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Guest Blog: VGMA Heroes Concert: Kudos To Charterhouse …That Was A Good Show



It was a night meant to celebrate the heroes at the frontline of Ghana and the world’s Covid-19 fight, but we must as well celebrate the heroics of Madam Theresa Ayoade (Charterhouse C.E.O) and her team for an awesome concert they put together last night.

Charterhouse, organizers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) had indirectly been thrown a challenge by Mr. Sadiq Abdullai and his 3Music Awards Crew with their near flawless organization of the virtual 3Music Awards 2020 a couple of weeks ago. The pressure since then had been on Charterhouse to respond in equal measure especially when the VGMAs is regarded as Ghana’s biggest music award scheme.


For VGMAs not to be usurped by the “baby” 3Music, industry players and music lovers had for the past weeks been urging them to respond to this challenge, and what a grand style response that was with the virtual “Heroes Concert” last night. If this was a litmus test for a proper virtual VGMAs, then the blue litmus has indeed turned red for them to go ahead and give us a virtual red-lettered VGMAs 2020.


From Chief Moomen’s poetic introduction to Joe Mettle’s performance, one can testify that indeed this was a well thought through event, beautifully crafted and well produced to the satisfaction of the enthused virtual audience watching from the comfort of their homes.


An awesome stage on which stood an amazing live band setup was enough to convince everyone watching that this was not a joke of a virtual concert, and the elegant lighting added a touch of magnificence and splendour to every performer who graced the stage.

To single out one musician for praise may be a disservice to all the super talented musicians who dished to us the entertainment needed to help allay fears and ease tension in these hard times while also celebrating our brave and gallant frontline health workers who are sacrificing their all in this global battle against the novel coronavirus.

Honourable mentions however, to all those musicians who performed with the accompaniment of the live band. The chemistry that existed between some of them and the band, came with some calmness and produced sounds that was soothing to the ear, something that has been missing for some time now in most modern-day music performances, and I can’t help but agree with blogger Kobby Kyei when he tweeted that, “Event organizers should provide more room for our acts to perform live like this”.

Another huge positive was the inclusion of Chief Moomen, the poet who got the whole action off to a flyer as he magically wove words together and delivered that eloquent act of poetry. He strengthened my long-held position that, event organizers should involve other creative people like comedians, poets, writers, etc. to sell their products to the masses. We have such talents in abundance and all they cry for are platforms and opportunities such as these. Need I say more about Naa Ashorkor, the ever-masterful host?

In all, the “Heroes Concert” indeed showed that Charterhouse knows how to deliver a good show even in abnormal times like these and to quote a tweet from celebrated Ghanaian blogger Ameyaw Debrah, “Salute to Charterhouse. I wasn’t disappointed one bit for anticipating this”.


Writer: Qwesi Nabila Zakariah (@qwesi_nabila)



I didn’t realise what kind of sacrifice will come with wanting more – Shaffy Bello



Ace actor, Shaffy Bello sits with the host of #WithChude and co-founder of Joy, Inc., Chude Jideonwo to talk about her acting career, loss and some of the sacrifices she had to make as she tries to follow her dreams.


Explaining why she returned to Nigeria to act in Yoruba films, the 51-year old actor and singer says: “I wanted to spread my wings. I felt like I was pregnant and I couldn’t have a child. I felt like my wings were sort of closed in and I was boxed in and I needed more, my soul needed more.


I was yearning for more but I didn’t realize what kind of sacrifice would come with wanting more and going for what you want, after all you have to pay some price.


I paid the price of having a connection with my children there. Coming to Nigeria, I would stay in my room and cry asking myself “what am I doing, what am I doing?” I left my children abroad, my daughter was 13 and my son was 11. Now mind you, I was a hands-on mother. I would set the table, all of that. I would quit my job just to raise my children, that’s why I only had 2 so when they grew up to a certain extent I went back to working.


I sacrificed everything. So leaving them with their father was a huge sacrifice but it turned around for good.”


Advising other women struggling with making decisions about their dreams and their homes, Shaffy Bello says “What I will say is that there is time for everything. If your children are still young, you need to nurture them. They didn’t ask to come, you brought them, so give them that time. Nurture them. Give them such a good foundation that you can trust it, so when it’s time for you to fly, you can fly.” she added.


“It is not going to be easy, but you have to trust yourself. You have to trust that you can have your marriage, your children and your career. Some people are, so why not. It didn’t work for me, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work for every woman. You just have to find your own niche, and find what works for you.”


“But don’t you dare forget yourself and your dreams,” she concludes.


Watch the excerpts from the interview here:

#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit.

All past and new episodes of #WithChude can be watched on You can also watch the premiere of new episodes every Saturday on Channels TV at 1 pm, with reruns every Sunday on Wazobia TV Channel 98 at 5 pm, every Tuesday on Rave Tv at 5 pm, every Wednesday on Pop Central Station DSTV Channel 189 at 8 pm, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV StarTimes Channel 189/191 at 7:30 pm.

