LINDA IKEJI, NKONKONSA, YEMMEY BABA, OTHERS SPEAK AT GHANA BLOGGERS SUMMIT 2019

The 2019 Ghana Bloggers Summit which is the annual convention for bloggers, social media influencers and journalists has ended successfully.

The summit which hosted at the SB Incubator on November 1st & 2nd, 2019 had Nigerian millionaire Blogger, Linda Ikeji as keynote speaker saw the participation of bloggers and influencers from Ghana and other countries in West Africa.

Speaking at the summit, Linda Ikeji shared her success story on how she made millions of dollars from her blog and how upcoming bloggers. She also ardently dedicated her time to give practical lessons on how to turn a blog into a business to provide employment for other people.

Some topics which were discussed at the summit by other speakers included: the impact of blogging on journalism, How to Monetize Your Blog, Managing a Blog as a Business, Building a Media Company out of a Blog, Towards Election 2020; Headline Writing and SEO in a Social Media Era of Fake News etc.

The summit also hosted an all-female Bloggers panel which discussed how female bloggers can create a niche for themselves in the blogging space.

Other speakers included: Vlogger Kwadwo Sheldon, Journalist Patrice Amegashie, President of the Institute of Public Relations and Head of Marketing of Stanbic Bank Ghana, Mawuko Afadzinu, Jenny Chisom [Login Bloggers Africa], Jemila Abdulai [Circumspecte.com], David Mawuli [Pulse.com.gh], Kwame A.A. Opoku, Papaga Seckloawu Bless [celebritiesbuzz.com.gh], Ismail Akwei (International Journalist), Fiifi Adinkra [GhanaNdwom.com], Simon W. Alangde, Journalist, Producer and Blogger – Eugene Osafo-Nkansah[Nkonkonsa.com], Jonathan Nii Laryea, Fiifi Anaman [Sports Journalist], Evans Antwi-Gyamera [ashesgyamera.com], Thomas Freeman Yeboah [Pulse.com.gh], Elorm Beenie [beeniewords.com], Keni Kodjo [Kenikodjo.com], Angela Akua Asante [sports blogger], Justica Anima [justicaanima.com], Jagbesie Suliah Jibriel [ghkasa.com], Adeyemi Adebayo (YemmeYbaba) [Ytainment.com], Pep Junia [enewsgh.com], Toni Kusi [ghpage.com], Gad Ocran [Head of Social Media, Multimedia Group], Kofi Cephas [ghgossip.com] and Tony Asankomah, [ghmoviefreak.com], Kobby Kyei [kobbykyeinews.com]

The summit was hosted by communication specialist and producer at the world’s famous Apollo Theatre, Beverly Yaa Danquah. The 2 days event also saw the exclusive unveiling of the LI TV App, which from 2020 will be publishing Ghanaian films and series.

As part of the summit’s agenda to unearth new set of bloggers, upcoming blogger, Diane Akuffo was announced as the winner of the 2019 Blog4SDGs competition which was held to give opportunity to young people to create blogs to promote the UN SDGs.

Ahead of the summit, a seminar on blogging was also hosted at Wisconsin International University College where Linda Ikeji also shared practical lessons with communication students as a guest lecturer.

The summit which was hosted by Avance Media was supported by Twellium Industries, Verna Natural Mineral Water, Asuavo Security, SB Incubator, Reset Global People, WatsUp TV, Homechow, ICS Africa, CliqAfrica, Egotickets, ShotbyExcelsis, Surge Studios, Orientation Africa, Third Eye Media and Spaa Media.

