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Nigeria Entertainment Awards Shows Bias To Its Ghanaian Nominees, Majid Michel, John Dumelo, Ama K. Abebrese & Yvonne Okoro

A few hours to the official opening of the much talked about Nigeria Entertainment Award (NEA), signals picked from Ghana’s entertainment industry suggest that some Ghanaian nominees for the event are yet to be officially informed about their nominations, NEWS-ONE has gathered.
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 from August 31 to September 2. Ghana’s fastest rapper Sarkodie was nominated for Pan African Artiste Or Group Of The Year category, while Ghana’s male actors Van Vicker, Majid Michel, John Dumelo and Chris Attoh were nominated for Pan African Actor. Beautiful actresses Ama K. Aberese (‘Ties That Bind’), Yvonne Okoro (‘Single Six’) and Juliet Ibrahim (‘Crazy Scandal’) are in the Pan African Actress category.  NEWS-ONE is yet to authenticate reports that some Ghanaian nominees have touched down in New York for the awards ceremony which takes place tonight. Some of the nomine…

Yvonne Okoro Cools Off In Germany

Actress Yvonne Okoro is currently cooling off in Germany after weeks of shooting with South African top actor Hlomla Dandala in Accra. She left Ghana over the weekend and is expected to return to Ghana on Sunday. NEWS-ONE is yet to substantiate claims that it is holiday trip. Prior to her trip however, Yvonne Okoro and five other stars, D Black, Samini, ace comedian Funny Face, Keitta of Big Brother Stargame fame and Benny Blanco, made surprise appearances at dinner for Miss Malaika final 10 delegates last week Friday night. It was the 10 anniversary dinner for the 10 finalists and the stars showed up at the dinner table to mingle with the ladies. A fortnight ago, Yvonne wrapped up the shooting of her movie with Hlomla Dandala and Joseph Benjamin. Yvonne is yet to deny or confirm claims that she is the producer of the movie, directed by Shirley Frimpong Manso of Sparrow Production. The upcoming movie is said to be a high budget one. However, details of its storyline and title are yet to b…

Lydia Forson Finally Back Home

Actress Lydia Forson has finally returned home from Sierra Leone, where she had been shooting with other top African actors for over a month. She touched down at the Kotota International Airport, Accra, on Tuesday evening and is yet to speak about her experience in Sierra Leone. Earlier signals picked from sources around her suggested she had both good and odd times on set but NEWSONE is yet to speak to her about them. The bubbly actress should have been home earlier but she spent more weeks in Sierra Leone, as a result of rains in that country which compelled production to be halted for weeks. Lydia Forson arrived in Sierra Leone for the movie on Sunday, July 15. Her arrival in Sierra Leone was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm as she made front pages of some top newspapers. When President John Evans Atta Mills died, she was invited by the Ghana High Commission in Sierra Leone to sign the book of condolence for the late president. Subsequently, she read a tribute at the funeral of the l…

Ghanaian Comedian Funny changes Looks & Says He Is Tired Of Jheri Curls Hairstyle

Ace Ghanaian comedian Funny Face has changed his coif and revealed a clean shaved look. He shaved off his curly ‘Gallas’ hairstyle that many fans have gradually accepted as his style. Previously, Funny Face had always kept a well-trimmed hairstyle. But in recent times, he started keeping a Jheri curls Gallas hairstyle. Last Friday, he had the curls when he attended a surprise Miss Malaika dinner at the Labadi Beach Hotel with top stars Yvonne Okoro, D Black, Samini, Benny Blanco and Keitta. However, he surprisingly shaved everything off sometime this week. On Wednesday, he posted his new look on his BlackBerry status and stated that he was tired of wearing Jheri Curls. “…[I] am tired with dis [this] jerry [Jheri] curls…[I] am free...” he wrote. Funny Face was last in the news over allegations of kissing Lydia Forson. But all turned out to be a stunt for the cameras. Currently, he is one of Ghana’s reigning comedians with a large following.

