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.

KECHE SIGNS $500,000 RECORD DEAL WITH GOLDEN EMPIRE LEGACY  

Hiplife and Afrobeats group Keche have signed a mega record deal with a new record label, Golden Empire Legacy Limited.

The two-year deal which includes GHC2.5 million (equivalent to USD $500,000) plus three-bedroom apartment and a Hyundai Elantra saloon car for both of them, was signed at the company’s office at East Legon on Tuesday April 19, 2019.

The “Diabetes” hitmakers will, aside from their mind-blowing signing on bonus, receive all necessary support to take their career to the next level.

Speaking at the brief media signing ceremony, C.E.O of Golden Empire Legacy, Joana Gyan, said Keche’s deal is intended to uplift the brand and its image, and all the necessary measures to propel their career.

She added that the duo was signed because they are valuable assets and that they believe they can recoup their investments by the end of the contract.

Golden Empire Legacy Limited is a limited liability gold dealership company which was incorporated in Ghana and commenced business operations in January 2016, with investors and business partners all over the world.

The contract which lasts for two years will also see the group’s manager George Britton move to the label.

EMY AFRICA AWARDS 2019 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS  

The 4th Annual EMY Africa Awards is coming this June.

West Africa’s biggest award event, celebrating men who shape Africa. It is time to nominate your man of the year. The following are this year’s award categories and their description

MAN OF THE YEAR – GHANA
Recognises a man who is very impactful in society; a change exponent; responsible paterfamilias and mentor; an innovator; a visible team player; a certifiable gentleman and pillar of community.

MAN OF THE YEAR – AFRICA
Recognises an African man who is very impactful in his society – one who is a change exponent; responsible paterfamilias and mentor; an innovator; a visible team player; a certifiable gentleman and a pillar of his community.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR – GHANA
Recognises a woman of excellence and innovation who has inspired many; who has broken new ground or old barriers; and contributed to her community and the nation at large, in her professional and volunteer leadership.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR – AFRICA
Recognises an African woman of excellence and innovation who has inspired many; who has broken new ground or old barriers; and contributed to her community and the continent at large, in her professional and volunteer leadership.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Recognises an acclaimed veteran of an industry who has been an exemplary leader over the course of his lifetime, whose work has broken barriers and influenced change, and who is a role model in his careers and community involvement.

DIASPORAN AWARD
This award recognises a Ghanaian living in the diaspora who has made significant contribution to his area of residence and is also involved in development in Ghana.

CITIZEN GHANA AWARD
This award recognises a Ghanaian who against all odds maintains a watchful eye on the state of affairs of the country and blows the whistle when necessary. He must be a man who encourages national discourse on development, human rights and freedoms, and the fight against corruption.

OSAGYEFO PAN AFRICAN PEACE AWARD
This recognises the man whose position, demeanour and intervention in matters of conflict and have brought resolution to flashpoint tension, internal discord and threat to national peace and stability.

MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD
Recognises a man who has built formidable and communications enclave far outstripping existing media in innovative programming and commendable expansions.

YOUNG ACHIEVER – MALE
A man under the age of 40 who has excelled and showed evidence of impactful contribution in his area of endeavour.

YOUNG ACHIEVER – FEMALE
A woman under the age of 40 who has excelled and showed evidence of impactful contribution in her area of endeavour.

MEN GROUP/CLUB OF THE YEAR
This award recognises an outstanding men organisation who by proof of their participation and contribution have made an impact on society.

CONTINENTAL ICON AWARD
This award recognises to icons in diverse fields whose impact and works have been seen and felt across the continent of Africa. Businessmen, entertainers, health workers, legal practitioners, sportsmen, diplomats, etc.

THE SETTLER AWARD
This award recognises a socio-economically active resident non-Ghanaian or 2nd/3rd generation Ghanaian who has made an impactful contribution in area of endeavour, especially with involvement in development, investment, etc.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD
This award recognises a personality who has demonstrated love for humanity and who has contributed to communal development or a cause. There has to be evidence of humanitarian work and how it has improved on quality of life.

THE GUARDIAN AWARD (MENTORSHIP AND LEADERSHIP AWARD)

This award recognises a thought leader, a role model and an inspirational leader who has shown an ability to nurture mentees and protégés.

THE GREEN FINGERS AWARD (MAN OF THE YEAR – AGRICULTURE)

This award recognises an agriculturist or an agro-based entrepreneur who has made notable contribution to agriculture. He should also have an impact on society through innovation, employment acreage or contribution to food security.

MAN OF THE YEAR – TECHNOLOGY
This award recognises a man – scientist, innovator or tech entrepreneur – who has successfully applied technology in the areas of human comfort and development, such as business, communication and health.

ASCLEPIAN AWARD (MAN OF THE YEAR – HEALTH)
Named after the Rod of Asclepius, which represents medicine and health. It recognises exceptional work in health and wellness and is awarded to a health practitioner or entrepreneur who has made notable contribution to the area of health.

HE RIG AWARD (MAN OF THE YEAR – OIL & GAS)
A professional in the oil & gas industry or an entrepreneur who has made notable contribution in the area of oil & gas.

MAGNATE AWARD (MAN OF THE YEAR – BUSINESS)
This award recognises a magnate – an entrepreneur, founder or majority shareholder of a business – who is well respected and has significant influence in his field of business. His business must be socially accountable, contribute to sustainable development (CSM), and have good customer relationship management.

MAN OF THE YEAR – STYLE
Recognises an outstanding man of panache and unique style, whose magnetism and good manners permeate through his work.

