Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kwame Gyan
Indeed 2017 went skrrrahh, pap, pap, ka-ka-ka. Skidiki-pap-pap, and a pu-pu-pudrrrr-boom. And before we knew it, Skya, du-du-ku-ku-dun-dun. Poom, poom, you know. Ah well, it is that time of the year again. We started this in 2014 and this is already the 4th installment. That's like JM's term in office you know! Year has been so fast. Same time last year JM was President. Now Nana Addo is President for less than a year but feels like forever eh?

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Kwame Gyan and I bring you the 2017 edition of our friendly advice and to some, warning to the many many Ghanaians who have been saving some Euros and Pounds and Dollars to come blow time in the motherland.

Here we go:

1. Please stop ordering us to wait for you at Kotoka a whole two hours before the projected touch down of your flight. You know you have been doing this almost every year, or once every two years. We don’t like it. Even if we don’t meet you have you forgotten the way to your homes? Hoh!

2. Please when you get into town, leave your jacket and winter boots in your house until you are dressing up to head back to Kotoka and away to wherever you are doing your 'any work'. We know the weather back in your abrokyire is cold. Don't be a villager to wear fur coats in our 32° weather. Eye nkurasesem paaa. And yes, it is hot here.

3. We know you are making money in obimanso. We also know that you pay plenty tax. And some of you still owe the visa contractor who did your connection for you so your cash level no shada dey up. Don't come and spend all the money you have saved buying champagne in clubs and spreading people like your father is Mugabe or Dangote. If you do the too known and go back, we won't send you kapreba. Yoooo!

4. If you bought something for someone last year and you come and you see him or her still wearing it, you don't need to shout and say "eei you are still wearing this jeans I bought from Next? Efata wo paaa ooo". Please we know you still have jeans you bought 5 years ago. We know before you left you wore clothes saaa until they were tired of alterations so stop that nonsense. You like that!

5. As we told you last year, we are not villagers like that oo. You can't buy as £2 and $5 shirts and tops and expect us to roll on the floor in excitement. We know it when what you give us is cheap. Oh we will say thank you. But don't expect us to behave as if you just gave us a Saville Row suit or an Armage cologne.

6. Please we know what the exchange rate is. We know. We don’t need the needless reminder. We also know that you know the exchange rate. Stop the too known and come and melt your Euros and Pounds and Dollars in piece. Stop that!

7. Mall Update: Kumasi Mall has come oooo. We also heard the things you heard. Leave Kumasi people alone. I have seen plenty people walk into malls to buy 90 pesewas bottled water and spend the rest of the time taking photos. You also do same when you go to those fancy shops of yours. Let us think.

8. Kyinkyinga has gained prominence again ooo my people. Right now kyinkyinga sellers can blow up fuel stations and the blast will not even affect the stones on the zinc roofing sheets placed over their grill. Massa it is not easy oo. You ask Kojo Yankson of Joy FM. He will tell you the whole story. Oh, the kyinkyinga people have not changed by the way: same price, smaller meat, bigger sticks. Don't be too disappointed.

9. Abrokyire boys, borgerfuo, do not come and spoil our girls and spoil the market for the local boys. Don't open their mouths so wide that when you leave they are not content with our fianga pockets. Play with the girls you came with, and let's play with ours. You girls too why do you always allow them to do that to you. I don't gerrit.

10. Has Ghana Police changed? For the where? They should change to what? You had better keep loose 5 cedi notes on you for the “massa we are here oooo”. If you break a traffic rule though, add some zero to the 5. And those of you who think you are home so you want to smoke that smoke, if you get caught you may have to add at least two zeros to the 5.

11. We tell you this all the time: Please don’t ask us with a frown a hundred times about how it is like to live in Ghana and how you could never do that. You asked us last year and the year before. It has gotten old. Abufusem didn’t you live here before? Or your great grandfather gave birth to your grandfather in Liverpool and he gave birthday to your father in Liverpool and your father and mother popped you in Manchester?

12. We told you about Uber last time, right? Well, it has grown and become bigger paaa. Our young gers have taken it like World Cup. Please just turn your location on and Uber yourself away. Again, if you do that your Abrokyire-Ghana comparison don't be surprised if the Uber driver gives it to you. You can give him one star rating, he would have cleared his chest anyway. Remember we also use smartphones here eh? And yes, Uber is here and once you update your location and you order an Uber, it won't be a car from West Virginia or Birmingham or Frankfurt that will show up wai. Stop that thing you do. Chances are that every small car you see in the road is an Uber. Just look for the phone holder on the dashboard.

13. Yo, we don't need YOU to tell US what the Christmas music list in Ghana is. So let's tell you who the current biggest artists are or the songs we will eat bronya with: Kuami Eugene (the guy who sang Angela), KIDI (he sang Odo Yewu and one other popular song like that), Ebony - that girl who has no more than a handkerchief-size of material on all her clothes. She also sang I will Date Your Fada, Sponsor and some songs. Of course Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy are the usual big boys on the list. Wutah have had the commonsense to realise that individually they are almost as useless as used toilet paper so they got back together and have an aptly titled sing called Bronya. Oh there is a guy called Patapaa. He has sang all the songs he will ever sing. It is called One Corner.

14. Ei! I almost forgot. After 21 tries, Captain Planet has a hit song ooo. It is called Obi agye obi girl. He has tried saaaa and mentioned every girl’s name in 20,000 songs but still chale we were not seeing him. But now he has hit the jackpot ooo. But guys, do you agree Captain Planet should have just sang the chorus and not attempted a rap on the track? The rap be some way but the chorus dey bee. Anaa?

15. Yes, Man's Not Hot started from a studio in London. But we got it on whatsapp and Facebook and Twitter the same time those of you in Antwerp, Baltimore, Alberta and Lagos did. Don't come and yell, "shiiite you guys have this song here too?". It is not as if that song is anything out of the top biaaa too. And oh Michael Dapaah, AKA Big Shaq will be doing shows in Ghana wai.

16. Please we love Mexican and Indian telenovelas paaa. UTV shows at least two of them running throughout the week. Adom TV has been showing an Indian one called Kukum Bagya for almost two years now, and from the look of things, they will be showing it for at least 5 more years. Oh, Abbi and Pragya, the leading characters even came to Ghana to break bread with their fans. The bread cost only 600 cedis moom. They even want to invite the main characters here to meet with their fans. It's not easy oo. Warning: Do not try to change the channel in any home, else you risk what you don't want to risk.

17. While you are here, remember that in Ghana, whatever the government says, the opposition must oppose, and they must not necessarily oppose with suggestions. We are not like your people. Even if government says, 'we shall stop galamsey which is spoiling our environment", the opposition will say "the government is insensitive and is denying people of working". That's how we are. We like our democracy like that.

18. Please the boys, if you meet any beautiful girl with nice fantabulous ASSets and she's korkorr please pause and ask yourself this question: is my immediate atupa worth the potential wahala of tomorrow, which may include vivid description of your totoli, the transpo you give, and how well or otherwise you do the do? Giovanni chale how be? KOD all correct? Kojo Yankson where you dey do your 'aboy' for?

19. Every year we tell you this but some of you have made your ears as hard as Francis Doku's forehead so you don't listen. We will keep saying it. Please don’t forget your malaria prophylaxis else your gluteus muscle will have to bear the pain of artemether in a G25 needle without an analgesic; your only consolation will be ” sorry 3y3 wo ya? Kafra.. Kafra.. 3b3 k) wa.

