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I AM DATING BUT KEEPING IT SECRET FOR NOW– Yvonne Okoro

Ghanaian star actress, Yvonne Okoro, has revealed that she is currently in a serious relationship but she has refused to give details of the man in her life.

Contrary to rumours suggesting that she was single, Okoro said she is not, adding that she is currently seeing someone. She made this revelation on the ‘McBrown Kitchen’ show on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

She was on the show to cook what is locally known as ‘mpotonpoto’. Okoro, however, refused to name who this man is, stressing that she wanted to keep that a secret for some time. Explaining her reasons for the secrecy, the actress said she wants to keep her private life away from the media and public.

According to her, broadcasting her relationship as she had done in the past has not helped her, and so she had learnt a lesson to “zip her mouth” this time round.

She noted also that society frowns on and brand women who happen to have had more boyfriends as bad people without even knowing what happens in the relationship which leads to the breakup. “On the other hand, society does not see anything wrong with a man who has more relationships, they are viewed as champions while we (women) are called names so I am zipping my mouth now,” Yvonne sadly said.

She also made further revelation about her family life, giving her full name as Yvonne Chinyere Okereke Okoro. Okoro disclosed that her mother was a trader and enterprenuer. Her father, an Ibo from Nigeria, she said, was a farmer and a real estate developer. Asked how she got herself in the movie industry, Yvonne said it was at the urge of her mother who saw that she had the talent to act. Yvonne further revealed that though her father is a Nigerian, he is married to two Ghanaian women, and they all live happily.

AMA K ABEBRESE CALLS FOR SANCTION ON BLEACHING CREAM COMPANIES

Actress and Media Personality Ama K Abebrese has suggested that punitive measures must be taken against companies who flouted the Food & Drug Authority’s (FDA) regulations on skin bleaching products.

The ‘Sinking Sands’ actress, who has been campaigning against skin bleaching, told NEWS-ONE on Tuesday that the authorities must make the law work in order to serve as deterrent to others.

The FDA, in a press statement earlier this week, released a list of some 41 harmful cosmetic products on the Ghanaian market. It warned the public against using the products, which it said contain harmful substances, including mercury, hydroquinone and steroids.

The FDA, therefore, directed the producers of the harmful products to recall them from the market with immediate effect.

The directive was issued after investigations on the Ghanaian market revealed that the cosmetic products contain some harmful substances which violate the Standards Authority Act, 1973 (N.R.C.D.1 173), as well as Sections 111 (c) and 113 (b) of the Public Health Act, 2012, Act 851.

Among the products are Zoe Peau Sublime Beauty Lotion, Zoe Peau Sublime Face Corrective Cream and Beauty Clinic Whitening Lotion, all by IVO Ghana Limited, Dodo Beauty Lightening Lotion by Magic Dodo Limited, Bioskin Lightening Body Lotion by Paradise Cosmetics Limited, among others.

In the statement signed by its Head of Communications & Public Education Department, James Lartey, he said the companies whose products “contain these substances (mercury, hydroquinone and steroids) have been directed to initiate an immediate recall of their products from the market as they pose a potential health risk.”

He didn’t state any punitive measures which would be taken against those companies.

But, according to Sections 111 (c) of the Public Health Act, 2012, Act 851, “A person commits an offence if that person sells a drug, herbal medicinal product, cosmetic, medical device or household chemical substance which is adulterated.”

Ama K, who commended the FDA for alerting the public about harmful products, argued that there is a need to punish the companies involved.

“I think this is a great initiative on the part of the FDA. They are making the public aware of these harmful products that are readily sold across the country.

My question is; now that these companies and their harmful products have been highlighted what sanctions, if at all will these companies face for selling or distributing these products in the country,” she said.

“I do think that there should be repercussions on these companies as they are breaking the law as far as Ghana’s ban on skin bleaching ingredients like hydroquinone. The law needs to be work on this,” she added.

“I WISH I HAD STRONG ARMS I COULD GO HOME TO” -Efia Odo

Actress and TV Presenter, Efia Odo has still not gotten used to being single, after her relationship with Businessman, Kwaku Revloe felt apart.

