Monday, 30 July 2012

Late President John Evans Atta Mills
“Not once did I doubt, not once did I mock, not once did I lose hope and not once did I despair, not once did I stop believing in your vision. I believed in you till the very end, and your death has left a hole in my heart but also ignited in me the fire to fight for Ghana and Africa. And when my heart can beat no more I hope I leave a legacy as big as you did. I love you,” were the words written by popular Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson, when she signed the book of condolence for Ghana’s late president.
Last week, Forson joined many Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians in Sierra Leone to mourn the death of late Ghana president, John Evans Atta Mills.
The actress, who is currently shooting a movie in Sierra Leone, was invited by the Ghana High Commission in Sierra Leone to sign a book of condolence for the late president.
Lydia Forson signing the book of condolence
Former President John Evan Atta Mills died Tuesday afternoon at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
Lydia Forson
His death was received with shock around the world, with Ghanaians experiencing the greatest shock of all. Former Vice President John Mahama was hours later sworn-in as the new president of Ghana. 


Credit:  NEWS-ONE
Single and married poster
The trailer for the much anticipated movie, ‘Single & Married’, in which Yvonne Nelson reportedly played an integral role as a producer/actress, is out.
Last week, the movie's trailer was released on a number of social networks and the response from people has been great.
Before the trailer was released, some critics of the actress tried to downplay the quality of the movie.   
The movie had been in the news over the casting of Yvonne and Chris Attoh, Anita Erskine, Efya and Tiffany.
Indeed, they were not cast for what critics said was publicity, as Anita Erskine’s delivery in the three-minute trailer gave a deeper impression of great performances to watch out for. Every member of the cast offered something unique to their character.
It is unclear when the movie will finally be released but signals picked by NEWS-ONE indicate that it will be premiered in two countries, Ghana and Nigeria, before it finally comes out.
Yvonne Nelson
Pascal Amanfo, director of the movie, has described it as his best so far. It was produced by Media GH, a music and movie production house, with Yvonne in charge of movies at the company.


Credit: NEWS-ONE


Araba Biesema Crentsil flanked by 1st runner-up Queen Falilat Abdullahi and 2nd runner-up Lady Pearl Abbey Mensah
The Exopa Burg in Accra was the center of fashion, modeling and entertainment last Saturday when the Exopa Modeling Agency staged the July edition of its New Faces contest, a platform for wannabe models to explore their talent. 
Ebenezer Ojo, flanked by 1st runner-up Frank Affizie and 2nd runner-up, Ebenezer Acquah
It was all excitement as young models- both female and male models- took to the runway to show what they had got, adorned in all manner of unique designs provided by some of the best designers in Accra.
After a thrilling evening of catwalk, talent display, dance steps and music performances, 18-year-old Araba Biesema Crentsil was the female model who won the heart of the judges to become the female winner.
It was not a surprise to many who knew her because she had been training at the Exopa School for months. She won the audience’s attention with her catwalk, while 19-year-old Ebenezer Ojo won the male category.
The two winners have also made it to the grand finale in December, where all winners of the monthly editions will compete for the ultimate prize.   
In the female category, first runner-up was 18-year-old Nigerian Queen Falilat Abdullahi and second runner-up was Lady Pearl Abbey Mensah, an 18-year-old former student of Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School.
Twenty-two-year-old Frank Affizie, a former student of Bishop Herman College, was first runner-up in the male category while 24- year-old Ebenezer Acquah was the second runner-up.
The young upcoming models tried their best, though some struggled with the catwalk, in front of a large audience and rolling cameras for the first time
Also on display were beautiful designs from some of Ghana’s young designers; Vindiba Daplah, Martha, Lydia and Ruth.
It was obvious that Ghana had some unique talents in the fashion designing industry.
 There were musical performances by some upcoming Ghanaian musicians such as Nana Akofena, Lion, Double J and an interesting cultural dance by Shidaa Cultural Troup.
The winners of the contest will have a contract with the Exopa Modeling Agency and other juicy packages including cover page articles in NEWS-ONE and spotlight exposure on Metro TV’s Allo TiGo.
The event will continue every last Saturday of the month at the Exopa Burg where the event always takes place.
This month’s began with a minute’s silence in memory of the late president of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills. After that, the contestants hit the runway in their African wear. There were some amazing outfits by Vindiba shapes.
That was followed by male models who also displayed some good designs. It was interesting how some of the male models went about the catwalk.
Nana Akofena’s performance introduced the bikini segment. At this stage, every wannabe model that hit the runway was welcomed with applauds till the female models were done with that section. The applauds became louder when the male models took their turn. At the end of the show, the best persons won.

