26 LADIES SELECTED FOR MISS MALAIKA GHANA 2018 BOOTCAMP

In a little over 70 days from now a new queen takes over from Pearl Nyarko-Mensah, Miss Malaika Ghana 2017.

But the journey to that unveil as history would have it has never been easy. From heart breaks to tears and cheers, shouts of joy to acts triggered by sour grapes and more, this pageant has seen it all; and last Saturday was no exception as nearly 60 wanna-be queens got their hopes crushed at the semi-final auditions of Miss Malaika Ghana 2018!

In previous editions, pageant organizers, Charterhouse Productions have selected only 20 girls at this stage for Bootcamp. But on Saturday 28th July 2018, a slight deviation from the norm was experienced at the Tomreik Hotel in East Legon Accra, when pageant host and former contestant Berla Mundi announced some 26 beautiful and intelligent girls for the next stage of the contest.

“We simply couldn’t cut to 20! It was too tough…we tried. Trust me, we tried our best, but the girls came well prepared too. Obviously they’ve followed the pageant for years and came for the kill” – Jocelyn Dumas, Judge.

Joining actress Jocelyn Dumas on the judging panel that screened nearly 100 girls to determine which 26 made it to the next stage were fellow actresses and entrepreneurs, Jackie Appiah and Naa Ashorkor Mensah Doku.

Selecting the 26 was the continuation of a story that started on Saturday 13th July when actor James Gardiner joined Naa Ashorkor and Jocelyn to screen a little over 200 bold, confident and articulate young ladies who each wanted a shot at Pearl’s crown.

Some 70 plus ladies were selected then and taken through a beauty clinic with celebrated Events/TV and Radio host, Anita Erskine, host of Duvet on GHOne Mznancy and reigning queen, Miss Pearl Nyarko-Mensah.

The story continues at bootcamp where the final 26 will be further groomed and prepped for the task ahead. 10 will be dropped after that stage leaving a final 16 to battle for the cash, the car, the crown and that international trip that’s become an integral part of Miss Malaika Ghana.

Miss Malaika Ghana premiers on Sunday 19th August, 2018 at 8pm on GH One TV and at 8:30pm on Max TV. It will also show on Fridays at 7pm and on Tuesdays at 11:30am on TV7.

It is a Charterhouse Ghana Production.

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS GLADLY ACCEPT MISS GHANA 2017’S RESIGNATION

The management of Miss Ghana beauty pageant says they “gladly” accept the resignation of the 2017 winner of the pageant, Margaret Dery.

On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, Margaret Dery resigned, telling the general public that she is no longer interested in holding the office as Ghana’s beauty queen.

Her relationship with the organisers of the pageant, Exclusive Events Ghana (EEG), has been anything but cordial without any amicable settlement resulting in the decision by the beauty queen to bow out.

A statement issued by EEG’s Public Affairs Department stated management receives the resignation of the beauty queen in good fate and sees it as a good riddance.

According to Exclusive Events Ghana, they recently “commissioned and donated a water project to the Nabuli Witch Camp in Gushegu in the Northern Region of Ghana” but the beauty queen refused to turn up for reasons “best known to her”.

It might not obviously be looking good, but EEG management says they are very “focused and ever determined to use the Miss Ghana beauty pageant to help the poor, needy and the vulnerable in rural areas and deprived communities and absolutely nothing can distract us from this noble journey.

“We wish Margaret Dery well in her next career and we do pray that she will uphold the ethics of professionalism, respect for contracts as well as show the necessary respect to the new authority she finds herself under,” the statement partly read.

Meanwhile, Exclusive Events Ghana is set to launch the 2018 edition of the pageant on Thursday, August 2.

Full Statement Below:

It has come to our attention through the media that the winner of the 2017 edition of the Miss Ghana beauty pageant, Margaret Dery, has resigned.

The management of Exclusive Events Ghana, the organizers of the Miss Ghana beauty pageant, have gladly accepted the resignation of Margaret Dery in good fate.

The major vision of Exclusive Events Ghana is to promote the culture of discipline, respect for authority, good corporate governance and use the crown to change the lives of the vulnerable and deprived communities.

We did our very best to lead the winners and runners-up of the beauty pageant to live and act in accordance with the major vision. That is the more reason why we recently commissioned and donated a water project to the Nabuli Witch Camp in Gushegu in the Northern Region of Ghana. Unfortunately, Margaret Dery never showed up for the programme for reasons best known to her.

Management of Exclusive Events Ghana are very focused and ever determined to use the Miss Ghana beauty pageant to help the poor, needy and the vulnerable in rural areas and deprived communities and absolutely nothing can distract us from this noble journey.

