The 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nominees were announced last week with some Entertainment enthusiasts and the general public saying some of the nominated individuals do not qualify to be nominated—-and one person whose nomination beats the minds of many is Ghanaian-UK based gospel musician, Sonnie Badu.
Sonnie Badu was nominated for the covetous Artiste of the Year and Gospel Artiste of the year with the song ‘Wonder God,’ but, many don’t agree with his nomination; because, the song was not popular (since GMA is a popularity award scheme) in the year under review – January to December, 2013.
Aside his song not being popular, come the recent revelation that his song, ‘Wonder God’ was actually released in the year 2012. First, the song was released on Sonnie’s own website on 6th Nov, 2012 as well as uploaded unto YouTube on 11th October, 2012.
On Friday 7th March, 2014, a member of Sonnie Badu’s management team, Winfred Agyei, was interviewed on Channel R’s entertainment programme – ‘205 Total Entertainment.’ Christian Agyei Frimpong, host of the programme, asked Winfred Agyei if he admits that Sonnie’s song was released unto the artiste’s official website on 6th Nov, 2012; he confirmed.
“I am aware. That is what is on the website. However, the song – Wonder God, was released as a track not for consumption in 2012. The release was meant to be when the song was produced and not when it was released for consumption.” (more…)
ABN TV (UK Sky Channel 290) has been awarded a Screen Nation Award as the ‘Favourite Black Channel’ in the UK, at its 9th annual Award Ceremony that took place on 23rd February, 2014 in London.
Out of 5 other black channels in its category, ABN TV was crowned ‘Favourite Black Channel’ – chosen purely through public voting.
‘We are encouraged by this achievement. Winning this award means so much. It has now opened new opportunities for the channel, broadened our audience and made us stand out among channels in that category that have been running for quite some time. Our advertisers and content providers can be assured that with ABN TV, they will receive some of the highest African Caribbean viewership rates’ the station said.
Screen Nation is a Film and Television Awards organization based in the UK. The event celebrates leading professionals of African Caribbean heritage in the industry.
As part of the GMW Festival celebration (ongoing at the National Theatre), the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana MUSIGA, Bice ‘Obour’ Osei Kuffour, admonished radio stations across the nation to play only music of Ghanaian origin on Monday 3rd March, 2014 –which marked the opening of the music festival for this week.
GhanaCelebrities.Com therefore decided to put our ears on the grounds by monitoring at least 80% of the radio stations we have in the city – Accra (because the writer stays in Accra). Unfortunately, all the radio stations we monitored played their normal daily songs.
DJs and presenters who play reggae/ragga/dancehall did play! Those who play RnBs or old school blues did play! Those who play hip hop did play! Those who mix all the aforementioned genres of music also did play! And finally was those who play highlife; they did play too!
The whole atmosphere on radio did not change. However, MUSIGA had wanted all radio stations to play our rich Highlife music, since the weeklong music celebration is all about celebrating Ghanaian music and its artistes. (more…)
Around the third quarter of last year, news broke on Peace fm that, the Ghana Police Service would not allow filmmakers to use the service’s accoutrements in their films.
Speaking to the then Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Mr Cephas Arthur, he explained on ‘Entertainment Review’ that the service is forced to come out with such directive due to the image most Ghanaian filmmakers put out there about the Ghana Police Service in their movies and also, majority of the filmmakers do not secure the service’s dresses through the proper procedures.
In his own words, Mr Cephas Arthur said “we have put a ban on the use of our police accoutrements by our filmmakers. We came to that conclusion after we realized that some of them do not seek proper permission from the service before using our accoutrements.
Also, the acts by some of the actors who play the role of police men in the movies are a total misrepresentation of what the Ghana Police Service is. Their depiction of the policemen or police service cuts a slur on our image.
I must emphasize however that, we are not saying we will never allow any filmmaker to use our accoutrements. They should use the proper procedures to acquire them and paint the right image of what the police service is and stand for.”
Asked what the police accoutrements meant, he disclosed that it’s a collective noun for guns, handcuffs, attire, police station, personnel, cells, etc. that the police or security services use for their profession.
Some filmmakers in Kumawood came public, crying foul for the Ghana Police Service to rescind their decision but no one heard any response from the police service or a plea from the quarters of the then FIPAG executive headed by Mr. Augustine Abbey aka Idikoko to the police authorities.
With new executives in FIPAG, GhanaCelebrities.Com called in on the office of FIPAG and spoke with the President, Mr. Stephen Asare Hackman on this issue. “Well, I once heard the Ghana police service came out with such a directive.
However, I wish to inform you that the executives of FIPAG have been in talks with the current IGP to help remove the ban on the use of the police accoutrements in our movies. That issue is being resolved I must say. (more…)
The Music Council of Ghana (MCG) issued a serious threat to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts through a letter, informing the former of a massive peaceful demonstration they intended to embark on.
