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TNT Kenya: Hated Beloved EP Review

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After a longstanding string of single releases, TNT finally graces their fans with a long overdue body of work. Their latest project, an EP titled HATED BELOVED, dropped at midnight on 25th September this year and is their first release under their new label Quarry Boys Entertainment plus, at the risk of sounding bias was worth the wait. The artwork shows two halves of their faces cartoonized as the duality of good (Timmy) and bad (Twenny) and sets the stage for the various roles they play in the songs as well as – they say- their real life personalities. Stream and Download EP HERE

The project itself consists of only 4 songs and no features .The duo say they felt the need to release the project as such for a number of reasons but the main ones being that they wanted to allow the fans to enjoy the project in a way that made it easy to digest and the lack of features was done on purpose so that the duality and versatility of the group remains the main focus.

“Type Of Thangs” is a powerful opener. The song has the duo speaking on the things they value and importance of money. It doesn’t come off as being greedy though but rather a marker of not only their hard work but also their self-made success. In an industry that is hard to break into the monetary returns they receive only seem to push them harder and validate their choice of musical style and direction:

It’s also relatable in that many people in the world right now- especially those pursuing their passions- have no choice but to be successful and show that their hopes and dreams are worth something. A pressure that is clearly present in a line that repeats itself throughout the song and is even the outro:

 

The second song on the EP is titled “Lately” which is also the lead single off of the project. They often say success doesn’t change you but rather magnifies who you already are and TNT give a nod to this adage. They put importance on the fact that success is not what they value but rather the integrity and hard work it takes to get you there. They also give a shout out to one of their close companions (as they often do in much of their music) Danger “D” who was nothing but an avid supporter who unfortunately passed away. His support and importance to them sets the tone for the kinds of relationships they tolerate and their disdain for fake love and fake support:

The third song on the project is titled “New Shoes”. It’s a bit more laid back and focuses on the duo’s lifestyle. Particularly their love for the drank and giving themselves a break from the pressures of their career:

It also brings to the forefront the link between sneaker culture and its strong influence on hip-hop. Time after time, MC’s reference their favorite shoe selections or even the general idea of sneaker shoes and TNT now join the long list of artists to do so:

 

The final song on the EP titled “Real Niggas” explores a theme that has been prevalent throughout the rap duo’s career, which is their authenticity and undying dedication to their homies. Everything from their lyrics to even their videos highlights the fact that they are only as good as the genuine support that surrounds them. No need to get caught up with all the mess outside as this will only lead to unwanted disorder:

 

 

The project is something we’ve never heard from the duo before with a new experimental sound of melody rap that shows their style is evolving and is actually about not boxing themselves in sonically but still carries the same strong production that we have now come to expect from them. Even the attentive detail given to the artwork and video for the single “Lately” (among their previous other projects) shows that they not only embrace but also appreciate the different artistic fields that all come together to create a sensory driven project that is more of an experience than anything. TNT has often said they would like to be the foremost authorities for hip hop on the continent and this them taking it a step further and SHOWING us they are.

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Meet Stella Agyei, the midwife taking health education from the classroom to remote areas.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the number of women and girls who died each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth declined from 451,000 in 2000 to 295,000 in 2017.

These improvements are particularly remarkable in light of rapid population growth in many of the countries where maternal deaths are highest. Still, over 800 women are dying each day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. And for every woman who dies, approximately 20 others suffer serious injuries, infections, or disabilities.

Quite disturbingly, two regions, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, account for 86% of maternal deaths worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africans suffer from the highest maternal mortality ratio – 533 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, or 200,000 maternal deaths a year. This is over two-thirds (68%) of all maternal deaths per year worldwide.

It is statistics like these as well as hands-on, personal experiences with real-world cases that motivated a young midwife to embark on an aggressive campaign of educating would-be as well as new parents on the risk factors of infant and maternal mortality.

From early beginnings at the Shai Osudoku Hospital in Accra, Stella Agyei has expanded her sensitisation and education drive to the television screens, reaching a wider audience and having a greater impact, in spite of tremendous difficulties. Below, we delve into the making of the young but vastly experienced midwife who is redefining health education and outreach.

Early life and education

Stella describes her humble childhood as “not easy” owing to “the lack of support and understanding from her guardian,” as well as having to contend with all that came along from very evident financial constraints. She was, however, a sprightly child who exuded confidence and had a knack for self-motivation, traits she has carried along into adulthood and impacted all who come across her path with.

Having a penchant for reading and realizing that nothing was going to be offered her on a silver platter, Stella was determined to turn her narrative around through academic excellence, most notably, during her time at the Nsaaba Presbyterian School, when she was so many miles away from home.

