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I will turn Kwahu into a tourist centre – Hon. Bryan Acheampong

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The Member of Parliament for Abetifi, Bryan Acheampong, has promised  to turn -the area into a world-class tourist centre, and an affordable alternative to such destinations as Dubai, France, and London.

He made this known during the 3 day annual “Bliss On Hills” Concert held on the Chief’s Palace Street, during the just ended Christmas celebrations.

The MP opined that, such a move will create jobs for the inhabitants of the area as well as provide an option to Ghanaians and foreigners to organise,parties, conferences, and other social activities in the area.

The “Bliss On Hills” concert treated thousands  to a three- day show dedicated to various genres of local music: Highlife, Gospel, Afrobeat, Reggae, and Dancehall .

In all, 30 Ghanaian musicians including Nana Ampedu, Ambolley, Bessa Simons, Shattawale, Stoneboy, Ebony Reigns, Gifty Osei, S.P. Kofi Sarpong, and Ernest Opoku performed at the concert.

According to the event organiser, Kwesi Ernest, the concert gave the inhabitants of the area quality entertainment during the holidays. He also promised to make the event perennial.

The event was organised by Media Excell in partnership with Evolution.and financed by the Member of Parliament for the Abetifi Kwahu constituency, Hon. Bryan Acheampong.

 

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CHRIS KONEY: Exploring South Africa – Gauteng Province

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Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, the wealthiest South African province was our next stop! Popularly known as Jozi or Joburg, it is one of the fifty largest urban areas in the world. The city is located in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills and is the centre of large-scale gold and diamond trade.

The metropolis is an alpha global city as listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. In 2011, the population of the city of Johannesburg was 4,434,827, making it the most populous city in South Africa. In the same year, the population of Johannesburg’s urban agglomeration was put at 7,860,781.

Johannesburg began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement with its sprawling Soweto township housing two of Noble Peace Prize winners – freedom fighter and former South African president, Nelson Mandela and renowned human rights activists and Anglican bishop, Desmond Tutu. Originally an acronym for “South-Western Townships”, Soweto originated as a collection of settlements on the outskirts of Johannesburg, populated mostly by native African workers from the gold mining industry.

Soweto, although eventually incorporated into Johannesburg, had been separated as a residential area for blacks, who were not permitted to live in Johannesburg proper. Lenasia is predominantly populated by English-speaking South Africans of Indian descent. These areas were designated as non-white areas in accordance with the segregationist policies of the South African government known as apartheid.

Today, several years after the racist system of governance, apartheid, was brought to an end, Soweto has become a microcosm of the prosperity, poverty and everything in between experienced by the black population of today’s South Africa.

At Soweto, we visited the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, situated in Orlando West, Soweto, which commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid and in particular the role played by the school children who took part in the Soweto protests of 1976, many of whom were shot by the apartheid police while protesting against the sub-standard of education in black schools in South Africa.

One of the first to be killed by the police was 12-year-old Hector Pieterson. Newspaper photographer Sam Nzima was in Soweto on June 16 covering the protests and the riots which followed. His iconic image of Pieterson’s body being carried by high school student Mbuyisa Makhubo, with his sister, Antoinette Sithole, running alongside, is a graphic representation of repression under the apartheid regime and has become an iconic image around the world of the senseless cruelty and brutality of the apartheid state.

We also visited Nelson Mandela’s former residence which is now the Mandela House museum and other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation including the sombre Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex.

The Apartheid Museum is a museum complex that illustrates apartheid and the twentieth-century history of South Africa. The complex, owned by Gold Reef City Casino, was opened in November 2001 and allows visitors to experience the racial segregation that occurred during Apartheid by separating them by racial appearance classified by the width of the nose, the kinks in hair, skin pigmentation, and size of lips.

After learning about the racial segregation and system of apartheid in South Africa which was banned in 1994, we had to go catch some fun and we couldn’t have gone anywhere more ideal than the Gold Reef City for some adventure.  Gold Reef City is an amusement park located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971 and the park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand.

Just 8 kilometres from the centre of Johannesburg lies the world famous yet uniquely South African Gold Reef City.  Gold Reef City is “Pure Jozi, Pure Gold” and provides a multitude of experiences under one roof.  Living and breathing twenty-four hours a day, the property provides the best of everything; from A-list entertainment to award-winning restaurants to the exhilarating theme park to the excitement of the casino. Pure energy, pure indulgence, pure escape, where Jozi comes to life!

