Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Controversial Musician Wanlov the Kubolor, who has been leading a crusade for the legalisation of the use of marijuana in Ghana, has made a shocking revelation to Nii Ogbamey Tetteh, stating that he has never used the narcotic drug.

The singer became very vocal about marijuana while describing the law that prohibits its use as “foolish”. His outburst was provoked by the arrest and ongoing prosecution of popular hiplife musician Kwaw Kese in Kumasi for smoking a substance suspected to be marijuana.

The barefoot walking rapper has over the years pulled some very daring acts in Ghana including showing his manhood on TV among others. Most people have however attributed his unique behaviour to the use of marijuana, which was apparently false.

“I have never smoked wee in my life and I have never used it before,” Wanlov disclosed exclusively to the website.

Wanlov had in an earlier report disclosed that Ghana did not want to legalise the use of “hemp” because Ghanaians are being influenced by the western world who themselves have legalised its use.

“We have ministers here that leave the country to go and sit at these weed joints in Amsterdam and smoke. We follow blindly; let’s open our eyes and amend these laws. They are only copying America where they themselves have now legalised it. The first instance for them banning weed was because they said it makes white women have sex with black men. Later, the economic reason also applied to it. They realised that hemp-producing countries would become stronger economic powerhouses than America,” he said.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ahead of the Christmas celebrations, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has advised celebrants and road users to obey traffic rules and avoid excessive speeding that will endanger lives.

Research has it that the number road accidents spike up during the Christmas celebrations.

In statement available to Ghanareporter.com, the NRSC also asked passengers to speak up against driver misbehavior before and during any journey.

Below is the full statement;

Monday, December 22, 2014

Kwabena Adjei dedicating the award to Ambassador Ademola Oluseyi Onafowokan
The management of Kasapreko Company Limited on Thursday dedicated their Medicinal Herbal Drink of the Year award to the Nigerian High Commission in Accra.

The herbal alcoholic beverage company was adjudged the Medicinal Herbal Drink of the year 2014 at the Africa Product Forum organised by the Institute for Government Research Leadership Technology at Abuja in Nigeria.

According to Kwabena Adjei, Group Chairman for Kasapreko, the award is testimony that Nigeria appreciates good things.

“We dedicate this award to our loyal consumers the world over, especially in Nigeria, who have over the years enjoyed authentic natural bitters –Alomo from Kasapreko. Since the introduction of Alomo Bitters unto the Nigerian market about four years ago, our growth has been driven largely by consumer demand in Nigeria. Nigerians love Alomo Bitters for many reasons. Alomo Bitters is produced with hundred percent natural ingredients. We are working to expand our operations in Nigeria within the next couple of months with the introduction of some new brands,” Mr Adjei stated.

The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Ademola Oluseyi Onafowokan, who hosted some management members from Kasapreko at his office, stated that out of the 170 million people in Nigeria, over 60 million of them drink Alomo.

“When I came to Ghana and I discovered that Alomo was made in Ghana, I was shocked because I thought it was made in Nigeria. I’m very proud that Nigeria and Ghana are getting it right. Africans have started trading with each other and it is with a lot of pleasure that I will like to say that today Nigeria is Ghana’s biggest trade partner. Nigeria has a population of 170 million, at least 60 million of them will drink Alomo,” Ambassador Onafowokan said.

He urged the Kasapreko Company to extend their market beyond Nigeria to the rest of West Africa.

“I want to say many congratulations to you all for your achievements. Keep the boat of Alomo sailing and raise the flag higher. But we can take it further than that. There is a huge market in West Africa, which I think Alomo should reach out to. Today is a special day in the sense that the award given in Nigeria by the institute of leadership will be represented by Alomo to make it very authentic and a symbol of Ghana-Nigeria relationship. I personally as a person, I’m very passionate about trade and investment promotion; and being posted to Ghana, I see myself as a commercial ambassador of international commercial exchange,” he said.

Kasapreko also donated some boxes of their product to the Nigerian High Commission as a sign of goodwill.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the wake of the ongoing national debate over whether or not to legalise the use of marijuana in Ghana, popular musician Wanlov the Kubolor says the law that prohibits its possession and use is “foolish”.

The raging debate was sparked after the arrest and ongoing prosecution of popular hiplife musician Kwaw Kesse in Kumasi for smoking a substance suspected to be marijuana.

“What I’m trying to deal with is the fact that people are saying that if Kwaw Kesse should go free then all other weed people who have been arrested should also go free, which is true because that law is too strict and it is a very foolish law. At least ten years jail time doesn’t really make sense,” Wanlov told NEWS-ONE.

Kwaw Kesse has been denied bail thrice and is expected to be in court on December 22.

Wanlov continued: “Kwaw is representing everybody in that situation. At the moment, legal proceedings are ongoing and you know they cost money. He is going to be paying his lawyer. If he was granted bail, he could be working and gathering money. Right now if he is fined or told to do time, he will still have to pay his lawyer and the state.”

Wanlov, who performed live at the just ended Big Weekend Afro-Beats Festival, has been very vocal ever since rapper Kwaw Kesse was apprehended for publicly smoking a substance suspected to be marijuana.

During his performance at the concert, Wanlov sang a song calling for Kwaw’s release.

Wanlov disclosed that Ghanaians do not want to legalise the use of “hemp” because they are being influenced by the western world who themselves have legalised its use.

