GHANA HOSTS YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS INITIATIVE TRAINING

The opening ceremony of the 7th cohort for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) West Africa was held on Sunday July 30, 2017 at GIMPA where its Regional Leadership Centre is situated.

120 participants from 9 West African countries have since commenced their leadership training at the Centre. These participants were selected after months of recruitment and careful planning. The ceremony took place at the GIMPA Executive Conference Hall.

In her welcome speech, the Director of YALI West Africa, Shola Safo-Duodu (Ph.D) mentioned that the centre had trained 1657 participants in the previous cohorts who are excelling in their diverse fields of endeavour. She was confident that this year’s will be no different. She indicated that her goal has been and still is to make the RLC, a world-class leadership training institute.

Participants, between ages 18 and 35 years from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Togo, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, were selected through a highly transparent and competitive process. They will undergo a 5 week residential innovative leadership training from the 30th of July to the 1st of September, 2017. The sessions will feature ethics, contemporary Issues affecting Africa and three specialization tracks of study namely: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civil Society Leadership, and Public Management. The training will be followed by 12-weeks of Mentoring and Internships in their various countries.

Dr. Safo-Duodu thanked partners namely: USAID, the MasterCard Foundation, The Private Enterprise Foundation, Africa 2.0., Microsoft, The DOW Chemical Company, GIMPA and other potential supporters such as Care International, YNG interns Africa, TY Danjuma Foundation, GLOBACOM, Guinness, Integriti PR and Impact Hub. She also hinted that centre aims to attract more partners to pursue this all important mission of grooming more African leaders. It therefore welcomes corporate and private institutions who want to help chart this course.

She announced on-going efforts at enacting global networking opportunities between YALI West Africa and institutions such as the Harvard Business School and the Saginaw Valley State University. YALI was launched by former President Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. In July 2014, President Obama announced the creation of four YALI Regional Leadership Centres in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Senegal.

According to the Head of Corporate Affairs at YALI West Africa (Accra RLC), Mrs. Sefa Gohoho-Boatin, ‘The Centre provides and promotes collaboration and a forward-leaning culture of diversity that entails dreaming and thinking differently to define and realise one’s potential. The three available tracks are inclusive embracing future leaders regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion or disability.’

The YALI Regional Leadership Centres are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with the MasterCard Foundation and other local and international partners across Africa.

“I AM VERY PROUD OF MY BREASTS”- Sista Afia

Although Highlife artiste, Sister Afia loves to make an exhibition of herself by showcasing her boobs the least chance she gets, she wants to erase the perception that her cleavage is her selling point.

The Jeje singer who leaves little to imagination with her skimpy outfits believes her talent is enough to keep her relevant whether she covers up or not.

“I just don’t get why people seem to have issues with what I wear and my boobs. People keep asking me if apart from my boobs, I have nothing else to show. For the records, my boobs are not my selling point, not at all. I am very talented.

“I don’t get up in the morning and tell myself, today, I want to show my boobs, no, it depends on how I feel. My boobs, my talent and everything form part of the package,’ she said in an interview with Showbiz.

According to Sister Afia, though her boobs are not the reason why she is in the limelight, she is very proud showing them.

“I am very proud of my breasts. They are beautiful and nice. Most girls of today are all over looking for ways to enhance their bust artificially and if I am blessed with them naturally, why should I be ashamed of them. Honestly, I am blessed I must say and I won’t trade them for anything.

“Infact, I cannot do anything about the size of my boobs and how they stand out in clothes. I just have to love them and that is what I am doing. I don’t really care what anyone else thinks. So those who have been talking about them, I cannot help you.

“ I remember people had issues with my bikini pictures I released some weeks ago but the question is, what were they expecting me to wear at the beach. If they are not confident with what they have been endowed with by God, I am and I want to flaunt it,” she said.

Sister Afia who is in the studio currently is working on releasing songs with some of the makers and shakers of the music industry in Ghana and beyond.