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Nigerian Footballer Victor Osimhen goes savage on Twitter



Victor Osimhen

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen made the news a couple of days ago when he finally returned to the club after months of absence owing to facial injury and Covid-19. (more…)

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Something is coming! Chance The Rapper links up with Sarkodie and hit the studio together



Chance The Rapper links up with Sarkodie

After announcing that the only thing left for him to do with his trip to Ghana was to meet Sarkodie, American rapper Chance The Rapper finally met with the highly decorated Ghanaian rapper.

In an instagram story , Chance shared a video together with Sarkodie and said “Something is coming”.

The Grammy-winning rapper is currently in Ghana with Ghanaian-American singer Vic Mensa, reuniting with the motherland. After claiming that his grandparents are of Ghanaian descent, Chance seizes every opportunity to reconnect with his ancestor, as evidenced by several videos that have surfaced online.

On Monday, January 10, another video has surfaced online showing Chance the rapper and one of Africa’s finest rappers, Sarkodie, linking up in a penthouse in Ghana to make music.

While we keep our fingers crossed for the collaboration, it is definitely going to be worth the wait.

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Nigerian businessman, Big Slim arraigned for death of American stripper Tyger Booty in Ghana



A Nigerian businessman has been arraigned by Ghana police for the death of American stripper Julie Diane Williams known as Tyger Booty.

Ghana police said Tyger Booty was in contact with a Nigerian businessman identified as Bright Udiagbe known as Big Slim while she was in Ghana. Big Slim owns a hotel, restaurants, and nightclubs in both Nigeria and Ghana. This includes SilverFox Exotic club in Lagos, where Tyger Booty posted a photo from on Instagram 6 weeks ago!


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Tyger Booty was reported dead in mid-December 2021 at a hotel in Abelemkpe, a suburb in Ghana’s capital city Accra.

Weeks after her death, Ghanaian police have been investigating the death and tracking the sequence of events before her death on how she arrived in Ghana, contact with the country and the US embassy, and arrests related to her demise.

Accra Regional Police Public Relations Chief Supt Alexander Obeng confirmed in a radio report that Tyger’s case was lodged with Tesano Police and had been forwarded to the headquarters.

Ghana police disclosed that she died at the Rayporsh Hotel on December 14, which was 11 days after her arrival from the US through Nigeria.

“Preliminary police investigation has established that the deceased US national arrived in Ghana on December 3, 2021 en route from Nigeria. Having tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival, she was taken into an isolation center at Ave Maria Hotel, South Legon-Accra,” Ghana police said in a statement.

Big Slim has since been arraigned in a prosecution led by Chief Inspector Lawrence Anane, at the Kaneshie District Court, where other suspects are facing trial for the model’s death.

They have since been granted a GH₵100,000 bail with two sureties each by the court after their arrests.

Chief Inspector Anane also disclosed at the court that the deceased and Big Slim had been in a working relationship for the past five years. Ghana police said an autopsy report on Tyger Booty’s death is being awaited to continue the trial.

The Kaneshie District Court granted bail to Bright Udiagb and four other persons who were arrested in connection with the death of Julie Diane Williams.  They include Susan Azor, an employee of Udiagbe; Gideon Kwafio, a cook and a receptionist; George Ntsor, a gardener and Odoi Laryea, a security guard-all employees of Rayporsh Hotel, located in the country’s capital and where the model was found dead.

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I’ve done everything in Ghana except meet Sarkodie – Chance The Rapper



It appears that visiting American rapper, singer, and record producer, Chance The Rapper has ticked off a lot things from his bucket list for visiting Ghana, except for meeting Ghanaian rap superstar, Sarkodie.

He announced this on Twitter saying: “I’ve done everything in Ghana except meet @sarkodie”

Since his arrival in Ghana, Chance The Rapper has been seen largely in the company of fellow rapper, Vic Mensa; American contemporary poet, writer, lyricist and activist Aja Monet Bacquie; Ghanaian rapper M.anifest; Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter, Moses Sumney; GRAMMY–winning producer and musician Peter CottonTale; among others.

He has been seen drinking fresh Ghanaian coconut juice; he’s attended service at a church built by his family many years ago; he has toured James Town  and visited the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.

Chance The Rapper has also been seen in shots from in a location similar to the Aburi Mountains. He was also seen enjoying a calming bath in a waterfall, also presumed to be in the Aburi area.

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Wendy Shay sets Twitter ablaze with 2022 Grammy Award ambitions



Wendy Shay on Friday afternoon made a bold statement on Twitter, promising Ghanaians a Grammy Award nomination in 2022.

She wrote: “2022 is the year of Grammys I’m bringing it to the motherland Watch me !”

While the 64th edition of the Annual Grammy Awards were postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19, earlier in the week, Wendy Shay’s ambition spread like Covid-19 on Twitter, with many Ghanaians having a bite at her.

Here are a view comments that made sure Wendy was in the trends for the ‘Constitution Day’ holiday:

This person even took the liberty to remind Ghanaians how many times Wendy had promised to take them to the Grammys.

Well, a girl can dream!  Let’s see what Wendy Shay has under her cards for 2022!



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