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Kofi Akpabli launches book on Ghanaian Heritage and lifestyle

Award-winning freelance journalist, Kofi Akpabli has launched his second book ‘‘Tickling the Ghanaian Encounters with Contemporary Culture’’ at the British Council Hall in Accra. The 142 page glossy book, is a collection of witty articles depicting the heritage and everyday lifestyle of Ghanaians. The author is the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist for Arts and Culture and […]

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Award-winning freelance journalist, Kofi Akpabli has launched his second book ‘‘Tickling the Ghanaian Encounters with Contemporary Culture’’ at the British Council Hall in Accra. The 142 page glossy book, is a collection of witty articles depicting the heritage and everyday lifestyle of Ghanaians.

The author is the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist for Arts and Culture and also the Ghana Journalists Association’s 2010 Best Journalist for Arts and Tourism.

Under the Chairmanship of Prof. Esi Sutherland-Addy of the Institute of African Studies, the launch ceremony saw culture at its best with the display of Ghanaian traditional dances by Ghana Dance Ensemble while delicacies such as ‘anduley’ atsifuifui and pito were served.

In his review Dr. Kwaku Boakye, a Senior Lecturer of the Tourism Department at the University of Cape Coast said the book delivers on its core mandate:  making the reader laugh and asking pertinent questions about our lifestyles while posing very important development-oriented questions.

Dr. Kwaku Boakye described ‘‘Tickling the Ghanaian Encounters with Contemporary Culture’’ as ‘a fresh breath of air in Ghanaian literature”, adding that the volume is a cultural guide, a tourist’s hand book and a hypertension- reducer all rolled in one. The reviewer said that if there is one packaged gift which sums up the essence of our Ghanaian-ness it is Tickling the Ghanaian.’

Launching the book, Nana Susubribi Krobea Asante, Omanhene of Asante Asokore Nana said it is reassuring that the new book raises pertinent issues such as the expensive cost of modern funerals. Also known as Dr. S.K.B. Asante, the Omanhene admitted that the chieftaincy institution has tried without success to check this situation. He paid tribute to emerging young writers adding that by venturing out to such unusual subject matters and writing vividly about them the author has produced a priceless legacy.

In a remark, Mr. Edward Boateng, the Executive Chairman of Global Media Alliance group of companies said unleashing the creative force of the citizenry is crucial in accelerating development process of nations. He expressed pride in the fact that the author has been unearthed by the CNN African Journalist Awards, awards programme that he helped to originate.

The first copy of the book was bought for two thousand (C2,000) by Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd. A representative of the organization, Henry Bukari said the company recognises the role of the media in shaping society and are proud to associate with the honour that the freelance journalist has brought to Ghana.

In her closing remarks, Prof. Esi Sutherland Addy a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of African Studies said works such as ‘Tickling the Ghanaian’ offer the nation a new way of forging ahead. She noted that the essence of the new book is to allow the nation to undertake an introspection as a people.

Also present at the event were the Siapha Kamara CEO of SEND Ghana, Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, Professor Ofori Akyea of the African University College of Communication and Vicky Wireko Andoh of the Institute of Public Relations Ghana. In his own remarks, Kofi Akpabli said he felt it a duty, as an arts and culture writer, to examine the heritage and lifestyle of Ghanaians.

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Angélique Kidjo to storm Ghana for GUBA awards

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Multiple Grammy award winner, Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, is expected to perform at this year’s Grow, Unite and Build Africa (GUBA) Awards.

The awards are slated for November 7 and 8, 2021, and would mark a centenary of the passage and resilience of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, the influential warrior and Queen mother of Ejisu, who rose to lead an Asante army against the British.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday at Kempinski hotel in Accra, Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) of GUBA, Ms Dentaa Amoateng said, the celebrated African musician who hails from Benin would be honoured on the day.

She noted that the ceremony would be attended by prominent people of various background including former President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,the seventh Director–General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, market women among many others.

Dentaa Amonteng further noted that Nana Yaa Asantewaa’s ravery,immensely contributed to the country’s independence story, because it shaped the psyche of the nation, that they could stand up for the country regardless of the apposition.

She said for this reason, there was the need to throw more spotlight on her and celebrate the amazing performance of women and empower young ladies to strive to the top.

According to her the two-day event, would first be a durbar at Manhyia palace in Kumasi on November 7, and followed by the rest of Awards the next day at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Centre.

