MY CAREER HAS AFFECTED MY PERSONAL LIFE– Berla Mundi

We all have that one thing that drives us crazy and until it is achieved or fulfilled, we have no peace. Well for bubbly radio and tv presenter, Berla Mundi, what gives her sleepless nights is success.

Berla told Showbiz in an interview last Saturday that she has a grand desire to be successful. “I’m very greedy when it comes to success.

“Everything that will help build my brand, image and boost my career, I’m all for it. I can’t just imagine being in the background with my career. That is not me at all because I work hard for the best. So when it comes to success, you can say Berla is greedy,” she said.

From all indications, it is safe to say she is well on her way to what she wants to be. From her Miss Malaika days, Berla has grown into an astute radio and television presenter and events host.

In the last year or two, she has had a very busy schedule combining duties on GHOne TV (Rhythmz, Glitterrati) and Live FM (Touchdown) with her events job.

For instance, last week Wednesday, she hosted the grand finale of the MTN Hitmaker reality show and three days after, she was back on stage steering affairs at the Miss Malaika finals.

An old student of Achimota School, Berla’s journey as a presenter started back in 2012 when she co-hosted Rhythmz with Black Boi on GHOne after participating in Miss Malaika in 2011.

Although she didn’t win, she won at something else as her job has brought her a lot of recognition and financial rewards.

However, living her dreams has definitely come with some sacrifices she has to make and her family and friends have had to suffer for that.

“My personal life has been affected because I barely have time for myself and family. My mummy becomes disappointed sometimes when I have to rush off for an assignment and she needs me,” she said.

With how big her desire is, it is normal that Berla wouldn’t want to remain where she is and she tells Showbiz, new things are coming. “I’m working on a new show. I feel it’s time to grow out of the space I already occupy.”

A first class graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, Berla believes young ladies must work hard to get a fair share of the opportunities in society and she is fittingly the face of Live Girl Code Project, a women empowerment initiative.

She is full of praise for senior colleague, Anita Erskine, who she says is her inspiration. “Anita does so much for women and girls and her impact in the media industry is beyond imaginable. She’s ‘been holding my hands’ and I am grateful for her assistance,” she stated.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

ARTS & TOURISM WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA OPEN NOMINATIONS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS

After many years of putting their house together, giant personalities in Ghana’s arts, culture, tourism, and showbiz writing circles have formed a well-knit association known as the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG).

The association, which is duly registered embraces culture, entertainment and tourism writers, publishers, culture and arts advocates.

Currently it has a membership of 60 drawn from notable media houses including the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Graphic Communications Group Limited, Excellence In Broadcasting (EIB), the Despite Group of Companies, Global Media Alliance, the Multimedia Group of Companies and Media General. The association also has many reputable freelance writers and bloggers.

After the registration of the association and completion of other necessary paperwork, the Electoral Committee of ATWAG hereby calls for the nomination of registered members of the association to vie for the following positions:

President
Vice-President
Secretary
Treasurer
Organiser
Research Officer
Public Relations Officer
Members interested in contesting for any of the offices listed above should express their interest in writing addressed to the Chairman,ATWAG Electoral Committee through email – artswritersgh@gmail.com by providing the following details:

  Full name of Candidate
  Position of Interest
  Organisation
  Position/ Designation
  Telephone Number (s)
  Email
Nomination should reach the Chairperson not later than 13TH November, 2017. Thank you.

Signed: Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo

(Chairperson, ATWAG Electoral Committee)

+233244887301

TV PRESENTER GOES BALD TO BATTLE CANCER

Beautiful Television Presenter, Regina Van-Helvert has shaved off her hair just to take on a role as a cancer patient in a new movie titled “Swings”.

The host of “Rhythms Live” on GH One TV who is fast rising in the movie industry, said she didn’t expects to get such challenging roles especially in her early stage as an actress but she had to risk loosing her hair for the first time and the risk was worth it.