MY HUSBAND WILL NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ME KISSING IN MOVIES – Actress Victoria Lebene

Actress Victoria Lebene is no stranger to controversy. In her relatively young career, she has endured her fair share of controversies: from her rumoured relationship with veteran actor Kofi Adjorlolo to her bikini pictures and ‘fake’ honeymoon picture. And while she may be over these scandals, the one thing that Victoria has learnt about it all is that Ghanaians are quick to judge should you falter in any way.
The sexy screen diva who got married few months ago said her husband will not have a problem if she plays romantic scenes especially kissing in movies ,but she would not even do it. “I know my husband will not have any problem with me kissing in movies but I am willing to take up challenging roles than just to kiss. The romance scenes are so common in our movies. I want more challenging roles instead of just kissing in movies,” she said.
The young lady who recently got married to Peace FM’s Eugene Osafo-Nkansah in a ceremony that attracted all the big stars one can think of said in an interview with Graphic Showbiz that, “Ghanaians talk without knowing the real truth. We judge based on what we see on social media, which is so wrong. 
“For instance when it comes to my bikini pictures which a lot of people made a fuss about, I saw nothing wrong with them because I have always been a model. So why should people bring such pictures up when I was getting married?” she queried.
After Victoria and Eugene got married, broadcaster Abeiku Santana dropped a bombshell that the actress’ relationship with Kofi Adjorlolo was a publicity stunt he (Santana) engineered to bring her into the limelight.
However, when Graphic Showbiz quizzed her about the Kofi Adjorlolo debacle, Victoria was not ready to go into details. She only said if Ghanaians knew her well, they would not have made noise about it.
“My husband knew me inside out and that was all I cared about and not what Ghanaians were saying. I think it is about time Ghanaians understood showbiz stuff, there is a private life and the showbiz stuff, and that is what I want Ghanaians to understand. I only made Ghanaians aware of my showbiz stuff,” she said.
Asked whether she was bothered by all the things that had been said about her, Victoria Lebene said she was not and chose to focus on the positive things.
“I don’t worry myself with negative things but the positives ones. Once I know I am clean, I don’t care whatever anyone says about me. Whatever you do, Ghanaians will talk but when you know what you are doing is right why do you worry about what someone says,” she said.
Although she is not against celebs or couples posting their marital issues on social media and asking for help, Victoria said she would never do such a thing.
“Why will I put my marital stuff on social media? How will anyone help me on social media concerning my marital issues? You will just be mocked and gossiped about without getting the solution to whatever you need. There is no way I will do such a thing. Rather if I need to share my opinion on something related to showbiz, I will gladly do that,” she said.
She has featured in movies such as My Ramadan, Babani and Jackie Goes To School. Victoria said her husband would not have any problem with her if she kisses in movies, but she would not even do it.
Source: Graphic Showbiz

JUDGE THREATENS TO ISSUE BENCH WARRANT FOR THE ARREST OF SHATTA WALE

The Adjabeng Magistrate Court in Accra presided over by His Worship Mr. Isaac Addo has issued a stern warning and threatened to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of Charles Nii Armah a popularly known as called Shatta Wale if he fails to appear in court at the next adjourned date.

Shatta Wale who together with Stonebwoy is standing trial for offensive misconduct during the last edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, was not present in court on Wednesday, when the prosecution was expected to call its first witness.

However, when the case was called, Stonebwoy was present together with his lawyer but Shatta Wale and his lawyer were both absent. Prosecution led by Superintendent Emilia Asante, however, prayed the court for a bench warrant to be issued for the arrest of the musician.

It was the case of Superintendent Asante that the accused person was delaying the trial due to his continuous absence from court. She explained that the prosecution’s first witness has a tight schedule but has managed to come to court only for the case to be adjourned.

The magistrate court subsequently initiated the bench warrant but his lawyer Jerry Avenorgbo appeared on time and pleaded for the court to temper justice with mercy. The Magistrate said both the second accused (Shatta Wale) and his lawyer are playing with the court, a development the court is unhappy about.

“Second accused and his lawyer are playing with the court. For a very long time, he has not appeared in court.”

Counsel for Shatta Wale, Jerry Avenyorgbo prior to the court rescinding its earlier decision said his client was on his way.

He was obliged some time to get through with his client on the phone but, he returned to inform the court that he could not get through to him.

He then pleaded with the court to rescind his earlier decision and received backing from Stonebwoy’s lawyer who added his voice to the plea.

His Worship Mr Addo, however, rescinded his ruling and warned that he will not tolerate such actions from both parties and he will go ahead to take any decision against them if it is repeated.

Lawyer for Shatta Wale promised to ensure that his client is present on the next adjourned date.

