exclusive photos: CELEBRITIES AT EBONY’S FUNERAL

The final funeral rites of late Dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns took place on Saturday March 24, 2018 at the forecourt of State House in Accra.

The burial followed a successful tribute Concert that took place at the Trade Fair on Friday night, March 23, 2018.

The final funeral rites of Ebony attracted high profile personalities, colleague musicians and the creative arts industry players.

Stonebwoy, Amakye Dede, Abeiku Santana, Andy, Afia Schwarzenegger, Yaw Dabo, Kwaku Manu, Wanlov, Kojo Antwi, Patapaa, Ex-Doe, Samini, Country Man Songo, Serwaa, Obour, Rex Omar, Fadda Dickson, Kennedy Osei were among the many celebrities present.

Top officials from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) including, Ibrahim Mahama, Oko, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije. Oye Lithur, among others, also showed up in their numbers to commiserate with friends and family of the late singer.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Catherine Afeku, and other government official were also present to represent the ruling NPP government.

Here are photos from the funeral:

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

SHATTA WALE, STONEBWOY, EBONY, OTHERS WIN AWARDS AT 3 MUSIC AWARDS 2018

Maiden edition of the much-anticipated 3 Music Awards came off successfully on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Fantasy Dome inside the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre in La, Accra.

The 3 Music Awards 2018 awarded musicians who have excelled in the art, considering their respective work(s) during the year under review. Some personalities and companies were also honored for their outstanding contributions that have, in diverse ways helped develop showbiz in Ghana.

Among the winners were Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Patapaa, Ebony, Stormzy, Davido, Kumi Guitar, Becca and Maccasio.

Hosted by musician D-Black as well as actress and OAP Joselyn Dumas, there were fine performances from Stonebwoy, Obibini, TeePhlow, Eno Barony, Kumi Guitar, Joe Mettle, Joyce Blessing, Jupitar and many others.

Shatta Wale won Fan Army of the year, Male act of the year, Facebook star of the year and also the ultimate award on the night, Song of the year. Sarkodie picked the album of the year, hip-hop/Hiplife act of the year, Stonebwoy also won the best dancehall/reggae act of the year, Instagram star of the year.

See below the full list of winners of 3 music awards 2018 below:

Best Ghanaian International Act of the Year 

Stormzy (UK)

AFRICAN ACT OF THE YEAR 

Davido (Nigeria)

INSTAGRAM STAR OF THE YEAR 

Stonebwoy

FACEBOOK STAR OF THE YEAR 

Shatta Wale

MOST EVENTFUL SNAPCHAT CHANNEL 

Becca

FAN ARMY OF THE YEAR 

Shatta Movement

DJ OF THE YEAR 

DJ Mic Smith

BEST TWITSTAR 

Stonebwoy

BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR 

Total Cheat by Fancy Gadam feat. Sarkodie

GOSPEL ACT OF THE YEAR 

Joe Mettle

HIGHLIFE ACT OF THE YEAR 

Kumi Guitar

HIPLIFE/HIP-HOP ACT OF THE YEAR 

Sarkodie

REGGAE/DANCEHALL ACT OF THE YEAR 

Stonebwoy

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

1. Overdose by Sarkodie feat. Jesse Jagz

VIRAL SONG OF THE YEAR 

One Corner by Patapaa

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

Highest by Sarkodie

BREAKOUT ACT OF THE YEAR 

Maccassio

GROUP OF THE YEAR 

Galaxy

FEMALE ACT OF THE YEAR 

Late Ebony Reigns

MALE ACT OF THE YEAR 

Shatta Wale

SONG OF THE YEAR 

Ayoo – Shatta Wale

 

GUBA AWARDS 2018 NOMINATIONS OPENS

Nominations for the acclaimed GUBA Awards 2018, opens online from Tuesday the 20th of March 2018 and closes midnight on Tuesday the 10th of April 2018.

For the first time ever, the awards will take place within a duration of two days, preceding with a seminar on African entrepreneurship on Friday 13th July 2018, followed by the GUBA Awards Ceremony on Saturday 14th July 2018, at InterContinental Hotel, London – The O2, SE10 0TW.