Credit: NEWS-ONE


Top Ghanaian actor turned producer and director Van Vicker seems to be making waves in the industry as his fourth movie, produced and directed by him, premieres on August 3.
Van Vicker
The movie, ‘The Hands of Time’, is expected to make a good impression on movie enthusiasts about his Sky Orange Productions.
It stars top actors Nadia Buari, Kofi Adjorlolo, Van Vicker himself, Phoebe Evwuraye, and a host of others.  Reggie Rockstone and DJ Black of Joy FM also made special appearances. The movie is full of suspense and comes with some action-packed scenes.
He is currently about to direct his fifth movie with the working titled ‘Lost’. Among his previous productions are ‘Friday Night’ (2008), ‘Raj’ (2010), ‘The Hands of Time’, (September 2012) and ‘Joni Waka’ (November 2012).
Sometime ago, producer/director Socrates Sarfo described movie premiering as a waste of time, energy and money but other producers like Shirley Frimpong Manso and Abdul Salam saw it as an avenue to raise more awareness about the quality of their movies.
Van is definitely sharing Salam and Shirley’s opinion, hence his premiere which is being supported by rLG, and Baileys.
‘The Hands Of Time’ tells a story of two sisters Dantee (Nadia Buari) and Phyll (Phoebe) who got separated when a wealthy man adopted Phyll as his only child.
He willed everything he had including his multinational insurance company to her on his dying bed. Kwabena (Kofi Adjorlolo), the husband of Phyll, was aware of her father’s wealth and had his own plans.
Years after her father’s death, Phyll decides to search for her older sister Dantee. But her husband made a plan to stop her and take over her property. There the intrigue sets in as she unfortunately met her death.
Her sister Dantee, who is gifted with seeing visions, after 20 years returns to find the killers of her sister and recover what rightfully belongs to her sister.
Last Friday, there was a press viewing of the movie and after that, Van interacted with the media about the challenges they encountered in making the movie.     

Credit: NEWS-ONE

Akorfa Ejeani Asiedu


Bob Smith Junior

From Right -Grace Nortey, Doris Sackitey, Edinam and Diana Gbatey










Friday, 27 July 2012


Chief Dele’s Art Work for Yvonne Okoro
Chief Dele Momodu, the publisher of the internationally acclaimed Ovation Magazine, has heightened his campaign for Ghanaian actress Yvonne Okoro to win the Pan African Actress Award category of this year’s Nigeria Entertainment Award (NEA).
An art work, asking people to vote for the actress, according to information, has been released by Dele Momodu.
Even though he could not be reached to confirm or deny the art work, sources close to both Chief Dele and Yvonne Okoro said it was indeed coming from the man who called the actress his daughter.
NEWS-ONE broke the story that Chief Dele Momodu had been busy clamouring for votes for Yvonne Okoro ahead of Nigeria Entertainment Awards by urging all his friends to vote for the actress.
He over the weekend posted on his BlackBerry, “NEA 20 Yvonne Okoro”, asking people to vote to 32051 all networks in Nigeria for Yvonne to win. Now he has added an art work to advertise the lady.
The NEA, which is in its seventh year, honours African entertainers. It is scheduled to take place via a grand red carpet ceremony in New York, United States of America, from August 31 to September 2.
Yvonne Okoro was nominated for Pan African Actress category of the NEA for her role in ‘Single Six’ from the stables of Venus Film.
She is competing with actresses Ama Abebrese- ‘Ties That Bind’, Juliet Ibrahim- ‘Crazy Scandal’, Kudzai Sevenzo- ‘Playing Warriors’, Jokate Mwegelo- ‘Chumo’ and Millicent Mahheido- ‘48’.  The awards are entirely based on fan votes via online and SMS, hence whoever gets more votes will win.


