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The Making of A Champion: Emmanuel Adebayor endorses Sena Agbeko

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Sena Agbeko and Emmanuel AdebayorSena Agbeko, a world title hopeful, looks poised to achieve his dream with his impressive record and poise to succeed.  Through rigorous training and discipline, the budding boxer has spent the past few years investing in his body in order to attain his 3-year target of becoming a world champion. Sena has received several celebrity endorsements including Togolese international footballer, Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor who recently invited the boxer to launch of his SEA Foundation in Lome, Togo.   The young fellow is currently pursuing a Public Relations course Ghana Institute of Journalism, and hopes to become a lawyer in future. Notwithstanding the challenges associated with academics, he has so far managed to combine boxing with education effectively and efficiently. “Coming from a family and community with no boxing history whatsoever made the decision to go into boxing a really hard one to make. I was torn between pursuing a purely academic path which people around me knew me for and boxing, a path I hadn’t previously shown any interest in. When decision time finally came, I knew what I wanted. I wanted to be great, legendary and I didn’t want my name to die out with me. So against all odds, I chose boxing,” says Sena. He continues, “People around me didn’t discourage me but they didn’t encourage me either. They observed in silence. Most of them probably thought I was doing it for the fun of it but I knew what I had up my sleeves; only me. So in October 2008, I started my first boxing lesson at the Bridge Boxing Gym under Coach Matey from Bukom and for the next six months, totally dedicated myself to it. I started out with a coach who wouldn’t take no for an answer and training mates who pushed you beyond your limit. They were all better than me at the time but I wasn’t bothered. I knew it would take time but with the world championship dreams I had in mind, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I became of one of the best locally. Then the time came.” “It wasn’t long after when I was drafted into the national amateur team of Ghana, the black bombers. I had to fight for a place and successfully landed a spot to represent Ghana at the World Youth Championships in Azerbaijan in April 2010. Sadly, I wasn’t able to compete since I came down with a cold and a fever once we got there but the experience i got was invaluable.” Sena’s natural urge for competition drove him to practice judo, a Japanese martial art categorized in Ghana as a lesser sport, which was one of the reasons that accounted for his switch to boxing in 2008.  He left good footprints as a 73kg judo fighter to emerge as a national champion six years ago. According to him, he drew so much inspiration from Ghana’s participation in the 2008 Olympics and from that day decided to represent the country at the world stage and fly the Red Yellow and Green colours with a black star high by winning Gold in future. “I had Olympic dreams but my country and its coaches killed it with their favoritism and unfairness. So I finally made the decision to go professional. On the 18th of June 2011, I fought my first professional fight and won by a 2nd round knockout and since then; I’ve had 14 professional fights winning all by knockout. I have a dream to be the one of the best boxers the world has ever seen and I wake up every day and work hard towards the attainment of that dream. I believe in hard work, I’m dedicated, I believe in myself, I pray to God and I have a good team that trains me.” With an impressive 15 fights with no defeat, he believes his values in life in general and the sport in particular- discipline, sacrifice and hard work- will help him live his dream of becoming a World Champion as prophesied by three-time World Champion Azumah Nelson. His resilience, dedication and discipline endeared him to Prince Arkutu, a successful business entrepreneur, and the CEO of Best Bargain, an electronics company. Sena won his heart after he watched him train at the Bridge Boxing Gym, Roman Ridge. Arkutu believes supporting the young boxer in terms of finances and logistics is a way of contributing Sena’s success story and Ghana’s glory. Already, persons like David Harper, CEO of Geodrill Company Limited, and Ambassador Ray Quarcoo, President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation among others, have played key roles in the boxer’s career. “I have a dream to be middleweight champion of the world so i train like a champion. The road so far hasn’t been easy and I know the road that lies ahead will be even more difficult.  I’ve had the chance of talking to Past champions of Ghana like D.K Poison, Joseph Agbeko, Joshua Clottey, Alfred Kotei and the legendary Azumah Nelson and they all believe in me but at the same time, they preach hard work and dedication to the sport. When i fight, i don’t worry about winning or losing because I know I train hard enough to win. I just worry about my performance; I always want to look good when I win. I believe in myself and i believe in my team and I will be middleweight champion of the world,” says a hopeful Sena.  ]]>

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KiDi’s 2020 tweet reveals he has already apologised for risky and risqué old tweets

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Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Artiste of the Year 2022, KiDi has topped Twitter trends since the resurfacing of his old tweets on the social media platform on Wednesday, September 28. (more…)

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Western Gospel Awards 2022; Full List of Nominees

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The organizers of the annual Western Gospel Awards (WGA22) have unveiled the nominees for the 2022 edition of the prestigious award. (more…)

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Dreams College of Creative Arts holds spectacular 5th convocation

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On Wednesday, September 28, Dreams College of Creative Arts, Ghana, held its annual convocation. (more…)

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We didn’t sanction the use of our music video – Fuse ODG hits at Ghana Tourism Authority

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Ghanaian musician, Fuse ODG has broken his silence on the copyright infringement issue involving the Ghana Tourism Authority using visuals from music videos for a promotional advertisement without artists’ permission.
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African fantasy series Blood Psalms premieres on Showmax with glowing reviews

