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CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR ANGRY AT GHANAIANS FOR ‘ATTACKING’ MOESHA

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, is angry with Ghanaians for condemning Ghanaian actress and model, Moesha Boduong, over her assertion that Ghanaian women offer sex for survival due to unfavourable economic conditions.

Ms. Boduong, in an interview with Christiane on the series ‘Sex and Love Around the World,’ stated that in Ghana, the economy is so hard that women had to sleep with married men for their livelihood.

What did Moesha really say?

“In Ghana our economy is such a way that you need someone to take care of you. You can’t make enough money as a woman here. Because even when you want to get an apartment, in Ghana they take two years’ advance and I just started working. Where will I get money to pay?” she told Christiane.

The interviewer, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who looked shocked by Moesha’s response asked: “are you basically telling me that you are having sex with this guy to pay your rent?”

“Because he can afford to take care of you. He takes care of me, my financials, my apartment, my car, my rent, everything,” Moesha replied.

When asked what the man expects from her in return, she told Christiane: “he expects me to be loyal and take care of him and give him sex when he wants.”

This came up in a conversation on how being a mistress is a financial decision.

Many people including the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection criticized her for painting a false picture about Ghanaian women. However, in an article written by the host Christiane Amanpour, she said she was disappointed that Ghanaians condemned Moesha for opening up to her on the show.

“So it was quite distressing to hear that one of our contributors, Moesha Boduong, has been the target of public shaming by the Ghanaian press and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Numerous media outlets in Ghana have taken to villainizing this young woman based on an excerpt of the conversation included in a 1 minute, 30-second video of “Sex and Love,” she wrote.

She added that she was not sure Moesha was safe and would want to return to Ghana to face more humiliation from the press and the people of Ghana.

“As a woman and a journalist, I’m hurt and angry to see such an innocent woman condemned by the press and by many people on social media in this way. It’s to the point that Moesha is not sure she can return to Ghana safely..,” she stated.

Read Christiane Amanpour’s full article below:

Amanpour: Women everywhere should be able to speak freely about sex and love

When we started filming the CNN Original Series “Sex & Love Around The World,” I was both curious and nervous about what we might find.

It turned out that all along my journey, no matter the country, culture or religion, I heard stories about sex and family honor being used as weapons to silence women and keep them under control. Religion, politics and tradition are often in a conspiracy against love, sexuality and free choice, especially for women.

And yet, I was also encouraged to see signs of change. Everywhere we went, women were having more of a say about sexual satisfaction, consent and connection, and young people were reshaping the idea of modern love.

This series was meant to look at sex and love from the perspective of women who have not always been heard — and frankly, who have not always been asked these types of questions. I wasn’t sure that anyone would actually agree to speak with me on camera, but I was pleasantly surprised by how vocal women were and how much they were willing to share!

I learned so much talking with dozens of everyday individuals in cities around the world, including a former porn star in Delhi who had just adopted a baby girl, a host in Tokyo who is paid to simply entertain lonely women in sexless marriages, and an actress in Accra who happened to fall in love with a married man.

So it was quite distressing to hear that one of our contributors, Moesha Boduong, has been the target of public shaming by the Ghanaian press and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Numerous media outlets in Ghana have taken to villainizing this young woman based on an excerpt of the conversation included in a 1 minute, 30 second video of “Sex and Love.”

As the host and the namesake of this series, I feel compelled to speak up on behalf of our contributor. I want people to recognize Moesha’s right to speak up and the courage she showed by sharing such intimate details about her personal life.

As a woman and a journalist, I’m hurt and angry to see such an innocent woman condemned by the press and by many people on social media in this way. It’s to the point that Moesha is not sure she can return to Ghana safely. I am so surprised to see this happening in Accra, a city that has rightly got so much attention recently for being one of the most economically and politically successful capitals in Africa. Indeed I was heartened while I was in Accra, listening to a speech by the President himself, defending the rights of the free press to report fully, accurately and fairly.

