Monday, 30 January 2012

Star actress Yvonne Nelson
Actress Yvonne Nelson has notified the public that the rumour mongers who went to town with claims that she was selling fake Louis Vuitton (LV) bags in her YN Closet have ran away from their claims.
According to the leggy actress, they could not validate their claims after she opened her shop to them.
She opened her doors to them, asking those involved in particular to come and check her shop if indeed there were LV bags on sale in her shop but none of them showed up.
“I thought they would come to the shop and verify, as serious as they claimed they were, when they spewed those lies about me. If they may have read my response to that fake story, then they are ok with it. But the next honourable thing to do is to apologize. I am sure people won’t start calling them fake website too, if they do that.
“I believe there are ethics of the profession or career that they are pursuing and they must do as such,” Yvonne told NEWS-ONE when she was asked about new developments on LV brouhaha.    
A week ago, the actress came out publicly to clear the air on reports that she uses and sells fake LV products.
She said she had not been selling LV bags in her shop but used them and they were not fake.
Nelson maintained that the report was a calculated attempt to destroy her business even though she had not been doing same to those behind the report.
“Like I told you earlier on, I believe the persons behind these stories have other motives and the way they repeated it made me suspect they wanted to give my fashion shop a bad reputation just to collapse my business for reasons best known to them.
“I thought responding in the media is ok but opening my shop for them is also a best option. With that, all of us will be satisfied, I guess. So if they are cool now and they didn’t show up, the best thing is to tell LV the turn of events, because they claimed they were reporting me to LV. They should humbly apologize to everybody, not me; I mean the general public that they got their facts way way wrong. They lied to the public,” she stated.
Yvonne left Accra last week for Takoradi, where she was shooting her latest movie. She also wrapped the shooting of another movie in Accra that same week. She will be returning this week.
Last year, NEWS-ONE reported that she was the hottest Ghanaian actress in Nollywood. But the paper could not say same about her in Ghana as there were earlier rumours about her rejecting scripts.
However, this year promises to be good as the ‘Princess Tyra’ actress is currently busy on Ghanaian sets.
She is also expected to storm Nollywood in some weeks where she still has some scripts to shoot there.

Credit: NEWS-ONE


Makedah, winner, New Face of Exopa
The 2012 edition of the Exopa Modelling Agency’s monthly Exopa New Face contest kicked off on an exciting note last Saturday with awesome performances by wannabe models.

All the ladies were determined but after four rounds of fierce catwalk and dancing, 20-year-old UK-based Jamaican Makedah proved herself worthy of the crown as the best model of the night.
A 27-year-old Ugandan model and Business Administration Degree holder from the University of Makerere, Nissi Susan Onyok, and South African beauty Jacqueline Mhlange placed second and third respectively. 
The Ghanaian ladies also put up a befitting challenge but there could only be three winners. They made it to the final six but the foreigners beat them for the top three spots.
The event started at about 11pm as a result of the Ghana-Mali football match, which also affected patronage to some extent.
MC Asoreba opened the show with an introduction of what the event had in stock for the year 2012. He emphasized on giving models the platform to explore their talent.
He continued by introducing all 10 contestants. Prior to that, a male model was on the runway as a teaser.
The girls then followed in their beautifully designed African outfits. This round was a bit tough for the ladies as some of them were modelling for an audience for the first time. Some were intimidated by the looks on the faces of the expectant audience, but others were also confident.
All three winners
As usual, the judges were Tinny, Ebenezer, PRO of boxer Joseph Agbeko, and Joycelyn Nketia. Host of ‘Fashion 101’, Sandra Ankobiah, was a guest judge, as well one top designer.
The show became more exciting during the dance category. Even the judges were not left out of the excitement as most of them applauded some of the ladies.
That segment also began with a teaser by the male model who rocked to tunes of Beyonce’s ‘Baby Boy’ featuring Sean Paul.
When the girls finally hit the runway with their dance moves, it was something else.
There wasn’t too much of the usual Azonto because the ladies were obviously not in tune with the steps associated with it, as most of them were foreigners.
But their moves were unique and exceptional. The judges intermittently smiled to compliment the ladies.
The category was climaxed with a special Azonto dance performance by a six-year-old girl whose moves held everybody spellbound.
All three winners
The contestants subsequently came on stage to introduce themselves, after which the best six were selected and finally the top three.
The winner has a contract with the Exopa Modeling Agency and other juicy souvenirs including cover page articles in NEWS-ONE.
This month’s male contest didn’t take place but the event will continue every last Saturday of the month at the Exopa Burg where the event always takes place.
Last Saturday’s event had music performances by Odesse, female rapper Eyram and others.

