“THOSE WHO USE WEED ARE NOT WAYWARD PEOPLE”- Kwaw Kese

Rapper Kwaw Kese said he would see nothing wrong, if his child decides to smoke marijuana.

The Abodam crooner is known for speaking his mind always and has made no apologies for his use of marijuana.

It should therefore not be surprising when he says he would not mind in the least if his kids use it as well.

His comments may not endear him to many people and he will certainly not be winning any parent of the year honours but Kwaw Kesse does not really care.

“I will not force my children to stop using marijuana if they think it is good for them. It is like food. If my child walks up to me and says daddy, I think weed is good for me and I want to use it, I can’t do anything about it as long as they do not abuse it or use it for the wrong reasons,” he said in a chat with Graphic Showbiz.

Kwaw Kese has had problems with the law over his use of marijuana. In 2014, he was arrested for smoking the herb in public in Kumasi and put before court. He endured some tough times at the Kumasi prisons and the drama surrounding his application for bail  played out in the public eye.

After his release and subsequent fine, he said he was embarking on a campaign against drug abuse in the country.

One thing he is disappointed at and wishes he could change is the negative perception about people who use weed.

“Those who use weed are not wayward people, they are not irresponsible. We need to educate people so that the negative stereotyping will stop.”

For him, there are several benefits Ghana will derive fromlegalising weed.

“We can export it, tax it and it will help boost our economy. There are medicinal benefits as well. If Kofi Annan has come out to back this then it means it is something good. That man I know is not someone who falls for just anything and I am glad he has joined the movement.”

In the same vein, Kwaw says he will not prevent any of children from becoming a musician despite all the negative aspects. “There may be a lot of backbiting, back stabbing etc in the industry but if my child says that is what he or she wants to do, why not, I will give my blessings. I will not say because I have had my share of negativity, I will block my children from pursuing their passion.”

Away from his kids and weed,  Kwaw Kese revealed that his Mad Time Entertainment label will have another addition next month.

“We will be officially signing Skonti next month and at the same time, we will release his new single. Skonti is an artiste and a producer as well.  We have worked on a number of songs including “Yakubu,” he said.

Source: Graphic Showbiz

30 CELEBRITIES APPOINTED AS NEW TOURISM AMBASSADORS

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has welcomed 30 Ambassadors at a cocktail event to spearhead the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana”, campaign.

The campaign concept draws on re-orienting Ghanaians on a new sense of national pride in its heritage, culture, and way of life.

The Ambassadors, who cut across different creative arts sectors including Musicians, Actors, Radio Presenters, Disc Jockeys (DJ) and Bloggers, are to promote tourism growth domestically and internationally to boost Ghana’s Ghana’s economic growth.

Catherine Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, said the aim of the Tourism Ambassador programme, was to partner influential persons to help drive tourism growth in and outside the country.

She said the programme was to enhance, develop and deliver destination management objectives and potentially help position Ghana as a tourist destination of choice.

She said the ambassadors would therefore use their personalities and expertise to sell Ghana’s tourism potential to the world.

Ambassadors include SP Kofi Sarpong, D-Black, Nana Ampadu, Okyeame Kwame, Fancy Gadam, Agya Koo, Lucky Mensah, Abeiku Santana Aggrey and Sena Degadu.

Reggie N Bollie told GNA in an interview that, the appointed U.K and Europe Tourism Ambassadors said, “We feel very humbled and privileged to represent Ghana and we will endeavor to raise the flag of Ghana high wherever we go.”

COURT WARN AFIA SCHWARZENEGGER & HER HUSBAND

Television host and actress, Afia Schwarzenegger, and her husband, Lawrence Abrokwa, have been ordered by the Accra Circuit Court to refrain from any acts detrimental to their well-being.

The order, according to the court, presided over by Mrs. Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye, would be in full force until the final determination of a case in which Abrokwa is alleged to have assaulted the actress.

“All parties involved in the case must cease fire until the final determination of this case,’’ the presiding judge ordered.