“We have ministers here that leave the country to go and sit at these weed joints in Amsterdam and smoke. We follow blindly; let’s open our eyes and amend these laws.  They are only copying America where they themselves have now legalised it. The first instance for them banning weed was because they said it makes white women have sex with black men. Later, the economic reason also applied to it. They realised that hemp-producing countries would become stronger economic powerhouses than America,” he said.

“When hemp is processed into rope, it is seven times stronger and lasts way longer than steel. If Ghana harnesses the power of hemp and uses it in many ways like medicine and other things, it can put us somewhere,” Wanlov said.

Lawyer and politician Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, Executive Director of Danquah Institute (DI), has also expressed misgivings about Kwaw’s situation and described the law under which he was arrested as an “absolutely stupid” one. He said such an arrest can happen only in a “primitive society”.

So why should a very popular musician who, I presume, had no previous record, whose address is known, be remanded in jail for smoking weed? Is it because of that stupid law passed by the NPP in a panic reaction to MV Benjamin? I am not for any drugs (weed, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, cigarette etc) but this law is absolutely stupid!” Mr Otchre-Darko wrote on his facebook wall not long after Kwaw’s arrest.

He added: “We are indeed a primitive society! We jail a person for 18 years for defrauding a person of mobile money (phone units). We jail a person eight years for stealing a goat. We lock people up for smoking what civilised societies may consider as a mere Class C drug. We grant bail to drunk drivers who mow down and slaughter five bystanders and, we celebrate those who create schemes to loot and share the billions of dollars that should offer education and skills training, build our infrastructure and open the economic space so that jobs can be created for those with education and trade to not fall into the temptation of petty theft, fraud and what have you… And, we will spend inordinate amount of airtime talking about things that have nothing to do with keeping our people alive, safe, healthy, educated and prosperous. And, we are happy to shout on roof tops: edey beeee kεkε!”
Tourists at the uShaka Village
A survey by Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking for Trade and Tourism has ranked South Africa’s tourism industry as the number one most attractive tourist destination in Africa.

Behind South Africa were countries like Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Mauritius, Tunisia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Namibia with Ghana placing 11th position.

The survey was based on indicators like the economic performance, digital demand, online performance and the country brand strategy (CBS) rating of the countries among others.

South Africa has one of the rich tourism industries in the world and it is no wonder it tops all on the African continent.

Wrecked Ship at the Ushaka Village 
The country is blessed with some of the world’s amazing and greatest heritage sites.

One of such is the Cradle of Humankind, which is the world’s richest hominid site, home to around 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils.

The 53000ha area is also home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, some of which are rare or endangered. It has the Lion & Rhino Park with other animals as Antelopes, Zebras’ and other animals in addition to the Kromdraai Wonder Cave.

Credits: Ghanareporter

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Elmina Castle
Ghana has ranked the 11th most attractive tourist destination in Africa, according to a recent survey by Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking for Trade and Tourism.

The country, known to tourists as the ‘gateway to Africa’, ranked 9th in the 2013 survey but has dropped two places in the 2014 survey.

In all, some 37 African countries were surveyed and the 10 countries ahead of Ghana were Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Mauritius, Tunisia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Namibia, with South Africa topping the list.

Independence Arch
Bloom Consulting defines six different Country, Region and City (CRC) Branding objectives or dimensions, namely, attraction of investment (trade), attraction of tourism, attraction of talent, strengthening national pride (increase of national pride), strengthening public diplomacy and  strengthening exports (increase of exports).

Umbrella Rock, Boti Fall
The survey was based on some indicators like the economic performance, digital demand, online performance and the country brand strategy (CBS) rating of the countries among others.

“I hope that Bloom Consulting’s Country Brand Ranking © 2014 / 2015 Tourism Edition provides you with valuable information. I encourage you to use it as evidence of the impact a strong Country Brand can have on the economic performance of a national tourism industry,” José Filipe Torres, Chief Executive of Bloom Consulting, stated in a letter available to Nii Ogbamey Tetteh

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fast rising Dancehall act Episode says he does not need drugs or alcohol to put up a spectacular show on stage.

Episode who put up an exciting performance at the just ended ‘ Big Weekend Afro-Beats Festival’ at the Independence Square in Accra, told NEWS-ONE that the energy and style he emits anytime is mounts the stage to perform is all natural and he considers that as a blessing.

“My style is a blessing. Most of the time, I don’t really draw plan for whatever I have to go and do on stage like the way other artistes line up their stuff. I just go on the stage and feel like yo this is what I have to give to them.  I believe that me being a musician is another way of spreading the gospel and spreading the word as well. It is all natural; I don’t depend on drugs or alcohol to boss. Just a little prayer and rehearsal and boom, “Episode stated.

Episode was part of a tall list of artistes including Pappy Kojo, Joey B and D Black among others who thrilled patrons on the first day of the weekend event.

The ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ singer disclosed that Dancehall as a genre cannot be devoid of rivalry because it is good for the business.

“I believe that Dancehall is one of the genres that you can’t really take it cool. You can’t also put rivalry out of Dancehall. So me being an artiste who loves unity and as a youth coming up from all these camps—you see me with High Grade family, you see me with   Shatta Movement Family—I believe that I’m the middle man and most of the time you need to pull them together, which is good for business because at the end of the day if you don’t take it from that aspect, the fans are going to suffer,” he said.

Theophilus Nii Ardey Otoo Junior, as he is known in real life, added that though it was impossible to predict his own future, he someday aims at putting Africa on the map through the Dancehall genre.