Ghanaian Stars To Praise God On Sunday

Some of Ghana’s celebrated stars will on Sunday, September 2, be converging on the Trinity Baptist Church, opposite Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) near Legon in Accra, as part of the Ambassadors for Christ crusade to proclaim the good name of God. The long list of celebrities includes actors, TV and radio presenters, comedians, musicians and other celebrities from the various facets of the showbiz industry. Among them are Majid Michel, Prince David, Funny Face, Eddy Nartey, Timothy Bentum, Jeremy of YFM, Ekow Smith, and Ken Fiati. The rest are Kwasi Oteng, Joe Mettle, Maa Afia, John Sena, Nyameba, Enoch Fletcher and Pelgrave B. Danquah and a lot more. The programme, the first of its kind, is to serve as a platform for the celebrities to testify about the goodness of God and let people know how God has been helpful to them and their respective careers. There will also be life-changing inspirational messages from the celebrities to praise and worship God. Ambassadors for Christ cru…

Bessa Simon To Perform At Aggrey Memorial Dinner Dance

Ace highlife musician Bessa Simon with his band will be performing at his old school, Aggrey Memorial Senior High School fund raising dinner dance to raise money to renovate the school’s famous yellow block.AMOSA is organizing a funding raising and dinner dance event on September 8, 2012 at Aprah House between Qodesh Chapel (Lighthouse Chapel) and Old Melcom or Zenith Bank at North Kaneshie at 7pm. This fund raising event will go a long way to help start some renovation works on the classroom block in the school after successfully completing the school gate project and also supporting to fence all the school land. Speaking on the night will be some old students like Nana Akomea, NPP’s Communication Director and Member of Parliament for the Okaikoi South Constituency, Dr Moses Aikins, Fredrick Lamptey, chief corporate officer, Vanguard Assurance and George Jordan Robertson, insurance consultant. Bessa Simon and his band will rock the guests with good highlife tunes.

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Big In Ghana Tour Thrills Takoradi & Tema

The Big In Ghana Talent Hunt and Tour’ took off last weekend with a massive turnout in Takoradi and Tema. The talent hunt and tour has two more free shows scheduled for the Kumasi Cultural Centre on Friday, August 31 and Holy Gardens at Circle, Accra on Saturday, September 1. The tour is sponsored by Bavaria and supported by Alomo. The FOKN Bois, Efya and Yaa Pono, along with the new found talents, dazzled an excited crowd at the Jubilee Park on Friday, August 24. They were backed by a live band from Afro Harmony, Ghana’s youngest professional band. After the opening act by King Lucas who warmed up the crowd in Takoradi, the touring four new talents- Anas (Takoradi), NT4 (Kumasi), Ohene Amoako (Tema), and Bryte (Accra)- showed the diversity and talent that Ghana has to offer by performing their best to win votes.  There were also interesting performances by Yaa Pono who did ‘Shopping Mall’, ‘Oh Joe’ and ‘I Dey Feel You Die’, and more. Efya performed ‘Little Things’, ‘Sexy Wahala’ and ‘Best…

Miss Ghana Stops At Special Ice

Finalists of this year’s Miss Ghana beauty pageant have toured the offices and factory of Special Ice Mineral Water in Accra. The team was received by management and members of staff. Officials of Special Ice echoed the company’s commitment to this year’s event, adding that the outfit was excited to be on board Miss Ghana 2012 as sponsors. The organizers of the Miss Ghana event expressed their gratitude to Special Ice for what had so far been a smooth and pleasant relationship. Currently undergoing grooming, mentoring and coaching ahead of the national finals, all 20 finalists appear to have found their rhythm, looking hopeful, bubbly and lively, and ready for what is set to be a thrilling and spectacular finish. The Miss Ghana event remains the most respected, recognized and cherished beauty pageant in Ghana. The success story of this year’s event so far is indicative of the wealth of goodwill it carries. With attractive prizes such as three cars (winner takes it all and two official cars…

Former Ghanaian President Kufour’s Son: I Love Acting, Not Politics

Son of Ghana’s former President John Kufour, Edward Agyekum Kufour, has said his entry into Ghana’s movie industry is to satisfy a passion and that he actually enjoys being an actor than a politician or being in politic.