Abrokwa was put before the court on Monday following a video that allegedly showed him threatening to pour acid on his wife, known in private life as Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa, and another man after he (Abrokwa) had seen them in bed.

He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic violence, assault, threat of harm and publication of obscene material.

Restrain

The court order followed a plea by the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Maxwell Oppong, for the court to restrain Abrokwa, after he (prosecutor) had accused Abrokwa of spreading the actress’ nude video.

He also accused counsel of Abrokwa, Mr Maurice Kwabena Ampaw, of making derogatory statements about the actress and pleaded with the court to restrain the counsel.

“The security of the complainant (Afia) is in danger. She needs to be treated with dignity because she is somebody’s daughter, sister and mother,’’ the prosecutor said.

Mr Ampaw, however, rejected the prosecutor’s assertions, describing them as an attack on his person.

According to him, he had never made any derogatory statements against the actress since the case ended up in court.

Bail

Afia and Abrokwa appeared in the courtroom with a number of their respective supporters, with the actress guarded by about five heavily built men.

Journalists had a torrid time trying to take pictures of Afia after the court proceedings, as her bodyguards shielded her from the numerous lenses that focused on her.

Meanwhile, the court has granted bail to Abrokwa in the sum of GH¢20,000, with three sureties, all of whom must be gainfully employed.

That was after Mr Ampaw had impressed on the court to grant his client bail.

“The accused will make himself available at any day or time the trial is heard,’’ he said.

Hearing continues on October 11, 2017.

Alleged incident

Chief Inspector Oppong told the court that the two former love birds were legally married and lived together in a house owned by Afia, but due to persistent misunderstandings, Abrokwa packed his things and left the house.

He said on August 29, 2017, Afia’s house help informed Abrokwa that a male visitor had been visiting the wife and that he was currently in the house.

“Based on that information, Abrokwa armed himself with a kitchen knife and a bottle containing a substance purported to be acid and proceeded to the house. He found a car which he believed belonged to the visitor, deflated two of the tyres and gained access to the room through the back door, with the assistance of the house help,’’ he said.

The prosecutor explained that Abrokwa forced himself into the bedroom, and with his phone camera on, he ordered Afia and the man to allow him to film them or they risked being bathed with the acid.

“The visitor managed to escape during the process, but Afia was prevented from doing so by Abrokwa. He ordered her to go on her knees and declare that she was a prostitute, with the acid in his hand. He continued with the video while Afia was naked and pleading with him to stop,’’ the prosecutor added.

Chief Inspector Oppong further stated that Abrokwa assaulted Afia and chased her out of the house naked until she was rescued and clothed by some neighbours.

The video, he said, later went viral on social media.

He, however, disclosed that on September 13, 2017, the Ghana Standards Authority found out that the content of the bottle was actually water and not acid.

Source: Daily Graphic

“I AM UPSET WITH OBRAFOUR” – Pappy Kojo

Rapper Pappy Kojo says he is upset with ace Musician Obrafour for ignoring his calls and messages.

The Fante rapper who said he adores the ‘Pae Mu Ka’ composer, expressed his disappointment in his attitude towards him.

In an interview on Joy FM’s Cosmopolitan Mix with Doreen Andoh, Pappy Kojo mentioned that he was supposed to have performed with Obrafour at the 2016 edition of the Ghana Music Awards but he failed to show up that night.

“I am a little bit upset with Obrafour [but] I have kept quiet for so long but I have to say it,” the rapper, born Jason Gaisie, said.

“Obrafour has been ignoring me for a while, he doesn’t pick my calls, he doesn’t reply my text messages, [and] I don’t understand why Obrafour is doing that.

“I want to understand what is going on, because you are like [an idol] to me, you are the reason why I am doing what I am doing,” he said.

According to him, “Last year I performed at Ghana Music Awards and I wanted to surprise the people with Obrafour so we spoke about it, he agreed and he didn’t show up. I called him and he didn’t pick, I really don’t understand what is going on.”

“You can’t just influence me and then when I fall in love with you, you just leave me alone, it doesn’t work,” he added.