Serving as a precursor to the voting and awarding process, nominations provide the public with the ability to recognise change-makers within their communities. GUBA Awards nominees are selected by the public, shortlisted and put forward for a public vote.

This year, eleven categories are open for nominations and can be accessed via http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/nominations/ . The GUBA Awards 2018 categories are as follows:

  • Made in Ghana Award 2018
  • Efie Ne Fie Award 2018
  • Innovation & Technology Award 2018
  • Leisure & Tourism Award 2018
  • Sustainable Agriculture Award 2018
  • Humanitarian Award 2018
  • Ghanaian Association of the Year Award 2018 – Charity of the Year Award 2018
  • Rising Star Award 2018
  • Professional of the Year Award 2018
  • Student Achiever of the Year Award 2018

Speaking on the significance of nominations, the CEO of GUBA Enterprise Mrs Dentaa Amoateng MBE expressed:

“The call for nominations is a crucial part of the GUBA Awards. The process allows for the public to have their say and bring forth a wide array of talented and deserving individuals. I urge everyone to participate in this process, to bring to light the talents that go unrecognised.”

A complete list of categories can be accessed via http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/nominations/ . Nominations end on Tuesday the 10th of April 2018.

ECOM Ghana are the official Title sponsors of GUBA Awards 2018.

GUBA Awards 2018 will be an unmissable and inspirational two-day event. For sponsorship opportunities, kindly email george@gubaawards.co.uk and visit www.gubaawards.co.uk to find out more about the awards.

GUBA Enterprise consists of GUBA Awards, GUBA Expo, GUBA Foundation and GUBA Careers Fair. The GUBA Awards is a non-profit organisation that focuses on enriching the African community in the UK with the aim of empowerment and growth. It is an event dedicated to highlighting and rewarding outstanding achievers. The GUBA Expo is a platform for Small and Medium Businesses to exhibit their products/services whilst engaging with industry personnel on business growth strategies. The GUBA Foundation is a charity set up to tackle health issues within the Afro-Caribbean community in the UK and Ghana. The GUBA Careers fair is a platform to connect employers with qualified jobseekers in the UK who want to return home.  The ethos of the GUBA brand is to uplift and encourage personal and for collective growth.

 

NII OKAI HOSTS ‘HYMNS UNLIMITED’ CONCERT

Nii Okai will host his annual dubbed ‘Hymns Unlimited Concert’ at the Mount Olivet Methodist Church at Dansoman in Accra.

The event will feature other prominent gospel musicians like Eugene Zuta, Pastor Helen Yawson, TVO Lamptey, Olivet Voices, Overflow Incorporated, LIC Choir, Winneba Youth Choir and the Harbour City Mass Choir.

‘Hymns Unlimited’, which is held annually to commemorate the Easter celebrations, will treat the audience to soothing and uplifting hymns of praise and worship to God, both age-long ones and those produced locally by Ghanaian composers, including Nii Okai himself.

Nii Okai stated that the purpose of the concert is to revive the tradition of hymns and also get young people to appreciate the value and power of hymns as a form of worship and praise to God.

He said there is the need for churches to strongly hold on to hymns as a key part of their services.

Nii Okai extolled TVO Lamptey and other composers in the country, adding that the presence of God will be felt at the upcoming event. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Hymns of Everlasting Praise’.

Proceeds from the concert will be used to support Nii Okai’s Saving Hearts Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation established to raise funds to support Ghanaians who need heart surgeries.

The event is being held in partnership with the Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa).

MUSICIANS WANT TO BE PAID TO PERFORM AT EBONY’S TRIBUTE CONCERT

Manager of the deceased dancehall diva Ebony Reigns, Ricky Nana Agyemang, known in showbiz as Bullet of Ruff N Smooth has described musicians in Ghana as hypocrites who want money for Ebony’s tribute concert.

In a Facebook post, the Chief Executive Officer of Rufftown Records stated because there were so many people at Ebony’s one week observation and it was telecast live on Television, the musicians came there in their numbers, used the platform to interact with the late musicians funs but now that he is organizing a tribute concert for his late artiste, they are demanding money.

