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3.1 million Ghanaians suffering mental disorders- Health Minister

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An estimated 3.1 million Ghanaians, representing 10 percent of the estimated 31 million population of Ghana, have one form of mental disorder or the other, with 16,000 having severe cases.

Sourcing the data from the WHO and the Ghana Mental Health Authority, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Health Minister, told Parliament that:

“It is clearly established that 41 percent of Ghanaians have psychological distress – mild, moderate, severe – and this costs the nation 7 percent GDP loss”

He was responding to a question by Mr Christian Corletey Otuteye, the MP for Sege, who wanted to know what plans the Ministry had to address the plight of persons with mental health problems in Ghana.

The Minister categorised persons with mental health problems into four: those on the street, those at treatment facilities, which include psychiatric and general health facilities, those in the traditional and faith healing centres, and those in their houses and organisations who do not recognise their mental health illness or who recognise but are not doing anything about it.

”The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 10 percent of the population of Ghana has one form of mental disorder or the other. Thus, with an estimated 31 million population in Ghana, we have an estimated 3.1 million with mental disorders,” he said.

“The Mental Health Authority did a rapid assessment, a mini census of persons with severe mental illness on the streets a few years ago and they got 16,000 people in our cities, towns and villages all over the country.”

Mr Agyeman-Manu assured the House that the Ministry and its allied institutions including the Mental Health Authority, the Ghana Health Service and others, knew the size of the problem and had the human resources to address it.

“What we are doing now is to spread mental health services nationwide, integrate into the general health care such that wherever we treat malaria, brain fog and other conditions related to mental health can be treated. This will help to access care,” he said.

Mr Agyeman-Manu said under the Agenda 111 programme of government, two new psychiatric hospitals were to be built in the northern and middle belts, adding that the sites had been identified, drawings made, and contractors being chosen.

He said until recently, psychiatric medications were not readily available, but they were now available through budgetary allocations and donor support adding that more psychiatrists had also been trained, from 10 to 45 at the moment.

He solicited the support of the Speaker to find more money to address mental health issues, and announced that the Ministry was working on how to establish a Mental Health Levy.

The Minister advocated an increase in budgetary allocation to enable mental health patients on the streets to be taken in small numbers at a time for treatment and sent back home to their communities.

In relation to a question on anti-snake serum asked by Mr Daniel Nsala Wakpai, MP for Kpandai, Mr Agyeman-Manu announced that the Ministry had included Anti-Snake Serum in the Framework Contract for Essential Medicines.

Under the Framework, qualified firms are selected to supply Anti-Snake Serum, which are allocated and distributed to regional medical stores (RMS) and teaching hospitals across the country.

“The Ministry allocates the quantities to the RMS and the teaching hospitals based on their consumption and replenishes as the stocks reach their reorder level,” he said.

Source: GNA

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I Want To Visit Ghana Someday – K-pop Star Kwon Eun Bi

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South Korean singer Kwon Eun Bi has expressed interest in visiting Ghana. She also listed Nigeria and Morocco as her ideal destinations in Africa. The solo artist was a guest on YFM’s weekend pop show, Pop Central On YFM.

Showing Her Color

On April 4, Kwon Eun Bi released Color, her second mini-album. The EP boasts a diversity of genres, from a Jazz-based ballad and a luxurious three-beat R&B blues song to UK-Garage and R&B. Color, consists of six tracks including, “Of,” “Colors,” “Magnetic,” “The Colors of Light,” the title track “Glitch” and her favorite song “Speed of Love.” “I recorded it (Speed of Love) while thinking about the fans,” she said on Pop Central on YFM.

While preparing for the EP, Kwon Eun Bi revealed she had to practice a lot to show off her vocals. She further stated the choreography for Glitch, the title track, is quite complex as it included the dance style tutting.

Kwon Eun Bi’s Color is a project which shows off the singer’s versatility. It has been described by many as impressive and unique.

About Kwon Eun Bi

Kwon Eun Bi is a South Korean singer and songwriter. In 2018, she debuted as a member and the leader of the Girl Group Iz*One. Following Iz*One’s disbandment, Kwon Eun Bi made her debut as a solo singer and released her first mini-album Open on August 24, 2021. She currently majors in Entertainment in Broadcasting K-POP at the DONG-AH Institute of Media and Arts in South Korea.

Pop Central on YFM  

Are you a fan of Korean pop? Tune in to Pop Central on Ghana’s Number One urban radio, Y107.9FM every Sunday. The show airs from 4PM to 6PM GMT and is hosted by Winston Micheals.

