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Did Ecow Smith-Asante bite off more than he can chew? Revrend Anyani Boadum replies his Kumawood comments

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ecow smith asanteSociety basically requires apologies to mitigate the impact of the indiscretion by its citizens, and so for many, an apology from the ace actor Ekow Smith-Asante to the people of Asankrangwa and Sefwi Wiawso who he described as uneducated; “who do not know jack about lighting, sound, good acting and other things and they are not ready to know”; in his infamous comments on Radio, should serve the purpose. Unfortunately, an apology in this instance may not be sufficient remedy for such goof by the actor, without a commensurate change of attitude undergirded by education. Apologies are meant to express remorse; and whether genuine or otherwise, when it is rendered it presumes the culprit, having admitted guilt and repented would in addition, have learnt the right demeanor. Ekow Smith-Asante must be made aware of what Arts and Culture portend to a people and mankind in general, and the impact of words. Acting as a profession may come with great benefits; however, it goes with both reputation and responsibility. And those who aren’t sure about their communication skills off the set, – particularly, in America and Europe – often employ publicity managers to handle public relations including interviews for them. That is how far the industry has come. I expect Ekow who is doing his Masters degree in Communications Studies at the University of Ghana to appreciate the effective use of image and stories. When he said “the target market for those ‘inferior’ movies of “Kumawood” are people in Asankrangwa, Sefwi Wiawso, ‘Yaw Wiawso’ and other places “who do not know jack about lighting, sound, good acting and other things and they are not ready to know”; was he being oblivious to the fact that Agya Koo movies out-sell most Ghanaian films in America, Germany, Holland, and other places outside the country. Why is it so? Ghanaian residents in these places are knowledgeable about whatever Ekow Smith-Asante thinks an enlightened premier movie audience should know about. What then, were his reasons for inferring that the people from Asankrangwa and Sefwi Wiawso in the Western Region are uneducated, unenlightened, (nkurasefo) culturally backward; lacking exposure. Did they sound remote? Could it also be his way of slanting and looking down upon the minority tribes in the country? The way we define art has the power to define our culture. As a people, Arts affect us at the deepest level of the soul. It shapes our thoughts; moves our emotions and enlarges our imaginations, and these are all revealed by our sense of appreciation. So, if we are not at each other’s throats in the country, it could, perhaps, be attributable to our penchant for laughter which normally comes from good comedy; which expresses the philosophy; “live and let live”. Globally, before Hollywood began to churn out the block-busters for the world audience, we had Charlie Chaplain. Again, while the 007- James Bond series made efforts to captivate its audiences with all kinds of fascinating gadgets, “Mr Bean” was holding his own on the screens too. We as a nation are barely losing what I describe as our fascination with how frailties in life are overcome through jokes. How could a whole nation be captivated by friendship between Santo, Judas, Bob Okala or Super O.D.? It is all because through their good sense of humor we are motivated and offered stress free rest after work. So rather than casting those aspersions, Ekow and those who think like him must be educated to become more professional in their outlook. If they have something better to offer, they must know that the provision of “better” alternatives should make Ghanaians better people to each other. The music we listen to, the films we watch, the comedy that makes us laugh – are tools of development with enormous power over our minds. They express and shape our beliefs and values. Rev. Anyani Boadum, the writer If the practitioners in the arts and culture think segments of the population are lagging behind in development, culturally or otherwise, they have the tools for stimulating growth in those areas. Rather than ostracizing and denigrating them through name calling, they must constitute a special audience; or different market that must be focused on. Interestingly, Asankrangwa where I come from and our immediate neighbours-Sefwi Wiawso are not in any way unaware or averse to “urban” arts. There are no arts and cultural substances beyond their understanding and appreciation. We may recall that in the 1970’s, there was the national inter-schools band competition which was won by Generation “X” from Asankrangwa Secondary School, in the Western Region. Those competitions evolved almost into a movement which engendered a kind of cultural vehicle that launched a colossal “culturalization” among the country’s youth back then. Universally, the classical understanding is that the arts are powerful means of communication; of unveiling something significant about the existing reality. In other words it is a means of representing truth; or portraying profound realities about human condition. On that score, the movie industry has an incontestable advantage, amongst the rest of the media, in bearing such impression. This is what Ekow Smith-Asante et al  should seek to achieve. The nation’s yearning for improvement in its arts and culture is across board. To obtain the full benefits inherent in the creative arts, the demand for upgrade and promotion cannot be limited to “Kumawood”. Let us admit that the quality of most of the scripts being presented in our local movies – cast in both local languages and in English are rudimentary, to say the least. If the “Kumawood” movies are based on ‘witchcraft’; it could also be said of most of the rest of the movies as outright “cut and paste” western stuff. By seeking to improve our Arts and Culture let us with sober minds, work hard to reach greater heights while unifying the nation and accelerating its development through the creative arts. By: Rev. Dr. Anyani Boadum – General Overseer – Jesus Generation Sanctuary]]>

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Rev Owusu Bempah arrested, faces court today

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Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah of Glorious Word Power Ministries and some three others from his church have been arrested by the police. (more…)

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STEGUE inspired as Wiyalaa says she finds his songs positive and inspiring to the youth

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Super Talented Emmanuel Owusu Boadi popularly known  as Stegue  whose music blends Afro pop/beat best with Dancehall and Reggae in a Unique Style over the weekend has described a recent message sent to him from popular Ghanaian  Afro-pop singer-songwriter  Wiyalaa as one of the most inspiring messages .

