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UNAIDS goodwill ambassador, Becca says she was prevented from singing National Anthem during Blackstar match due to her gender

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beccaUNAIDS goodwill ambassador and Ghanaian songstress has shared her bitter experience and psychological abuse she suffered during Black Stars’ last Group D World Cup encounter against the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. It can be recalled that prior to the big match which Ghana eventually won by 2-1; Becca was expected to sing Ghana’s National Anthem live at the stadium before the commencement of the match. After the Zambian’s anthem, it was then the turn of Becca to sing Ghana’s anthem but unfortunately, she was not allowed to sing. The directive not to allow her to sing was allegedly issued by some ranking officials of Ghana Football Association (GFA) but was not communicated to her even though she had gone through her sound check 7-hours to the start of the match. The singer has kept her ordeal to herself for months, but speaking in her capacity as UNAIDS goodwill ambassador at the UN Agencies Cultural Night at Alliance Francaise in Accra, Becca broke her silence on the whole incidence and narrated her experience. According to Becca, who addressed the gathering on the theme: “Gender, Gender Violence and her experience working with person living with HIV/AIDS”, the arrangement for her to sing the national anthem was made possible by the UNAIDS under its “Protect The Goal” campaign with FIFA. “It had been arranged through the UNAIDS under its “Protect The Goal” campaign with FIFA and with all protocols observed i.e. the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ghana’s Football Association, The Match Commissioner designated by FIFA, The Head Of Security at the Sports Council responsible for the Baba Yara Sports Stadium that I sing the National Anthem before the Black Stars match against the Chipolopolo of Zambia. In fact my singing of the National Anthem was so official that on the eve of the crucial match, national television reported it.” “So it came to pass that I, together with my team reported to the stadium at 10am; a time that all stakeholders had agreed was best for my purpose. Even then the stadium was almost filled to capacity so I did my sound check and dress rehearsal quickly and retired to wait for the 7hour interval period before history was made.” “As is the norm, the away team mimed their Zambian anthem with support from the stadium’s public announce system before Ghana’s turn. I was going to sing ours live through the cordless microphone made available for my act.” “The stadium announcer acting as MC for the occasion introduced me because he had the official match day programme and was sticking to it. The stadium announcer and pressmen who had relayed the info that I was about to make history did not know that a directive had come from an authority or perhaps authorities that I do not sing the national ANTHEM anymore. Reason? I was a woman.” “The authority had at the last minute remembered that my being a woman apparently was bad omen. In other words, because I could menstruate I was unworthy of singing our anthem. At least that was the explanation given to the UNAIDS when they sought why an event that had cost precious time plus efforts to conceive and hatch was basically dumped on the scrap heap of gender equality.” “Whatever or whoever informed this superstitious twist should have known that the very Ghanaian flag the Black Stars defended and won on the day was designed by Theodosia Salome Okoh, a fertile woman. In fact, like nature, tradition is a description not a moral justification. Just because we’ve always done or believed a particular action, doesn’t mean it’s always or ever was justified.” Becca addressed the gathering which had Girmay Haile, UN Resident Coordinator and UNAIDS Resident Director in attendance. Source: Ebenezer Anangfio – GhanaWeb]]>

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Aisha Modi drags Diamond Appiah to court over East Legon land deal

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Musician, Diamond Appiah has been arraigned at an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly collecting US$30,000 from socialite Aisha Modi under the pretext of securing the latter a plot of land at East Legon in Accra. (more…)

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Ugly Dray is the best upcoming rapper I have heard in Ghana recently – Vic Mensa

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Ugly Dray is the best upcoming rapper I have heard in Ghana currently – Vic Mensa

Rapper, VIC Mensa appears to be super impressed and excited after listening to rap talent of budding Ghanaian rapper, Ugly Drays. (more…)

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We’ll Roast You at NEW Year Comedy Night, Send us to Court – DKB to Kurt Okraku

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We'll Roast You at NEW Year Comedy Night, Send us to Court - DKB to Kurt Okraku

The annual New Year Comedy Night will kick off the 2023 event calendar in January. To start the new year, the event will return with even funnier and rib-cracking jokes.

Slated for January 2, 2023 at the La Palm Royal Hotel. Ahead of the show, Comedian and Headliner for the event, DKB has sent a message to the Ghana Football Association President; Mr Kurt Okraku.

