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A musical feud carried too far – Serwaa Amihere writes

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Before venturing into news and current affairs, I was a bit-part entertainment pundit. Entertainment has never really left my bloodstream and I continue to follow the sector keenly. So, l caught the bug of anticipation and expectation like everyone else when Charter House set the date for the VGMA 20-a reference to the 20th edition of what has become the biggest night of entertainment in Ghana.

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The night got off to a good start last Saturday, with Giovanni Caleb and Sika holding down the red-carpet moment remarkably. The red-carpet parade itself, was a spectacle on its own. Those of us watching from the comfort of our beds, were treated to anything between the elegant to the ridiculous.

There was Wendy Shay’s beautiful emerald dress which won her the best dressed personality hands-down in my books, and then there were two chaps who wore dresses that looked like a blend of disused T-shirts and badly sewn wedding gowns. It is not too clear what informed their choice of wardrobe, but they added some amusement to the night.

The choice of the ever-green Kwame Sefa Kayi, who was reprising his role at the very first edition of the event in 1999, and the super talented Berla Mundi as hosts for the night was a match made in heaven.Kwame’s experience and authority were beautifully complemented by the brilliance of Berla. Her two gowns on the night were simply spectacular.

Soon enough, the awards came in thick and fast once the audience had settled and enough eyeballs had been garnered around the country and beyond. As usual, there were gasps and murmurs as both the audience in the auditorium and those watching at home debated over whether one artiste or the other deserved a particular award. Social media added the needed tonic to the debate as tweets and posts poured in on the subject, but what would an award programme be if it does not generate such positive controversy.

The most notable controversy up to that point was the award for Highlife Song of The Year which went toShatta Wale for his “My Level” song. The debate centered on whether that song fit into the highlife genre at all. He also quickly bagged the Reggae Dancehall Song of the year for “Gringo” and was threatening tosteal the show for the night. There was no debate however over the fact that Mary Ghansah, J. A. Adofo and Prof Kofi Abraham deserved the recognition they got for their legendary contributions to Ghanaian music.

Plenty of controversy and unsightly scenes were to follow as more award winners were announced. Things came to an unpleasant head when Stonebwoy was announced as the Reggae Dance Hall Artiste of the Year.

Right after the announcement, the cameras panned to an unhappy and visibly disappointed Shatta Wale who whispered something to an associate sitting close by. His reaction then was only natural. Disappointment is a very human feeling but his actions immediately after that defied comprehension. Just as Abeiku Santana was about to present Stonebwoy with his award, Shatta Wale rose to his feet with a handful of his followers and headed for the stage. This move was fiercely resisted by followers of Stonebwoy and this led to a melee which will go down as the lowest point in the twenty-year history of this most enjoyable event.

Stonebwoy on his part, completely overreacted when he pulled out a gun at a time when he was being shielded by enough bodies and some police officers. The actions of both artistes are indefensible. For starters, Shatta Wale had no business going up that stage when his rival was receiving his award especially when he did not bother to personally receive his own two earlier awards despite being present at the venue. The excuse that he went there to congratulate Stonebwoy is an untenable afterthought and cannot be accepted.

Stonebwoy also cannot escape criticism for carrying a gun to the venue in the first place. Brandishing such a violent weapon in a crowded hall at a time of chaos, had the potential to cause mass panic and hysteria which could have led to a stampede that could in turn result in serious injuries and deaths.

While both artistes failed to cover themselves in glory last Saturday, their distasteful standoff highlights the dangerous extent their bitter and unhealthy rivalry has reached. What started as an industry hyping gimmick between two talented artistes has quickly escalated into intolerance, fanatism and outright lawlessness. It is not the first time these two have clashed and it will not be last if sanity is not injected into their respective camps.

Stardom which comes with huge following should be an enabler for young people to positively influence other young people. It is not to be abused in the carefree manner displayed over the period by these twoartistes and which culminated in Saturday’s chaotic scenes. It behoves all who have the privilege ofenjoying massive support for their work to respect that privilege and act in ways that enhance society’sprogress not detract from it.

At a time when we are yet to find our way clear out of the grip of vigilantism on our politics, the last thing we should be encouraging is a culture of gangsterism complete with gun violence arising out of musical feuds. At the end of the brawl, it was clear that both Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy owed the nation apologies for their conduct as well as a commitment to peaceful and decent behavior going forward. Stonebwoy did offer an apology in a statement issued Sunday, in which he pledged to carry out reforms in his personnel and security arrangements. One can only hope that Shatta Wale would follow suit.

