125 AFRICAN ARTISTES TO PERFORM AT AFRIMA AWARDS 2018 IN GHANA

Over 125 artistes from the African continent and other parts of the world are billed to participate in the AFRIMA awards which will take place from November 21 to 24.

The organisers disclosed that the 125 artistes coming for AFRIMA will be accompanied by the managers and dancers, adding that the African Union (AU) has also sent a 24-man delegation to attend the event while local and international media will also be present to cover the entire event.

The Vice Chairman of the National Planning Committee for All African Music Awards (AFRIMA), Nana Anim, in an interview with Happy FM, said, “We are expecting over a thousand foreigners in the country all because of AFRIMA; so just imagine the monies Ghana will get from hosting the event. 

The taxi drivers, hotels, food vendors and others will all benefit and above all, it will boost the tourism sector and that will make the country to generate more revenue.”

Activities scheduled to precede the main awards ceremony include the AFRIMA welcome soiree; Africa music business summit; AFRIMA music village; media interviews/meet & greet and a tour of the historic Elmina Castle in Ghana.

Among Ghanaian artistes nominated in various categories at this year’s AFRIMA are Kidi, Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Efya, Ebony, Joe Mettle and Becca.

Democratic Republic of Congo-born international recording artiste and rapper, Maître Gims, and South Africa’s fast rising songstress and songwriter, Shekhinah, received seven nominations each to emerge highest nominated artistes for the fifth edition of AFRIMA.

Closely following the top contenders are Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Ethiopia’s Betty G, who each earned six nominations; while Simi (Nigeria) and Nasty C (South Africa) got five nominations each.

AFRIMA is to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage. The four-day event, according to the event organisers, is packed with various activities about the creative arts.

This is the first time Ghana is organising the prestigious event.

MARIAM OWUSU-POKU WINS MISS MALAIKA 2018

The 2018 Miss Malaika pageantry was finally brought to a close on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the National Theatre in Accra.

In what was a keenly contested competition, Mariam Owusu-Poku emerged as the enviable winner in this year’s contest.

Mariam, who is a Business Administration student at the University of Ghana, beat off stiff competition from nine other contestants to emerge winner.

The 2018 Miss Malaika final had a star-studded cast with Joselyn Dumas, Jackie Appiah, Naa Ashorkor, James Gardiner and Lexis Bill constituting the judging panel.

All 10 finalists of the competition took turns to perform, gave various speeches and cat-walked gorgeously in their elegant apparels in a bid to impress the judges.

However, it was Mariam who shined brightest at the end of it all as she was crowned the new queen of the pageantry.  Evelyn also emerged as the 1st runner-up, while Rosetta came in third-place at the 2018 Miss Malaika contest.

Meanwhile, the event was also graced by some of the best performers, including MzVee, Kuami Eugene, KiDi and Wendy Shay.

STONEBWOY & HIS FRIENDS MAKE HISTORY AT ASHAIMAN TO THE WORLD CONCERT

The fifth edition of the ‘Ashaiman To Da World’ concert was held last Saturday at the Saka Saka Park at Ashaiman.

The musical concert, which was organised by Stonebwoy, attracted over 30,000 thousand music fans from all walks of life.

It witnessed historic live performances from rapper Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Samini, Kofi Kinaata, Lilwin, Kwaw Kese, Edem, Guru, Teephlow, D-Black, Freda Rhymes, Kelvin Boy, Episode, Article Wan and a host of others.

Sarkodie’s performance at the concert will be remembered as the best put up by any artiste this year.

The BET award winner delivered on his earlier promise to provide the best of entertainment for his fans at Ashaiman on the night. He was, indeed, one of the best artistes on that night.

Known for delivering mid and fast tempo songs, Sarkodie dished out most of his popular songs.

His great vocal versatility, dynamic movements and general stage charisma got the fans applauding non-stop during his performance on stage.

