SOUTH AFRICA NOW VISA FREE TO GHANAIANS

South Africa is now a visa-free travel destination for Ghanaians.

The Deputy Commissioner of South Africa to Ghana, H.E T. Madumane has confirmed South Africa’s decision to grant Ghana and other countries a visa free status.

He says the intention or decision to settle on Ghana among some few countries to waive off visa is to promote intra-Africa Trade and Tourism in Africa and also help make Ghana entrepreneurs who want to do business in South Africa go there with ease.

Speaking in an interview with host of Okay FM’s ‘Ekwanso Dwoodwoo’, Abeiku Aggrey Santana, he explained that there will be diplomatic negotiations between the two countries to stipulate all relevant issues regarding the agreement as to when it will manifest and who qualifies to benefit etc.

Ghana was added to the list of seven countries whose citizens would be allowed to enter South Africa visa-free.

The decision to add Ghana to the list was taken by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs, following an announcement in September 2018 that South Africa was finalising a number of visa waiver arrangements with other nations.

South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, said in a statement that citizens of the seven countries are able to enter South Africa without a visa. The Minister believed tourism in South Africa would soar as the country relaxes it visa requirements.

He added that out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 nations. Of these, he says, 16 were in on the African continent and were SADC members and 59 were from around the world.

Meanwhile, Ghana has accordingly executed agreements on mutual visa exemption with additional 20 countries across the world.

Out of the 21 countries, the mutual exemptions are to cover holders of diplomatic and service passports traveling to eight countries. The rest of the 13 countries are expected to cover holders of all passports.

Official correspondent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration dated June 26, 2019, and sighted by DGN Online, mentioned the 21 nations as Barbados, Brazil, China, Cuba, Germany, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sudan, Turkey, Kenya. The rest included Lesotho, Namibia, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and Rwanda.

 

I HAVE A THING FOR REAL GOD FEARING MEN – Actress Yvonne Nelson Reveals

Award-winning Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has disclosed the kind of men she prefers.

In a post on Twitter, the mother of one revealed that she has a thing for real God-fearing men.

The actresses preference when it comes to men is no longer a secret as she has revealed it.

It is now clear that the actress will no longer be romantically involved with men who are not religious.

She Tweeted;

“I have a THING for REAL God-fearing men! ”
Aside Yvonne Nelson is a very outspoken political critic and social activist. She is credited to have a nationwide end Dumsor demonstration #DumorMustStop against the Mahama administration. She has also criticised some policies by the current Nana Addo led administration.

Social Media is her biggest platform she uses to express herself.

GHANAIAN ACTOR ABRAHAM ATTAH TO STAR IN RAPPER BIRDMAN’S HOLLYWOOD FILM

American rapper Birdman will executive produce ‘Tazmanian Devil’, a coming-of-age film based on a Nigerian immigrant.

Nollywood movies will be the debut feature from Nigerian-American filmmaker, Solomon Onita Jr.

With Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah from the ‘Beast of No Nation’ playing the lead role, Benny Boom of Groundwurk Studios, will also partner as executive producer on the project.

Speaking on the project, Benny Boom said, “I have been creating visuals for Cash Money artists for decades, and I am excited about this next phase of our collaboration.

“Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams has supported me since my first years directing, and this joint venture is a natural business and creative transition – the first of many.”

‘Tazmanian Devil’ follows Dayo, a 19-year-old immigrant (Attah) who, after moving to the US, struggles to bond with his estranged father, who abandoned his family to become a missionary.

When he joins a college fraternity, he is challenged by his father, leaving him in search of his own moral ground.

Abraham Attah will be joined by Adepero Oduye (Pariah, When They See Us), who plays his mother and Nater Guma Mbaho Mwime (Queen of Katwe, The Chi), who plays his deeply religious father.

No official release date has been revealed, but the film is currently at post-production stage.

