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Frank Rajah breaks silence on African Movie Academy Awards 2018

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Movie director Frank Rajah Arase has been adjudged best director at the 2018 edition of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in Kigali. He beat a long list of other influential African directors, some of whom are Oscar nominees to win the award. They include Jade Osiberu, Michael Mathews, Safia Djama, Oluseyi Siwoku, Shemu Joyah, Darrell Roodt, Akin Omotosho, Peter Kofi Sedufia and Kenneth Gyang. Frank won with the movie, ‘In My Country’. In a statement, he described his win as a “very loud one.” He said he is even more honoured and proud to pick the award because of the jury of the AMAAs which “comprises some of the most formidable film critics, curators, academics and film festival founders on the continent, nay, the world. Several of them are jurors on the boards of the most renowned film festivals in the world. They’ve written texts on African film that are veritable sources for research and have received high acclaim for their personal works in cinema.” “It is, therefore, difficult to fault their judgment on film. More so, they have never pandered to Nigeria which is the founding and most times host nation of AMAA. As several times, filmmakers from Kenya, Congo and far-flung African countries have won in categories with Nollywood nominees,” he said. “I’m grateful to AMAA for organising an award that adds a wonderful feather on the cap of African filmmakers. I’m grateful to Peace Anyiam-Osigwe for the vision to have found this great event and to have stayed the course through the years. I’m grateful to my team, the superb crew and indefatigable cast for bringing a hundred percent of their A-game,” he added. Frank is currently one of Africa’s renowned directors who has directed over 50 movies both in Ghana and Nigeria. He is also known as the father of the new generation of Ghanaian actors like Majid Michel, Jackie Appiah, Yvonne Okoro, Nadia Buari, John Dumelo, Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, Martha Ankomah, Juliet Ibrahim and a host of others. He has won several awards, including Best African In Drama at 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Awards (AMVCA), Best African Film Art Director (AMVCA 2016), Best African Film Director at Nollywood African Critic’s awards (NAFCA 2011) USA, Best African Film Director, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA 2012) USA, Best African Film Director at Zulu African Film Awards (ZAFA 2011) London and a host of others. Below is Frank’s full statement: MY STATEMENT – AMAA 2018 WIN FOR BEST DIRECTOR. It happened on the 21st night of October, in the quaint and enchanting city of Kigali in Rwanda. It happened in the presence of a storied gathering, in a hall lit with the regal glitz of Africa’s finest filmmaking talent from within and beyond the continent. It happened before millions of fans, critics, entertainment lovers, film buffs and dreamers who aspire to tread this path we’re on, who tuned in to watch the live broadcast of the AMAA 2018 awards. It isn’t the first time I received an AMAA nomination. I was honoured with the Best Director nomination in 2014 for Princess Tyra, and subsequently, my movies Beyonce’, Somewhere in Africa and Iyore, received multiple nominations and wins in other categories. In my career as a filmmaker, I have won several Best Director awards and have been nominated more times than I can count. But this AMAA win, in Kigali, before my colleagues in the confraternity of film and many more watching across the continent, and possibly, the world, was a loud one. Considering the class and caliber of films I was competing with. It is good enough to be excited about. Even as I write, I’m still giddy with bone-tingling excitement. To start with, this is AMAA. The jury selection team comprises of some of the most formidable film critics, curators, academics and film festival founders on the continent, nay, the world. Several of them are jurors on the boards of the most renowned film festivals in the world. They’ve written texts on African film that are veritable sources for research and have received high acclaim for their personal works in cinema. It is therefore difficult to fault their judgment on film. More so, they have never pandered to Nigeria which is the founding and most times host nation of AMAA. As several times, filmmakers from Kenya, Congo and far-flung African countries have won in categories with Nollywood nominees. Ayuko Babu executive director of the Pan African Film Festival [PAFF], Keith Shiri, June Givanni, Dorothy Wenner, Hyginus Ekwuazi and Shaibu Husseini are just some of the minds who make up the jury, and have made us know truly great African movies like Otelo Burning, Viva Riva, iNumber Number, Vaya and the masterful Timbuktu, by awarding them the top accolades. You can understand then when I say I attended the event not minding if I win or not. My category was formidable, tough to say the least. I was in competition with movies such as Michael Matthew’s “Five Fingers for Marseille”; Kenneth Gyang’s “ Lost Café”; Akin Omotoso’s “A Hotel Called Memory”; Charles Shemu Joyah’s “ The Road To Sunrise”; Darrell Roodt’s “The Lullaby”; Sofia Djama’s “Les Bienheureux”; Oluseyi Siwoku’s “Cross Road”; Jadesola Osiberu’s “Isoken” and Peter Sedufia’s “Sidechic Gang”. Folks! Nollywood has upped its game and increased its global viability, I was shoulder to shoulder with some of Nigeria’s finest as well as some of Africa’s great minds. Forgive my lack of faith but I was content to have been nominated. My efforts on “In My Country” had been validated by the Africa movie academy awards {AMAA} with prideful nominations… Sam Dede: Best Actor in a leading role; Okawa Shaznay: Best Actress in a leading role; Austine Enabulele Best young/promising actor; Best Film, Best Nigerian Film, Best Achievement in production design and Best overall film Director and that was good enough for me, so I came to have wine, mingle with my friends and colleagues, and strike up conversations with prospective business partners. Some of these films are also nominated and are in competition for the Oscars, which is the dream of every focused filmmaker. But then… I won. And I am grateful. I’m grateful to AMAA for organizing an award that adds a wonderful feather on the cap of African filmmakers. I’m grateful to Peace Anyiam-Osigwe for the vision to have found this great event and to have stayed the course through the years. I’m grateful to my team, the superb crew and indefatigable cast for bringing a hundred percent of their A-game. A captain is only as good as his crew, and the reason I won is you guys. And to my family for their constant prayers and support, to my fans and lastly, to my partner, the best human I have ever met in my life, an amiable personality, a gentle soul to say the least, Mr Kwame Boadu. You have proven to me that you are not just a friend but a brother. Thank you for all the support, the technical advice and contributions to Raj and Heroes Films. You are truly the best friend I have ever met. May the almighty God continue to bless and favour your dreams and visions. Thanks a million Mr K Boadu. Thank you.]]>