Credit: NEWS-ONE


Singer and Allo TiGO anchor Jon Germain has lost his elder brother, Nana Agyanin Boateng.
His unfortunate demise occurred a week ago at the Okomfo Anokye Hospital in Kumasi.
It is currently not known what ailment took his life but sources said he had been ill for a while.
Currently, the Germain family, including the singer and his sister, Mabel Germain, actress and award-winning costumier, is mourning.
“My brother’s death has broken me. I have lost interest in everything. It is 4 years since I lost my dad. I was very close to both of them but now I’ve lost all of them. I have been home since,” Jon forlornly confirmed the sad incident to NEWS-ONE over the weekend.
The sad incident happened at a time when Jon was working on the release of his new single in February.
NEWS-ONE expresses its condolences to the Germain family and urges them to be strong.

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A new poster of Kobi Rana’s yet-to-be-released movie, ‘Hotel Babylon’, has been released.
The movie, which stars Ramsey Nouah and other top Ghanaian actors, some months ago generated attention with its appealing trailer on the internet.
NEWS-ONE could not authenticate the reason for the delay of the release of the movie, but a new poster was released last week to further whet fans’ enthusiasm.
Ramsey is the only character on the new poster and questions have been raised about it. 
Nana Ama McBrown, Beverly Afaglo, Roslyn Ngissah and Nana Hayford are some of the Ghanaians in the movie but none of them was captured on the poster.
The movie was previously in the news for a number of incidents.
One was the report about how Ramsey Nouah, who played the lead, almost met his death on the movie’s set in Kumasi.
Ramsey allegedly crash-landed on a concrete floor when he fell from a building whilst trying a stunt for the movie. Though official medical reports were not made available, it was feared the actor might have suffered internal injuries as he reportedly complained of acute waist pains.
Ramsey could not immediately get up on his feet as he remained on the floor for some minutes.
The set had to break to allow him to recover, but after 30 minutes, he told the director he could continue with the shooting.

Credit: NEWS-ONE 

Friday, 27 January 2012

Sika Da Diva

Singing sensation Efya has said she adopted the name ‘Gingam’ as one of her musical accolades because it makes her feel good when she is called by it.
A search for the word Gingam on the worldwide web linked it to a wide range of things including companies.
Efya said her aunt actually gave her the name and she was comfortable with it.
“Gingam is a young warrior; that is what it is. It is also a definition for somebody who believes in what he or she is doing.”
She added, “It’s a movement and it makes you feel good about yourself; you do whatever you do well. It does not matter if you are not a leader. If you Google Gingam you probably found out it is designing a company. But my auntie started calling Gingam when I was young. I believe in it because when I say it, it makes me feel good. Gingam is not bad, we still pushing it.”
The songstress has wrapped up the shoot of her impressive upcoming video for her hit single, ‘A Moment Notice’. Her main album is expected to hit the music scene in the first quarter of this year with a lot of planned events for her.
Behind the scenes footages of the music video so far give a good impression that she will be serving something unique that is likely to garner worldwide attention.
Last year, Efya did very well on the music scene as she performed on most platforms.
No wonder legendary and world class South African musician, Hugh Masekela compared Efya’s style of singing to Fela Kuti’s.
“...but she was fantastic; the things she did were like medieval and artistes like that need a medieval setting. See, artiste like Efya needs her own club, the way Fela had the shrine. You know but she needs her own place where she can do this stuff,” he said.


