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HOLLYWOOD STAR BRAD PITT PRODUCES MOVIE ON GHANA’S OIL

Hollywood Superstar, Brad Pitt has pro­duced a non-fictional documentary exposing what he terms “greed and exploitation” of Ghana and Nigeria by Texas-based oil explo­ration companies.

The documentary, which was written and directed by Rachel Boynton, an international film­maker, takes viewers behind the scenes and gives them exclusive access to boardroom discussions as oil company officials show how much they are interested in making maximum profits from Ghana’s newly discovered crude oil resources at the expense of Ghanaians.

The documentary titled, ‘Big Men’ shows the grand schemes inspired by Wall-Street investors to fleece Ghanaians.

The 99-minute documentary, which will be given a global exposure, would be released today in New York City at the IFC Center.

According to online movie review website, movievbox.net, the documentary, which is cur­rently receiving media raves, “follows the step-by- step process of how they (the multinational oil companies) conduct business after untapped oil fields are discovered off the coast of Ghana. It took Rachel Boynton seven years to painstakingly track these big players unawares to complete ‘Big Men’ which has been described as a thriller.

In an interview with movie reviewer, Dorri Olds on March 10,2014, Rahel Boynton stated, “The film is of a deep philosophical nature. It* s about greed and desperation and wanting to be big. That’s what connects everybody in the movie. When I was asking the questions it got turned around on me at one point when I was asked, “Don’t you want to be big?”

In the documentary, the CEO of a multination­al company (name withheld) was heard saying, “Developing nations can’t get greedy” – he indicat­ed from the prospect of making billions out of their new crude oil production project off the coast of Ghana.

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He explained why his company won a hugely  favorable deal with the government of Ghana around 2007.

The CEO justified why his company should see greater rewards than the industry standard, as they benefitted from the political administration at the time. The deal with Ghana was that the com­pany would keep a vast percentage of the oil rev­enue being drilled out of the Jubilee oil fields, 64 nautical miles off the coast of Ghana.

Over 70 percent of the total revenue is shared by the foreign companies. They justify the huge cut by arguing that they had taken all the risk.

“What did the Ghanaians know?” asked David D’Arcy, an internationally known film critic and art reviewer, writing for The National and Screen International online, The Art Newspaper, among others.

“Ghana (which we don’t see by way of the landscape, as we do Nigeria) presents a sad dilem­ma…Now Ghanaians are watching as an Ameri­can company gets rich on its resources. Will Ghana become a mini-Nigeria, or will it prosper as a result? There’s not much hope for any country that lacks the institutions to make prosperity possible.” 

The documentary also showed the difficulties faced by the company when the John Agyekum- led administration finished its term and the administration was taken over by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by the now late John Evans Atta Mills.

“The previous government (the NPP govern­ment) was nice to the oil company. Certain things will have to change,” the former Minister of Ener­gy Dr. Joe Oteng Agyei was heard saying in the documentary.

Ghana is currently drilling about 100,000 bar­rels of crude oil off the Jubilee Fields and barely earns US$1 billion from its oil export annually.

photos: DEBORAH VANESSA SETS THE INTERNET ABLAZE

Artiste Deborah Vanessa popularly known Sister Derby has set the internet on fire with her African themed nude photos.

The “Uncle obama” hitmaker shared the photos on the internet and the internet is buzzing with comments and have shown love for the beauty she exudes.

The artiste who is known for her love for nudity’s photo however, does not come as a shock to many because this is not the first time she is engaged in nudity.

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Source: NKONKONSA.com 

TV AFRICA INTRODUCES GOSSIP SHOW “PAE MU KA”

TV Africa has shown the process of becoming a strong emerging television brand in the face of the fierce competition on the local market front through the re-launch of its newly branded programs and shows.

PAE MU KA, a gossip show translated in the Akan language which simply means “say it all with no holds barred” seems to be the hottest and most sought-after live gossip show on TV today. The show hits you with the latest trending issues on celebrity faux pas.

This new direction and market positioning stem from building a brand reputation of an Afropolitan status with a blend of pan-Africanism.

PAE MU KA is hosted by a young, vibrant, fire-brand called in showbiz as Aysha Papabi. The show is the collector of all filla – good and bad, the packaging warehouse of all celebrity dilemmas, brouhaha and confusion; and the reporter of the good news.

It seeks to narrate, reveal, explain and highlight in bits and pieces everything showbiz.

Aysha is a rare millennial born, 14th September, in Kwahu in the Easter Region. She exhibits a lot of character, finesse, and maturity in her presentation style. Some would categorize her as the budding young potential.

Stay glued to PAE MU KA every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4pm-4: 30 pm, who knows…You could be the next on the hot seat.

PLEASE HELP ME, I’M HOMELESS – Daasebre Gyamena’s Wife Begs

The second wife of late Ghanaian musician, Daasebre Gyamenah, has opened up on her poor state of life after the demise of her husband two years ago.