“I never thought there would be a point in my acting career that would demand that I shave my hair but the character I played influenced it. After reading the script I was given an option to either shave off all my hair or use the bald cup but I wanted to connect more and immerse myself with the character so I decided to go all out for it”, she revealed in an interview.

Regina played the lead role of a cancer patient, Toni who was going through chemotherapy and she admits the role was emotional and very challenging.

“My character was a young girl in the pursuit of love and happiness discovered she had a terminal illness. It was very challenging because I had to immerse myself into Toni’s character and it obviously wasn’t an easy role, as I had to play a very sick and bubbly girl at the same time. The switch between characters was fast paced. But thanks to the amazing cast, crew and the producer who made the task less tedious than it would have been”.

“Swings” is an emotional yet exciting biopic story which projects Love, Chance and Choice, a mysterious fate causes an exasperated two to realize and fight the feelings they have for each other.

The movie stars; Yvonne Nelson, Chris Attoh, Regina Van-Helvert, Henry Adofo, Peter Ritchie, Ian Wordi, Fella Makafui and many others.

“Swings” is director by Pascal Amanfo and producer by Daniel Edah (DEO Studios) and it premieres on Saturday 25 November 2017 at Silverbird Cinemas, Accra and Westhills mall.

See more photos below:

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

LATE TERRY BONCHAKA’S MOTHER SUSPECTS HER SON WAS MURDERED

Fourteen years after her son was killed in a fatal car crash Mrs Charlotte Adjetey, still grieving the loss, remains convinced Terry Bonchaka’s death was orchestrated.

The mother of the late hip-life musician, strongly believes that her son was murdered.

Terry Bonchaka met his untimely death in a fatal accident on the Legon-Madina road in Accra when his car veered off the road and hit a tree. He was confirmed dead at the 37 Military Hospital.

Real name Terrence Nii Okang Mensah Adjetey, the 21-year-old died on Friday, October 29, 2003 after performing at the Akuafo Hall of the University of Ghana in their Hall Week Celebration.

Mrs Charlotte Adjetey, speaking in an interview with Hitz FM’s Noella Kharyne Yalley, revealed that seeing her son’s corpse confirmed to her, he was murdered.

“When they brought him from the mortuary and he was lying down in the house and I went in there to look at him vividly and I saw that on the front neck as if something had been done to him. It’s only Jehovah who knows the truth,” she said.

She said the autopsy report indicated that Terry Bonchaka died of “suffocation, he couldn’t breathe, that was how it came about. What [happened] that he couldn’t breathe, only God knows.”

“It was the hand of someone, someone did it to my son,” Mrs Adjetey, in a shaky voice, concluded.

The mother of the late hiplife artiste said the past 14 years have been tough. “I’ve been crying all along because I miss him. He is a son and a friend, you know how it is [when] you’ve lost a friend, you know how it feels.”

According to her, some of Terry Bonchaka’s friends have been visiting her.

She said she got to know that his son paid school fees for some people, most of them dropped out of school after his death.

As Ghanaians remember the hiplife talent 14 years after his passing, his manager then, Regan Mends told Andy Dosty, in an interview on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, that they are marking the anniversary with a cleaning exercise at the burial site.

According to him, next year being the 15th anniversary will be commemorated with a concert with the purpose of preserving Terry Bonchaka’s legacy.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

FEMINISTS IN GHANA ARE USELESS – DKB

Comedian Derek Kobina Boney known in showbiz circles as DKB said Feminists are gradually becoming irrelevant in the country.

Speaking during a one-on-one interview with Kwame Agyetia on Neat FM’s “Entertainment Ghana” Show, DKB emphasized that female advocates in Ghana are currently more reactive than proactive because all they do is express their opinions in the media and always make men look bad.

“I am getting to a point where I don’t know their use.  I think they are becoming more reactive more than proactive”.

Citing the infamous Nana Abena Korkor Addo’s ‘sex hit list’, as an example, the King of GH Comedy, said he was expecting feminists in Ghana to openly condemn what Abena Korkor did but surprisingly; they have all being kept mum.