Her desire to succeed was heightened through the various vacation schools she attended. It was through these schools that she realized that she was equally as good as her counterparts from the A-rated schools in Kumasi despite her attending a B-rated school.

Following a stellar performance during the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), she gained admission to the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), where she was again excelled in her studies and earned her first degree, with Bachelor of Midwifery.

Health education as a lively passion

During her days at UHAS, she engaged in the buying and selling of garments to augment the source of her educational funding, which was inadequate. This was the beginning of her entrepreneurial journey.

Upon graduation, she was posted to the Shai Osudoku Hospital in Accra or her mandatory year of national service. There, she took delight in educating expectant parents, having realized the rather disturbingly high infant and maternal mortality rates, all the while discharging duties related to labour management.

This passion and the skills required to execute it were further honed during a number of Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHIPS) compounds in and around the Volta Region.

The Health Link Show

The desire continued and has evolved, with a special focus on preventive health and education, culminating in the birth of the Health Link Show. This came after the insistence of a bosom friend, who believed that Stella had the right mix of skill, passion, and experience to put together a very successful and impactful health-centric TV show. She began committing resources towards the show around October of 2018.

Several challenges came along the way in putting this health-education show together, most notably, identifying and attracting the right sponsors, particularly for the very first season. Despite being an uphill task, as she had very little verifiable record in this new venture, she was, through grit, persistence, and a detailed plan, able to secure good sponsorship deals which enabled her to shoot the first season.

The pilot episode aired a year after on October 29, 2019, on GHOne Television. So far, two seasons have been aired on GHOne, with the third season is coming up. Despite ongoing challenges, including signing up sponsors, putting together a production crew, content creation, research, and logistic constraints, Health Link is on course for season three, which will focus on some selected rural communities.
The third season will have the regular health education element, donation of medical logistics, provision of some primary health care where applicable. Additionally, clothing and consumables will also be given to some members of these communities who are impoverished.

Impact

The young, yet experienced midwife has been able to impact a lot of lives through her platform as a health educator and promoter, particularly through the show where she has oftentimes had to serve as the sole host, executive producer, marketer, and scriptwriter among others.

Through the success of the show, Stella has been able to legally establish a foundation aimed at supporting individuals and communities with pertinent and pressing health issues.

This is called the Health Link Specialist Foundation. Though this foundation is still in its nascent stage, it has provided logistics, consumables, and funds to support some health-related charitable causes in many communities.

These items include cash, wheelchairs, Zimmer frames, foodstuffs (oil, rice, tomato pastes, etc.), toiletries (soap, detergents, sanitary pads, diapers,), and medical supplies (thermometers, sphygmomanometer, skin creams, medications, nose masks, hand sanitizers etc.).

In prior seasons, Health Link TV show has been sponsored and supported by Nestle Ghana Limited, Moods Condom, M&C Properties, Prince Syrup, Unilever, Pharmanova, BD medical laboratories, and Home fresh foods.

So far, with the production of the third season underway, only one sponsor has come on board, and Health Link is thankful to the management of Serene Insurance for its commitment.

According to Stella Agyei: “We are humbly appealing to other individuals and corporates to come on-board. We are still accepting sponsorship and donations from individuals and companies to enable us to cover costs of production, surgeries, hospital & medication bills, and other unforeseen expenses of some sick people in need of medical attention in this third season.”

 

Source: thebftonline.com

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Showcasing Ghana To The Rest Of Africa: Alphonse Menyo’s First Short Film “Perceptions” Has Been Selected For Afriff!!!!

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From the stables of Nkuluziza Film Productions comes yet another production which has been selected to be screened at the biggest showcase for African films and filmmakers, AFRIFF! Being produced and directed by Alphonse Menyo, “Perceptions” seeks to break the stereotypes many of which have been created through Western film images of Africa. “Perceptions” is the only Ghanaian short film to have been selected to be screened at the 10th Africa International Film Festival which is scheduled to take place from 7th-13th November, 2021 in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

The director, Alphonse Menyo manages to successfully display Ghana in the beautiful cinematography which seeks to promote the culture and values of Ghanaians to the rest of Africa. The director believes that most people in the society remained unfulfilled in life due to their acceptance to live in another man’s world rather than pursuing their dreams. “Perceptions” seeks to artistically portray the relevance of pursuing after true happiness.

 

Alphonse Menyo is a Ghanaian born actor/filmmaker and his passion and determination led him to achievements such as Best Actor nomination in the 2020 AMAA Awards, winner of the Best Actor in the 2019 Ghana Movie Awards and the Best Actor at the 2018 Fickn Film Festival. Some of his notable productions include Gold Coast Lounge, Utopia, Black Rose, Freetown among others.

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