Madam Amina Ibrahim, in an interview with host, Sister Sandy, on Adom TV’s ‘Badwam Ahosepe’ on Monday said she could barely have money to feed herself and her nine-year-old son.

Narrating her ordeal, she disclosed that after her husband’s death, there hasn’t been harmony between the two families [maternal and paternal] of Daasebre Gyamenah.

She told Sister Sandy that the big brother of the late highlife musician broke into her Kokomlemle home to throw her belongings out.

Madam Ibrahim continued that she now resides at her close friend’s house in New Town, a suburb in Accra, with her son because she has no place of shelter.

“I am staying at my friend’s place at New Town in a single room. I used to live with Daasebre at Kokomlemle until his death but his big brother broke into the house and threw my things out”, she said.

According to her, there were things going on in the house that if she had not taken her son out, she would have lost him…”, she said.

Asked if the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) contributed to the family after Daasebre Gyamenah passed away, she indicated that MUSIGA did their best but were reluctant to help due to the abuse of curses from her late husband’s family members.

“I don’t blame MUSIGA; because of the family disagreements, people had to back out due to curses and all that. People were throwing so many curses in the air”, she added.

She pleaded with Ghanaians to come to her aid so she can find a place of abode for her family.

“I have my belongings out and I want help so I can get somewhere to put my head…”, she said.

Madam Ibrahim said she has reported the break-in to the police.

BLACK PANTHER JUST $1 OFF $1.3BN WORLDWIDE GROSS

Walt Disney’s Black Panther earned another $8.4 million in its eighth weekend of domestic release, dropping just 26% and snagging the 11th-biggest eighth weekend (sans inflation) and bringing its 52-day domestic cume to $665.4m.

It is now past the $659m lifetime gross of Titanic (again, sans inflation) and is now the third-biggest domestic earner of all time. And on this specific list, that’s where the journey will likely end.

No, I don’t see the Chadwick Boseman superhero movie finding another $95m and sneaking past the $760m domestic cume of Avatar and the once-in-a-lifetime $937m gross of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out of the question.

As mentioned yesterday, while it’s important to note higher ticket prices and various upcharges for PLF screens, D-Box, 3D and the like, the theatrical experience becomes less and less of a dominant entertainment option every year.

Yes, ticket prices are a lot higher than they were in 1998 or 1968, but there were a heck of a lot less distractions from the theatrical experience (DVD, YouTube, Hulu, etc.) than there are today.

That Black Panther has sold around 72 million tickets over seven weeks in a “Netflix-and-Chill” world an astonishing achievement, especially for a film that so explicitly bucks conventional wisdom about what makes a hit movie.

Black Panther is currently the 34th-biggest inflation-adjusted grosser. It has already sold more tickets than any Sony/Columbia/TriStar release, any Lionsgate/Summit flick and anything out of DreamWorks Animation. If it gets past The Dark Knight ($534 million in 2008/$684m adjusted), it will A) be the second-biggest comic book flick behind The Avengers ($623m in 2012/$706m adjusted) and B) have sold more tickets than any Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. offering save for The Exorcist.

It’s it passes that arbitrary milestone, it’ll be the 30th-biggest “adjusted for inflation” grosser and T’Challa will be able to brag that he’s bigger than Batman and bigger than James Bond (sorry, Thunderball).

Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole’s action drama just missed the $1.3 billion worldwide mark, ending the frame with (eye-roll) $1.2999b. It is the 10th-biggest global grosser, between Frozen ($1.277b in 2013/2014) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($1.33b in 2017/2018).

It just might get past the last Star Wars film (if not the last Harry Potter flick, which earned $1.43b in 2011). Considering the inexplicably negative press that The Last Jedi got for “only” grossing $1.33b, it might not be in Disney’s interest for the Star Wars flick to be taken down a notch. Moreover, the higher Black Panther gets, the more Infinity War must gross to avoid negative press.

Yes, this is insane, but that’s where Disney is right now. Black Panther doing as well as it has further puts Star Wars on the defensive while in turn upping the expectations for Avengers: Infinity War to a greater degree than if the Boseman flick had “only” earned $800 million worldwide.

That’s not exactly a problem, but even if it is there are worse problems for a studio to have. On the plus side, it means a genuine whiff like A Wrinkle in Time, made with the best intentions and primed to become a future generational kid-friendly “classic” (think Hook or Labyrinth), doesn’t sting that much.

BISA K DEI RELEASES THIRD ALBUM ON APRIL 21

Bisa K Dei will be releasing the much awaited ‘Highlife Konnect’ album on the 21st April, 2018.

This will be the third music album by Bisa Kdei, after a successful release of ‘Breakthrough’ two years ago. His first album, ‘Thanksgiving’ was released in 2013.

Bisa Kdei after launching the album in Ghana, will launch in other countries including the United States of America, London and Cote d’Voire.

He will follow up with other major concerts as part of promoting the album to the world.