Lilwin also made his presence felt on the night as he arrived on stage in his ‘Superman’ outfit and delivered an excellent performance.

Other artistes such as Guru, Kofi Kinaata, Kwaw Kese and Edem also performed creditably to the satisfaction of music fans present at the event.

They left no stone unturned at the show, as they gave out hits in continuity to thrill music fans gathered at the event.

Okomfo Kwadee, who was among the surprise artistes, performed most of his popular old tunes.

When Kwadee took over the stage, he performed brilliantly, wowing the music fans at the event.

Stonebwoy and Samini also climaxed the concert with their outstanding performances.

JOY PRIME MADE IN GHANA FAIR 2018 SET FOR NOVEMBER 1 TO 4

Joy Prime, a television channel on Multi TV, will hold the third edition of the Made In Ghana Fair at the Junction Mall at the Nungua barrier in Accra from November 1 to 4.

The fair, which is on the theme: ‘Brand Ghana For Global Export’, will focus on exhibiting Ghanaian originality, authenticity and rich culture.

On display will be made-in-Ghana products like clothes, shoes, bags, jewelleries, chairs and many others.

This year’s edition of the fair is packed with a lot of activities to keep patrons entertained as they shop for products made in Ghana.

The opening ceremony on Thursday, November 1 will host a full exhibition of made-in-Ghana products. The second day will witness a disc jockey (DJ) competition between Ghana’s top DJs at 8:00pm.

On Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 pm, there will be a fashion show which will provide the platform for Ghanaian fashion designers to display on the runway some of their exclusive designs.

The final day of the event will afford patrons the opportunity to get acquainted with their favourite radio and TV presenters of Joy Prime and Hitz FM in a cooking competition at 3:00pm. There will be live musical performances from some selected Ghanaian artistes, including Okyeame Kwame.

This year’s event is powered by Hitz 103.9FM and proudly sponsored by Suzzy Herbal, Virgin Pot Cosmetics, Olive Paints, Justy Fashion Limited, Awo Kormi, Koko King, Kaeser Apple, Piano Bar, Power Health Products and Home Foods.

WHO WEARS THE MISS MALAIKA 2018 CROWN?

Exactly 16 years ago, a thought was conceived, ‘to give women in society a voice, an opportunity to showcase women as not just beautiful on the outside but also smart, intelligent, bold and most importantly to give them a chance to give back to society and be role models to upcoming generations.

From that thought, Miss Malaika Ghana was birthed, and after producing 15 queens, it is time to crown another; and come Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, the battle for the cash, car and crown will be settled at the extraordinary grand finale of Miss Malaika Ghana 2018 at the National Theater.

Started in 2003, the pageant has successfully changed the many negative misconceptions about beauty pageants in general. It has produced amazing women of substance who have in one way or the other impacted society positively in their various fields of endeavor.

From health to law to the entertainment industry, the Malaika brand impact can neither be downplayed nor over emphasized. The brand year in year out, with the projects embarked on by its delegates and eventual winners have touched a lot of lives in Ghana.

The journey of the 2018 edition of the reality TV show begun on Friday, 13th July at the plush Tomreik hotel where hundreds of beautiful ladies showed up to get a chance to change the course of their lives. Many were those with hopes of being part of the finalists, but at the end of screening, only 16 made it to the competition proper.

The 16 delegates, for weeks have been taken through an intensive grooming and learning processes which have shaped them into assets for society. From communications to catwalk, personal outlook to entrepreneurial skills etc. The highlights of their experiences however are the charity projects, where the ladies donated to 3 Cerebral Palsy centers in Ghana.

As custom would have it however, 6 ladies were unfortunately evicted based on their performances on weekly tasks and of course, your votes, leaving it out to the final 10; Anne, Dela, Mariam, Rosetta, Gloria, Ambraya, Evelyn, Afia, Gesa and Jennifer to battle it out for the coveted crown that currently sits on the head of Miss Pearl Nyarko (Miss Malaika Ghana 2017).

