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ENTERTAINERS NEED TO GO INTO POLITICS TO PUSH FOR OUR INTEREST – Majid Michel

Actor Majid Michel has called for the need for more stakeholders in the creative arts industry to consider entering into politics to solve problems of their industry that requires political willpower to do so.

Speaking on United Showbiz on UTV on Saturday, he said the creative arts industry can’t force any government to do what they want without a number of them taking roles in government to influence it.

He indicated that every government has areas it is interested in and can’t be forced to like creative arts if it (government) doesn’t have an interest in it (creative arts).

“Mahama, if his personal interest as a leader is airport, that is where his passion is. Maybe Nana Addo’s personal interest is education. So he says free education. It comes down to the leader’s personal interest. So we need a leader who will say I love cinemas or film and in my time this is what I will do. But if you creatives are imposing your interest and he doesn’t like film and everyone in his government doesn’t like film and sees no reason why they should invest…That is why we need to go into politics. We need to go into politics to solve the problems that bother us,” Majid stated when he was questioned about government’s contribution to the movie industry.

Currently, a few creative arts personalities are seeking to go to Parliaments as MPs while others are playing minor roles in government.

Actors John Dumelo and Ebi Bright are seeking to receive parliamentary approval in the upcoming 2020 general election to go Parliament, but as to whether they will be fighting the cause of creatives is another issue.

Currently, there is actress Bibi Bright, music producer Mark Okraku Mantey and movie producer Socrates Sarfo serving various positions under the current New Patriotic Party government.

But Majid thinks there is more room for improvement. He also thinks that the movie industry looks dead now because individual businessmen who used to shoot movies have stopped investing in the sector, and there is a need for all and sundry to empower the private sector to invest in the movie industry.

 

MY BAN IN 2010 BROKE ME BUT ALSO MADE ME STRONG – Yvonne Nelson

Yvonne Nelson has said producers who ganged up to ban her from acting in 2010 was the reason she went into movie production.

The Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) in 2010 handed out a one-year ban to the actress over a confusion which ensued on a Venus Movie Production’s set. She had reportedly refused to show up on set for a scene with Jackie Appiah, who she had previously waited for but also didn’t show up. Yvonne’s excuse was that she had to go to school.

FIPAG called on its members and non-members alike not to feature the actress in their movies. They allegedly even went ahead to get distributors and marketers to also enforce the ban directive.

Even though Yvonne said she was broken by that incident, she didn’t give up. She managed to turn her ‘lemons into lemonade’.

“In 2010, something happened on set when we were shooting and they banned me. Roger Quartey was the head of affairs in the ban, and I want to say thank you to Roger for that thing that happened because if that didn’t happen like I wouldn’t have started production. What they did broke me but it made me strong and I started production. I registered my company and started producing movies, now I have my movies on Netflix,” she said on UTV’s United Showbiz on Saturday.

She appeared on the show with five other celebrated actors like Majid Michel, Van Vicker, Jackie Appiah, Nadia Buari and John Dumelo, all of whom have been relevant in the movie industry for over a decade and still counting.

All the six actors accused Roger Quartey, who was a production manager at that time, of cheating and not treating them well.

John Dumelo recounted how he received GH¢500 for his role in ‘The King Is Mine’ and never got to enjoy the money. Roger, he revealed, took GH¢250 out of that money while director Frank Rajah also took GH¢200 and he was left with just GH¢50.

Majid and Vicker made similar claims but when they were asked the one good thing Roger has done to their careers, Yvonne said she thanks Roger for spearheading her ban.

Currently, she is recognised as one of Ghana’s award-winning producers. Over time, she has produced movies like ‘The Price’, ‘House Of Gold’, ‘Single & Married’, ‘Single Married & Complicated’, ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’, ‘Heels & Sneakers’, ‘Sin City’ and ‘Fix Us’.

Meanwhile, her colleague Jackie Appiah said she would like to focus on acting because going back behind the cameras to produce is very stressful.

“I don’t like stress. Producing is very stressful and I congratulate all those who produce. They have done well. I prefer to do just acting but I have other things I do on the side; my private stuff,” Jackie indicated.

