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SOF contestants ready for first live performances as the show feels the heat from Icons

This Thursday, the 12 finalists of ‘Stars of the Future’ season 5 will finally take to the stage to justify their inclusion into the popular singing competition. Although the series was launched a few weeks ago, Thursday will be the first time the contestants step onto the big stage to perform to a live audience. […]

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This Thursday, the 12 finalists of ‘Stars of the Future’ season 5 will finally take to the stage to justify their inclusion into the popular singing competition. Although the series was launched a few weeks ago, Thursday will be the first time the contestants step onto the big stage to perform to a live audience.

The 7 girls and 5 guys: Grace Ocansey, Kwame Wiredu, Emmanuel Yawson, David De-Graft Crentsil, Rauhel Halidou Yacouba, Asantewaah Essel, Elizabeth Joseph, Daniela Dankwah-Coffie, Abigail Bih, Reynolds Addow, Noella Wiyaala and Henry Nuamah will not only battle one other for the spotlight but also compete with the ‘Icons: Divas Edition’ singing competition, which is already gaining grounds on the reality TV landscape.

Since the commencement of Stars of the Future (SOF), it has always battled with TV3’s Mentor for relevance and supremacy. This season, SOF seems to be feeling the heat from Icons. It all started when it was earlier reported that due to its inability to stage season 5 last year after a nationwide audition process, some of the shortlisted finalists of SOF also auditioned for Icons and advanced further in the search. This was evident when Rauhel Halidou Yacouba was evicted from the Icons Boot Camp only to make it into the top 12 list for SOF.

The actual competition between the two shows is yet to begin as SOF launches into its live performances but already it seems Icons is setting a new pace with its format.  When Icons started with its post performance series, it unveiled one Freeman as the voice coach for the girls. Last weekend, Stars of The Future also revealed the same person as its voice coach. Also, SOF in its past 4 seasons never showed the viewer any footage on contestants in dancing or choreography class (if indeed they ever had such classes).  But on last Sunday’s episode of SOF, viewers got to see the contestants in dancing and choreography class – after Icons had early showcased the girls working out at the gym and taking dance lessons in Boot Camp. Hmmm!

Anyway, the 12 finalists of SOF have been working very hard in the past three weeks, preparing for their first public show. Their performances on Thursday will be supported on stage by the Patch Bay Band. Admission to the weekly performances scheduled to come off at 6Pm every Thursday at the National Theater will be free. Patrons are encouraged to come out in their numbers to support their favorite contestants and also vote to keep their favorites in the competition by texting their names to the MTN short code 1750.

SOF 5 shows on Sundays at 1:30PM on GTV and 3PM on e.TV. There is a repeat show at Mondays, 12.30PM on GTV. The weekly eviction shows will air Tuesdays at 9PM on e.TV and 9:30PM on GTV. There is also a radio series of SOF 5 on YFM every Monday at 7PM .

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Highlights from Sika Osei and Sele Douglas’ white wedding

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Highlights from Sika Osei and Sele Douglas' white wedding

The fairytale nuptials of Ghanaian actress, producer, and TV presenter, Sika Osei and Sele Douglas  climaxed with a chic  white wedding in Accra, on Saturday. (more…)

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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.”

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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