Nana Quame
Ghanaian singer Nana Quame has been missing in action for over four years since he threw a challenge that he would quit music if Ofori Amponsah beat him on the musical stage.
In December 2007, Nana Quame threw a challenge on GTV’s Showbiz hosted by Prince Tsega, now the General Manager of Ghana Movie Awards, that he was better than Ofori Amponsah in terms of live performance.
“If you want to know who is better, put the two of us on a stage and give us a live band.
“If he beats me, I’m gonna quit music. I’m not bluffing; I respect him but he’s no better than I am,” Nana Quame reportedly said.
Ofori however refused to engage Nana in any stage competition. 
Nana Quame’s comment generated a lot of public interest at the time as he tried his best to justify himself on stages that found himself.
Nana Quame
It was thus on record that in his bid to outshine Ofori Amponsah, he tried to break all the rules in stage performance. And one of such was his surprise performance On December 29, 2007 at the Lumba Brothers re-union show held to support the Ghana/Beijing Olympics games.
 Nana uncharacteristically went down on his knees before music fans, begging them to cheer him up and sing along with him. However, the crowd remained seated and watched him perform.
Ofori Amponsah
So he moved into the crowd and begged them to join him. “If I have to kneel down to beg you before you will get up to dance with me then I have to do it because yesterday some people said I did not do well,” he said and went down on his knees.
It has been over four years since that brouhaha and Nana Quame is nowhere to be found. Ofori on the other hand is not the shining star he used to be. But in 2011, he released an album which is gradually catching up with fans.
Unconfirmed   reports say Nana Quame is currently in the UK. It is not clear if he is still doing music as nothing has been heard from him in the past few years.
NEWS-ONE is still working on getting in touch with Nana Quame to find out what is going on with his music career.



 Credit: NEWS-ONE

Fashion 101 programme on TV3 is set to debut on pay-per-view channel CineAfrik, on Multi TV, from tomorrow Saturday, January 28.
Sandra Ankobiah
The fashion-oriented show, which currently airs and will continue to air on free-to-air network TV3, has in the past few weeks received reviews from a cross-section of the Ghanaian viewing public.
Moments after the show had hit mainstream television four weeks ago, the producers were inundated with requests to have it shown on multiple networks, hence the addition of CineAfrik.
Fashion 101 will air on CineAfrik, 9:30 pm every Saturday.
“The overarching purpose is to ensure that on whichever platform you are on, you can get to enjoy the goodies Fashion 101 is offering, and also be part of that big club of dedicated viewers. Your Saturday evenings just got better.
“I am excited at this arrangement, and can’t wait to see the maiden edition air. This is a good step millions of Multi TV viewers can bask in and identify with. Fashion 101 is all about you,” said Sandra Ankobiah, hostess of Fashion 101.
On a typical Fashion 101 episode on CineAfrik, viewers will be treated to two segments; the first, known as Star Watch, where a panel including hostess Sandra and some two or three others will dissect and analyze the fashion statements made by Ghanaian celebrities on their various public outings including but not limited to award shows and premieres.
Sandra Ankobiah
The second segment is the make-over, where an individual is selected by the show’s producers and made to undergo a beauty transformation. This process is handled by some of Ghana’s trusted names in fashion designing as well as Fashion 101’s in-house make-up stylist Mamess.
The 30-minute programme is executive produced and hosted by Sandra Ankobiah.
Fashion 101 is powered by Emerald Paradise Production, with support from the Aviation Social Centre.