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I am off on all Zylofon Media platforms at the moment – Sammy Baah hints

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Media and public relations practitioner, Samuel Atuobi Baah (alias Sammy Flex) has sparked speculations that he has quit his job with Zylofon Media. (more…)

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What Shatta Wale and Medikal did after their release from prison

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What Shatta Wale and Medikal did after their release from prison

Shatta Wale was on remand  for staging report that he was shot and Medikal joined him later at the Ankaful Prison after he was arrested for brandishing a gun on social media.

The two, on Tuesday morning, were granted bail in their respective cases by an Accra Circuit Court. The dancehall act is to re-appear in court on 9th November for his adjourned case to be heard.

The ‘Omo Ada’ rapper is also to reappear in court on November 9, 2021. The musicians who are friends after going through the bail process to be released from the Ankaful Prison headed over to a beach for a ‘spiritual cleansing’ bath.

Some people hold the belief that after anyone comes out from prison, they must have a sea bath to wash away any bad omen before they are incorporated into society.

Shatta Wale and Medikal accordingly did this at a beach in the company of their close friends and family. Watch the video below of how it went down.

 

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Takoradi: Woman who faked kidnapping jailed six years

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29-year-old Joana Krah who faked her abduction at Takoradi in the Western Region has been sentenced to six years imprisonment. (more…)

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Shatta Wale, Medikal granted bail at GHC 100,000 each

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Dancehall artiste Charles Nii Armah Mensah popularly known as Shatta Wale has been granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court.

He was granted a self-recognisance bail in the sum of GHc100,000.

The court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh also granted bail to Ghanaian hip-hop musician Samuel Adu Frimpong, aka Medikal, who is facing the court for allegedly displaying his Ruger 9mm pistol in a video he posted on social media.

Medikal was granted bail in the sum of GHc100,000 with one surety.

Shatta Wale’s accomplices, Kojo Owusu Koranteng, also known as Nana Dope, Eric Venator, aka Gangee and Iddriss Yussif have also been granted bail in the sum of 100,000 each with one common surety who must be a public officer.

They are to re-appear before the court on November 9, 2021.

Shatta Wale is facing charges of publication of false news while his accomplices are facing the court for abetment.

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NaaKay of Nkasei Fame Re-emerges As Afro Yesus

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NaaKay of the Hiplife duo Nkasei who made waves in the Ghanaian music industry with their authentic tune and talent is back again. The hardworking artist who took up rapping from his secondary school days and never looked back, is bent on bringing back the beauty in Ghanaian music. NaaKay believes every youth must dare to do a lot when they have the energy hence as a preacher who follows his own words, he has decided not to sleep after producing hits after hits but to do more for the generations yet to come. This time, he has decided to do it solo and under the brand, Afro Yesus

According to the talented artist, the change of name was necessitated when he had a spiritual experience which changed his entire perception on life. Thus, he has decided to inculcate these changes in his come back. Afro Yesus as he is known now believes that names have purpose thus, he had to change his name to reflect his purpose for coming back and doing music again and by far, demonstrating what he represents. He further explained that, Afro represents his African background and the Yesus which is from Yesu, represents someone who is enlightened.

Afro Yesus stated that, he is currently working on a 25-track album which will be released in the third quarter of next year. However, an EP will be released in January to deal with the long wait. The EP according to him will go a long way to throw more light on the differences between Naakay of Nkasei and Afro Yesus.

He heightened the delight of his fans by assuring them to expect a lot of good vibes and positive energy in his music. He outlined that he will release songs that deal with hardship in our everyday lives, as humans; and soulful lyrics that touches the deeper core of who we really are.

The artist hail from Elmina in the central region of Ghana and had his tertiary education at Takoradi Polytechnic where he had his HND in accounting. It is worth noting that the talented artist once taught at the Harvard College laying emphasis to his versatility as a person.

Afro Yesus (Then NaaKay) along with his longtime partner, shy produced amazing albums under Nkasei such as “Bisa”, “Nsenkyireni” and “Action”. These albums saw the duo, trending on all available spaces in the country. Their songs remain relevant and a  good source of entertainment even till date.  Songs like ‘Nkuro Eduro’, ‘Alogo Springi’,’Shake your Wele Wele Wele’, “Monkey”, “Eko Mamo” and “Ashesh3” and “Tuobodom” are still fresh in the minds of fans even after decades. This goes a long way to explain the nature and quality of songs Afro Yesus is capable of putting together.

The award winning artist is definitely an amazing artist to look out for especially with his renewed determination to do more.

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Shatta Wale arrested over fake shooting

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Shatta Wale arrested over fake shooting

Police Have Arrested Charles Nii Armah Mensah Populary Known as Shatta Wale.

A statement published by the Ghana Police Service reads:

After we publicly declared him and one other person wanted, the suspect, Shatta Wale, turned himself in today Tuesday 19th October, 2021, at 8.59pm.

He has been arrested to assist the Police in investigations for his alleged involvement in the creation and circulation of information intended to cause fear and panic.

As stated in previous statements, the public is advised to desist from publishing false information, capable of disturbing the peace of the country or risk being arrested and prosecuted.

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