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I have a very funny side – Joselyn Dumas

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Known mostly for her serious roles, Ghana’s on-screen sweetheart Joselyn Dumas is about to bring out her funny side in the new Showmax Original Ghana Jollof where she shares the screen with other fan faves like James Gardiner, Mawuli Gavor, Basketmouth, and Funnybone.

 

We caught up with the Northern Affair star, where she dished on her Ghana Jollof co-stars, her ideal script and who makes the best jollof!

 

What was your reaction when you first heard the name Ghana Jollof?

 

I thought ‘Oh my God, these jollof wars! Can we just declare the winner already?’ Then I got a call from Basketmouth and he said, ‘This is something really special to me, I’m looking for a way to do a proper collaboration between Ghanaians and Nigerians. We’re one people and this is a way for me to let people know that we’re the same.’ So it became a really nice discussion on the phone. I’ve always enjoyed Basketmouth’s jokes and I’ve seen Flatmates a couple of times so I was excited when he said he had a role for me in Ghana Jollof.

 

Tell us about your character on Ghana Jollof and would you say there are any similarities between Joselyn and the role you play?

 

I play Abena, who is an HR manager in Mensah’s bakery. She’s a bit of a senior and has a thing for the boss, Kweku. There’s some rivalry between herself and the secretary, who is her much younger subordinate. So everyone is driving to get Kweku’s attention and Abena feels like she has a bit of an edge because she’s the HR manager.

 

Now I’ve had a crush on a few people but I don’t think I would penalise anyone who is my subordinate because they have a crush on the same person as I do. Healthy competition is nice but I wouldn’t use my position to intimidate anyone out of spite.

 

Tell us a bit about your star-studded co-cast.

 

I’m very happy with the cast. On the show I’ve worked closely with Basketmouth, James Gardiner, Funnybone and Buchi. I just met Buchi for the first time and he’s hilarious.

 

Everyone brought their A-game to the show. We had so many funny moments on set where everyone was just rolling on the floor with laughter.

 

Obviously Basketmouth was in charge of the production so he’s still the boss, but when it’s time for play, he plays, and when it’s time for work he’s quite serious.

 

He’s also made sure we’re taken care of. We had a conversation where he said to me that he realised, while sitting down in meetings, that there’s a lot of disservice that has been done to a lot of creatives and talents in our industry and he’s hoping to make a difference.

 

He’s already doing that, giving all these young people a chance. For instance, the director is quite young and so is the writer and he’s given them a chance to showcase their talent and I think that’s commendable. I also work closely with James Gardiner (Kweku in Ghana Jollof) on Akwaba Magic’s Dede and he’s very talented. He’s eye candy but he also takes the job seriously. Funnybone is my friend whom I’ve known for years. This is his first time acting (in a drama), and he’s doing amazingly.

 

Would you describe this as your first comedic role?

 

Not at all. Everybody thinks that I’m quite a serious person but I have a very funny side once I get comfortable around people. So I’m always looking for that script that will bring out that side of Joselyn. I’m doing that now in Accra on Dede and my character is hilarious without even trying and I absolutely love playing that role. Playing Abena on Ghana Jollof, I’ve had some humorous moments with Basketmouth and Buchi. So I have played quite a few funny roles. People always see me in a serious sense but it’s just a protective guard.

 

What would you take away from working on Ghana Jollof?

 

Teamwork and camaraderie. Everybody was looking out for each other on the set. From the crew to the cast, everyone was hungry to see this show succeed and even go beyond Season 1. That’s what I’m taking away because it’s about time we work together and we go far together. I see that with everybody here. We would come on set by 6am and by 7pm, we’re done. That tells you the guys are passionate and they really want to get this done. Nobody feels superior to anyone; we’re all just equally coming together to create magic.

 

Did you feel any pressure to get it right given that it’s Showmax’s first comedy-drama?

 

Well thankfully I don’t have to say the jokes. But like with every production I do, there’s a little bit of pressure. Even if I’ve done it a few times, it’s always new in a sense. Also, I always feel like everything I do has to be better than what I’ve done before, so yes, I’m under pressure.

 

What do you want fans to take away from Ghana Jollof?