“Episode is music, Episode is sinner’s prayer. He is a youth none of them can stop because Episode is a pastor and messenger as well. I can’t really predict the future but I just want to put Africa on the map,” he noted.
Lauryn Hill
Legendary American superstar Ms Lauryn Hill over the weekend put up an awesome world class music performance in Accra during the 2014 edition of the Big Weekend Afro-Beats Festival.

It was Ms Hill’s first show in West Africa and she was headline artiste for the three-day music festival put together by multi-purpose events company BBnZ Live.

For over an hour and a half, Ms Hill staged an electrifying live acoustic concert that captivated her audience in frenzy as though she were a music demigoddess who had descended in Accra to entertain beyond expectation.

She proved that she was a versatile artiste and treated the audience to songs from her former hip-hop group, ‘The Fugees’, performed hit songs from her personal albums as well as songs from the Reggae King, Bob Marley.

It was thrilling to have a world class musician come to Ghana and perform back to back hit songs to a crowd made up of not only Ghanaians but persons who had flown in from America, Europe and some African countries just to witness the historic night.

Ms Hill and her band lived up to expectations and proved she deserved the legendary status her fans have bestowed on her before they returned to the plush Movenpick Ambassador Hotel where they were lodged.

A fine breed of Ghanaian musicians including Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Wanlov, Episode, Efya, Mzvee, D-Black, Bisa K’Dee, Joey B, Koo Ntakrah, Lil Shaker and Jay-So among others were on the performance bill.

Nigerian act MI also pulled a surprise at the show when he appeared on stage with XO-Senavoe to further wow the audience.
Sarkodie in particular did a wonderful job when he appeared on stage around 3am after Ms Hill’s performance but succeeded in making the dispersed crowd reassemble.

Many thought the show was over after Ms Hill was done and they were at the threshold of exiting the venue just when Sarkodie’s voice boomed through the microphone. As though the artiste had some magnetic force, he literally got the crowd running back to watch him and dance to his performance.
The Big Weekend Afro-Beats Festival was first held in Ghana in December 2013 as a historic entertainment festival to re-brand the country as one capable of hosting world class music concerts and an enviable tourist destination in West Africa.

Club Beer was beverage sponsor of the three-day concert.

Credits: News One
RnB singer Rihanna loves to go naked and exposes her valuables all the time on Instagram.

After the ‘Man Down’ singer hosted her inaugural Diamond Ball event, she decided to conduct her own little photo shoot.

Rihanna was wearing a midnight blue gown which had a voluminous skirt that was so big that some of her entourage could hide underneath it.

In one of the photos, the Grammy-winning singer posed topless exposing her breasts while smoking a cigar.

Rihanna protected her nipples with the strategic angle of her arms, as she would have been barred on Instagram if she had revealed them.

She captioned the picture: ‘Thank you to this spectacular team for donating their time and hard work at the #DiamondBall’.

In another black and white image she can be seen leaning back seductively on one friend while another caresses her chest.

Credits: Daily Mail
Soft drink giant, Coca Cola is ending its sponsorship with the Fox singing competition, American Idol.

“When the Fox show returns for its 14th season on January 7, it will be without its longtime sponsor, Coca-Cola,” reported Hollywoodreporter.com

“Coca-Cola and Fox have mutually decided to end their 13-year ‘American Idol’ partnership,” the companies said in a joint statement. “We look forward to working together on new collaborations in the future,” adage.com also reported.

Red Coca-Cola cups have been a staple in front of “Idol” judges since the show debuted in June 2002. The green room was also branded by Coke as a “red room.”

The reality singing competition has been credited with helping Coca-Cola boost its market share over rival PepsiCo, which famously passed on sponsoring “Idol” in its first season. Coca-Cola initially paid less than $10 million to sponsor “Idol” in its first season.

But “American Idol” has lost its cache in recent years as ratings declined precipitously, according to adage.com.

Its most recent season finale averaged 10.1 million viewers, down 27% from the season prior. In its heyday, “Idol” regularly attracted an average of 30 million viewers. Its most-watched finale, the season 2 showdown between Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, brought in 38 million people.

Fox is now cutting back on the number of hours it airs the show. “American Idol” will start the season on Jan. 7 airing two nights a week, then eventually go to a single weekly episode that includes both performances and results.

On average, advertisers are paying around $225,000 to $250,000 for a 30-second spot in the show, with some agencies noting some clients are still paying more than $300,000. While this still makes “Idol” one of the costliest shows to advertise in, it’s a far cry from the $500,000 or so advertisers spent in 2011.

Last season, “American Idol” also lost AT&T as a sponsor following a 12-year stint. But Ford will return as a sponsor for season 14, a Fox spokeswoman confirmed.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wanlov @ Afrobeats 2014
Popular musician, Wanlov The Kubolor, early Monday morning took injury after performing at the 2014 edition of Afrobeat Music Festival, which took place at the Independence Square in Accra.

The barefooted walking musician ran his foot against a broken bottle and got wounded in the process. He was attempting to join music fans who were cheering Sarkodie’s performance at the time, when the incident took place.

Blood oozed out of his wounded foot for some minutes before military personnel came to offer him first aid.

American musician, Lauryn Hill was the headline artiste of this year’s Afrobeat festival, with other top notch performances from Sarkodie, Efya, Chase Forever, MI, Joey B, Episode, Stonebwoy, D Black and others.

