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Here We Go! Fake sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela memorial says he had Schizophrenia on stage

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Fake-Sign-Language-Nelson-MandelaAccording to Sky News  the “fake” sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service has reportedly said he suffered a schizophrenic episode. Thamsanqa Jantjie, who was criticised for apparently making “meaningless gestures” while interpreting the speeches of world leaders on stage, said he takes medication for the condition. He said he did not know whether it was the scale of the event or the happiness he felt about being involved that triggered the episode. The 34-year-old, who was pictured signing next to the likes of US President Barack Obama, claimed he suddenly lost concentration and started hearing voices and hallucinating. He also had visions of angels coming into the stadium and was trying not to panic because there were “armed policemen around me”. Mr Jantjie said the episode impaired his ability to hear things properly and interpret what was being said, but he did not feel able to leave so continued to sign words and phrases that did not make sense.

“I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry, it’s the situation I found myself in. “Life is unfair. This illness is unfair. Anyone who doesn’t understand this illness will think that I’m just making this up.” Concerns over the interpreter had been raised by deaf people watching the service at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium. Bruno Druchen, the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, said he “was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for”. South African parliament member Wilma Newhoudt, a member of the ruling party, also said the interpreter communicated nothing with his hand and arm movements. Both Mr Druchen and Ms Newhoudt are deaf. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country’s 11 official languages, according to the federation. icole Du Toit, an official sign language interpreter who also watched the broadcast, said the man on stage was an “embarrassment”. Mr Jantjie, who was accused of being an imposter, which led to security concerns, claims he is a genuine interpreter and a “champion of sign language” who was paid 850 Rand (£50) for one day’s work. Asked about his interpreting skills, he said: ”It is very sad at this present moment because I believe that it was an issue that had to be dealt with earlier. “If the Deaf Federation of South Africa​ have an issue with my interpreting they should have clarified it a long time ago, not at this crucial time for our country.” He says he has photographs of him working next to various people including President Jacob Zuma in the past. He said felt honoured to be part of the historic event on Tuesday, but the president’s office has contacted him to find out who recommended him for the job. The South African government is to investigate what happened.
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The premiere of the most anticipated Ghanaian crime action thriller; The Agency, postponed to December 2

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We wish to officially announce that Ghana’s most anticipated crime action thriller, The Agency, initially scheduled to premiere on October 1, 2022, has been postponed to December 2, 2022.

This difficult decision became necessary due to some challenges, including a planned renovation by Silverbird Cinemas, commencing two days after the premiere of The Agency movie and lasting about a week. Meaning that subsequent showings of The Agency in the cinema would have to be suspended for the entire duration of the renovation. From a business perspective, this is not prudent as a break in screening would water down the impact we anticipate audience reviews after the premiere will make, while potentially affecting revenue as well. Hence, the need to postpone to a more suitable date.

In considering suitable dates, we had to ensure that the new date was not set too close to or on the same day as any major local or international event and or movie releases. This is also important because it can adversely affect our premiere. After extensive consultations and careful consideration, it became clear that The Agency should premiere in December.

Coincidentally, the National Film Authority called on Cine-God Studios to discuss the Ghana Cinema Week slated for December 2022. The ten (10) day event seeks to revive the Ghanaian cinema culture by encouraging Ghanaians to watch Ghanaian films at various venues across the country. By supporting and participating in this initiative, we get a golden opportunity to access more screens; which means we get to bring the The Agency movie closer to more film lovers across Ghana faster than we initially scheduled.

In all, we believe that this postponement provides an opportunity for us to entertain film lovers without compromising on returns for our investor; a win-win situation.

The Agency is a crime-action thriller movie which tells the story of a very powerful government security agency, which was formed to handle the government’s top-secret operations but which gets corrupted under the leadership of a highly connected female government appointee who uses the agency for back-door business dealings, hence, causing the emergence of a group of highly skilled individuals to embark on a self-sanctioned perilous mission to end the corruption and abuse. It was Executive produced by Amin Ramart and directed by Abu Iddris.

We therefore take the opportunity to apologize for any inconveniences caused and encourage the public to turn out in their numbers on December 2, 2022 for the premiere at Silverbird Cinemas (Accra Mall and West Hills mall) and subsequent showings at venues near them.

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Popular Musicians with just 1 hit song are not talented – Obibini Takyi Junior (OTJ) fires

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Fast-rising Ghanaian musician, Obibini Takyi Jnr has disclosed that popular Ghanaian musicians with just one hit songs are untalented. (more…)

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Nova Blaq’s new EP “Crime of Passion” set for September 16 release

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 Nova Blaq seems to have been packing some serious heat these past months and is set to unleash his debut EP come September 16.

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BNXN says Swedish lady who leaked a bedroom video with him has been arrested for blackmail

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Nigerian singer, Daniel Benson, popularly known as BNXN, has finally spoken out after a Swedish lady leaked his nude and bedroom tape of them together. (more…)

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First wife of Botswana polygamous pastor says we shouldn’t be quick to bash her husband

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Kagiso, the first wife of a popular polygamous pastor from Botswana, Seraki Kemmonye Seraki, has said people should not bash her husband for taking a second wife, Mpho. (more…)

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Wendy Shay Set To Drop ‘Enigma’ EP Following Her ‘Survivor’ From Heartbreak

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Award-winning Ghanaian songstress, Wendy Addo, who is popularly called Wendy Shay is set to drop her first EP titled ‘Enigma’.A simple search of the meaning of ‘Enigma’ in any dictionary brings up the meaning; ‘a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand,’ which is to suggest that Wendy Shay is about to tell the story of how difficult it is for people to understand her unorthodox brand. (more…)

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