That is what we did, with help from the many wonderful Ghanaians who participated in this beautiful story. It was a range of women, young and mature, single, married, divorced, widowed, Christian, Muslim, Vodun, a bead seller, an OBGYN, even a market queen: Everyone acknowledged that love in Accra is complex but no one judged the choices another woman makes in the pursuit of love and happiness. And in this city that calls itself the most religious in the world, we spoke to men, too, including the Archbishop of the Action Chapel megachurch who told us “We don’t put women down in our society. We don’t do that. I’m surrounded by women. The success of my ministry, many, many ways I can equate it to the women around me.”

I urge my colleagues in the Ghanaian press to reserve judgment for the whole episode, and for the people to understand that all must be seen in context, not judged on one excerpt.

I also respectfully urge the President of Ghana and the minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection to stand up for the rights of one of their own who was simply enjoying a carefree, boisterous and mostly humorous conversation with me.

I want women all over the world to know they can and should be able to talk about matters of sex and love without fear and without shame.

EBONY’S FATHER REVEALS THAT EBONY WAS ABUSED SEVERALLY BY HER MANAGER

Nana Opoku Kwarteng, father of the late dancehall musician Ebony Reigns has revealed that his daughter was verbally abused on several occasions by her manager, Bullet of Rufftown Records.

According to him, Ebony at the latter part of her music career was not the least happy with her management due to how poorly they handled her.

There were reports that the young award winning artiste was actually bent on parting ways with the record label that discovered and made her a star days before her death.

Boss of the wealthy media organization Zylofon Media, Nana Appiah Mensah disclosed that Ebony prior to her demise asked him to pay Bullet off so she could join Zylofon Media and be free.

He disclosed this in a tweet eulogizing the artiste who lost her life through a gory accident yesterday.

Nana Appiah Mensah’s tweet said “We had a fruitful meeting and reached an Agreement just last Tuesday. “Please help me pay him for my bail out. I want to be free”. I hope you’re free now & finds absolute peace in the bosom of the almighty God. Let’s pay CRITICAL ATTENTION to our female artists”.

Ebony’s father, Nana Opoku Kwarteng in an interview on Peace FM Saturday said even though her daughter told her about the predicament she found herself, worried as he was, he couldn’t really do much to free her from the shackles of Rufftown Records because Ebony was bound to a contract.

“She told me about the abuse severally, she was not happy with her management led by Bullet, she complained bitterly about her situation. As a father who so much loved his daughter, that hurt me. I was always praying for her to get out of that situation but there was a contract she’d signed, so she needed to abide by that, she had no option. I just kept my cool about what she was going through.”

Ebony lost her life when her car was involved in a head-on collision with a bus while travelling from the Brong Ahafo region to the Greater Accra region where she was expected to travel to Belgium to perform at the Belgium edition of Ghana Meets Naija.

EBONY REIGNS MAKES HISTORY AT VGMA 2018

There were lots of cheers and tears at 2018 edition of the Ghana Music Awards which came off at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Saturday.

Late sensational Singer Ebony Reigns made history as the first female artiste to win the ultimate “Artiste of the Year” award since the inception of Ghana Music Awards in 1999 and and the first time an artiste is winning that particular award posthumously.

Ebony also won the “Afro Pop Sing of the year” and “Album of the year” and her Manager Bullet also won “Song Writer of the year” for writing Ebony’s hit song “Maame Hw3”. All the awards were received on her behalf by her parents and her management team.

There was an all-female performance by Akosua Agyapong, Efya, MzVee and Adina in memory of the late Ebony.

Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng popularly know as Ebony Reigns met her untimely death on Thursday, February 8, 2018 together with her friend Franky Kuri and her bodyguard Francis Atsu Vondee, a Lance Corporal in the Ghana Air Force guide when the jeep they were traveling in, slammed into an oncoming ‘VIP bus’ on the Kumasi – Sunyani road.  All 3 of the died on the spot.