Ghanaian Actress McBrown Secretly Produces 7 Movies

Popular Ghanaian actress Nana Ama McBrown has confirmed that she is into movie production, aside acting and says her upcoming movie is not the first she has produced. She said she has already produced six award-winning movies and her upcoming movie is her seventh production.  “It’s true I'm on set now but it wasn’t my first production. It was my seventh production,” she told NEWS-ONE when she was contacted on Tuesday. Nana Ama McBrown’s first self-produced movie was ‘Alicia’ in 2006. She wrote the script, directed and acted in it as well. It featured some of Ghana’s top actors including Emmanual Amah and Omar Sheriff Captan. Her second produced movie was ‘Love Comes Back’ with Jackie Appiah and Omar Sheriff, while her third was a Twi movie titled ‘Dee Adea Wonno’. She also produced ‘Asofo Awarie’ starring Mercy Asiedu and Matilda Asare, Obiyaa and Suzzy. It means Nana Ama has been producing for a long time but on the quiet. NEWS-ONE sources said last week that she was getting ready t…

I Don’t Mind Showing A Little Bit Of My body-Ghanaian Actress Ella Mensah

Ghanaian actress Ella Mensah has said no to going nude in any movie. However, she does not mind showing off vital parts of her sexy body in what she described as future seductive roles. “No, I can’t play nude because I want to feel comfortable doing that and I feel it’s not right. But I don’t mind showing a little bit of my body, depending on therole Iam playing...let’s say if I have to seduce a man, it means I have to wear short dresses to show off my thighs and shape or a revealing top, stuff like that,” she said in an exclusive interview with NEWS-ONE. Interestingly, the first movie role that launched her career was the kind that can be categorized as nudity. She played a prostitute in ‘Crime To Christ’, starring Africa’s best actor, Majid Michel and a host of others. She has since not looked back. She has featured in a number of top movies including ‘Playboy’, ‘Pretty Queen’, ‘Her Excellency’, ‘Bed of Rose’, ‘Deadline’
and ‘Shakira’.
Below is an excerpt of an interview she had with N…

Br. Philemon On Gospel Mission

The latest entrant in Ghana’s gospel music industry is Bro. Philemon. Bro. Philemon, born Ishmael Philemon Ackon, is a Christian, songwriter, singer and composer who was born in Kumasi but currently domiciled in China. However, Bro. Philemon resides in Takoradi whenever he is in Ghana. His main aim of being in the gospel music industry is to impact lives with the word of God and the son Jesus Christ through soul-inspiring music. Bro. Philemon has always been passionate in every area of his life; being a husband, a father, performer, songwriter and producer, businessman or CEO of P&D MPC HK CO. LTD (based in Hong Kong) as well as Philemon’s Supply Management SZ Co. Ltd (based in Shenzhen, China). Growing up in the Manse, Bro. Philemon had so many influences through church music and had the support of his parents; Mrs. Beatrice Ivy Ackon and the late Rev Emmanuel Eddie E. Ackon of the Methodist Church, Ghana. Bro. Philemon showed interest in Christian music to help draw people closer …

Leila Djansi Returns With Oscar Nominated Bruce Davison, Randall Batinkoff, Scott Wolf & Others

