POSTING SEMI-NUDE PHOTOS PAYS MORE THAN ACTING – Actress Jessica Larny

Ghanaian model and actress, Jessica Larny, has received a lot of insults since she revealed that she is a boudoir photography model but says she is not perturbed because that pays her even more than acting.

Wikipedia defines boudoir photography as a photographic style featuring intimate, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of its subjects in a photographic studio, bedroom or private dressing room environment which means Jessica sometimes models semi-nude.

This is what has earned her insults, but according to Jessica, what she earned in a shoot was much bigger than what she made from acting in Ghana the whole year.

“See, the truth is that actors in Ghana are not being paid well, we are taken for granted and those who will pay you will even delay the payment.

“How do they expect us to feed? You work and you virtually have to beg to be paid money that is due you, I mean how?

“Ever since I came out to talk about the boudoir shoots and posted pictures on my social media handles, people have come out to insult and call me all kinds of names.

“Those who cannot get to me personally, send me messages in my inbox saying all kinds of things to me but I do not care.

“I need to fend for myself and my family so instead of selling my body to do that, I engage in something that I have passion for.

“If going half-naked or doing these shoots will put food on my table which it does anyway, I will do it, it is also a job,” she told Showbiz.

Asked how frequently she got offers to do the boudoir shoots, Jessica said, “for this year alone, I have done three jobs and they are huge ones, I did one in Kenya, Ghana and London.

“For the acting, I have done a number of them which came through recommendations or from producers or directors who watched my work but the bottom line is that, boudoir shoots pay my bills.”

Jessica, who is also a masseuse, says she will be embarking on a stress-free campaign where she intends to educate people on the need to take massage seriously as a stress reliever.

“In this part of our world, unfortunately for us, all we know is work and if we want to take time off and de-stress, it has to be taking a vacation to go and drink, eat, dance etc but the stress has to do with the body, the nerves etc.

“They are the parts that are affected so we have to take massage seriously. Next week, I am starting my first massage session by going to the homes of celebrities and giving them massages.”

A graduate of the Central University College, Jessica Larny is a Miss Teen Ghana. She has featured in movies such as Stalemate, True Lies, I Do and The Table and has also played roles in a number of series which have aired on TV and online.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

I AM STRUGGLING TO BE DEVOTED CHRISTIAN – Efia Odo

Actress and TV Presenter, Efia Odo, has admitted that she is having a difficult time living as a Christian.

Though she has been severely criticised for exposing her body on social media, the actress insists in an interview that she is a devoted Christian.

“When I was in my early 20s…I played Sonnie Badu’s ‘Covenant Keeping God’ in my room after watching a sermon by Juanita Bynum. I started praying…The Holy Spirit took over…I started speaking in tongues. I just heard a voice saying ‘I am with you’. Nobody touched me,” she disclosed in an interview.

According to Efia, her Christian walk has not been easy in today’s world as he revealed that she constantly battles with sin.

‘It was like I was lukewarm. My flesh and spirit were always fighting,” she stated.

“I am in love with Him but I am struggling. To live in this world that we live in now and to be a pure Christian, worshipping God in spirit and in truth is not something that is so easy to do,” Efia Odo continued.

Speaking of her Christian life, the actress stated that her journey began when she was a teenager and also a member of a church choir in New York in the U.S.

According to her, she desired to discover God on her own so she refused to attend the same Church with her mum before joining the choir.

Source: Today

DUBAI-BASED BUSINESSWOMAN THREATENS TO SUE KING PROMISE

A Dubai-based businesswoman who allegedly invested in the career of King Promise, is sticking to her decision to drag the musician to court.

A disappointed Yasmin Behzadi, reacting to a press release by the musician, rubbished accusations that she called him “a waste product” forcing him to leave her label.

“How can I be calling him a waste product…a product I believed in…” and invested some much money in, the businesswoman said on Hitz FM Wednesday.

Her response follows King Promise’s statement on Monday, October 22, denying claims by Yasmin that he had neglected her.

According to the musician, he was forced to leave the businesswoman because she called him a “waste product”.

The statement was after Ms. Behzadi threatened legal action after being sidelined by the musician whose career she claimed, she pumped so much money to help build. Famed for being the woman behind rapper Sarkodie’s clothing line, Sark Collection, the businesswoman is angry that King Promise does not recognise her for her immense contribution to his career.