The annual Awards recognises the works of musicians and producers who have excelled during the year under review of the awards – January 1 to December 31, 2017.

Below is the full list of winners:

Artiste of the Year

Ebony

Gospel Song of the Year

‘Bo Noo Ni’ by Joe Mettle

Hip Pop Song of the Year

‘Grind Day (Remix)’ by Kwesi Arthur

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

‘My Own’ by Samini

Hiplife Song of the Year

‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Afro Pop Song of the Year

‘Sponsor’ by Ebony

Highlife Song of the Year

‘Odo’ by Kidi

Gospel Artiste of the Year

Joe Mettle

Highlife Artiste of the Year

Kuami Eugene

Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year

Sarkodie

Songwriter of the Year

Bullet for ‘Maame Hw3’

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year

Stonebwoy

Best Collaboration of the Year

Shatta Wale & SM Militants (Taking Over)

Rapper of the Year

Sarkodie

Best Group of the Year

Wutah

Best Music Video of the Year

‘Obi Agyi Obi Girl’ by Gyo of Phamous Philms

Best Male Vocalist of the Year

Joe Mettle

Best Female Vocalist of the Year

Adina

African Artiste of the Year

Davido

Record of the Year

‘State of the Art’ by Teephlow

Best New Artiste of the Year

Kuami Eugene

Song of the Year

‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Album of the Year

Bonyfied (Ebony)

Traditional Artiste of the Year

Amamerefo Music and Dance Ensemble

Instrumental Artiste of the Year

Dominic Quashie

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Naa Amanua Doodo of Wulomei

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

TV3 BLAMES CHARTERHOUSE OVER VGMA TRANSMISSION BROUHAHA

TV3 has, in a statement, explained the brief disruption in its live coverage of the 19th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) last Saturday and indirectly blamed Charterhouse for the disruption.

The statement said the disruption was caused by a lost feed from the event organisers, Charterhouse, who produced the show.

The live telecast of the 2018 VGMAs on Saturday was disrupted at the same time the station’s former news anchor, Nana Aba Anamoah, was on stage to present an award.

A lot of people who watched the award ceremony on TV took to social media to condemn the TV network, alleging it deliberately took Nana Aba off its screens.

Some people poked fun at the whole scenario on their social media platforms, while others argued it was because it is a wrong platform for Nana Aba to ask such a question.

But the station took to Twitter to clear the air and apologised to viewers in a tweet that seemed to suggest the fault came from TV3.

“Apologies for the loss in transmission. We had a technical issue that briefly affected the live feed of the #VGMA2018. Issue was rectified immediately. We got back, so you didn’t miss any of the winners,” the network said in a tweet.

However its statement on Monday said after post awards investigation, it revealed that the disruption didn’t come from TV3.

“During the live transmission of the 19th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), TV3 experienced a brief disruption in service which impacted our viewers across the country.

“Our team, working with our partners and event organisers, Charterhouse, urgently got to work to ensure transmission was restored to our cherished viewers immediately.

Post the awards, investigations were conducted into the cause of the disruption which revealed that the feed from Charterhouse, who produced the show, to TV3 was briefly interrupted causing the break in transmission,” the statement said.

“As the leading media organisation in Ghana with extensive experience in live productions, we appreciate and understand the technical challenges inherent in producing an event such as the VGMAs. We are aware that the break in transmission from Charterhouse to TV3 was of a technical nature and not deliberate. We apologise to our viewers for the brief loss in transmission and have taken your feedback in good faith. We will continue to work towards delivering superior content that enriches your viewing experience. But above all, it is our hope that you (our viewers) enjoyed our coverage of the awards,” it added.

“I’M NOT SCARED OF ANYTHING” – Sandra Ankobiah

Lawyer Sandra Ankobiah has disclosed that nothing scares her.

According to her, when she sets her sight on something, she works hard at achieving the feat.