Wanlov was among the performers. He performed on Saturday and Sunday and was in his usual barefoot element with his big dreadlocks and a wrapper.

But the controversial musician unfortunately left the event ground on Monday morning with an injured foot.

Credits: Ghanareporter.com
Joyce Dzidzor Mensah
Joyce Dzidzor Mensah, Ghana’s highly respected HIV/AIDS Ambassador, has told NEWS-ONE she had never tested positive for HIV but was only telling the nation and the world a lie just to satisfy her selfish interests.

Joyce has claimed over the years that she was HIV positive but was a healthy person because she was on antiretroviral drugs.

She has had support and funding from several organisations, institutions, banks and civil society in her campaign across the country on how to prevent HIV and how persons who have tested positive can live healthily and happily with the virus.

Surprisingly, Joyce, 27, has told NEWS-ONE she was only a scammer and that she decided to engage in a wild public deceit so as to get a place to lay her head at a time her neighbours were wrongly accusing her of having HIV.

“I was known as the HIV ambassador. The story I shared in the past years was a fusion of my story and the stories of others. The truth of the matter is, I was never infected with HIV,” she said.

Meanwhile Dzidzor has toured several Ghanaian schools and mounted international platforms to fight the stigma against HIV & AIDS victims as well as encouraging young men and women to abstain from premarital sex and unprotected sex.

Below is exactly what Dzidzor said:
I met a man in my church where I used to fellowship. We fell in love but I didn’t know of his HIV status.

Though he knew he was HIV positive, he never told me. A member of the church who is a nurse once saw me with him and she called me to advise me. The nurse advised me to be careful with him because she knew of his HIV status. Fortunately for me, I met the nurse just a day after I had sex with the man.

I then confided in the nurse and she asked me to quickly report at the hospital so that I can be given PEP (Post Exposure Profilaxis). I did exactly that in order not to contract the HIV virus.

I became pregnant though, but I decided to keep the pregnancy.

My boyfriend fell sick and died before I had the baby. People stigmatised me without knowing if I contracted HIV from him or not. I was eventually beaten and thrown out of the house I was living in with my parents. Having nowhere to stay, I went to live in the secretariat of the associations of persons living with HIV.

I played along and behaved as if I had HIV too just to have a place to lay my head and learn from people living with HIV. I attended a lot of workshops organised by NGOs on HIV just to equip myself with information. I heard lots of HIV interesting stories from people on stigma related issues.

At a point in time, I accepted and lived like a person living with HIV. And I always told my story as if I was living with HIV. I shared my story based on what I went through just to let people know that people with HIV are normal human beings.

I would have contracted the virus and probably died but God saved me. That was why going to schools to educate them became my passion just for students to abstain from premarital sex.

I realised that there was no way of defending myself when people started gossiping about me in my neighbourhood. It was because my boyfriend in the church died of AIDS and my church members and neighbours knew he died of AIDS. There was no way I could ever defend myself.

At a point, I had to accept the situation at hand. I knew there was going to be a time the truth about my status was going to come out, and this is the time.

I plead with the general public and my fans not to be disappointed in me for acting all these years. It was worth it because a lot of lives were saved through my advocacy work.

I also sincerely apologise to the hundreds of churches I have been to with my message both in Ghana and abroad to forgive me. I did it to fight HIV stigma and discrimination.

I also plead with schools, institutions and banks who have all benefited from my story to forgive me.

I now therefore want to thank all who have supported me throughout these years one way or the other.

Why The Confession Now?
I want to officially announce to the general public that I am no more the HIV ambassador due to the fact that the First Lady has been made the HIV ambassador.

Also, there have been rumours in town that I am dead but as at now I don’t know the source of the information. I was out of the country for three months now and I returned only to be receiving calls and text messages asking if I’m dead. My stepfather nearly collapsed when he heard the news about my death. I want to inform everyone that I am not dead.”

By Francis Addo (Twitter: @fdee50 Email: fdee500@yahoo.com)
Kwaw Kese
Leading telecommunications company, MTN, will organise the 2014 edition of its annual Nine Lessons and Carols this Friday, December 19, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Conspicuously missing from the performance list for this year is incarcerated hiplife artiste Kwaw Kesse aka Abodam.

Abodam has over the years endeared himself to patrons of the annual MTN Carols. At one of such events, he appeared with a live fowl strapped in pampers as part of his theatrics and eventually got the auditorium on fire with guests dancing and singing to his version of the ‘Little Drummer Boy’.

The following year, Abodam again turned the auditorium upside down when he appeared on stage with a huge dog dressed in Santa costume.

Abodam is however in prison custody and his case has been adjourned to Monday December 22, three clear days after the carols night.

This year, however, has all time favourite Ghanaian boxer Bukom Banku and his arch rival Ayittey Powers on the bill and the duo will be putting up a Christmas carol on the night.

Friday’s show will also have some of Ghana’s best musicians including Samini, Raquel, Boadiwaa, Snow-B and Torgbe performing Christmas songs with the backing of the Eldunamis Band.

Friday’s event will be the sixth edition and expectations are very high as the event has thrilled its audience beyond expectation for the last five years.

Ivan Quashigah, Chief Executive of Farmhouse, explained that the event is a way of saying thank you to members of the MTN family and giving them a direct feel of the Christmas experience.
Jay Foley
Loud in GH, YFM’s annual musical concert, has taken an exciting turn this year.

Sponsored by Guinness, the event would feature several new twists which have never been done in any of the previous Loud In GH events.

