GHANAIAN COMEDIANS ARE BORING – Event Organizer States

For the last four years, Nabil Alhassan’s Event Factory has hosted the Easter Comedy Show and after featuring a number of Ghanaain comedians, he believes they are not doing well enough to boost their craft.

According to Nabil, who has had comedians like DKB, Khemical, Jacinta,Lekzy and Two Idiots on his show, most Ghanaian comedians don’t do research or work on new jokes making them boring.

“Research is the key and that is why the Nigerians are always ahead of Ghanaian comedians. They do a lot of research into current situatons and make nice jokes about them,” he told Showbiz.

Nabil is of the view that Ghanaian comedians are no match for Nigerian comedians as the latter are far ahead of us.

“I know the Ghanaian comedians will be angry with me but that is the honest truth. There are more than 15 good comedians in Nigeria who will rock their audience any day but that cannot be said of the Ghanaians.

The likes of Bovi, Basketmouth, Gordons, Acapella, Buchi, Akporono among others who have also been on my comedy shows will always get their act right because they take their craft serioiusly,” he said.

Another thing Nabil also complaine about is incosnsitency which is ending the caeer of most of the Ghanaiain comedians. He explained that they flopped just as many time as they killed it.

“An event organiser like me will not continuously book a comedian who is not consistent. You can never tell when that comedian will fail and I don’t want to put my work on the line,”he said.

MENZGOLD FIGHTS SECURITIES & EXCHANGE COMMISSION OVER SHUT DOWN ORDER

Menzgold Ghana Limited has called the bluff of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), asking it to suspend its operations.

According to Menzgold, it cannot comply with the directive to shut down or suspend its operations as directed by the SEC in its letter dated September 7, 2018.

A letter authored Kwame Akuffo & Co Unlimited indicated that it finds the treatment being meted out by the SEC to its clients unfortunate, given that it wrote to SEC seeking a two-week extension to enable it respond to certain demands by the regulator.

SEC had directed Menzgold Ghana Limited to immediately stop trading in gold collectibles.

But the company’s lawyers said: “Your earlier letter of 27th August, 2018, gave our client a two-day window to respond to a number of queries. You will recall that pursuant to this we requested by way of a letter dated 29th of August, 2018, for a two-week extension to enable us respond in adequate manner. In acknowledging receipt of our letter by way of yours dated 30th August, 2018, you were silent about our plea for extension. We took same to be an agreement to extend, especially when we did not receive any information to the contrary from you.

“We, therefore, find it unfortunate that without waiting for the said time to elapse, nor giving our client any notice whatsoever, but in an unhealthy overreach, you sent to our client a letter with a heading which states ‘Notice to suspend trading without licence.’ While the heading of the said letter indicates a purported suspension of trading without licence, the content, however, speaks of a direction that our client’s business should be shut down. The contradictions in your directive are for you to resolve, and it makes your intentions difficult for our client to understand or comply.”

The lawyers continued: “Be that as it may, we are instructed to respectfully inform you that our client’s business module which is essentially that of the sale of gold collectibles is not one that falls within your regulatory regime. Please, be informed that our client is not issuing any ‘tradable note’ as you erroneously stated in your letter of 7thSeptember, 2018.”

The SEC, in a letter dated September 7, 2018, and signed by Prosper Ababio, Deputy Director General to Nana Appiah Mensah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Menzgold Ghana Limited, said Menzgold’s cold collectible transactions constitute dealing in securities with neither the necessary licence nor disclosures authorised by SEC.

SEC instructed: “No new contracts should be created and all advertising of the investment business halted with immediate effect. Failure to comply with this directive will lead to the SEC employing other relevant measures under the law to enforce compliance.”

SEC explained: “This directive does not preclude you from continuing your other businesses of assaying, purchasing gold from small-scale miners and export of gold.”

Giving reasons why it took the action, the SEC said it had keenly followed and investigated operations of Menzgold Ghana since 2017.

The Commission said it paid a visit to the head office of the company on 23rd August, 2018, and met Nana Yaw Offei, Commercial Manager and Rev Derek Akubia, an adviser to the CEO of Menzgold.

“The interactions with Mr Offei and Rev Derek Akubia confirmed to SEC the view that the aspect of Menzgold’s business which involves the purchase/deposit of gold collectibles from the public and contracts issued with guaranteed returns with clients is capital markets activity (issuance of gold-backed depository notes to the public) under Act 929 without a valid licence issued by SEC contrary to Section 109 of Act 929 with consequences under section 206 (1) of the same act.”