We wish Margaret Dery well in her next career and we do pray that she will uphold the ethics of professionalism, respect for contracts as well as show the necessary respect to the new authority she finds herself under”. 

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

EXCLUSIVE MEN OF THE YEAR 2018 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Nominees for this year’s edition of the Exclusive Men of the Year Awards also known as EMY Africa Awards were unveiled on Thursday, at an impressive ceremony at the Alliance Motors Showroom at Opeibea, Airport in Accra.

This year’s event is expected to honour distinguished men and women in Ghana and across the continent who have made significant achivements in the development and progress of families, societies and the African region at large.

The nominees who will be competing in seven categories include Kuami Eugene, Isaac Dogboe, King Promise, Kobby Blay and Alloysius Attah in the Discovery of the Year category and Nathaniel Attoh, Okyeame Kwame, Stephen Appiah, Harold Amenyah and Jake Obeng-Bediako in the Best Groomed Man of the Year category.

For the Men in Entertainment category, Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy faces competition from Kumawood actor Akwasi Boadi, popularly known as Akrobeto, Comedian DKB, Playwright Latif Abubakar and movie producer Abdul Salam.

Other categories up for contention include Man of the Year (Sports), Man of the Year (Communications), Fashion Designer of the Year and Men Group of the Year.
The CEO of the EMY Awards, Kojo Soboh, said the platform is one that looks at bringing out the best in men in society.

“This is one award scheme that wants to motivate men, both young and old, that they can be more than just men. It serves as an avenue for men to move out of their comfort zone and become agents of change.

“Apart from this, it also intends to bring to light the great side of the men we look up to, they have the chance to tell their stories and give the young ones hope,” he said.

photos: GUBA AWARDS 2018 + FULL LIST OF WINNERS

The year’s GUBA celebrated their annual awards show – identifying the very best of Ghanaian talent across the board.

The ceremony recognised and acknowledged the pioneers and forerunners of the Ghanaian community, including leaders and organisations at the top of their game such as world-renowned rapper Stormzy (Michael Omari), social media sensation Michael Dapaah, Kwami Sefa Kayi Eric Andoh of STARBITES, Nelplast Ghana Limited and Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong to name a few.

Saturday’s award ceremony highlighted the breadth of talent and wide range of gifted Ghanaians globally.

With several dignitaries in attendance such as Former President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and co-hosted by Boris Kodjoe and Anita Erskine. The evening was an outstanding success and truly emphasised the significance of Ghanaians not only in the UK and Ghana, but also across the world, whilst also displaying the unique brilliance of all the nominees and winners.

Stormzy (Michael Omari) commented at the Awards ceremony on how being recognised by the Ghanaian community meant to him: ‘It’s close to home and it’s close to the heart. When you progress in music and any other industry, as you build accolades and achievements – you get so many. But ones like these, it’s closer to home, it’s Ghana, it’s my people, it’s my blood, it’s my DNA, it’s my culture, it’s me.’

Former President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings commented: ‘The GUBA awards have been one of the few initiatives I have been following keenly. Any initiative that seeks to bring together and recognise the diverse cultural and economic potential of Ghanaians is one that should be embraced wholeheartedly by the Ghanaian community both home and abroad; and I am delighted that the Government of Ghana has over the past few years embraced this project and offered the needed moral support.’

Dentaa Amoateng MBE, founder and CEO of GUBA Enterprise commented: “We are delighted to be celebrating talented and exceptional Ghanaians as winners of the 2018 GUBA Awards. From creative entrepreneurs to outstanding leaders, GUBA continues to uncover numerous role models who are breaking down barriers and changing the game for Ghanaians not only in the UK and Ghana, but worldwide.”

GUBA Awards is a non-profit organisation, which donates proceeds towards charitable schemes operating within the British Ghanaian community and provides an engaging platform for promoting greater cultural diversity in the UK as well as raising the profile of Ghana.

GUBA Awards promotes closer economic, cultural and social links between Ghana and the United Kingdom. Launched in 2010 as the GUBA Awards, the annual event celebrates and acknowledges the contribution of Ghanaian and African based businesses and individuals in the United Kingdom and Ghana. This is an opportunity for these businesses to come together for one night in order to reflect on their achievements and receive a recognition and reward.

