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AMAKYE DEDE CHASES GHANA’S AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, H.E EDWARD BOATENG FOR $10K

Veteran Highlife musician, Abrantie Amakye Dede has called out Ghana’s Ambassador to China, H.E Edward Boateng for owing him an amount of $10,800 for an engagement he had with the diplomat in 2018.

The ace musician has recounted how the diplomat forced him to bring his tour of the USA to an abrupt end, to entertain President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and his entourage who were to travel on a state visit to China in 2018.

Recounting his frustration to Nana Ama McBrown on UTV’s United Showbiz program, the legend said, “if these are the kind of people representing our country abroad, how would the arts industry be promoted to the outside world, for Ghana to reap the benefits?”.

I was billed to perform in Chicago on a tour of the USA; the ambassador called my manager, Kwasi Aboagye to ask me to stop everything and return to Ghana to travel to China with the President; when I arrived in Ghana and I called my manager, he said the ambassador had canceled the show; just like that”, he revealed.

“I was very alarmed by the news, but the damage had already been caused, so I asked the ambassador to in the spirit of fairness, pay for the arrears of $10,800 to the promoter of my canceled USA tour and my plane ticket, but he told me to go to hell and that he would pay only $4000 if I insisted”, the livid Nana Amakye Dede recollected.

The legendary musician said he decided to let the matter rest because he did not want to be seen to be in a fracas with the government, but however lamented for the future of the arts if people like H. E. Edward Osei continue to front for Ghana abroad.

It has been a common practice that the missions of countries abroad engage the services of persons in the creative arts to perform to their guests in the spirit of projecting their culture and values to the outside well.

“There used to be culture desks at the various embassies abroad, but as we speak now, all of them have been removed; how do we expect to sell our culture and arts abroad if we don’t have even a desk at the embassies to do so”, Nat Brew ‘Amandzeba’, who was also on the show lamented.

Hiplife musician, Kwame Asare Obeng ‘A Plus’, said for the Ghanaian artiste to get the full reward for their work, they must adopt the style of Shatta Wale and demand every penny they are worth before agreeing to perform on any stage.

He hailed Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale for raising the bar and showing the way for other musicians to negotiate for what they are due.

Actress Vicky Zugah, who was outraged by Amakye Dede’s narrative, warned movie directors who may be interested in using her for any role to stay away “if they do not have money”.

All the six panelist who appeared on the show, including Micky Osei Berko ‘Master Richard’ and veteran actor Victor Lutterodt agreed that, the creative arts industry is fast losing its pride of place and it would take a deliberate concerted effort by all stakeholders to rescue it from further fall.

MY WILDEST WISH IS TO BE PRESIDENT – Actress Yvonne Nelson Reveals

Ghanaian screen diva, Yvonne Nelson has revealed in a tweet that it is her wish to be a president some day.

During a question and answer session on twitter which she initiated herself, a follower asked her what her wildest dream was and she clearly stated she wants to be president.

“Whats ur widest wish,” the fan asked.

“To be president,” she replied

And when others asked which country she was going to be governing, she did not reply.

She earned the name ‘Yaa Asantewa’ after she led other celebrities to protest the end of power crises in May 2015. The protest started on twitter with the hashtag #DumsorMustStop . When everything was finally in place, she and her celebrity friends took the campaign offline and march through the streets of Accra with torchlights, lantens and placards.

This vigil, she said helped the NPP win the elections in 2016 and she threatened a couple of times to hit the streets again if things do not change.

EPIC GHANAIAN MOVIE “AZALI” SELECTED FOR 2020 OSCARS

Kwabena Gyansah’s story of a teenaged girl’s escape from an arranged marriage to a 70 year-old farmer is the African country’s first ever Oscar submission.

Ghana has selected Kwabena Gyansah’s Azali as its submission for the international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.

Starring Asana Alhassan in her debut role, the film follows the journey of 14 year-old Amina from a village in Northern Ghana to the slums of the bustling capital, Accra.

Amina escapes her impending marriage to a 70-year-old farmer but finds herself on a truck being trafficked to Burkina Faso. A cruel twist of fate sees her rescued from the truck but flung into the bustling city of Accra. Amina has to choose between surviving in Accra and returning to her village and marriage.

Written by Gwandellen Quartey and directed by Kwabena Gyansah, Azali is produced by Ananse Entertainment with support from Motion Revolution, both Ghanaian companies.

It is the first time Ghana has submitted a film to the Oscars, although the country has recently become a production hub for international productions, including Beast of No Nation, Forgiving Earth and the upcoming USA network television show Treadstone Starring Jeremy Irvine.