“Abena Korkor did a serious man-shaming. She shamed men who slept with her by revealing their names and feminists are quiet because when a woman is doing something bad, they chose not to hear. But imagine if it had been a guy who is suffering from bipolar who gave a list of female celebrities he slept with?”. 

DKB further stated that feminists in Ghana don’t read wide and are only interested in seeking attention because of their frustration.

Watch the interview below:

By: Eugene Osafo-Nkansah

BLAKK RASTA’S ALBUM GETSGRAMMY AWARDS CONSIDERATION

Blakk Rasta

Award winning Ghanaian Reggae Singer Blakk Rasta’s dream to be the first Ghanaian artiste to ever win Grammy, is already in motion.

In May 2017, during the official launch of his album, ‘Kuchoko Revolution’ – Blakk Rasta made an audacious statement of being the first Ghanaian artist to win a Grammy Award – and a couple of months after, that declaration is in the process of coming to pass.

According to Entertainmentgh.com, the ‘Kuchoko Revolution’ album, which is distributed internationally by the reputable VPAL Music – has been selected for consideration for 2018 Grammy Awards for the Reggae Album Category.

Consideration is the first step of attaining a Grammy. The second step is for the Academy to vote and narrow down the list to a nomination list. The final step is for Academy members to vote for award recipients.

Blakk Rasta, who is also a popular radio presenter in Ghana and a revered social activist, is the first Ghanaian act to be signed to VPAL Music, a label which has most of its artists winning the Reggae Category at the Grammys over the years.

Over the years in his illustrious career, Blakk Rasta, has championed and projected one of the biggest Reggae festivals in Africa, ‘Kuchoko Roots Festival’.

He has garnered endorsement and critical mention from the likes of Barack Obama, former US President, and Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe.

He is also a staunch lecturer who has lectured extensively in various Universities across the United States of America. Blakk Rasta has won multiple awards, both home and abroad, and is well noted for his intrepid lyrics and exemplary stagecraft.

MRS. NDUOM COMMISSIONS DORMITORY AT ARCH BISHOP PORTER GIRLS

Mrs. Nduom, wife Business mogul/Politician Papa Kwasi Nduom has commissioned the Yvonne Sterlin Nduom dormitory at Arch Bishop Porter Girls senior high school at Takoradi in the Western Region.

“Education is very dear to my husband and l; so we have set up an education fund which we are using to provide infrastructural support and provide scholarship for intelligent, but needy students to ensure that no child is left out in education in this country”, Mrs. Yvonne Nduom declared at the opening of Yvonne Sterlin Nduom dormitory at Arch Bishop Porter Girls Senior High School, Takoradi in the Western Region.

The building which was constructed by Yorke Properties, the construction company under Groupe Nduom, will accommodate 200 students and has a two Bedroom Flat for House Mistresses and their families. It was funded by GN Foundation, headed by Mrs. Nduom.

The building of the dormitory was an initiative of Mrs. Nduom, herself an old girl of the Arch Bishop Porter Girls. It’s been Mrs. Nduom’s passion to give back to society and also to help promote girl-child education. She therefore finds her gesture a fulfillment of that cherished dream; and it couldn’t have started-off better than the school that helped shape her formative stages in life and also to contribute to the ever growing success story of Arch-Bishop Porter Girls.

“Most of my character was molded here. My very best friends were met here over 50 years ago. We were not only given academic knowledge, but invaluable life skills which went a long way to make me a lady of substance now… So my heart is full of joy standing on this ground to donate this edifice to my alma mater”, Mrs. Nduom declared.

She urged the students to make good use of the facility to enhance their academic performance.

The Archbishop Porters Girl is not only one of the top schools in the Western Region, but also one of the leading Senior High Schools in the country with some successful old students who are contributing in diverse ways to the growth and development of the country.

With the construction of Yvonne Sterlin Nduom dormitory, the school now has four dormitory blocks to accommodate its ever-growing student population and also help ease pressure on existing facilities.

The Headmistress of the School, Mrs. Mary Ama Brako thanked Mrs. Nduom and her Groupe for the building noting that “the new dormitory has come at the right time”.