Gearing up to give the audience incredible performances are some of Ghana’s finest show stoppers; the lynx three made up of the Adiepena Hitmaker, Kidi, current VGMA new artiste of the year, Kuami Eugene, BET nominee and dancehall sensation, Mzvee and the freshest kid on the block whose music is rocking the airwaves, Wendy shay.

Very limited tickets are currently on sale at Charterhouse, Xmen, Nallem stores in the Accra Mall, Junction Mall and Osu Mall for 100 cedis only.

Miss Malaika Ghana is produced by the nation’s biggest event company, Charterhouse and is proudly sponsored by UB Hair Relaxer, Awake Mineral Water, Carnival, Infinix Mobility, British Council, Volta Serene Hotel, City Escape Hotel, Premium Motors, TLC Electronics, Taxify, Adansi Travels, Gold Coast Restaurants, Henry’s Inn, Jumia travel, Jumia foods, Koppan Hospitality, GTP, Glams Make-up, Kenya Airways, Holy Trinity Spa, Tomreik Hotel, Max TV, TV7, Pluzz FM, YFM and GhOne TV.

WIZKID APOLOGISES FOR PERFORMING WITH SLIPPERS IN GHANA

Nigerian superstar musician, Wizkid, wrapped up performances for the Glo Mega concert in Accra on Saturday night in a rather casual fashion.

He came on stage in a black hoodie over a pair of jeans. Underneath it was his pair of slippers over pair of his socks.

However, minutes into his performance, he paused to render an apology to the fans and respectable people in the audience, asking them to forgive him for wearing a pair of slippers on stage.

He explained he meant no disrespect; rather it was because he arrived in Ghana an hour to his performance. That, he revealed, prevented him from wearing something else.

“Ghana… I like to take this opportunity to apologise for performing in slippers,” he added briefly.

The Glo concert was held at the Fantasy Dome on Saturday night and it ended Sunday morning with all the glitz and glamour.

There were great performances from some of Africa’s celebrated artistes like Patapaa, Stonebwoy, Flavour, Yemi Alade, Sarkodie, Davido and Wizkid.

The MCs were Juliet Ibrahim and Gordons from Nigeria.

Stonebwoy had a great show. He performed most of his popular songs and the crowd cheered him throughout the performance.

Intermittently, he paused and engaged the crowd while they sang along with him. After him was Flavour, who entered the stage with the beautiful rhythms of his ‘Ada Ada’ song and also thrilled with his other hits. Flavour wrapped his performance at12: 44am and then Gordon took over for almost 20 minutes doling out jokes to pave the way for Sarkodie, whom he described as Africa’s number one ‘rap god’.

Sarkordie performed most of his songs to the satisfaction of the crowd. He also brought social media viral video star, Supa, on stage to join him at a point. After him was Davido, who was also great on the night.

Wizkid wrapped up the performances of the night. During his performance, he introduced King Promise on stage for a short performance, suggesting the two of them may have something coming up.

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photos: SHATTA WALE MAKES HISTORY WITH “REIGN” ALBUM CONCERT

Ghana’s dancehall king Shatta Wale made history on Saturday October 1, 2018 in Accra with his album launch concert.

The much-publicised ‘Reign Album’ launch and concert of Ghana’s most popular dancehall artiste Shatta Wale took place at the Fantasy Dome at the Accra Trade Fair Centre attracted an unprecedented crowd of over 20,000.

Some of them allegedly couldn’t get access to the venue because there was no space for them. Organisers of the event, according to reports, allegedly sold more tickets than the venue could contain. But that did not affect the success of the event.

A businessman and his wife, simply called Mr. & Mrs. Slegg, shocked patrons by purchasing the first copy of the album for GH¢150,000.

The amount they offered was above the GH¢100,000 auctioning price for the first copy of the ‘Reign’ album.