This year’s event, themed the ‘Swag Edition’, is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

According to Jay Foley, General Manager of YFM, “This year, we want to give our listeners and fans a completely new experience that will leave them yearning for more.”

The 2014 Loud in GH concert would set the capital on a music explosion as the jam gets 3x bigger and exciting. We are grateful to Guinness Ghana Limited for partnering us in this event. With their support, we know that the Loud in GH-Swag Edition will be the perfect platform for our fans and followers to show the world what they are truly ‘Made Of.”

The Loud In GH-Swag Edition would be held in two parts; the first part is an outdoor carnival which starts from 3:00pm on the greens of the Conference Centre. It would then build up into an evening of music, arts and clubbing in the foyer area of the Conference Centre, where people would be treated to mind-blowing music from YFM’s finest DJs from Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi.

Present at the event would be personalities from all walks of life including some well-known faces in the entertainment industry.

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Rapper MENSA of the Foes of Kwame Nkrumah (FoKn) Bois fame has said though hiplife artiste Kwaw Kesse is currently behind bars for smoking a substance suspected to be ganga, he will come out stronger and possibly 
as a born again.

Mensa, popularly referred to as the lyrical twin of Wanlov the Kubolor, happens to be one of the Ghanaian celebrities championing the course for the law to be lenient on the ‘Nonsense’ hit maker.

“Difficult year for @kwawkesse. He can only come out stronger (which he will) or broken; and fucking born again….,” Mεnsa posted on his Twitter page on Tuesday.

Kwaw Kesse, also known as ‘Abodam’, was on November 23 arrested in front of a wine shop close to the Plus 2 Drinking Pub in Kumasi for publicly smoking a substance which was suspected to be marijuana.

The ‘King of the Streets’ made his first appearance in court on November 24 and was denied bail instantly.

He appeared in court again on December 8 but was denied bail again.

He is to spend another two weeks in prison custody until December 22, his adjourned court date.

As it stands, the Kumasi Circuit Court is currently waiting for the police forensic team to present test results of the substance Kwaw Kesse was allegedly smoking when he was arrested.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Sharon Bar-li
Come December 5, Ghana would host the Israeli Film Festival at the Silverbird cinema at the Accra Mall.

According to organisers of the event, a 2-day film festival would present viewers a unique window into the diverse and complicated weave of Israeli culture as well as offer something for everyone to learn through films.

“After a successful debut of the 1st Israeli Film Festival last year, it returns for the second time with new and fascinating films, all opened to the general public and screened free of charge. Among the films to be screened are ‘A Matter of Size’, ‘Walk on Water’ and ‘Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi’ among others,” one of the organisers stated.

The festival will be opened with a festival screening of award winning film ‘The Dove Flyer’.

It will also give Ghanaians the opportunity to meet and interact with Israelis while watching the films.

Last year, the event brought together patrons around the country who were treated to some spectacular Israeli films.
Lady Gaga
American singer Lady Gaga has revealed that as a teenager she was raped by a music producer who was 20 years older than her.

When asked about the rape on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, Lady Gaga initially said: “I don’t…I don’t want to… Happy times! Let’s talk about happy things!”

The 28-year-old singer admitted that she went through some horrific things when she was 19 and relied on a lot of mental and physical therapy to help her to heal.

“I went through some horrific things that I’m able to laugh [at] now, because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years.  My music has been wonderful for me. But you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself.  To be fair, I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, ‘Oh, is this just the way adults are?’…I was very naïve,” she stated.

Asked if she had ever confronted the rapist who was 20 years older than her, she explained that that would terrify and paralyse her.

“I saw him one time in a store and I was so paralysed by fear. Because it wasn’t until I was a little bit older that I went, ‘Wow, that was really messed up.’

The blonde beauty, who is dating actor Taylor Kinney, didn’t tell anybody about the incident at the time but eventually decided to seek help.

“I don’t know what I was thinking. I didn’t tell anybody.  And I didn’t even tell myself for the longest time. And then I was like, You know what? All this drinking and all this nonsense, you have to go to the source, otherwise it just won’t go away. It will not go away,” Lady Gaga said.

Credits: Daily Mail

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Roman Krabel
Ghana is a beautiful country by nature and could easily become a leading tourist destination in Africa if the country’s government makes tourists’ visits less stressful, Roman Krabel, General Manager of the Royal Senchi Hotel, has said.

Last year, Ghana was ranked the 9th attractive tourist destination in Africa, according to a survey conducted by Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking for Trade and Tourism in 2013.

But the Royal Senchi Hotel boss insists the country can easily climb to the top three if the requisite structures are put in place.

Scenes from Royal Senchi
“If government helps all the hotels in Ghana to make it more easy to bring more tourists into the country or make visa applications easier, I tell you Ghana will be the number two or three tourist destination in the whole Africa. Ghana has a beautiful nature,” Mr Krabel told NEWS-ONE at the official opening of the hotel on Wednesday.

Scenes from Royal Senchi
The hotel, located off the Akosombo road and situated on the west bank of the Volta River, has 74 standard rooms, nine international standard executive suites and one presidential suite with a swimming pool which is the first of its kind in Ghana. It also has conference rooms, restaurants and Olympic-size swimming pools. 

The General Manager stated that even though the hotel had been operating for over a year now, management was now certain that it was time to have a grand opening.