20. Herh if you haven't been told here our Facebook fights are not children ooo. If you like ask Maame Afia Akoto and Sam George or ask the High Commissioner to South Africa. When Ghana Facebook take you on, they take you on. Ask Kwame Gyan (oh that’s me eh) too. Or some guy called KOA and another one called Pope. Please don't try to logically understand some of the fights. You won't understand them if you attempt making sense of some.

21. Oh there is a new group in town called PepperDemMinistries. What do they do? Oh they fight for female and girl child rights by insulting all men and blaming men for everything including why night comes after day and why our feet face forward and not backwards when we walk. Let's just say they are taking the gender, woman rights fights a few notches lower. If you fool with them they way they will insult you and your unborn generation eh! Hmmm. For writing this, consider me fried. They will tell us how useless these series have been though the smile and laugh in their rooms.

22. Please take note that the social media space in Ghana is manned and marshalled by armies and nations whose members and leaders feel they are a nation state and so they don't play child's play. I won't say anything. I have no armies of nations to defend me when they attack so I leave it here.

23. Every year we talk about that your irritating Yankee or British accent that you bring into this town. See, lose that accent before you enter the Ghana airspace. No, in fact, lose it at the immigration of the country you are coming from before you get onto the tarmac. See, we know you ooo. We know you can speak like us pepeeepe so don't come trying to do that rubbish. What! For the last time, once again, before you come here to speak English in a way that will have us asking you "pardon, pardon, pardon". See, Kofi Annan has stayed in New York longer than you but he speaks normal English. In fact, if you start that your nonsense accent, we will insult you.

24. Please the potholes are still there. You may remember some particular pothole your taxi run into that made you spill a drink in your beautiful looking £5 dress. Well, that pothole is still there. It was filled ooo but somehow it opened again and brought along with it some friends. So please get ready. Oh but Nana Addo will sort out all those issues soon.

By: Kwame Gyan


Wiyaala
Wiyaala, Ghana’s international singing star, is to host a new weekly show on Radio Progress, the Upper West Region’s first and most popular radio station.

The 90 minute slot billed, “Time With Wiyaala”, will run every Thursday from 8pm to 9.30pm starting 23rd November.

Wiyaala’s brief is to play music by some of the Upper West’s leading talents, old and new, and to chat with artists about their careers and aspirations as musicians in the “forgotten” region.

“I’ll be trying to introduce my audience to the diverse forms of music that exist in our region.  Whilst technology is helpful to music making, I feel we are in danger of losing something of value if we don’t draw on our rich heritage when making modern music.

I’ll be encouraging the young musicians to work on their live performance skills. Artists who mime are unlikely to make it to international stages. The platform also gives me the opportunity to push the causes of children and young women”, the singer said.

Wiyaala is an officially appointed GACA (Ghana Against Child Abuse) and UNICEF Ghana influencer.

Radio Progress was brought to the airwaves by the Wa Catholic Diocese in February 1997 as an initiative to contribute to the development of the Upper West Region and aims to reach all segments of the community.

Now twenty years old, the station broadcasts in English, Dagaare, Waale, Sissali and Briffor.

The 4th edition of the Radio Progress Music Awards (PRUMAS) 2017, will take place at In Service, Wa,  on the 30th December. Wiyaala was appointed a music ambassador for PRUMAS at the first edition in 2014.

She has since gone on to win many national and international awards and is currently Ghana’s most awarded and nominated artist at AFRIMA, the African continent’s biggest awards scheme.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Romelu Lukaku
A confident Romelu Lukaku said he was "born for this" after a pair of goals in Belgium's draw with Mexico moved him level with the country's all-time leading goalscorers.

Manchester United striker Lukaku scored twice as Roberto Martinez's side were held 3-3 in Friday's friendly, his second salvaging the draw after Hirving Lozano's four-minute double put Mexico ahead.

The 24-year-old is now level with Paul Van Himst and Bernard Voorhoof on 30 goals for Belgium and can set a new benchmark by converting against Japan on Tuesday.

"I was born for this," Lukaku is quoted as saying by Het Laatse Nieuws. "I just want to score as many goals as possible.

"I'm glad I matched the record. I knew I'd do it. I want to break the record before 2018.
"But I really hope that this generation wins something. I want to get a trophy for this country."

Source: Opera Sports

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Marcel Desailly
Manchester United fans must remain patient with Jose Mourinho as he shapes the squad to his own liking, according to Chelsea icon Marcel Desailly.


Mourinho's side were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to fall eight points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race.


The Portuguese delivered EFL Cup and Europa League glory in his first season at Old Trafford, but the devastating form of neighbours City has left United trailing in their wake in 2017-18.


And Desailly believes Mourinho should remain true to his style as the manager grapples with a playing staff not yet entirely to his satisfaction.


"He has to stay as Mourinho. He knows the capacity of his team," Desailly told Omnisport, speaking ahead of the Golden Foot Hublot Award in Monaco.


"He looks like he's not really had the team he wanted, like when you compare with [Pep] Guardiola, who really chose every player he wanted in and out. Mourinho, he's still dealing with some players that he didn't really want in his system.


"He's doing well, so I hope United will shine like they were shining at the time with [Alex] Ferguson.


"But it's tough. Every time, every game, there's big history on the shoulders of all the players and on the manager. So, let's give him time."

Source: Opera Sports

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The music industry is a tough one to enter and even those who are lucky to score hit tunes ain’t guaranteed a place for long when the hits dry up.

But for new comer; Rauf Yahaya alias Young Trixx Flowmorce, he is keen to make a living off music especially when he’s teamed up with new management Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records.
On ‘Treat Me Good’, his new offering; Young Trixx states his lady is heavily endowed and treats him good. He adds, her endowments blows the minds of desirous guys away noting she pampers him so is ready to fly her to Miami so they can have a jolly time.

This tune; produced by DJ Wayne seeks to entreat ladies to treat their partners well.
But who is Young Trixx Flowmorce?

The Bolga native now based at Mamobi in Accra informed blakkpepper that he’s been in the music landscape for 15 years beginning his music craft through school, street battles and night cub appearances before landing a deal with Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records.

The man who says he can do Hiphop, RnB, Afro Pop and Dancehall notes even his mum was amazed by his ability to mimic singers and display whiles young.

“I can do anything in the music industry,” Young Trixx pointed out.

The man born to dad; Rauf and mum Bilkis popular called Maame has five siblings and says although born and bred in Bolgatanga, he chose to purse his dreams in Accra in 2008 initially settling at Pig Farm, Nima before his current Mamobi base.

The Gowrie Senior High School graduate submitted he first went to a studio in 2006 whiles a Junior High School pupil, recording his first tune at the Fireblaze studio in Bolga produced by Selasie.
“I was amazed by the positive response from those who consumed the song and was eager to go all out,” he recalls.

A hustler, Young Trixx reckons he has over 10 singles but because he had to fund everything he was unable to offer an album.

“I am hustler who has done varied things to ern money iclding teaching adluts englis, being a dispatch rider to working with and NGO.”

‘Bamu Bari’ rendered in Hausa meaning ‘we ain’t stopping’ gave him the most positive feedback firming his decision to cool down on the hard core rap and sway towards Afro-Pop and Dancehall.
His influences include Tupac, BIG, Jay Z and in Ghana Obrafuor and Okomfuo Kwade.