 

I want anyone who watches this show to have fun and be entertained. There’s drama and comedy; a lot of times when you see comedy, there’s a bit of slapstick but I love the fact that there’s drama and comedy with Ghana Jollof. There’s a storyline to it and once you follow it, it’s intriguing. Even as a character, I’m entertained. Sometimes I think ‘Why is Abena doing this? What is her problem?’. It’s also a very relatable series: everyone has had a crush on somebody and everybody has loved the attention they’ve got from people who have had crushes on them. There’s also somebody who has always felt like an underdog. Everyone can see themselves in a particular character on the show.

 

Ghana jollof or Nigerian jollof?

 

Ghana jollof because I make the best Ghana jollof anyday!

Catch Ghana Jollof now streaming on Showmax.

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Rock Dawuni speaks passionately against fan wars, calls for unity among Ghanaian musicians

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Two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist, Rocky Dawuni has sent out a plea to Ghanaian musicians and their fans to focus less on ‘beef’ and more on collaboration to help grow the music industry. (more…)

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Global Citizen Reveals 117 Million Lives Benefited Three Years On From Commitments Announced At The Epic Mandela 100 Festival

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To mark the third anniversary of the Mandela 100 festival, international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, has announced that over 12 million lives have been impacted this year across Africa, and the world, adding to the 105 million lives reported last year. Impact from commitments announced at Mandela 100 now totals over 117 million people having benefited from pledges made at the ground-breaking festival in 2018 – which brought together world leaders, philanthropists, and the private sector to make commitments towards achieving the UN’s Global Goals, to end extreme poverty and its systemic causes.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, more than $4.7 billion of the total $7.2 billion in funding announced during the Mandela 100 campaign have been disbursed and allocated to key organisations on the front line of ending extreme poverty, in all its forms, and to communities in need around the world.

Over 70,000 Global Citizens, artists, and global leaders came together at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 2nd December 2018, united behind one mission to honour the life of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year. The event commemorated the legacy of a man whose extraordinary vision for peace and equality still resonates today with the hearts and minds of Global Citizens across the world.

Hosts of the event included Trevor Noah, Sir Bob Geldof, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker, with ground breaking performances by Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, Ed Sheeran, Sho Madjozi, and more.

During the festival Global Citizen and partners announced 60 key pledges across Health, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Food Security, Agriculture, Environment, Education, Education, Finance and Innovation.

By 2020, more than 105 million lives had been impacted by the commitments announced as part of the Mandela 100 campaign in 2018. Now one year on, Global Citizen can announce that a further 12 million liveshave been impacted from delivery of these pledges. Through pledges made at the festival, interventions have been vast, urgent, and critical for communities experiencing the compounded effects of extreme poverty and COVID-19.

Pledges have resulted in accelerated action to end child marriage, and the delivery of antiretroviral therapeutics to more than 5.1 million South Africans; efforts are underway to map the spread of river blindness in Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, and computers and other educational equipment and facilities that enabled students to continue attending classes online during COVID-19.

Released this week, Global Citizen’s 2021 impact report highlights the latest disbursed commitments including:

  • USD $40 million has been spent by the Motsepe Foundation towards the provision of quality education, an increase of USD $20 million over the last 16 months. USD $50 million had been spent since 2018, contributing to the development and growth of agriculture and farming projects in traditional communities and poor rural and urban communities in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State and Northern Cape. The funding has been for tractors, farming equipment and implements, irrigation systems, the digging and construction of several hundreds of boreholes, the provision of water tanks and water storage facilities, as well as the provision of fertilisers, seeds and other agricultural and farming inputs.
  • The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Elma Foundation UK, UK Aid, Virgin Unite, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed US$105 million to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2023. Supported by the funding announced at Mandela 100, Sightsavers’ Accelerate programme has addressed neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma in 14 African countries, including Benin, Guinea-Bissau and Ethiopia. The program has delivered 7.4 million treatments for river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis and in the first quarter  of 2021, surgery activities were underway in 95 of the programme’s targeted 180 districts for the year, which has allowed for the treatment of 5,100 cases of trachoma.
  • Vodacom pledged ZAR 500 million (US$34.8 million) toward combating gender-based violence, teacher and learner digital literacy, and early childhood centers. In 2021 Vodacom’s Mandela 100 commitment has supported programmes that have had a profound  impact across key areas in gender, education, and literacy.
  • As a result of one of these programmes, more than 1,900 female farmers have been trained in relevant ICT skills to enable them to communicate with other farmers, access relevant products and services online, and ultimately provide them with access to economic opportunities by connecting them to potential buyers.
  • A Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) and website has provided victims of violence in South Africa with a source of support, by providing counselling, service referrals, and immediate response in the event of imminent danger, all free of charge.
  • Germany committed $72.4 million to support the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD).  Germany’s commitment helped support IFAD overall efforts, ensuring that from 2019 to 2021, 23.4 million people gained access to financial services, such as savings and credits, and almost 1.7 million hectares of land were brought under climate resilient practices. IFAD’s ongoing projects reached over 128 million people, surpassing the year’s goal of 120 million. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IFAD has repurposed $179 million in the form of 58 projects across 36 countries to help relieve the pandemic’s profound impacts thanks in part to funding announced at Mandela 100, in other partners. Recently in Eritrea, for instance, $1 million has been repurposed through the “Fisheries Resources Management Programme” to provide temporary cold storage to make sure those affected by COVID-19 were able to store their harvests.

Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-founder and Chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation said:
“We are pleased with the progress we’ve made relating to our Global Citizen Mandela 100 commitments despite the Covid-19 challenges. We are committed to contributing to improving the living conditions and standards of living of millions of people in South Africa, the rest of the African Continent and the world.”

Chebet Chikumbu, Global Citizen’s Africa Regional Director said:
“Despite the ongoing pandemic, we’ve been working closely with our partners to ensure funds are being dispersed to communities most in need in Africa and across the world. Over the next year, we will continue to deliver on the accountability tied to Mandela 100 campaign pledges made, helping millions of the world’s most vulnerable combat poverty daily, while mitigating the ongoing personal implications and economic impacts of COVID-19.”  ​​

Global Citizen remains committed to bring Nelson Mandela’s dream into reality by ending extreme poverty. In order to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals, including Global Citizen’s mission to end extreme poverty by 2030, we must end poverty in all its forms.

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Gyakie to sign-off 2021 with The Live Experience concert

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The FLIP THE MUSIC star’s terrific run of form has been a performance worth commemorating, and with the year down to its final month, Gyakie is ready to sign-off with a memorable showdown.

Slated for December 19, which happens to fall on a Sunday – a week shy of Christmas Day, the Ballantine’s sponsored concert will have the ‘Forever’ singer give fans a buzz at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, 7pm prompt. Dubbed ‘’The Live Experience with Gyakie’’, the concert will be curated by the artist’s label, FLIP THE MUSIC and is tipped to be one for the books.

This year, Gyakie’s presence has been strong and unrelenting. She inked a deal with Sony Music Entertainment/RCA Records UK, threw in a sassy virtual performance at the MTV Base YouTube African Day concert, featured on BBC World Service’s ‘’Focus on Africa’’ and was the first female African artist to partner with digital streaming platform (DSP) giant, Spotify on their EQUAL music program which got a billboard slot at the Times Square in New York City.

Her feats haven’t been any less extravagant on the music aisle either. She enjoyed great success with her ‘Forever’ remix for-which debuted on UK’s official Top 20 Afrobeat chart. Gyakie also emerged as 3Music Awards’ ‘’Woman of the Year’’ winner, next to her two-time feature on Billboard’s ‘’Top Triller’’ chart. The biggest highlight of her year however was on the back of her ‘’SEED’’ EP’s streaming numbers – a total of over 11 million streams across all DSPs.

Get your tickets here: https://tix.africa/gyakie

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Sarkodie, Local music rule as Spotify Wrapped reveals Ghana’s top albums, artists and more

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As the countdown to 2022 starts, nothing can round off this incredible year better than Spotify Wrapped, which sums up what made 365 million Spotify users around the globe vibe throughout the year.

In 2021, the world slowly came out of its quarantine lifestyle to embrace the New Normal. While at it, Spotify entered Ghana’s space, in line with the rise of audio streaming in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Now, for the fifth year running, Spotify is unveiling the top artists, albums, songs and playlists through Wrapped. Spoiler alert: the Ghanaian music industry is in for a treat as local albums and artists topped the charts among Spotify users in the country!

In Ghana, Rap, Afropop, Afro dancehall and Azontobeats were among the top genres as nightclubs reopened and people got their groove on. Speaking of rap music, none other than “King Sark” claimed the most album plays with “No Pressure” — knocking WizKid‘s “Made in Lagos” and Justin Bieber‘s “Justice” down to second and third in the process.