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Kumawood actor, Osei Tutu reported dead

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The Ghana movie industry has been hit with sad news as actor, Osei Tutu Nyamekese, has been reported dead. (more…)

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Watch: Adomaa gets candid about her mental health issues, why she took a break from music and more

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Ghanaian singer, Adomaa went on a long break from music and has revealed what influenced her decision. (more…)

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2022 Ghana Entertainment Awards USA Nominations Announced

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Organizers of the prestigious Ghana Entertainment Awards USA have released nominations for this year’s edition.

The award scheme which is in its 4th edition returns with the introduction of new categories as well as modification of some old ones after a two year break due to the corona virus pandemic.

A well experienced Board representing all sectors of our Entertainment and Arts industry made up of Amanda Jissih, Abeiku Santana, Elia Chebib, Jiji Glam, Bull Dog, Kaywa, Eddy Blay Jnr, Da Hammer and Ignace worked on the categories and nominations for this year’s Ghana Entertainment Awards USA.

With a total of 39 categories, the 4th Ghana Entertainment Awards USA looks to reward more creatives and entertainers and promises at amazing experience.

Fans can vote for their favorite nominees on the official Ghana Entertainment Awards USA website, www.ghentawards.com

This year’s event comes off on Friday July 8 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York.

Full List of nominees below:

Best Music Act Male
⁃ Mr Drew
⁃ Fameye
⁃ Stonebwoy
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Sarkodie
⁃ Kidi
⁃ Kuami Eugene
⁃ Medikal
⁃ King Promise
⁃ Black Sherif
⁃ Camidoh

Best music act female
• Sefa
• Mona 4 Real
• Adina Thembi
• Wendy Shay
• Efya
• Gyakie
• Cina soul
•Wiyaala

Discovery of the Year – Female
-Erkuah Official
-Mona 4 Real
-Jackline Mensah
-Givtti
-Afia Pinamang
-Edma Lawer

Discovery of The Year – Male
⁃ Nanky
⁃ Tripcy
⁃ Jay Bhad
⁃ Talaat yaaky
⁃ Kawabanga
⁃ Black Sherif
– Chief One

Best Music Group
• R2bees
• Keche
• Dope Nation
• Lali & Lola

Producer Music
⁃ Liquid beatz
⁃ Killbeatz
⁃ Ronny Turn me Up
⁃ Altranova
⁃ MOG
⁃ Street Beatz
⁃ MixMaster Garzy
⁃ Nektunez

Gospel Act
⁃ Ohemaa Mercy
⁃ Diana Hamilton
⁃ MOG Music
⁃ Obaapa Christy
⁃ Empress Gifty
⁃ Kobby Psalm
⁃ Joe Mettle
⁃ Perez Music
⁃ Akesse Brempong

Best Record Label
⁃ Highly Spiritual
⁃ Lynx Entertainment
⁃ Black Avenue Music
⁃ Ruff Town Records
⁃ Life Living Records

Entrepreneur of the year
⁃ John Dumelo
⁃ DBlack
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Salma Mumin
⁃ Caroline Sampson

Best Entertainment Blog
⁃ Ameyaw Debrah
⁃ Nkonkonsa
⁃ GhKwaku
⁃ Yemmey Baba
⁃ Ronnie Is everywhere
⁃ GH Hyper
⁃ ZionFelix
⁃ Sammykaymedia

Best Comedy Act
⁃ Ekua Official
⁃ Comedian Warris
⁃ Akrobeto
⁃ Dr Likee
⁃ DKB
⁃ Made In Ghana
⁃ OB Amponsah
⁃ Clemento Suarez
⁃ SDK

Best Music Video Director
⁃ Babs Direction
⁃ XBillz
⁃ Skyface
⁃ Kofi Awuah
⁃ Snarez
⁃ Abdul hafiz
~ Director Abass

Best Movie Act
⁃ Yvonne Nelson
⁃ Lydia Forson
⁃ Adjetey Annang
⁃ Lil Win
⁃ Aaron Adatsi
⁃ Roslyn Ngissah
⁃ Anthony Woode
~ Bernard Aduse Poku