The case has been adjourned to November 4.

SHIRLEY FRIMPONG-MANSO RETURNS WITH “THE PERFECT PICTURE – 10 YEARS LATER”

Ten years after Sparrow Productions’ (now Sparrow Pictures) acclaimed romantic comedy-The Perfect Picture, multiple-award winning film-maker-Shirley Frimpong-Manso has assembled the cast on the back of a new plot for ‘The Perfect Picture – Ten Years Later’ movie.

It’s always a challenge and risky to put a sequel to a classic, even if it comes 10 years after the original. But Sparrow Pictures believes it can break the box office success it chalked ten years ago with the original production—with a captivating storyline that will not only bring back memories but create new enduring ones.

The Perfect Picture was about three beautiful women pushing their thirties and making bold attempts to change their lives even when destiny plays its joke on them.

In ‘The Perfect Picture -Ten Years Later’ the girls are back, pushing their forties and their lives haven’t lost one spark of the drama they had 10 years ago. In fact, these girls are older, wiser and saddled with more issues in their not so fairy-tale relationships. It’s the rollercoaster ride of imperfect husbands, repentant ex-boyfriends, financial woes and sexual liberation with a touch of a miracle that drive the spirit of their stories.

It is ‘Life, Love and everything in between’ for these returning cast/characters—which include Jackie Appiah (Aseye), Lydia Forson (Dede), Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku (Akasi), Adjetey Anang (Fella), Chris Attoh (Larry), Joselyn Dumas (Flora), John Dumelo (Taylor), Kwaku Sintim-Misa (Doctor Biney), and a brand new cast/characters headed by ace Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo popularly known as RMD (Sam), Gideon Okeke (Yobanna), Beverly Naya (Samantha), Anita Erskine (Angela), Gloria Sarfo (Susanna), and Raphael Boakye (Nigel)

Written by Shirley Frimpong-Manso, ‘The Perfect Picture -Ten Years Later’ is also directed by her along with beautiful Cinematography by Ken Attoh and produced by the powerhouse duo.

‘Been prepping for this for ten years, I can’t wait till everyone sees the magic we are creating’. Shirley Frimpong-Manso

‘This is a great opportunity to outdo a classic while creating another classic. The Perfect Picture – Ten Years Later’ will be visually stunning. Ken Attoh

With its vibrant costume, indigenous music and unique locations, ‘The Perfect Picture – Ten Years Later’ has been endorsed and included as part of the celebration for Year of Return in support of the campaign to position Ghana as a key travel destination for African Americans and the African Diaspora.

The film is expected to be out doored in a grand premier in Ghana at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Sunday, 1st December 2019 before making it to Silverbird cinemas in Ghana on 14th December, and in Nigeria on 20th December. It will also show regionally across Ghana and in cinemas and festivals around the world.

Sponsors
VLISCO, UNILEVER EWA, DDP GHANA

Partners
Nelly Hagan-Deegbe (Duaba Serwa), Pistis, Le Bon Collections, Kwaku Bediako (Chocolate Clothing), Saki Cole, Belinda Ofori (Turqoise Couture), Lokita, Atto Tetteh, Jeremiah Mensah, Steve French Oduro (Steve French)

Year of Return, Dstv Ghana

Donors: Labadi Beach Hotel, Samsung, Whitechalk The Planner, Akka Pakka Agency, Net to Work, Spa216, Ys.dazzle

Web address: www.theperfectpicturemovie.com
Hashtag: #theperfectpicturemovie

COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION TO START IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN GHANA

The Ghana Education Service (GES) will, from next term, introduce sex education into the curriculum of basic schools to equip pupils to know and experience their sexuality.

At age six, Primary One pupils will be introduced to values and societal norms and how to interact with the different sexes and groups.

As the pupils graduate to the upper primary, they will be made to study different modules of sexuality that include relationship, friendship, dating and courtship.

The guideline module for 11-year-olds in Primary Six includes fertility, pregnancy-related issues, childbirth and respecting gender differences.

This is part of the Guidelines for the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) that is expected to integrate gender, human values and sexual and reproductive health rights perspectives into sexuality education in Ghana.

