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Sidiku Buari, Prof John Collins, Ken Kafui & Big Ben Honored As VGMA Titans

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On Monday, at the Grand Arena in Accra, 4 distinguished personalities who have stood for excellence in their various fields in the music industry over the years were honored. The honors came off at the ‘VGMA National Music Summit’; an event that precedes the grand ‘VGMA Weekend’ aimed at highlighting the importance of music in Ghana and the challenges facing the industry as well as the stakeholders.

The honorees were Sidiku Buari, Professor John Collins, Kenneth Kwaku Avotri Kafui and Big Ben Music. They become the first recipients of the newly curated TITAN AWARDS, a scheme to specially honor individuals and institutions of velour for their contributions to the growth and development of the Music Sector.

The four received different citations and a Plaque as part of the honor;

Alhaji Sidiku Buari was honored as the ADMINISTATOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Mr. Mark Okraku Mante, Deputy Minister Designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture

Professor John Collins got his honor as MUSICOLOGIST for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Rex Omar, Ghamro Chair.

Kenneth Kweku Avotri was recognized as MUSIC EDUCATOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The plaque and citation was received by his Children which was presented by Mrs. Diana Hopeson.

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Big Ben Music received an honor as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by Fred Kyei Mensah.

The VGMA Titans Awards is a Charterhouse initiative, partnered by TV3, DStv, GHQR, Media partners and proudly brought to you by Vodafone, Together We Can!

 

 

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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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