Relationship with Yvonne Nelson:

The ‘Realer No’ hitmaker has been rumoured to be in an affectionate relationship with actress and producer, Yvonne Nelson.

He debunked such claims, after a listener threw a question at him, stressing that he dated another lady by the name Yvonne Melson and not the actress, Yvonne Nelson.

“Good, good this question again. I dated Yvonne Melson, I didn’t date Yvonne Nelson, the Yvonne I dated is called Yvonne Melson, she lives in Takoradi and has never stepped foot in Accra,” he cleared the air.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

SHAKER AND KO-JO CUE TO RELEASE JOINT ALBUM

BBnZ Live label mates, Shaker and Ko-Jo Cue have announced their first ever collaborative album titled “Pen & Paper”.

This was made known at a press soiree held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at BBnZ Live new office located at Nima Police Station in Accra.

According to the duo, the upcoming album is a complete Hip-hop project and would take every listener ‘back to the basics’.

Addressing the press, Shaker and Kojo said: “We took it back to the basics with this project and made it all about the art”.

Just like any other project, they faced little issues and that has to do with cutting down the number of tracks from 20 to 12. To them, every single track recorded worth the time and energy invested hence, it was difficult to oust some.

The 12-track album, according to the duo, is targeted at winning many awards at next year’s Ghana Music Awards including the “Album of the year”, “Hip-hop Album of the year” and “Video of the Year”.

Mr Kwame Blay, a founding member of BBnZ Live, also disclosed that the label has plans in place to push the album to the maximum length. He said the marketing, distribution and other strategic plans to help push the album are already in place.

The official video for the title track is scheduled for release on Wednesday, September 20 following the album announcement. The video was directed by Esianyo Kumordzi.

The album release date will be announced on September 27, according to the management.

 

“MOTHERHOOD IS A FULL-TIME JOB”-Naa Ashorkor

By societal expectation, starting a family immediately after marriage is the norm, but for actress/TV presenter, Naa Ashorkor, young wives need to be given the chance to plan their way into motherhood.

Naa Ashorkor, who recently gave birth to a baby boy, said the pressure for young couples to have children as soon as the rings are on their fingers does not help in planning for the future.

She told the Graphic Showbiz in an interview that already she has to answer questions about when she is having a second baby.

“It’s been less than three months since I gave birth but questions are coming on when my second baby will arrive. Sometimes, I find such questions interesting but I don’t allow them to get to me because I don’t think I’m too old to rush to have children.

“That is the pressure many couples go through and I know many friends who are going through emotional trauma because they are just three years or even less in their marriage and everyone expects to hear the cry of a baby in their home,” she continued.

Naa Ashorkor got married in 2014, and after two years of marriage and no baby, there was so much talk about her getting pregnant but the Perfect Picture actress said she did not allow that to get to her.

Instead, she used such occasions to ask more questions about motherhood and also learn from the experiences of older women to help her prepare for a baby.

“Motherhood is a full-time job on its own and in these modern times, taking care of a baby is no child’s play. Why would you rush to give birth when there are no provisions to make the child comfortable?

“Sometimes, your work could even be a barrier and that is why despite our culture placing much value on child birth, we must give couples the power to decide when they are ready to bring children to this world,” she stressed.

To back her argument, Naa said she sacrificed her job for seven months to have her baby. “These are some of the problems which confront you in making decisions and so you need to plan well.”

Although she took time off radio and television to focus on motherhood, she wasn’t inactive. She told Showbiz she was busy working on her latest play, Bukom, for her April Productions House and her online marketing company, Jaanor.

Already, she’s back on GHOne TV hosting her Tales from the Powder Room and would return to her radio duties as host of Starr FM’s mid-morning show, The Zone from October 2.

“I miss being on air. It feels like forever and I’m looking forward to getting back to work full time,” she said.