She narrated that, after signing him and helping change his name from ‘Boy P’ to King Promise, she set up YB Records to help push the talented musician’s music.

According to her, she spent in excess of $150,000 on high budget music videos shoots in Dubai, travel expenses, luxury cars, Hollywood producers, and promotions.

But reacting to the allegations, King Promise said in a statement that, “Her [Yasmin Behzadi] claims of spending $150,000 was due to her own unilateral decisions and luxurious lifestyles, even if she indeed has spent that much.”

The statement alleged that the businesswoman treated the musician like a “puppet” and “Yasmin gave up along the line when her financial expectations were not being met, to the extent of calling King Promise ‘a waste product’.”

Reacting further to King Promise’s statement, Yasmin told Andy Dosty, host of Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM that although “we all have our differences” she can’t call him a “waste product” because he was “a product I believed in from day one.” 

“I used to tell him that when you leave the house, make sure you look nice,” she said adding that she used to send him clothes for him look good. 

The businesswoman wondered if her advise to the musician to ensure he does not get any woman pregnant, is what makes “him feel I made him a puppet?”

Ms. Behzadi accused King Promise of being untruthful saying “he has forgotten that we signed a 360 deal… he should come out and tell the truth.”

According to her, she flew King Promise to Dubai, put him in a five-star hotel, recorded songs and shot high budget videos.

“Did he think it was going to be for free,” Yasmin asked.

“I’m not trying to take credit for Killbeatz and his hard work for King Promise,” she said. She, however, believes she deserves her due for her investments in the musician’s career.

“How can you be investing in a project and expect not to get returns on the investment…I don’t have an intention to bring the boy down….my intention is to fight for my right,” she said.

“If I wanted to bring Promise down, I would have done that a long time ago,” she added.

King Promise she said, signed to Killbeatz without her permission and “you had to go by law”.

“Maybe Killbeatz didn’t know that he had a 360 deal with me…,” she suggested.

Yasmin, forwarded to Andy Dosty, text messages King Promise allegedly sent to her on Nov 8, 2016, in which he promised buying her a car as a gratitude for all her investments.

In the said message, the musician acknowledged what she had done for him and told her not to feel he was cutting her off.

“We are going to meet in court…if you want to be greedy….then the only option is to go to court,” she threatened.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

JOHN DUMELO’S WIFE DELIVERS A BABY BOY

Actor John Dumelo and his wife Gifty have welcomed their first child after they got married few months ago.

John Dumelo got married to Gifty Mawunya Nkornu on Saturday, 12 May, 2018 and the couple have just welcomed a new member of their family and it’s a boy.

John announced the arrival of their new baby boy via his Instagram page with the photo and caption below:

“John Jnr @johnd_jnr I’m glad you have finally arrived. It’s been months, weeks, days and hours of waiting…..You look just like we imagined. Infectious smile, bright eyes, curly hair and chocolate skin. Before I get all emotional and write a whole book, lemme let you have these few words to guide you. You can do anything you want and be whoever you want to be just like how my dad allowed me to explore….Never give up. Always aspire to be better and do better than before. Be a beacon of kindness and truth in this world. Don’t have hate in your heart or carry grudges. It is not worth the time and effort it takes when there are so many things in this world to enjoy and love. Do not let others influence who you choose to be, both as a person and in a career, because it is not their life to live, it is yours and it is the most beautiful thing. Think outside the box JJ. Be a risk taker just like I am and don’t be afraid to fail. Failure gives you experience. Use that experience to conquer the world. Let God be your best friend and let Him guide your steps. I will start reading the Bible to you soon and that’s when you will understand how mysterious God works. And one last thing….I really don’t know how to change diapers, so please don’t laugh when that’s happening. I want to be better than my father….and I want you to be greater than me. Love, John Setor Dumelo, your Dad”.

Congratulations to John Dumelo and his wife.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

I WAS DISAPPOINTED AFTER WATCHING 10 GHANAIAN MOVIES – Gabby Otchere-Darko

A well respected member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denigrated the somewhat already suffering movie industry in Ghana.

He has expressed his disappointment with some Ghanaian movies he watched recently.