“I want to come out with a number of songs by the end of the year and I hope to feature some of the big names who have paid their dues in West Africa like Sarkodie, Davido and Patoranking,” the Borkor artiste said.

Talking about working with AMG rapper, Medikal on her lastest song Borkor, she said, “Working with him was interesting and enjoyable. He was spot on with his rap deliveries and knew the right words to use.

“The video shoot was crazy, I wished the day never ended. He had the right attitude and his composure throughout the shoot was amazing. Medikal is a professional, a gentleman and I would not mind working with him again.

Born to Joe Essoun and Madam Perpetual Duncan Williams, Sista Afia said her favourite Ghanaian musicians are E.L, Efya and Kaakie all of whom she plans to do collaborations with some day.

Songs she has to her credit include Kro Kro No, Borkor, Jeje, Are You Ready, Yi Wani and Due.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

“I DON’T AGREE WITH THOSE WHO SAY MY CAREER IS DYING”- Samini

Afro-Dancehall Singer – Emmanuel Andrews Samini known simply as Samini said he disagrees with anyone who think he can’t keep up with the current music trends.

The “Time bomb” hit maker has revealed that, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy and other reigning dancehall acts do not give him tough time, hence he is not intimidated by their presence.

Speaking on Peace FM’s “Entertainment Review”, Samini said people who think that his music carrier is slowly dying after his beef with Shatta Wale ended, are totally wrong.

“I don’t agree with those who say my carrier is dying, I believe whatever result I had during my beef with Shatta Wale was supposed to happen, I just make sure I do the best for my fans that wait patiently for me to bring them the quality music am known for”

Samini stated emphatically that his progidy Stonebwoy and rival Shatta Wale are doing their best but he is not intimidated with them.

“Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy cannot give me tough time. Am not moved and intimidated by the presence of an art like Stonebwoy that I put out his first album“

Asked to mention his top five dancehall acts in Ghana without himself, Samini “Bra Kwesi I can dare you, you can’t list your top five dancehall artists in Ghana without including my name ,looking at the people I started with in 2001 till date, none of them is still relevant like I do , this should tell you how far we have come”.

Samini ended that, I know dancehall artist who made hit in 2003, vanished and came back in 2013, but I have remained relevant till now”.

Pushed by host Kwasi Aboagye to mention names, Samini told Akwasi Aboagye to go and research giving him a clue that , the individual he(Samini) is referring to is in the dancehall field.

Samini disclosed that he is currently working on his latest aldum which he said it is a 100% authentic Reggae album and he intends to push is harder on the international front.

He has released a first single “My Own” from his upcoming Reggae album.

Watch “My Own” video below:

Source:Eugene Osafo-Nkansah/Peacefmonline.com

I DATED YVONNE NELSON WHEN I WAS 19 – D-Black Reveals

Rapper/Businessman – Desmond Kwesi Blackmore better known by his stage name D-Black has disclosed that Yvonne Nelson was his girlfriend when he was nineteen years of age and entering University of Cape Coast.

According to the Rapper who is CEO – Black Avenue Muzik, things did not work out very well between them because they had to part ways with each other because they went to different schools and could not cope with the long distance relationship.

He said “I dated Yvonne Nelson when I was nineteen years old. I dated her before I became D Black and she became the Yvonne Nelson that we all know”, he revealed in a recent interview.

The Rapper also disclosed that he is close friends with Deborah Vanessa, the “Uncle Obama” hitmaker used to date one of his friends sometime back.This is a new addition to the number of male celebrities rumored to have dated the sexy actress. Before D-Black’s revelation, the likes of Iyanya and Ice Prince from Nigeria are rumored to have dated Yvonne. Others from Ghana included Rapper Trigmatic, Singer ChaseForver, Rapper Pappi Kojo, Broadcaster/Singer Jon Germain among others are all rumored to have dated the “If Tomorrow Never Comes” actress in the past.