Professor Linus Abraham, chair of Ghana’s Oscar selection committee, told said: “Azaliis a consciousness raising film [and] we are very honored that for the first time, Ghana has found a film worthy enough to represent it at the 92nd Oscars. This has been a long time coming and it is a testament to the growth of the Ghana film industry. We believe this will enhance the image of Ghanaian films and encourage more co-productions and quality filmmaking.”

Ghanaian-American filmmaker, Leila Djansi who serves as an advisor to the Ghanaian selection committee, told The Hollywood Reporter that language and resources had historically been major obstacles to the growth of the Ghanaian film industry.

“In a country with diverse languages, marketing your film is easier if it’s in English because that’s the official language of the country and majority of the continent, which  has stifled a lot of voices.

“Foreign film markets have not had interest in African films beyond those that show war, extreme poverty or white saviors and this also largely limited the creative voice and of course, income. But things seem to be changing as more Africans embrace their local dialects. This will strengthen the identity of African cinema.”

The 92nd Academy Awards take place on February 9, 2020.

Source: Hollywoodreporter.com

“NO PREACHER, NO BISHOP NOR GOSPEL ARTISTE CAN WIN SOULS THAN KANYE WEST – Sonnie Badu States

UK-based Ghanaian Gospel Musician and Preacher Sonnie Badu has stated emphatically that no preacher, bishop nor gospel artist can win souls than American Rapper and business mogul Kanye West because of his huge influence.

The “Wonder God” has a strong feeling that the American Rapper has the absolute ability to win more souls for Christ than most preachers and gospel artistes anywhere in the world.

According to him Kanye could have a bad past but his influence can help him win more souls for Christ than any single human being could ever do.

Sonnie use the cover artwork of Kanye’s upcoming album to share his thoughts in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, September 17, 2019:

“Jesus is King” with the caption: “The disciples had a major concern about Paul. Why? Because they just could not fathom how they could spend 3 years with the Master and yet Paul who was a killer, had never met him had more insight and wrote more books in the scriptures than they did. Well, the reason is quite simple.

What God could use Paul to do, he could not use Peter in that same regard (illiteracy and understanding times and seasons ). Recall Paul was very well educated and well informed, with that said, this man @kanyew.est can fill arenas and win souls for Christ, more than all of us . But they wondered about his past though..well, just ask God who knows and sees all things.

So he states “JESUS IS KING” Even if he never says it again, this release will get millions looking for Jesus. The truth is no preacher, bishop nor gospel artist can reach out to the lost than this man based on his exposure, so God picks him … I watch the service at @newbirthmbc with my brother pastor @jamalhbryant , his humility was amazing , he had on T-shirt, it was all about God … The gospel is being preached around the world, and this is it. Bearing in mind that we’ve all been commissioned to be fishers of men for Christ. Have you been called?? Food for thought”.

“Jesus is King”, which is Kanye West’s 9th studio project, is scheduled for release on September 27. The artwork for his upcoming album has been shared wildly on social media and it has attracted missed reacts from his fans and Christians all over the world.

Source: NKONKONSA.com  

HONEST, INTELLIGENT, FUNNY, CUTE & HARD WORKING MAN IS ALL I NEED – Yvonne Nelson Reveals

Multi-award winning actress and movie producer Yvonne Nelson has disclosed that she is ready to enter into a relationship if her man meets her requirements.

The Heels and Sneakers actress was answering questions on the type of man she would want to settle down with since her relationship with her baby daddy has hit the rocks.

In a Q and A session with her fans, one of them asked her “What is ur type of guy or man. My type?”

But responding to the fan Yvonne stated “Hhhmm. Honest, intelligent, funny, cute and hard working Is All I Need in My Next Man”

Trust some inquisitive people on social media as another fan asked her when she broke her virginity.

“At what age did u break ya virginity?” then Yvonne replied, “Not too long ago, 2017, vals day”

GHANAIAN RAPPER SARKODIE NOMINATED FOR BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2019

Award-winning Ghanaian Rapper Sarkodie has got another nod, in a new category for the 2019 edition of the BET Hip Hop Awards.

Here is how www.billboard.com reported it;

On Oct. 5, the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards will make its triumphant return to Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Center after vacationing in Miami for the last two years. After besting his peers with eight nominations in 2018, this year, Drake slides into third place with seven, allowing Cardi B to lead the pack with double-digit honors.

There will  be a new category this year dubbed best international flow that will highlight artists from different countries such as Nigeria, UK, France, South Africa, Ghana and Canada.

After notching four wins at last year’s festivities, Cardi looks to clinch more victories this time around with her 10 nominations including MVP of the Year, hot ticket performer, hustler of the year, best collab, single of the year, made-you-look award, and two nods for the best hip-hop video, & sweet 16 categories.

Though Cardi didn’t deliver her sophomore album in 2019, she stayed busy slinging out Hot 100 bangers in “Money,” “Press” and “Please Me.”

