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#CardiBinGhana: The Livespot X Festival experience that went completely WRONG!

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When news of Cardi B coming to perform in Ghana broke, many Ghanaians were excited but after the events of the past weekend, many are disappointed. Events at the Livespot X Festival was worse than the failed “MEAT & GREET” and here’s what really happened.

The Livespot X Festival was considered the first event to officially kick off the #DettyDecember experience and following the highlights from Cardi B’s time in Nigeria, expectations were really high.

Cardi B arrived in Ghana at 1 pm on Sunday and was welcomed by a huge crowd at the airport. She expressed her excitement to enjoy her time and showed the world her awesome hotel room at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel. This got fans who had bought tickets more excited and made some (myself included) to go buy last-minute tickets.

We were going to party the ‘BARDI GANG’ way but left with nothing but disappointment. This is was the ‘FYRE FRAUD’ of Ghana!

TICKETS AND VENUE

When prices for the Livespot X Festival tickets were announced a lot of people found them outrageous.

50gh for Regular, 500gh for VIP and 800gh for VVIP (Gold Circle) that price difference gave me the impression that those with VIP and VVIP tickets would enjoy some pecks the regular ticket holder couldn’t. Due to low ticket sales, prices for the tickets were slashed and some celebrities gave out free tickets in hopes to increase attendance.

At the gate, Regular tickets were being sold for as low as 10gh, 50gh for VIP and 100gh for VVIP this was my first sign that the night was not going to be what I imagined.

As VIP/VVIP ticket holders used a different route to the venue, the entrance for regular tickets holders was packed. I checked in and made my way past security which was very smooth because it wasn’t very much crowded.

Inside the stadium, the stadium seats all were empty and less than 300 people were gathered on the main pitch.

EVENT DELAYS AND PERFORMANCES

Livespot X Festival on it flyers said gates would open at 2pm and I presumed the main event would start at 7pm. However, at 9pm Cardi B was still at her hotel for an unplanned ‘MEET & GREET’.

I checked into the venue at 9:30 pm and there was only music playing with MC Kojo Manuel holding the crowd done. It was a great session and got the crowd really hyped.

Kojo Manuel ended his session and around 10:15pm there was no one on stage just a DJ playing music and people dancing. At 10:30pm, the whole stage lighting system went off!

Guru came on stage a few minutes later and performed to a non-responsive audience who were tired of standing. The sound was terrible and his microphone kept going off. There was still no stage lighting.

At 11pm. Eddie Blay who was an MC for the night came out to apologize for the lighting situation and the delays. He kept using curse words that offended people more and a DJ kept playing music to entertain the crowd for 30minutes after he left.

Eno Barony was introduced on stage at 11:35pm and killed her intro by spitting some great bars which got the crowd shouting and clapping. She brought on her ‘Di Asa’ (Plus size) dancers and ended her 15mins set, she was one of the best performers of the night.

After she left, the show went back on hold as they tried to fix the stage lights.

Nigerian singer Seyi Shay was the next act to perform at 12am. The sound was so bad, her dancers had to do their intro three times before she appeared on stage. Her performance was a 3/10 for me.

Seyi left the stage and MC Joel took over to hold the crowd down. At 12:20, the number of people in the stadium had increased because the doors were open for everyone at the gate to enter. It had turned into a FREE CONCERT and the large number got me excited.

 

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Nigeria’s DJ SPINALL’s set was the official kick of life into the show. He gave back-to-back hits from Ghana to Nigeria that had everyone on their feet. DJ LOFT took over and also kept the party going till 12:40am.

The stage lights were back now, the sound system was much better and the crowd had increased. We were excited to see one on the billed big acts of the night. But it hit 1am and there was not a single performance just music from the DJ. It was an open-air party on the park.

1:30am and people were tired of waiting and the song being played. Some started to sleep on the grass as others made their way home. People were frustrated and angry as some had come to the stadium as early as 4pm.

After 50 minutes of no performance and word from the organizers, the angry crowd started throwing bottles and stone on stage to vent their frustrations. It had to take someone from the organizing team to come calm the situation down.


I presume Cardi B had been notified of the situation because her hypeman came on stage after the incident and people started rushing to the park. CARDI B was coming to perform!!!