 credit: NEWS-ONE

Lydia Forson signing the book of condolence for the late President Mills
Actress Lydia Forson joined many Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians in Sierra Leone to mourn the death of late Ghana president, John Evans Atta Mills.
She was yesterday invited by the Ghana High Commission in Sierra Leone to sign a book of condolence for the late president.
Former president John Evan Atta Mills died Tuesday afternoon at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, after he reportedly complained of throat pains.
His death was received with shock around the world, with Ghanaians experiencing the greatest shock of all. Former Vice President John Mahama was hours later sworn-in as the new president of Ghana. 
Tributes from a number of Ghanaian celebrities have since been pouring in. 
Lydia Forson signing the book of condolence for late President Atta Mill
Lydia sent a lot of tributes on social network twitter after the president’s death.
One of her tributes read: “RIP President John Atta Mills, I believed in you till the very end. You were one of the greatest…”
 Immediately after signing the book of condolence, she wrote on her BlackBerry status; “So humbled that Ghanaian High commission invited me to come and sign a condolence book for my dear late president. At least in a foreign country I don’t mourn alone.”
Lydia Forson has been on location for a movie in Sierra Leone for over a week with top African stars.

 Credit: NEWS-ONE


Leonora Okine

Nse Ikpe-Etim
Current talks in both Ghana and Nigeria’s movie industry indicate that actresses Nse Ikpe Etim and Leonora Okine have something in common.
Apart from the fact that they are very good actresses, movie fans are trying to compare their looks.
Nse Ike Etim is an award-winning Nigerian actress whose last role in Kunle Afaloyan’s ‘Phone Swap’ is gaining reviews. Leonora on the other hand is a remarkable Ghanaian actress who is currently putting up an award-winning performance on Mnet’s ‘Tinsel’.
Movie enthusiasts and some industry players believed the two actresses resembled each other to some extent.
They don’t really bare too much resemblance but the moment one sees one of the actresses, the other comes to mind.
It is unclear if the two actresses have met before. The day they will pose together for the cameras will definitely help fans to make a better juldgment.  

JJ Bunny
Latest information says beautiful actress JJ Bunny is shooting in Nigeria following recent reports that she returned to her Houston base in the United State of America after being trapped in Africa for seven months as a result of movie productions.
She reportedly returned to Africa in less than two weeks and quickly dashed to Nigeria where she was becoming very hot. The talented actress first flew to Ghana before traveling to Nigeria for the production.
She undoubtedly has a lot of movies to be released in Ghana but not much is known about her exploits in Nigeria.
But NEWS-ONE sources said she was fast becoming a hot commodity in Nigeria’s movie industry.
“JJ is becoming the latest sensation to watch out for. Trust me, she has been getting scripts to her surprise. But she has been maintaining a low profile,” the source said.
Efforts to reach the actress yesterday proved futile. NEWS-ONE could not authenticate the truth of the script claims but the paper’s source had never got it wrong.
JJ Bunny has lived in Houston all her life and is described as a Nollywood/USA A-List actress of many Diaspora movie credits.  
She is also a recording artiste and a filmmaker who acted in her first film titled ‘Caged’ in 2009. She successfully transcended into Nollywood and Ghana’s film industry.