See photos from the event:

The winners of this year’s Awards are as follows:

GUBA Association of the year – Ghana Doctors and Dentists UK (GDDA-UK)

GUBA Celebrity Humanitarian – Kwami Sefa Kayi

GUBA Efie Ne Fie – Eric Andoh (STARBITES)

GUBA Innovation and Technology – Nelplast Ghana Limited

GUBA Leisure and Tourism – The Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort

GUBA Professional of the Year – Charlotte Boaitey

GUBA Rising Diasporan – Bernard Adjei

The winners of this year’s Black Star Awards are as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award – Ashitey Hammond

Rising Sports Star – Joshua Buatsi

Rising Star Award – Michael Dapaah

Music Excellence Award – Stormzy (Michael Omari)

Special Achievement Award – Vandyke Appiah Kubi

Television and Film Pioneer Award – Ernest Abbeyquaye

Outstanding Leadership Award – Dr Cecilia Anim

Outstanding Achievement Award – Attorney General Gloria Afua Akuffo and former Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong

Outstanding Student Achiever Award – Samuel Afari

GUBA Awards promotes closer economic, cultural and social links between Ghana and the United Kingdom. Launched in 2010 as the GUBA Awards, the annual event celebrates and acknowledges the contribution of Ghanaian and frican based businesses and individuals in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the annual awards programme, GUBA expanded into the GUBA Foundation, GUBA Expo and GUBA Careers to provide distinct services targeted at individuals and businesses.

Dentaa Amoateng MBE, founder of the GUBA Awards is available for interviews and comment. Please email laurena@blj.co.uk for further information and arrangements.

 

 

MISS UNIVERSE GHANA 2018 LAUNCHES IN ACCRA

This year’s Miss Universe Ghana, one of Ghana’s oldest and prestigious beauty pageants, was launched at the La Villa Boutique Hotel, Osu in Accra last Thursday.

The event organised by  MALZ Promotions Ltd was graced by several industry players, as well as some past winners of the pageant.

In her presentation at the launch, the National Director for Miss Universe Ghana, Menaye Donkor-Muntari, who is also a past beauty queen, said this year’s theme,
“Empowering young women and breaking barriers in the man’s world,” reflects the pageant’s goal of grooming confident young ladies to take up various roles in the society.

“As Miss Universe Ghana 2004, a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and model, I am proud to be part of the Miss Universe Ghana brand to help other young Ghanaian women to achieve their goals.

“I can assure all that there will be transparency, honesty, integrity and professionalism at the end of the event and I know Ghanaians will appreciate it,” she said.

She admitted that last year’s event was a very challenging but  successful event by the grace of God, with the help of a committed team who supported her vision.

This year’s event will mark the 26th edition and has the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and the Ghana Tourism Authority.

In all, 14 ladies will be selected for the final event and Mrs Donkor-Muntari is very sure that this year’s competition will bring a wealth of exposure to the contestants.

The Managing Director of Multimedia Group, Mr Santokh Singh, whose outfit is collaborating with Miss Universe Organisation, said he was happy to be part of the event.

“It’s time we erased the perception that beautiful women cannot be intelligent. Multimedia is supporting Miss Universe Ghana for what they stand for and represent and it’s time we empower young women to live their dreams,” he stated.

JOSELYN DUMAS DEMANDS PAYMENT FROM 3MUSIC AWARDS ORGANISERS

Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas has publicly revealed that organisers of the maiden edition of 3Music Awards.

According Jocelyn who is also a Radio host at Joy FM, she has not been paid since the event happened in March 2018 and cannot be calm about it anymore with the organisers of the annual 3music Awards.

The actress who hosted the maiden edition of the award with Rapper D-Black has openly demanded the organizers in public by requesting for her money on twitter. The mother of one on Wednesday afternoon took to the micro blogging platform to call-out the organizers of the event requesting for the cash they promised to give her when she accepted to host the show.

According to Joselyn, the organizers of the awards have shown an unprofessional working relationship and that is very bad for the growing Ghanaian entertainment industry. She angrily tweeted that “Dear @3musicAwards when you hire the service of a talent and you agree on a payment, you honor your end of the bargain as I honored mine…. no one works for free. we can’t even support our own.. yet we sit back and are quick to point fingers and judge especially female entertainers in Ghana. When you work you are expected to be paid!! This cycle of using talent and not paying must stop @3musicawards“.

JOHN MAHAMA’S DEFEAT HAS AFFECTED MY MUSIC CAREER – Mzbel Admits

Songstress, Mzbel has confessed that President John Dramani Mahama’s defeat in 2016 has affected her music.

Mzbel was an instrumental figure in the National Democratic Congress (NDC’s) campaign in the lead up to 2016 general elections.