“Obrafuor and Kwade’s poetry and word play is phenomenal. They render mature rap and their lyrical content is solid,” he revealed to blakkpepper.

On being recruited as a Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records signee, Young Trixx rendered:
“I have longed for likeminded people like this to work with and with this arrangement; I reckon we form a solid team. Fans can expect my Extended Play Record or EP to drop soon so they can have a collection of my works on one platform.”

According to Young Trixx, his lady; love Sayida inspired his ‘Treat Me Good’ tune adding “she is real, she’s been with me even when I had nothing, we’ve beEn through a lot and so I urge other ladies to treat their partners right.”

Flowmorce’s hobbies include watching series, listening to music and reading.  His fan base he says cuts across the geographical spectrum adding he has fans in Accra, Kumasi, Bolga, Finland and Nigeria.

On inspiration for his stage name, Young Trixx explained he loved the matrix film so much he coined something from it.

He can be reached on social media platforms using Young Trixx Flowmorce.

Enjoy ‘Treat Me Good’ from Young Trixx Flowmorce: https://soundcloud.com/michael-eli-dokosi/treat-me-good

Source: Blakkpepper 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Awal Dimazz 
For Mohammed Awal Dimas fondly called Dimazz, music is his card to the good life.

Although he is also a business man dealing in Apple products and organic produce like rice, tomatoes and oil; having found Wayne City Music and Ghetto Youth Records, his musical gifts would be known by all.

Already, Dimazz has offered new tune ‘Just One Girl’. In the tune, Dimazz submits a female acquaintance and explained he needed to get to know her.

He adds he has his dream team comprising his good self and his lady who caters to his manly needs.

Dimazz raps and sings on this tune whiles he spits in English and his native dialect as well.

“My lady Rama never gave up on me, she believes I have a great future so keeps faith with me,” the only child of Mr. Aspaga and Madam Halimatu Sadia Haruna submitted as inspiration for the tune although he says others can pick lessons from it as well.

"Sarkodie and Reggie Rockstone had ladies who held them down so just one girl is enough," Dimazz stressed.

‘Just One Girl’ is produced by DJ Wayne with support from Ghetto Soulja who handled the management side of things.

26-year-old Dimazz attended the Armed Forces Secondary School offering Visual Arts. After his high school, he would head to the Regional Maritime University where he studied Administration.

In 2007, Dimazz together with his then mate AB going by the name Dew offered their first music but with AB leaving to serve in the US Army, he had to concentrate on his supply work to eke out a living.

But being cousins with Young Trixx Flowmorce who was friends with Mamobi based producer; DJ Wayne, offered an opportunity.

So when he heard a beat onetime and killed it, Wayne decided to take him on and groom him and with partner; Ghetto Soulja’s involvement ‘Just One Girl’ was birthed.

According to Dimazz, over 11 singles are ready to be released strategically adding: “I hope my music becomes my source of livelihood which will enable me do nothing else but tour the globe, play shows and make some good money.”

Although Jay Z, Drake, Tuface and P-Square are music notables he admires, Stonebwoy’s music journey fascinates him greatly adding: “If he could rise from the dust to where he is now, I can too.”
The Salaga and Bolga native can be reached via Facebook: Awal Dimas.
Enjoy ‘Just One Girl’ from Awal Dimazz: https://soundcloud.com/michael-eli-dokosi/just-one-girl

By: Mystic Mike

Thursday, October 19, 2017

IPhone X
Thursday October 19 will mark a month since Apple released its latest operating software for iPhones and iPads.

The new iOS 11 replaced the outgoing iOS 10 on September 19, ushering in a number of new features. Apple’s new system didn’t offer wholesale change: Those familiar with iOS 10 will find its successor largely the same in terms of layout and interface, albeit with a few useful tweaks. That does not mean, however, that there aren’t lots of new features.

Here, we take a look at some of those features, the biggest changes to the software, and some of the more surprising new tricks you might have missed.

1. This new feature of iOS 11 might keep you and others alive. A major issue around the world is people using their phones whilst driving. Apple has introduced a Do Not Disturb feature that activates when the phone’s owner is driving, turning off notifications for calls, messages, and other apps. The feature can automatically notify people that you’re driving and inform them you’ll be in touch soon.

2. Live Photos now have several new features. Users can apply a number of new effects to Live Photos, turning them in to looping GIFs, or a bounce effect similar to Instagram’s Boomerang.

3. iMessage has undergone a revamp with iOS 11, with a new, cleaner layout, making it easier to find stickers and GIFs.

4. Sticking with the topic of messaging, the way that you type on iOS 11 has also changed. The keyboard has become smarter, and suggests words you might have recently searched for on Safari, for example. Users can also easily change the keyboard to enable them to type with just one hand. To do so, simply hold down the emoji button on the keyboard and select the one-handed typing option to bring all the keys closer together.

5. The App Store has had a long-overdue facelift, making it easier to discover new apps, and simpler to navigate.

6. Siri is more human than ever, on iOS 11. Her voice is more lifelike and less robotic now, and she is able to translate in to different languages, speaking phrases out loud whilst giving you written sentences, too.

7. Notifications look a bit different now, too. Unlike iOS 10, which grouped all of your most recent notifications with your older notifications, iOS 11 groups notifications since you last opened your phone under one heading, and older notifications from earlier in the day under a different heading. These can all be accessed by swiping down on your phone.

8. Swiping up, on the other hand, shows you your control centre, which finally gives users a degree of flexibility. There are a number of default functions which can’t be changed, such as brightness, but users can now add a toggle for low-power mode, and decide where they want it to go.

9. You know when friends or family come over to your apartment and before saying hello their first question is: Can I have the Wi-Fi password? Well now, thanks to a new feature on iOS 11, you don’t have to memorise it, or go searching for it. Simply tell those friends or family to hold their device near yours, and you’ll get a request to share the password with them. And just like that, they’ll be Snapchatting away on your Wi-Fi.

10. The camera quality has been improved, and the way that photos and videos are stored has also changed, meaning that less memory is taken up on your phone.

11. Last, but certainly not least, the annoying grey box that pops up in the centre of the screen when you turn the volume up, or down, whilst watching a video is gone, replaced by a discreet volume bar in the top right hand corner. Say hello to no longer having your viewing obscured.

Source: Zawya

Monday, October 2, 2017

Anda Da Rida
UK-based Ghanaian singer Samuel Amuzu known in showbiz as Anda Da Rida has been awarded the Best Upcoming artiste at the just ended Ghana Music Awards UK 2017.

The awards which took place in the United Kingdom was attended by key Ghanaian music players based in the UK.

Speaking to the media after receiving the award, Anda Da Rida expressed his gratitude to the organisers, hoping to blossom in the coming years.

“God has been so good to me,” Anda Da Rida averred.

He noted working with some of the big names in the music industry has paid off.

“I’ve worked with most of the big Ghanaian musicians such as Castro, Bollie, Nana Ywa from Double, Guru, Paa Kwase from Double, Dr Cryme, Gassmila and many more,” he added.

Source: Starrfmonline

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar insists team trophies are more important to him than winning a first Ballon d'Or.

The Brazil international joined from Barcelona in a world-record €222million transfer last month, in a move that many considered to be motivated by a desire to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi and challenge for football's top individual prize.