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The first two episodes of Blood Psalms, the first Showmax Original fantasy series, are now streaming. Early reviews are glowing, withTVMzansi calling it, “Without doubt, the best TV show ever created in Africa”; Leon van Nierop “the biggest and most spectacular production of a local series yet” and TimesLive “African fantasy at its finest.”
Set in ancient Africa, the action-packed epic follows Princess Zazi (Bokang Phelane) as she battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through ancient curses, long-standing tribal vendettas and the wrath of the gods.
“Watching it feels as thrilling as being an astronaut exploring new worlds,” says Genevieve Terblanche from tvplus. “The sheer scope of Blood Psalms is breathtaking.”
On TVSA, Movies And Things With Tha-Bang writes, “What Jahmil XT Qubeka and Layla Swart have achieved with Blood Psalms is something that will go down on SA TV history books like the Yizo Yizo and Intersexions of the world, series that came and changed the game when folks least expected it.”
Swart and Qubeka were responsible for South African Oscar entries Knuckle City and Sew The Winter To My Skin. Qubeka also directed Of Good Report, which won seven SAFTAs, including Best Film and Best Director, and Stillborn, which won the SAFTA for Best Short Film.
They’ve assembled an incomparable cast, with nine SAFTA winners – Bongile Mantsai, Hamilton Dlamini, Hlubi Mboya, Mothusi Magano, S’dumo Mtshali, Siv Ngesi, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Warren Masemola and Zolisa Xaluva – and all your faves, from Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa to Lemogang Tsipa, Faith Baloyi to Faniswa Yisa, Mandisa Nduna to Niza Jay, Richard Lukunku to Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Thabo Rametsi to Thando Thabethe, Thembikile Komani to Zikhona Sodlaka, and many more.
We caught up with the most ambitious filmmakers in Africa to find out more about Yellowbone Entertainment’s first Showmax Original, which is already topping the charts on Africa’s homegrown streaming service:
Where did the idea for Blood Psalms come from?
Qubeka: I was just always extremely curious about our continent. The question mark around the history of Africa, and where we come from, has been a great platform for us to be able to build this world.
Swart: I think Blood Psalms is a yearning more than anything else. It’s a look at a history that has never been depicted before, that we always wanted to see.
When is Blood Psalms set?
Qubeka: 11 000 years ago. Blood Psalms is an action adventure series that invites us into a world that no longer exists, a time before the Great Flood changed the world.
Swart: Blood Psalms draws from elements of a multitude of African mythologies and looks at various different tribes in Season 1 – the Akachi, the Uchawi, the Ku’ua, the Chini, and Great Nziwemabwe – as they migrated south from Kemet, which is now Egypt, and formed their cultures.
Qubeka: These tribes moved southward, running away from the calamity that was happening in Kemet and Kush, which is what we now know as northern Sudan. There are remnants even today that show that there was a great civilization and a great culture that comes from that space.
Which tribe do you focus on the most?
Swart: The tribal focus in season one is House Akachi, run by the eccentric King Letsha [four-time SAFTA winner Mothusi Magano].
Qubeka: We look at this world through the eyes of his daughter, a young Akachi princess by the name of Zazi [Bokang Phelane], as she goes on her own quest to find a sense of self in a rapidly evaporating world.
How do you feel about the inevitable Game of Thrones comparisons?
Qubeka: If they want to call it the African Game of Thrones, I’ll take that mantle on. If you love Game of Thrones, you’re gonna love this show.
But what we really want to do is create heroic archetypes for the African child. If you look across the entire landscape of cinema and television, there are no archetypes for the African child.
Swart: It’s a pioneering show that attempts to redefine our very perception of our identity as Africans. What we’re trying to do is to reclaim the continent’s history from an African perspective. The goal, for us, is to ensure that the golden thread of Africa’s stunning history really shines.
Qubeka: If we don’t start to project an image of how we see ourselves, someone else is going to do that for us.
There are very few references for Africa 11,000 years ago. Was this freeing or challenging? 
Swart: Building a world that doesn’t exist has been enormously creative. Doing something set 11,000 years ago has really given us all collectively the scope to just play.
But it’s also enormously challenging. Every single costume, every single piece of the set had to be conceived and made from scratch.
Qubeka: I’m very excited to see how audiences engage this world. There’s a lot of things that people are going to look at and be like, ‘What are you talking about? Did they have guns in that time? Do they have electricity?’ There’s all sorts of things that we challenge in terms of conventions, of what people understand of our glorious past.
Where did you shoot in the Eastern Cape?
Qubeka: So the Akachi Citadel actually sits above the Hole in the Wall but we shot parts of the Citadel in different locations. For example, the big dam in Graaff-Reinet is incorporated as the Citadel dam, situated at the back end of the city.
What I really loved about shooting in the Eastern Cape is that it just brought a whole other dimension to what we were intending to achieve.
The epic scale of places like Coffee Bay and the Valley of Desolation – just the size and scale of these places – makes you feel so insignificant, so small, so we’re able to get an essence of what it could have been like 11,000 years ago on this continent.
Why should audiences watch your show?
Qubeka: It’s a sweeping epic adventure that doesn’t hold back. It is definitely a large canvas, one that I personally have not seen from this continent. This thing is big.
Now streaming, first on Showmax
Shot in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West provinces, Blood Psalms is a Showmax Original in partnership with CANAL+, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the Eastern Cape Economic Development Corporation (ECDC), the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the MultiChoice Innovation Fund, which supports South Africa’s most exciting entrepreneurs, enabling them to bring their unique, innovative and creative business ideas to life.
Showmax will drop new episodes of Blood Psalms every Wednesday until the end of November 2022.
Join Swart for an InstaLive on producing as part of the Showmax x Actor Spaces masterclasses at 6pm on Thursday, 29 September 2022 at https://www.instagram.com/actorspaces/.
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Delay responds to KiDi’s old tweet calling her an illiterate

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Celebrated Media Personality Deloris Frimpong Manso popularly known as Delay has responded to KiDi’s old tweet about her. (more…)

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