Award-winning filmmaker Leila Djansi will be producing an indie drama, ‘37’, which stars Oscar nominated actor Bruce Davison. The film will be directed by RandallBatinkoff as his directorial debut and he also plays the lead role of Adam, a rocker who makes a pact to kill himself when he turns 37. Several months before his 37th birthday and the release of his comeback album, he meets and falls in love with Jemma, a terminally ill woman. Bruce Davison will play the role of ‘the Psychic’ who helps Adam find peace with himself. Other names involved in the project include Scott Wolf (‘Go, Everwood’) and Greg Lauren (‘Batman Forever’, ‘The wedding Planner’). Casting is still ongoing and the project is set to take off later in the fall. Djansi is excited to return to producing and said, “This is what gets your adrenaline pumping; producing, putting all the pieces together, cast, crew, production elements. And I’m excited to work with Randall again.” Randall Batinkoff played Dan Dubick in Leil…

Yvonne Okoro, D Black, Funny Face & Co. Shock Malaika Finalists

Actress Yvonne Okoro and five other stars, D Black, Samini, ace comedian Funny Face, Keitta of Big Brother Stargame fame and Benny Blanco, made surprise appearances at dinner for Miss Malaika final 10 delegates on Friday night. It was the tenth anniversary dinner for the 10 finalists and the stars showed up at the dinner table to mingle with the ladies. Indications were that the contestants were not notified the stars would be in attendance. Their presence was therefore a pleasant surprise for the finalist. Yvonne Okoro was the last to pop up at the table with a birthday cake for the birthday contestant. Some of the ladies screamed with excitement upon seeing her. She went ahead to present the cake to the birthday girl. Subsequently, all the 10 finalists and the stars posed for the cameras for some memorable pictures. They also made some time to chitchat about career and the pressures of stardom among other issues. Two weeks ago, the top 10 finalists for the tenth edition of Miss Mala…

Akufo-Addo Is Exopa Queen

Some names just have a way of attracting attention to the bearers and it therefore comes as no surprise that the newly crowned winner of the monthly Exopa New Face contest is raising eyebrows with her name; Naana Akufo-Addo. Questions are already being asked if the 19-year-old wannabe female model is one of the daughters of Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Naana was crowned the New Face of Exopa, who would represent the brand during the month of September, in the early hours of Sunday after a keen competition that started Saturday night amidst lots of stimulating entertainment. It was a thrilling evening of catwalk, dance steps and musical performances, after which Naana Gyanewaa Akuffo-Addo beat 11 other female models to emerge winner, while 18-year-old student of the Wisconsin University, Stephanie Olali and Belinda Biamah Asiamah, a 19-year-old graduate of Akosombo International School, took first and second runners-up positions respectively. …

Music Music Fans Go Crazy For VIP

VIP, one of Africa’s finest and award-winning music groups, put up a sterling performance on TV3’s Music Music last Saturday night. It was the group’s first Studio B performance after its USA Tour and Sallah Fest street performance in Nima where they fed over 10, 000 people with food and drinks as part of this year’s Eid-ul-Fitre celebration last weekend. The group performed its repertoire on TV3 with its usual energy on stage amidst the chanting of its “praaah” catch phrase. It performed about 10 of its hit songs within a short while on stage and fans kept asking for more. With the studio audience cheering, the group came on stage with its hit track, ‘Besin’. It followed that up with other all-time-hit songs including ‘Ahomka Womu’, ‘My Love’, featuring 2face Idibia, ‘Which Kind Yawa Be Dis’ featuring Sarkodie, ‘Pampana’ featuring EL, ‘I Think Like Am’, ‘Follow Me’ and ‘Away’. After ‘Away’, the group decide to leave but the studio audience asked for more. It had to come back to perform…

Empire, Media GH Host ‘Back In The Days’

Empire Entertainment and Media GH have teamed for a historic show dubbed, ‘Back In The Days’. The show aims at bringing back old time hip life artistes whose works have stood the test of time, on one stage. The show will feature the crème de la crème of the era when hip life began.
It is intended to unify the industry one more time as artistes who had issues with eac