Best Radio Personality
⁃ Andy Dosty (hitz FM)
⁃ Ohemaa Woy3gy3 (angel Fm)
⁃ Bernard Avle (Citi FM)
⁃ Giovanni Caleb (3FM)
⁃ Kojo Manuel (YFM)
⁃ Lexis Bill (Joy FM)
⁃ Nana Romeo (Accra FM)
⁃ Doreen Avio (Hitz FM)
⁃ Dr Pounds (Hitz FM)
⁃ DJ Slim (Radio 1)

Best TV personality
⁃ Giovani Caleb
⁃ Nana ama McBrown
⁃ Juliet Bawuah
⁃ Jay Foley
⁃ Vim Lady
⁃ Captain Smart
⁃ Regina Van Helvert
⁃ Gloria Peprah

Best DJ Act – Ghana
⁃ Dj Loft
⁃ Dj Fletch
⁃ Dj Faculty
⁃ Dj Vyrusky
⁃ Dj MicSmith
⁃ iPhone DJ
⁃ Dj Mensah
⁃ Ad DJ
~ DJ Millzy

Best Hypeman/MC
⁃ Jerry Adjorlolo
⁃ Kojo Manuel
⁃ George Bannerman
⁃ Jay Time
⁃ Ogee The MC
⁃ Mc Jerome
⁃ Jay Foley
⁃ Doreen Avio
⁃ Kabutey My MC

Best entertainment TV show
⁃ United ShowBiz
⁃ Showbiz 360
⁃ Ahosepe
⁃ Upside Down
⁃ Powder room
⁃ In Bed with Adwen

Best entertainment Radio show
⁃ Day Break Hitz
⁃ Showbiz A-Z
⁃ Adom Entertainment Hall
⁃ ShowBiz Extra
⁃ Ayekoo ayekoo
⁃ 3FM Drive

Best Producer Radio/TV
• Mr Haglah
• Godwin Lumen
• Mercy Bee
• Ella Okuwendia
• Philip Nai
~ Sandra Akakpo

Best Photographer
⁃ Manuel Photography
⁃ Rob Photography
⁃ Twins Dnt Beg
⁃ Maxwell Jennings
⁃ Sorce Photography
– Kay Studios
– Smith Imaging

Best Event Sponsor
⁃ MTN
⁃ Vodafone
⁃ Kasapreko
⁃ Twellium Industries
⁃ GTP
⁃ Angel Group

Best Youtuber/Vlogger
⁃ Wode Maya
⁃ Zion Felix
⁃ Kofi TV
⁃ Kobby Kyei
⁃ Kwadwo Sheldon
⁃ Sammy Kay
⁃ Ameyaw Debrah
⁃ Big scout Prempeh
⁃ Magraheb
⁃ Kwaku Manu

Best Dance Act
⁃ DanceGod Lloyd
⁃ Incredible Zigi
⁃ Afrobeast
⁃ AfroNita
⁃ Holiboy
⁃ Joshua Agyapong/Dhat Boy AJ
⁃ Lydrock
⁃ IamBemes/Prince
⁃ Caleb Bonney/Ghanaboi
Best Sports Personality
⁃ Evelyn Badu
⁃ Samuel Takyi
⁃ Thomas Partey
⁃ Benjamin Azamati
⁃ Coach Yussif Basigi

Best African entertainer
⁃ Diamond platinum
⁃ Davido
⁃ Broda Shaggi
⁃ Burna Boy
⁃ Funke Akindele
⁃ Sydney Talker
⁃ Nasty black
⁃ Focalistic
⁃ Pearl thusi
⁃ Tems
⁃ Wizkid
⁃ Oduma Essan

Best African DJ
⁃ Uncle waffles
⁃ Dj neptune
⁃ D E cool
⁃ Dj Tunez

Best Stylist
⁃ Trendy Rail
⁃ Kulaperry
⁃ The Style innovator
⁃ amFashion
⁃ Nana Kwasi Wiafe
⁃ Lakopue
~ Toure Designs

Entertainer of the year
⁃ Black Sherif
⁃ Sarkodie
⁃ Shatta Wale
⁃ Stonebwoy
⁃ Kidi
⁃ Sefa
⁃ Dr Likee
⁃ Akrobeto
⁃ Nana Ama McBrown
⁃ Thomas partey

Best Album
⁃ Golden Boy – KiDi
⁃ No pressure – Sarkodie
⁃ Loyalty -D black
⁃ Alpha – Mr Drew
⁃ Madina to the universe -M.anifest
⁃ Back to the basics – r2bees
⁃ Same earth different worlds – Omar Sterling
⁃  Ye Boa Me – Joe Mettle