“Some of our Ghanaian artistes are very hypocrite, you came to Ebony’s one week observation because the numbers were there and again it was being telecast live on air so some of you came there to use the platform. Now you’re asking me to pay you for her tribute concert. I thought you loved her as you claimed on stage at her one week. This is pure hypocrisy. Big thanx to every artistes who has decided to support us. We are grateful” the post read further.

Ruff Town Entertainment with collaboration with the Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and other entities have slated Friday, March 23, 2018, as a day that a tribute musical concert will be organised in memory of the late Ebony Reigns who died in a tragic accident on the Sunyani-Kumasi Highway.

The concert which will take place at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra is said to line up some musicians in the industry to perform in honour of the late songstress who contributed immensely to the progress of the Ghana music industry.

Some of the artistes billed for the tribute concert are Becca, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, VIP, R2Bees, Edem, Shatta Wale, Kofi Kinaata and Efya, Samini, Kwabena Kwabena, Nana Yaa, Obour, MzVee, Teephlow, Tic Tac, Barima Sidney among others.

Ebony Reigns, born Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, met her untimely death in a car accident on Thursday, February 8, 2018, together with two others; Francisca Kuri, her childhood friend, and Francis Atsu Vondee a military officer believed to be her bodyguard.

They were returning to Accra from Abesim, near Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region, where they had gone to pay a visit to Ebony’s mother.

The final funeral rites and burial service will be held on March 24 at the forecourt of the State House in Accra where Dr Lawrence Tetteh, the leader founder and leader of the World Miracle Outreach, will officiate burial service.

EBONY’S TRIBUTE CONCERT SET FOR MARCH 23

The day of Ebony’s wake would be a dual vigil/tribute concert, the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has announced.

At the La International Trade Fair Centre on Friday, March 23rd, Ebony would be celebrated and remembered one last time before she takes her final journey out of this world.

Obour revealed this info at a presser held by the Union last Friday at the Accra International Conference Centre.

According to him, some of the biggest artists in the land would make an appearance at the tribute concert/vigil.

Ebony’s final funeral rites would be held the next day, March 24th, at the forecourt of the State House in Accra, before her burial at the Osu Cemetery.

VGMAs 2018 FULL NOMINEES LIST RELEASED AMIDST CONTROVERSIES

The nominations for the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) were released on Sunday with lots of talking points across social media.

Sarkodie topped the list of nominations garnering 11 nods for his individual works as well as collaborations with the likes of Fancy Gadem.

Last years Artist of the Year, Joe Mettle followed with 8 nominations, while Ghana’s new darling girl Ebony received 7 nods posthumously for her works.

The Ghana Music Awards festival will witness a nominees’ jam in Cape Coast on March 24, a music seminar at the Movënpick Hotel on April 12, and the main event at the Accra International Conference Centre on April 14. The celebration jam is however slated for April 28 in Tema.