The Executive Director of the National Population Council, one of the promoters of the curriculum, Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah, said in an interview that the focus of the CSE was to empower children to make the right choices when parents, religious leaders fail to play their roles.

Giving an alarming statistics to buttress her point, Dr Appiah said teenage pregnancy was high in the country and that in every 1,000 adolescents, there were record cases of 140 teenage pregnancies.

“It is 16 in 1000 adolescents in the developed countries, in China it is seven in 1000. These should guide what we do or don’t do,” she said.

“This will provide an opportunity for young people to develop and understand their values, attitudes, and insights about sexuality.

“It will also help young people develop relationships and interpersonal skills and take responsibility for sexual and reproductive health and well-being,” she said.

Healthy decisions

The National Population Council said society had the responsibility to prepare the youth with enough education that gave them the tools they needed to make healthy decisions.

Already, parts of the CSI guideline modules are studied in the junior and senior high schools as part of the core and elective subjects. However, the guideline has spelt out separate and different modules to be compulsorily studied for senior high schools.

According to Dr Appiah, for sex education to be comprehensive, it should cover a broad range of issues relating to the physical, biological, emotional and social aspects of sexuality.

“The rationale is that at this stage of their development, what young people need in sexual and reproductive health and rights education are topics on the development of positive attitude, orientation and skills which they will need now and in the future,” she said.

Anti LGBT campaigners  

Already, some anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) campaigners have criticised the introduction of CSE in public schools, saying it will replace advocacy for abstinence with sex participation at any age, if one so desires.

They fear that schools in the country are no longer safe for the schoolchildren, as the LGBT campaigners are taking control of what is taught in the classroom.

But the Head of the National Population Council, who is also a medical doctor, said investments in adolescent health and well-being brought a triple dividend of benefits now into future adult life, and for the next generation of children.

Nine Modules

The guidelines consist of 59 topics which have been grouped into nine modules. The modular approach was informed by aspects of the principles of curriculum development, namely, appropriateness, matching and logical grouping.

It takes into consideration the concepts of sequencing, with each successive experience building on preceding issues with the intention of deepening knowledge and skills and continuity.

The sexual education programme is offered to primary and junior high school pupils aged 4-14 years. The approach has ensured that there is a uniform set of topics for all in-school pupils in the country.

Source: Daily Graphic 

EPIC GHANAIAN MOVIE “AZALI” SELECTED FOR 2020 OSCARS

Kwabena Gyansah’s story of a teenaged girl’s escape from an arranged marriage to a 70 year-old farmer is the African country’s first ever Oscar submission.

Ghana has selected Kwabena Gyansah’s Azali as its submission for the international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.

Starring Asana Alhassan in her debut role, the film follows the journey of 14 year-old Amina from a village in Northern Ghana to the slums of the bustling capital, Accra.

Amina escapes her impending marriage to a 70-year-old farmer but finds herself on a truck being trafficked to Burkina Faso. A cruel twist of fate sees her rescued from the truck but flung into the bustling city of Accra. Amina has to choose between surviving in Accra and returning to her village and marriage.

Written by Gwandellen Quartey and directed by Kwabena Gyansah, Azali is produced by Ananse Entertainment with support from Motion Revolution, both Ghanaian companies.

It is the first time Ghana has submitted a film to the Oscars, although the country has recently become a production hub for international productions, including Beast of No Nation, Forgiving Earth and the upcoming USA network television show Treadstone Starring Jeremy Irvine.

Professor Linus Abraham, chair of Ghana’s Oscar selection committee, told said: “Azaliis a consciousness raising film [and] we are very honored that for the first time, Ghana has found a film worthy enough to represent it at the 92nd Oscars. This has been a long time coming and it is a testament to the growth of the Ghana film industry. We believe this will enhance the image of Ghanaian films and encourage more co-productions and quality filmmaking.”

Ghanaian-American filmmaker, Leila Djansi who serves as an advisor to the Ghanaian selection committee, told The Hollywood Reporter that language and resources had historically been major obstacles to the growth of the Ghanaian film industry.