She made this known while chatting with her followers on Twitter.

She said “I’m not scared of anything. Not even death. It’s a part of life”.

Sandra Ankobia spoke about her life and career as she encouraged her followers to be the best at whatever they do because that breeds excellence and success.

Source: Ghanafuo

ACTRESS AMA K. ABEBRESE PREGNANT

Ghanaian actress Ama Konadu Abebrese is pregnant and she is expecting in July/August, a source close to the actress has told GhanaCelebrities.Com.

Ama K. Abebrese got married privately in Ghana to a younger mixed race dude she met when she was at TV3.

Since the marriage, Ama K spends much of her time in Takoradi where the husband is based.

Just as she kept her marriage private, we are told she is hiding her pregnancy too—the new thing Ghanaian Celebrities do.

Congrats to Ama K. Abebrese!

COLOMBIAN RAPPER, MC DEMENTOR PULLS MAMMOTH CROWD IN TAMALE

Popular Tamale rapper Macassio is known for pulling big crowds in his hometown but when he teamed up with Colombian rapper Mc Dementor for in concert on March 31, there was more magic at the Aliu Mahama sports stadium.

According to unconfirmed reports Tamale stadium concert saw over 50,000 people attending. This was a very unusual number in attendance since the concert was a paid for concert.

Macassio said in an interview that he was amazed at the attendance and although he was expecting high number in attendance, he couldn’t believe his eyes seeing such a mammoth crowd at the concert.

Hours before the historic concert, Macassio together with a huge crowd welcomed Mc Dementor to Tamale and took him round to show him the city and also introduce MC Dementor to the chief.

Mc Dementor becomes the first and only Colombian and South American artist to pull such crowd on a concert in any African country. At the concert Macassio and Mc Dementor wowed the crowd with great chemistry as they performed together and delivered powerful and motivational speech to the people of northern.

Mc Dementor(born Andres Eduardo Martinez Rodriguez) is a Colombian rapper, singer and music manager. He was born and raised in a mid class neighborhood in the city of Bogota, Colombia .

Dementor who always loved to be on the streets of Bogota involved himself in street rap battles where he learned and perfected his rap skills. His life experiences during this era inspired him to write songs about street life, and struggle. He later learned how plays the bass guitar when A&R Claudio Gonzalez discovered he had a powerful voice to sing rock music. He joined the rock band, which open rock and metal concerts in South America

MC Dementor begun to play on rock concerts with his rock band singing and playing the bass guitar,. They had several tours all around Colombia and South America during the period 2005 to 2010. In 2010 he finally separated from his band and decided to go solo and go back to the streets and rap because that was what he enjoyed doing more.

He later recorded his first solo single titled King Kong in May 2010, which peaked number 3 in Colombia, making him the first, rap artiste and rap song to be in the top 5 chart which is mainly and mostly regaetton dominated. This earned him a performance with rap legend Kurtis Blow on Quito stadium early 2012. He followed up with a remix featuring label mate Decordha and Hoodie.

MOESHA BODUONG APOLOGIZES TO GHANAIAN WOMEN

Ghanaian actress Moesha Budonita Boduong has finally rendered an unqualified apology to all Ghanaians over an unfortunately statement she made during her interview with International Journalist Christiane Amanpour.

Moesha, who is speaking for the first time since parts of her interview with CNN was released, sent her apology via her Instagram page this afternoon.

“Dear gh this is Moesha. I have been humbled by all that is going on and I have also learnt a lot in the last few days since the CNN video came out. I have had a lot of time to think and reflect and I APOLOGIZE TO ALL, ESPECIALLY MY AFRICAN SISTERS. I pray u all find it in your hearts to forgive me. It was definitely not my intention to offend any of you. I respect all the hard working women of our beloved country and accept that some of my utterances were not a reflection of what happens in most homes. GOD works in mysterious ways and everything happens because he says so🙏🏿 Thanks for the love, pieces of advice and criticisms. GOD bless us all! The full version of the interview drops this weekend and I hope you can appreciate what I said in its entirety. Thank you. God bless you all!”