Best Music Act GH/USA
⁃ JayHover
⁃ Achipalago
⁃ Jay Aura
⁃ Empress Afi
⁃ Vintage papi
⁃ Nana NYC
⁃ Kwesoul
⁃ Dreamz

Best Gospel Act GH/USA
⁃ Sandra Jaedon
⁃ Mill Addison
⁃ Sarah sings
⁃ Minister Mavis
⁃ Fritz Oakley
⁃ Kwabena Music
⁃ Millicent Yankey
⁃ Humphrey Tettey

Best Diaspora Act
⁃ Michaela Coel
⁃ Abraham Attah
⁃ Michael Blackson
⁃ Blackway
⁃ Stormzy
⁃ Blitz The Ambassador

Best DJ Act GH/USA
⁃ Dj Akua
⁃ RB Nice
⁃ Dj YungKofi
⁃ Dj Prince Paul /FSR
⁃ Kwame fresh

Best US/Africa DJ
⁃ Dj Tunez
⁃ Dj Buka
⁃ Dj Nani
⁃ Dj zimo
⁃ Dj phlems

Best Online Radio/TV GH/USA
⁃ Adinkra Radio
⁃ Sankofa Radio
⁃ iRap TV
⁃ Joba Aba TV
⁃ HRETV

Best GH/USA event Promoter
⁃ Big Five – NY
⁃ Project 8 – NY
⁃ Inside LLC – NY
⁃ Fantasy Entertainment – NJ
⁃ Goodfellas – ATL
⁃ Nana Frimpong – DMV
⁃ Shutdown – MN
⁃ The Blackstarz – NC

Best GH/Canada Act
– Quabena Maphia
– Slim flexx
– Yaa Yaa
– AO
– Mr S
– Gh Cali

Entertainer of the year Gh/USA
⁃ JayHover
⁃ Charlie Dior
⁃ Archipalago
⁃ Kappacino (Clifford Owusu)
⁃ Dj Akuaa
⁃ Nana NYC
– Naana Donkor Arthur

 

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Detty Rave Will Be Back This Year, Kicks Off #Roadtodettyrave This Summer

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Afropop superstar and African music business entrepreneur MR EAZI is reviving his celebrated Detty Rave event series in a major way in 2022, with a tour of Ghana’s universities leading up to the much-anticipated return of the main Detty Rave in December. 

 

The Road to Detty Rave tour takes place this Summer between July 31st and August 31st. University of Cape Coast; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST); the University of Ghana (Legon) are the confirmed three, while a fourth university will be selected following the results of an online poll. Each event will be hosted by Mr Eazi, with performances from surprise guests, airing on live TV across Africa. 

 

Fans wishing to sign up to be alerted when tickets for each event go on sale can do so by signing up here: https://bit.ly/dettyravetickets

 

Since its inception in 2017, Detty Rave has been a major draw of West Africa’s #DettyDecember calendar, bringing an all-star cast of international performers to Accra including Rick Ross, Koffee, Giggs, Afro B, Kranium, King Promise, Simi, Busiswa and KiDI, alongside sets from Africa’s top DJs. Covid 19 forced Mr Eazi to put the event on ice following 2019’s Rick Ross-headlined edition but, with demand for outdoor entertainment at an all-time high, he’s bringing the event back with the theme, “Da Funk.” 

 

“Ever since I coined the term that has become synonymous with December enjoyment in West Africa, #DettyDecember, Detty Rave has been an event that everyone counts down to,” Mr Eazi said. “It’s become a pilgrimage. It’s always been fun curating the experience and bringing people all over the world to rave in Ghana, so it’s beautiful to be bringing back this year after two whole years apart.” 

 

Detty Rave is organized and presented by emPawa Live, the live music division of emPawa Africa, Mr Eazi’s African music investment vehicle and label services company. 

 

While Eazi promises A-list guests at each edition of the tour and the main Detty Rave in December, he’s returning the event to its roots by keeping the list of performers under wraps. 

 

Stay tuned for The Road to Detty Rave tour dates and information about this year’s Detty Rave. 

 

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Find out more about EMPAWA AFRICA here

For Detty Rave,  Mr Eazi and emPawa Africa inquiries, contact:

colette@largeup.com 

 

 

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Sonnie Badu explains why it costs a fortune to book him on shows

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Founder and lead Pastor of RockHill Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Sonnie Badu has given a run down of why he charges high rates for shows. (more…)

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