Monday, 24 September 2012

Yvonne Nelson and Yvonne Okoro

Actress Yvonne Okoro was one of the top Ghanaian actresses expected to grace the red carpet at Yvonne Nelson’s ‘Single & Married’ premiere on Saturday night.
However, she didn’t show up. The two Yvonnes are well known for being very good pals. They like hanging out together most often.
In recent times, because of their busy schedules, they hardly make time to hang out. But some time two weeks ago when Yvonne Nelson was travelling to London, Okoro dropped her off at the airport. 
Most journalists at Silverbird Cinema asked why Okoro didn’t show up at a special occasion like Yvonne Nelson’s premiere.
However, the actress’ close aides told NEWS-ONE that she was unwell, hence she could not make it to the premiere.
 “You know Yvonne won’t miss out on Yvonne’s premiere for anything. They are like sisters. She was ill and Yvonne Nelson was aware of it. That’s why she didn’t come. She has been indoors for days after she was hospitalized. It was just bad that her illness coincided with the premiere,” a source said but did not give details about the ailment.  

Yvonne Nelson granting intervie

CEO of Venus Film, Abdul Salam

Sad information from the home of popular Ghanaian producer Abdul Salam indicates that the producer lost his step-mother over the weekend.
Circumstance leading to the death is a bit murky but Salam confirmed the death.
 “Yes I am not in a happy mood tonight. I’m mourning my step-mother,” he told NEWS-ONE on Saturday evening when he attended the ‘Single & Married’ premiere.
Salam is not the only filmmaker to suffer such a loss this year.
Luckie Lawson also lost her granny some months ago and was buried some weeks ago.

Augustine Abbey aka Idikoko, President Film Producers Association of Ghana

Ghana’s film industry is facing another setback a few months after news reports that movie sales in the country had fallen.
Reliable sources said majority of English film producers were no longer enjoying the monopoly of shooting movies back to back.
In simple terms, English filmmakers are not shooting like they used to do, even though same can’t be said about the Twi movie industry.
Last year by this time, production houses and actors were very busy shooting on set. But it is a different case this year, with this month registering one of the lowest.
The few Ghanaian actors who were busy had their productions in Nigeria and back in Ghana they produced their own movies.
Also, the movies making the news now were shot months ago. Even though there have been pockets of English producers doing something, those are just TV series.  It’s unclear what the problem is.
However, some industry players enumerated different reason including the fall in movie sales.
Others also blamed it on bad decisions being taken by certain individual groupings in the movie industry to represent even non-members of such groupings.
Recent reports said some Ghanaian filmmakers had banned movies from Nigeria and vice versa.
Even though some have denied this, there are reports of an upcoming declaration in some months’ time to either exacerbate or lay the ban to rest.
Majority of Ghanaian industry players who are not part of the associations taking these decisions are the ones suffering.
Interestingly, those making the decision don’t market their movies in Nigeria; so they are not affected in anyway.
Their decisions were allegedly based on the fact that they didn’t get the opportunity to market their movies in Nigeria. As such, they would no longer tolerate Nigeria movies because they are more united and can influence the Ghanaian system to their advantage. 
It is an obvious situation of if they don’t get the opportunity to market their movies in Nigeria, they will mess up the chances of other Ghanaian filmmakers who create their own marketing links to enter Nollywood and also protect their market in Ghana.

credit: NEWS-ONE 

Leila Djansi

Ghanaian movie enthusiasts can heave a sigh relief as they can now watch Ghanaian filmmaker of international repute, Leila Djansi’s award-winning film, ‘Ties That Bind’, in the comfort of their homes.
Earlier reports that distributors in

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

VIP on stage (Zeal in the middle)

Lazy, a popular member of award-winning music group VIP, has announced he is changing his showbiz name to Zeal, years after using the name Lazy.
Zeal on big brother stage
He said the change of name was necessary because there was nothing wrong with a person changing his/her name, adding that he also wanted a new identity.    

