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A tale of how Kiki Banson, manager of Becca maltreated band members in Japan and alleged assault in Ghana

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skul boyIf you are a follower of showbiz news in Ghana, you may have listened or watched interviews of videographer, Jorge Freeman accusing the manager of Becca, Kiki Banson for a number of things regarding a recent trip to Japan which culminated into the production of Becca’s hot new video for ‘Time 4 Me’. Well, it appears that Jorge Freeman is not the only one who has problems with Kiki.  Richard, a young instrumentalist also known as Skul Boy, who was part of the band that went on the Japan trip to perform with Becca has also raised issues about how Kiki treated them in Japan. He also accused Kiki of assaulting him when he recently went to Kiki’s house to collect his pending payment. Below is an unedited narration of incidents from their trip to Japan that Richard sent to me on facebook: “I was supposed to be paid my moni in full b4 I left Hm 4 the airport ..that didnt happen,and we transitted in Dubai. we agreed on $80 daily perdiam which was suppose to be part of the full paiment,nw he gave us $300 at the dubai airport n took us to a hotel I cant recollect what its called will have to cross check…at the hotel we didnt see kiki again till evening wen we had to leave 4 the airport so we had to go n find food ourselves.. either ways we managed our way out n wen it was time to leave 4 japan we left 4 the airport”   “on our arrival @ japan @ around 12am not sure we had to go n reherse 4 the show the next day morning which lasted 4 another 3hrs or so.morning came and we made it to the gig grounds n can u believe there was nothing to eat after the gig in the afternoon soo 1 guy we met there had to be generous by taking us 4 lunch which I pretended was enaf bcos I didnt want to disclose my starvation to him. that lunch took me to bed n the next day kiki asked us to return to GH 4 a reason best knwn to him?” “now he gave us another $100 to come down with n wen we got to the airport(tokyo) we were informed by the airline authorities that we werent suppose to leave that night so we have to pay $50 each to change the date..now we all had a $100 dollar bill each so we had to change bk into Japanese yen which equiviates to $50 exactly b4 we could get on board” “we came bk n after abt a wk or more he called to come 4 a meeting n pay us,we went and all he could do was insult us n take bk his laptop I wrked ther 4 him frm me like a thief,said to us our moni will be ready on the next thursday (his wrds precisely).4 over 8weeks I never head 4rm Kiki,n only time I heard 4rm him was wen he called to ask of an old kbd that we dont even use anymore bcos we are using mine I told him it was with me n the next time I heard 4rm him he wanted his kbd bk.I took it bk the next day which was yesterday n he wouldnt pay bk my moni bcos he claims to want to rent the kbd 4 each day spent with me which I totally didnt understand,well I kept quite thinking he would come out of his meaningless dream buh he didnt n rather attacked me physically(blows nd slaps,push arounds etc inclusive).I took bk the kbd n sent him a txt to kal me 4 the kbd wen he is ready to pay my moni.I returned today with da kbd thinking he would be more reasonable today buh he threw me out again n this time I left the kbd with him(So I have still not been paid 4 the trip my brother)”]]>

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The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Hoop Earrings

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Earrings, and all jewelry, really, can reveal a bit about the inner workings of its wearer. Hoop earrings, in particular, have centuries of history and culture behind them, a legacy that you’ll inevitably feel when wearing your favorite hoops. Like anything of historical or cultural significance, though, your silver or gold hoop earrings come with some guidelines. Of course, there are no hard-and-fast rules about what you can and cannot wear or how you must go about accessorizing. Still, these are some good concepts to keep in mind when you reach for your go-to hoops or decide to buy a brand-new pair.

Do wear what makes you feel good. 

First and foremost, it’s crucial that your hoops—or any other sort of jewelry, for that matter—make you feel as good as you look whenever you wear them. Choose a pair of earrings representing the person you are or the version of you that you hope to be someday. When you feel good about your silver or gold jewelry choice, you’ll instantly seem more confident and self-assured. 

Don’t try to be someone you’re not.

No matter how much you adore your gold or silver hoops, you have to remember that they’re also a vital part of contemporary Latinx culture and must be treated as such. So don’t fall into the trap of feeling ”ghetto” because you’ve got a pair of large hoop earrings. Instead, look into the history and significance of hoops and wear them with a genuine appreciation for all the meaning that comes with those loops of gold or sterling silver. 

Do experiment with unique styles. 

As lovely as standard gold or sterling silver hoop earrings are, there’s plenty of opportunities to try less conventional styles, too. Seek out those silver hoop earrings accentuated by multicolored gemstones or turn to thin gold hoops made with opulent filigree. Whatever the case, your most beautiful hoops will highlight a beautiful take on classic silver or gold hoops. 

Don’t overdo your accessories. 

This isn’t true for hoops alone, but it’s important to wear your jewelry sparingly, especially where statement pieces are concerned. Too many bold pieces can take away from each of them, degrading the personality of each hoop, necklace, or bangle. For example, a bold hoop earring might complement a more subtle string of pearls or a dainty piece of sterling silver jewelry. With too many pieces competing for others’ attention, you’ll lose out on all of the above. 