Credit: NEWS-ONE

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Alex Biney

After his promise to start a trade in Ghana’s fashion industry and subsequently appearing in a local movie, Ghana’s male representative at the last Big Brother Amplified reality show, Alex Biney, will now be starring in a reality TV show.
The ‘Bomaye’ man is currently involved in a new reality show dubbed ‘I'm In Love With...?’ It is being put together by Access Media Productions in collaboration with DSTV and is expected to show on a local TV station after everything is done.
The show is centered on Biney and his quest to find his African queen.
The show is however modeled loosely after successful shows like 'The Bachelor' and 'Flavor Of Luv', as 12 carefully selected women from some selected African countries will compete to win the heart of Biney over a period of 13 weeks in a house.
With the help of viewers and friends, ‘Bomaye’ must select the right girl who will choose him over the $20,000 cash prize at stake. Alex earned the title ‘the ladies man’ when four of his housemates declared their affection for him during his stay in the Big Brother house.
The show was launched last Saturday at Ashongman in Accra where Alex answered questions about his decision to be on the show.
He said he was likely to pick his wife at the end of the show.
Mabel Germain, a representative of Access Media, told NEWS-ONE that the show would be an annual event. Her outfit decided to use Alex for the first edition.
The show, she noted, was aimed at educating the world about what an African man truly looked out for in an African woman whilst entertaining TV audience. It will highlight to the world what African women go through to win the heart of men.
It will also create a platform to explore and harness talent and creativity with a view to promoting peace, unity and understanding amongst Africans through entertainment.
Twelve finalists from some selected countries across Africa, including Nigeria, will enter the main event. These selected women will be housed in Ghana over a period of 13 weeks. In the house, they will undertake several activities and will be made to undergo various tasks to help bring out their diverse traits.
Special friends close to Alex will spend time with the contestants and Alex in the course of the show.
These friends will spend up to a day or two on in the house to help guide Alex to choose the right girl, and to help expose the groupies among the contestants.
Every week on Sundays, between the hours of 7pm and 8pm, a grand eviction platform will be set to evict any contestant who is not really impressing the man of the house, Alex, live on TV.
Special music performances by celebrity friends will also be held on eviction nights to celebrate the ladies who survive eviction. Three finalists will be put up against each other on the last night, during which two will be evicted by Alex, leaving the last contestant as the eventual winner.
The winner will have to make a choice of either walking away with $20,000 worth of prizes or abandoning the money and following her heart by accepting the love of Alex.
The show will be airing twice a week. The first will last an hour and will summarize the highlights of the week, including events leading to nomination. The second will be the eviction show and will last half an hour.


Star actress Luckie Lawson celebrated her (God knows how many years) birthday on Monday, January 23.
She celebrated her milestone three days after her son Jayden also celebrated his.
NEWS-ONE is yet to confirm any impending party to commemorate the mother-and-son celebration.
The actress and her son have since been receiving congratulatory messages on Blackberry, Facebook and Twitter from friends and family. 
 A rumoured surprise party for the actress however turned out to be a hoax. Currently she is on set busy doing what she knows best.
Luckie was reluctant to disclose her age when contacted but she was happy that God had added another year to her life.
Last December, Luckie opened her new restaurant at East Legon, adjacent Del International Hospital. It is a few minutes’ drive from the PH Hotel, the former Protea Hotel. 
Like her former Villa Garden, the place is becoming the hub for some of Ghana’s celebrities who pass through to have lunch.
The new place is called ‘Mangoase’ and it’s one of the latest hot food joints in East Legon.
Luckie Lawson indeed has come to stay in the tenets of the movie industry. She is one of the few who command great respect and following.
She started as an actress but has moved on to become a producer with two movies to her credit.
Her first movie was ‘Silence Is Golden’ which featured Ramsey Nuoah and Chika Ike, while the second was ‘Familiar Strangers’, starring Prince David Osei, Roselyn Ngissah, John Dumelo, Nana Ama McBrown and others. 

Credit: Francis Addo NEWS-ONE

Ghana’s fashion industry is about to get a facelift with the introduction of a new show fashion event dubbed ‘The Dress Code’.
‘The Dress Code’ is an anticipated annual competitive event aimed at promoting local fabrics.
It is a show for young designers from mostly polytechnics to battle for who can use local fabrics to sew a wide range of styles including wedding gowns, and dinner and swim wear.
The event, being organised by The Domain, is scheduled for the National Theatre on April 28. Auditions will however start in earnest sometime next week. Ten contestants will be picked after the audition for the event which will be divided into segments.
Among the segment will be designing, catwalk, and documentary and education. Also, some yet-to-be-confirmed Ghanaian stars will be on the catwalk. Some musicians will also take the stage to do what they are known for.
Last week, the event was launched at the Dubois Centre in Accra.
Mercy Tekyi, fashion designer and CEO of The Domain, organisers of the show, promised that the ceremony would be one of a kind as it would attract a lot of celebrities and fashion authorities.
Contestants will be made to go through various tasks and the winner will get some juicy prizes. The maiden edition will also come with the launch of ‘The Dress Code’ magazine.     
credit: NEWS-ONE