Neymar's form for the Ligue 1 side has certainly added weight to any hopes of winning the award, the 25-year-old having taken his tally to five goals and five assists in as many games after inspiring PSG to a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic on Tuesday.

However, the former Santos man says his focus is on helping the team to enjoy success, rather than claiming individual accolades.

"Of course a football player wants to win the Ballon d'Or," he said after the Champions League win in Glasgow. "But I don't have to think about it. I have to think about what's better for our group, our club.

"This is a great team and, if we keep going like this, we have a big chance of doing it [winning the tournament].

"I'm very happy to start with a win. Of course, it's not only about getting goals, but that's the most important. That's what we came for. I'm very happy with this game," Neymar said .

Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were also on target, with PSG's formidable front three showing signs of developing into a fearsome trident.

Neymar, however, says they are still getting used to playing alongside one another.

"They are two great players, " he said of Cavani and Mbappe, who signed from Monaco last month. "We are getting to know each other.

"Cavani is an extraordinary striker, Kylian is a guy who likes going ahead, going for the ball. We'll get to know each other more and more.

"It's easy when you play with intelligent players. We still don't have a full understanding between us: through a look, a movement, we're still missing a little understanding, but we'll get better step by step."

Neymar had something of a running spat with Celtic defender Anthony Ralston and the pair did not shake hands after the final whistle, but the 18-year-old says there was nothing serious behind the incident.

"I was just walking by and [Marco] Verratti was there as well, it was just a moment," he said. "He said what he said and I said something back and that was it.

"To be honest, I don't care about that side of things at the end, I don't want to dwell on that too much.

"I didn't fear him at all. I knew I was coming up against him. I went out and faced him head on.

"It was a good test for me to see where I am at, what level I am at. I am my biggest critic. I'll go analyse the game and see what I can do better."

Source: Opera Sports
Timothy Karikari
Head of Shared Services at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Limited and an Alumnus of University of Ghana, Legon, Timothy Karikari has advised students to deliberately develop attitudes desired by employers to succeed at the workplace or required for entrepreneurship.

Speaking at the University of Ghana mentorship session held over the weekend, Mr. Karikari admonished students to pursue their career goals with diligence, hard work, commitment and humility.

“These attitudes are for life and whether you are an employer or an employee, they are critical to your success and growth,” he said. Timothy Karikari  bemoaned the current reports of alleged corruption in the public and private sectors of the country and encouraged participants to uphold the good old values; honesty, loyalty and integrity.

He further stressed on the need for employers to focus on attitude in recruitment and ensuring that candidates with the right attitude are employed at all times because aptitude even though important, can be attained with the right supervision but a wrong attitude is difficult to correct.

He cited many examples of great talents and intelligent individuals especially in media, entertainment and sports who failed in the long term because of the lack of acceptable attitudes.

The mentorship seminar is an annual event organized by the University of Ghana coordinating branch of the National Union of Presbyterian Students- Ghana (NUPS-G) to develop continuing students of the union.

This years’ edition was held on Saturday 9th September, 2017 with presentations on career development and mentorship. The second speaker of the seminar was Mr. Michael Okyere Asante; an Assistant Lecturer at the Philosophy and Classics Department of the University of Ghana.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Highlife musician, Kumi Guitar, says his quest to become a professional musician has cost him so many things, including the love of his life.

The ‘Break Into Two’ singer, known is in real life as Nana Yaw Kumi, is a taxi driver determined to combine both singing and commercial driving to earn a living.

Kumi Guitar shares his experiences with blogger Nii Ogbamey Tetteh.

When did you start singing?

I started singing from my secondary school days at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, between 2001 and 2003. During our first entertainment night, I noticed that everyone was doing his or her own thing, unlike in other schools where students imitated other musicians.

Everyone used to do their rap or sing their songs. On our first entertainment night in form one, I tried my first rap with a friend. It was successful, but I wasn’t so happy because someone wrote the rap for me. The next time, I wrote my rap, and it was successful.

Kumi Guitar
How was life after secondary school?

After secondary school, music became something I wanted to do. Even though I wanted to further my education after secondary school, things were not going well financially, so I had to drive a taxi to survive.

I was doing music alongside. Sometimes after work or before work, I went for my studio sessions. I started from Big F Studios and came to Sugar Tone Studio and other studios.

How many instruments do you play?

I play only the guitar for now.

Why did you choose the guitar?

I felt doing the highlife genre most of the time goes with the guitar. Besides, the guitar is easy to carry around, unlike some other instruments. I feel the guitar is also a magical instrument.

I also noticed that most Highlife artistes played the guitar more, even though they could play other instruments. The guitar also gives highlife a good rhythm, like the Amponsah rhythms among others.

Do you think highlife music has a future in Ghana?

In my opinion, highlife is the future. I feel highlife has been brought down by the other genres of music. It is vibrant and appealing. If there is a show somewhere and Amakye Dede should come around, you will see a lot of young guys getting up to dance together with the old people.

You can go to another show, and you will see a Hiplife artiste performing, but the old guys will sit and watch.

Most of the young guys are doing Hiplife now. We prefer Hiplife, Afro-pop and other genres. Highlife music is difficult to do because you need to learn. I feel that we don’t learn now.

The guitar is difficult to learn. How many young men will say I’m devoting my time to learn the guitar to enhance my highlife singing? We choose to go to the studio and let the engineer do everything, and then we sing and go away.

But if you have to go outside Ghana, and you can play an instrument and you also play your rhythm to tell where you are coming from, it shows who you are and where you are coming from.

What are some of the challenges you faced in music?

Coming this far has been a challenge. Sometimes I couldn’t pay my studio bills. There was a time my girlfriend, who I was with for more than four years, left me because I was doing music and no money, or nothing was happening. Sometimes I left for the studio and came back with no money.

Even though I was also doing this taxi thing, I had a dream for the music too. So she left me for a richer guy who could take her where she wanted to be in life. But my family has been great to me. They have all supported me. The challenges have been with my relationship and financing studio sessions.

Are you single?

No, I’m not.

How is your taxi business going?

It is not easy. My taxi broke down recently because I had an engine problem. So for a while now I haven’t been on the street.

How will you combine the fame and taxi business?

Personally, I’m working for Ghanaians and driving a taxi is also working for Ghanaians. Driving and singing are both services I’m rendering to Ghanaians. I would wish that I continue with the taxi job because it also brings in money. It is the same job that has fed me till now.

The only way I will be forced to stop driving a taxi is when my management tells me it is enough. But even with that I will make sure I get other taxis for people to drive for me.

What is new with Kumi Guitar?

I’m currently promoting my new single, titled ‘Scriptures’, which came out on Monday. I’m also working on my album. I have only 3 more songs to record.


PS: This article was written in August 16,  2014

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rebecca Asamoah
TWENTY-FIVE-year-old Ghanaian beauty queen, Rebecca Asamoah, was crowned first runner-up at the 2017 edition of Miss United Nations international pageant held in Kingston Jamaica over the weekend.

She beat several other contestants from different countries to come close to winning the ultimate crown which went to Olga Makhlevskaia from Russia.

Mexican queen, Irais Carbajal, also took the second runner-up position at the Saturday night event.