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Gold Reef City offers two 4 star hotels, a casino comprising of smoking and non-smoking casinos plus a Prive, the famous Back O’ The Moon Restaurant, the Tsogo Sun owned Vigour & Verve, the largest theme park in the country, home to the Apartheid Museum, a Kaya FM satellite studio, kiddies entertainment facilities, a world-class theatre as well as a selection of conferencing and team building options.

Visitors can also enjoy a 6 theatre cinema complex, a bowling alley, a fast food court and additional restaurants.  If you want to kick back and take it easy, or suit up and get your game face on, find yourself, lose yourself, we have it all at the Gold Reef City.

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Voting Opens for 7th Annual Ghana’s Most Influential Awards [+ full list of nominees]

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Voting for the much-anticipated Ghana’s Most influential (GMI) Awards has been opened, organizers have said.

Ghana’s Most Influential (GMI) Awards is a unique initiative powered by e.TV Ghana. Over the years, the GMI list has consisted of people from both formal and informal sectors, ranging from entrepreneurs, politicians, musicians, sports personalities, religious leaders and several others.

According to organizers, the voting process comes after the general public nominated numerous individuals in Ghana to be part of this great initiative. This period will allow the general public to vote for individuals -whose names had earlier been submitted- who they think influenced them positively in 2017.

Speaking on the GMI voting process, Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Alliance Group, Mr. Ernest Boateng urged the general public to get involved and vote for individuals who are performing excellently in their fields and positively impacting society from all parts of the country.

“The anticipation for this years’ GMI is extremely high and it means that the voting process is going to be very competitive. Voting for the 7th Edition of Ghana’s Most Influential of the starts on April 10 and ends on May 10, 2018,” Mr. Boateng stated.

To vote for your most influential personality, text ‘GMI’ and name of that influential Personality who appeared on the nomination list to the short code 1446 on MTN, AirtelTigo and Vodafone. Visit www.etvghana.com for more information.

 

Below is full nomination list:

Abedi  Ayew Pele

Abrantie Amakye Dede

Ace Ankomah

Agya Koo

Akwasi Appiah

Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu

Ameyaw Debrah

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Anita Erskine

Apostle Dr. Ing Kwadwo Safo

Archbishop Duncan Williams

Asamoah Clement

Asamoah Gyan

Awulae Attibrukusu  III

Azumah Nelson

Ben Nunoo Mensah

Bernard koku Avle

Bishop Charles Agyin Asare

Bishop Charles Palmer Buckle

Bishop Dag Heward Mills

Bishop Emmanuel Asante

Bishop Gideon Yoofi Titi Ofei

Boakye Agyarko

Catherine Afeku

Charles Kwadwo Fosu (Daddy Lumba)

Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr (Shatta Wale)

Courage Christine Tetteh

Dag Heward Mills

Dan Botwe

Daniel Koranteng

Daniel Mckorley(Macdan)

Dcop Kofi Boakye

Deloris Frimpong Manso

Derrick Kobina Bonnet( DKB)

Dr. Edward Mahama

Dr. Ekwow Spio –Gabrah

Dr. Else Effah Kauffman

Dr. Kwesi Aning

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Dr. Mathew opoku Prempeh

Dr. Nobel Prince-Joseph Ayiku

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom

Ebo Whyte

Edward Boateng

Edward Effah

Edward Kwaku Asare Yeboah(Ekay)

Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuje

Egbert Faibille

Emmanuel Adu Sarkodee

Emmanuel Ekow Effirim

Francis Asenso Boakye

Freddie Blay

Frema Opare

Gayheart Mensah

Gifty Anti

Godfried Boateng

Haruna Idrrisu

Jerry John Rawlings

Joe Adda

Joe Anokye

Joe Mettle

John Agyekum Kufour

John Dramani Mahama

John Jinapor

John Peter Amewu

Joselyn Dumas

Julius Karl D. Fieve

Ken Ofori Atta

Kenneth Ashigbey

Kidi

King Promise

Kofi Annan

Kofi Nti

Kojo Addae Mensah

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Kuame Eugene

Kwadwo Nkansah lil win

Kwaku Sakyi Addo

Kwame A Plus

Kwame Sefa Kayi

Kwasi Twum

Kweku Baako

Kweku Sintim Misa

Kwesi Nyantakyi

Kwesi Pratt

Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu

Livingstone Etse Satekla (Stonebowy)

Lord Commey

Lordina Mahama

Lydia Forson

Manasseh Azure

Martin Amidu

Michael Owusu Addo (Sarkodie )