However, the political party could not retain power and was booted out by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to the songstress, she has been affected by the defeat and change in government because she no longer gets the opportunity to perform at corporate events like she used to when NDC was in power.

Mzbel who was speaking on Kumasi-based Kessben FM monitored by MyNewsGH.com said “Before the removal of NDC from power, I used to play a lot of cooperative organisational gigs. There were some banks, hotels, etc, I used to play gigs for them on yearly basis. Sadly, after the change of government, those in the various positions who used to give me the deals have all been removed and some transferred to different places. This has really affected my music career”.

Mzbel is currently promoting her single, “Tongues” which is making waves on various radio stations and in various clubs.

EMY AFRICA AWARDS 2018 OPENS NOMINATIONS

Carbon Av and Exclusive Men’s Magazine, organisers of EMY Africa Awards have opened nominations for the 2018 edition.

EMY Africa Awards is aimed at celebrating exceptional and distinguished men in Africa who have excelled in their fields of endeavour.

Some winners of the previous editions of the awards include Ex-President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kuffuor, International Business Mogul – Sir Sam Jonah and Business Consultant and Politician – Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom.

Others are Business Magnate – Dr Kwabena Duffour, Young Nigerian Entreprenuer – Adebola Williams, International Football Legend- Abedi Pele, Chairman of United Bank of Africa and Celebrated Philanthropist – Mr. Tony Elumelu, among others.

The last two editions have been very successful bringing together some of the great and distinguished men and women in Ghana and beyond.

Who is your man of the year for the 3rd ANNUAL EMY AFRICA AWARDS?

Visit www.emyafrica.com and nominate your man of the year in the various categories, which are grouped under two main classifications: Honorary Awards and Competitive Awards. Nominations close on 2nd July 2018.

A strong nomination will clearly identify how the nominee’s work embodies multiple but not necessarily all of the criteria.

FIRST LADY & TOURISM MINISTER SPOTTED AT GHANA MEETS NAIJA 2018

Both Nigerians and Ghanaians enjoyed an amazing night of good music and dance when Nigerian musicians clashed with Ghanaian musicians on stage to battle it out. Yesterday was the 2018 Ghana Meets Naija concert.

For years, Ghana Meet Naija put together by Bola Rays Empire Entertainment gives Nigerian and Ghanaian artists the platform to battle it out for their fans to choose the best among them.

This year’s edition of the Ghana Meets Naija was held at the Fantasy Dorm inside Trade Fair in Accra and it was heavily attended. The show itself was heavily packed with ace artists from both countries who did not disappoint their fans at all.

Representing Ghana were, Stonebwoy, Kuami Eugene, Fancy Gadam, King Promise, Yaa Pono, Wisa Greid, Patapaa, Mugeez, and others. There was a surprise performance form Shatta Wale, the self-acclaimed Dancehall King.

Nigerians had Mayorkun, Wizkid, Mr Eazi and others representing the nation. It was simply spectacular.

Besides the normal thousands of audience who were there to enjoy energetic performances, 2018 Ghana Meets Naija saw some VVIP’s passing through to enjoy good music.

Ghpage.com lenses spotted the First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebbecca Akufo-Addo at the concert. Not only her. Catherine Afeku, the Minister for Creative Arts was also spotted at the 2018 Ghana Meets Naija Concert enjoying themselves.

MOESHA BODUONG TO HOST GOLDEN MOVIE AWARDS 2018 RED CARPET

Nkonkonsa.com is reliably informed that Ghanaian Actress/Photo Model, Moesha Boudoung is set to make her first public appearance after her controversial interview with CNN’s Christian Amanpour.

Moesha Babiinoti Boduong has been making headlines with some statements she made when she appeared in an interview on CNN with Christian Amanpour as part of a comprehensive documentary on “Love and sex around the world” in Ghana.

In the interview, Moesha blatantly said that women in Ghana including herself have to date married men for financial support due to the poor state of our economy.

Her comments, seems not to have gone too well with most Ghanaians, leading to most Ghanaian celebrities and the general public descending heavily on her. Moesha who was in America, at the time her interview was aired, has issued an unqualified apology and she has been silent since then.

However, according to our sources Moesha is back home and is set to make first major public appearance as the red carpet host of the upcoming Golden Movie Awards 2018 on June 2, 2018 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. The red carpet starts at 4:00 pm while the show starts at 7:30pm.

We can confidently confirm that Moesha would grace the red carpet with her ‘curvaceous’ figure but it is not clear if she would host it alone or she would be pared with a co-host.

This would be the first time Moesha would be hosting the red carpet since she came into limelight.

Keep reading for more.

Source: NKONKONSA.com