Below is the full list of nominees 

Highlife Song Of the Year 

Dream – Kumi Guitar

Bronya – Wutah

Odo – Kidi

Angela – Kuami Eugene

Over – R2bees

Hustle – Ebony

Gospel Song of the Year 

Boot 4 Boot- Joyce Blessing

Obi Nyanime – Patience Nyarko

Efatawo – Nacee

Adom – Gifty Osei

Jehovah – Ceccy Twum

Hiplife Song of the Year 

Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Boys Boys – Nacee F. Guru

Obi Agyi obi girl – Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinataa

Ayoo – Shatta Walle

One Corner—Patapaa
Hip Pop Song of the Year 

State Of The Art – Teephlow

Light It Up – Sarkodie

Grind Day Remix – Kwesi Arthur

Pen and Paper – Kojo-cue & Shaker

Dear God—B4Bonah

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year 

Until The Dawn – Efya

My Own – Samini

My Name – Stonebwoy

Maya Burn Dem – Article Wan

Rewind – Mzvee

Dem Confuse – Shatta Wale

Afro Pop Song of the Year 

Makoma – Adina

Oh Yeah – King Promise

Say You Love Me – Kidi

Sing My Name – Mzvee

Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl Songz

Sponsor – Ebony

My Baby – Magnom

Come From Afar – Stonebwoy

Gospel Artiste of the Year 

Joyce Blessing

Patience Nyarko

Joe Mettle

Celestine Donkor

Nacee

Gifty Osei

Highlife Artiste of the Year 

Wutah

Kidi

Kuami Eugene

Becca

Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year 

Shatta Wale

Ebony

Stonebwoy

Mzvee
Songwriter of the Year 

Kumi Guitar – Dream

Joe Mettle – Bo Noo Ni

Bullet – Maame Hw3

Willis Beatz – Last Show

Samini – My Own

Stonebwoy – My Name

Best Music Video of the Year 

Dream – Abass

Selfish – Vertex

My Girl -Nicol Sey

Wedding Car – Bra Shizzle

Obi Agyi Obi Girl -Gyo-Phamous Filmz

Pen & Paper -E Kumodzi

Record of the Year 

Dream – Kumi Guitar

My Own – Samini

Glory – Sarkodie

State Of The Art-Teephlow

Hiplife/hiphop Artiste of the Year 

Ponobiom

R2bees

Captain Planet

Kwesi Arthur

Sarkodie

VVIP

Best Male Vocal Performance 

Joe Mettle-Bo No Nii

King Promise-Selfish

Kidi- Odo

Kuami Eugene-Angela

Mugeez-Over

Samini- My Own

Best Female Vocal Performance 

Adina-Makoma

Nana Yaa-Don’t Leave Me Alone

Efya- Love

Mzvee-Bright Lights

Becca-Summuy3

Best Group of the Year 

VVIP

R2bees

Wutah

Best Rapper of the Year 

Eno Barony – Fear No Man

Teflon – Phlowducation

Sarkodie – Light It Up

Shaker – Pen and Paper

Ko-jo Cue – Pen and Paper

Strongman – Transformer

Best collaboration of the Year 

Bo Noo Ni— Joe Mettle Ft Luigi Maclean

Sing My Name Remix— Mzvee Ft Patoranking

Jennifer Lomotey— Kurl Songs ft Sarkodie

Pain Killer— Sarkodie ft Runtown

Taking Over— Shatta Wale Ft S.M Militants

Obi Agye Obi Girl— Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinata

Na Wash— Becca ft Patoranking

African Artiste of the Year 

Davido

Wizkid

Too Fan

Cassper Nyovest

Nasty C

Tiwa Savage

Olamide

Best New Artiste of the Year 

King Promise

Kurl Songz

Kidi

Kuami Eugege

Magnom

Kwesi Arthur

B4Bonah

UNSUNG Artiste of the Year 

Kelvyn Boy

Dope Nation

Dhat Gyal

OBK

Real MC

Christian

Album of the Year 

Epistles of Mama – Stonebwoy

Highest – Sarkodie

Daavi – Mzvee

Bonyfied – Ebony

Song of the Year 

Joe Mettle – Bo No Nii

Shatta Wale – Ayoo

King Promise – Oh yeah

Sarkodie ft Runtown – Painkiller

Patapaa – One Corner

Ebony – Sponsor

Kuami Eugene – Angela

Kidi – Odo

Shatta Wale ft The Militants -Taking Over

Fancy Gandam ft Sarkodie -Total Cheat

Magnom – My Baby

Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinaata – Obi Agi Obi Girl

Wutah – Bronya

Artiste of the Year 

Joe Mettle

Ebony

Shatta Wale

Sarkodie

Stonebwoy

GOLDEN MOVIE AWARDS AFRICA INTERACT WITH STAKEHOLDERS IN KUMASI

Officials of the Golden Movie Awards Africa event paid a visit to Kumasi to interact with stakeholders in the industry.

The session was held at Ceeta Kel Hotel in Asokwa and attracted movie practitioners and media personnel from the metropolis.

The officials from Ghana Movie Awards Africa were Mrs. Mimi Andani Michaels, Director for Golden Movie Awards Africa and Mr. Ken Addy, Media Director.