It revealed that subsequent to the visit by the SEC officials, a request for specific detailed information was made and Menzgold, through its lawyers, agreed to provide the necessary information requested by the SEC within 14 days.

It also said the provision of the information did not make that aspect of Menzgold’s operations any less of an illegality under Act 929, as well as threat to unsuspecting and uninformed investors.

On 27th August, this year, SEC, Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the Minerals Commission met to discuss the activities of Menzgold Ghana Limited.

During the meeting, it was agreed that SEC and BoG should write to the Minerals Commission to express the concerns with respect to Menzgold.

It later emerged that Menzgold was a licencee of the Minerals Commission so it could purchase gold from licensed gold sellers and export same.

Needless Directive

Management of Menzgold Ghana Limited yesterday condemned the directive by SEC, saying it was needless.

It said the leak to the media of a confidential meeting “to say the least, is in bad faith and distasteful; as it defeats our confidence in the body and an affront to cooperation. We totally condemn it!”

“As a law-abiding organisation, we have referred the matter to our lawyers and rest assured the right action shall be taken. We hereby assure all our cherished customers that neither Menzgold as a business entity nor any of its products has been shut down. We call for calm as we deal with this matter to its logical conclusion.”

Panic

A lot of Menzgold customers were said to have besieged the premises of the company to retrieve their deposits after the directive of SEC went viral yesterday. The chaos started when customers were denied entry into the premises of Menzgold.

Source: Daily Guide

KOFI ANNAN’S DEATH WILL BOOST GHANA’S TOURISM – Minister For Tourism

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku says Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General will be honoured forever.

Speaking at the forecourt of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), where the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations has been laid-in-state, Mrs Afeku described him as a “consummate diplomat and an honourable person who will forever remain in history…”

She further said, he was an illustrious son who cared for world peace.

“He was a true African. His behaviour meant he was a consummate diplomat. We have lost an illustrious son. He is an honourable person and it will remain history that we buried an illustrious son in the continent…”

Asked if his demise will cause an effect in the tourism industry, Madam Afeku answered in the affirmative insisting that people will travel from all over the world to see the global icon’s final resting place.

“He has made his name. People will come to Ghana to look at his tomb. These are the things that will enhance and boost the transportation of our export…” she said.

The second day of the final funeral rites for Kofi Atta Annan, former Secretary-General has commenced at the Accra International Conference Centre today.

Former ministers of state, Members of the diplomatic corps, Members of Parliament, Ministers of state, Members of the Council of State, Members of the Mfantsipim Old Boys Association, Chiefs and Queen mothers are expected to pay their last respect to the global icon.

Members of the traditional council, Chiefs and Queen mothers, the Akwamuhene and his delegation including that of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will also past Mr Annan’s remains.

NKONKONSA WINS TWO AWARDS IN ONE WEEK

Celebrity gossip blog, Nkonkonsa, has picked two influential blog awards for being one of the most highly patronised showbiz platforms in Ghana.

The blog’s CEO, Eugene Osafo-Nkansah, won blogger of the year at the Ghana High School Legend Awards held at the National Theatre in Accra on Friday, August 31.

Simdos Entertainment Services, organisers of the event, indicated that they did a survey in over 40 senior high schools across the country and Nkonkonsa.com came up as the platform that most high school students visit for information online.

The award was an honorary one because Nkonkonsa stood tall above all other Ghanaian social media platforms as far as high school students are concerned.

A week later, he also won the best events blogger of the year at the Ghana Events Awards 2018, which took place at the Suzuki, CFAO showroom at Airport in Accra on Friday, September 7, 2018.

Nkonkonsa was nominated alongside some 15 other bloggers.

Nkonkonsa is described an award-winning celebrity gossip, news and tourism online platform.

It was established in 2015 by Eugene Osafo-Nkansah, who is an entertainment journalist and radio producer.

“MY GREATEST FEAR IS NOT BEING ABLE TO KEEP MY FAMILY TOGETHER” – Sarkodie

What is your greatest fear?’ was arguably the most difficult question for Sarkodie during his interview with Andy Dosty on Hitz FM as it took the rapper some seconds before he answered and even that, he did not give a straightforward response.

“If I say anything, it’s because I have to say something but I have to think about it” he said.