 Credit: NEWS-ONE

Promzy on stage
Ghana’s award-winning trio VIP last night rounded up its USA Vision Tour with a huge concert at the Coco Cabana Bar and Grill 2031A University Blvd Hyattsville MD, Maryland.
It was as usual an exciting show as the group performed most of its hit tracks to the admiration of hundreds who attended the show.
VIP’s Vision Tour started somewhere in April with a performance in Toronto, Canada where it performed for a mixed audience including Ghanaian fans at Rox Complex Centre in Toronto.
Subsequently, it performed in New York, Atlanta, Rhode Island, Los Angeles, Texas, among others.
The group, during the tour, engaged in a lot of other activities including touring of some schools to talk about hip-life music and VIP as a group.
It also did interviews and gained spotlight on some major media platforms while meeting with certain bigwigs in the music industry in the USA.
Its spotlight on Thisis50.com, which purportedly belongs to superstar rapper 50 Cent, was a big deal in Ghana because it was the first time an African group got spotlight on that platform.
Thisis50.com is famed for its top entertainment and hip-hop exclusive contents, especially with stuff about 50 Cent.
The trio talked about Africa’s entertainment and particularly Ghana’s excelling music industry during its encounter.
It also projected the latest made-in-Ghana dance, Azonto on the platform.
VIP will be returning to Ghana soon.

Credit:  NEWS-ONE

Janet Afi Esinam Adzie
Nineteen-year-old Janet Afi Esinam Adzie will, tomorrow, Saturday, July 28 end her reign as the female winner of Exopa New Faces contest last month.
She told NEWS-ONE in an exclusive interview that it had been an exciting period as a winner of the contest which had for the past months served as a platform for wannabe models to master their acts.
Janet said pageantry was not something she was scared of. This was because she had been part of two pageants before joining Exopa New Faces.
In 2010, she took part in Miss SHS and won. She partook in traditional pageant called Miss Teshie and she was the first runner-up.
Joining Exopa New Faces contest was to help further enhance her modeling talent and enjoy the runway experience.
“When I started, it for was the fun of it but later I started taking it serious, therefore I decided to join Exopa. Indeed the show boosted my confidence. I don’t feel shy, I enjoy what I do and do it well. The show was competitive because the other girls were equally good but eventually I won.
“Somebody asked me if I was going to win and I told him I was going to be in the last six. I didn’t know I will win. But I was not surprised I won,” she added.
Janet is the third born and the only girl of four children. Her parents hail from the Volta Region. While her mum comes from Amedzofe, her dad is from Keji.
Janet completed Swedru Senior High School and is about to enter the University of Ghana.
Growing up, Janet wanted to become a lawyer and she still holds on to that dream despite her modeling career. She admires Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell and loves Becca and her music.
Currently, her parents approve of her modeling career, adding, “My mum is supportive of my career in modeling and pageantry. She attended all my shows and I’m proud of her.”

Credit: NEWS-ONE 



Odey Ibrahim Peter
“I’m a regular fun-loving guy. I’m quiet, depending on the setting. I have different characters at home and when I’m outside,” male winner of Exopa New Faces Odey Ibrahim Peter has described himself in an interview with NEWS-ONE on Wednesday afternoon.
Odey is from Cross-River State, Nigeria but was born in Lagos. He started school at the Brightland College, Apapa Nigeria. Currently, he is in Ghana studying at the Radford University.
He is the second born and the only boy among five sisters. He wants to be a surgeon later in life and admires one Dr Robert Rey from the United State of America.
Ibrahim was chosen among 20 models out of over 60 wannabe models that auditioned.
He went ahead to win the male category of the show to his amazement.
“I am happy. Coming to Ghana was basically for school but now I am in the newspapers and my family is proud of me.”
Odey said he joined the Exopa contest for two reasons. One was because a friend of his encouraged him to try and the second was because he was following in the footsteps of his mentor Dr. Robert Rey, who at a point in his life was a model. 
“I was reading about his life and I realized he was a model as well. So I tried to follow in his footsteps,” he emphasized.
He described his first experience on the runway in front of expectant audiences as “cool”.
“It was really cool. I thought I was going to be shy but I tried to put up come crazy attitude. It felt like its being something I have been doing for a long time.
“I didn’t anticipate winning. I thought the guy who was third was going to win because he was taller than me. I was surprised I won.” 



