Friday, 29 June 2012

Yvonne Nelson
Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has announced to the general public that no top footballer sponsored or footed the bill of two movie productions she was recently involved in.
She said it had come to her notice that certain individuals were spreading rumours that a top footballer sponsored the production cost of her movies.
Yvonne said it was true she had produced two movies titled ‘The Price’ and ‘Single & Married’ last year and this year respectively but denied they were funded by a footballer.
Yvonne said ‘The Price’ was the first to be shot last year and it was a partnership production between her YN Productions and an entertainment company called Media GH. 
The production of ‘Single & Married’, a copyright property of Media GH, wrapped up this year with top actors Chris Attoh, Nadia Buari, Kofi Adjorlolo, Eddie Watson, Efya, Tiffany and Anita Erskine starring in it.
Yvonne said she was now the general manager of Media GH which dealt in both music and movie productions. She handles the movie production aspect of the company besides her role as the general manager.
She stated that the public should ignore the footballer rumour circulating because it was not true.
She described it as one of the usual machinations of people who sought to pull her down by using media platforms and foul means.
The tall actress has also denied rumours that she won a mouth-watering contract from telecommunication giant, Vodafone.
Yvonne has shot about 10 movies within a space of a year. The year she was slapped with the so-called controversial ban alone, she shot five movies.  Two of those movies were by Abdul Salam’s Venus Films.
Among some of her latest movies are ‘Trapped In The Game’, ‘Mistress’, ‘Wanna Be,’ ‘The Price’,Single & Married’, and others she shot in Nigeria.
Less than two weeks ago, she returned from Nigeria where she had been shooting with Tonto Dikeh and other top actors. Currently, she is on a movie set in Ghana. Even though Yvonne said she did not like blowing her own trumpet, she said she had been busy throughout with productions and running her YN fashion shop as well as her glaucoma foundation.
She has opened a new fashion shop around the Central University area and waiting to officially launch it soon.
Yvonne Nelson added that any negative impression being created that her career was in shambles was not the true reflection of what was currently happening on the ground.
She concluded by thanking the public for its unwavering support for her career via many ways.

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Lydia Forson and fans
Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson says she suspects the person who hacked and took over her twitter account is someone close to her.
“I realized the person had been reading my emails too, so they changed my email for twitter and my password. I’m afraid and won’t be if certain personal information of mine may come out soon,” she added in a short conversation yesterday.
The actress is suspecting people around her but she is yet to drop names.
The unknown hacker has used the pictures and name of American singer Nicki Minaj to hijack Forson’s twitter account of 17619 followers last Saturday.
Currently, all efforts to retrieve it have proven futile and she has got a new twitter account @lydia_forson for her fans to follow her.
Lydia Forson, before the hacking incident, was one of Ghana’s celebrities with a large following on twitter.

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Sensational Ghanaian music group Rana has made use of a warehouse abandoned for several years to achieve what has been described as a great-picture and art-direction music video for the group’s hit single, ‘Mr. Cupid’, produced by Imajin Records.
The video is scheduled for its first TV premiere on Saturday, June 30 on 4syte TV.
But ahead of the anticipated premiere, industry players who have seen the video are hailing the video production team for a good work done, especially with the choice of location.
The video was partly shot at a scruffy desert location in Kintampo and an abandoned warehouse in Kumasi.
The video production team spent weeks on the set to make sure they achieved the right images, effects and setting they wanted. Hence they had to deal with snakes and rodents.
The concept of the video starts with all three members of Rana descending from the skies onto a desert and entering a village where they picked their costumes from a drying-line.
In the next scene, they enter a warehouse packed with people on motorbikes waiting for the ‘cupid’ action. After hot performances, they finally disappear in the tail end of the video.
There were interesting appearances in the video by top actresses Nana Ama Mcbrown, Gloria Sarfo and musician Diamond.
In terms of picture quality, lightening, location and performance, the video stands tall among many others on Ghana’s music video scene. Special effects and arts direction are worth writing home about.
The choreography is off the chain. Rana took the music video to the next level as it can compete with any video internationally. It was directed by Nick Baeta of Jenirex Multimedia Consult, Kumasi.
It is expected to be premiered on other big and international platforms after Saturday’s premiere on 4syte TV.

Credit: NEWS-ONE

The wait is over as modeling and fashion enthusiasts are expected to flood the Exopa Burg behind the Accra International Trade Fair for another thrilling modeling experience this weekend.
The Exopa Modeling Agency’s is rolling out the second season of its monthly New Faces contest, scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, June 30. 
The contest’s first season ended two months ago and pushed the contest into a break to aid restructuring for the next season. Tomorrow’s show will mark the beginning of a new season and there are high expectations.   The contest is to help wannabe young models to explore their modeling talent. Winner of the contest gets a contract with the company.
Over 60 wannabe models stormed the Exopa Burg on June 23 to audition for tomorrow’s contest.
But 40 were shortlisted, and 20 will finally be selected for participation by the designers for the event, to complete the selection of the contestants, by today Friday 29.
The come-back of the contest is going to be exciting. There will be more attractive summer wear made of contemporary African fabrics by creative young designers, music from energetic young and talented artistes, and the skills of the lucky and gorgeous models that were selected by the Exopa team and designers.
As usual, judges for the evening will be celebrities and there is going to be a surprise.
“If you've never been to the Exopa Fashion Cafe, then this is the time. Come and witness the crowning of the Exopa Faces of June, special bikini-show, music performances, and after-party with Exopa models and celebrities.”

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Akumaa Mama Zimbi

Ace actress and cultural icon Akumaa Mama Zimbi, known in privately life as Mrs. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, hosted over 2,000 widows from across all corners of Ghana last Saturday.
Widows from places like Twifo Praso, Dunkwa-on-Offin, Tema, Bawku, Hikpo, Techiman, Sampa, Accra, Ketekrachie, Elmina and many other parts of the country gathered at Pavilion A of the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre, Accra for the 4th national Widows Alliance Conference (WAC).
This is an initiative by Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable socio-economic development of widows in Ghana.
Activities at the conference included traditional drumming and dancing, cooking competition, exhibitions and song ministrations by Annette Danso and DSP Kofi Sarpong.
Rev. Dr. Gabriel Ansah, the Chancellor of Nasem University Fellowship, who was the keynote speaker, encouraged and motivated the widows and gave them practical solutions on how they could come out of their shells and live their lives fully as God wanted.
At the conference, Mama Zimbi stated that widowhood was not by choice or curse, as it was just like any natural phenomenon that was ordained by God.
According to her, “the Bible (James 1:27) ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.’ So, how can someone become a widow without the death of her partner? Why then does our society brand widows as witches, murderers and public outcasts? Therefore, widows and widowers in Ghana are to be treated as any dignified human being.”
Mama Zimbi added, “Widows especially have not been treated fairly treated traditionally and even in modern times in Ghana. Though it has proven quite difficult to get rid of some bad widowhood rites because many people still have strong attachment to all sorts of superstitious beliefs, education through advocacy and the provision of employable skills as what Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) is doing through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE), should be the most appreciable long-term solution to these problems plaguing our society.”
“This is because the women who mostly succumb to these rites are the ones whose source of livelihoods is non-existent. There is the fear of hardship, hunger, and fear that the education of their children will be truncated and so on. If these women had their own source of income without always being so dependent, then their woes could be reduced modestly.”
She concluded, “Widowhood brings a lot of challenges like economic burden, single parenthood and loneliness, so Ghana needs to help its widows and widowers to grow in self confidence and lead a normal life as every other human being. It is for this reason why the annual National Widows Alliance Conference (WAC), an initiative of the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) for sustainable socio-economic development of widows for advocacy and national widows cohesion came about.”
The conference, in its fourth year, is organized on a large scale as the grand occasion where all of Ghana and Africa are made to appreciate the roles widows are playing as ambassadors of change in their communities. It also serves as the ideal dialogue platform for the advocacy of a comprehensive policy and legal direction for elevating the standards of widows in Ghana. This conference is organised on June 23 every year, and it is also to celebrate the United Nations International Widows Day.
Sponsors included Imajin Advertising, Nestle Ghana Limited, Ice Cool Purified Water, Bloom Cakes and More, Danny’s Decoration, Asadu Royal Waste Management, Cocoa Processing Company Limited and Ghana International Trade Fair Centre. The media partners were Multimedia Group Limited, Media Fanbern, Daily Guide, DDP Outdoor Limited and News-One.

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