Asked if that suggested he does not fear anything, the artiste who had earlier consulted his manager on what to say but was ‘ignored’, paused for a second and said, “Fear? I think not being able to keep my family together.”

His answer earned him some applause from the panelists for having shown that he is “a family man”. Known in private life as Michael Owusu Addo, the musician tied the knot with his girlfriend and baby mama Tracy, on July 17, this year.

The two who have known each other for 10 years, have a daughter called Titi. She turned 2 in April.

I STAND WITH OTABIL WHETHER HE IS GUILTY OR NOT – Trigmatic

Ghanaian musician Nana Yaw Oduro- Agyei, popularly referred to Trigmatic, has defended embattled founder and pastor of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor MensahOtabil.

Pastor Mensah Otabil has come under intense criticisms from a section of Ghanaians over his role in the collapse of Capital Bank owing to his position as then board chairman of the bank.

Trigmatic, who made an appearance on Celebrity Fanzone on GH One TV, argued that, the issue at stake is an allegation and until proven guilty, he will stand by the man of God.

He told co-host Akosua Hanson, “First of all let’s not forget that the highlighted word here is ‘alleged’ or ‘may have’ been party. It could be that after investigations he may not be a part of it. I must say that he is one of the greatest leaders Africa has ever produced. The issue at stake here is that, it is alleged. I would say until proven guilty…I would not give a damn.”

Trigmatic, however insisted that his admiration and respect for the man of God does not also mean he is above the laws of the land.

“He (Pastor Otabil) doesn’t go beyond being investigated. I would rather wait for an investigation to be carried out. If he is guilty, I respect him so much, he would take responsibility. Being a Christian, I am going to stand by him, guilty or not guilty, he is a spiritual head of a bigger faith I belong to.”

Pastor Mensah Otabil in a statement a few weeks ago revealed that “since the takeover of the bank exactly a year ago today, various mandated state institutions have been investigating and working to arrive at a comprehensive understanding of what happened, why it happened and who was responsible for what”.

“I have been invited by EOCO [Economic and Organised Crimes Office] and I have submitted myself to their processes and answered all their questions faithfully,” he stated.

SOCIAL MEDIA IS MAKING PEOPLE JEALOUS OVER ILLUSIONS – Nadia Buari

Ghanaian Actress Nadia Buari has an advice for people who get jealous because of what they see or read about others on social media.

The actress who is a very private person tries her best to keep most of her life’s activities on the low.

In a post on her Instagram page, she could not fathom why most people get jealous over nothing but just what they see people posting on social media.

She indicated that there is a lot of make-believe and therefore people need to work at ensuring that they are not fooled by what they see on social media.

Her post read “Social media has created jealous behavior over illusions… Sadly, some are envious of things, relationships, and lifestyles that don’t even exist”.

POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS KILLING GHANA’S ECONOMY – Abeiku Santana

Ace Broadcaster Dr. Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey Santana believes poor costumer service is one of the major issues killing Ghana’s economy.

The Okay FM drive time host who is also a certified Tourism Operator in Ghana and CEO of Kaya Tours has pointed out that bad customer service is a killer of Ghana economy silently, yet we turn a blink eye to it as a nation.

He has written the piece below after an encounter he said he had in South Africa recently. Below he writes…

“WHY THE CONFUSION?

In recent years there have been numerous consumer and customer bad service experiences on Radio,Social media and in most cases the service providers don’t give a damn about it.

In my experience most customers start-off indignant, then become frustrated before getting just plain angry.

The most common issue for customers is the length of time it takes to resolve their problems. Companies have frequently hidden behind the issue that they could not get the parts, due to technical reasons beyond their control etc.

But for me, this is not only poor customer Service; it is plain bad management and arguably an abdication of responsibility.

Why should a customer suffer simply because a company cannot control its suppliers, repairers or manage its own employees. The frequencies with which these excuses are used is far from acceptable.

My question is why should a customer suffer as a result of a Company’s ineptitude?

How a company can justify anything more than 14 days, or 21 days at an absolute maximum. Even today, some companies expect their customers to wait up to six weeks and even exchanges are still at the discretion of their companies rather than through laid down standards.

When there is a delay in supply or handling problems, it is the supplier who is at fault. Poor attention to detail in a retailer’s handling process guarantees scratches, dents and scuffs none of which will please the customer. Remember that lower prices do not in general generate loyalty but genuine Customer service and attention to detail almost always does.