Efia Odo is obviously missing having a bae! According to her she feels like always been at work because there’s nothing to go home to.

Efia Odo who recently landed a job at Okay FM says, she always gets immersed in her job these days as she has no man in life to rush home to, so she can rest in his arms.

She wrote on Twitter:

“I actually love being at work rather than being at home.. still tryna figure out why. I mean maybe cuz I love my job, but maybe if I had some strong arms to go home to every night I would love being home rather . This is sad tho”. 

Meanwhile, the sexy actress has now resolved not to flaunt her next relationship on social media like she did with her ex boyfriend, Kwaku Revloe after her bad experience.

Efia, who is now a presenter on Okay FM hosting the show, “Me and You”, said the only time she will show off her significant other is when the guy puts a ring on it and asked her listeners to take a cue from her experience.

“You people should learn from me, please do not flaunt your partner on social media until you are married to him or her. I am not saying social media is not good but play it safe.

“The thing is that, when you put your things on social media it goes all out so if something goes wrong you cannot go back to withdraw it because it is already out there, you cannot change the story,” she said.

Efia continued, “I also learnt that this part of the world is different from elsewhere, we are in Ghana not in America so some things do not work here. For me, I have learnt my lesson so you should take it from me.”

Source: NKONKONSA.com  

ATEWA EXHIBITION SET FOR JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 2  

A Rocha Ghana, an environmental NGO together with partners presents and invites the general public to the first Atewa Exhibition at the British Council, Accra.

The exhibition is under the theme: “Securing Atewa for Prosperity and Wellbeing beyond Today”.

The menace and impact of galamsey has affirmed the urgent need to secure Ghana’s natural heritage and water sources for our wellbeing today and that of generations unborn. To achieve this, there is an urgent need for Ghana to prioritize “green landscape” development strategies and build socio-economic resilient frameworks to sustain it developmental agenda. Against this background, we need to secure Atewa forest against all odds and generate public independent actions to encourage government to reverse bauxite-mining plans and ensure the long-term sustainability of the forest landscape.

The Atewa Forest, found in the Eastern Region, is the source of the Densu River, which feeds the Weija Dam and several water treatment plants. Also the source of two other important rivers; the Birim and Ayensu, which together provides water to at least 5 million people in Greater Accra, Eastern Region and the Central Region of Ghana. It is also home to over 100 identified critically endangered plant and animal species, some of which are rare and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2pm (Opening Ceremony)

Exhibition will be open thereafter from Thursday, 31st January to Saturday, February 2, 2019 each day.

Venue: British Council, Accra

Time: 10:00 am-7:00pm each day

The entire the event is free and open to the general public and will start at 10:00am prompt. Attendance for the event shall include members of the diplomatic missions here in Ghana, government agencies, schools, research agencies, civil society organizations, policy think-tanks, community members as well the general public.

Event partners

Tropenbos Ghana, Friends of the Earth, Herp Ghana, Ghana Institute of Foresters, Ghana Wildlife Society, Rainforest Trust, Biodiversity Advocates, Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape and the Netherlands Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and powered by Carbon AV.

GIOVANI CALEB LEAVES EIB NETWORK TO TV3

One of the strongest voices and familiar faces of the EIB Network, Giovani Caleb, has been poached to TV3.

The Co-host of Starr Drive on Starr 103.5 FM and Duvet on GhOne TV has left the EIB set for 3FM, a radio brand of Media General- owners of TV3.

Giovani Caleb confirmed the move on his Instagram and Facebook page moments ago. He expressed appreciation to viewers and listeners of Duvet and the Drivetime for making him. He also thanked the EIB network and its CEO Bola Ray for the opportunity.

It is unclear the reasons for the sudden move but sources say Giovani, who has seen his career blossomed since joining the Bola Ray-led EIB Network some three years ago, has been offered a mouth-watering deal by Media General to help build their radio station brand in addition to the heavyweights already there including Kwakye Afreh Nuamah, Johnny Hughes, Winston Amoah, Grace Asare, Komla Klutse among others.

The versatile radio-cum- TV personality left Starr FM today. Sources say he has already informed management of EIB of his decision to move on.