Source: Vanguardngr.com

SHATTA WALE AND STONEBWOY’S PEACE WILL NOT LAST – Pope Skinny

The former right-hand man of Shatta Wale, Pope Skinny has reacted to the peace and unity established between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy yesterday, 30th May 2019.

According to Pope Skinny, the supposed peace found between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy will never last as Ghanaians are hoping it does for the interest of the music industry.

Pope Skinny claims that they were just posing for the camera but he knows for a fact that it won’t last. He further blamed Ghanaians for being hypocrites about the Shatta Wale-Stonebwoy peace.

Interestingly, Pope Skinny claims everyone who is smart like him knows that Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy are faking and their peace won’t last

Pope Skinny posted:

“If you are smart like me, you will know that this peace will not last. Hypocrisy Nkuaa Ghana. Posing for the camera. Peace.”

POLICE REVEALS IDENTITY OF PRIME SUSPECT IN DEATH OF CHRIS ATTOH’S WIFE

Police have released a sketch of the suspected killer of Chris Attoh’s wife in a Greenbelt, Maryland parking lot.

44-year-old Bettie Jenifer was shot dead in front of about 10 witnesses on May 10 as she walked from the employment agency she owned. Greenbelt police said a gunman chased her down the parking lot, shot her in front of witnesses and ran off.

Our investigators do not believe this was random,” police department spokesman George Mathews told The Associated Press at the time. “It was very brazen – it happened in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses.”

The police released the sketch on Friday, but they haven’t named a suspect or a motive yet.

After her murder, it was revealed that Jenifer was married to two men, Ghanaian actor Chris Attoh, 39, and Kedrick Jenifer, a drug lord in Baltimore.

Mr. Kedrick has been serving a 20-year sentence for distributing at least 450 kilograms of cocaine in Baltimore and Virginia.

See his pictures below:

STONEBWOY & SHATTA WALE TO GO TO COURT…AS POLICE RETRIEVE THEIR GUNS

The two rival dancehall artistes – Charles Nii Armah Mensah, also known as Shatta Wale, and Livingston Etse Satekla, whose stage name is Stonebwoy, who were arrested for causing chaos on stage during the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards last Saturday – will be put before a court today.

They have provisionally been charged with three counts: offensive conduct, acts tending to disturb public peace and unlawful display of firearms in a public place.

The two popular musicians were arrested on Sunday and denied bail until Monday evening when they were granted bail. The Greater Accra Regional Police Command said the two would be arraigned in Accra today Tuesday May 21,2018.

Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy’s Guns:

Police sources say Shatta Wale had a gun on him during the scuffle but did not brandish the weapon like Stonebwoy.

The police have since retrieved both guns. The source said Stonebwoy, in his caution statement, admitted that the gun was licensed. “He was then asked to produce documents to back his point,” the source said.

Stonebwoy’s House

The police then took Stonebwoy to his residence at Ashaiman, near Tema, to conduct a search. The police are also said to be on the heels of the man who reportedly handed over the gun to Stonebwoy on stage.

Shatta Angle

Around 11 am yesterday, Shatta Wale was brought to the Regional Police Command in the company of his lawyer to give his statement. He was said to have been detained at the Ministries Police Station after the incident even though others claimed he was held at the Tesano Police Station.

Stonebwoy was also believed to have been held at the Dansoman Police Station. Shatta sat quietly as his lawyer moved from one office to another to secure his release at the Regional Police Command yesterday.

Meanwhile, another suspect in the matter called Nii Amoo, who was arrested for allegedly discharging pepper spray during the chaos, was still in police custody yesterday.

VGMA Violence

It was an exhibition of sheer lawlessness on Saturday night when Stonebwoy pulled a gun on stage after Shatta Wale and his entourage charged on him. Stonebwoy, with his ‘army’ called Bhim Nation, and Shatta Wale with his ‘militants’ called Shatta Movement or SM for Life,’ engaged in fisticuffs on open stage during the VGMA ceremony, which was telecast live on TV3 and DSTV to more than 43 countries. Some music-loving fans and other patrons were said to have sustained injuries in the ensuing melee.