Social media has been buzzing since Tuesday evening April 10 2018, following Moesha Boduong’s interview with the CNN.

The actress’s comments in the interview have generated a huge controversy on social media. She told CNN that her motivation for dating married men, just like other women in Ghana, is because the economy is tough.

According to her, “In Ghana, our economy is such a way that you need someone to take care of you. You can’t make enough money as a woman here. Because even when you want to get an apartment, in Ghana they take two years’ advance and I just started working where will I get money to pay?”

Moesha has been severely criticized for denigrating Ghanaian, especially the women and she has obviously regretted her comments.

Source: NKONKONSA.com

LADIES ASK ME FOR MONEY IN EXCHANGE FOR SEX- John Dumelo Reveals

Actor John Dumelo says Moesha Boduong has a point in her claim that some women in Ghana depend on men for financial support in return for sexual favours.

John Dumelo on Friday, April 13, 2018, shared a personal experience in which he said several ladies approached him for money to pay rent or school fees and were willing to offer him sex in return.

“I have been in situations where ladies have messaged me to say that ‘…I need to pay my rent or my school fees or some favour in return I’ll offer you something’…,” the celebrated actor revealed on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM.

Dumelo said in such case, he has had to turn them down and give them the needed assistance. “I told the girl that I wouldn’t do that. ‘If you want money, I’ll give you your money for your rent or whatever it is but I’m not going to give you in return for your sexual favours or anything’,” he narrated to host of the Show, Daniel Dadzie.

Social media has been on fire since Wednesday, after a video emerged of Moesha Buodong telling CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in a documentary that her motivation, just like other women in Ghana, for dating married men, is because the economy is tough.

“In Ghana, our economy is such a way that you need someone to take care of you. You can’t make enough money as a woman here. Because even when you want to get an apartment, in Ghana they take two years’ advance and I just started working where will I get money to pay?”

Moesha has severely criticised for denigrating Ghanaian.

John Dumelo aligns with Moesha’s statement but departed from her generalisation that women in Ghana depend on men financially.

“What I find wrong is that she generalized it and said every woman in Ghana depends on a man financially…”

He reasoned: “Maybe what she should have said was that some women including herself, would probably have something to do with a man who would give her rent or give something of that sort in return for certain favours”.

He described the situation as a matter of “demand and supply” because there are equally men in society who also depend on women for survival, a cause he abhorred because “…you can find alternative ways of solving your problems”.

Source:Joynews

2FACE IDIBIA TO GO INTO POLITICS

Multiple award winning Singer, Innocent Idibia, has announced his entrance into politics.

He, however, did not reveal under which political platform and at what level he would be seeking to actualise his political aspiration.

Idibia said he was interested in affecting lives positively and would soon pick up the challenge of a political position.

“Politics affects everything I do. So, I am definitely going to be interested in politics. I will soon participate as a contestant and speak the truth at all times”, he told NAN.

“I hope and pray that good men will rise up and make a difference in this country, because we need more patriotic people in all aspects of life,” he said.

Also, Idibia called on Nigerians to come to the aid of victims of the herdsmen and farmers clashes.

“There is so much we’ve been saying about this crisis, but nothing much has come the way of the victims.

“We just need more people to support and join hands to continue extending relief materials to affected people.

“This is the most important thing we can now do; bring succour to the victims,” he said.

The musician said people need to be sensitised on safety precautions during times of crisis. Idibia appealed to the Federal Government to do the needful by ensuring permanent solution to the crisis.

“This thing is going on for too long, repeating itself over and over. There has to be a solution, the victims are not goats they are humans and should be taken care of.

“I feel terrible not because it also happened in Benue State, where I hail from, but because it is also happening almost throughout the federation.

“It does not have to happen to someone you know before you speak up about it,” he said.

Source: Dailypost.ng