Benedicta Vindiba Daplah
Some of Vindiba Designs
There are several fashion designers in Ghana but very few get the rare opportunity to show their designs on major fashion and modeling platforms.
Young and prolific Ghanaian designer Benedicta Vindiba Daplah of Vindiba Shapes is no exception. She has been in the industry for the past five years and has been doing quite well.
But currently her exploits are being noticed after she last appeared on Exopa New Faces contest with her designs.   
From the Upper West Region, precisely Jarapah, Benedicta is a talented designer. Right from infancy, Benedicta started showing signs of a fashion designer when as a child, she made baby clothes for herself and childhood friends.
Benedicta enrolled at the Bolga Technical Institute to study fashion design after which she traveled to Accra and took a year-and-half’s course in fashion designing at the Abi Fashion School at Nungua.
After five years in business, Benedicta said, “Here I am.”
“It has been up and down. It is not easy. I use to watch TV programme and see works of people like Kofi Ansah and they motivated me to work harder,” she added in an exclusive interview with NEWS-ONE on Wednesday.
Currently, she said, even though she was not rich, she was okay with the earnings she was making from her ‘calling’ as a designer.
“Fashion designing is lucrative business in general and it is okay with me. I can speak for myself that I’m okay,” she added.
But she believed “the industry is not there yet. There are different things to do to improve fashion designers and fashion industry in Ghana. Firstly people should love the fashion thing and have the good will to support when we knock on their doors. That’s key and the rest will fellow. If you want to pursue, encourage and promote fashion you have to love it; because if you don’t and even enroll at a fashion school, you won’t enjoy the career.”
Benedicta does both dressmaking and designing and her designs are called Vindiba Shapes and can be found in shops in parts of Accra, especially Nungua.
Some of Vindiba designs
“I want to see myself at the top in few years to come. I want to help the needy. May be a school to help the needy in society,” she said, adding that some of her favourite designers included Christie Brown and Kiki of Kiki Clothing.       


 Credit:  NEWS-ONE

    

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Chief Dele Momodu
Chief Dele Momodu, the publisher of Ovation International Magazine, has offered his unflinching support to popular Ghanaian actress Yvonne Okoro to win the Pan African Best Actress at the upcoming 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Award (NEA).
The NEA, which is in its seventh year, honours African entertainers.
It is scheduled to take place via a grand red carpet ceremony in New York, United States of America, from August 31 to September 2.
The beautiful award-winning actress was nominated for Pan African Actress category of the NEA for her role in ‘Single Six’ from the stables of Venus Film.
She is competing with actresses Ama Abebrese- ‘Ties That Bind’, Juliet Ibrahim- ‘Crazy Scandal’, Kudzai Sevenzo- ‘Playing Warriors’, Jokate Mwegelo- ‘Chumo’ and Millicent Mahheido- ‘48’. 
The awards are entirely based on fan votes via online and SMS, hence whoever gets more votes will win.
Yvonne Okoro
NEWS-ONE sources confirmed that Chief Dele Momodu had been busy clamouring for votes for Yvonne Okoro. He urged all his friends to vote for the actress who on Monday evening returned to Ghana from a business trip to the UK.
Chief Momodou had reportedly extended his support to BlackBerry, asking everybody to support by voting “NEA 20 Yvonne Okoro” to 32051 all networks in Nigeria for her to win.
Reports said online voting would begin on August 1, while only fans in Nigeria could vote via SMS now.  
Meanwhile, Yvonne is highly tipped for the award not just because she has an influential and great fan base but because of her looks that complement a Pan African image alongside her great deliveries in movies.  
Currently, she is one of the most sought-after Ghanaian actresses in Africa. She is co-winner of the Best Actress Award at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards and was African Movie Academy Awards nominee twice.
She was a few months ago honoured with a Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2012 Nigeria Excellence Awards in Ghana chaired by His Excellency, Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana.


 Credit: NEWS-ONE

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