Rebecca Asamoah (left) on stage with other queens
It’s Rebecca’s third win in three years after she was earlier crowned Miss Ghana 2015 runner up and winner of Miss Africa Continent in South Africa.

She is the first Ghanaian queen to represent her country on the Miss United Nations stage.

Over 80 contestants from around the world took part in the Saturday pageant in Jamaica.

But Russia was adjudged winner at the end while Ghana and Mexico took the first and second runners-up positions respectively.

Miss United Nations is a humanitarian pageant which helps to better the lives of persons around the world. It identifies and showcases world’s best tourism cause ambassadors; those who have the skills, talents and personalities best suited to promote their respective countries in furtherance of tourism, international goodwill and cultural harmony.

Apart from a strong emphasis on goodwill tourism protection programmes and destinations promotion, the pageant also supports environmental protection via strategised programmes.

“I am compassionate not only for people with status and stature but for the underprivileged. I believe Miss United Nations pageant is to embark on humanitarian works to uplift women and to positively impart in the lives of people in our various societies and the world at large. I want to be a part of this family to contribute my quota in the world’s development,” the 25-year-old dental hygienist said about her decision to take part in the pageant ahead of the grand finale.

Rebecca remains one of Ghana’s successful queens.  She does not disappoint when she mounts the stage.  She is expected to return home on July 15.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Messi
Spain's public prosecutor has agreed to substitute Lionel Messi's suspended 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud with a fine.

The Barcelona superstar was given the jail term last July after being found guilty - alongside his father Jorge - of three counts of tax fraud.

It was ruled that Messi, between 2007 and 2009, defrauded Spain of €4.1million relating to earnings from image rights.

An appeal against the sentence was rejected by the Spanish Supreme Court in May.

However, Spanish news agency EFE reports that the public prosecutor has agreed to substitute the sentence for a fine of €255,000.

During the initial trial in 2016, Messi consistently denied any involvement, insisting his focus was only ever on playing football.

Source: Opera Sports

Friday, June 16, 2017

Microsoft launched the newest version of its Surface Pro 2-in-1 device today -- a convenient cross between a laptop PC and tablet. The new model comes in a 12.3-inch form factor that features a 2736 x 1824 resolution touchscreen display.

The latest iteration of the Surface Pro weighs in at just 1.69 pounds, making it attractive as a lightweight mobile device. Meanwhile, enterprises will likely appreciate the device's support for Windows Hello facial recognition sign-in feature, which should help increase security.

The new Surface Pro device also features the TPM security chip for enterprise-level security, and comes with a 5.0MP front-facing and a 8.0MP rear-facing camera. The Pro will be running a full-fledged version of the Windows operating system in the form of Windows Pro, rather than the stripped-down Windows S version Microsoft is shipping with the Surface Laptop.

More Attractive to Artists

Microsoft has upgraded the new model from Intel's Skylake architecture to Intel's more advanced Kaby Lake chip. The change is expected to improve battery life up to 50 percent, according to Microsoft's estimates. The new Surface Pro also offers accelerated 4K HEVC video decoding, and a new stylus with reduced latency and four times as many different pressure levels as its predecessor, plus new support for drawing at a tilted angle.

While the stylus used to come included with all but the cheapest Surface Pro models, users will now have to shell out extra for it, as the price of the stylus has increased to $100 from $60. For artists who plan to use the Surface Pro for drawing on the go, the pen might represent enough of an upgrade to justify the increased investment.

In fact, artists and other creative professionals seem to be the key demographic Microsoft is targeting with its latest set of upgrades. The company is also hyping the new model's improved kickstand, which allows the device to be propped up at more angles, making it more attractive as a drawing surface.

Up to 1 TB SSD

External accessories can be connected to the Surface Pro via a full-size USB 3.0 port. The line also features a microSD card reader and headset jack.

The fifth iteration of the Surface Pro comes in six different models. The entry-level edition will run you $799, is powered by Intel's Core m3 processor, and comes with 4 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD hard drive. Moving up to $999 will get you an i5 processor, which you can bump up to 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD for $1,299.

The cheapest model running on an i7 processor starts at $1,599 and also comes with Intel's Iris integrated graphics processor for faster photo, video, and 3D workloads. For $2,199, users can bump up the specs to a 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the top-line model, which comes with a 1 TB SSD, will cost $2,699.

Source: Top Tech News
EL
Rapper E.L’s Mi Naa Bo Po is doubtlessly on of the biggest hits 2015 offered us. It won him VGMA Afropop Song of the Year in 2016, and catapulted him to the topmost prize on the night.

After a long wait, the rapper has finally released accompanying visuals for the record. It was shot on location in markets and on some streets in the capital by the renowned Phamous Philms.

Born Elom Adabla, the BBNZ frontman is prepping for the release of his third solo album. His recent singles include “Agbo”, “Abaa” among others.

Source: GABRIEL MYERS HANSEN /Enewsgh

Lionel Messi
Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio believes there is no room for even Lionel Messi at the European champions.

Asensio, 21, has been linked with a move away from the LaLiga giants, but is expected to sign a new deal with Madrid.

Several players from Zinedine Zidane's star-studded squad are linked with switches to get more game time, including James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.

But Asensio is happy with the Madrid squad as is, saying not even Barcelona and Argentina star Messi could be added.

"Not right now," he told Marca when asked if Messi would fit at Madrid.

"The squad is very good as it is. If we stay as we are, it's perfect."

Asensio made 23 league appearances for Madrid in 2016-17, scoring three goals.

Source: Opera Sports

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Victim of Mob Lynching

La Salem Park, Accra Ghana.  This is how it shamefully went down some years back;

Young Master Paul woke up one morning full of life. As usual he took his bath and prepared for school. When he was done, he wore his school shorts and a white singlet.

Master Paul was very close to his mother who was a trader and as such he would walk her to the lorry station - a routine that earned him some extra coins for school-.

"Ny3 Awo! when you are ready,please call me so I walk you to the lorry station. We have to continue the conversation from where we left off yesterday," Master Paul told his mum as he rushed to his room to put the Social Studies Textbook in his school bag.

In no time Master Paul's mother was done and ready to leave for work. She called for him "Paul its 5:45am. Hurry up and let's go else the queue will start bending left and right."

Master Paul and his mother setoff from the house and as usual they had their chat. "Ny3 Awo, something small for the boy? I want to buy plantain chips for snack at school today," he whispered to his mum as they approached the lorry station.

"This my son and his tricks. When you start talking like this, I know you want extra 1ghc from me to topup your 3ghc daily feeding money. If you think you are grown, we are ancient. Anyways you brighten up my morning everyday by walking me to the station and I appreciate you for that," his mother said as she reached out for the 1ghc coin from her bag and gave it to him. He put the coin in his left hand.

When they got to the lorry station, Paul help his mother get on the trotro, stood next to her window and continue their chat till the trotro was full and ready to move. He waved at her as the car moved towards the main road.

Halfway through his journey back home to pick up his school bag, shirt and leave for school, he heard a loud shout "hoo jul) oo". Before he could say 'jack', a lot of people had surrounded him and were beating him.

" Foolish boy. Small boy like you, you have started stealing," a man from the crowd said as he struck Master Paul with a Crowbar. Another landed a heavy punch,a slap and a kick to his ribs as he fell to the ground.

"What has he done? Leave the boy alone he is not a thief. I know him. I just saw him with his mother at the lorry station," a man from the lorry station yelled.