GHANAIAN CELEBRITIES CANNOT CRITICIZE POLITICIANS BECAUSE POLITICIANS FEED THEM – Kwaw Kese

Award-winning Ghanaian singer, Kwaw Kese known in real life as Emmanuel Kofi Botchwey has lashed out at his colleague celebs in a new video.

In a video posted on his official Instagram, Kwaw Kese was seen blasting his colleagues.

According to him, most celebs in Ghana are silent on pertinent issues in Ghana that need to be addressed for the general good.

The singer said this is the case because most of the celebs are in the pocket of politicians therefore they are unable to do so.

He then took another jab at his colleagues in the industry and said they were loud on social media over unnecessary issues but silent on national issues.

Kwaw Kese’s recent rant comes on the back of his opposition to the $150 being charged at the airport for COVID-19 tests for returnees.

According to him, the test costs just $5 in USA and was at a loss why the airport authorities would charge as high as $150 for the same test.

He stated categorically that should he step foot in Ghana, he would not pay such an amount for the test.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

I WANT TO MARRY JACKIE APPIAH AND WORSHIP HER LIKE A QUEEN – Osebo Reveals

Ghanaian fashion and style icon, Richard Brown popularly known as Osebo or Zaraman, has indicated his readiness to marry actress Jackie Appiah.

While speaking in an interview with Eugene Osafo-Nkansah of Nkonkonsa fame, Richard Brown said if he had the chance to marry Jackie Appiah, he would not even waste a week preparing for it.
When asked why he would choose Jackie Appiah over the millions of Ghanaian ladies, Richard Brown said Jackie Appiah was exceptionally beautiful and was very decent in her dressing.
Osebo added that as a man brought up in a home, Jackie would be the ideal lady for him because her character was also a selling point for her.
He said even though he is yet to meet Jackie Appiah, he admires her from a distance and is always glad to even see her photos on social media.
According to him, there were three women in Ghana that he admires currently: Nana Ama McBrown, Martha Ankomah and Jackie Appiah.
He however said he would choose Jackie Appiah any day and marry her to treat her like a queen.
He also wondered why Ghanaian men were not approaching Jackie Appiah to ask her out.
But he answered his own question and said it was probably due to the fact that the star actress was looking for someone in her class to date.
According to Osebo, that too could be very dangerous. He however said on camera that he admired Jackie Appiah a lot and would love to get to know her.

Source: Eugene Osafo-Nkansah/Peacefmonline.com

 

 

AFIA SCHWARZENEGGER SUES PINAMANG COSMETICS; DEMANDS $100,000 COMPENSATION

Outspoken Ghanaian on-air and on-screen personality, Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa popularly known as Afia Schwarzenegger, has sued Ghanaian cosmetic brand, Pinamang Cosmetics.

In a writ currently going viral on social media, Afia Schwar, through her lawyers, claimed that working as a brand ambassador for the cosmetic line has done her more harm than good.
In explaining further, the writ indicated that Pinamang Cosmetics gave the controversial TV and radio personality some products to use to prove the effectiveness of their brand.
However, this did not go well since the product rather blackened her elbows and knuckles.
The lawyers of the Afia Schwar went on to add that subsequent products given to their client to remedy the situation ended up making matters even worse.
As a result, the TV and radio star is suing the cosmetic company and is asking for compensation in the sum of $100,000.
This follows some allegations made that the CEO of Pinamang Cosmetics reportedly asked that Afia Schwar does something crazy to get attention for the brand and to be also given an ambassadorial position.
Source: NKONKONSA.com 

I AM NOT QUITTING COMEDY- DKB Insists

DKB has disappointed people who were jubilating over his announcement earlier this week that he was quitting comedy.

This is because the ‘King of Ghanaian comedy’ has made a U-turn, indicating he is no longer quitting.

DKB indicated that the earlier decision to say bye to the comedy industry was just a prank to ‘expose’ his enemies.

“I faked my retirement from comedy and so many people who wished my downfall were exposed, including this dim-witted blogger,” he said and refused to mention who the blogger is because he didn’t want to promote the person.