Yvonne Okoro Wraps Shoot With Hlomla Dandala & Benjamin Joseph

Leonora Okine Bounces Back On Set In Nigeria

Actress Leonora Okine is back on set in Nigeria after spending over a week in Accra to join in the funeral activities of late President John Evans Atta Mills and to also rest after weeks of acting in Nigeria. Leo arrived in Accra on Monday, August 6 and later tweeted on twitter; “Back in Accra, looking forward to all the events. I miss Lagos already; work hard and play hard! Looking forward to getting back.” She is back in Nigeria shooting. She left Accra last weekend and started shooting yesterday, according to NEWS-ONE sources. Leonora is an actress with great talent. Her debut role in Shirley Frimpong Manso’s 2006 production ‘Different Shades of Blue’ launched her career and she has since not looked back. She has featured in many movies and other TV series. Among them is ‘Enemy Of My Soul’, ‘Rebels’, ‘Beautiful Monster’, ‘Blood And Chocolate’, ‘Secrets’, ‘Desperation’ seasons 1 and 2, ‘Echoes’ season 1, and ‘Creation Universe’ season 1.

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Nana Ama McBrown Makes History With Own Production

Popular Ghanaian actress Nana Ama McBrown, according to reports, is getting ready to venture into movie production as a producer, years after gracing TV screens as an actress. Nana Ama is currently one of Ghana’s most talented and respected veteran actresses of long standing. She is a bridge between veteran actresses and new face actress as well as Twi and English movies. She as a result operates within any of the mentioned categories and has acted in over 100 Ghanaian movies after her debut many years ago. Among her movies are ‘He Is Mine’, ‘Madam Joan’, ‘Nsem Pii’, ‘Kumasi Yonko’, ‘Odo Ntira,’ ‘Love Comes Back’, ‘Kae Dabi’, ‘Asoreba’, ‘Wo nyame som po ni’, ‘Alicia’, ‘Fools Paradise’, ‘Dea Ade Wo No’, ‘Girl Connection’, ‘Playboy’, ‘My Own Mother’ and ‘Friday Night’. Her decision to try movie production is long overdue as most movie enthusiasts had long expected such a move from actresses like her. NEWS-ONE sources revealed that Nana was taking her time, as she wanted to come out with gr…

Van Vicker Halts Movie Shoot Over Injury

Award-winning actor cum producer Van Vicker has postponed the shoot of his upcoming action film titled ‘Lost’, due to a leg injury. Van got hurt whilst rehearsing for a stunt for the film which has been scripted to come out with a lot action-packed scenes. It is yet to be substantiated what really transpired while rehearsing but sources close to him said Van was supposed to go on set this month as everything was ready to start shooting. But he couldn’t because his leg injury hadn’t healed. “Van really wanted to cause some stir with this upcoming movie, that is why he putting in much effort. “He wants things to be done for real, hence his reason for the choreographed fight thing. The production has been postponed until September by which time he would have recovered. He also has travels to do in some days,” the source said. Van has since last month been spotted limping at programmes.

Ghanaian Actress Chichi Runs To Church On Birthday

Ghanaian actress Chichi Neblett decided to go to church on her birthday to pray to God instead of gathering friends and loved ones to party. She went to church to thank God and seek divine favour. The beautiful Liberia born actress celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, August 22, a few days after her son, Harold celebrated his. NEWS-ONE yesterday contacted the actress to find out how she celebrated her milestone. “I spent my day praying. I went to church too. I prayed to God for long life and to open great doors for me and my family. I have prayed for a lot of things. I prayed for more jobs this year. This year won’t end without a possible change in my life and I believe God has already answered my prayers,” she said. Chichi has been in Ghana’s movie industry for some time now.She is gradually becoming a hot cake after spending six years in the industry. She made her entry into the movie industry in 2005 and began with roles in movies ‘Puncher Hole,’ and Venus Films ‘Mummy’s Daughter.’ Thi…