CARDI B CONFIRMS HER PERFORMANCE IN GHANA

American rapper and actress, Cardi B, born Belcalis Marlenis Almánza has confirmed her presence and performance as headline act at the Livespot X Festival (LXF) which will be held at the Accra Sports Stadium on the 8th of December 2019.

It had been speculated that the rapper would make appearances at the Livespot X Festival shows in Lagos and Accra respectively and fans had been doubting.

Cardi B, however, took to Instagram on Friday 8th November 2019 to confirm the news.

She wrote on Instagram, “Africa. I’m coming! Ghana & Nigeria”. 

 

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CLUB BEER CELEBRATES ANOTHER MILESTONE WITH ONE GHANA ONE CLUB

Ghana’s number one selling beer – Club Beer, continues on the path of product quality and innovation whilst remaining true to its desire of bringing people together with the “One Ghana One CLUB” campaign and national promotion which launched on 21 October 2019.

The “One Ghana, One CLUB” campaign highlights CLUB’s position as the preserver and protector of Ghanaian culture and friendships whilst promoting the spirit of togetherness to celebrate the two things we have always cherished across generations; Ghana and CLUB Premium Lager, which has been Our Pride since 1931.

To share in this celebration with Charlies, CLUB Beer, will spark this all-exciting patriotic campaign and promotion with an experiential launch at the Black Star Square, an iconic landmark in Ghana’s history which resonates with the milestone of a new, modern and refreshed label design also to be unveiled at the same event. The new label features the colours of the Ghana flag bordered by gold, resting on an intricate pattern delivering its rich colours that signify the coming together of elements to celebrate and highlight Ghanaian passion, quality and craftsmanship. Our refreshed packaging is also a dedication to young vibrant Ghanaians, proud of their roots and looking to the future whilst anchored in their desire to spending more enriching times with their friends.

The nationwide promotion which continues until 31 December 2019, will give away more than One Million Ghana Cedis (GHS1,000,000.00) in prizes. Consumers stand the chance of winning airtime, mobile money and an ultimate weekly prize of Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS5,000.00) when they text the 8-digit code under the crown of any CLUB 625ml (Large) bottle to short code 1931. The text to short code 1931 is free across all networks. As is tradition, an image of a bottle of beer under the crown qualifies a consumer to a free CLUB Beer instantly.

“CLUB Beer through this campaign, highlights its position as a national treasure” said Shaun Raposo, Country Director of Accra Brewery Limited.

“CLUB Beer is both unique and ever-present at the same time. It is the perfect social complement to many of life’s occasions – an ever present friend across generations and occasions. ‘One Ghana One CLUB’ reminds us of the things we are most passionate about: Ghana and CLUB” said Ewurafua Addo-Atuah, Marketing Head of Accra Brewery Limited.

The campaign and national promotion will also be used to crown all of CLUB’s activations over the year from Original Ghana Festivals, CLUB Live and the novel CLUB 5on5 football tournament, which brought Charlies across Ghana together with the winning teams representing Ghana at the continental games in Tanzania.

About Accra Brewery Limited (A proud part of the ABInBev family)

Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) was established in 1931 as Overseas Breweries Limited.  We became known as Accra Brewery Limited in 1975 and a subsidiary of SABMiller in 1997.  Now, we are a proud part of Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABInBev), the world’s largest brewer.

We have delighted Ghanaians with the best quality and great-tasting beverages since 1931.  Today, our offerings comprise of CLUB Premium Lager, our flagship brand; Eagle Lager, Eagle Extra Stout, CLUB Shandy Bͻsoԑ, Castle Milk Stout, Stella Artois, Budweiser; and Beta Malt, our non-alcoholic malt brand.

Our Dream is to bring people together for a better world. To achieve this Dream, we invest in a Growing World where everyone has the opportunity to improve their livelihood; a Cleaner World where our natural resources are shared and preserved for the future; and a Healthier World where every experience with beer is positive.

About Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with secondary listings on the Mexico (MEXBOL: ANB) and South Africa (JSE: ANH) stock exchanges and with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD).  Our Dream is to bring people together for a better world.  Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years.  We are committed to building great brands that stand the test of time and to brewing the best beers using the finest natural ingredients.  Our diverse portfolio of well over 400 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®; multi-country brands Beck’s®, Castle®, Castle Lite®, Hoegaarden® and Leffe®; and local champions such as Aguila®, Antarctica®, Bud Light®, Brahma®, Cass®, Chernigivske®, Cristal®, Harbin®, Jupiler®, Klinskoye®, Michelob Ultra®, Modelo Especial®, Quilmes®, Victoria®, Sedrin®, Sibirskaya Korona® and Skol®.  Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations.  From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium, the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US, the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush, to Bohemia, the first brewery in Brazil.  Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, we leverage the collective strengths of approximately 200,000 employees based in more than 50 countries worldwide. In 2015, on a combined pro forma basis, AB InBev realized 55.5 billion US dollar in revenues (excluding JVs and associates).

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“IT IS ANNOYING FOR A BROKE MAN TO CHEAT ON YOU THAN A RICH MAN” – Cookie

TV personality Shirley E. F. Tibilla popularly known as Cookie said she prefers a rich man to cheat on her than a broke man.

In an interview with Graphic Showbiz recently, Cookie said she would be very hurt if a broke man cheated on her than if a rich man did.

“It is annoying for a broke man to cheat on you than a rich man. Imagine a man who is broke cheating on you, that can be very hurtful so to avoid all that I would prefer a wealthy man to cheat on me than a poor man,” she said.

Another reason why Cookie won’t be with a broke man is that he cannot stand the pressure she would give him.

“If I am working hard to make enough money then my man must equally up his game. He would advise himself looking at the kind of lady he is coming in for. I am a hard working lady and the last thing I would want is a broke man who would spend my money and be a distraction in my life,” she said.

Asked whether she was dating, the co- host of Starr Drive on Starr FM said she was currently single and waiting for the right man. Talking about her kind of man, the pretty lady said she wants a simple man who will be an add on and not a distraction.

In answer to whether she was approachable, Cookie said she was and any discerning man could make a move.

“I easily get approached by right thinking men. You really need to know the kind of lady you are coming for because I am not cheap,” she said.

Cookie has had the opportunity to host AirtelTigo FestRadio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards3Music AwardsRapperholic launch among others.

FULL CIRCLE FESTIVAL BRINGS 500 HOLLYWOOD STARS TO GHANA FOR YEAR OF RETURN

The 2019/2020 edition of the annual Full Circle Festival is set to see some five hundred (500) people tour and experience Ghana from December 2019 to January 2020.

The 2019 Full Circle Festival is in partnership with Essence Ventures thus dubbed Essence Full Circle Festival. It will take place in Accra in December and complete the Year of Return commemoration – marking 400 years since the first enslaved Africans, mostly Ghanaian arrived in Jamestown Virginia as part of the transatlantic slave trade.

The specially-curated, week-long immersion will enable engagement between U.S.-based cultural influencers and business executives with Ghanaian and regional leaders and communities, including explorations of history, cuisine, music, fashion, beaches, nightlife, commerce and more.

In an interview (video) on Hot 97 online with Ebro, Boris Kodjoe described how the festival began with his family and later grew to one-hundred and twenty people, mostly Hollywood stars in 2019. Boris added that the festival was in 2019 seeking to bring about 500 people to experience Ghana. He also touched on the Importance of returning to Africa and how the Full Circle Festival was going to touch all corners of the African continent.

ESSENCE Ventures in an article published on their website also outline how they are taking another major step towards supporting cultural ownership and economic collaboration through the launch of the ESSENCE Full Circle Festival.

They outline the focus of the festival on a three-part mission to:

(i) support cultural ownership and economic collaboration among Africans on the continent and people of African descent in the Diaspora;

(ii) connect Black communities globally for the exchange of ideas and shared objectives that leads to cultural monetization and community reinvestment;

(iii) facilitate the learning and discovery of the many facets of Africa’s beauty, excellence and opportunity globally.

For Essence, their partnership in the annual ESSENCE Full Circle Festival is to create an experience that “will focus on showcasing African nations increasingly as global destinations by highlighting their critical roles as ancestral, spiritual, cultural and commercial epicentres.”