That said, Charter House would have to draw a lesson or two from the unfortunate incident of last Saturday which marred an otherwise beautiful event. I am certain, based on their track-record, that all loose ends will be tied going forward and the VGMA will return with a bang next year.

Special mention must go to Sarkodie and Samini. The former bagged a well-deserved Artiste of the Decade Award for his dominant displays over the last decade. The latter dug deep to calm nerves after the fracas with a commanding performance. More importantly, both men have carried their fame with dignity and are worthy role models for the youth. The feuding Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy may have to borrow several leaves from their pages.

Serwaa Amihere
News Anchor and Broadcast Journalist. Disclaimer

The author is a news anchor and broadcast journalist with GHone TV under the EIB Network. The views expressed in this write-up are purely her’s and do not represent the views of GHone TV or the EIBNetwork.

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MTN Ghana Rewards Loyal Customers At ‘Glitz And Glam’ Y’ello Soiree

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MTN Ghana has held its flagship ‘Y’ello Soiree’ after a 3-year break. The comeback edition themed ‘Glitz and Glam’, was held at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra.

The Soiree is organized to celebrate and reward selected customers for their loyalty to the MTN Brand. The event also created the opportunity for management of MTN Ghana to interact and reconnect with these customers.

A series of activities were organized to give customers the opportunity to win exciting gifts such as the latest versions of the iPhone and Samsung phones. 50 smart devices were won by customers at the event. In addition, four customers won all-expense paid tickets to watch the Ghana versus Uruguay match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

At the event, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, expressed his gratitude to all customers for trusting the brand. “We feel privileged to have you, our customers, join us for this year’s Y’ello Soiree and to have this opportunity once again to spend time, share experiences and acknowledge you for your immense contributions to the growth of the business. We truly appreciate your time, support and loyalty over the past years,” he said.

Mr. Adadevoh gave key updates on how the business is aiming to enhance its customer experience.. He said, ‘’We announced our new position symbolized by a brand refresh and a revised strategic vision, Ambition 2025. The key messaging in our brand refresh sets out to motivate all of us especially Africans and for that matter Ghanaians to take the needed steps to drive progress.”

“We have also invested in 2022 USD220 million in robust infrastructure and technology ecosystems to create more value for our customers. A similar amount is planned for 2023. Indeed from 2021 to 2025, we have pledged to spend One billion dollars to improve and expand our network and this is a promise we intend to keep,” he concluded.

Chief Customer Relations Officer at MTN Ghana, Jemima Kotei Walsh, said the soirée was an opportunity to meet customers and thank them for their loyalty to the brand. She said, “At MTN, we believe that the customer is at the centre of everything we do and that is why we always put them first. The future is always bright, and we look forward to more engagements.”

Dignitaries including the South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Her Excellency Grace Jeanet Mason and MTN Executives graced the event while Ghanaian Afropop, RnB and Afrobeat songwriter and musician Camidoh, thrilled customers.

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Ghanaian forex trader, Rutherford Orlean-Banks is ready to heed his call to guru-hood

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Rutherford Orlean-Banks (Maybach Forex) never imagined he would one day become a professional forex trader with success this enviable and limitless. But today, he is one of the best out there, and we sat with him to hear about his epic journey to riches and the legacy that awaits him in the years ahead.

After a challenging nine-year run in the volatile world of forex trading, you best believe Rutherford Orlean-Banks (Maybach Forex) has seen it all, both the good and the ugly. “Do you know how many beginners quit forex trading in their first two years?” he asks a few minutes into our conversation. “90%. I’m part of the 10% that never give up. That was never an option for me because it was either forex or nothing”.

It was a grueling path to success, no doubt, especially with Rutherford (Maybach Forex) setting his dreams of tertiary education aside. But after years of not caving in; amassing the requisite hard skills; overcoming the dreadful learning curve that broke the hearts of many; and standing financially sound than ever imagined, Rutherford (Maybach Forex) is finally ready to step forth and heed his call to guru-hood: “I want to lead the next generation of Ghanaian forex traders to success and provide a platform with which I can empower anyone interested to take up the business of accessing the financial markets seriously”.