Wiyalaa pitched  ‘Say No to Drugs ‘ as her favorite  song off the Xpensive Style -EP which happens to be the debut of Stegue .


“I was amused  when Wiyalaa followed me on Twitter and also sent me a direct message on twitter asking me to keep doing good and positive music  . It felt good to be recognized by such a great Musician. It will for a long time be one of my biggest highlights. I am such a big fan of Wiyalaa , and I am glad she finds my music inspiring and positive just as I find hers too ” .I look forward to working with her on a record someday

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WATCH: When Rev Obofour and bodyguards stormed the funeral for Bishop Obinim’s father

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The Leader and Founder of Anointed Palace Chapel, Reverend Obofour and his bodyguards stormed the funeral grounds of  Bishop Obinim’s father on Saturday.

 

Obinim’s father who passed away a few months aga was finally laid to rest, and during the ceremony, Obinim’s arch-rival now turned friend stormed the venue.

 

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Rev Obofour and his bodyguards, garbed in black outfits, made their presence known when they showed up at the funeral in their numbers.

It’s unclear where the funeral was held, however, several reports suggested it was held in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

Last week, Rev Obofuor smoked the peace pipe with the founder of the International God’s Way Church.

The two surprised many after Reverend Obofour called Angel Obinim on national television to ask of the date of his father’s funeral after honouring his official invitation.

According to Reverend Obofour, though he had disagreements and conflicts with Angel Obinim in the past, they have since remained close friends and brothers in the ministry.

“We have to be present there. There would be lots of pastors and he is my brother… there is no way I can be happy about his father’s demise. I will go and support him because I know how it feels like to lose a father,” Rev. Obofour said.

Earlier, ‘Angel’ Daniel Obinim sent a word of caution to Obofour indicating that Ghana will not be able to contain both of them if he fails to stop peddling falsehood about him.

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Nollywood actor Alex Ekubo, fiancée split, call off engagement

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Nollywood actor, Alex Ekubo and his fiancée, Fancy Acholonu have ended their relationship. (more…)

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Over 11,000 fans pull up at Maccasio’s “The Throne Concert”, Medikal shocks fans

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Over 11,000 fans of the self-acclaimed ‘King of Northern Rap’ Maccasio thronged the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium (formerly Tamale Sports Stadium) over the weekend to witness “The Throne Concert.”

According to Maccasio, this concert celebrates his journey and rise into the music scene and an avenue to accept the ‘Rap Kingship’ title which his fans have bestowed on him.

Held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, “The Throne Concert” saw over 11,000 fans of the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nominee, according to several reports in the Northern media.

The concert featured some top-notch performances fast-rising and top artistes, including “Madina” hitmaker Teflon Flexx and 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards “Hiplife/Hip-hop Artiste of the Year” winner Medikal.

The highlight of the event was Maccasio’s entrance, where he was carried like a King and ascended into a throne built for him. Another highlight was when Medikal pulled up midway through Maccasio’s performance, sparking thrilling sensation among the fans.

 

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“I will like to thank them massively for their support always. I can’t thank them enough,” Maccasio said after the concert.

The 69 Entertainment label frontman has another plan for a concert in Accra, plus the release of a new music video.

“I’m hosting another big concert in the capital (Accra), and I have a couple of singles and a music video to drop,” he added.

This is not the first time Maccasio has made such history in the Ghanaian music industry.

Just last year, nearly 20,000 fans stormed the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium to witness the launch of Maccasio’s fourth album “Zero 2 Hero” and a concert.

 

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I would have been one of the top funny video creators from Africa if I didn’t pause – BogaGH

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US-based Ghanaian actor, comedian, dancer, graphic designer and model, BogaGH has been quiet on his funny videos for sometime now.

The comedian, who became a sensation on Instagram and YouTube, cracked ribs with his funny videos, dancing and his ability to stir things up with his pitch-dark skin.

BogaGH soon became one of the favourites among  popular Ghanaian Instagram, Vine  and Youtube comedians living abroad, such as MrCocoyam and EbabyKobby.

However after a long break from creating funny videos, BogaGH appears missing on the radar.

“I know a lot of people have forgotten about me because I took a break from the funny videos scene. I believe that if I was more consistent with my craft, I would have been one of the top content creators from Africa by now. For those who are on top at the moment, they shouldn’t get too comfortable, because I may return soon,” BogaGH remarked in a chat.

He also hinted that fans should expect to see him soon in a Netflix movie.

Known in real life as Bryant Nana Kwaku Appiah, BogaGH was born in Wood Green, North London but grew up in Mpraeso in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

He attended  C.K.C Baptist International School in Mpraeso and then moved to Mpraeso Secondary School. He continued at  Koforidua Secondary School before moving to the US.  In the US, he started at the Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy high school in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He then continued to Union County College and completed in Kean University In Elizabeth New Jersey.

BogaGH currently resides in Washington DC where he has been hosting and promoting events.

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