Shatta Wale also performed a number of his old songs and sent fans chanting his name throughout his performance. He also surprised many when he went on his knees to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Shatta Michy.

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Source: NKONKONSA.com 

BULLDOG STOPS SAMINI & STONEBWOY FROM PERFORMING AT SHATTA WALE’S REIGN CONCERT

Head of Artists and Repertoire (A&R) at Zylofon Music says he refused to allow Samini and Stonebwoy to perform at Shatta Wale’s ‘Reign’ concert.

Bulldog said he was aware the two musicians were at the venue but didn’t allow them to mount the stage. According to Bulldog, known in real life as Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, he didn’t allow them to perform because of security concerns.

He told Hitz FM Samini and Stonebwoy’s “managers came to me they were on the ground.” “Myself and my team had done some groundwork” and they realized that it would not have been right for them to come on stage, he explained.

“The fan base is different from the artiste. If we had allowed them, this morning the story would have been something,” the Zylofon Music A&R manager stressed.

According to him, they picked up information that fans were going to vanderlise Sarkodie’s vehicle if he had come there.

He claimed, Stonebwoy’s comments on Hitz FM that Shatta Wale would have lost his life for making claims that he killed his mother, had the tendency of inciting fans to do negative things.

Bulldog urged the media to “cut off” if artistes who come on their platforms to say things that will incite the fans.

Shatta Wale has apologised to rivals artistes, Samini and Stonebwoy, for their inability to perform at the concert. According to Shatta Wale, he was not aware Samini and Stonebwoy were around to support his album launch over the weekend.

Asked by Andy Dosty if he informed Shatta Wale that Samini and Stonebwoy were at the venue, Bulldog said he only told him after the show that they had come to the venue to perform.

UTV, STACY, OTHERS WIN AWARDS AT RTP AWARDS 2018

The 8th Edition of the Adonko Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards, was held at the International Conference Centre on Saturday, October 6, with various honours conferred on thriving personalities in the media industry.

Stacy Amoateng of Platinum Network emerged with the topmost on the night, after winning the 2018 Personality of the Year beating off competition from Nana Aba Anamoah of GHONE Tv, Benard Avle of CITI FM, Patrick Osei Agyemang of Adom TV and Nana Yaw Sarfo of Vision 1.

Despite Media Group, emerge the best media group of the year, while UTV also a subsidiary network of the Despite Group also won the TV Station of the Year award.

Patrick Osei Agyemang continued his remarkably award winning streak, after being adjudged the TV Sports Show of the Year while Benedict Owusu also won the Radio Sports Show Host of the year.

Honourary awards where awarded to thriving media personalities which includes Nana Appiah Mensah of Zylofon Media, Dr. Ofori Sarpong of Despite Group, Francis Kwabena Opoku of Hot FM and Martin Kwaku Brobbey.

Below is the full list of award winners;

RTP Personality of the Year – Stacy Amoateng

Media Group of the Year – Despite Group

Radio DJ of the Year – DJ Vyrusky

Radio Entertainment Talk Show Host of the Year: Agyeman Prempeh (Power FM)

Radio Gospel Show Host of the Year – OB Nartey (Vision 1 FM)

Radio Reggae Show Host of the Year – Blakk Rasta (Zylofon FM)

Radio Sports Show Host of the Year – Benedict Owusu (Joy FM)

Radio Female Presenter of the Year – Akumaa Mama Zimbi (Adom FM)

Radio Morning Show Host of the Year – Daniel Dadzie (Joy FM)

Radio Mid Morning Show Host of the Year – Nana Yaw Sarfo (Vision 1 FM)

Radio Late Afternoon Show Host of the Year – Giovani Caleb (Starr FM)

Radio Morning Show of the Year – Super Morning Show (Joy FM)

Radio News Program of the Year – Starr News Today (Starr FM)

Radio Sports Program of the Year – Angel Sports (Angel FM)