However, Yvonne said she would not date any man from the entertainment industry after her past experiences and she has disclosed that she would no longer discuss her relationship and her private life in the media .

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

Fotos: CELEBS ON THE RED CARPET AT GOLDEN MOVIE AWARDS 2017

The third edition of Golden Movie Awards Africa 2017 came off on Saturday July 22, 2017 at the Movenpick Hotel, Accra.

Just like the previous editions, the stars dressed to impress on the red carpet with their respective fashion styles.

This year’s edition was hosted by popular Nigerian comedian Ayo Makun, and Actress Osas Ighodaro Ajibade.

Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA) is organised by NMJ Ghana to celebrate the achievements of the industry players in movie making on the African continent and the African diaspora.

Checkout the photos of the stars who came to shine on the glamorous night.

KALSOUME SINARE WINS “BEST ACTRESS” AT GOLDEN MOVIE AWARDS 2017

Actress Kalsoume Sinare has been adjudged best actress in the drama category at the just ended third edition of Golden Movie Awards.

Kalsoume Sinare who was nominated alongside Beverly Naya, Ivie Okujaye, Adesua Etomi and Zynell Zuh, won the award with the role she played in her self-produced epic movie titled “Sala”.

Kalsoume who was not present at the awards ceremony held on on Saturday, July 22 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, had this to say when Nkonkonsa.com caught with her.

“I am the now the Welfare Officer of Ghana Actors’ Guild so I was out of Accra to visit some of our old movie stars with some of the executives, that was why I couldn’t make it to the awards. First of all, I want to thank God for life and for giving me strength and I thank organizers of Golden Movie Awards. I want to say a big thank you to the entire cast and crew of Sala movie, especially to Kobi Rana. I also want to thank the media for their support and I thank all my fans and those who still follow Ghanaian movies and still believe in us. The best is yet to come”

“Sala” which grabs total of 14 nominations, won five awards on the night including; Golden Supporting Actress (Drama) – Emman Sinare , Golden Discovery Actor/Actress – Emman Sinare, Golden Story (Drama) and Golden Writer (Drama) – Kobi Rana.

Kalsoume Sinare is currently the Welfare Officer of the Ghana Actors Guild and she called on cooperate Ghana, individuals and organization to supports the Ghana Actors’ Guild and the movie industry in general.

Source:NKONKONSA.com

GLITZ STYLE AWARDS 2017 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!

Ghana’s premier lifestyle brand, Glitz Africa presents the third edition of its successful and highly anticipated event, “Glitz Style Awards”, which celebrates individuals setting trends and raising standards with their fashion style.

The awards, slated for Saturday, the 19th of August 2017, also seek to strengthen the growing fashion industry by establishing, developing and promoting international industry standards here in Ghana. The event is an opportunity for the fashion industry to celebrate and promote the extraordinary creative talents in Ghana and across the African continent.

The nominees for the various categories of 2017 Glitz Style Awards are;

•Red Carpet Designer of the Year 

1. Sima Brew
2. Marie Kipre (Totally Ethnik)
3. Elikem Kumordzie

•Model of the Year 

1. Aisha Med
2. Roselyn Ashkar
3. Prince Tona
4. Delphy Tetteh

•Style Influencer of the Year (Africa) 

1. Afua Rida
2. Violet N. A. Bannerman Obeng (Akosua Vee)
3. Nobel Igwe
4. Toke Makinwa

•Most Stylish Movie Star of the Year 

1. Joselyn Dumas
2. Jackie Appiah
3. Elikem Kumordzie
4. Zynell Zuh

•African Designer of the Year 

1. Mai Atafo
2. Oheneba Yaw Boamah (Abrantie)
3. Sima Brew

•Most Stylish Artiste of the Year 

1. Adina
2. Russell Edem Avornyo (Coded)
3. Okyeame Kwame

•Emerging Designer of the Year 

1. Margaret Asante Amankwah (Meg’Signature)
2. Quophi Michaels (Quophi Akotuah)
3. Bismark Nimoh-Poku (Nipo Skin)

•Most Stylish Business Executive of the Year 

1. Nathaniel Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray)
2. Lawyer Kwame Akuffo
3. Nana Kwame Bediako

•Fashion Blog of the Year (Africa) 