The comedian won’t hold back when discussing the Ghana Black Stars and their recently concluded World Cup campaign. DKB asserts that he is prepared to appear in court because on January 2nd, he will roast the President, despite the GFA having warned that people would be prosecuted if they disparaged the GFA and The Black Stars.

“We will roast him [Kurt Okraku] come Monday January 2 2023 at the New Year Comedy Night event. On the night we [Comedians] will dive into all that happened in 2022 which fortunately Kurt Okraku and the Black Stars actively participated in.” He said.

“Yes I am aware of the letter that was published by the GFA, but it wouldn’t intimidate us into cowering and not speak about GFA and The Black Stars. We are ready to go to court because we will roast Him [Kurt Okraku].” He added.

There will be great performances by OB Amponsah, Lekzy DeComic, Foster Romanus, Jeneral Ntatia, Parrot Mouth, Putogo, and MjTheComedian with music from Sista Afia and Cina Soul. The show will be hosted by Kejetia Lawyer Nti.

Contact 055 813 4734 for table reservations and more information about the event.

 

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Police Recover Meek Mill’s Stolen Phone; Suspect Arrested

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The Police have arrested one suspect and retrieved a mobile phone that was stolen from Meek Mill, an American hip-hop artist.

The suspect Nuhu Sule alias Ababaawa was arrested Friday, December 30, 2022, at his hideout in Accra. He is currently in Police custody and will be taken through the due process of the law. The victim, Meek Mill, reported his phone stolen in Accra on December 29, 2022.

Meanwhile the American rapper received his phone through Dr. Nadia Adongo Musah, Deputy Director, Diaspora Affairs  at  the Office of the President.

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They say I do money laundering – Mercy Eke of BBNaija

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Reality Star, Mercy Eke sits with Chude Jideonwo, host of the viral TV show, #WithChude to discuss accusations the media peddle against her and life after Big Brother Naija.

On her choice to respond to the blogger who claimed she slept with IVD, she shared, “This blogger has been on my case since forever. This person has tarnished my image more than anything, and I have never responded. This started when I was in the house. When this whole thing started, I saw that one of my fans released something where this blogger asked for 200,000 naira, and they did not give the person. And the blogger vowed that he or she will deal with me. But now, I am not in the house, you can’t deal with me based on whoever was handling my page. I didn’t even know about it because, they cleaned it up. When they handed over my phone to me, I didn’t see a lot of things, so I couldn’t pay for what I did not know. And since then, I have not rested. There is no story that this blogger has not involved me, till that one, I won’t respond. But this one, someone just died, there is a case of domestic violence, and I know this woman, we are friends. Then something that I know nothing about, you just brought my name out of nowhere and say that I am sleeping with this person”.
“That is the first and last time, I am going to respond to something, but I needed to respond to that one, she added.
Mercy also shared her thoughts about Phyna being the second woman to win the reality TV show.

“Honestly speaking, I have been waiting on someone to take on that role, let that pressure move, I want to rest. I want another person to come and take it, let the blogs focus on this person. Because I know when someone comes, at least I will rest.

She also reacted to the stigma successful women have to deal with, “It is very offensive. I feel that it is taking away all the efforts, the sleepless night, all the hard work we women put to get together where we are. They will just take away all effort and tag it as someone is behind you. I am not saying it is bad to have someone behind, if you have a rich boyfriend, some people’s love language might be taking care of you, buying you nice things, and giving you money. However, you will still work hard. They said I do money laundering; they have dealt with me in this industry. I came into this industry without no advice, just myself and my team and I started building brand.

On her motivation to be in the Big Brother house, she shared, “I auditioned four times. I just have that voice in me that says, ‘this is where you will make it’. So, each year when they say, ‘‘try again next year’. I still have that thing in my head that, ‘Okay, I will try’. Back then it was just to be famous”.

 

Watch the excerpts from the interview here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cmo-0hABlcZ/?hl=en

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Eugene Osafo Nkansa ‘Nkonkonsa’ survives deadly car accident

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Eugene Osafo Nkansa ‘Nkonkonsa’ survives deadly car accident

Ghanaian entertainment reporter and blogger, Eugene Osafo Nkansa, popularly known as Nkonkonsa, has survived a deadly car accident, just days to Christmas. (more…)

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