Cardi B in her customized Ghana flag leather playsuit and hair stepped on stage at 1:40am. She apologized for her delay and explained it was due to technical difficulties. Performing her hit songs, she addressed the ‘meet and greet’ incident from earlier in the day, Offset’s cheating rumors and how she considers Ghana a very rich country.

 

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From twerking all over the stage, she stripped her shoes and gloves off and threw them into the crowd. I’m still sad I didn’t catch any her items but Cardi B killed her performance. While the crowd couldn’t rap along to all her songs, her choreography, energy, dancers, and hypeman really had the crowd going.

Ending her performance with BODAK YELLOW, Cardi B snatched her wig off and threw it into the crowd as the fireworks went off. She apologized for the delays again, thanked Ghana for hosting her and expressed her excitement to go party at the club. Seeing Cardi B perform for the first time, I rate her performance a 7/10.

Cardi B left the stage at 2:20am and many were excited as we hoped to see one of the big acts to come on stage next. But we were left with music for 20mins and people started leaving the stadium again.

Medikal was the next act to come on stage at 2:40am and performed with Quamina MP. He also brought his girlfriend, Fella Makafui on stage during the performance of his hit song AYEKOO.

 

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Kofi Mole and Becca were the last acts to perform to a small crowd which was only waiting to see Sarkodie and Shatta Wale.

At 3:20 am, word was going round that Sarkodie and Shatta Wale will not be performing. The fans started hurling insults at the organizers and throwing bottles on stage again.

The MCs of the day kept the hopes of fans high by continuously instructing the DJs to play the songs of these artistes while chanting, “Are you ready to see Shatta Wale and Sarkodie?”.

The ‘not so impressed crowd’ ignorantly cheered on by giving the loudest shouts with their very last energy. Disappointment was written on the faces of individuals who stood for hours waiting to witness their favorite Ghanaian artistes’ performance.

After hours of waiting, the few people left began to leave the stadium symbolizing the end of the show without any official sign out from organizers.

I left the stadium at 3:45 am and Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Tiwa Savage, Partoranking, Joey B, Darey and DJ VRUSKY who were all billed to perform were a NO SHOW!

The organizers are yet to release a statement or issue an apology on the terrible experience they gave patrons who paid between 50gh and 800gh to be at the event.

WHAT WENT WRONG?

Compared to the Nigeria show, there was a lack of communication between the organizers and the acts.

It was also clear that there wasn’t a full stage rehearsal for all the artists before the main show.

The venue for the event was wrong as one couldn’t even tell the difference between the VIP and VVIP.

Choosing Sunday for the event was also a wrong call from the organizers as most people wouldn’t come outcome because they have work the day after.

Media buzz and advertisements for the event started too late. Information on ticket outlets was dropped just 2 weeks to the event.

From the controversial ‘MEET& GREET’ to the flop of the main show, it is clear the organizers failed in properly planning for the event.

Hopefully, this Livespot X Festival experience will serve as a lesson to all event organizers who have activities planned for this festive season.

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9 ways to protect the house from UV rays

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In this article, you will get to know about the ideas from which you can protect your house from the rays. By getting unique and different ideas you can change your house outlook. And decor your house with it. Let’s discuss this in detail.

 

What are UltraViolet rays?

Ultraviolet rays are the direct rays that come from the sun. These rays can cause harm to many things. It is a must that one has to take the necessary steps to get rid of the UV rays. House is also one kind of thing which can get affected from the UV rays. You must need some techniques from which you can protect your house. Read the article below for different ideas.

 

What are the different ways to protect the house from UV rays?

When one built a house the first thing he keeps in mind is how they can protect their house from the sun’s rays? So, here we come with the unique ways from which you can be beneficial. You can apply the shades to protect the house’s furniture and color from the rays. Some of the ways are:

 

  1. Window shades:

One of the best options to protect your house from UV rays is to apply window shades. You can choose any type of shade which will look suitable. These shades can be very helpful to you. For this, you can refer to the silhouette shades. The shades are the best ones which can give 88% protection from light.

 

  1. Shift the furniture to a different location:

Another option is that you can move the furniture. The reason behind this is that some people want sunlight in their house. This also protects your furniture from the rays. But this is not a permanent option because it is not easy to shift the furniture on a regular basis.