1. Style Vitae
2. Ghana Fashion Marketing
3. BellaNaija Style

•Best Dressed Celebrity on Red Carpet 

1. Nana Akua Addo
2. Zynell Zuh
3. Nana Ama McBrown
4. Victoria Michaels

•Fashion Photographer of the Year 

1. Joseph Livingstone Koduah (Dextdee)
2. Nii Djarbeng (Lightville)
3. Joseph Carlyle Amoateng (Phloshop)

•Most Stylish Media Personality of the Year 

1. Kojo Yankson
2. Berla Mundi
3. Kofi Okyere Darko
4. Nathaniel Attoh

•Makeup Artist of the Year 

1. Valerie Lawson
2. Lawrencia Owusu
3. Sandra Don-Arthur

To select the winners, the organizers approach over 200 members of the fashion industry to vote for the front runners of this year’s accolades. The voting guests mostly include industry players, journalists, fashion and entertainment bloggers, stylists, influencers and fashion icons. Just like the previous years, the general public will also have the chance to have their voices heard by voting for their favorites via social media.

The vote breakdown is as follows :

Glitz Style Awards Board: 40%
Selected voting Academy: 40%
Social Media: 20%

VICTORIA LEBENE’S SHORT FILM “BITTER SWEET WINE” WINS AWARD

Actress Victoria Lebene has won her first major award at the just ended Golden Movie Awards 2017.

Victoria played a lead character in a short film titled “Bitter Sweet Wine”, and the film which is yet to be released won the ‘Golden Short Film of the year award’ at the 2017 Golden Movie Awards held on Saturday July 22, at the plush Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

Victoria who received the award with her co-star Anthony Woode and the Director of the film Justice Ornan Abadah expressed her appreciation “We are overwhelmed and we appreciate the fact that we have this award. To those that believe in us or not, we are going to make you proud”.    

Actor, Anthony Woode and Victoria Lebene featured in an epic two-cast short film titled “Bitter Sweet Wine”. The film was shot at one location in Accra and directed by fast rising Ghanaian filmaker Justice Ornan Abadah.

Bitter Sweet wine film is about James (Anthony Woode) who decides to surprise his girlfriend (Victoria Lebene) on her birthday night with gifts.

“Bitter Sweet Wine” follows this two as they have a long night expressing love, pain and also revealing their cheating escapades. The short film is set to be released online on 1st of August 2017.

Check out more pictures from the awards.

Victoria Lebene with her co-star and Director of the movie

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

 

 

SHATTA MICHY & I ARE NOT READY TO MARRY NOW- Shatta Wale Reveals

Ghana’s most consistent Dancehall act Shatta Wale has revealed that he is not really married to his baby mama Diamond popular known as Shatta Michy.

The “Taking Over” Singer made the shocking statement on the “Total Showbiz” segment of Okay FM’s “Ekwansodwoodwoo” drive time show, suggesting that he is not officially married to Michy who is the mother of his son Majesty.

“We understand each other and our families are aware we are together and we are like siblings growing as a family. Sometimes I think we need time. There is no need to impress people that we are married. Sometimes the weddings and the whole ‘dondoo dondooo’ doesn’t really mean anything”. 

Quizzed further to be more specific with his marital status with Michy right now, the “Hosanna” hit maker said “In the family way, they are aware we are together but people who are ready are getting ready to get married but we are not yet there. Shatta Michy has a lot of things to do, she wants to finish her degree course, she wants to do business on her own and others things.  Me too, I want to really get more into my real estate business”

“My wife is still very young and she is now in school, she doing her business management thing. So when things get to where it has to be, she would also get whatever she wants”. 

