COMEDIAN FUNNY FACE SUED OVER $53,000 DEBT

A US-based lady Mary Ama Boansi has sued Ghanaian comedian Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng, popularly known as Funny Face, alleging the showbiz personality owes her about $53,105.53.

The writ mentions that Madam Boansi and Funny Face became friends after they met in June 2016.

Funny Face, per the writ, sought financial assistance from Boansi. Before the request, they had fallen in love and a marriage proposal laid at her doorstep.

It reads: “Plaintiff avers that as their love affair grew stronger, the Defendant proposed to marry her; a proposal she gladly accepted. Plaintiff avers that due to the Defendant’s proposal and promise to marry her, she took more than usual interest in affairs of the Defendant. That the Defendant was always requesting for financial assistance from her and she went beyond what is expected of an unmarried acquaintance to meet the unusual financial needs of the Defendant.”

However, Funny Face failed to pay back when the relationship hit the rocks.

“Plaintiff avers that, she has made all attempts to recover all funds given to the Defendant without success,” the writ states.

Boansi is therefore asking the court to direct Funny Face to pay her $53,105.53 or its Ghana cedi equivalent and an interest on the said amount.

She also wants the court to declare that Funny Face defrauded her by “false pretences.”

See the writ below:

Source: Ghanaweb.com 

“GHANAIANS ARE SUFFERING” – Yvonne Nelson Tells President Akufo-Addo

Sexy and outspoken Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has once again expressed her opinion on the current of affairs in Ghana via social media.

The screen goddess and film producer earlier today called the attention of the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to the suffering of the Ghanaian masses.

According to the ‘FIX US’ producer, Ghanaians are not ‘seeing top’ and she knows the president knows about the suffering his administration is causing Ghanaians.

She tweeted, “Mr. President Ghanaians NO DEY SEE TOP!!!! I know you know! We are suffering!

It would be recalled that later part of 2019, Miss Yvonne Nelson asked the president to have a question and answer session with Ghanaians, but the president did not respond to the call.

“Mr. President, when are Ghanaians getting a Q&A session/time with you? Not journalists, or media personalities, I’m talking about (students, carpenters, drivers, doctors, waakye sellers, tailors, hairdressers, mothers. etc) we have a lot of questions,” , Yvonne’s tweet.

Her latest tweet telling the president about the suffering of Ghanaians have however been met with diverse reactions.

I BELIEVE IN GOD BUT I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN – Kofi Kinaata Reveals

Rapper, Kofi Kinaata has said in an interview that although he believes in the existence of a most high God, he is not a Christian.

According to him, he is not religious because religion was created by man and not God as many profess.

Kinaata made this known in an interview he granted on Accra-based Joy FM.

He said “God is not a Christian. God is not a religion, we humans brought religion.”

On polygamy, he mentioned that he does not believe in polygamy because every man should have just one wife.

Interestingly, Kofi’s latests hit single “Things Fall Apart” speaks about how religion, hypocrisy and other issues relating Christianity.

INVESTORS RUN AWAY BECAUSE ARTISTES SNATCH THEIR GIRLFRIENDS – Article Wan Reveals

Musician Article Wan has observed that several investors have resolved to not plough money into the music industry mainly because of numerous unfair treatments meted out to them.

He claimed in an interview that some artistes extend their promiscuous lives to the girlfriends of these investors as they snatch them away.

“We’ve got investors but sometimes, artistes treat them some way so they don’t feel like investing again,” he told MzGee. “Sometimes, people disrespect them, people are not faithful to them… There are instances the artistes snatch the girlfriends of these investors. That actually gets them crazy. How can you snatch the taste of your boss?”

Although he acknowledges how painful it is for investors to be betrayed in that manner, Article Wan who wishes for huge investments in talents said: “Investors shouldn’t look at what other artistes have done to them and say they will not invest in other good artistes. It’s killing the industry.”

Conversations about the ungratefulness of some Ghanaian musicians have been held on countless occasions as some managers expressed their unwillingness to ‘gamble’ with their resources.

Few months ago, Rapper EL, for instance, said the ungratefulness of some new artistes sometimes makes him refuse to sign them on.

“Very few of them are grateful when you lift them up there. The majority forget that you have ever done something for them when they make it. Can you imagine an artiste putting his career on hold and helping another artiste only for that person to be ungrateful in future,” he quizzed.

Source: Ghanaweb.com 

BANK OF GHANA INTRODUCES GH¢100, GH¢200 NOTES & GH¢2 COINS

The Governor of the central bank, Dr Ernest Yedu Addison, has announced the introduction of GH¢100 and GH¢200 notes to the country’s currency denomination.

Also, GH¢2 coins have been introduced. The new notes which go into circulation Friday November 29, 2019 were unveiled at a press conference at the Banking Hall of the Bank of Ghana (BoG).

“A lot of thinking went into the decision to introduce the higher denomination banknotes. The structure of the banknote should align well with the needs of the people who use it for their daily transactions.

“We need banknotes and coins that are convenient for most people to use, high quality, secure and cost-effective. Accordingly, in March 2017, the Bank of Ghana begun a process of conducting a thorough review of the structure of the currency including on the note/coin boundary and acceptability and use of the individual currency series,” Dr Addison said.

He said the review exercise which involved conducting a nationwide survey with market operatives, businesses and international stakeholders as well as some empirical exercise.

The Governor added that, “the outcome of these exercises revealed the resurgence of deadweight burden issues on the economy due to past significant inflation and perennial depreciation of the currency, a significant increase in the demand for higher denomination banknote and increased the cost of printing.”

Dr Addison said in line with the results of the exercise, the BoG is introducing the new notes to complement the existing series to ensure customer convenience and bring about efficiency in the printing of currency to generate savings for the country.

“These new higher value denominations will only restore partially the dollar value of the higher denomination GH¢200 to about US$40, not quite close to levels in 2007, but high enough to significantly reduce the deadweight burden and high transaction cost in making high-value purchases in a cash-based economy like Ghana,” he said.

In May this year, BoG put into circulation, upgraded banknotes of the Ghana Cedi. The rationale for upgrading the banknotes was primarily to enhance the security features of the banknotes in the context of an evolving technological landscape and to bring on board features that will secure the currency and make it difficult for counterfeiting. In addition to enhancing the security features, the upgraded banknotes came with specific features to improve durability and enhance their machine readability.

“The highest denomination then was GH¢50 and was equivalent to the US$50. Twelve years after the redenomination exercise, sustained periods of high inflation and the perennial depreciation of the currency have eroded, in real terms, the face value of the series of the notes.”

The Governor said the introduction of the high-value notes should not be misinterpreted to mean a shift away from the Central Banks policy of pursuing a cashless society and promoting the use of electronic modes of payments.

“While vigorously pursuing financial inclusion by accelerating the migration to e-payment platforms, we are also mindful of the relevance of cash in our day-to-day dealings. Undeniably, cash still remains the preferred medium of payment by the large informal sector in the country.

“This is why we continue to pay attention to enhancements in the structure, security features and management of cash within the economy. This will stay with us for some time,” Dr Addison said.

He also disclosed that the Bank of Ghana will embark on a nationwide campaign to educate the general public on the new denominations.

“I entreat every Ghanaian to study these new denominations carefully and be familiar with the main features to facilitate the detection of fake currency notes. The need to properly handle our banknotes is still of significant importance and we must strive to keep them clean at all times in line with the Bank’s Clean Note Policy. In other words, ‘Know the cedi Cedi and Keep it clean,’” he said.

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

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