“In a country with diverse languages, marketing your film is easier if it’s in English because that’s the official language of the country and majority of the continent, which  has stifled a lot of voices.

“Foreign film markets have not had interest in African films beyond those that show war, extreme poverty or white saviors and this also largely limited the creative voice and of course, income. But things seem to be changing as more Africans embrace their local dialects. This will strengthen the identity of African cinema.”

The 92nd Academy Awards take place on February 9, 2020.

Source: Hollywoodreporter.com

“NO PREACHER, NO BISHOP NOR GOSPEL ARTISTE CAN WIN SOULS THAN KANYE WEST – Sonnie Badu States

UK-based Ghanaian Gospel Musician and Preacher Sonnie Badu has stated emphatically that no preacher, bishop nor gospel artist can win souls than American Rapper and business mogul Kanye West because of his huge influence.

The “Wonder God” has a strong feeling that the American Rapper has the absolute ability to win more souls for Christ than most preachers and gospel artistes anywhere in the world.

According to him Kanye could have a bad past but his influence can help him win more souls for Christ than any single human being could ever do.

Sonnie use the cover artwork of Kanye’s upcoming album to share his thoughts in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, September 17, 2019:

“Jesus is King” with the caption: “The disciples had a major concern about Paul. Why? Because they just could not fathom how they could spend 3 years with the Master and yet Paul who was a killer, had never met him had more insight and wrote more books in the scriptures than they did. Well, the reason is quite simple.

What God could use Paul to do, he could not use Peter in that same regard (illiteracy and understanding times and seasons ). Recall Paul was very well educated and well informed, with that said, this man @kanyew.est can fill arenas and win souls for Christ, more than all of us . But they wondered about his past though..well, just ask God who knows and sees all things.

So he states “JESUS IS KING” Even if he never says it again, this release will get millions looking for Jesus. The truth is no preacher, bishop nor gospel artist can reach out to the lost than this man based on his exposure, so God picks him … I watch the service at @newbirthmbc with my brother pastor @jamalhbryant , his humility was amazing , he had on T-shirt, it was all about God … The gospel is being preached around the world, and this is it. Bearing in mind that we’ve all been commissioned to be fishers of men for Christ. Have you been called?? Food for thought”.

“Jesus is King”, which is Kanye West’s 9th studio project, is scheduled for release on September 27. The artwork for his upcoming album has been shared wildly on social media and it has attracted missed reacts from his fans and Christians all over the world.

Source: NKONKONSA.com  

VW TO START ASSEMBLING CARS IN GHANA FROM NOVEMBER 2019

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) will start semi-knocked down (SKD) assembly in Ghana in November this year, giving its expansion into Africa additional momentum. Thomas Schäfer, chair and MD of VWSA, said the group has registered a company in Ghana and will finalise all the details for a joint venture with Universal Motors, its long-term partner in Accra, in the next four weeks.

This follows VWSA signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian government in September last year to establish a vehicle assembly facility in the country and assess the feasibility of introducing a modern mobility concept. Ghana will be the fourth new assembly plant VWSA has established in Africa.

The vehicle manufacturer already has operational assembly plants in Nigeria, Rwanda and Kenya and is involved in discussions with the Ethiopian government after signing a MoU with that government earlier this year on collaborating and delivering a joint vision for the establishment of a motor industry in the country.

The establishment of these assembly plants followed Schaefer in March 2017 taking over responsibility for developing and networking 49 African states that are part of a new sub-Saharan Africa region established by the German-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Regionalisation
The establishment of the fourth region is in line with the company’s regionalisation strategy for the Volkswagen brand. Schaefer said the new facility will start with the assembly of the Tiguan, Teramont and Passat and then probably go to the assembly of Polos.

He said the group is also considering assembling some Brazilian products in Ghana, including the Saveiro half-ton bakkie. Schäfer said the current vehicle market in Ghana is not a reference for future volumes because the automotive policy the Ghanaian government had put in place will effectively rapidly phase out used car importation over the next three years.

Schäfer said the company is setting up the initial phased SKD plant with an annual capacity of 5 000 units but plans to ramp this up to an annual capacity of 20 000 to 30 000 units soon.

