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Nigeria launches ‘Nigeria’s Got Talent’!

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Picture ThreeRapid Blue Format and Optima Media Group (OMG), the organizations behind the hugely successful Nigerian Idols TV show which has graced TV screens across Nigeria and Africa have brought the 6-year-long, globally popular “Got Talent” Franchise to Nigeria. The debut season of what will be known as the “Nigeria’s Got Talent” reality show will last from June to December 2012 whilst auditions begin from the 4th of July 2012. Thousands of talented Nigerians of all ages and sexes each bearing a unique talent will troop to audition centres located across the country, to audition for a chance to be the next Susan Boyles, Diversity, or Bianca Ryan – performers who have received worldwide acclaim and super star status courtesy of the “Got Talent” franchise. In this debut season, a panel of three reputable judges will be faced with the daunting prospect of identifying unique talents to face the viewing public who will decide, in a series of semi-finals and final shows, who most deserves the chance of stardom. Nigeria is the only country on the African continent, with the exception of South Africa that has been able secure the franchise. The “Got Talent” franchise has produced many notable performers in the last couple of years.1st runner up of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 Susan Boyle’s debut album became the fastest selling UK debut album of all time, selling over 3 million copies in the U.S. This is the sort of platform which OMG, through “Nigerian’s Got Talent” hopes to give many budding and equally talented performers in the country. The franchise is one of the fastest growing international franchises, closing the gap on other successful franchises such as ‘The Weakest Link’, ‘The X Factor’, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ amongst others. OMG is excited to close the gap and be a springboard for the many talents across the country. Speaking about this new entrant into the Nigerian entertainment space, Mr. Rotimi Pedro, Managing Director of Optima Media Group enthused, “The group puts Nigeria on the world map again, side-by-side with countries like America, France, and India who have bought into the ‘Got Talent’ franchise; which is one of the fastest growing in the world. Through the franchise, we are glad to be able to provide a worldwide platform for raw, unique, and dynamic talent in this country and at the same time present the world-class entertainment which is our trademark. Amongst the significant features of the show is that it gives an opportunity to talented amateurs or unknown performers, with the results being decided by an audience vote. There are no age restrictions for contestants on the show. Anybody can audition with any talent.” Speaking on Airtel’s sponsorship of the Nigeria’s Got Talent reality TV show, the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Airtel Nigeria, Deepak Srivastava said the telecommunications operator is committed to driving its brand vision of being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians by passionately creating credible platforms that celebrate and reward young, talented Nigerians. “Airtel connects Nigerian youth to their friends, fun and life aspirations. Nigeria’s Got Talent is essentially a platform to fulfill our mission to enable Nigerian youth to have the best of fun with their friends while also fulfilling their life dreams. Our youths are very talented; they have delivered great music, great acting and have achieved a whole lot in other endeavours like sports and even in academics.  And that is why Airtel is here to demonstrate its commitment to such lofty goals,” said Srivastava. For Evita Mousalli, COO Cool, Wazobia Info Radio stations who are the official media partners “It is exciting that this show finally comes to Nigeria. It’s a franchise I have followed since inception and for us at Cool FM it’s huge and we must be part of it. So we are excited to take the news of Nigeria’s Got Talent across Nigeria with all our 11 radio stations and counting.”    ]]>

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Meek Mill announces plans to obtain Ghanaian Citizenship

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American rapper Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, recently announced his intent to acquire Ghanaian citizenship, citing systemic challenges faced by black individuals in the United States as his motivation. (more…)

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You’ll die poor if you focus on music alone – Samuel Owusu to Young Musicians

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Veteran Ghanaian Highlife singer, Samuel Owusu has advised the youth who want to pursue music as a career to find a side hustle alongside what they are doing.
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Ghana Comedy Awards Unveils Nominees for 2024 Edition

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The much anticipated Ghana Comedy Awards scheme has officially announced the Nominees for the 2024 edition which begins the new journey after the official split of the Awards from its old joint name, Comedy & Poetry Awards.

The Scheme is currently the most talked about project as it throws light on celebrating the unique creativity of Comedians who work tirelessly, entertaining us with their unique humoric talents in Ghana.

The Ghana Comedy Awards, can boast as the most credible Awards scheme dedicated to honor the Comedy Industry and as long to provide unique opportunities to discover creativity in the Comedy fraternity.

The nominees for this year is indeed a solid statement of the growth of the Industry as it recognizes hard working and dedicated Comedians in Ghana and beyond.