“This partnership recognizes Ghana’s role as a beacon for people of African descent in this Year of Return,” said Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019, is a conscious effort to cement our pan-African legacy. Throughout the Year, the Tourism Authority has worked with several partner organizations to welcome home our brothers and sisters from the Diaspora. The Essence Full Circle Festival is a welcome addition to the activities and will hopefully become one of the legacies of the year which celebrates African resilience.”

The 2019 ESSENCE Full Circle Festival will include the first-ever ESSENCE Global Black Economic Forum: Africa, which will convene entrepreneurs, executives, entertainers and government officials to discuss how new opportunities for economic development and cultural exchange can be created.

“In furthering our mission to serve Black women deeply across the globe, ESSENCE is honoured to answer the call to ‘Return’ with the creation of the ESSENCE Full Circle Festival, beginning with Ghana and subsequently extending across the continent,” said Michelle Ebanks, CEO of Essence Communications, Inc. “We are grateful to be able to use the power of our platforms and the influence of our networks to positively impact narratives about Africa, as well as positively impact the people of Africa and the Diaspora through cultural and economic exchange.”

About 2018 Full Circle
The inaugural Full Circle Festival also included the participation of President Akufo-Addo and took place in Accra in December 2018, led by Full Circle Festival, LLC partners Boris Kodjoe, Patrick Kodjoe, Bozoma Saint John – all of Ghanaian descent – and Nicole Ari Parker. More than 120 invited guests including business executives, influencers, and celebrities from the United States travelled to Ghana for cultural engagement and ancestral reconnection, resulting in nearly 10,000 positive social media posts and half a billion media and social impressions, as well as an estimated economic impact of more than $70 million in tourism revenue.

Source: Essence.com

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

DRESSING DECENT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE A GOOD BEHAVIOUR – Efia Odo

After receiving massive backlash for posting a bikini photo, actress Efia Odo says what she wears does not determine her behaviour.

Many social media users thought the tv/radio presenter’s beads-like bikini that did little of covering her body, was inappropriate and sexually suggestive.

However, in a Twitter post, the actress said dressing decent only makes you look like it but does not say anything about one’s behaviour and vice versa.

“Your behaviour out [of] your clothes is what’s most important,” she had written.

Efia Odo also threw fans off, in the post, when she shared a photo of herself in a beautiful African print.

DON’T MARRY A WOMAN WHO DOESN’T LIKE MONEY – Yvonne Nelson Tells Men

Ghanaian actress and movie producer, Yvonne Nelson has made an interesting comment on social media.

According to her, guys shouldn’t marry ladies who don’t like money. In other words, the mother of one says men should always settle down with women who demand a lot of money from them because such situations will get them to work their ass off which in turn won’t make them poor.

She tweeted;

“Don’t Marry A Woman Who Doesn’t Like Money, You Would Die Poor oo, Women are the Biggest Motivation for Making More Money”

 

NANA AKUFO-ADDO NAMED AFRICA’S BEST PRESIDENT

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has been named as Africa’s best president by virtue of a poll conducted by a Canadian-based research organisation ”Leaders of tomorrow”.

Releasing the best and outstanding list of 2018 presidents in Africa, Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo emerged top of the list.

This follows a similar research conducted by US-based think tank, World Vision Forum which placed President Akufo-Addo 1st on the list in Africa and 3rd in the world of best presidents with vision.

The Canadian research team, ‘‘Leaders of tomorrow’’, believes since Nana Akufo-Addo won the 2016 elections, he has been the man of the people with high approval rating because for his positive policies such as the free secondary education, Planting for Food and Jobs, I District 1 Dam, NAPCO, among others.

Also – his commitment to the development of Ghana, the near absence of corruption allegations under his regime and his government’s respect of the rule of law are some of the reasons attributed to his win.

The second on the list is the president of Botswana Ian Khama Khama, the third is president of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib, president of Seychelles Danny Faure was placed 4th while the president of Gambia Adama Barrow placed 5th.

Meanwhile, Ghanaian ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has been named in The Africa Report’s inaugural ranking of top Africans who control the levers of power across politics, business and the arts.

The list also features billionaire barons to unpredictable peacemakers and soft-power superstars.