There’s a three-way tie for second as DJ Khaled, Travis Scott and J. Cole each nab eight nominations. Despite his passing earlier this year, Nipsey Hussle pulls away with a handful of nods, netting five. As for newcomers, Megan Thee Stallion snags five, while DaBaby closes shop with four.

Best International Flow

Falz (Nigeria)

Ghetts (U.K.)

Kalash (France)

Lil Simz (U.K.)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Tory Lanez (Canada)

Best Hip-Hop Video

21 Savage – “A Lot” Feat. J. Cole

Cardi B – “Money”

City Girls – “Twerk” Feat. Cardi B

DaBaby – “Suge”

Meek Mill – “Going Bad” Feat. Drake

Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode” Feat. Drake

Hot Ticket Performer

Cardi B

DaBaby

Drake

Megan Thee Stallion

The Carters

Travis Scott

Album of the Year

Travis Scott – Astroworld

Meek Mill – Championships

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

DJ Khaled – Father of Asahd

Tyler, The Creator – Igor

Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers 3

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Bruno Mars, Florent Dechard

Calmatic

Dave Meyers

Eif Rivera

Travis Scott

Lyricist of the Year

2 Chainz

Drake

J. Cole

Meek Mill

Nipsey Hussle

YBN Cordae

MVP of the Year

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

Drake

J. Cole

Megan Thee Stallion

Nipsey Hussle

Producer of the Year

DJ Khaled

London On Da track

Metro Boomin’

Mustard

Swizz Beatz

Tay Keith

Best Collab, Duo or Group

21 Savage Feat. J. Cole – “A Lot”

Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me

DJ Khaled Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – “Higher”

Lil Baby & Gunna – “Drip Too Hard”

Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”

Travis Scott Feat. Drake – “Sicko Mode”

Single of the Year

“Act Up”  – Produced by EarlThePearll (City Girls)

“Big Ole Freak” – Produced by LilJuMadeDaBeat (Megan Thee Stallion)

“Money” – Produced by J. White Did It (Cardi B)

“Old Town Road (Remix)” – Produced by YoungKio (Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)

“Sicko Mode” – Produced by Rogét Chahayed, CuBeatz, OZ, Hit-Boy & Tay Keith (Travis Scott Feat. Drake)

“Suge” – Produced by Pooh Beatz & JetsonMade (DaBaby)

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Blueface

DaBaby

Lil Nas X

Megan Thee Stallion

Roddy Ricch

YBN Cordae

Best Mixtape

Jack Harlow – Loose

Kevin Gates – Luca Brasi 3

Megan Thee Stallion – Fever

Roddy Ricch – Feed Tha Streets II

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y – 2009

YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir – YBN: The Mixtape

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

21 Savage – “Wish Wish” ( DJ Khaled Feat. Cardi B & 21 Savage)

Cardi B – “Clout” (Offset Feat. Cardi B)

Cardi B – “Twerk” (City Girls Feat. Cardi B)

J. Cole – “A Lot” (21 Savage Feat. J Cole)

Rick Ross – “Money in the Grave” (Drake Feat. Rick Ross)

Rick Ross – “What’s Free” (Meek Mill Feat.Jay-Z & Rick Ross)

Impact Track

21 Savage – “A Lot” Feat. J. Cole

DJ Khaled – “Higher” Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

J. Cole – “Middle Child”

Kap G – “A Day Without a Mexican”

Lizzo – “Tempo” Feat. Missy Elliott

Youngboy Never Broke Again – “I Am Who They Say I Am” Feat. Quando Rondo & Kevin Gates

DJ of the Year

Chase B

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled

Mustard

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

French Montana

Meek Mill

Rick Ross

Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App

All Hip-Hop

Complex

HotNewHipHop

The Shade Room

WorldStar

XXL

Hustler of the Year

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

Jay-Z

Nipsey Hussle

Rick Ross

Travis Scott

MZVEE FINALLY PART WAYS WITH LYNX ENTERTAINMENT

Ghana’s first female BET Awards nominee MzVee has finally parted ways with her record label Lynx Entertainment after their eight-year working relationship.

MzVee has been of the scene for some time now and this sparked rumours that all was not well between and her and her record lable. But she has ended all the speculations with a press release this afternoon.

In a press release signed by the ‘Natural Girl’ Singer, she stated that “These eight years with Lynx Entertainment have been absolutely delightful and a blessing and I am glad we still hold our relationship,”.

She added that Lynx Entertainment will always be a strong pillar in her career hence although both parties have decided to part ways, they will amicably continue support for each other.

Lynx Entertainment have also released a statement.