He fought his way through the mob as they continued to lynch Master Paul and managed to stop them. Master Paul was not moving, he had no pulse as well.

"What have you lot done? You have killed someone's innocent son.he didn't steal anything. I saw his mother give him 1ghc coin," pointing to Paul's left hand which he had made into a fist. He managed to open the fist and yelled with tears in his eyes "He still had the 1ghc coin in his hand as you people were beating him.what did he steal? What did he ever do to you? Are you happy now? You have killed him."

He carried the lifeless body of Master Paul, stopped a taxi, put the body in it drove off.

PS: This happened to Master Paul at La Salem Park in Greater Accra- if not in the same order that I described it- some years back. A mother lost a son and a nation lost a promising adult because of mob action. Say No to Mob lynching. Instant justice is not a good thing.

By Nii Ogbamey Tetteh

Friday, June 2, 2017

Praveen Sadalage
Busy has launched the second phase of its e-learning and social portal, JUMP.

Branded JUMP Academy, the addition to the already exciting online educational portal sees the inclusion of audio-visual materials covering various academic and professional courses put together by experienced professionals and lecturers tailored to the local curriculum.

JUMP Academy has been added to the Education category of the portal www.jump.com.gh .
Praveen Sadalage, Chief Executive Officer of Busy addressing the guests at the launch; held at the University of Professional Studies, Legon said “The JUMP Academy initiative seeks to provide students and other young professionals with the requisite courses and practical case studies through high quality recorded videos and lecture notes from experienced lecturers from University of Professional Studies (UPS) and Regent University.”

According to Mr. Sadalage, in pursuance of Busy’s vision to become the Next Generation Operator, “we are determined to accompany and empower the Ghanaian youth on their journey to acquire knowledge and to contribute to their education using information and communication technology.

JUMP Academy is easy and free to access and has no restrictions on the profiles of those who can access it. We ensure a constant updating and enrichment of the contents to allow the youth get the best out of the platform”.

He added; “We are excited to demonstrate Busy’s commitment to bridging the digital divide in education through the launch of the JUMP Academy.

The primary aim of this initiative is to align education to current trends in the ICT space, thereby complementing government’s efforts to digitise learning. Through partnerships and the numerous educational resources on the platform, we hope to fast-track education into the digital age.”

Youth Programme Manager at Busy, Joyce Danso said “a key pillar in Busy’s regional strategy is a focus on the youth segment – individuals aged 25 and under which make up 60-70% of the population.

“We find this group as an impressive pool of talent with immense capacity waiting to be developed.  Therefore, one of our main objectives is to drive the education agenda in Ghana, in line with our strategy to empower the youths”, she said.

Joyce Danso added that despite the growing access to e-learning portals, there is the demand for more.  Busy’s JUMP Academy e-learning portal is however unique in the sense that, this portal has been created with the Ghanaian student and students resident in Ghana in mind.

The educational content, lectures and case studies are based on examples we know in Ghana and can easily relate to”.

As part of the initial launch, the Academy will provide free introductory content in Information Technology (IT), French, Finance and Accounting with plans to add more courses.

“We understand that young people have the zeal and passion to learn to develop themselves in an easier and convenient way. JUMP academy therefore comes in timely to solve the challenges of traditional modes of learning and to support both regular and distance education. We are excited about the prospects of this new initiave of Busy and will call on all students to take advantage to develop themselves”, Ms Danso said.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Praveen Sadalage
4G operator Busy, has in line with its strategy to focus on empowering the youth and entrepreneurs, has organized the maiden edition of its monthly discussion series intended to focus on topical issues that will directly contribute to the growth of the SME sector.

Dubbed ‘Busy Network Series’, the first edition focused on SME driven policies and initiatives being rolled out by government, fund management, funding opportunities and how SMEs can take advantage of them.

Addressing a gathering of a cross section of SMEs at its flagship shop in Accra, Chief Executive Officer of Busy, Praveen Sadalage said Busy has always championed the course of startups and small businesses.

“From the days when we had a mixed-use facility setup where entrepreneurs without offices or formal addresses could come work out of our offices and take advantage of our business support services; we are looking to scale up our support for the SME market by further creating platforms and providing solutions that will empower them to grow their businesses”, he said, adding that the Busy Network Series will create opportunities for first hand interactions between entrepreneurs, policy makers and other relevant industry players on topics that will ultimately drive the growth of SME’s within our economy.

Mr. Sadalege added that having identified the SME market as a major growth driver of the economy; in terms of creating employment, revenue generation for government and wealth creation, it is imperative that purpose-driven Ghanaian brands like Busy see it as a responsibility to create platforms and offer support services that will support the growth of this industry.

The Director of Investments at the Ghana Investment Promotion Center, Edward Ashong- Lartey re-emphasized the importance of SMEs to Ghana's transformation and growth of the economy. He said SMEs account for 25% of revenue of banks operating in Ghana.

He noted that due to government’s resolve to drive growth within the SME sector, it is rolling out several initiatives to support the sector. He mentioned that government is repositioning the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) which has been set up for SMEs and MASCLOC to support the rapid growth of the sector. He also outlined the numerous support services that the GIPC provides and advised that SMEs take advantage of these services.

Speaking on funding opportunities and fund management for SMEs, Dominic Donkoh, Head of Business and Retail Banking at OMNI Bank reminded the gathering of funding opportunities available on the market, adding that SMEs must commit to proper book keeping and take advantage of the numerous support services available to implement best financial practices within their businesses since this was key amongst other factors to accessing funding.

The Busy Network Series will come off every month and will focus on different sectors of business and topics that have direct impact on the growth of the SMEs in Ghana.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Do you ever wonder what it takes to acquire that perfect gentleman or lady look?

Looking successful and refined doesn’t take a day to master. It is a process, and definitely requires a lot of time, effort and investment.

But with these ten tips, you will surely earn a good start in the race. Not everyone has the same keen business sense like R. Yofi Grant has been blessed with, but we can all look like he does!

Tips

1. Buy a suit. It doesn’t have to break the bank, just a perfect fit and preferably a dark one. Remember to remove the tag on the sleeve. Pair it with a plain shirt, a patterned tie and cufflinks that aren’t flashy.

2. Every detail counts; select a good phone that will enable you to do a lot. Pay attention to the phone case and your ring tone.

3. Try to get a leather watch that looks good and matches your suit. If you are meeting someone and cannot be on time, just be early. Corporate executives are never late.

4. Buy a pair of good shoes that matches your suit, and care for it well.

5. Get rid of the backpack and buy yourself a briefcase or an elegant men’s bag, it conveys importance and a busy schedule.

6. Perfect grooming isn’t a leisure activity. Manicure, facial hair grooming, dental care, the whole nine yards adds to your personal brand. So start today.

7. Smile, but not as if you are hiding something. Walk in a determined manner, not fast but not slow. Walk as if you know where you are heading.

8. If you really want to look complete, get yourself a nice car that you can leverage on its brand, like a Mercedes or BMW. This isn’t necessary, though.

9. Speak with Confidence but don’t be overbearing. In a conversation, if you do not know an answer to a question, do not pretend to know. Just state confidently, “I do not know, but I will find out for you.” OpulenceConsult offers vocal branding sessions to create the vocal sound to compliment your personal brand.