“I have two questions I need your help with; is doing comedy in Ghana a crime to receive such enormous amount of hatred? How come you’ll never find such degrading stories on Nigerian websites about Nigerian comedians,” he added in a statement to News-One.

At the moment, DKB is one of Ghana’s most relevant comedians around. Although he is doing well, he has often complained of lack of major support for the comedy industry.

He re-echoed that in a recent post that he was fed up with insults and disrespect from people after choosing to make people laugh. Then, he added that he might want to retire to save his mental health.

“I’m RETIRING from comedy. I’m tired. Enough of negativity & disrespect, I didn’t kill anyone, I just make people laugh, so why the insults in return? My mental health is important to me. So-called fans also don’t show love publicly. I’ve lifted Ghana comedy, done my part,” he had indicated earlier.

Eventually, it all turned out to be a prank he was pulling on his followers.

RAY STYLES STUDIOS CEO CONFIRMED DEAD IN INDIA

Ghanaian artist, Emmanuel Apraku popularly known as Ray Styles is dead.

This was announced by television and radio personality, Giovanni Caleb today on his Twitter page.

A family source has confirmed the sad news to Nkonkonsa.com, adding that Ray died in India while undergoing liver surgery.

The death of the artist follows months of battle with liver cancer. Pictures of the talented artist looking sick and helpless had hit social media in August 2020, drawing attention to his urgent need for surgery.

Emmanuel Apraku was in need of £40,000 to undergo urgent surgery. While a GoFundMe account was set up on Wednesday, August 19 to raise $55,000 to support Emmanuel, a tweet via his handle said the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo had donated $20,000 to help cover the cost of his treatment.

The development resulted in some celebrities taking to their social media platforms to solicit funds for the talented young man.

Through the collaborative effort of social media users and celebrities his family was able to raise funds beyond the targeted £40,000 needed for the surgery. But sources close to the family say he passed on today.

Among other things, Ray Styles is known to actively support numerous social awareness campaigns through his art.

ANY ARTISTE WHO SHOWS OFF THEIR WEALTH LACKS TALENT & LOVE – Stephanie Benson

UK-based Ghanaian musician Stephanie Benson, has said that a true artiste needs no record labels to showcase their talent.

According to the relationship expert, an artist needs no titles and those who go about showing off their wealth clearly prove that they have no talent.

She tweeted, “A True Artist needs no Labels No Titles, just a stage & imagination. It’s okay to enjoy an artist without The Label, ok to aspire to an artist with nothing to offer but Talent. An artist who shows wealth is lacking in what Money cannot buy Talent & love. Give ur adoration wisely. Music is Music whatever the genre is. Don’t get caught up in differences. It’s the differences that define us.”

The mother of five who still looks “hot” despite her age, has been using her social media platforms to help couples mend their relationships. She also helps those who are in toxic relationships find a way to leave before things escalate.

She recently advised young ladies to work hard and make their own money if they want to be taken seriously by the men they date.

“I DON’T ENTERTAIN UNNECESSARY GOSSIP” – Jackie Appiah Denies Pregnancy Rumors

Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah has denied rumours that she is pregnant with the child of Liberian President George Oppong Weah.

The actress in an interview laughed-off and dismissed reports of the said pregnancy which have gone viral in recent weeks.

“Please ignore all rumours, do I look like (I’m pregnant?) Please, it’s not true,” Jackie said in an interview with blogger SammyKay.

“I don’t entertain unnecessary gossip, you understand. Do I look Like I am pregnant over here?”.

Reports of Jackie’s pregnancy were sparked after a post by a popular Instagram user.

FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS’ MOTHER DIES AGED 101

Mother of former President Jerry John Rawlings, Madam Victoria Agbotui, who recently celebrated her 101st birthday has died.

Sources close to the Rawlings family say Madam Agbotui had been unwell for some time now.

The one-time head of the catering department at the presidency during Rawlings’ era celebrated her 101st birthday on September 9.

The native of Dzelukope near Keta in the Volta Region marked the milestone in the company of Mr Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings.

She has been firmly behind her son in all aspects of his life [including his political career], however, she first appeared in the political scene when her son staged a coup in 1979.

Madam Victoria Agbotui was born on September 9, 1919.