Even though she admitted to being indifferent to feminism, Naa Ashorkor, who will be celebrating her third wedding anniversary next month, advocated for women to confidently build and empower themselves to be relevant to the society saying, “marriage and childbirth don’t define any woman’s worth in the society”.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

I’VE NOT SPOKEN TO CAPTAIN PLANET IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS – Coded Reveals

It appears one of Ghana’s most consistent and successful hip-life groups 4X4 is on the the verge of breaking up.

Speculations of the group’s eminent breakup has been rife in the media for some time now but group members Captain Planet (Sylvanus Dodji Jeoffrey) and Coded, formerly Abortion (Raphael Edem Avornyo) and Fresh Prince (Prince Tamakloe), have rubbished the speculations on several occasions.

However, Coded’s new revelation points to the fact that all not is well in the camp of the “World Trade Centre” music group.

In an interview on Peace FM’s “Entertainment Review”, Coded who is currently in America has disclosed that, he has not spoken with the group leader Captain Planet in the last 6 months.

“I have not spoken with Captain Planet for last 6 months”,Coded stated.

Asked why he hasn’t spoken to his group member for that long, Coded explained “We communicate through our WhatsApp group, but it not like we talk as in he calling me or me calling him because he is a busy person and I am also busy on my side. We go to the studio to record, so don’t get me wrong”.

According to Coded, the fact that he hasn’t spoken to Captain Planet on phone for the past 6 months doesn’t mean the group is breaking up.

“I am not saying we don’t talk as in there is a misunderstanding but if anything at all, we share information on our WhatsApp group”, he stated.

Coded also stated that they decided as a group to release solo singles as individual artistes, so Captain Planet has released a number of singles, Fresh Prince has also released a number of singles and even though he (Coded) is yet to release his solo single, they realized that the solo singles were sending wrong signals and fueling the speculations that the group has collapsed, so they halted their respective solo projects to work as a group.

The group has currently released a new single titled “Duabo”which features Rapper Sarkodie.

4X4 Members: Fresh Prince, Coded and Captain Planet

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

ACTRESS ADVOCATES FOR LADIES TO STOP WEARING PANTIES

Actress Baby Blanche over the weekend launched a campaign to stop ladies from wearing panties.

For the campaign, she is advocating for ladies above the age 18 to stop wearing panties as that is a major cause of the genital infections these ladies often contract.

Speaking at the short ceremony to outdoor the Blanch Foundation’s ‘Operation Remove Your Dross’ crusade, the actress disclosed that the vagina is a sensitive part of the body, which needs a breathing space, but ladies deprive it of this chance hence the campaign.

“Physicians aver that the female genital needs to breath to maintain its PH levels to prevent fungi and odour. In that connection, professional medics in the health fraternity advice going bare below when it is bedtime and at the close of the day for unbridled passage of air to that vital area.

Baby Blanche further revealed that she has been panty-less for the past seven years, which has saved her from attaining diseases.

“As an advocate of going panty-less, have lived in the last seven years without panties and have never incurred the wrath of the bacterium at my vital area in relation to any infection.”

In conclusion, based on experts research and my own experience as well as colleague compatriots have come to realized that , I Blanche Worae ( Baby Blanche) and my foundation can say on authority without fear a lady without panties can leave a healthier life. So am entreating all Ghanaian ladies to join me in going panty-less for healthy life.”

The actress real name Blanche Worae on the day also talked about her first self-produced movie, Trophy which premieres on October 14 at the Siverbird Cinemas.

She asked that fans come out in their numbers at the premiere for gifts would be shared.

PEACE HYDE APPOINTED HEAD OF DIGITAL MEDIA FOR FORBES AFRICA ONLINE

The ABN Group owners of the prestigious Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa platforms have recently appointed Peace Hyde as its new Head of Digital Media and Strategic Partnerships. Hyde will still be maintaining her current role as the West Africa Correspondent for the leading business publication but will also head up the new digital platform, www.forbesafrica.com and drive user and engagement as well as create ongoing partnerships with brands and affiliates to cement the dominance of the magazine which is the number 1 read business magazine amongst Africa’s affluent according a recent Ipsos EMS Survey.