On Thursday 27th Feb, 2014, GhanaCelebrities.Com got hold of a gist that the Music Council of Ghana served the ministry with a ‘harsh toned’ letter, informing it of a demonstration they intend to embark on today Tuesday 4th March, 2014 without giving any reasons for their intended action to the ministry.
According to our source, by Friday 28th Feb, 2014, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts called the office of MCG, prevailing upon them to call off their demonstration or have a meeting with the ministry to address whatever issues the MCG has; but, the President of MCG, Mr. Nester Ekow Micah, declined any seating or meeting.
Mr. Micah told the ministry that since he wrote officially to inform them on a subject matter and not through a phone call, the latter shouldn’t call for his attention for a meeting through a mere phone call. Our source revealed that Mr. Micah therefore insisted that the ministry send an official letter to his outfit before he will heed to whatever they had to say.
For reasons best known to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, they re-directed MCG’s letter to the National Commission on Culture, directing the Commission to have a meeting with the MCG to discuss the latter’s petition to enable the Honourable Minister address them.
GhanaCelebrities.Com visited the head office of the Ghana Actors Guild GAG in Accra yesterday Monday 3rd March, 2014 to follow up on a story concerning the guild; only to be bagged in the face with the sad news that the President of the guild, Mr. Samuel Odoi Mensah, needs prayers else..
From what we gathered, Mr. Odoi could not come to the office due to health failure. His condition, as we gathered, is very terrible that he can’t even pick calls or speak with anyone. As we do this publication, Mr. Odoi has been admitted at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
To verify if indeed he can’t speak to anyone due of his illness, GhanaCelebrities.Com placed calls through his two known cell numbers. Mr. Odoi who will not let a call from GhanaCelebrities.Com ring for more than 30 seconds before picking, did not respond to all 4 calls we placed through his Airtel cell number. His MTN number was off.
Still placing calls, we also gathered from one industry person (preferred to remain anonymous) that Mr. Odoi was diagnosed of appendicitis; a disease he has lived with all these years but his doctors never detected until this time round when the disease ‘struck’ him hard and had to be rushed to the hospital. (more…)
Ghanaian actor and businessman-John Dumelo has asked African leaders to reduce or completely eliminate import taxes on mobile phones and other communication devices. Mr Dumelo made this plea when he addressed Students of the Harvard business School in Boston, USA on Saturday.
“Completely reducing or eliminating import taxes on mobile phones makes the device more affordable to the ordinary African thus making dissemination of information easier and that adversely affects positive development across the continent” John Dumelo said.
He also said, more mobile phone assembling and manufacturing plants should be built across the continent as this will create employment and boost African economies. (more…)
What kind of professor will this even be?
A professor has been sacked from his job at a business school in Zurich for surfing p**rn when he forgot that his computer was still connected to the class room projector—-20 minutes after his lecture.
The prof forgot to unplug the cable connecting his computer to the projector after lecturing and went straight to enjoy his other life…And it wasn’t just that, he was also caught looking for pictures of ‘nekkid’ women with no arms and legs.
According to Metro;
A p*rn-surfing professor was sacked after accidentally showing an X-rated film on a class projector.
The teacher had just finished a lecture at a business school in Zurich when he visited adult video site P**nhub.
He was caught out after forgetting to unplug the cable linking his work computer to the overhead projector, according to Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes. (more…)
Leila Djansi back again and this time, she is saying that the movie- A Northern Affair which she recently directed falls below her known standard—and she is blaming it all on the budget.
In fact, what baffles some of us is; didn’t she know about the budget of the movie before taking up the job? If you have a standard and you are keen on maintaining it, you have to go all out there to do so—including not taking up jobs which will throw you back because of the budget.
Anyway, Leila has launched a blog where she rants and dissects certain issues so as her latest, she has written a piece explaining how the low budget of ‘A Northern Affair’, made the movie fall below her standard of work.
And according to her, some people close to her even said the movie was not like her style of work when it came out…
I guess Leila Djansi has to give props to those film-makers who are able to make great movies despite the financial holdback.
Read excerpts from what Leila had to say about ‘A Northern Affair’ which features John Dumelo, Joselyn Dumas, Jon Germaine and others…
Interestingly, the movie won almost all the awards at the 2013 Ghana Movie Awards… (more…)
The suspect, Enoch Adjei, who plays for Soccer Rex, a Jasikan-based Volta Regional Division One team, had wanted to kill his 50-year-old sick mother (name withheld) at Jasikan in the Volta Region to make it easier for him to transport the human parts needed for the rituals to Accra.
But the buyer, who was acting on police instruction, told Adjei to bring the mother alive to ease the difficulty of having to transport her body parts for the rituals. (more…)
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