10. Finally, when all is said and done, you want to be seen at the right places and with the right company. ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most of the time with’ _ Jim Rohn.
The Style Strategist

Source : OpulenceConsult
Yolanda Cuba
Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana, Yolanda Cuba, on Wednesday, demonstrated great leadership and commitment when she took to the company’s Twitter handle to respond to queries and questions from its numerous followers.

It was a rare opportunity for customers to have an up-close-and-personal interaction with the CEO and the queries came trickling in thick and fast. In a 2-hour session that brought Twitter to a standstill, the engagement under the hashtag - #AskYolanda – became the number 1 trending topic in Ghana between 1pm – 3pm that day.

She had her hands full as subscribers and followers piled on a whole range of questions including product challenges, customer service and network quality, her career experiences, 4G spectrum acquisition and the like. The session was not without its humorous aspect as some subscribers wanted freebies for the number of retweets they made as well as requests for lunch dates.

Yolanda has been very active in responding to customer queries on Twitter for a while now; however, Wednesday’s engagement was very comprehensive and lasted for two hours.
The company believes that the engagement will help drive and enhance customer experience on the network.

Commenting afterwards, Yolanda Cuba said:

“For Vodafone, we understand deeply that the sole reason why we exist is to serve our customers. How we serve them and are responsive to their needs are paramount. Today was an extension of what we do every day – keeping customers confidently connected.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

(L-R): Council Member (Engineer), Mr. Aly Mar Ndiaye, ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Dr. Morlaye Bangoura, ECOWAS Director of Hunan Resources (Operations), Mrs. Amelie Kone, ERERA Chairman, Professor Honoré Bogler and Council Member (Economist), Dr. Haliru Dikko at the reception on Friday, 5th May 2017 in Accra.
The Chairman of ERERA, Professor Honoré Bogler, has expressed renewed confidence that the launch of the first phase of the ECOWAS electricity market will go on as rescheduled, especially with the appointment of two Regulatory Council Members to join in the decision-making process of the institution.

The launch of the regional power market has been postponed twice partly because some documents critical to the operations of the market were yet to be approved by the ERERA Regulatory Council, following the vacancy created after the end of tenure of the last Regulatory Council in April 2016.

With the assumption of duty of the two Council Members on 4th May 2017, Professor Bogler was hopeful of “a good and united Regulatory Council, which is dedicated to achieving the objectives of ERERA, and thus working towards the realization of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market and the economic and social well-being of the people of West Africa”.

Professor Bogler was speaking on Thursday, 4th May 2017 at the welcome reception of the two ERERA Regulatory Council Members who assumed duty in Accra.

They are Dr. Haliru Dikko from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Mr. Aly Mar Ndiaye, from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Senegal and formerly of the Electricity Regulatory Commission (CRSE) of Senegal.  

The Chairman also enumerated the challenges encountered when he assumed office in April last year. This included absence of other Members of the Council, a permanent headquarters for ERERA, staff shortage and inadequate financing of the institution.

He lauded ERERA staff who he described as very dedicated, hardworking and exhibiting great team spirit in the discharge of their responsibilities, in spite of the challenges.

Professor Bogler expressed gratitude to the managing authorities of the ECOWAS Commission, especially the President of the Commission, Mr. Marcel Alain de Souza, for their continuous support to ERERA. He also expressed the hope of a rapid resolution of the challenges, especially with the arrival of the two Council Members whose delayed appointments, he said, greatly affected the outcome of ERERA’s work.  

Also at the reception were the ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines, Dr. Morlaye Bangoura, the Director of Human Resources (Operations), Mrs. Amelie Kone who represented the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Resources, Mr. Joao Silva Monteiro, as well as ERERA staff members.

Commissioner Bangoura highlighted the expectations of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in line with the importance of the power sector for the regional economy.

He then expressed optimism that the new Council Members would contribute meaningfully to ERERA’s achievements, considering that they had been involved in the institution’s activities as experts from their countries.

Describing the tasks before them as huge, the Commissioner urged the Council Members to build on the sacrifices of their predecessors and help attract investments to the regional power market through a successful launch of the market, among others.

Speaking on the strategic importance of ERERA to the ECOWAS Commission, the Director of Human Resources (Operations) of the ECOWAS Commission noted that ERERA is the only technical arm of ECOWAS with a Regulatory Council.

She expressed the hope that ERERA’s success would open the way for the establishment of other regulatory bodies in the different sectors of the economy of West Africa.
 
In their separate responses, Dr. Dikko who is an economist and his engineer counterpart, Mr. Ndiaye, stated that they were aware of the expectations of the West African citizenry, and thus pledged their dedication to ERERA and the ECOWAS Community.

More specifically, they pledged to help bring solutions to the many power challenges in the region, primarily ensuring a reliable, efficient and least available cost of electricity that is accessible to all citizens of the Community.

Looking forward to working with a balanced team of professionals, both Council Members promised to operate an “open door” policy as well as ensure excellent staff welfare and capacity development.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Vision DJ
Vision DJ and DJ Mic Smith of the YFM family over the weekend won two prestigious awards at the Rush Ghana DJ Awards.

Vision DJ was adjudged Best DJ / Artist Collaboration of the Year and DJ Song of the Year with his ‘Grind’ hit song, featuring A.I while DJ Mic Smith won the Best Night Club DJ.

 The ‘Grind‘ hit song off the #BlowChicken album was the third single of Vision DJ and it featured fast rising act AYISI ICAN (A.I) while Kuvie handled production.

DJ Mic Smith
DJ Mic Smith on the other hand currently holds 4 awards and 6 nominations; 2 awards with 4syte TV for DJ of the year, The Redbull club DJ of the year award and Best Mixtape DJ in previous Ghana DJ Awards.

Commenting on the awards, Ms Naa, General Manager of YFM, commended Vision DJ and DJ Mic Smith for winning the award and urged them to continue with the hard work.

“ We are very excited about this award and very proud of the fact that members of the YFM family have been recognized in such a big manner. We share in their happiness and wish them both all the best in their careers,” Ms Naa stated.

DJ Advicer
Happy FM’s Radio Presenter, DJ Advicer, has been adjudged the best Music Promoter for the year 2017 at the just ended Rush Ghana DJ Awards

DJ Advicer, who is known in real life as Isaac De-Graft Danquah, beat the likes of Jerry Justice, Kwame B and DJ Phletch among others to emerge winner in the Best Music Promoter of the Year category.

The Rush Ghana DJ Awards, which took place over the weekend at the Silver Star Tower is an annual event which seeks to reward DJs who have remarkably entertained people and played a major role in music promotion in the year under review.

This is the second time the award winning DJ Advicer has won Best Music Promoter of the Year after winning the same award in the 3rd edition of the event.  He has previously won numerous awards including Highlife DJ and Music DJ of the Year at the Ghana DJ Awards.

According to Kwesi Sarpong, Programs Manager at Happy FM, DJ Advicer’s hard work throughout the years is yielding results with the various awards he has been winning.

“Happy FM is a brand that pushes its staff to be the best in whatever they do. This is just the beginning of great things to come.  We encourage DJ Advicer and other staff to continue with the hardwork,” Mr Sarpong stated.

DJ Advicer is the host of Happy FM’s ‘Ayekoo’ Drive, a show which runs every weekday from 2-4 pm. The show has undoubtedly endeared itself to listeners with ingenious tracks selection and making hits out of songs, which hitherto weren’t heavily patronized by music lovers.