Prince Anthony Bart, a member of the team said it would help instill the spirit of patriotism in the youth, “we need to learn about history of leaders who have contributed to our struggle.”
23/10/2021, 08:22 – +233 20 726 9276: This message was deleted
23/10/2021, 08:24 – +233 20 726 9276: The Year 2021 marks exactly 100 years of the death of Yaa Asantewaa, the last African woman to lead a major war against colonial powers in 1900, where she played the role of the Commander-in-Chief of the powerful Asante Empire.

These events will observe an important moment in African history, one that is unique to the relations between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Seychelles and is expected to host several high-profile personalities from the diaspora.

While celebrating Yaa Asantewaa, the awards will also recognize the contribution of Black women in the diaspora and Africa. The 2021 GUBA Awards will also raise awareness on maternal mortality and call for measures to ensure safe child delivery across the continent. GUBA Enterprise believes that every child, born and unborn, has a great potential and must be given the opportunity to fulfill this potential

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal remanded in prison custody for 5 day

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been ordered by an Accra Court to be remanded in prison custody for 5 days. (more…)

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Photos and Videos from Sika Osei’s stunning Ghana/Naija traditional wedding

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Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Sika Osei on Thursday, October 21 2021 tied the knot in Accra with her Nigerian fiancé in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony. (more…)

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Showmax Premiers Ghana Jollof

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Ladies and gentlemen, lunch is served!

Showmax premiers its first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures.

In the trailer, things start up with a first-time meeting between Nnamdi (Uzor Arukwe, who starred as dreaded crime boss Knight in Sugar Rush), Jasper (AMVCA-winning actor/comedian Funnybone), Kweku (heartthrob James Gardiner from Ghana’s popular telenovela Dede) and Romanus (AMAA nominee/Youtuber Akah Nnani). Subsequently, Jasper and Romanus head out to Ghana to jollof, kicking off a series of adventures… and misadventures.

Executive produced by Nigeria’s King of Comedy, Basketmouth, Ghana Jollof serves up a delicious ensemble cast from both Nigeria and Ghana. This includes the likes of AMAA nominee Joselyn Dumas, leading comedienne Jacinta Ocansey, Mawuli Gavor (Chief Daddy), popular reality star Portia Freelove, model and actress Brihanna Kinte, veteran actor Jackson Albert Davies (Beasts of No Nation), actress Korkor Oyeba Mensah, and multiple award-winning comedian/actor, Kalybos, not to mention Basketmouth himself.

“I’ve always wanted to create something that would be a collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana, and Ghana Jollof is a realization of that dream,” says Basketmouth. “From the cast to the crew, everyone gave of themselves to create a show deserving to be Showmax’s first comedy-drama from West Africa. We all can’t wait for the fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

Ghana Jollof is directed by AMVCA nominee Diji Aderogba, whose debut feature film About A Boy won the Audience Choice Award at Nollywood Film Week in Paris, France.

Ghana Jollof will be available for streaming across Africa and in the UK. The show will have 13 episodes to devour, with new episodes dropping every Friday from 22 October 2021.

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You asked for the country to be fixed and it is being fixed- Prince David Osei reacts to Shatta/Medikal arrests

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Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei has opined that the current arrests of Shatta Wale and Medikal are true examples of the country being fixed.

Earlier on in the year, there were several social media protests led by Efia Odo and others asking the government of the day to fix the country.

While the protest has gone silent over the last couple months, the current actions by the new IGP has Prince David Osei agreeing that indeed the system was being fixed.

On Tuesday and Thursday night, Shatta Wale and Medikal were both arrested by the Police for committing various crimes.

Reacting to their arrests, Prince David Osei, who is a staunch member of the NPP, on Thursday evening shared on his Instagram stating that Ghanaians asked for the country to be fixed and that’s exactly what they’re getting.

“Did I hear someone say fix the country? Well the power that be heard your plea and is fixing the country. Ghana will prosper. Good night,” he shared.

He added; “In a country where the law works, the people prosper. 24/7 the system is working.”

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Medikal arrested for flaunting gun on social media

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Rapper, Medikal has been arrested for brandishing a gun in a video on social media.

Medikal was with his wife, Fella Makafui, at the Accra Regional Police Command charge office.

He was brought to the station by police and is currently in police custody.

One of the lawyers who represented Shatta Wale, Jerry Avenogbor, was sighted at the police command but it remains unclear if he is going to represent Medikal in this case.

This comes a few hours after dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, and four other people were remanded into police custody following an alleged gun attack that turned out to be a hoax.

They were remanded by an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday, October 21, 2021, during their first appearance in court.

Medikal was at the court premises to offer support to Shatta Wale.

Shatta Wale was picked up by the police for spreading false news about an assassination attempt at his residence in Accra on October 19, 2021.

 

Source: Citinews

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