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, who is also a confidante of President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo Addo, says he felt disheartened after watching 10 random Ghanaian movies.

He expressed his opinion in a facebook below as shared unedited below:

 I took my time to watch randomly ten Ghanaian movies and never felt so disappointed. It brought home to me one major deficiency in our development. The apparent lack of deliberate consciousness on the part of the creative industry in the development conversation. The presence of the creative industry appears at best peripheral in Ghana’s development narrative. Our movies, our songs, our arts, by and large, do not impactfully plug into a greater development agenda. Hollywood, for the best part of a century, has been deliberately used by America to push successfully American cultural “supremacy” agenda; it has been used as an effective instrument of military or economic indoctrination. But, what has been the underlying consciousness behind our creative industry, if any?

What role, for instance, can actors in the creative industry play to define and realize this whole important concept of moving Ghana Beyond Aid? We must elevate consciousness in Ghana if we are serious about winning”.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

I MET MY NEW BOYFRIEND ON SNAPCHAT – Moesha

Actress and model, Moesha Buduong said she is in love again after she broke up with the married man she was dating.

Moesha disclosed that she met her boyfriend who is a British on social media platform- Snapchat.

According to the socialite, she got into contact with her new lover close to eight months now and has since visited him twice abroad.

Speaking to KOD on the Zone on Starr FM Thursday, the controversial actress said she is not ready to get married anytime soon, contrary to the high wish and prayer of many Ghanaian ladies her age.

“We are just getting to know each other, am not ready to get married now. I’m not just ready for the whole marriage thing now.” When asked whether she will want to have children in the near future, she answered in the affirmative.

Moesha who had publicly stated she was dating a married man, said she did it out of ignorance and economic hardship but has since broken up with the man.

“I’m no longer in that relationship. He is a married man and I guess he wasn’t mine after all” she said.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

KWAW KESE ANGRY FOR BULLDOG’S RELEASE OVER FENNEC’S DEATH

Rapper Kwaw Kese has revealed that he was not happy that the prime suspect in the murder of his former manager was left off the hook.

He believes strongly that failure of the police to do their work saw Bulldog, walk a free man. He was arrested in connection with the murder of Fennec Okyere.

“It was in the news when they discharged Bulldog who was the prime prospect. They said nobody was coming again. Even the prosecutors were not going to court. I believe our security system is very weak,” a very disappointed Kwaw Kese told Lexis Bill in an interview on Behind the Fame on Drive Time on Joy FM Monday.

According to him, “If you are [going to] discharge somebody you have to come out” and organize a press conference to inform the public just as they did when Bulldog was arrested.

Fennec Okyere was killed at his Manet Gardens residence on the Spintex Road in Accra on Thursday, March 13, 2014, by unknown assailants. He died at age 31.

Bulldog, who the Police Criminal Investigative Department (CID) picked up on Thursday, April 10, 2014, as the lead suspect in the murder of Fennec, was alleged to have threatened to kill Fennec.

An Accra Central District Court in January 2018 set Bulldog free from allegations of murder.

Asked if he believes Bulldog, born Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson, is complicit in the murder of Fennec, he said, “I can’t say Bulldog is but he is the prime suspect so at least the way they dealt with him was not satisfactory.”

Bulldog, according to Kwaw Kese, learnt everything about management and music from Fennec so “if you end up beefing with such a person somebody who showed you the light… Bulldog wasn’t that nice with Fennec and myself before Fennec passed [away].”

“I’m not ok because the police didn’t act right because the first time the thing happened, you did a press [and] the time they released Bulldog there was no press conference. That shows that the police have not done 100% work so they should come back again that is why we are not happy,” he added.

Kwaw Kese revealed that he went through depression after Fennec died.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

OKAY FM CELEBRATES 8TH ANNIVERSARY

The management of Okay FM has launched a month-long programme to mark its eight years of providing broadcasting service to Ghanaians.

The month-long celebration is expected to attract a large number of radio listeners, friends of the station, musicians and other important personalities, including politicians.

According to management, the celebration is in recognition of the valuable contributions it has made, championing societal transformation and giving voice to majority of the people “making it a choice station for the public”.

Some of the activities lined up include donations to some selected needy institutions, live musical shows at some selected shopping malls in Accra to entertain its listeners, among others.

From a humble beginning, Okay FM which operates from the Ship House located at the Abeka Junction, has carved a niche for itself as a reputable radio station.

The station has positioned itself to grow businesses and help clients to reach their target groups.

In an interview with Abeiku Santana, host of Ekwanso Dwodwo on Okay FM and also the programmes manager, he recounted the journey of Okay FM to its current graceful success, but said it has not been an easy journey.

He added that eight years in the life of any institution is worth celebrating and Okay FM‘s own has been a magnificent milestone.

According to him, the station is successful because of its highly dedicated staff, passionate listeners and committed advertisers.

He mentioned that the station has grown within the past eight years with some of its programmes, including its morning show, Ade Akye Abia, becoming the industry benchmark.

“The station has climbed the media ladder of success, becoming one of the most listened-to stations in Ghana currently,” Abeiku Santana added.

He further disclosed that the station’s loyal listeners will be rewarded with various packages, including products from sponsors.

I STRIP NAKED AT DAWN & PRAY TO GOD FOR THINGS I NEED – Fella Makafui Reveals

Actress Fella Makafui has shared her secret to success with the world.

The actress who seems to be the only one from the youth series, YOLO to have made it big businesswise made this disclosure while speaking at an event.

She indicated that there is the need for people to have faith and believe that God can do more than they can think of.

Fella Makafui said her secret in life has been prayer.

She said “I will share a secret with you. I wake up at night to pray. I strip naked and read some bible verses and pray to ask God for all the things I need and that has kept me going”.

Fella Makafui owns several businesses and is an ambassador for several brands in Ghana.

If you could recall, news went viral that Fella’s wine shop in East Legon has been closed down by her angry boyfriend.

According to the reports, Fella Makafui’s attitude towards the sugar Daddy who splashes money on her has changed. The man has accused her of sleeping with Ghanaian rapper, Medikal.

The ‘Yolo’ actress denied all the numerous rumours flying on social media and stated that she’s relocating due to rent issues.

“I DON’T LIVE FOR ACCOLADES” – Regina Van Helvert

Although TV and radio presenter, Regina Van Helvert, has been in the entertainment industry for a while, she is yet to be a household name but the GHOne Rhythmz host says she is not bothered.

“I don’t live for accolades; I live for the impact of my work with young people. However, I have been acknowledged as the favourite TV and radio presenter on a number of occasions.

“I have also had some nominations for awards in the movie industry too. My focus is on the impact of my work and building society,” she told Showbiz recently.

Regina added, “I don’t think being a household name is the ultimate benchmark that one has arrived in this industry. The quality of engagements and how one is perceived in the industry is crucial.

“I want to believe that my brand associations on TV and radio as well as the movie industry are strategically placed and this I look forward to improving over time.”

Instead of brooding over the lack of accolades or recognition like some nigh do, Regina is channelling her energies into projects that will fix the broken trust in our society.

“I am passionate about fixing the broken trust in our society across varied areas of engagements, be it the place of women, the place of marginalised groups, youth empowerment, amongs others.

“Due to this, I have a foundation that has commenced a #StopJungleJustice project which is aimed at repairing the broken trust in the judiciary and processes of adjudicating conflicts which has led to people usurping the powers of state, taking matters into their own hands,” she said.

On what she thinks can be done to make the entertainment industry better, Regina said, “Well I am not particularly sure that I want to single handedly change anything. It’s an industry that is evolving and has its own dynamics.

“It is important that we see a gradual improvement in content which is very reflective of our evolving dynamics as a society and where we intend to reach. This is a cause that I believe I could provide my expertise to going forward.”

One area she sees a lot of improvement is the number of women who are taking up roles in the industry.

“Women today are playing varied roles in the media in Ghana, from shaping lifestyles of this and subsequent generations through to developments in the creative arts space.

“There still exists the challenges of objectification and sexism, but these are issues that will over time change drastically. Again, more could be done in this directive.”

Regina Van Helvert was first runner-up at Miss Malaika 2012. She is currently the co-host of GHOne’s Rhythmz and also an actress.

She is a graduate of the Ghana Telecom University College where she earned a Degree in Business Administration (Marketing).