Sarkodie again ruled the chart as the Ghanaian people’s favourite artist, ahead of Drake and Nigeria’s Burna Boy. King Promise completed the Top 10 as one of three Ghanaian artists listed in it.

Hots Hits Ghana — featuring tracks from Black Sherif, Kuami Eugene, and Wendy Shay among others — was the most streamed playlist. In the midst of the Grammy Awards nominations buzz, it’s fair to say that Ghanaians truly support their own.

Check out Spotify’s full 2021 Wrapped results for Ghana further below. Also, be on the lookout for additional details and exciting new features in the coming days around Spotify’s popular personalised Wrapped and Creator Wrapped experiences, which gives users a deep dive into the music that defined their year. Wrapped is also now available in shareable data-driven stories format.

Ghana’s top Spotify Wrapped lists for 2021

Most streamed artists in Ghana

  1. Sarkodie

  2. Drake

  3. Burna Boy

  4. Kwesi Arthur

  5. WizKid

  6. Joeboy

  7. DaVido

  8. Justin Bieber

  9. Kanye West

  10. King Promise

Most streamed female artist in Ghana

  1. Tems

  2. Gyakie

  3. Nicky Minaj

  4. Doja Cat

  5. Adele

  6. Rihanna

  7. Teni

  8. Beyoncé

  9. Tiwa Savage

  10. Ariana Grande

Most streamed tracks in Ghana

  1. Feeling, by LADIPOE

  2. Peru, by Fireboy DML

  3. Slow Down, by King Promise

  4. Second Sermon, by Black Sherif

  5. Baajo, by Kwesi Arthur

  6. Door, by Joeboy

  7. Coachella, by Sarkodie (feat. Kwesi Arthur)

  8. Understand, by Omah Lay

  9. Essence, by WizKid (feat. Tems)

  10. Sip (Alcohol), by Joeboy

Most streamed albums in Ghana

  1. “No Pressure”, by Sarkodie

  2. “Made in Lagos”, by WizKid

  3. “Justice”, by Justin Bieber

  4. “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake

  5. “Donda”, by Kanye West

  6. “Shoot for Stars Aim for the Moon” by Pop Smoke

  7. “Twice as Tall”, by Burna Boy

  8. “A Better Time” by DaVido

  9. “The Golden Boy” by KiDi

  10. “Somewhere between Beauty & Magic”, by Joeboy

Most streamed local artists in Ghana

  1. Sarkodie 

  2. Kwesi Arthur

  3. King Promise

  4. Stonebwoy 

  5. Shatta Wale

  6. KiDi 

  7. Kuami Eugene

  8. R2Bees 

  9. Darkovibes 

  10. Black Sherif

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Three Decades Of 24th Night: Kojo Antwi Returns With “The Lovers Celebration”

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The first of his peers and blessed with the authenticity that powers victory, a class act with excellent musical delivery, Kojo Antwi celebrates 30 years of owning a date on Ghana’s national calendar.

A pacesetter and the greatest at what he does, it’s been three good decades of serving music lovers with his melodramatic performances at his flagship 24th December night shows and this year’s will be no exception.

With several names including Music Man, the Music Maestro among many others Kojo Antwi has over the years curated a highly respected public platform that has featured musical giants including Salif Keita (Mali), Steel Pulse (Jamaica & UK), Nana Kwame Ampadu (Ghana), Richard Bona (Cameroon), Freddie Meiway (Ivory Coast), Flavour (Nigeria), Pat Thomas (Ghana), Sonti (South Afrika), Aicha Kone (Ivory Coast), Steve Coleman (U.S.A), Reggie Rockstone (Ghana), Kamaldine (Guinea), King Mensah (Togo), Monique Seka (Ivory Coast) and more.

It is in line with these memorable experiences that Kojo Antwi mounts the stage again on December 24, 2021, at De Icon Event Center, Otele Avenue in Accra, Ghana to celebrate the 30th year of owning such an iconic night.

*Organized by Freedom Family Entertainment and Loggy Entertainment and supported by  Event Vendors Association*, tickets for the intimate night with the Maestro are fast selling at GHC200 for Economy, GHC500 for Business Class and GHC800 for First Class.

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