Source:Weliveafrica.com

THIS YEAR’S VGMA RED CARPET FASHION IS NOT IMPRESSIVE – Oscar Yao Doe

President and Executive Chairman of Eurostar Limousine, Mr. Oscar Yao Doe has expressed his disappointments as far as fashion on the red carpet at the just ended Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2019 is concern.

Oscar, a well known fashion critic and enthusiast believes the various fashion styles exhibited at the event especially by celebrities is nothing to write home about and he lays the blame solely on Fashion Designers and stylists who styled these stars for biggest entertainment awards event in Ghana.

Mr. Doe who is head of the review panel of Ghana Fashion Review that rewards celebrities for their looks on the red carpet, shared his candid opinion on the VGMA 2019 red carpet via social after monitoring the awards night and red carpet pictures after the event.

He posted his opinion via the comment section of @Nkonkonsa’s Instagram page hinting that him and his review panel may revive the Ghana Fashion Review initiative to raise the standard again.

“This Year VGMA Red Carpet not impressive! I blame the designers! Almost about 90% of the dresses are not best crafted! I hope the designers will raise their game next time! Even though there have been a lot of improvement with all the efforts we made years ago to encourage red Carpet appearance in Ghana! We still have a long to go! Our designers have to pay more attention to details! We shall take a second look at perhaps reviving the Red Carpet appearance again! @nkonkonsa Please note: this comment is General and it’s my personal opinion”.

Some fashion influencers also agree with Oscar Doe’s opinion stating that there was no “wow factor” and creativity was considerably low on the red carpet this year compared to previous years.

The Ghana Fashion Review is an initiative instituted by car rental company, Eurostar Global Limousine Group, with support from Nkonkonsa.com, Ameyawdebrah.com, Ghanagist.com, Ghkwaku.com, Ytainment.com, Starr FM, Zionfelix.net, Cypressgh.com, GHFashionMarketing, and 4Syte TV. The initiative aims to promote decency among celebrities in Ghana and beyond.

Since 2015 when panel was constituted, about $500,000 have been invested in awarding various celebrities to encourage them to take the fashion and glamour side of show business very serious.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

ALL SET FOR VODAFONE GHANA MUSIC AWARDS 2019

It’s all systems go for the biggest celebration of Music in Ghana, the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, starting this Saturday 11th May, 2019 with the most anticipated outdoor concert ever to hit the capital Accra; the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Experience Concert!

Happening for the first time in the 20-year history of the scheme, the VGMA Experience Concert, unlike the Nominees Jam is designed to set the tone for GH Music’s Biggest Night on Saturday 18th May.

The Concert, which holds at the Independence Square, this Saturday 11th May from 7pm boasts of some of the hottest names in GH Music and will feature for the first time together on one stage in one night, Ghana’s 4S; Sarkodie, Samini, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy! Other acts scheduled to rock the big stage on the night include Adane Best, Adina, Akese Brempong, Kwesi Arthur, Tinny and a host of others.

Having put in place adequate safety and security measures for the big night, organisers are convinced that the event which will also feature some of the young and upcoming artistes in GH will live up to the hype and give patrons an experience akin to the world famous Glastonbury and Coachella festivals.
Admission is absolutely free.

Set to be aired live on TV3, DSTV Channel 196 and GOTV Channel 129, the maiden Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Experience Concert, which takes place at the Independence Square, this Saturday 11th May 2019, promises to be an unforgettable and exciting event that music lovers cannot afford to miss.

It is instructive to note however that the VGMA Experience Concert is the precursor to the main event, the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Night slated for Saturday 18th May at the Conference Centre.

The night, dubbed GH Music’s biggest Night will see performances from some of the country’s biggest and hottest acts with other performing artistes from Nigeria, South Africa, The Barbados and more.

Tickets are selling now at Nallem Stores at all the malls and Charterhouse for 400 cedis platinum and 250 cedis Gold. Patrons can enjoy a 10% discount on limited tickets purchased via Vodafone Cash.

The 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is a Charterhouse Ghana Event with support from Media General, Yfm, DSTV, GOtv, KPMG, Graphic Showbiz and proudly connected by Vodafone.