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I FORGIVE MZBEL AND ALL THOSE WHO OFFENDED ME – Josh Laryea

Gospel Musician cum Pastor, Rev. Josh Laryea said he has forgiven all those who made offensive comments during his trail times.

Pastor Josh was accused of misconduct and suspended from the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) in April 2017 but he said it all belongs to the past now after a year.

Speaking on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review, the “Time” hit maker said “I heard Mzbel herself came to say the it is not true. I am a Christiania and Christian is supposed to forgive. If someone offends you, forgive the person and that’s where Christianity comes from”.

After his suspension, news went round that he sexually harassed Musician. However, Mzbel denied later that nothing like that happened.

“The point is that, whatever event on is not true and Mzbel herself knows it is not true. I don’t have Mzbel and I don’t begrudge anybody and anybody who said anything against me, I don’t begrudge them”.

Pastor Josh has now established his own church, Charis Centre International Church located at Cantonments in Accra and he has also released a new single titled “Grace Abound”.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

GUBA ENTERPRISE FACILITATES LONDON-ACCRA TWINNING MEETING

GUBA Enterprise were delighted to coordinate the London-Accra Commonwealth Twinning meeting, between the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, the Mayor of Accra, Ghana Mohammed Adjei Sowah and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan along with other senior officials.

The meeting focused on developing even closer links between Accra and London and strengthening economic, cultural and community links between the two capitals and throughout Ghana and the United Kingdom. 

GUBA’s key aim is to facilitate closer ties between Ghana and the United Kingdom via the GUBA Foundation which undertakes charitable initiatives to address some of the most entrenched health and social care issues affecting the Ghanaian community. The Foundation works to provide awareness and guidance to families create strong connections and encourage community cohesion ensuring that these individuals have access to the services they require.

The GUBA Greenwich Trade Expo which promotes trade between both nations, will be championing African products to British consumers from 15th to 17th of June 2018. Further information is available at www.gubaexo.co.uk

Subsequently, 13th -14th July 2018, will be a celebration of the best of Ghanaian and British talent at GUBA 2018 Awards and Conference. Information on the upcoming awards can be found at www.gubaawards.co.uk

GUBA Enterprise is positively expectant of strengthened socio-economic ties between Ghana and the United Kingdom.

GUBA Enterprise consists of GUBA Awards, GUBA Expo, GUBA Foundation and GUBA Careers Fair. The GUBA Awards is a non-profit organisation that focuses on enriching the African community in the UK with the aim of empowerment and growth. It is an event dedicated to highlighting and rewarding outstanding achievers. 

The GUBA Expo is a platform for Small and Medium Businesses to exhibit their products/services whilst engaging with industry personnel on business growth strategies. The GUBA Foundation is a charity set up to tackle health issues within the Afro-Caribbean community in the UK and Ghana.

The GUBA Careers fair is a platform to connect employers with qualified jobseekers in the UK who want to return home.  The ethos of the GUBA brand is to uplift and encourage personal and for collective growth.

photos: CELEBS ON THE RED CARPET AT VGMAs 2018

The 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, which came off at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Saturday April 14, wasn’t only about the music.

It was another occasion for Ghanaian entertainment personalities to show off their fashion sense. One by one, they hit the Red Carpet of the awards, dazzling in outfits designed by some of Ghana and world’s famous designers.

See photos of all the style and glamour on the Red Carpet below:

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

 

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.