Do embrace your favorite fashions. 

When you choose a new hoop earring, you must consider your personal taste, too. For example, if you’re a fan of small hoop earrings adorned with pearls, wear them confidently. On the other hand, do you prefer thin gold hoops and a strand of gemstones at your neck? Then showcase those stones with a smile! Whatever style you lean toward, you must embrace that—it doesn’t have to be what’s currently trendy. It just needs to be what appeals to you. 

Don’t try to chase trends. 

With that in mind, you must remember that trends come and go. If you run to one after the next, you’ll struggle to find the selections that genuinely speak to you—and you’ll pay a high price for a lot of pieces you might not even like. 

The legacy of a hoop earring is far-reaching and incredibly varied, yet it’s a style that’s undoubtedly a classic still today. However, there’s not just a straightforward style. To make the most of your go-to hoops, you must consider your personal preferences, cultural significance, and what makes you happy. This doesn’t mean you must stick to some ill-defined fashion rules; instead, you have to find what works for you and embrace it with genuine appreciation. 

 

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I’ll flood the system with bangers and kick out foreign music by December-Kuami Eugene vows

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“Rockstar” Kuami Eugene has stated that he is gearing up to kick out all foreign music from the Ghanaian landscape. (more…)

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Social media reacts as Bank of Ghana readies to phase out GHC1 and GHC2 notes

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The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has said that it is working to phase out the one Ghana cedi and the two Ghana cedi notes from circulation. (more…)

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BREAKING: Highlife music legend Nana Ampadu is reportedly dead.

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Veteran Highlife Musician, Nana Ampadu has reportedly passed on. (more…)

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Amb Michael Oquaye, CEO of GFZA, pays courtesy call on Asantehene, His Royal Majesty, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II

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As part of a three-day visit to the Ashanti Region, Ambassador Michael ANNY Oquaye, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Free Zones Authority, and his management team paid a courtesy call on His Royal Majesty, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II.

 

The visit formed part of the CEO’s drive to engage with key stakeholders as he works towards the export-oriented vision of His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic.

 

Amb Oquaye presented the Ghana Free Zones Industrial developmental plan for the Kumasi Export Processing Zone to His Royal Majesty and informed him of steps to eject land encroachers from the site to pave the way for the start of the project.

 

The Land, acquired in 2005 as one of Ghana’s Export Processing Zones, is set to receive the needed facelift as the country positions itself as the Export Hub within the sub-region

The funding is part of a World Bank facility extended to Ghana to develop the Greater Kumasi Industrial Park.

 

As part of efforts to get the project started on time, the World Bank engaged consultants in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to undertake several exercises, including site assessment, best practice benchmarking, environmental and social impact assessment.

 

On-ground inspection is set to start from October 2021. Hence, it has become critical to eject all the illegal structures to pave the way for the planned development.

 

On his part, His Royal Majesty congratulated Amb Oquaye on his appointment and expressed his confidence in the former Ambassador to deliver on the new mandate given to him by the President as he did during his tenure as Ghana’s Ambassador to India.

 

The Asantehene added that he supports the steps to remove all illegal structures and encroachers who have acted without attaining building permits from the Ejisu Municipal Authority.

 

Otumfuor Osei Tutu II recalled how he supported the acquisition of the Land in 2005 and lamented its abandonment all these years.

 

However, he was optimistic that the new focus on the Greater Kumasi industrial project would see the Land being put to its intended use.

 

The Management team of the Ghana Free Zones Authority made a donation to Manhyia during the visit.

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Lungi Naidoo Returns With A Brave New EP Called ‘COURAGE’

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South African singer and songwriter, Lungi Naidoo, returns after a lengthy hiatus with her new Afro-pop flavoured EP boldly titled, COURAGE.

Releasing on 24 September across all DSPs via Ditto Music, COURAGE will be preceded by the release of three singles namely, “Feel Good” (16 July), “About You” (20August) and “Azania” (17 September).

After a few false starts with various producers during 2020’s lockdown, Lungi eventually met South African-born, London-based producer and mixer Pete ‘Boxsta’ Martin and his Three Bears Ent. partner, songwriter and producer Dantae Johnson at the beginning of 2021 and felt an instant working chemistry. The recording process was preceded by a week-long Zoom writing camp where Lungi, at her home studio in Cape Town, together with Dantae Johnson and songwriter Amelia Payne, at their studio in London, gave birth to the songs on COURAGE.

The EP was co-written, recorded and produced by Dantae Johnson at The Woods Studios in London and mixed & executive produced by Pete ‘Boxsta’ Martin at the Matrix Studio complex. Addicted was produced by Tega at Blues Steam Entertainment Studio in Lagos, Nigeria. Lungi recorded all the vocals at the Sound Foundry studio in Cape Town with Greg Abrahams.

The EP is also mixed in Dolby Atmos by Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert and will be available in Spatial Audio on Apple Music.

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