“You know every new hotel or international company in the world, you open soft, which means you run the establishment for six months or even one year before your actual launch; and that is what we did.  What we did was a soft opening to test and taste the facility, to improve on training of our staff and all sorts of things. When we were sure that this hotel was ready to go, we decided to have the grand opening,” he added.

Scenes from Royal Senchi
Since the 4-star hotel hosted President John Dramani Mahama and a host of dignitaries at the three-day National Economic Forum which took place in May this year, Royal Senchi has become a household name in Ghana. 

“The Senchi consensus was a good mileage. It was a mileage to publish our hotel not only in Ghana but to publish Senchi.  When I came to Ghana two years ago, I realised everybody in Ghana knows Adomi Bridge. I said to myself that one day before I leave Ghana, I will make sure every Ghanaian knows Senchi; and of course, it is my deepest wish if people will recognise Senchi, the town, and the famous hotel. To be honest, I believe what we have here now can be compared to very good international hotels even in South Africa which is Africa’s big tourist destination,” he said.

However, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism who cut tape to officially open the hotel, disclosed that the tourism sector is essentially a public sector-led and private sector-driven industry which requires huge investors to push the promising tourism industry in this country in the right direction.

“The tourism sector as we all know is essentially a public sector-led and private sector-driven industry. Huge investors, such as this one, are what we need to push the promising tourism industry in this country in the right direction. Most of the investments in the tourism sector are cited in major cities and urban areas. It is a credit to the founder’s foresight, determination, passion and sacrifice that they chose to enter this unchartered territory by locating the facility here,” she said.

The event was graced by the Paramount Chief of Akwamu Traditional Area, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III and the Eastern Regional Minister, Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, among others.
Dance Hall sensation Episode has described Samini as a god who has impacted a lot on his life.

According to Episode, Samini was one of the very first musicians in Ghana to give him a big platform to showcase his talent.

“All I can say is Samini is a god to me; and I don’t care what anybody says.

I remember three years ago watching Samini from afar and he called me from the crowd, gave me the mic and asked me to do my thing,” Episode stated.

Episode, who has been considered by many as one of the most promising acts in the industry currently, added that he has been learning a lot—directly or indirectly—from Samini for a long time now.

“I can never stop learning from Samini because I think that even if he hasn’t taught me to put a lyric here or there , once I listen to his music , it is a big impact to my life. So yes, you can call me High Grade or Black Empire boy but I insist Samini is a god,” Theophilus Nii Ardey Otoo Junior, as he is known in real life, said.

The ‘Sinners Prayer’ singer put up a massive performance at this year’s edition of the nominee jams for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) in Tamale. Some entertainment pundits also say that Episode is one of the musicians putting Ghana on the map through dancehall.
Controversial musician Wanlov The Kubolor has hinted a possible third sequel to the award winning movie Coz of Moni.

Though he did not state exactly when they will start production or when it will be ready, he revealed that there were plans in the pipeline to make it happen.

Coz Of Moni series is the first pidgin musical film in the world produced by Wanlov and Mεnsa.

Its first sequel was released years ago while the second sequel was premiered December last year.

The movie has chalked several successes since it was released. It has also been talked about around the world.

It was the only Ghanaian movie to be shown at the 35th edition of the film festival in South Africa this year.

According to Kubolor who was speaking on Empire FM in Takoradi last weekend, they intended to title the next sequel “Lost In Lagos.”

“Me and Mεnsa are planning to do a part three—“Lost In Lagos”—but after spending like two weeks in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, we are confused. We don’t know when we are going to shoot it,” Wanlov said.

He was among celebrities who joined Lydia Forson’s A Letter From Adam movie tour to Takoradi over the weekend. He was at the Empire FM studios with Lydia Forson, Sister Deborah and new actor Louie Lartey.

By Francis Addo Twitter: @fdee50 Email: fdee500@yahoo.com
Yaa Pono
Rapper Yaa Pono says there are several people he admires in the music industry but he has been copying reggae and dancehall act Samini for some time now.

The ‘Amen’ singer has been in the Ghanaian music industry for over 10 years—most of which were behind the scenes—producing several hit songs.

“I have worked for more than 10 years but most of it was behind the scenes. Samini has been a copy. I have copied him till date. I have copied most of the people behind him as well. It is all good,” Yaa Pono stated as he congratulated Samini on his 10 years anniversary in music.

Yaa Pono is known for his natural charisma, use of the Akan language and sharp social observations. Being able to blend highlife, hip-hop, dancehall and afrobeat rhythms demonstrates his true versatility.

It can be recalled that the rapper recently stated that he and his management were working on a few scripts for an upcoming movie.

Yaa Pono, together with his management team, is currently shooting a documentary called ‘Uptown Energy Live’.

He is also in the studio working on his upcoming album, titled ‘Sea blue,’ which has the ‘Amen’ song on it.The ‘Good Morning’ singer is currently under the management of the Uptown Energy Label.
Director, writer and producer of America’s epic science fiction film, Avatar, James Cameron has announced sequels for the film, which won several awards including Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

According to CNN, James Cameron has one word to describe the “Avatar” sequels: “Bitchin.”

Cameron is currently in New Zealand working on the scripts for the forthcoming films, he told Empire magazine.

The movies have been planned out in detail, he said, and now the writers — including Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Shane Salerno and Amanda Silver — are putting words to action.

“I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together,” Cameron said.

“I didn’t assign each writer (the) film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.”

“Avatar,” which was released in 2009, is the top-grossing film of all time. The film earned almost $2.8 billion worldwide, including $761 million in the United States. It’s also spawned a Disney theme park.