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It is obvious the requirements for having such a lofty goal are hefty, and in a field as fiscal as the Maybach Forex leading light’s, affluence lies at its core. Lucky for him, the young, adept trader is brimming with the two. “I made my first $100,000 somewhere in 2019”, he shared, adding: “That was my big breakthrough. It was a well-deserved break from the punches the markets had thrown at me since I began in 2013, and it set the pace for my subsequent exponential growth”.

Beyond these mouthwatering figures, however, lies Rutherford’s (Maybach Forex) brilliance in accessing the financial markets. This distinct skill has since seen him inducted into the Hall of Fame of HotForex Markets Group. Outside of this stunning achievement, the super-composed forex whizz also holds a “Platinum Trader” badge on the reputable Cypriot broker’s platform and awards that include: Trader of the Month (January 2021), HotForex Traders Awards Winner (January 2021), HFM Traders Award Winner (May 2022) and Trader of the Month (June 2022).

Simply put, the Ghanaian is a beast in the relevant field. And with a top reputation, consistency and a good understanding of the world’s financial markets under his wing, Rutherford (Maybach Forex), just like the financial titans who inspire him – George Soros, Ray Dalio, Paul Tudor Jones, etc. – is ready to mentor the next generation of forex traders in Ghana. He is eager to weigh in on the hype about forex trading in the country after watching from the sidelines for so long.

As such, there is more to expect from Rutherford Orlean-Banks (Maybach Forex) in 2023. He plans to host a podcast, YouTube channel and a MasterClass to help instill the combative spirit of the forex trading’s successful ten-percenters (like himself) into anyone willing to be independent of the system and succeed at it. Get up to speed with what he has coming our way on his social media profiles below:

Snapchat: Richtrader_arow

Instagram: investor_maybach

Twitter: arrow_maybach

 

 

 

 

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Ghana’s Adonteng Boateng receives U.S. President Lifetime Achievement Award

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Bishop John Adonteng Boateng, Founder of Divine Word Ministries, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the President of the United States of America, Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The awards scheme organised under the auspices of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was held on Friday, December 2, 2022 at the Hilton Long Island in New York.

Astute individuals honoured for their longtime commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service.

Bishop Adonteng Boateng was among the honorees on the awards night, as he was adjudged one of the changemakers in American society.

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Ghana’s Adonteng Boateng receives U.S. President Lifetime Achievement Award

His citation read: “The American story depends not on anyone of us, not on some of us, but all of us. I congratulate you for taking it upon yourself to contribute to the public good.

“And I am proud to present you with the President’s Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of your 4000 hours of service to this great nation.

“By sharing your time and passion, you are helping discover and deliver solutions to the challenges we face—solutions that we need now more than ever.

“We are living in a moment that calls for hope, light, and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another.

“Through your service, you are providing all three. On behalf of the American people, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to you for your volunteer leadership, and I encourage you to continue to answer the call to serve. The country is counting on you.”

Ghana's Adonteng Boateng receives U.S. President Lifetime Achievement Award

Ghana’s Adonteng Boateng receives U.S. President Lifetime Achievement Award

The highly respected spiritual leader has, over the years, embarked on social responsibilities to feed and clothe the homeless in the United States.

Adonteng Boateng, who is an International Police Chaplain in the United States, is one of the few Africans who has fostered unity among communities and their police departments.

He has over the years touched the lives of families and offered scholarships to young individuals to study at top universities in America.

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How To Plan The Perfect Wedding In 2023

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With so many important details to consider from your venue to the dress, from your guest list to the photographer – the best way to start planning your wedding is by making a list of your priorities.

What do you want most? Is it an intimate gathering with close friends and family members? Do you want an extravagant celebration for all of your favorite people? Or do you want a more relaxed event that combines family and friends with some of the most important people in your life?

Once you’ve gotten a handle on your priorities, it’s time to think about the details. Here are some things that are worth considering:DesertStyleShootSUBM 60 of 200 small 683x1024 1

Book your venue

If you have your heart set on a specific venue, be sure to contact them well in advance – especially during peak wedding season. Many venues book up quickly. There are some instances where you may lose the opportunity if you wait too long.

Choose wedding events

Whenever you have settled on a tight spending plan, date, and scene for your wedding, the time has come to pick your marriage party. Ten months out from the much anticipated day is the ideal chance to go with this choice because your marriage party will actually want to help and support you in the preparation of the remainder of the wedding subtleties.

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Plan your wedding dress

At least 10 months before the wedding, you should be shopping for an outfit to wear on your big day. This will give you time to order your outfit and get any alterations done. Remember that the people in your bridal party will need their outfits and alterations as well!