The Genesis

The pandemonium started after Abeiku Santana was called up stage to present an award to the Songwriter of the Year. After introducing himself, Abeiku then notified the audience that he was on stage to rather present the award for Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, which was won by Stonebwoy.

While going on stage to pick his award, Stonebwoy showed gestures to the TV cameras and allegedly to Shatta Wale to literally prove that he had won that category over him for five times. Shatta Wale and his ‘militants’ then rushed onto the stage when Stonebwoy was about to give his acceptance speech for winning the category.

Stonebwoy’s manager, Blakk Cedi, was seen preventing Shatta’s crew from getting to Stonebwoy, who then pulled a gun to also protect himself from possible attacks.

Shatta’s Antics

Strangely, before Stonebwoy was declared winner of the reggae/dancehall artiste of the year, Shatta had won two awards but in all of those, he sent representatives to pick them for him. It was, therefore, bizarre that Shatta and his ‘militants’ could move menacingly on stage when he was not the recipient of the award, making the audience believe he was going there to cause trouble.

Incompetent Charterhouse

Some of his followers are claiming he wanted to go on stage to ‘congratulate’ his fiercest rival Stonebwoy, but many people are blaming Charterhouse, the organisers of the VGMA, for the incompetent manner in which it handled the entire event.

Police Statement

The Accra Regional Police Command later released a statement condemning the act. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge confirmed the arrests of the two key personalities.

“Preliminary investigation, however, reveals that the disturbance occurred after Livingston Etse Satekla @ Stonebwoy was declared winner of the Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year Award and had mounted the stage to receive his award. Charles Nii Armah Mensah @ Shatta Wale also moved on stage uninvited, provoking a scuffle between them and their supporters,” it said.

“The event organisers and all suspects are cooperating with the police and those found culpable will be arraigned in due time,” it added.

CHRIS ATTOH’S LATE WIFE CITED FOR INFIDELITY

Latest divorce details in the case of Ghanian actor Chris Attoh’s murdered wife, Bettie Jenifer, indicate that she and her first husband, Kedrick Jenifer, both cited infidelity as reasons for filing for divorce.

According to ABC7 news reports, their divorce documents showed no signs of them ever reconciling before her death.

Bettie, 44, was shot and killed by an unknown gun man when leaving her office in Greenbelt, Maryland early May. Greenbelt Police are yet to make an arrest in the murder case.

Bettie got married to Kedrick Jenifer 1999 and she shared her 17-year-old twins, a daughter and a son, with him.

Kedrick was arrested in 2014 for drug charges. He pleaded guilty to distributing cocaine and was sentenced January 2016 to 20 years behind bars at Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix in New Jersey.

About a year and nine months later, Bettie again got married to Chris Attoh in October 2018 while Kedrick was in jail.

On April 9, 2019, six months after the Ghana wedding, her first spouse filed for divorce.

In court documents, according to ABC7 News, Kedrick Jenifer cited two grounds for divorce, including his incarceration and claims Bettie was unfaithful.

“That the defendant did commit adultery and the plaintiff has neither forgiven nor condoned said conduct and there is no reasonable hope or expectation of a reconciliation between the parties,” it stated in the document.

Kedrick also requested property, joint custody of the children, legal fees and alimony.

Six days after that filing, Bettie Jenifer filed for divorce from her imprisoned husband on April 15. She alleges her husband was unfaithful too.

“That although the conduct of the plaintiff toward the defendant has always been kind, affectionate and above reproach, the defendant nevertheless did, on numerous occasions, commit adultery,” the court document said.

She requested sole custody of the children and division of the assets.

On May 10, just after 5:00 pm in Greenbelt, Bettie Jenifer was shot and killed.