Cameron also directed the second-highest grossing movie, “Titanic,” which earned an Oscar for best picture. The “Avatar” sequels are due beginning in 2016.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The 5 Finalists
Tomorrow, Wednesday November 25, the five finalists for this year’s edition of Vodafone Icons will battle on one stage at the National Theatre for the ultimate Nissan Qashqai grand prize.

Titi, Cena, Chris, Alice and Ratty, who recently returned from South Africa on a music tour, are prepared to trill music fans with wonderful compositions to climax the music reality show.

The show, dubbed ‘ICONS Remix’, is aimed at providing the contestants the opportunity to perform remixed versions of some popular songs.

According to the organisers, the five finalists would be performing their unique composed songs along with their own renditions of some famous songs on the night.

On that night, only one out of the five finalists will walk away with the car, a recording deal at Universal Music Studio in South Africa, as well as cash prize and souvenirs worth over GH¢100,000.

As it stands, it appears to be a close call, with organisers claiming that all five contenders deserve to be crowned winner.

Music patrons are expected to converge at the National Theatre on Wednesday evening to cheer and enjoy performances from the contestants.

Vodafone Icons, which started in 2010, has produced amazing singers including Afro Rock singer Noella Wiyaala, RnM, Black & Peach and Ryan.

Monday, November 24, 2014

It is not everyday that a legend feels the need to impact on the lives of others. But legendary rapper Obrafour says as long as he has life, he will continue to bless up and coming Ghanaian artistes.

According to the ‘Rap Sofour’, God gave him the gifts of rap and good hooks not for his own good but for the good of others as well.

“We cannot be at the forefront every time. What we have to do is to hold the hands of the people below us and bring them up. I believe that God doesn’t mostly put you in a position for your own good; he puts you in a position for the good of others as well. While here with life, I would have to continue blessing the young up and coming ones,” Obrafour told NEWS-ONE.

The ‘Ako’ hit maker is one of the few Ghanaian musicians who have been able to put out some timeless and thought-provoking songs. In recent times, he has taken it upon himself to work with young talents like M.anifest, Teephlow and Area Boi among others.

Kwabena Okyere Darko, as he is known in real life, disclosed that though he has worked with various talents around the country, he believes rapper Teephlow is the “ish”. Obrafour and Teephlow happen to be under the management of the Last Two Music Group.

“What it is, God gives. There are so many talents; I mean talents abound in
Ghana. You have Teephlow, Kofi Kinata and the rest of the guys out there but Teephlow for me is the ish. I did a joint with him. I’m not coming to say anything to the public but he is right in your ears,” Obrafour stated.

He noted that he would, however, want to bless Kofi Kinata with regard to working together on a joint or two.

“For me, there is one more person I need to bless and that is Kofi Kinata. That boy is something else,” Obrafour added.

He later commended beat producer Hammer of the Last Two for scouting for such great talents over the years.

“Last two, what they do is what they are doing best. Hammer has eyes for talent and he has ears for talent; and that is basically what he is doing,” the ‘Heavy’ singer said.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bessa Simons
Bessa Simons, Vice President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), has urged up and coming musicians to get involved in copyright related issues.

Bessa, who is also a member of the legendary Osibisa Band, stated that most musicians of the older generation retired from music with nothing good to write home about because they never took interest in copyright related issues.

“What I have come to realise—and I’m saying this because I don’t want history to repeat itself—is that most of the older generation never took interest in the copyright issues, so they ended up in a way that we are all not happy about. I’m begging all the up and coming young great musicians from the bottom of my heart. You are the next generation; get interested in the copyright issues,” he admonished.

The renowned songwriter and keyboardist disclosed that even though the collection of royalties by Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) on behalf of the right owners seems to be in its infant stages, it will get better with the young great musicians propelling it.

Bessa Simons compared GHAMRO’s royalty collection system to the early stages of the Performing Right Society (PRS) for Music in UK, founded in 1914 by a group of music publishersto protect the value of copyright and help provide income for composers, songwriters and music publishers.

“When UK started PRS for music, the first collection was about GBP 1, 900 and they had members up to the tune of 190. Now as we speak, they have collected over GBP 666 million and they are sharing it to about 100,000 musicians; and that is where we want to get to. You are the only people who can propel it. So please get interested in the copyright issues,” he urged.
Popular comedian DKB, born Derrick Kobina Bonney, says he wants to promote comedy as a viable and lucrative sector within the creative arts.

DKB has over the years consistently campaigned for respect and support for Ghanaian comedians and at a point even blamed Ghanaian journalists for doing very little to support the country’s comedians.

The comedian has told NEWS-ONE that his DKBLIVE Comedy Tour is one of the ways he is campaigning for respect and support for Ghanaian comedians and the comedy sector.

DKBLIVE Comedy Tour is a weekly tour event, where he takes comedy and music to the doorsteps of various tertiary institutions across the country.

“The season 2 of the tour is set to promote Ghanaian comedians to the active youth across the tertiary landscape,” he said in a release to NEWS-ONE.

Speaking on the same subject last Friday at the launch of the Big Weekend Afro Beats Festival, DKB in his characteristic satiric style, unleashed his frustrations on the media.

“You guys [journalists] do not support us and when we complain you say we are not funny; yet you are here laughing… Let me use this opportunity to thank ABL for really supporting comedy made in Ghana. Castle Milk Stout has really supported all our tours and I wish the media had given us same support,” DKB, MC for the launch, said.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 22, DKB and his Ecstacy Entertainment team will launch the second edition of the tour at the Ghana Technology University in Accra.