Below are the names of the Nominees as per the category they fall;
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PERSONALITY CATEGORIES:

1. Comic Cartoonist/Animator of the Year
a. Tales of Nazir – Louis Cage
b. Tilapia the Cartoonist
c. Hay Toons – Jerry Hay
d. Akosua the Cartoonist
e. Adventures of Dingo – KS STUDIOS
f. Abonsam Cartoons – Bright Ackwerh

 

2. Comedy Skit Act of the Year
a. MJ the Comedian
b. Bombo Marley
c. David Entertainer
d. Vivian Gil Lawrence
e. Comedian Waris
f. Made In Ghana
g. Bismark the Joke
h. Seniorman Layla
i. Aka Ebenezer
j. Jeffery Nortey
k. Erquah Official
l. Kyekyeku
m. SDK Dele

 

3. Most Popular Comedian of the Year
a. Clemento Suarez
b. OB Amponsah
c. Foster Romanus
d. Lekzy Decomic
e. Jacinta Ocansey
f. DKB
g. Aka Ebenezer

 

4. Standup Comedian of the Year – (The KSM Award)
a. OB Amponsah
b. Lekzy Decomic
c. Ebenezer Dwomoh
d. Foster Romanus
e. Okokobioko
f. DKB
g. Jacinta Okansey
h. ID  James Brown
i. Parrot Mouth

 

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5. Comedy Theatre/Play Act of the Year
a. Jeneral Ntatia
b. Docter So
c. Clemento Suarez
d. Efua Dell
e. William Odartey
f. Gideon Amoako (Ntim Nation)
g. Foster Romanus

 

6. Comedian of the Year
a. OB Amponsah
b. Foster Romanus
c. DKB
d. Clemento Suarez
e. Jacinta Ocansey
f. Lekzy Decomic
g. Ebenezer Dwomoh
h. Aka Ebenezer

 

7. Comedy Actor of the Year
a. Enock Darko
b. Berma Bediide
c. Aka Ebenezer
d. Bismark the Joke
e. Don Little
f. Jeffery Nortey
g. Kyekyeku
h. Jeneral Ntatia

 

8. Comedy Actress of the Year
a. Vivian Gill Lawrence
b. Efua Dell
c. Gyimidi
d. Maame Esi Forson
e. Roselyn Ngissah

 

9. Comedy Discovery of the Year
a. Kwame Obed
b. Comedian Unknown
c. Papayaw Ataamle
d. Small Pitah
e. Kwaku Forty

 

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10. Comic Influencer of the Year
a. Comedian Waris
b. Mj the Comedian
c. Foster Romanus
d. Jeneral Ntatia
e. Felicia Osei
f. Clemento Suarez
g. Jacinta Ocansey
h. Made In Ghana
i. Erkuah Official
j. OB Amponsah
k. SDK Dele

 

11. Comic Media Personality of the Year (Radio/TV)
a. Odi Ahenkan Kwame Yeboah – Peace FM
b. Dan Kweku Yeboah – Peace FM
c. Kwame Oboadie – Adom FM
d. Geovani Caleb – 3fm/TV3
e. Papa Shamo – Onua FM
f. Kwabena Marfo – Peace FM
g. Felicia Osei – Onua FM
h. Oliver Kahn “Ship Dealer”  – Pure FM
i. Mr. Katah – Pure FM

 

12. Comic MC/Orator of the Year – (The Fritz BaffourAward)
a. Mr. Katah
b. Ato Pa GH
c. Kwame Oboadie
d. Odi Ahenkan Kwame Yeboah
e. Okokobioko
f. Unkle Kubby
g. Dan Kwaku Yeboah
h. MC Shegelaborbor
i. Geovani Caleb
j. Parrot Mouth
k. Foster Romanus
l. Clemento Suarez

 

13. Comic Music Act of the Year (Bob Okala Awards)
a. Ajeezay
b. AY Poyoo
c. Obaapa Gladys
d. Funny Face

 

14. Female Comedian of the Year (Araba Stamp Award)
a. Felicia Osei
b. Afia Barcelona
c. Vivian Gill Lawrence
d. Jacinta Ocansey
e. Efua Dell
f. Maame Esi Forson
g. Gyimidi
h. Erkuah Offcial
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Queen Drie hints at new release, “WOMAN”, empowering women through music

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Ghanaian-American music, sensation Queen Drie is gearing up to inspire and empower with her upcoming release, “WOMAN,” set to drop on March 8th, just in time for International Women’s Day.
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Chris Attoh Reveals Why He Left Ghana For Nigeria

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Celebrated Ghanaian actor, Christopher Keith Nii Attoh, professionally known as Chris Attoh has not too long ago opened up about his decision to concentrate more on the Nigerian film industry. (more…)

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Mr. Ibu suffered a cardiac arrest – AGN President reveals

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Emeka Rollas , the National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, (AGN) has disclosed the cause of death of renowned Nollywood actor, John Okafor, widely known as Mr Ibu. (more…)

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