Mike Nyinaku

Mustapha Hamid

Mustapha Inusah

MzVee

Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo

Nana Ama Mcbrown

Nana Appiah Mensah

Nana Kobina Nketsia V

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

Nana Prof. John S Nabila

Nana Susubiribi Krobea Asante

Nathaniel Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray)

Nicholas Bortey

Obrafour

Okudjeto Ablakwa

Okyeame Kwame

Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panyin

Osei Kofi Acquah

Osei Kwame Despite

Otumfour Osei Tutu II

Pastor Mensa Otabil

Pat Thomas

Patricia Poku-Diaby

Patrick Awuah

Patrick Collins Frimpong

Patrick osei agyeman songo

PAUL ASARE ANSAH

Peter Mac Manu

Prince Kyei Baffour

Prince Sena Toffi Switzboiz

Prof Francis Dodoo

Prof. Bediako kwame Daniel

Prof. Josuah Alabi

Prophet Gideon Danso

Rebecca Akufo Addo

Rev Joyce Aryee

Rev Owusu Ansah

Rev. Eastwood Anaba

Rev. Father Cambell

Rev. Nana  Yaw  sarfoh

Reverend Steve Atta Kofi Mensah

Richard Yinkah

Sam Ato Gaisie

Samira Bawumia

Sammi Awuku

Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu

Slyvester Mensah

Togbe Afede XIV

Tony Oteng Gyasi

Ursula Owusu

Yvonne Nelson

 

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IMAGES! 2018 Asa Baako – One Dance Festival

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Asa Baako – One Dance, which recently won the Ghana Tourism Authority award for the Western Region’s Best Tourism Programme returned to Busua Beach for its 8th edition on 2 – 6 March 2018; bringing people together from all around Ghana and the world to experience and enjoy an annual Ghana Independence holiday retreat like no other.

This year was filled with five days of waking up to one of Ghana’s most beautiful beaches; listening and getting down to the latest dance club hits from across Ghana and the world presented across six Sound systems; Afroshrine Open Mic stage, Coconut Dream, Africa Unite Soundsystem, Musique Electronique, Scorpion Lodge and the legendary Asa Baako Jungle Party, programmed by Akwaaba Music featuring; DJ Bbrave, T.Roy (Broadcite Music), OKORO, DJ Vim Tinz, DJ Soulprovyder (4 To The Floor), Emily Dust, DJ EXPressionS, XOA, Rvdical, Tash LC, Cervo, Busy Twist, Afriquoi (DJ), DJ Gwada Mike, DJ Mitchy, DJ Eff, DJ K3v and DJ Pizaro.

Festival goers enjoyed the local tourism offer of surfing, treks, walking tours and boat rides alongside a programme of live art and graffiti demonstrations; dance classes and showcases from Dancetera who put the Dance into One Dance; Hoola-Hoop lessons and demonstrations from Zbu Hoopism and “Agrobaako – One Play” beach games and activities in association with Decathlon Ghana featuring football, volleyball and archery tournaments and the ‘Balloon Game’ – this year’s festival favourite.

Asa Baako is a party with a purpose, supporting local musicians and culture in the region. This year featured open mic sessions on the Beach stage and at Coconut Dream to showcase the regions rising music talents, traditional dance and drumming performances from MusicXChange; a children’s parade calling for an end to Child Labour and the Asa Baako Changemaker programme featuring empowerment workshops as part of Social Enterprise Month.

Here are some pictures from Asa Baako – One Dance 2018.

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Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana inaugurated!

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The Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG) has been inaugurated at a ceremonyheld at the Accra Tourism Information Centre (ATIC) on Friday 2nd March, 2018.

The programme was attended by arts and tourism writers, radio and TV personalities and dignitaries from the arts, tourism and related fields.

In a short speech before he would inaugurate the ATWAG executive committee, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Akwasi Agyemang urged them to be bold in leading the group to achieve the objectives for which it was formed.

Also a past President of the Ghana Independent Broadcaster Association (GIBA), Mr. Agyemang noted that there would be difficult times for such an association, but the executive should not give up.

There was also induction of the executive committee, which was elected on in December. The swearing of oath of office was led and administered by a judge of the Circuit Court, Her Honour Ruby Aryeetey.

