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R Kelly blesses 2Face after ‘deceiving’ the world with fake collaboration

Nigerian music superstar, 2Face Idibia has finally had his dream to work with world renowned singer/songwriter/producer R. Kelly come true via the Airtel ONE8 project .  After widespread hype in 2009 that 2Face had collaborated with R. Kelly on a song titled ‘Flex’, the shocking news that R. Kelly had denied working with the Nigerian […]

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Nigerian music superstar, 2Face Idibia has finally had his dream to work with world renowned singer/songwriter/producer R. Kelly come true via the Airtel ONE8 project .  After widespread hype in 2009 that 2Face had collaborated with R. Kelly on a song titled ‘Flex’, the shocking news that R. Kelly had denied working with the Nigerian star followed.

According to reports published in Nigeria, 2Face had hinted that collaboration with the American R&B star was brokered by Toyin Subair, CEO, HiTV Cable Network and that , he (2Face) actually met R. Kelly in the US before recording the song.  However when R. Kelly visited Nigeria for a performance, it was reported that R. Kelly denied even knowing about 2Face. R. Kelly was said to have listened to the song they were meant to have done together and he laughed over it, insisting that he made the beat a long time ago, and that it must have been tapped on the internet.

City People magazine also reported that 2Face’s manager; Efe Omoreige had the following to say about the said collaboration: “Yes the duet was real. 2Face recorded with R.Kelly but not in the same studio. They met but couldn’t achieve being in the studio at the same time because of their tight schedule. R.Kelly did his own part and sent it to 2Face and that is all about it.”

However, through the ONE 8 project conceived realized by mobile network Airtel in partnership with the first major Pan-African record company Rockstar 4000, an affiliate of Sony Music Entertainment, 2Face finally met and recorded in the Chicago studio of R. Kelly.  With the exception of Ghana’s 4×4, all the other African stars on the project namely,  Ugandan hip-hop kingpin Navio, Zambia’s biggest super star JK , Tanzanian heartthrob Alikiba, hip hop duo from Gabon -Movaizhaleine,  Fally Ipupa from the DRC and Kenya’s sassy Amani, met and recorded with R. Kelly.

On the official Airtel ONE8 footage on the making of the first single, “Hands across the World” it appeared that there was some form of familiarity between R. Kelly and 2Face. When the African stars met R. Kelly for the first time, it was hugs and greetings all round but for 2Face in particular, R. Kelly rubbed his hands on his bald head. Typical of a biblical blessing rite, 2Face bent down for the R&B icon to bless him on the head.

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Director Hafiz works with American Superstar ‘NEYO’ on ‘2 Million Secrets’

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Director Hafiz works with American Superstar ‘NEYO’ on ‘2 Million Secrets’ A directorial debut for American singer/ songwriter and performer Neyo, released on Friday 14th June, 2024. This is brand new song coupled with a music film titled ‘2 Million Secrets’

Directed by Neyo himself, co-directed by Christian Gilchrist, this film stares actress Deborah Ayorinde who plays the lead girl. This mini-movie was lensed by legendary British Director of Photography Arran Green.

Renowned Ghanaian Filmmaker, Salifu Abdul Hafiz who was privileged to work in the technical department of this project took to his instagram to express joy and gratitude for the opportunity to work on this high profile project.

He wrote: My first set in the UK happens to be one for the legendary @neyo ‘2Million Secrets’ OUT NOW!
Such a humbling experience. Thank you to my boss @arrangreen and the entire amazing team. Love forever inked 🙏🏽
Salifu Abdul Hafiz, widely known as Director Hafiz, has spent the past decade collaborating with some of the most prestigious brands, institutions, and celebrities worldwide. His impressive portfolio includes work with stars like Usher, Mr. Eazi, FuseODG, Idris Elba, Sarkodie, King Promise, and JoeBoy, to Mention a few, as well as organizations such as USAID, UN-IFAD, BBC, the Ban Ki-Moon Centre, and Global Citizens.

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As the founder of Digital Creative Media, Director Hafiz has led his team in delivering projects showcased on major global platforms, including BBC, the World Economic Forum, CNN, France24, and the World Climate Summit.

In an interview, the globe-trotting filmmaker expressed his excitement for the future, hinting at more international productions in the works. “This is just the beginning,” he said. “I’m thrilled about our upcoming projects. I see myself as an ambassador for our beloved Ghana, and my team and I are committed to raising the Ghanaian flag high.”

Director Hafiz also revealed plans for his annual workshop (Fine Cinematics Workshop), designed to give back to the community by educating current filmmakers and empowering the next generation.