Monday, May 8, 2017

On the eighth day after the birth while the moon was yet to evanesce, kinsmen thronged the now famed compound to witness the miracle baby. It was a replica of a shanty town; unplanned cluttered dwellings with very good asphalted roads flanked by open drains.

"Did you find it easy to get here. Here, taste this." I was greeted at the wooden gate by my fiancee, Dede, offering a calabash of fresh, hot, dark corn wine she had fetched from the cauldron sitting on flaming logs, yet to boil fully.

"Oh yes," I slurped a little. "I told the driver I was headed for Asere in Ga Mashi...Lante..."
"Lante Djan We" , we synchronized. "Yes, yes!"

By now kinsmen and friends, all clad in traditional white had carved a crescent seating formation, leaving the middle of the compound bare, where I noticed a ring of ash. I took a seat.

"That's my Uncle Kwei Mensah and his wife, Ny3kw3 Kai", Dede nodded. They were old and grey; I could say almost or a little past three-score.

"It's indeed a marvel", Dede explained. "She has been childless for decades, and my grandmother has given her no rest at all."

"Your grandmother has patience the size of my baby finger", one lady behind us interrupted our conversation, unwelcomed. I could detect an ample doze of tartness in her voice. She sounded salty.

"I know, Ny3kw3 Amateokor. Let's not ruin today", Dede, skinning her teeth, was not one to take offense at a first jab.

A towering old woman came hobbling across the compound clutching a baby wrapped in a piece of white calico safely to her bosom. The rite was set in motion.

The moon was still blessing us with good light. She commanded much respect, for everybody either rose to bow or wave at her as she lurched into the ring of ash and rid the baby of its cloth.

She held the baby up towards the moon and chanted, "We present this infant to the Supreme Being", then laid the baby down in the circle of ash, repeating the process twice.

"Oh it's beautiful...it's lovely. Our ears will rest henceforth". Ny3kw3 Amateokor was still casting vengeful subliminals, this time echoing it across the entire compound.

A bowl of water, signifying rain was thrown unto the aluminum roofing sheet and allowed to dribble on the baby. Next, the aged woman gently tapped the back of the baby and repeated, "Never lie, steal or cheat. Take after me."

I stared at Dede. "She is held widely as the eldest kinsman of good repute," she explained. I nodded.
"This is water, and this is wine. Know the difference." I saw the baby suckle on the old woman's finger as both corn wine and water were put in her mouth.

"Henceforth, you shall be called Lamile...Lamile Amoaben-ajaaku."
The uproar which erupted was thundering.

I followed as the kinsman handed the baby over to her mother, slapped the cork of a bottle of schnapp and offered libation on behalf of the infant.

"Agoo Ataamei ke Awomei.“Tswa Tswa Tswa omanye abla'o Tswa Tswa omanye abla'o. Tswa omanye aba, Osoro (Osu) Ahatiri, Obu Ahatiri, Oboro dutu wokpe, Wodsebu wodse nu, Wo ye wo nu wo kodsii adso wo, Gboni bale etse yi ana wala, Enye yi ana wala, Esee tuu, Ehee fann, Eyi aba gbodsen, Ese aba halaann, Wekumei wona faa ni wo fa le, Eba tsu eha wo ni woye, Eko atasi ni eko aba, Ganyo humile koyo tsua dani owieo, Tsua Tsua Tsua manye aba,”
"Hiao!", the guests said Amen to that!

After the neighbours had chucked down enough meat and emptied the cauldron of its corn wine, and everybody was dancing to the E.T Mensah's "Abele", I noticed Ny3kw3 Amateokor had locked Dede's grandmother in a seemingly fond embrace, both swaying to good hi-life music.

"Look at them," Dede sniggered. "This baby has made brothers of Nanumba and Konkomba."

By Michael Nii Moi Thompson

About Writer : Michael Nii Moi Thompson is a US-based Ghanaian poet/ writer of fiction. His debut book of short stories Tooli Bibii, is scheduled for release soon.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ronald and Messi
Barcelona great Xavi praised the "spectacular" Cristiano Ronaldo, but said the Real Madrid star's problem was how good Lionel Messi is.

Ronaldo and Barca maestro Messi are regularly compared and always in the discussion over the greatest players of all-time.

Xavi, a former team-mate of Messi's at Camp Nou, said Ronaldo deserved credit, but feels the Portuguese attacker is behind the Argentinian.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is a born scorer, a spectacular footballer," he told A Bola TV.

"The problem is that there is Messi, who for me is the best player in history.

"That is the only problem that Cristiano Ronaldo has, but he is a player who scores and continues to mark an era."

Ronaldo's Madrid are in Champions League action on Tuesday, hosting rivals Atletico in the first leg of their semi-final.

Source: Opera Sports
Happy FM and UT Bank are spearheading the donation of over 1,000 pints of blood to stock the National Blood Bank and save lives at the 37 Military and Korle Bu Teaching Hospitals.

Organized every year for the past 12 years, this year’s event will be held at the premises of UT Bank, located at Airport City on Thursday May 25.

According to Kwesi Sarpong, Programmes Manager of Happy FM, “we always look forward to this particular programme every year because we know we will contribute significantly towards saving lives in the country.

We do not take it for granted so we urge other institutions to come and support this noble cause. We want to encourage all listeners of Happy FM and compassionate members of the general public to come and help save a life with their bloods”, Mr. Sarpong added.

Happy FM has been partnering the UT brand on this CSR project over the past six years and the two outfits are again involved in the 2017 drive.

The exercise would begin from 6:00am and end at 5:00pm. There would also be free breast screening and health checks for participants by qualified medical professionals from KBTH and 37 Military Hospital.

For more information, tune in to 98.9 Happy FM in Accra or check out www.happyfmghana.com.

The United Nations' top human rights official hailed Pescara's Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari as an "inspiration" on Monday for leaving the pitch in protest after the player said he was booked for complaining about racist chanting.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said FIFA needed to pay greater attention to the persistent problem of racism at games - and that his office had been in touch with soccer's governing body.

Muntari said he had complained that parts of the crowd, including a group of children, had hurled racist insults at him from the start of his Italian team's game at Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.

The player said the referee then told him to stop talking to the crowd and ended up showing him the yellow card for dissent in the 90th minute.

Sulley Muntari
Zeid called Muntari "an inspiration to all of us here at the U.N. human rights office" for taking a stand.

The persistent problem of racism at games required "added attention or deepened attention by FIFA," he told reporters in Geneva.

His office had been in touch with the organisation, he said without saying when, and he planned to attend an international match in about six weeks' time to spread the message that "racism and expressions of bigotry should not be tolerated at major sporting events".

Zeid recalled another "deeply alarming" match, in Ukraine, where Dynamo Kiev fans wore Ku Klux Klan outfits and swastikas.

Italy and other countries have struggled to stamp out racist chants at games. In 2013, the AC Milan team left the pitch during a friendly in the town of Busto Arsizio after home fans insulted midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, another Ghanaian.

Under guidelines introduced following that incident, the referee is supposed to alert the fourth official who should in turn contact authorities policing games.

FIFA last week fined Argentina, Mexico and Brazil for their fans' homophobic chants - sign of a growing crackdown on the insults often hurled at opposing goalkeepers.

Source: Reuters

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