Choose your vendors

Hiring a wedding planner will make your experience more luxurious and streamlined. This will allow you to enjoy all the luxuries of a world-class resort in addition to the special moments of your wedding day.

Once you’ve selected a date, you’ll want to begin planning your dream wedding by choosing a photographer, videographer, and florist.

Print invitation cards and send them.

To ensure that your guests can attend your event, plan your wedding card design and send them save-the-date cards six months before the wedding. Your simple wedding cards should be sent out six to eight weeks before the big day, and make sure to include an RSVP date three weeks before the wedding. While having a destination wedding, you will need to give your guests even more notice and adjust your wedding timeline accordingly.

Get your wedding ring

A luxurious time to shop for wedding rings is six months before the wedding. This will provide you ample time to find the perfect ones and have them engraved if you desire.

Print wedding registry

Before you begin to print your wedding invitations, you should have completed your registry and combined it with your partner’s registry if you have separate registries.

Choose gifts

It is customary to present your attendants with gifts to show your appreciation for their love and support leading up to your wedding. Brides often choose to present these gifts during the rehearsal dinner or wedding day, but it is a good idea to have them shipped 2 months in advance of your wedding so that you can be sure that any items requiring personalization are sent ahead of time.

1 month before the wedding

A bit more breathing room. One month before the big day is crunch time. You still have some critical tasks to complete to keep your wedding timeline on track, including:

  • Practicing wedding vows
  • Checking all dresses size
  • Finalizing guest count
  • Planning seating arrangements
  • Planning entry of bride and groom.

If you’ve made it to this point, congratulations! You’ve read all of our tips and tricks for planning the perfect wedding in 2023. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey and wish you all the best in your future wedding.

Now go on and get married!

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Meet Mustapha Diyaol Haqq: the Tech Entrepreneur set to Revolutionise Africa’s Maternal Care

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Mustapha Diyaol Haqq is a young Ghanaian innovator and founder of Sinuosity AI. An artificial intelligence research centre in Accra, Ghana. Sinuosity AI focuses on Research and Development of AI systems for applications in Health and Agriculture. 

In 2020, Mustapha’s Okuafo Foundation won the global Zayed Sustainability Prize’s food category in UAE to democratise the foundation’s AI enabled mobile app for early detection of pests and diseases as well as provide smallholder farmers with precision agriculture technologies to enable them grow food sustainably. 

Sinuosity AI has since been working on solutions to improve the quality of Africa’s healthcare systems. The company is developing AI-assisted prognosis tools for patients and care providers. One of the major areas of concern is maternal care and service delivery in hospitals and clinics. 

Beginning early next year, Sinuosity AI is launching Preggy Health in Nigeria. A personalised care solution for expecting mothers. The platform offers stress-free antenatal care for pregnant women. With Preggy Health,   Gynaecologists and Care providers can leverage patient data insights for AI-assisted prognosis. The platform uses predictive analytics and machine learning to accurately predict anomalies and complications for pregnant women. 

Using industry-leading encryption technologies, Preggy Health provides a secure place to store all antenatal records. The Preggy Health mobile app allows users to track their daily lifestyle. Users can track their diet, prescription adherence, sleep patterns, vitals and the baby’s health and development and more. 

Preggy Health promises Personalised Support and Care Planning, eliminating the stress and inconsistencies during antenatal care visits. 

“Healthcare and Agriculture are some of the few sectors that have seen significant applications of AI in recent years. We are excited to be at the forefront of pioneering AI applications in these sectors.” – Mustapha. 

“We envision a world with Preggy Health where Doctors can keep an eye on their patients even at home. A future where expecting mothers are conscious of their daily lifestyle and Preggy Health offers a simplified way to track their progress, health and wellbeing. How cool would it be, for care providers to know ahead of your due date, risks of complications during delivery and prepare ahead of time by having a specialist ready?.” Mustapha explains.  

Mustapha Diyaol Haqq was recently named amongst the 2022 Class of 50 Next. A list of people shaping the future of gastronomy by the World’s Best Restaurants. 

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Italian Trade Agency hosts trade delegation for Agrofood and PlastPrintPack West Africa Exhibition

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The Italian Trade Agency (ITA), under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in Ghana hosted a dinner for the visiting Italian trade delegation to the Agrofood and PlastPrintPack West Africa Exhibition in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, November 30.  (more…)

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