 Bad customer service is a silent killer and derailed a Nations’s economy.

Ghana must kill it , before it kills the economy of Ghana.

You can never separate excellent and efficient customer service from economic prosperity. From public service institutions, private commercial institutions, and non profit organizations.

It is an open secret, from the airport, to hospitals and all public places that even security guards and car park attendants expect tips from visitors before they do their job well.

For some companies, the managers will tell you to find something small for the officer to do his/her job. This endemic attitude has unknowingly been transferred from the employer to employees and now it affects the customer service delivery.

“Let us assume that someone has made a mistake in delivering a service and the person has to be sanctioned, we’ll find people to immediately linking whoever is involved to one political party or the other, church member, opinion leader, relative or friend will prevent the person from being sanctioned. The untouchables are huge stumbling blocks to delivering excellent customer service. There are a lot of unhappy customers who trust very few retailers and hence they tend towards a price driven by decision. Poor Customer Service , a silence killer to Ghana’s economy, my humble opinion.

Writer:

Abeiku Aggrey Santana

Tourism Destination Markerting Professional

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I REGRET DOING GOSPEL MUSIC – Erico of Mentor Fame Reveals

Crowned winner of Tv3’s Mentor 3 music reality show, Erico has said he will completely give up on doing gospel music in his next life.

The gospel artiste who’s disappointed in the industry he plies his trade revealed that he will at any point in his next life venture into Highlife music.

In an interview with Kojo Preko Dankwa, host of Kasapa Entertainment on Kasapa FM, Erico recounted how he has been treated unfairly by notable church leaders and event organizers who have refused to pay him for services he rendered to them.

He noted that most of his colleague gospel artistes suffer same fate in the hands of several men of God because their talents are not valued by them.

According to Erico, church event organizers think because their talents are gift from God, so they should minister for free. But he recounted how costly and challenging it has been to for gospel artistes to record songs, market and promote them.

Feeling regretful for doing gospel, Erico said he ignorantly ignored an advise by Mark Okraku Mantey to venture into highlife music.

“The challenges we (gospel artistes) go through is numerous but most people think everything is well smoothly. We are invited to perform at churches and other corporate events yet we treated as if our talent is for free. Most Pastors don’t pay us when we perform at their events. I remember how one man of God refused to pay me after performing at his church and I had to walk from Nungua to my house at North Kaneshie.

“For me, when I’m reborn to this earth I’ll not venture into gospel music, I’ll choose highlife instead because most stakeholders in the gospel industry are so so wicked, they don’t support artistes.

“At times the money given to you is so humiliating that it can’t take care of your team’s transport back to their destination.

“After I was crowned winner of Tv3’s Mentor 3, Mark Okraku Mantey told me in plain language that I should rather do Highlife because that is what suits me but I thought that because gospel has been my background from day one, I can’t do away with that genre but I’ve now realized Okraku’s advise was true. In my next life, I’ll rather choose Highlife over gospel.” Erico sadly told Kojo Preko Dankwa

Erico joined the gospel trio (Ampong, Isaac and Cee) after being crowned the ultimate winner of TV3’s Mentor 3. He launched his fifth (5th) album titled ‘M’ayanwu’ which literary means ‘Close shave’ last year, April 30, 2017

Erico prior to participating in TV3’s Music Talent hunt was already a singer, who moved from church to church to minister to people, and that his participation in Mentor was just an opportunity that uncovered him.

FLAVOUR, TEKNO, GORDONS, OTHERS ESCAPE PLANE CRASH AHEAD OF GLO CONCERT IN GHANA

Nigerian artists Flavour, Tekno, comedian Gordons, and others skipped death by a hair’s breath when their plane developed a fault and nearly crashed.

The Nigerian entertainers were billed to perform in Ghana and on board the plane that nearly crashed were Flavour, Tekno, Godsons, their band boys and other colleagues.

Comedian Gordsons who was elated to survive the plane crash posted a video on his social media page to share his ordeal with his fans.

According to him, 8 minutes after departing from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, there was an announcement that the plane had developed a fault so they had to fly back to Lagos.

He added that he was struck with fear and thought that would have been his last day on earth but God being so good, they landed safely.

“So people, please help me praise God and thank Him today. God delivered me, Flavour, Tekno and all their band boys together with other people who flew with us from Lagos to Accra today.G od delivered all of us from air accident.”

Watch Comedian Gordon thanking God for saving his life: