Monday, 26 March 2012

Top Ghanaian actress Selassie Ibrahim has demonstrated that she is not just a woman of the silver screens, but also an advocate for keeping the environment clean and also a strong character that will go to any length to support a good cause.
Last Saturday, the beautiful actress of many years and CEO of Smarttys Management & Production did something many of her colleagues in the film industry will dare not do.
She took some time off her busy schedule to clean choked gutters at the Nima Market, a suburb of Accra.
She joined her production team at Smartyys Management & Production, with assistance from Zoomlion, to do the cleanup exercise as part of the one year anniversary celebration of her Smart People TV programme.
The exercise was aimed at encouraging indigenes to inculcate the habit of keeping their environment clean. Also, it was her way of supporting and giving back to society.
The cleanup exercise began about 8:00am Saturday and lasted for some hours. They cleaned the stretch along Nima overhead.
Many had thought Selassie Ibrahim would only play a supervisory role as the boss by ordering her workers to clean the choked gutters while she looked on.  However she surprised those around when she also descended into the gutters to clean them.
It amazed a number of onlookers as not many Ghanaian actresses would go to that extent.
Yesterday, Sunday March 25, she and her team went to church for a thanksgiving service.  
The weeklong celebration of ‘Smart People’ witnessed the hostess and her Smarttys Management and Production team making a number of huge donations in Accra last week.
She made donations at the Solid Rock Academy Foundation in Kwabenya, Osu Children’s Home, Help Age Ghana and others.
The thanksgiving service was to wrap up the first anniversary celebration of Smart People.  A dinner dance is also in the pipeline.
Smart People is an exclusive, personality-profile interview programme created to engage prominent people in all fields of endeavour, including businessmen, lawyers, pastors, traditional rulers and more.
It brings to the fore what they have had to go through and how hard they have had to work to achieve their present status.
On previous episodes, Selassie interviewed top icons like Kojo Antwi, Rocky Dawuni, Reverend Dr. Christine Doe-Tetteh, Kofi Amoabeng and other prominent figures.
The actress-turned-producer looks to a productive year ahead.

Credit: NEWS-ONE 

The 65th edition of the annual international Cannes Film Festival returns in France this May.
 Ghanaian stakeholders at Cannes Film Festival last year
The event is scheduled to take off May 16 till May 27 when every activity will be climaxed. As usual, preparations are ongoing to make the world film festival historic.   
Last year, stakeholders from Ghana’s movie industry and winners of the prestigious Ghana Movie Awards made their debut appearance at the festival.
This year, some Ghanaian representatives are preparing to attend the ceremony, which parades the best of world’s acclaimed superstars and filmmakers every year.
Described as the biggest film festival on earth, it was created on the initiative of Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival.
The first edition of the festival was originally set to be held in Cannes in 1939 under the presidency of Louis Lumière. However, it was not until over a year after the war ended that it finally took place, on 20 September 1946. It was subsequently held every September - except in 1948 and 1950- and then every May from 1952 onwards.
Over the years, the festival has been tagged one of the most celebrated film festivals which come off as an award ceremony as well.
As usual, it is anticipated to attract a lot of movie stakeholders from across the world.

Credit: NEWS-ONE 

Eddie Watson
There are reasons to believe that things are going very well for Liberian-born Ghanaian actor Eddie Watson.
However, latest updates on the actor said he recently deactivated his fan page on Facebook but no reasons were given for the decision. 
But the actor’s management announced that his fan page was going to be reactivated.
From Monday the Eddie Watson's FAN PAGE will be reactivated. We apologize for the long away stay; he had to quit because we noticed some 'guys' were tripping. Eddie wouldn’t discriminate because of your sexual desire but please... Don’t trip because he's not one, u know what we mean, lol,” his team posted on Facebook.
The statement has made it obvious that some people were on Eddie’s trail, hence he decided to shut down his fan page.
Meanwhile, he has released new photos of himself on the fan page which is garnering attention on the social network.
Eddie is currently busy transiting between Ghana and Nigeria shooting movies. He last appeared in ‘Hotel Babylon’, directed by Kobi Rana.
He has a couple of other movies that are being released sometime this week. He has been described as fresh looking actor, very respectful and above all the most masculine in Ghana’s movie industry.
He entered Nigeria’s Nollywood late last year where he shot a couple of movies starring alongside Ngozi Ezeonu, Queen Owoye, Lola and more.
Eddie is best remembered for his role with top actress Yvonne Nelson in Abdul Salam produced, ‘4play Reloaded’ movie.
Eddie had a stint with Ghana’s movie industry less than three years ago. His first was a movie by Bandex Productions titled ‘Million’, where he played a security guard for Kofi Adjorlolo.
He was also in ‘Masters of The Game’ as a detective, followed by a scene in ‘Turn Me On’ by Roger Q production.
Subsequently, he got a script for ‘Somewhere In Africa’. He went for a single scene but he end up doing more.
He was also in ‘A Reason To Kill’ by Venus Films and more.
Eddie is a former student of College of West Africa and continued at the University of Liberia where he majored in Economics.

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A United States-based international non-profit organization, the Centre for World Folkloric Arts of New York City, is in the preliminary stages of endorsing and sponsoring a Ghanaian Hiplife artiste, Nino, from Kumasi, Ghana, to be its Arts Ambassador for the Youth.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Michelle Dekker
Models find themselves in their kind of profession largely because they have good bodies or figures that do not discourage them from being exposed.
But 18-year-old Netherland Ghanaian model, Michelle Dekker, has a different opinion.
She told NEWS-ONE in an exclusive interview that whatever her body looked like did not influence her decision to become a model.
 “I used to be slimmer than I am now. I have actually put on some weight. But if even I am weighing 5000 pounds, I will still model,” she added.
Michelle beat 9 other wannabe models to emerge the winner of Exopa New Faces contest held at the Exopa Burg last month.
She became the audience’s favourite after she her fierce catwalk and dance steps, coupled with her amazing body. The judges had no other choice but to let her be the ultimate winner.
“I school at Exopa and I have passion for modelling. It is something I like to do, so I joined the competition to try my luck. That was my first experience on a runway in an official event. It was fan,” she said.
She explained that she wasn’t shy on stage and that explained her confidence on the show.
She added that she did a bit of acting in school when she was a kid and that had built her confidence level.
Michelle Dekker was born to a Ghanaian mum and Dutch dad. She partly had her education abroad and in Ghana.
Michelle has great passion for modelling and hopes to be a great model one day and be an inspiration to many young girls out there.

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Ghana’s Azonto Dance is gradually filtering into every corner of world music.
The dance moves have gotten some spotlight in D’Banj’s official video for his ‘Oliver Twist’ hit song, which featured cameo appearances by Eddie Kadi, Sneakbo, Big Seun and Kanye West and directed by Sesan.
Sources said the video was leaked as it was yet to be officially released.
Dancers in the video borrowed a few steps from Azonto while a popular UK Azonto dancer, whose Azonto video garnered attention on YouTube recently, also made his usual Azonto moves in the video.
There are currently divided opinions on whether the video is of good quality or not.
While some described it as “whack,” others said it was another excellent job from for D’Banj.
“Waited so long for this video and I am so disappointed, the best bit was when the white man came in and started doing the Azonto. Though it would have more reference to his Afrobeats background, to be honest I would prefer to watch one of the Oliver Twist cameo videos.”
 “This video is far below my expectation. So full of yourself and all you did was just a big f*** up. I thought with the entire stunt about people posting their videos for Oliver Twist, it was going to be impressive, but sorry am not impressed and what was that stunt Kanye was pulling feeling fly,” were some of the comments about  the video on YouTube. Others also asked why Don Jazzy was not in the video.

Credit: NEWS-ONE

US artiste Bow Wow is set to storm Ghana as part of his global tour project.
Bow Wow is expected to be in Ghana by April or May and will feature in three shows including the much-anticipated Hallmark Expo scheduled for the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
The Hallmark Expo is in recognition of the abundance of creativity and business potential in the Ghanaian business world, and is set to elevate the creative industry in Ghana, a great nation that features an interesting mix of people, cultures and gateway for business in Africa.
The event is powered by Hallmark Multimedia Inc, SFL Entertainment LLC and supported by Adopted Culture UK, the DAILY GUIDE and Ghana Television.
Places Bow Wow is expected to perform include the Oil City (Sekondi) and Accra, on June 29, 2012 and July 2, 2012.

Luckie Lawson’s movie, ‘Familiar Strangers’, starring top stars John Dumelo, Nana Ama McBrown, Roselyn Ngissah, and Prince David was  released for the market last Monday, March 19.
The movie made the headlines months ago after a successful executive premiere on December 17 at new Maya Cova Restaurant, behind Manye Home Art Gallery in La.    
The event brought together the corporate world and kings and queens of Ghana and Nigeria’s movie industries.
Visible among them were Yvonne Nelson, Juliet Ibrahim, Nikki Samonas, Zynnell Lydia Zuh, Kobi Rana and Nollywood’s Halima Abubakar and the cast of the movie.
The movie is Luckie’s second after a successful ‘Silence Is Golden’ which starred Nollywood top acts Ramsey Nouah and Chika Ike.
‘Familiar Strangers’ is expected to be more successful than ‘Silence Is Golden’.
‘Familiar Strangers’ was directed by Pascal Amanfo and was shot on locations in Spintex, a suburb of Accra.
It is about the unusual tale of three sisters (Luckie, Nana Ama and Roslyn) who are caught in a world of deceit, strange living and betrayal.  
Luckie Lawson played ‘Wande’, a doctor with no child, even though she loved kids. On other hand, her sister (Nana Ama McBrown) who prioritizes sex over her kid, has no time for her own child.
Wande takes up the responsibility of taking care of her sister’s child and that of Roslyn’s.
One of the two irresponsible mothers decides to kill one of the kids and it was at this same time that Wande finds out that her sisters’ kids are rather her step-children.
There, the thrills set in and movie fans can find out the whole story when the movie is released on Monday.


Reports from Houston and Dallas both in the United of America say beautiful Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson is currently receiving special attention and reception in the USA.
Even though NEWS-ONE trusts its sources, photos of the leggy actress on her facebook fan page also confirmed the report.
She was indeed given a Hollywood treatment as some of the photos on her page showed her being given a chauffeured limousine looking sexy and charming as usual.
The ‘Princess Tyra’ actress left town on Wednesday evening just after the physical clash between Kotoka International Airport Security and the Ghana Police Services.
It is not confirmed when she will be returning. However, her trip is to showcase her to her fans in that part of the world.
She will hence be part of a number of red carpet events in different cities.
On Thursday, she posted on facebook, “hey guys in Houston ...come lets hangout torrow, Friday March 16 at Cloud9 Nostress (on 10400 Harwin and Corporate), lets hang, take pics ....and I will be in Dallas   Saturday,  March 17 at Aso Rock lounge (9220 Skillman St, Dallas TX)...Don’t miss out.....I’m here for y’all...”
NEWS-ONE is still following her for updates.

Prince David taking his HIV & AIDS test

As part of efforts to give back to society, prolific Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei’s charity foundation on Saturday organised a health screening and fitness programme for students at the Labone Senior High School in Accra.
The rationale was to use his foundation to encourage the youth in particular to inculcate the habit of living healthy lifestyles by knowing their HIV status through screening and regular check-ups.
At the event, the PDO Foundation screened students for HIV/AIDS, Malaria Parasite, Syphilis, Sugar Level, Blood Pressure. There was also an eye screening exercise.     
The ‘Dead’ actor did the unexpected when he got himself tested for HIV/AIDS in front of hundreds of students at Labone Senior High School to declare the screening process open.
“I took this upon myself. I decided to screen for HIV/AIDS because leadership is by example so if you want the students to do it, you have to do it. I didn’t have a choice. It was my first time testing and anything could have happened. I was just daring and brave enough to go and do the HIV/AIDS test.
“Thank God the result proved negative. Having done the test, I can also encourage other people to do it because I don’t think it is any scary thing. If you know your status, it is good. At least, if it is negative then you become careful or if it is positive, you will have retroviral drugs that can lessen it. Whether it is positive or negative, life still goes on,” he told NEWS-ONE after the exercise.
The screening process will continue in other schools including Accra High School. Labone Senior is the first school to host the actor and his team of doctors from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and 37 Military Hospital.
From Accra, the screening exercise will be taken to other schools in the Northern, Brong Ahafo, Volta and Ashanti Regions.
David is using funds from his PDO and Sniperdee Clothing Line to support the project while he waits for sponsors. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Frank Rajah
NEWS-ONE has gathered that award-winning Ghanaian movie ‘Somewhere In Africa’ will finally hit the big screen in Ghana on April 7, months after director Frank Rajah Arase, and movie marketer and producer, Double D, engaged in a fierce fight over the movie.
The movie was to be premiered on July 30 last year but couldn’t take place due to their fight.
One of the two men reportedly refused to release the edited copy of the movie for the premiere over issues bordering on ownership and money. That led to the indefinite postponement of the premiere.
Reports said top guns in the movie industry tried to intervene but to no avail. 
Sources told NEWS-ONE over the weekend that the two controversial personalities had now eaten humble pie and settled their differences.
They are now ready to premiere the movie during Easter, on April 7. But it is not confirmed which venue they intend to premiere it.
Efforts to speak with Frank Rajah yesterday proved futile as he would not answer the paper’s calls made to his phone.
Many enthusiasts who saw ‘Somewhere In Africa’ described it as a good movie.
It will be recalled that the movie got 12 nominations for the Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA).
The movie tells a gripping story of Yusuf Mumbasa (Majid Michel) who after escaping an assassination attempt by the King of Kimbala, managed to capture power via a coup d’état and ordered for the killing of all previous government appointees.
The minority, including students, went on the streets to demonstrate, but Yusuf would not accept that.
The movie, which recaptures the heinous stories of how leaders of some African countries have been maltreating their citizenries, is a total deviation from the normal love-dominated movies that have flocked the Ghanaian and African movie markets.
The film stars the crème de la crème of Ghana’s movie industry, with Majid Michel playing a dual role as a journalist and military leader.
The rest include veteran actors David Dontoh, Kofi Adjorlolo, Amornabea Dodoo, Eddie Nartey, Roslyn Ngissah, Martha Ankomah, Eddie Watson, Helen Asante, Gloria Sarfo and Eve Asare.
Frank Raja Arase had, in an earlier interview, described the movie as one of his best and said it was a significant movie for Africans.
“The message and scenes from the movie were to bring people’s (Africans’) mind to the realization that this is not just a movie but it is something that is really happening in Accra. It is an awakening call. The movie is not just to entertain but mirror you and see what is happening. Let it reflect on you as an African.”

Credit: NEWS-ONE

Monday, 12 March 2012

Stars Yvonne Nelson, Richie Mensah and Luckie Lawson were on Friday honoured by the Chiropractic and Wellness Centre (CWC) in Accra for their significant contribution and dedicated service to the people of Ghana via movies and music. 
They were recognized at New Horizon School in Cantonment, Accra, where the Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, in collaboration with NewMax Company, held a screening exercise for students with neurological disorders such as autism.
The three stars took time off their busy schedules to spend some quality time with the students.
They were each presented with a certificate of recognition at the ceremony.
Dubbed Chiropractic and Wellness Centre’s Day service, the screening ceremony was an activity that brought a team of doctors and celebrities together to screen challenged students and bring smiles on their faces.
Officials of the Wellness Centre took some time to talk to the children about autism and recommended regular chiropractic treatment.
They also spoke about how happy they were to be at the school to screen the students.
The students also enjoyed a number of current hit songs with which they tried their azonto moves.
Richie Mensah, Yvonne Nelson and Luckie Lawson were the only stars that showed up even though more stars were expected to grace the occasion.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Etornam Attipoe of NewMax said his company and the Wellness Centre found it rewarding to affect the lives of the students and was also happy for the presence of the celebrities.  
“The greatest happiness on earth lies in making others happy. I am impressed to see these young ambitious men and women (stars) who are making their lives meaningful by bringing smiles on the faces of the less fortunate, amidst of all the distractions that this world could offer,” he added.
The doctors and members of the centre interacted, played, danced and encouraged the students, assuring them that they were important in society and that their conditions were not permanent.
New Horizon School is a non-profit organisation that provides basic education for children and vocational training for over 140 special needs person.
Last year, as part of activities to further raise awareness, the Chiropractic and Wellness Centre in Ghana named three icons- Reggie Rockstone, Richie and Joseph Agbeko- as its health ambassadors.
It has its head office located in Asylum Down, adjacent Roxbury night club, with affiliates in Takoradi, Kumasi and Cape Coast.
Currently, the centre is engaging in screening exercises across the country, offering chiropractic and wellness services.

Atto Turkson

It is commonly said that coming events always cast their shadows and recent happenings seem to suggest that some figures in Ghana’s movie industry may be switching to full music.   
Following reports of veteran actor Kojo Dadson’s preparation to release his album, a young figure in the movie industry, Lucky Caleb Ayivor, a producer and director of Ghanaian movies ‘Love 4 Rent’ and ‘Billy’, is also announcing his presence on the music scene.
Ayivor has recorded a very interesting R&B song which is geting some attention on the airwaves.
It is titled ‘Perfect Picture’ and the lyrics are in English.   
Sources told NEWS-ONE that Ayivor wanted to say goodbye to movie production for music because music was his first love.
 “I do movies but I started music before movie. Still I don’t want to leave my passion for music,” he said when he was contacted.
Ayivor has been in the Ghana movie industry for a while. He is best known for his contribution towards continuity aspect of movie production. His pals in the movie industry call him the continuity expert. Ayivor worked hard to become a movie director.
Not long ago, he directed, ‘Love 4 Rent’, featuring Eddie Watson, Helen Asante, Roselyn Ngissah and Fred Johnson among.
He is one of the few Ghanaian directors who had their movies shown at the just-ended FOFA Film Festival in Ghana. His movie was ‘Billy’, featuring Nadia Buari.

Credit: NEWS-ONE

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Friday, 2 March 2012

Chichi Neblett
This year appears to have started well for Liberian born Ghanaian actress Chichi Neblette, who has started enjoying some level of success in Ghana’s film industry.
Less than a month after reports of her being spotted on the set of a big time TV commercial for BO16, featuring Yvonne Nelson and Yvonne Okoro, she has joined the cast of ‘Peep’, the newest TV series being produced by TV3 and Sparrow Production.
NEWS-ONE could not readily get her to speak about her role in the series but the paper’s source said she was on point and delivered, alongside the main cast Senanu Gbedawo, David Oscar and Jasmine.
Chichi, the source added, had been very busy lately. She did not answer the paper’s phone calls yesterday when it tried contacting her.
Peep Cast
Chichi is gradually becoming a hot cake in Ghana’s movie industry even though she has been around for over six years.
 She made her entry into the movie industry in 2005 and began with roles in movies ‘Puncher Hole,’ and Venus Films ‘Mummy’s Daughter.’ 
Peep cast
But she went on a hiatus in 2007 and returned in 2009.
She has since featured in a number of movies including ‘4play’, ‘Reason To Kill’, ‘Who Loves Me’. She is yet to get her big break.
NEWS-ONE is keenly following her exploits in the entertainment industry and will give more updates on her.

Credit: NEWS-ONE

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