The director spoke about the need to change the negative narrative of Africa through films and why it was crucial for film makers in Ghana and particularly a film hub such as Kumasi to come up with compelling stories to match their compatriots on the African continent.

She debunked the unsubstantiated allegations that the Golden Movie Awards Africa was only interested in movies in the English language and pointed to the fact that one of their own ,Mr. Kenneth Yeboah, producer for Made in Agege had sixteen nominations and three awards in the maiden edition.

On his part Mr. Ken Addy took the stakeholders through the calendar of the awards and explained the procedure for submission of films which he said was opened on the 1st of February 2018 and ends on the 1st of April 2018.

He informed the gathering that the jury for this year’s edition will include members from Kenya, Nigeria and Cameroon and that the Nominations announcement will take place in Cote D’Ivoire on 3rd May 2018.

The main event is slated for 2nd June 2018 in Accra Ghana. There was a question and answer segment to address the issues the stakeholders had.

 

 

SHATTA WALE, EBONY, OTHERS RECEIVE TOP CELEBRITY AWARDS 2017 PRIZES

Dancehall icon, Shatta Wale received a brand new Dodge Charger Salon car for being the Ultimate Prize Winner of the 2017 People’s Celebrity Awards organized by Spyder Lee Entertainment and sponsored by GN Mobile Money.

The ceremony took place at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. The 2017 People’s Celebrity Awards was held at the Accra International Conference Centre on December 30th, 2017.

Award winners in various categories-music, movie, sports, religion and media were selected through popular voting. There were also honorary awards for others who had contributed in diverse ways to the development of the stated industries.

Shatta Wale again received an award for being the Favourite Male Musician in 2017 Wednesday’s award giving ceremony. The late Ebony also received a posthumous award for being the Favourite Female Musician for 2017.

Other winners include Lifetime Achievement Award, Ataa Mensah of Ga Showcase fame; Favourite Religious Personality, Apostle Kwadwo Safo; Favourite Female TV Presenter, Berla Mundi; Favourite Male TV Presenter, Dan Kwaku Yeboah; Favourite Music Video, Total Cheat by Fancy Gadam andFavourite Actress, Roselyn Ngisah.

The rest are Favourite Actor, Francis Andoh; Favourite Comedian, Lexi Da Comic; Favourite Female Radio Presenter, Ewurama Attoh; Favaourite Journalist, Attractive Mustapha. Christian Agyei Frimpong wins the prize for Favourite Male Radio Presenter; the Favourite Male Sports Personality was won by Asamoah Gyan with Priscilla Adubea winning the Favourite Female Sports Personality Award.

Others are the People’s Celebrity Award Social Media, Maccasio; Favourite Song Category, Total Cheat with Ghana Galamsey winning the Favourite Movie Award.

CITY PEOPLE MAGAZINE TO HONOR 10 CEOs IN GHANA

City People Magazine is set to honour 10 influential, Chief Executive Officers(CEOs) in Ghana at a gala night in Accra.

‘City People (Ghana) @ 10 Gala & Honours’ is a relaxingly-corporate VIP event billed to hold on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Best Western Premier, Airport West, (Vine Lounge) Accra between 6:00-9:00pm. The event is strictly by invitation only.

The event, being packaged by Blue Synergy Media (operators of the City People franchise in Ghana), is being put together to mark a decade of the operations of Nigeria’s oldest and biggest weekly celebrity magazine in Ghana.

In February 2008, City People, Nigeria’s biggest magazine in the last three decades was officially commenced operations in Ghana in 2008. It had its official launch at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra. Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and Hon. Haruna Idrissou (Ghana MP & former Communications Minister) officially launched the operations of City People in Ghana at that grand event which had performances from top Nigerian and Ghanaian artistes.

Ten years after, City People has become not almost a household name in Ghana, but also become the biggest platform that has created opportunities for the country’s entertainment players in Nigeria. The annual City People Entertainment Awards has celebrated virtually all of Ghana’s big and rising entertainment. It has also created a lot of activities on the corporate and social scenes.

In celebrating its 10th anniversary, a classy re-launch party, where 10 deserving Ghanaians who have done well in different sectors in the last 10 years will be honoured.