Giovani upon joining EIB network has become a household name attracting regular Emceeing gigs and other related endeavours. He also co-hosts the popular television sex education show Duvet on GHOne television with Miss Nancy.

Read his full post below:

“There are decisions that are very hard to make, but there comes a time in our life where God’s plans supersedes our own. I want to use this opportunity to thank EIB NETWORK for the amazing journey. Thanks to you fans and listeners of #DUVET and #StarrDRIVE. The team at @starr1035fm & @ghonetv and of course the Emperor himself @bolarayofficial. Wishing the whole company all the best for the future. God bless us all”.

Source: NKONKONSA.com

BEYONCE AND JAY Z TO VISIT GHANA

Power couple and international Music icons, Beyonce and Jay Z would possibly visit Ghana this year as part of Ghana’s “Year of Return” activities.

2019, dubbed the “Year of Return”, marks 400 years of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade and a lot of African Americans have taken it upon themselves to “return” to their roots in commemoration of the anniversary.

As part of this initiative, Boris Kodjoe led 40 other Black American Hollywood stars to the country a few weeks ago for tourism and philanthropic work.

Reports coming in from Emmanuel Kojo Mensah, the Marketing Manager of Royal Senchi Hotel, indicate that Beyoncé and Jay Z will be the next set of people to visit the country.

“ I am told that with the visit of Boris Kodjoe and the rest, people in the states are discussing the Royal Senchi Hotel because they have seen pictures videos and other images Boris and his guys took when they came to our facility.

Jay Z and Beyonce who saw and liked the pictures, I am told, are planning a visit to Ghana and for that matter the Royal Senchi Hotel. This year the Tourism Ministry says it is the Year Of Return and we are all up for it,” he said.

Boris Cudjoe and his friends from Hollywood resided at Royal Senchi when they came for their visit.

The ‘Year of Return”, earmarked by the Ghana Tourism Authority is aimed at inviting persons in the Diaspora to visit Ghana.

DON’T FLAUNT YOUR PARTNER ON SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL YOU MARRIED- Efia Odo

It is said that it’s only a fool who does not learn from his or her mistakes. So it is in order that actress, Efia Odo has now resolved not to flaunt her next relationship on social media like she did with her ex boyfriend, Kwaku Revloe after her bad experience.

Efia, who is now a presenter on Okay FM hosting the show, “Me and You” on Fridays, said the only time she will show off her significant other is when the guy puts a ring on it and asked her listeners to take a cue from her experience.

“You people should learn from me, please do not flaunt your partner on social media until you are married to him or her. I am not saying social media is not good but play it safe.

“The thing is that, when you put your things on social media it goes all out so if something goes wrong you cannot go back to withdraw it because it is already out there, you cannot change the story,” she said.

Efia continued, “I also learnt that this part of the world is different from elsewhere, we are in Ghana not in America so some things do not work here. For me, I have learnt my lesson so you should take it from me.”

In a previous interview with Showbiz, Efia Odo said no one can take her man away.

“I am not bothered at all, they should come for him. We have a God factor, how can someone take what God has given me? Such people should get a life and stop poking their noses into my affairs. He is a responsible guy and lives a low key life so where are they going to find him?” she questioned.

Throughout the interview, Efia Odo, who could not hide how smitten she was with Rev said, “I am so in love I must say. I was not looking for love, I did not go searching, it came to me.”

Unfortunately, barely three months after this interview the relationship crashed with rumours claiming Rev dumped Efia because she was a social media freak and was constantly put their dealings in public, something he was not in favour of.

NAM1 IS CHILLING & DRINKING PINA COLADA…YOU ALL GOT PLAYED – Lydia Forson Tells Menzgold Customers

Ghanaian actress and movie producer, Lydia Forson has announced to all Menzgold customers to kill their hopes of getting their invested Menzgold capital at their back as NAM1 is never going to pay anybody.

According to the popular screen goddess, all Menzgold customers should forget their investment with embattled CEO of Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah.

In a tweet on her Twitter handle, Lydia claims that the CEO of menzgold, NAM1 is somewhere enjoying himself, chilling and drinking expensive wine, pina colada.