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
This award recognises the most outstanding male designer, whose ideas are original and impactful.

MAN OF COURAGE AWARD
This award goes to a physically impaired person who has against all odds made a positive impact in society.

THE PAV ANSAH COMMUNICATOR AWARD
Named in memory of Paul Archibald Vianney Ansah, this award recognises a communication professional who is an opinion leader with the most positive outreach, and an inspirator with the most influence.

MAN OF THE YEAR – ENTERTAINMENT
This award recognises the most prolific and consistent personality in the entertainment industry in the year under review. He must be Ghana-centric and have reach that extends beyond the country’s borders.

MAN OF THE YEAR – SPORTS
This award recognises the most prolific and consistent sports personality in the year under review.

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
This award recognises a young adult male who is emerging in a chosen industry. He must exhibit peer leadership skills and be a budding pillar of community.

BRAND OF THE YEAR
This award recognises an African brand that is a champion in its industry category based on the current year market prominence and consumer preference.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
In the year under review, a man can be recognised for something extraordinary they did for the benefit and growth of society.

a) Green Corporate Award. Sponsored by A Rocha Ghana

The EMY Africa Awards is a prestigious annual Father’s Day related event that celebrate personalities who have contributed their quota to change and progress and continue to be symbols of stability and role models in the community.

Since 2016, EMY Africa has celebrated the best in men’s achievements across local industry, community, culture and public service. Dozens of men and personalities from all ages and walks of life have been honoured for their abilities, initiatives and contributions to society. Last year, the highly respected businessman and chief, Togbe Afede, was honoured as the Ultimate Man of the Year. Many other great individuals were also honoured for their great works.

Visit www.emyafrica.com for more information and nominate or send you nominations to nominations@emyafrica.com. Your essay should not be more than 100 words and should include the nominee’s profile, the category you are nominating them for and why.
MY Africa awards is powered by Carbon AV Projects & Events, EM Magazine and proudly supported by the Multi Media Group.

For Enquiries, call 0202018870.

EMY Africa Awards. Inspiring Greatness.

3MUSIC AWARDS APOLOGIZE FOR MISHAP AT THE EVENT

The 3 Music Award Board has apologised for the mishap which occurred at the Fantasy Dome Saturday.

According to reports, the show began late which made patrons uneasy. Also, seats reserved for some special guests were occupied by other attendees.

While admitting that the project was an infantile one, the organizers stated that concerns of the events have been taken into consideration and apologised for the catastrophe at the second edition of the 3 Music Awards.

The Board also expressed their profound gratitude to stakeholders for their contribution towards a successful event. And congratulates all winners of the ceremony.

Below is the Statement: 

PRESS RELEASE
3 MUSIC AWARDS GRATEFUL TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS FOR SUCCESSFUL ORGANISATION
OF SECOND EDITION

The Board of 3 Music Awards wishes to express its profound gratitude to all stakeholders who contributed in diverse ways towards the success of the second edition.

We are particularly grateful to all our sponsors for the confidence they reposed in us, the artistes on the bill for their thrilling performance, our loyal patrons who trooped to the venue in their numbers and the media for their continuous support of a young, local initiative.

While expressing our sincere gratitude to all stakeholders, we also congratulate all award nominees and award winners for their respective efforts and excellence in the year under review.

The 3 Music Board recognises the valiant efforts of all nominees. However, eventual winners of most award categorise are determined by 60% public voting and 40% board and academy considerations. The only categories which were 100% determined by the board and academy were the technical categories of album of the year, video of the year and legends awards.

Meanwhile, we have noted with seriousness, concerns of our patrons; both at the Fantasy Dome and those who keenly observed proceed on television. We wish to express our sincere apologies for some mishaps, particularly the late start of the show, as well as some of our VIP guests whose labelled seats were taken up by other guests.

The 3 Music Award is a growing project, which seeks to truly recognise and award excellence in the Ghanaian music industry. And as an entity which places so much emphasis on social media interaction with our patrons, we take their views seriously and we will strive to address some of the concerns they have raised moving forward, to make 3 Music Awards even better.

We can only get better through the constructive criticism of our patrons and the media, and we look forward to such reviews in the coming days.

In a related development, we wish to express our gratitude to the Almighty God, and personnel at the 37 Military Hospital for attending to the Chief Executive Officer of 3Music Network, Sadiq Abdulai Abu, who was rushed to the hospital from the Fantasy Dome just before the show started. By the grace of God, Sadiq is fine and responding to treatment. Doctors have however, placed him on further observation.

We look forward to a bigger and better 3 Music Awards in the future. We are here for the music.

Thank you.

SIGNED
JAMES KORSAH-BROWN
(BOARD CHAIRMAN, 3 MUSIC AWARDS)

VGMA 2019 SLATED FOR MAY 18

The 20th edition of the prestigious Vodafone Ghana Music Awards has been slated for Saturday, May 18, at the Accra International Conference Centre after the nominees announcement came off on Friday, March 15, 2019.

The awards night will be live nationwide on TV3 and others and Africa wide on DSTV and of course Facebook live across the world, according to the organizers.

Even though there have been a lot of controversies after the release of the nominees for the awards, the CEO of Charter House, organizers of the awards, Theresa Ayoade, has stated that they expect this year’s edition to be one of the best they have seen in recent years.

The nominees jam for the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA20) will be held in Kumasi. It returns to Kumasi after it saw performances from Okyeame Kwame, Buk Bak, Stay Jay and many others 7 years ago It will be held on April 6, 20,19 at the Kumasi City Mall car park.