Bisa K Dei is known for hit songs like ‘Baaba,’ ‘Odo Carpenter,’ ‘Mansa’ and ‘Brother Brother.’

SLOOPY MIKE GYAMFI ENSTOOLED AS CHIEF

Another musician has been made chief few months after Amakye Dede was enstooled as chief at Asante Akyem Agogo in the Ashanti Region.

Sloopy Mike Gyamfi, a highlife artiste known for hit songs like ‘Telephone Nkomo’ and ‘Asem Kakra’ has been installed as paramount chief of Boso-Gua Traditional Area in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region.

He will now be known as Nana Nyarko Yeboah III or Boso-Gua Manhene. A part from his personal records, Sloopy has also produced works for Nana Aboagye Dacosta, Oheneba Kissi, Daddy Lumba, Diana Hopeson and a host of others.

Reports say the tradition and customs of the people of Boso-Gua will not permit Sloopy to continue pursuing his music career.

The highlife musician, who is also a businessman and an IT expert, has stated that he is ready to serve his subjects, bring development, modify tourism in the area, develop music talents of the youth and bring foreign investments into the traditional area.

Sloopy Mike Gyamfi, a father of four, is married to a Dutch female teacher, Judith Zwaan.

“I NEED A LADY WHO CAN CARE TAKE OF ME” – Kuami Eugene

Afrobeats artiste, Kuami Eugene, is currently enjoying a streak many new artistes dream of; he has hit songs (Angela, Confusion), is collaborating on bangers like Adwinfi with Shatta Wale and of course the ladies are falling for him all over.

His good looks and amazing talent are big pluses for him and that will draw many ladies to him but he will only fall for a certain type; a homemaker.

The “Angela” hitmaker, who says he is currently single, has revealed to Showbiz that he is looking for a lady who can take care of his needs.

“I need a lady who can care take of me and my kids and run the home well when I get married to her,” he said.

Apart from that, Kuami Eugene said his dream girl should be smart, beautiful and have a sense of humour. He recently caused some controversy when he reportedly said on social media that he prefers sugar mummies but he denied that.

He may not have won MTN Hitmaker 5 but Kuami Eugene is certainly on top now. Aside from the hits, he has several nominations at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and his performances on a number of stages especially the VGMA Nominees Jam has earned him great reviews.

But he does not take it for granted telling Showbiz, he has worked hard and gives his career his all.

“Ghanaians think I had it on a silver platter but the truth is that I have hustled my way out to where I am now. It hasn’t been easy at all but I thank God I am where I am now and everyone is talking about Kuami Eugene,” he said.

According to him, daily life situations and the experiences from his past have all shaped him.

Real name Eugene Marfo, Kuami Eugene said he is overwhelmed by the love shown him in his short time in the limelight. He expressed gratitude to Lynx Entertainment for spotting his talent and signing him on.

“Lynx Entertainment came in at the right time and I must say that they have been very supportive of my career,” he said.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

photos: GLORIA SARFO SURPRISES 12 VETERAN MOVIE STARS ON HER BIRTHDAY

Actress and TV presenter Gloria Osei Sarfo turned a year older on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 and she decided to celebrate her special day with special people.

The “Efiewura” actress on the day decided to surprise 12 veteran movies stars who paved the way for her.  She presented a hamper filled with cloth, drinks, rice, oil, biscuits, washing powder, many other items and an undisclosed amount of money to each of them at their respective private residence.

Veteran moviemakers who received the items and cash on Wednesday, April 4 included Grace Omaboe aka Maame Dokono, Grace Nortey, Fred Amugi, Paapa George, William Addo, Prince Yawson aka Waakye, Dzifa Glikpoe and Sam Adjetefio aka Taxi Driver, Mcjordan Amartey aka Sugar Daddy, Kojo Dadson, Rama Brew and Papa Nii.

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Source: NKONKONSA.com 

SAMINI LIKES WOMEN WITH BIG BREASTS AND BUTTOCKS – Stephanie Benson Reveals

Ghanaian singer Stephanie Benson has revealed she has never been involved in an amorous relationship with musician Samini.

In an interview with SVTV Africa Stephanie explained that Samini is a man who is only interested in ladies with voluptuous bodies, adding that she clearly does not fit that description.

“I’m not the type of lady Samini would have interest in, he’s a man who likes big breasts and buttocks and I stand nowhere near to that,” Stephanie Benson stated.

Some intimate pictures of the two surfaced on social media and sent tongues wagging that the 50-year-old and Samini were engaged in an amorous relationship.

However, Stephanie insists that their relationship has been strictly professional since they met and worked on her song and accompanying steamy video titled: One More.

“In the music video Give Me One More where we kissed we were just on the acting field and we had to kiss to make music lovers feel it’s reality,” Stephanie stressed

Stephanie described Samini as a professional adding that she will never cheat on her husband who has been the only man she has dated since she was a 19-year-old.