Among comedians to grace the Ghana Telecom launch would be Foster Romanus, Sarkodie Acheampong, Gasmilla, Jupiter, Obibini and Echo Charles among others.

The show is sponsored by DJ Energy Drinks, Afro Star TV, YFM, Chapters Couture and Gold Coast Clothing.

BY Francis Addo (Twitter: @fdee50 Email: fdee500@yahoo.com)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Samini and Bessa Simons
Ace highlife musician Bessa Simons says among the current crop of young Ghanaian musicians, he considers Samini as a visionary and a very serious musician.

Speaking at the launch of the ‘MTN Saminifest’ music festival over the weekend, Bessa, who is a member of the legendary Osibisa Band, stated that Samini is a very creative individual, businessman and a great musician who is full of determination.

He disclosed that his first encounter with Samini at his studio helped him form a strong opinion about the reggae and dancehall artiste.

“I remember the first time I met Samini, I didn’t know he was a visionary, an innovator or someone who is very creative, businessman and a great musician; but now I know.  When I came back to Ghana, I remember he came to my studio with ‘Quick Action’. Samini just sat at the corner, listened to the music, took his pen and paper and he was working. I was just watching his seriousness. I later went upstairs and told my late wife that we had this young serious musician down in the studio. Now I know why he was that serious. He knew what he wanted,” the Vice President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) said.

Bessa Simons commended Samini for the hard work in his music career as he celebrates 10 years in the music industry.

“In this business, if you have respect and you respect people, they will respect you back and the longevity side of it is with you. Samini has always been respectful and I can tell he is very very knowledgeable,” he noted.

Bessa is a prolific song writer, keyboardist and singer who has worked with some of the greatest names in West African Music such as Pat Thomas, Paapa Yankson, Kari Bannerman, Osibisa, C.K. Mann, Ebo Taylor and Multi-talented Afro Pop star Gyedu Blay Ambuley among others.

On the other hand, Bessa also advised up and coming musicians to take a cue from what Samini has been able to achieve through music.

“Music is business. Everything I have done in my life has to do with music; I earned my car from doing music and there are so many things you can do with music. As you can tell, Samini is doing it. So I will like the younger musicians to take a leap out of this and start planning because there is a lot they can do,” he added.
Kwaw Kese
Rapper Kwaw Kese, also known as ‘the man insane’, says he, together with the crop of artistes who have been in the music business for the past 10 years, have brought Ghana’s music far.

According to Kwaw, the veterans who have been raising the flag of Ghana high through music for more than two decades have done a lot for the country through music.

“Ten years ago, we were there… and my big brothers have done it for two decades, which is 20 years. We have brought Ghana music far,” the ‘Me Wo Dollar’ singer told NEWS-ONE.

Kwaw had his major breakthrough in music when he was featured on Obrafour’s Executioner’s Diary with his ‘Oye Nonsense’ song in 2004. He has since managed to release several hit songs over the years.

The ‘King of the Street’, as he is popularly known, made this comment in relation to the celebration of Samini’s 10th Anniversary in the music industry.

“As Samini prepares to celebrate his 10th anniversary in music, we will all support him and we will be there rough rough,” he stated.

Sources say Kwaw Kese is currently in the studio working on his upcoming album.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yvonne Nelson and Ice Prince

Just as dust is about to settle on the controversy generated by the ‘gone bad’ love relationship between Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson and Nigerian musician Iyanya, another Nigerian act, Ice Prince Zamani, has revealed that he also dated the sexy actress but their relationship just did not work out.

It is not clear why Ice Prince of ‘Oleku’ fame is making the revelation at this time but he told Olisa Adibua, host of ‘The Truth’, why he parted ways with Yvonne.

“It [the relationship] just did not work. She is a very very busy person. She was way busier than I was at the time. I am a very busy person as well; I am never around and we don’t get to chill as much. That just kind of created space and over time, it just went its way… We are cool. Yvonne is still Yvonne Nelson. She is still very sweet and we still keep in touch when we can. Not every day, not every month, not every week, but we talk,” Ice Prince revealed.

The musician said he has tried several relationships that did not work out well and after his relationship with Yvonne Nelson hit the rocks, he dated yet another Yvonne but that one too did not work out for same reasons.

“She [the other Yvonne] was very busy as well and it just did not work. But they are very very cool people in my life and we still talk. I was in the club with the other Yvonne the other day and we were nice. They are still good people. Very, very good people. What man proposes, God disposes. It just did not work out,” he added.

During the interview, Ice Prince disclosed that he has a son but is not planning on settling down with a wife anytime soon.

I have a son who is two. I am not planning on getting married now but I intend to get married someday and raise a family. But I have not proposed to anybody,” he said.

On the question of how he deals with his female fans, Ice Prince explained: “I don’t have time for that.  I really really don’t have time for that. Every day when I wake up, especially when I am in Lagos, the first thing I do when I wake up, the first thing on my mind is to go downstairs to my studio to make music. I have a lot of features to record. I have a lot of stuffs to record so to be honest, I pay no attention to female fans and all that. I ignore whatsapp and all that.”

Yvonne Nelson is yet to respond to the disclosure by Ice Prince. It is also not certain who she is dating now or whether she is even in a relationship.

Source: NEWS-ONE

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