 

  1. Window films:

You can choose the window films which can easily be handed to the window of your house. These window films can protect the house from UV rays. You can take the help of professionals to get it installed in the house. And within a short period, it is a must that you can replace these window films.

 

  1. Curtains:

Curtains are the more popular choice of people to cover their house. And such curtains can also help to protect the house from UV rays. These curtains can protect a half ratio from the sunlight. You can choose these to give a new look to the house.

 

  1. Replacement of window screens:

While the old window screens can get damaged with the sun rays. You can also replace these window screens. And apply the new screen according to the trending. There are some bug screens which give protection. 

 

  1. Tinted windows:

The permanent solution to get rid of the UV rays is to replace your windows. Such is getting covered with the tiny metallic oxides which can protect the house from the UV rays. This also keeps your room warm on the winter days. The cost of these shades is high but it gives more protection and security to the house.

 

  1. Fabric and colors:

One of the methods to protect your house from UV rays is to select the best color of the furniture. Some dark colored furniture will get dull easily. And does not look quite good. So, you can choose some of the light-colored furniture which can not get damaged easily. 

 

  1. Roofing material:

It is not possible to remove all sunlight from the rooms of your house. For this, you can choose the roofing material. You have to choose the right siding material for the protection of the house. Must choose the lighter shades which keep the house cool. And must apply the best sealants for its best use.

 

  1. Cover hardwood floors:

The next option is to cover the floors. Because such hardwood floors are very expensive and get easily damaged with the sunlight. 

 

Above are some of the ways to prevent the house from UV rays.

 

Conclusion:

These are some of the ways in which you can protect the house from UV rays. Silhouette shades are the best option for the house. These shades will not only provide protection for the house. But it also helps in maintaining the furniture colors of the house.

 

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How can music, dance and art help improve air pollution?

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Music, dance, art and storytelling have allowed an international team of researchers to reveal aspects of air pollution in Nairobi that would not have been identified otherwise.

Air pollution is a well-documented major human health issue, but despite many air pollution reduction policies designed to improve health, these are frequently ineffective. Often this is because they fail to account for local knowledge, cultural practices and priorities of the intended recipients. Evidence suggests that top-down interventions often fail and therefore people should be put at the centre of developing ways around the problem.

Designing meaningful solutions requires in-depth exploration of the relevant issues with stakeholders.

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth, together with researchers and practitioners from the UK, Kenya and Sweden, worked collaboratively with local residents in the informal settlement of Mukuru in Nairobi, Kenya to develop a range of methods including storytelling, music, art and theatre to explore understandings of air pollution. Their findings are published in Nature Humanities and Social Sciences Communications this week.

One of the authors of the study, Dr Cressida Bowyerfrom the University of Portsmouth, says: “For the first time, a study has placed arts and humanities methods at the centre of the exploration of perceptions of air pollution. Our research has pushed the boundaries between disciplines, between research and action, and between experts by education and experts by experience.

“Working with local communities, we were able to uncover contrasting definitions of air pollution, differing perceptions of who was responsible for enacting solutions, and overall a view that air pollution cannot be seen in isolation from the other issues faced by settlement residents.”

The use of these creative methods meant the researchers were able to explore the issue of air pollution with a wide range of stakeholders.  The methods enabled local knowledge and experiences to be incorporated into the understanding of the issue, and allowed the voices of those living with the problem to be heard.

Some examples of creative methods include:

  • Community members made digital stories by taking photographs around Mukuru which, when stitched together and combined with their voiceover, told their story of air pollution.

  • Trained community researchers facilitated school children to create drawn and/or written stories of their experiences of air pollution.

  • Theatre pieces were presented in key community spaces around Mukuru including at a market, a community centre and a football ground. Suggestions were given by the audience about how to resolve the problem and spectators acted out their proposals as part of the theatre.

  • The song ‘Mazingira’ by the Mukuru Kingz, has been played on national radio and television stations with an estimated reach of three million people. The song lyrics explain the problems of air pollution.

Dr Sarah West, Principal Investigator at the Stockholm Environment Centre, says: “From this range of methods we have gained a more complex and nuanced understanding of how air pollution is perceived and understood in Mukuru. The project also created new spaces and forums for dialogue and critical reflection on the topic of air pollution in the community.