Source: Daily Guide

“SHATTA WALE AND STONEBWOY ARE RELATED BY BLOOD” – Shatta Wale’s Mother Reveals

Madam Elsie Evelyn Avemegah, mother of dancehall king Shatta Wale, has made a shocking revelation about her son and his dancehall rival Stonebwoy.

During an exclusive interview on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review, Madam Elsie said she is always worried anytime she hears that her son Shatta and Stonebwoy are ‘beefing’ each other, because according her, they are blood brothers from the same family but they are both not aware.

“Both of them are not aware but I know that Stonebowy’s biological mother is my auntie. I am telling you today! I am from the Ahiableh family and Stonebwoy’s uncle is Ahiableh and my grandfather is Ahiableh. So they are related and they both don’t know, Madam Elsie revealed.

Shatta Wale’s mother was on the show with Rapper Medikal’s mother, Madam Portia Lamptey to share their experience on how they both raised their celebrity kids, ahead of mother’s day.

Watch the interview below:

Source:Eugene Osafo-Nkansah/Peacefmonline.com

“NAM1 WILL COME BACK STRONG AND PAY EVERY MENZGOLD CUSTOMER”- Shatta Wale Reveals

Ghanaian Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale was in the studios of Joy FM together with his Militants over the weekend where he answered questions from George Quaye aka Aboagye about his career in showbiz.

When asked about his contract with Zylofon Media, he firmly said that indeed his contract with the record label has ended but he’s still with them because of the love he has for the embattled business mogul, Nana Appiah Mensah, popularly called NAM1.

He also maintained that he’s of the strongest conviction that his former boss is not a scammer as people are painting him and that at the right time, he’ll (NAM1) come and pay all the customers of Menzgold.

He said, “My contract with Zylofon has ended on paper though, but my relationship with Zylofon and NAM1, I can’t leave them, so I am still with them to show them the love they shown me, We needed someone like Nana Appiah to save this industry, he is a good man, and I believe he will come back strong and pay every MenzGold customer”.

Shatta Wale also talked about how his beef with Sarkodie started after which he proceeded to talk briefly about his baby mama, Shatta Michy.

GHANAIAN FEMALE ARTISTES SHOULD DRESS LIKE BEYONCÉ AND JENNIFER LOPEZ – Eazzy Suggests

Ghanaian female Afrobeats musician, Eazzy has suggested that female artistes in Ghana should be allowed to dress half naked like their female international counterparts when they mount stages.

Mentioning the likes of Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez who are mostly spotted on stages exposing some cleavage and noted for wearing skimpy dresses, Eazzy said Ghanaian female artistes should be allowed to explore in that manner.

According to her, such dresses which are termed as ‘indecent’ by the society rather make them comfortable when they mount stages to perform to the admiration of their fans.

“Mzbel was also very enlightened and ahead of our time. I watched her outfits when I was growing up and it was nice because I watched Beyonce and the likes of Jennifer Lopez do it, but people penalise us so much,” she bemoaned.

Some female musicians have argued that their way of dressing is part of the show business and that people should learn to accept that. The songstress questioned why society especially journalists critizise their half naked dresses but turn round to enjoy their music describing them as hypocrites.

Eazzy cited the late dancehall diva Ebony Reigns who was heavily chastised by some Ghanaians due to her dressing which was seen as contrary to the norms of the Ghanaian society.

Eazzy bemoaned the hypocrisy in the music industry, wondering why a section of Ghanaians claim to be in tune with the African culture yet like stuff which are not acceptable by the society.

“We like to hide behind the whole African culture yet still we like certain things. I feel artistes in Ghana should be allowed to explore and do what they are comfortable with,’’.

“Sometimes the media penalises us a lot and we can use that in relation to the late Dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns. They were not very nice with certain things concerning her meanwhile they went behind and enjoyed her music and shows a lot,’’ Eazzy told Lexis Bill on Behind The Fame on Joy FM’s Drive.

She believes the music industry will be better if artistes are supported and not being insulted due to their indecent dressing.