Radio Program of the Year– Ghana Beye Yie (Vision 1 FM)

Radio Station of the Year – Starr FM

TV Male Newscaster of the Year – Alfred Ocansey (TV3)

TV Development Show Host of the Year – Nana Aba Anamoah (GhOne TV)

TV Sports Show Host of the Year – Patrick Osei Agyemang ‘Songo’ (Adom TV)

TV Entertainment Male Host of the Year – Abeiku Santana (UTV)

TV Entertainment Female Host of the Year – Berla Mundi

TV Female Presenter of the Year – Stacy Amoateng (Platinum Network)

TV Morning Show Host of the Year – Johnnie Hughes (TV3)

TV Entertainment Show of the Year – The Late Afternoon Show (GhOne TV)

TV News Program of the Year– News 360 (TV3)

photos: NANA AMA BENSON WINS MISS GHANA 2018 

Nana Ama Benson, a 23-year-old graduate of University Ghana Nursing School  who represented  the  Central Region has been crowned Miss Ghana 2018.
She beat nine other beautiful contestants in the highly competitive event on Saturday evening to win the coveted title of the Miss Ghana 2018 contest which was held at the plush Accra Marriot Hotel in an atmosphere of splendour.
She also won Beauty with a Purpose, Most Disciplined , Miss Bikini and Miss Eloquence Awards during the evening. She took home the Miss Ghana crown, a Mahindra KUV 100 official car  and  also has an opportunity to represent Ghana at the Miss World Pageant 2018 .
She will also be volunteering with Exclusive Events Ghana and Miss Ghana  Foundation for a period of one year as well as enjoy a platinum gym membership at the ultra modern Pippa’s Health Centre in Accra. Nana Ama is entitled to products from Samsung/Electroland and other sponsors aside a monthly allowance of 1000gh among other prices.
Northern Region delegate, Laila Issaka who is also a 24-year -old Accounting graduate of Koforidua Technical University and 22-year-old graduate of Accra Polytechnic, Elizabeth Mary Maclean who also represented the Western Region came the first and second runners up respectively.
They both received Hyundai Grande i10 official cars each and will also be volunteering with the Exclusive Events Ghana and Miss Ghana Foundation for a year among other prizes.
The 2018 Miss Ghana pageant was hosted by Abeiku Santana with support from Josephine Aryitey, Miss Ghana 2013 top ten finalist. It was attended by a number of influential personalities including Akumaa Mama Zimbi, Fred Nuamah, Okyeame Kwame, Ignace, Obuor, Moesha Boduong, Shatta Michy and a host of others.
There were interesting performance by ace saxophonist Steve Bedi and   Wendy Shay.
The pageant was sponsored by  Svani Group Limited,National Lottery  Authority, Superlock Technologies Limited Ghana, Tang Palace Hotel, IPMC Ghana, Accra Marriott hotel,  Heritage Insurance, Electroland, Modaskky, Pippa’s Health Centre, Magnum Force Securities, Allure Centric, BelAqua, Aqua Safari Resort Ada, Ceeami, Amazing U, Akosombo Textile Limited. Buck Press, Photo Club, Capitol Cafe & Restaurant, Buka restaurant,  Central Hotel, Bosphorus Restaurant, Jamrock restaurant, Bush Kanteen, Cookers Delight, Lister Hospital , Brown Glow Make Up Services ,ASA Band, BJ Sports Bar, Baatsona Total,  Le Chateau Boutique.
Its media partners include Citi FM, Daily Guide, Spectator, Daily Graphic and GTV which televised  the grand finale live. Nana Ama Benson who won the pageant is expected to make Ghana proud at the miss world event. She loves to dance and listen to music. Nana’s mission to motivate people to reach their very best got her  to be a part of the Miss Ghana brand. She believes it is an authentic brand which shapes young ladies into women of substance in the society. Also it provides queens with beneficial life skills.
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Source: NKONKONSA.com