirth, her partner among other things, while displaying a glorious baby bump in excellent images.

32, the actress gave birth on October 29.

A multiple-award-winner, Nelson has starred in over a hundred movies including  ‘Princess Tyra,’ ‘Single and Married,’ ‘One Night in Vegas,’ ‘Heart of Men,’ and ‘The Game,’

Yvonne Nelson has in the past, been reportedly romantically involved with footballer Derek Boateng, Ghanaian broadcaster Jon Germain, Nigerian artistes Ice Prince, Davido and Inyanya.

 

Below are excerpts from the feature:

 

Okay talking about mum, how does she feel about the pregnancy? 

“My mum, she used to be so big on marriage, she was very traditional, marriage then baby, until I got pregnant, its like everything changed, I guess your priority obviously changes to something else. She is now more concerned about the Baby.” She brushes a strand of hair out of her eyes.

“She doesn’t pressure me anymore with marriage you know, like its not like I am engaged or married or anything, it’s just that when it happens, it happens. As a woman you cannot marry yourself.”

 

So you are not like a traditional girl that would rather be married before a child

“I believe if I say that, people might say I am not setting a good example, but I think society is just too hard on most of us. The fact is she adds, “Its good to get married, it’s the right thing to do, but then again if you are a woman and you think you are getting to a certain age and you want to have kids and you meet a responsible guy who hasn’t yet proposed but wants to do the same thing, it depends on you and him.

You can go ahead and do it, if u think the guy is right and responsible and he makes you happy, why not?” Marriage nowadays is just ceremony and a huge wedding. The whole marriage thing, that name is just so scary.”

 

I wondered if the pregnancy was planned, “It was and the truth of the matter is, it’s been something that I have been waiting for since I turned 29.” With a grin on her face she continued, “On my 30th Birthday I was in Venice in Italy. I remember the night before my Birthday, I called my mum and I was crying, I cried, I was so sad, I was seeing someone else then and he was an ideal guy and everything. He took me there for my birthday and he proposed,” looking up to the clear blue sky, almost shy, “but I didn’t put it online, I’m not one of those people that would make a lot of noise on stuffs like that.” She began to caress her bump, “He is somebody I would have loved to have a family with but then he wanted me to move to London.”

Rolling her eyes, “My whole life was going to change because of him and its not something you should do, you don’t have to change your whole life because of a man because of your marriage. I am sure most people do, so in the long run it didn’t workout and although I had been praying for a man like that. I had nothing I was doing in the UK, so I decided that I just had to chill, maybe see what the future holds and keep praying for someone else to come around.” The she starts laughing so hard, “Its quite funny because someone proposed and I didn’t even get to have a baby for the person and then this person who hasn’t proposed I’m having a baby for him, so it’s a vibe, it’s friendship, its understanding, its how happy the person makes you, its not about someone putting a rock on your finger and you forget.”

I was curious to know her reaction when she first knew she was pregnant “I wasn’t sure but I suspected I was. I was in London at the time with my man. I was so ready I knew this was what I wanted at this moment in my life. I pray to God all the time and I tell Him that I want to start a family and have kids of my own, it was part of my prayers so I just knew that I’m not married but this is what I want to do. So when I did a test and it came out positive, I was truly happy.” But the hard part was having to tell my mum, she said wide eyed, almost like she was still afraid. “I waited for my mum she had just returned from a trip, I remember telling her I was pregnant and she was so shocked and her first words were but you are not married and I replied her back yes mum I know and then it was a long conversation.” Yvonne credits her mum for being so supportive through her pregnancy “right now she is just so happy and so am I.”

 

I pray to God all the time and I tell Him that I want to start a family and have kids of my own, it was part of my prayers.

As the crew set up on the beach, we took a short walk on the beach, soaking our legs in the water as we chatted some more. “It’s a girl you know, she continued, and her dad is very excited too.” He is not a first time dad, but he is super happy and very supportive. He is British and such a great person, I admire how amazing he is with kids and I respect him for that.” She suddenly has a smile on her face that seemed permanent, “He takes very great care of me.”