“We urge other researchers wishing to address multifactorial problems, such as air pollution, to use a mixture of qualitative, participatory and creative methods to engage with a wide range of stakeholders. This can elicit new and unexpected understandings that may not otherwise emerge.”

Researchers concluded that using creative methods and a collaborative, co-created approach, allowed them to reveal aspects of air pollution that they would not otherwise have identified, and led to a more complex, nuanced and holistic understanding.

This project is part of the Air Network.  For further information please contact:

Emma Gaisford, Media Officer, University of Portsmouth, email: emma.gaisford@port.ac.uk 07889 504483

 

 

The University of Portsmouth is a progressive and dynamic university with an outstanding reputation for innovative teaching and globally significant research and innovation.

It was rated ‘Gold’ in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and was ranked in the top 150 under 50 in the world according to the Times Higher Education rankings.

The University’s research and innovation culture is impacting lives today and in the future and addressing local, national and global challenges across science, technology, humanities, business and creative industries. http://www.port.ac.uk/

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Wildaland: Davido, Stonebwoy, R2bees And Over 2o Top Acts Set To Headline “Africa’s Glastonbury”

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A stellar line-up of Afrobeats stars across Ghana and Nigeria have been announced for the inaugural WILDALAND Festival, slated for the Shai Forest Reserve in the Greater Accra Region on 26th and 27th December.

Christened as “Africa’s Glastonbury”, the WILDALAND festival is a music and entertainment lifestyle festival and seeks to provide a distinctive entertainment experience that will merge the best of both African audiences in the wild every December in Ghana.

 

The festival, which will see the grand return to live events, will also be characterised by ultra-immersive real-time social content. Davido, R2Bees and Stonebwoy have been named as headliners for this year’s edition. Joining Nigeria’s roster are Adekunle Gold, Omah Lay, JoeBoy, Oxlade, Buju, Lojay, CKay, and Ruger.

 

Completing Ghana’s contingent are KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Black Sherrif,  Gyakie, Wendy Shay,  Kwabena Kwabena, Camidoh, Yaw Tog and Kofi Jamar.

 

The organisers say the festival, an experiential haven, adds to a growing portfolio of year-end activities that allow Africa’s massive diaspora audiences to meet their resident African middle-class counterparts at some of the continent’s biggest parties in Ghana. “Having played home to most of the widely patronised entertainment experiences, Ghana has become the hub for Pan-African expressions; enhanced by the recent ‘Year of Return’ programme among many others.  

“From accreditation points, through the wild drive, Champagne Garden, to the marketplace, Hot air baloons, WILDALAND Camping Sites, VVIP Decks to the main stage, the WILDALAND Festival will provide endless, exciting, and rewarding experiential opportunities for the fan and every brand.” the founder of the festival, Baba Sadiq Abdulai Abu indicated.

“ Aside the main stage, The WILDALAND FESTIVAL also offers an array of exciting programs such as the Jungle pre & After parties with a line-up of the most exciting breakout musicians and top African and global DJs, breakfast parties, Hiking, hot air balloons, Abseiling at The Adomi Bridge,  Camping in the wild and endless music from our top DJ’s and headline acts” Baba Sadiq further commented.

Meanwhile, aside from being a 48-hour non-stop celebration of culture, the festival is also running with the vision of protecting the forest, wildlife, and amplifying wildlife conservation via its #PartyWiththePlanet campaign that requires festival attendants to take a pledge to protect the forest and wildlife whilst taking actions at the festival to assert that.

Buy tickets and access full event routing here: https://wildalandfestival.com/ or https://v-access.io/event/wildaland

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The Jollof Festival returns to Accra, December 11

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After taking the year 2020 off, Africa’s leading celebration of Jollof, The Jollof Festival returns in 2021 – scheduled to take place at the City Galleria Mall (Behind the Accra Mall) on 11th December 2021.

The continent’s biggest Jollof event, The Jollof Festival 2021 will see thousands of food lovers come together to eat and drink from an extensive selection served up by some of the best chefs, restaurants, and street food vendors in Accra – promising to be bigger than previous editions, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

This year’s Jollof Festival is a specially curated culinary experience dedicated to celebrating Ghana’s beautiful gastronomy, inspiring fellow Africans to discover new tastes and recipes, promoting the Ghanaian delicacy’s authenticity and highlighting the role of food in Ghanaian Culture by bringing together a vast number of food lovers, and treating them to a mouth-watering array of Jollof, in addition to bites and sips from a dynamic selection of Accra’s celebrity chefs, hobbyist / influencer cooks and local vendors.