Monday, 23 January 2012

Yvonne Nelson outfit J Melo's launching
STAR ACTRESS Yvonne Nelson is in shock over media reports that she is selling fake and imitated brands of Louis Vuitton (LV) and Gucci bags in her Dansoman-based YV Closet fashion shop.
The actress said she initially took the publications as a joke and decided to ignore it but changed her mind when reputable television stations also started spreading the report without contacting her for her side of the story.
“I believe the persons behind these stories have other motives and the way they keep repeating it makes me suspect they want to give my fashion shop a bad reputation just to collapse my business for reasons best known to them.
"I’m shocked because I do not even sell Louis Vuitton (LV) or Gucci. Any person who has been to my shop can attest to this. I don’t even have more than 5 bags in my shop. All my bags are Aldo and they are sold out," Yvonne noted.
Yvonne Nelson looks at J Melo's launchi
She explained further: “Ask other persons who sell designer stuff and they would tell you that most people will not like to buy $3000 LV bags if I brought them here or $5000 Chanel bag. So when I buy such stuff outside, I use them myself and I don’t come out making noise about my bags like some websites seem to suggest.
“I only tweeted a picture of my personal bags. People can come and check them out and also check LV website and let see the difference.” 
Yvonne said though it is not uncommon for the media to speculate stories about celebrities, the speculation must have a base or some truth.
She challenged anyone who doubts the quality of her goods to pass through her shop.
 Yvonne maintained that her shop was in top form and clients could always pass through for their collection.
She is yet to make a media launch of the YN closet but it made news than she expected.
Currently, the shop, which is less than a year old, is rated one of Africa’s most talked-about celebrity shops. It is located at Dansoman Sahara (Manorvia), a suburb of Accra. Ahead of Christmas she was in Paris, France, where she also shopped for the shop. She bought items such as designer perfumes, clothes and others accessories from Zara, Forever 21, Bebe, Topshop, Aldo and more.

 Credit: NEWS-ONE


There is no doubt that a number of Ghanaian musicians are forcefully changing their tunes to suit the latest Azonto dance craze that has been thrilling Ghana’s music industry.
D Flex (L) and his management team
Hiplife musician, D Flex, has said he won’t stop the move to release his newest album because of Azonto.
Hence he is releasing his latest album, titled ‘Paradise’, without any fear of being sidelined by the Azonto flavour which is also generating a lot of attention beyond the shores of Ghana.
 “My album is unique. Anytime I do a song I don’t listen to it but my management listens to it and the engineers also listen to it. We have critics who also listen to the songs to make sure we do the right song. This album took me like a year. I go to the studio and they tell me no go back and do this. So when you listen to the album you will know why the album will stay. I am telling you, 2012 is for D Flex,” he added in a shot conversation with NEWS-ONE last Friday after an album release press conference at Afrikiko in Accra.
The 14-track album is titled ‘Paradise’. He explained that the title was influenced by the kinds of messages in the songs.
“Somebody will be like it is like paradise in heaven but it is not that. If you get the album and listen, you will understand what I am trying to say,” he added.
Currently, he is releasing the album under Eastern World Entertainment and hopes to generate one of the biggest attentions in Ghana.
Songs on the album are interesting including a gospel track, ‘Nyame Yaba’ featuring Erico, and ‘Oppollo’ featuring Stay Jay and Castro. He also featured Praye and KK Fosu.
D Flex is not a new face on the music scene. He has been around for years and performed and shared stages with the likes of Ofori Amponsah, KK Fosu and Kofi Nti.
Now he is set to release his own album after several singles.
D Flex will be embarking on a number of projects including a road safety project as part of his social responsibility. Currently, he also wants to encourage upcoming artistes to be steadfast in making their dreams come through. 


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