I wonder what I would do first if I fall pregnant, “I was so paranoid because I don’t think I have been to the hospital ever, but I got pregnant and I had go to the hospital like every 2 weeks, you know all these different test one must undergo and its scary you know because its your first time. You just don’t know what to expect. People don’t tell you these things.” She laughs “And from the fifth month I began to hide, when I’m buying something from a store an attendant would come over to the car and attend to me. I have been doing stuffs my self, I stopped attending events, I sometimes cook myself and all that but I still produced and done some other stuff, I don’t have a House help so I get to do something’s myself but seeing the baby bump, the new mum got emotional, “That day it was just everything. I have just been appreciating God the entire time because you can feel something moving in there of course you cannot see the baby but you can feel it. That alone is just a miracle you know aside that it hasn’t been an exciting time because its not easy, I always say wow you guys should have told me how pregnancy is and often they would tell you to sleep on your left side and you cant and you eventually have to sleep on your right side.” Laughs, “My pregnancy has been in-between, I have had some down times.” She needs a drink so we walk back to set and she continues, “I knew I would be needing my family around as its my first time, that’s why I decided to stay back in Ghana, I would have been so hard without my family.”

She gets a cold malt drink and I wanted to know if she and her man were talking marriage in the future, “Marriage is scary but off course I would love to have my child to have a Dad around. We would have to have the ideal family setting. As I said I cant marry myself some one would have to marry me off course. So yeah when it happens I will be glad. I don’t want to put pressure on anyone.”

 

Interview courtesy WOW Magazine.

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“Africa, I’m Coming Home” Project” Kick-Starts In Ghana

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Big Events in partnership with the Africa HomeComing Group have interacted with the media on their forthcoming AFRICA I’M COMING HOME” Project at Holiday Inn Hotel days ago.

Tipped to be the biggest event in this calendar year for Africans Abroad, the “AFRICA I’M COMING HOME” project is designed to facilitate the return of Africans from the Diaspora who wants to visit permanently relocate to the continent.

With countless Africans in the diaspora itching to visit or permanently move home, The ‘AFRICA I’M COMING HOME” project seeks to simplify the processes involved in visitation and permanent relocation to Africa from any part of the world.

Speaking at the event organised to introduce the initiative to the people of Ghana, CEO of Big Events, Mr. Prince Mackay, said that his outfit and Africa HomeComing Group (AHG) will serve as the trusted advisory organisations for Africans abroad.

“We will do this by organizing and hosting yearly events that educates and promotes the return to Africa project. The events will be used as a major marketing tool and vehicle for those seeking to return or contemplating the idea”.

He indicated that as part of event to throw light on the project and create a warm atmosphere for ‘returnees’, musical concerts, theatre arts and detailed introduction to the continent and it landmarks through tourism will be organised annually.

‘The annual event will take the form of a festival tailored to promote Africa to Africans as home for everyone with root in the continent.

“We aim to first start hosting such events in Ghana a country identified as being the gateway to Africa; and also first Sub-Saharan African Country to regain independence against colonial rule,” he said.

From Ghana, the train will move to other countries in the West African Sub-Region and to other parts of the continent.

“Beyond being driven by periodic social events, we will ensure that information on the continent is readily available year-round”

“This will be done in collaboration with organisations and individuals with specialty in Housing, Healthcare, Jobs, Business formation, Education, Transportation, Culture, Security and technology and social and cultural integration just to name a few.”

Big Events and AHC Group will also have a team of Diaspora Representatives who will be the direct liaison/ case workers for returnees/repatriates.

They will represent each of the following locations; The United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Rest of the world for specific African country starting with Ghana.

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OBITUARY: Father of Hollywood actor Peter Osei Mensah passes…

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The death is reported of the father of Ghanaian Hollywood star Peter Osei Mensah. The sad event is said to have happened on Tuesday, November 7 in Kumasi.

Until his death, Mr. Mensah was proprietor of Mount Olivet School at Odeneho Kwadaso.

Of British ancestry, the actor is best-known for his roles in Tears of the SunHidalgo300Dead Space, Starz original series, Spartacus: Blood and SandSpartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance.

Mensa hails from Chiraa in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana and relocated at a young age  to Hertfordshire, England with his family.

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