Shatta Wale born Charles Nii Armah Mensah and his baby mother Shatta Michy real name Diamond Michelle Gbagonah who is an Actress/Businesswoman have been together for some years now and they welcomed their first child Majesty in 2015.

Source:Eugene Osafo-Nkansah/Peacefmonline.com 

GHANA FASHION REVIEW PANAL REACTS TO YVONNE NELSON’S COMMENT ON SLAYERS

Ghana’s foremost and most consistent celebrity red carpet fashion review body – the Ghana Fashion Review Panel have reacted to actress Yvonne Nelson’s recent rave on social media.

The “House of Gold” actress has questioned why movie stars in Ghana have now turned themselves into red carpet slayers instead of working hard to reviving the dead movie industry.

“Listen, let’s put in same energy to bring back the dead industry rather than slay on carpets cuz truthfully y’all know there’s no work!”, Yvonne tweeted.

She also stated in another tweet “The industry has so lost its way and they can’t even see it, they all going in that direction. Dressing up to be posted on SM”, 

However, the Ghana Fashion Review Panel led by Mr. Oscar Yao Doe who is President & Executive Chairman Eurostar Limousine, disagrees with Yvonne comments.

Read the full unedited statement from the panel below:

“Slayers will always slay! Yvonne Nelson is totally wrong and she misunderstood the Era we are now! The Era of showbiz glamour sparkling across the Oscar’s, Grammy, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film festival, Berlin Film festival, AMVCA, etc.

It’s absolutely wrong to suggest that slaying or red carpet glamour is killing movie the industry in Ghana. The Ghana Fashion Review Panel thinks it has rather added the missing link into the Showbiz industry and it should be maintained. Look at what Zylofon Media alone is doing for showbiz industry in Ghana! Slaying is the only element to generate public interest in showbiz industry, and that’s why Nigerian stars including Omotola, Rita Dominic, Genevieve, Mo Abudu etc do take their red carpet appearances seriously, even though they are also considered bigger showbiz icons globally and because they understood the need to take themselves seriously before the public can take them serious! Long and short is that Ghana Movie is not declining thanks to companies like Zylofon and co it’s making some progress; we are hopeful many others will come on board soon to compliment it! Yvonne Nelson has done her best over the years for movie industry in Ghana, but it’s obvious these days because of social media influence and also times has change so public expectations in showbiz are beyond only movie casting.

Showbiz is too broad and very unique! someone can shine in movie casting and someone can shine merely by their personality associated with showbiz , others can also shine through red carpet or even shine been a showbiz pundit! So it depends on one’s own God giving talent or the person unique personality! Others can also shine through showbiz blogging, showbiz photography etc! Showbiz glamour is bigger and lager and it’s can not be narrowed, even slaying alone can be a big hit for someone if you have the talent! It’s well established and it’s also a global trend that stars can be made instantly sometimes through appearance so slaying and red carpet appearance can be a life changing for someone.so therefore showbiz fashion and glamour are all part and parcel of the industry depending on individual talents and ability to improve fashion or grown fashion techniques. And typical example is Kenyan born lupita who got her moment with 12 years slave movie and since then she has been riding high on her appearance”.

Actress Yvonne Nelson has been silent after her tweets went viral. Meanwhile, there has been mix reaction within the movie industry and on the media landscape over her comments.

The Ghana Fashion Review is an initiative established in 2015 by car rental company Eurostar Global Limousine Group, with support from Nkonkonsa.com, Ameyawdebrah.com, Ghanagist.com, Ghkwaku.com, Ytainment.com, Starr FM, Zionfelix.net, Cypressgh.com, GHFashionMarketing, and 4Syte TV.

Since 2015 when panel was constituted, about $500,000 have been invested in awarding various celebrities to encourage them to take the fashion and glamour side of show business very serious.

Source: NKONKONSA.com