“Additionally, Neyo and I have something exciting in the pipeline. Stay tuned and be the first to see it. Connect with me on Instagram @directorhafiz Thank you!”

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Following his recent accolades in the USA for a short film, Director Hafiz continues to collaborate with top talents like Neyo, further cementing his reputation and flying the Ghanaian flag high.

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Faith Collective Announces “The Kingdom World Tour – featuring Maverick City and Kirk Franklin” in Ghana

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The renowned Faith Collective is thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated “The Kingdom World Tour” will be coming to Ghana. In partnership with Culture Management Group Gospel, this monumental event is set to take place on August 18th, 2024.

The Kingdom World Tour – featuring Maverick City and Kirk Franklin, promises an unforgettable experience filled with worship, praise, and spiritual upliftment.
This event marks a significant occasion for gospel music fans in Ghana, as it brings together one of the most dynamic and influential groups in the genre.

Event Details:
• Date: August 18th, 2024
• Venue: To be announced
• Tickets: Available on https://www.kingdomworldtour.com

In collaboration with Culture Management Group Gospel, this event aims to foster a deeper connection within the gospel music community and inspire attendees through a night of worship and celebration.

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Kingdom World Tour has already made waves in several countries, and the Ghana event is expected to draw a large crowd of dedicated fans and newcomers alike. The venue will be announced soon, with details on how to purchase tickets available on kingdomworldtour.com

Instagram : @Faith_collective
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Nigerian Eye at 15 : Nanahemaa Awindor, Victoria Michaels, Juliet Ibrahim,Dzifa Gray Honoured

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The British Council Auditorium in Ghana played host to the 15th-anniversary celebration of Nigerian Eye Newspaper on June 13, 2024. The event, themed “Trade Conundrum: Expanding Understanding of the ECOWAS Module as Catalyst to Prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa,” brought together key stakeholders from Nigeria and Ghana to discuss trade and economic relations between the two nations.

The event featured keynote speakers from both countries, including representatives from the Nigerian High Commission and the government of Ghana. The auditorium was filled with dignitaries, business leaders, and individuals from various sectors, all gathered to celebrate the milestone achievement of Nigerian Eye Newspaper.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to building bridges between Nigeria and Ghana. The Bridge Builders Award category recognized Nigerians and Ghanaians who have made efforts to bridge the gap between the two nations, particularly through the creative economy.

Notable individuals who received the Bridge Builders Award include Ghana-Nigeria’s top model, Victoria Michaels, who has been championing education projects and mentoring youths in Ghana and Nigeria. Other recipients include creative economy entrepreneurs Dzifa Gray and Juliet Ibrahim, who have contributed to the growth of the Nigerian creative economy sector.

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The Changemaker Awards were presented to individuals making a difference in their communities. Recipients include Nanahemaa Obaapa Awindor, a development enthusiast whose healthcare work has impacted communities in Nigeria and Ghana, and Hon. Ifeanyi Abaekwume, founder of Earth Conscience Ltd and Hon.Archibold Cobbina the MCE of Ayawaso West Assembly.

Other awardees include Dr. Bayo Albert Asaolu, President of All Nigeria Community Ghana; Dr.Ijeomah Arodiogbu,Mr. Jouvence Babagbeto, founder of Eagle Vision Institute; Dr. Emma Okeson, CEO of Citylight Ghana Ltd; and Hon. Tochukwu Okere, Diaspora Affairs Committee Chairman at the Nigeria 10th National Assembly as well as Mr.Horthman the CEO of Asuogyaman Company Ltd Ghana. The Nigeria High Commission was also specially recognised with a Hero of Diplomacy Award for their support to Nigerian Community in Ghana

The event ended with a call to action for increased collaboration and trade between Nigeria and Ghana, with a focus on the ECOWAS module as a catalyst for prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Joe Mettle Urges Team Eternity and Kwame Mickey to Resolve ‘Defe Defe’ Conflict Amicably

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I went to university without SHS education- Joe Mettle recounts struggles

Contemporary Ghanaian gospel artiste, Joe Mettle has called for Team Eternity Ghana and Kwame Mickey to come to a peaceful resolution regarding the copyright infringement dispute over the song ‘Defe Defe’. (more…)

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I’m no longer motivated by charts, sales – Beyoncé

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Multiple award-winning American singer, Beyonce has disclosed that she is no longer driven by charts and commercial achievements. (more…)

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Joey B is one of the best producers in this country but he hasn’t been credited before – Hammer

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Ghanaian artiste, Darryl Paa Kwesi Bannerman-Martin, professionally known as Joey B has been hailed by renowned music producer, Hammer as one of the country’s finest yet uncredited talents. (more…)

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