She urged corporate Ghana to take a cue from Mrs. Nduom’ gesture and come to their aid especially, at a time that intake of students continues to increase each academic year and requested Groupe Nduom to help the school with musical instruments and student beds. The Vicar General of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis, Reverend Francis Abuah-Quansah, consecrated the building for the use of the students.

JACKIE APPIAH HONORED WITH EXCELLENCE AWARD IN CANADA

Screen goddess, Jackie Appiah was on Saturday honoured at the 2017 Afro Global Excellence Awards in Canada.

Jackie Appiah has added another laurel to her extensive awards collection on Saturday night October 21, 2017 when she was honored at the 2017 excellence awards held in Toronto, Canada.

Jackie picked up the ‘entertainment award’ on the night, for her excellence in film and all other endeavors. She was honoured alongside other prominent black achievers.

The annual excellence award, formerly the planet Africa awards, recognizes the best in Africa and the diaspora, and is organized by Afro TV.

This year’s award ceremony came off at the international center in the Canadian city of Toronto.

Jackie Appiah the Canadian-born Ghanaian actress was sharply dressed for the occasion was to receive her award, and thanked almighty god tor this new achievement.

Spotting a red gown, the actress looked very splendid and was a definition of beauty.

The Afroglobal Excellence Award is an initiative of Canada-based Afroglobal Television to honour achievers and bring together people of African origin and others of goodwill, to celebrate leadership and excellence.

Among those awarded in the past include Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; Nollwood actors Majid Michel and Zach Orji.

Source: NKONKONSA.com

REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA OPENS CONSULATE IN GHANA

Republic of Lithuania is officially in Ghana now.

As part of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations and enhance business and economic cooperation between both countries, the Republic of Lithuania has opened a consulate in Accra the capital of Ghana.

Lithuania has for almost 25 years maintained a constant diplomatic, Cultural, Tourism, Trade and Economic relationship with Ghana. Both countries are involved in a number of multilateral projects in the areas of Renewable Energy, Construction and haulage among others.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, H.E. Linas Linkevicius lauded Ghana’s success feat as far as multi-party democracy, peace and stability in the country are concerned. This will be the Minister’s first visit to Ghana.

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Ghana, Hon. Arthur Roshkovskis speaking at the event pledged to deepen friendship and development ties between both countries particularly in the areas of education, tourism and culture. He further outlined Ghana’s competitive advantage in the West African Sub-region.

Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Francis Abekah, Director Europe Bureau, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs and Destination Management Consultant and the CEO of Kaya Tours Company Ltd, Abeiku Aggrey Santana were among the dignitaries to officially open the Consulate.

Ghana recognized Lithuania de jure on 23 December 1991. Diplomatic relations were established between both countries on June 12, 1992.

Lithuania has been a member of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania is the only Baltic Country with more than 800 years of statehood tradition. The Constitution of Poland – Lithuania together with the French were adopted in 1791.

OBOUR APPOINTED AS A DEACON

The President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bice Osei Kuffour known in music business as Obour has been appointed a Deacon in his church.

The hip life musician who acceded the MUSIGA Presidency in 2011, told Graphic Showbiz in an interview that apart from his administrative duties for the musicians union, he was also close to God hence his appointment as Deacon at the Redemption Power Ministries in Sakaman, Accra.

“I feel very humbled by the appointment and see it as an opportunity to continue doing the Kingdom business while working on my own salvation with fear and trembling”, he said.

“The more a man grows, the more friends, the more enemies he makes so taking up more responsibilities in Church is my way of drawing closer to God,” he added.

He also added that God gave him his gift of creativity so it is better to use it to progress the work of God and make the world a better place.

He further explained that since 2004, he has been using his music and other God-given talents to assist his community and society positively for a better world and he is still pursuing that vision.

Obour has released songs sch as ‘Konkontiba,’ ‘Oko Aba’, ‘The Game,’ ‘Eye Me Ya,’ ‘Meso Daye,’ ‘Atopa Jenjen,’ among others.