The 34-year-old actress who doubles as writer and producer further opined that Nana Appiah Mensah won’t face any trial in Ghana or anywhere despite EOCO and the police coming out to announce it.

She tweeted: “This guy is chilling somewhere drinking pina colada’s. He won’t face trial.
You won’t get your money either. You all got played.”

Well, Lydia Forson seems not to be the only Ghanaian celebrity having that negative thought, Ghanaians young millionaire, Ibrah1 has also been making the same allegations since it was brought to Ghanaians attention that the Owner of Menzgold had been arrested in Dubai and will be facing trials on 2nd February.

MARRIAGE HAS CHANGED ME – Bibi Bright

Until she remarried, actress Bibi Bright was not known for her patience. Very little things upset her and she could not accommodate anyone. But today, she tells Showbiz that marriage has made her very patient and she is happy about that.

“Little things used to upset me and I couldn’t live with anyone else apart from myself, but today, I am comfortable with anyone around me. Things that used to upset me no longer do,” she said.

According to her, she has realised that patience is everything and she is now mature because of that.

“I am now able to control myself and forget about little things that made me get mad before. I have been able to tolerate my husband no matter the highest provocation,” she said.

Bibi Bright says there is no situation she cannot handle now because she has developed a tough skin.

She loves children and she tells Showbiz she would love to have 10 children. “Although I have two kids, my plan is to make it 10 because my husband Akwasi Boateng and I love children. I want to surround myself with my children when I am old,” she revealed.

Known for movies such as Lost in His Glory, Promise Beyond, Spiritual Killer, My Home, Leave My Wife, Occult Girl and New Adabraka, Bibi Bright is very hopeful the movie industry will bounce back again.

She was recently almost defrauded by an ECG official who told her changing her prepared meter would cost her GH¢500. Now the angry actress, who is embarking on a “Say no to Corruption” campaign, is pleading with the government to look into matters like this.

This is what Bibi Bright posted on her Instagram page: “I campaigned for this government for change! And change is one thing that #ECGNEEDS!! Stop corruption at ECG! 

“The guy told me to do what I wanted and that it would not get anywhere! Obviously he is too comfortable with his ways of corruption! He knows for years that the corruption at ECG has no stop! Let’s rise up as a people as a generation and fight corruption! It must stop!!!!”

Source: Graphic Showbiz

ECONOMIC & ORGANIZED CRIME OFFICE GOES AFTER ZYLOFON MEDIA SIGNEES

The Menzgold saga has taken another dimension. According to reports, the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has started going after signees of Menzgold sister company Zylofon Media.

The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has turned it’s attention on the celebrities signed unto the Nana Appiah Mensah owned Zylofon Media and the thousands of Cedis assets given to these celebrities in an attempt to have the assets seized, Ghpage has gathered.

Ghpage.com has reported that, EOCO has expressed interest and seizing not just the assets of Nana Appiah Mensah aka NAM1, they want to seize all the assets of his sister company, Zylofon Media.

With this intent, Zylofon artists may likely get their properties seized.

Shatta Wale’s Ship house Mansion, Becca’s Beauty Spa, Stonebwoy’s 3 bedroom mansion as well as all the assets given to Joyce Blessing, Kumi Guitar, Obibini, Jame Gardiner, Toosweet Annan, Benedicta Gafah, Bibi Bright and Zynell Zuh risk being seized by EOCO.

From what Ghpage has gathered, EOCO can have these assets seized if they are able to obtain the warrant because as stated in the contract signed by these celebrities, the assets stated in their respective contract will be in the name of Zylofon Media until their contract is over.

Only then will the property deeds be changed into their names.

So technically, Shatta Wale’s mansion, Becca’s Spa which Ghpage gathers was funded by Zylofon Media, the luxurious cars and others are the properties of Zylofon Media.

Already EOCO has frozen the accounts of Nana Appiah Mensah and has urged the public to come forward with any knowledge of accounts opened by NAM1 with different names.

The Executive Director of EOCO, Mr. K.K Amoah told the media:

“What we are telling the public is that anyone with information on his other accounts should let us know because we believe he might have used different names to open such accounts and so friends, the family should let us know about other accounts.”