Lynx Entertainment have also released a statement saying they watched MzVee grow into the woman she is now and wishes her the best, adding that the label is proud of her achievement within the past eight years. The label also added that their separation is on a mutual grounds and pledged their support for her any time she needs it.

Read read both statements below:

Source: NKONKONSA.com

VW TO START ASSEMBLING CARS IN GHANA FROM NOVEMBER 2019

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) will start semi-knocked down (SKD) assembly in Ghana in November this year, giving its expansion into Africa additional momentum. Thomas Schäfer, chair and MD of VWSA, said the group has registered a company in Ghana and will finalise all the details for a joint venture with Universal Motors, its long-term partner in Accra, in the next four weeks.

This follows VWSA signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian government in September last year to establish a vehicle assembly facility in the country and assess the feasibility of introducing a modern mobility concept. Ghana will be the fourth new assembly plant VWSA has established in Africa.

The vehicle manufacturer already has operational assembly plants in Nigeria, Rwanda and Kenya and is involved in discussions with the Ethiopian government after signing a MoU with that government earlier this year on collaborating and delivering a joint vision for the establishment of a motor industry in the country.

The establishment of these assembly plants followed Schaefer in March 2017 taking over responsibility for developing and networking 49 African states that are part of a new sub-Saharan Africa region established by the German-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Regionalisation
The establishment of the fourth region is in line with the company’s regionalisation strategy for the Volkswagen brand. Schaefer said the new facility will start with the assembly of the Tiguan, Teramont and Passat and then probably go to the assembly of Polos.

He said the group is also considering assembling some Brazilian products in Ghana, including the Saveiro half-ton bakkie. Schäfer said the current vehicle market in Ghana is not a reference for future volumes because the automotive policy the Ghanaian government had put in place will effectively rapidly phase out used car importation over the next three years.

Schäfer said the company is setting up the initial phased SKD plant with an annual capacity of 5 000 units but plans to ramp this up to an annual capacity of 20 000 to 30 000 units soon.

I DON’T NEED FRIENDS IN MY LIFE ANYMORE – Akua Amoakowaa Mensah

GHANA’S Most Beautiful 2011 winner, Akua Amoakowaa Mensah, has disclosed that she is living a better life without friends.

According to her, she put her in trust in people she thought were friends in the early years of her marriage to Dr Kwaku Oteng, CEO of Angel Group of companies, only for them to betray her.

“I made a lot of friends right after my marriage but they didn’t help me. I had to do away with all of  them because the gossip was too much.

“I am better off now without friends. Some ladies will do anything to get what you have so me being without friends is really helping me live my dreams and I am very focused now,” she told Graphic Showbiz recently.

Asked how she handles the rumours about her marriage, Akua, who has been married for eight years said she sometimes breaks down because the stories are false.

“I can’t pretend such scandals or stories about my marriage don’t worry me. I feel very bad when I read those false stories but no matter what I do I can’t prevent them from happening,” she said.

Akua explained that the best way to handle such publications was to keep quiet and that had helped her a lot.

Asked whether her husband was a jealous man, the mother of three said it was normal for a man who loves his wife to be jealous.

Akua revealed that she still gets a lot of proposals from men but tells them she is happily married.

“I always say that as for the men they will come but it depends on the lady and whether she will allow herself or not”.

Akua had acting ambitions and even starred in about five movies but has to stop because her husband was not comfortable with it.

I RECEIVED SEVERAL DEATH THREATS OVER EBONY – Wendy Shay Reveals

RuffTown Records act Wendy Shay says of all the things she has suffered since she came into the music industry, the worst is the death threats she received over the late Ebony.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz recently, Wendy said, she received several messages in the inbox of her social media pages asking her to quit music if she valued her life.

“I had death threats; people telling me all kinds of things like they will kill me if I do not stop music, if I do not stop being like Ebony. “I can never be her and I got confused because I was never like her, I have never wanted to be like her,” she said.

Wendy said what people did not know was that she is where she is today because of what Ebony stood for.

“Ebony stood for Afrobeats, she was herself and did what she loved. That inspired me and I fell in love with her. I had wanted to meet her but unfortunately she passed on. I was and I’m still a fan of Ebony,” she stated.

Rufftown Records is one label that has been able to make stars out of artistes they sign in a short time and Wendy Shay attributes it all to God.

“We are under the shelter of God, we do not joke with the God factor under this label and so I believe that is part of the reasons we are who we are.
 
“Bullet is also one person who makes sure his artistes are comfortable. He is good at that so it gives us no option than to be ourselves and excel in our dealings,” she stated.

Talking about her financial standing now Wendy said it was better.

“My status now is really better. I recall when our house got burnt, if I was not Wendy Shay, I’m wondering how I would have been able to survive or help my mom and brother get a roof over their heads,” she disclosed.