“The publishing game has changed dramatically in recent years. Forbes Africa has always had a passion for celebrating the people changing Africa and our new digital platform is in line with reaching that goal. The biggest trigger for the change we are experiencing is the imminent shift to digital. Companies like Forbes Africa who have already began investing in this direction as well as creating engaging content will have a competitive advantage and we are excited that this new medium will create a paradigm shift in the way our loyal readers consume content”, says Hyde.

Forbes Africa is the sixteen local language edition of the highly successful Forbes magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters as well as many listed based on the level of global wealth and power, offering topics such as “The World’s Most Powerful People” Global High Performers” and “The World Billionaires”.  Forbes Africa was launched in October 2011.

 “The managing editor, Chris Bishop is the visionary behind the immensely successful brand that we all love today. In just 6 years, Chris has managed to create a platform that is not only aspirational but also highlights the success stories from the continent whiles still maintaining the glitz and glamour of the prestigious Forbes brand. Through his guidance the new digital platform will have the same strict editorial standard but now we are widening our scope across the African region to pull in more stories that impact the continent as well as exciting content”, says Hyde.

“Forbes Africa is now 6 years and with this major push toward digital media, the company is simply carving out strategies to make us ready for the future. We are proud to appoint Peace Hyde to this role to help drive engagement from our millennial audience onto the online platform”, says Frederic Van Devyver, Executive Director, CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa.

About ABN Group 

ABN offers a holistic approach to telling Africa’s business story – first. With much-esteemed international brands such as CNBC Africa and FORBES AFRICA providing a broadcast and print platform respectively, the ABN conglomerate also offers resources to organize world-class events across the African continent, through ABN Productions. The ABN Training Institute boasts state-of-the-art facilities to provide media training, while ABN Digital is the company’s online presence for your up-to-date business and markets news. Through its sub-brands, ABN aims to be Africa’s leading aggregator and distributor of business and economic news.

About FORBES AFRICA 

FORBES AFRICA is the sixteenth local-language edition of the highly successful FORBES magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters, as well as its many lists based on the levels of global wealth and power, offering topics such as “The World’s Most Powerful People”, “Global High Performers,” and “The World’s Billionaires”. FORBES AFRICA launched in October 2011. The magazine features editorial from across the continent and includes relevant content from its partners in the US. FORBES AFRICA is the continent’s first-ever international business publication localized for the African executive.

ABRAHAM ATTAH GETS LEAD ROLE IN NEW 5 MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE

Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attah has been named as a lead character in a new movie ‘Ade’s Journey.’

Based on true life events, the movie tells the story of a West African boy’s perilous 6000 mile walk from Africa to Europe along the migrant route in search of soccer stardom at a top Premiership football club. It is set against a backdrop of migration, human trafficking and football.

Budgeted at 5 million Dollars, it also stars Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, Black Sails), Isaach de Bankole (Casino Royale, Black Panther), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad).

Ade’s Journey has received the support of FIFA, the Premier League, UNICEF, UNHCR and other bodies who are hoping to help stop child migration in football circles and around the world.

It was written by celebrated screenwriter and producer, Brendan Foley, and will be directed by Obi Emelonye.

Renowned Producer, Bob Mahoney, Screen Nation Pictures and The Nollywood Factory are producers. Veteran British Director and Producer, Peter Macdonald is the Executive Producer of the movie.

Abraham Attah gained international prominence playing lead role alongside Idris Elba in the movie Beasts of No Nation directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga.

Playing the character ‘Agu’ who when civil war tears his family apart, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transformed into a child soldier earned Attah praise around the world.

He won Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015, ‘Best Male Lead’ award at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards, and also Rising Star Award’ at the Black Fim Critics Circle (BFCC). The award scheme called Attah’s role as “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen” and added that he had “a very bright future ahead of him”.

The movie was based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala. Shoot in Ghana, it starred Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi and Grace Nortey.

The movie was the first fictional feature produced and distributed by Streaming Service Netflix.