“BURY ME IN LAGOS WHEN I DIE” – Ghanaian Millionaire Oscar Doe Put His Will In Public   

Ghanaian Millionaire King Oscar Doe, President & Executive Chairman of Doscar Group Holdings, has willingly shared information about how he wants his properties to be distributed in an event of his death.

Although he was quick to point out that he is not suffering any life-threatening ailment and that he has not received any death threats from anyone or organization, the multi-millionaire businessman on Wednesday released his private will, where he stated key things that must be done after his death.

Suprisingly, the philanthropist stated in the ‘Will’ that he should be buried in Nigeria; Ikoyi in Lagos specifically. He also stated that senior workers who have been running his companies for 10 years and above would be entitled to 10% shareholding in the company.

He also said that his properties should be sold and the proceeds lodged in his foundation account to continue the legacy of support for education.

Read the contents of the will below..

I, His Royal Highness, The Most Colourful Oscar Yao Doe Write My Own Will And Wish When I Die (That) My Family, My Friends, My Companies, My Business Associates Should Respect This Will. Doing Otherwise, God Will Strike.

1. My First Wish When I Die, Bury Me In Lagos, Specifically Ikoyi Or Victoria Island.

2. My Companies Should Continue To Contribute To And Take Care Of My Schools. My Properties Should Be Sold And The Money Lodged Into Doscar Foundation Account.

3. All My CEOs, Country Directors, D.Gs Who Have Worked With Me Up To 10 Years Should BE Entitled To 10% Shares Of My Company They Are In Charge Of.

4. 20% Share Dividends To Be Shared Among Those Who Are Part Of The Management Board.

5. One School Each In Ghana, Nigeria And Cote D’Ivoire To Bear My Name Should Be Built From My Personal Allowances, Salaries And Share Dividends.

6. I Have Already Given Full Education To All My Siblings, And Cousins, So They Have Already Been Taken Care Off.

7. I Have Also Sorted Out My Aunties, Uncles With Financial Support For Their Businesses. So, They Have Already Been Taken Care Of.

8. The Management Of Doscar Foundation Can Then Open Up To Contributions From Reputable Individuals And Organisations.

9.The Criteria Should Be Strictly For Those Who Have Done Selfless Works. Contributions From Individuals Or Organisations Who Are Known To Destroy Other People Must Be Avoided. The Doscar Foundation Activities Should Remain Strictly For The Support Of Education Only!

10. I Plead With The Hamoui Family, Kalmoni Family, Odaymat Family, Wolley Family, Irabor Family, Duffour Family, Nike Okundaye Family,Otunba Tolani Oladipo Family To Assist In Carrying Out This Will.

(However) Let Me Make One Thing Clear; I Have Neither Received Any Death Threats, Nor Received Any Intimidation From Anyone Or Organisation. I Do Not Have Any Chronic Diseases Or Any Incurable Illness! The Truth.

Perhaps, The Events Of Recent Years Have Really OPENEDy My Eyes! I Thank God.

LET’S BOYCOTT SOUTH AFRICA’S MTN IN GHANA – Actress Bibi Bright Tell Ghanaians

Ghanaian actress, Bibi Bright has advised her country folks to stop using MTN-which is a South African telecommunication company.

Bibi’s call comes on heels of the recent xenophobic attacks in some parts of South Africa on Nigerians and other foreigners which have claimed about five (5) lives and many others injured.

In a post on her Instagram page-which was sighted by zionfelix.net, the actress wrote: “Just left the Glo office! Ported my number from MTN (South African) company to Glo (my brother Nigerian) company.! Today it’s Nigerians, tomorrow is may be Ghanaians in SA been killed! Let’s not wait till it’s our turn!”

She added: “Ghanaian celebrities throw your weight behind Nigeria! The pain these videos caused me as a Ghanaian, i can imagine what our brothers and sisters in Nigeria are going through! No one deserves to die this way. This is too much! For South Africans to do this to us? This isn’t their first time! It will not be their last!”

Bibi Bright concluded: “I urge all my colleagues to entreat their fan base to port from Mtn to Glo!”

Source: Zionfelix.net