The following people took the oath and were inducted into office as executive of ATWAG:

William Asiedu (Managing Editor, Daily Heritage Newspaper) – President

Francis Doku (General Manager, MG Digital Limited at Media General Group) – Vice President

Mic Yamoah (Flex newspaper) – Secretary

Frank Owusu (Hitz FM) – Treasurer

Mustapha Nii Okai Inusah (Attractivemustapha.com) – Organiser

Kwame Dadzie (Citi FM) – Public Relations Officer

David Mawuli (Pulse.com.gh) – Research Officer

Sandra Ankobiah (Broadcaster and Lawyer) – Legal Adviser

Makeba Boateng (Media and PR Practitioner) – Women’s Commissioner

  The ATWAG Executive Committee has a four-year mandate to run the association after which elections will be held.

The President of the association, Mr. William Asiedu, in his speech thanked the members for reposing trust in him and promised to work conscientiously towards the well-being of the association.

Nanabanyin Dadson, former Editor of Graphic Showbiz and chairman for the occasion expressed his joy at the formation of ATWAG and urged the executive and members to work with other allied associations and groups to meet the objectives for which it was formed.

Also present at the programme were ace music producer Fred Kyei Mensah, gospel artiste Dr. Wegeiwor Asewer, reps from the Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) and a representative of the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

The Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG) is an association of Ghanaian arts writers/journalists and media workers. ATWAG seeks to promote arts, tourism and culture reporting in Ghana while developing the professional capacity and the welfare of its members.

ATWAG is also aimed at promoting co-operation and collaboration among its members and players.

 

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Arts Growth Foundation Ghana (AGFG) poised to promote Ghana’s Creative Arts Sector

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Practitioners in the Ghanaian creative arts industry and management members of the Arts Growth Foundation Ghana (AGFG), over the weekend, reiterated their commitment to partner with all relevant institutions and key stakeholders to revamp, strategically position and promote the Ghanaian creative arts sector.

AGFG is a registered non-governmental organization based in Accra and seeks to stimulate discussions, initiate concepts for the general development of the Ghanaian Arts and Entertainment industry through various schemes. These include building the capacity of practitioners within the Ghanaian arts space as well as creating cross-cultural experiences for Ghanaian arts practitioners.

Addressing audience at a stakeholder and media gathering held at the Coconut Grove Regency hotel in Accra, the Executive Director of AGFG, Mr. Jonathan Christopher Koney (popularly known as Chris Koney) emphasized the need to get all players within the sector to advocate for the well-being of practitioners to lead to the development of the sector.

“Marketing Ghanaian arts extensively and building of synergies between Ghanaian arts practitioners and their foreign counterparts is very important to move our creative arts sector to the next level.  Founded on the conviction that the arts and creative media can awaken and release human potential in profound and unique ways, we will not relent in our effort to achieve that”, Mr Koney added.

He further stated that the Arts Growth Foundation Ghana as a body is keen on establishing a dependable relationship among individuals, communities, artists, and organizations working to create vibrant and sustainable approaches to human prosperity”.

Membership of the AGFG is open to everyone that operates in the creative arts space such as musicians, actors and actresses, painters and artisans, poets, spoken word performers, content creators, talent managers, fashion entrepreneurs and sporting personalities.

The most recent success of the organization was in 2017 when the organization under the leadership of Mr Chris Koney worked with the Netherlands Embassy in Ghana to execute at Orange week celebrations at which Ghanaian musician Bisa Kdei was celebrated. The organization also helped with the rollout of the “Afrocentric Collection” by Ghanaian clothing line Aba & Thursday in Ghana and the United Kingdom.

More information about Arts Growth Foundation Ghana can be accessed at www.chriskoney.com/agfg

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Tourism Minister meets PRESS!

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Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku, yesterday January 29, disclosed during an interaction with the press, that Ghanaians can expect to see a channel dedicated solely to tourism soon.

Tourism TV, according to her, will be geared toward consolidating our rich culture. Other channels to be expected, in her outfit’s move to give the creative arts space a facelift include Daddy Lumba TV, and Agya Koo TV.

She also announced that over 30 locations have been picked out for various projects relating to her sector, pending a review of a draft Legislative Instrument (LI) by parliament for commencement.

Touching on other initiatives being rolled out by the ministry, she spoke of a world-class cocoa museum to be established at Mampong Akuapem in memory of the late Dr. Tetteh Quarshie, as well as a paragliding school to serve the annual festival in the Eastern Region.

In March this year, Accra hosts the West African Integrated Forum in March in Accra, to identify a common denominator to facilitate tourism promotion within the sub-region.

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