A major highlight of the festival is the crowning of the Celebrity/Influencer Jollof Cookoff – a title reserved for the cook with the best tasting Jollof at the event’s Jollof cooking competition, which allows influencer cooks to showcase their cooking skills with customized / special recipes. As part of our efforts to make this year’s competition more exciting, we are inviting both male and female celebrities/ influencers as contestants. The winner of the Jollof cooking competition stands to win products from our prestigious sponsors: OLAM Ghana, makers of Tasty Tom Tomato Paste and the Tasty Tom Jollof Mix, Malta Guinness, and Wilmar Africa, makers of Frytol Vegetable cooking oil, Fortune Rice and Myst Water.

Our carefully selected / curated entertainment set features some of Accra’s rising artistes like RiaBoss, Tommywa, Suzan Augustt and a full-on Jam session with a DJ set in the evening. Additional attractions will include, face painting and cotton candy for the children (and young at heart), board games, football tables and FIFA (gaming consoles) for adults.

The Jollof Festival 2021 is proudly sponsored by Tasty Tom Tomato Paste, Frytol Cooking oil, Malta Guinness, Fortune Rice, Myst Water , EIB Network, Ameyaw Debrah, Telande World, Pulse Ghana  and Echohuse

 

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Johnnie Walker Premieres ‘The Ones Who Keep Walking’ film made by Africans for Africa

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Johnnie Walker, the world’s best-selling-Scotch, and Forbes 30 under 30 filmmaker, Amarachi Nwosu premiere their new feature film – The Ones Who Keep Walking – which showcases inspiring stories of the creators and collectives who are turning the attention of the world to Africa.

 

Through never heard stories and in-depth conversations, the documentary reveals how fresh creative energy, sheer determination, and a pioneering spirit is bringing authentic African expression to the world.

 

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The documentary features more than 20 defiantly optimistic voices across Africa including Legendary photographer James Barnor (Ghana), Bose Ogulu AKA Mama Burna (Nigeria) manager-mother to global superstar and Johnnie Walker partner, Burna Boy, and self-taught artist Nana Danso Awuah-Asante (Ghana).

 

This new feature film is part of an ongoing global roll-out of the next chapter in their iconic Keep Walking campaign and a follow-up to the release of The Man Who Walked Around the World in November 2020.

 

Additionally, it sets out to explore what the next 200 years of Keep Walking can look like and explores what happens when people can liberate themselves creatively, and the rich vibrant world it creates when there are those freedoms.

 

Lesego Lebogang Mohale, Category Marketing Manager (International Premium Spirits &RTDs), Guinness Ghana in her comments to the media said: “At Johnnie Walker, we are always looking to celebrate the stories of those who push the boundaries. That spirit of defiant optimism and the legacy of Keep Walking – two little words that have been inspiring people across the world for more than 20 years – has never felt more important than they do just now.”

 

“We’re delighted to have partnered with Amarachi Nwosu to share these incredible stories through The Ones Who Keep Walking. The Ghanaians featured in the documentary are pioneers who have taken bold steps and have inspired others, and we are so proud to take this journey with them,” she added.

 

Produced by Something™ Originals and a team of 200+ creatives and talent from across Africa, The Ones Who Keep Walking picks up on the closing provocation of The Man Who Walked Around the World – ‘what’s next?’ – to shine a light on those who embody the spirit of Keep Walking and who, on their terms, are forging a bold new direction for their countries, cultures and the World.

 

The Media-led premiere will be happening in Kumasi to spread the message of ‘The Ones Who’ across multiple walks of life. You can watch the trailer for The Ones Who Keep Walking here: www.theoneswho.film

 

Official Hashtags: #JohnnieWalker #KeepWalking #TheOnesWho

 

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Meet Kafui Prebbie, the Techaide CEO improving ICT education across Ghana

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For developing countries, ICT is a rich investment and one man is leading the charge to ensure students across Ghana have access to practical and impactful ICT education. (more…)

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