This is not the first time an artiste is changing his name. In the United State of America, one superstar who made the headlines with change of name is P. Diddy. 
Born Sean Combs, he has used names likes Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy and King Combs Moniker. In 2011, reports said his latest name was ‘Swag.’
In Ghana, the most recent artiste who changed his name is Abortion of 4x4. He is now called Coded.
Lazy’s challenge will be how to get fans to accept the new name in a short period.
Zeal is born Abdul Hamid Ibrahim. He is a key member of VIP (Vision In Progress). The other members are Promzy (Emmanuel Promzy Ababio) and Prodigal (Joseph Nana Ofori).
The group released its first album in 1998 titled, ‘Bibi Baa O’. Since then, it has become the most popular Hip life group in Ghana.
In 2000, it released its second album, ‘Ye De Aba’ which was very successful.
In 2001, it released ‘Lumbe Lumbe Lumbe’ with the smashing hit ‘Daben Na Odo Beba’. The group took its career to the next level with its 2003 album ‘Ahomka Womu’. The ‘Ahomka Womu’ title track topped Ghanaian charts for over 20 weeks.  VIP won five awards at the Ghana Music Awards with the album and the group gained international exposure after this success. Since then, the group has toured the world.
Currently, the group’s new singles ‘Follow Me’, ‘Which Kind Yawa Be Dis’ and ‘Pampanaa’, off its new ‘7/11’ album, are enjoying massive airplay. The album itself is out in various music outlets.

Credit: NEWS-ONE 

Nadia Buari

 One of the major issues that top Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari has been dealing with in recent times are assertions that she does not like attending her own movies’ premieres.
But she recently said she had never deliberately ignored premieres. The reasons she gave were that the few ones she could not attend were those she was not in town and those she was not informed about.
Indeed, she tried to prove a point as she showed up at most of her recent movies’ premieres.
She was at the premiere of movies like ‘Heroes & Zeroes’, ‘The Hands of Time’ and a few others.
There is another opportunity for Nadia Buari to exonerate herself as her new movie, ‘Single & Married’ with Yvonne Nelson, Chris Attoh, Eddie Watson, Kofi Adjorlolo, Efya, Tiffany and Anita Erskine, is set to premiere this Saturday at Silverbird Cinema.
Will she be at the premiere? Will she prove to Yvonne Nelson, the producer of the movie that she attends her premieres? Has Yvonne invited her for the premiere? But is she in town?
Yvonne Nelson
These are few questions being asked by entertainment observers.
Nadia and Yvonne last worked together in a movie over two years ago, which was ‘Hearts Of Men’.
All roads will lead to the Silverbird Cinema in Accra on Saturday for the premiere.
‘Single & Married’ is from the stables of Media GH with top actress Yvonne Nelson as the producer.
The movie tells the suspense-filled story of Jay, played by 2011 Pan African Best Actor Chris Attoh, a top league real estate contractor; Kim (Yvonne Nelson), ex-model and fashionista and a contemporary housewife; Raymond (Kweku Elliot), an accomplished sculptor; Paula (Nadia Buari), a stuck-up lawyer; Ranesh (Kofi Adjorlolo), a 69-year-old multimillionaire and Vida (Tana Adelana), a woman just in it for the money.
The lives of these six characters are inter-woven in a humorous but thrilling plot of love, lust and lies.
Movie enthusiasts will get to see the entire story on September 22 as the movie premieres at the Silverbird Cinema in Accra. 

Credit:  NEWS-ONE

The new face of Deborah Vanessa

Michael Bobby Obodo (left)

Monday, 17 September 2012

Yvonne Nelson

Nigerian entertainment website has named popular Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson as its hottest and favourite actress after comparing her with other top Nigerian and Ghanaian actresses.

Rita Dominic
The declaration has come barely a wee
k to the actress’s planned huge public premiere of her movie, ‘Single & Married’, on September 22 in Ghana and on the 28th in Nigeria.
Yvonne starred in the movie and produced it too.  
The website’s report on Sunday, September 16, compared three Ghanaian actresses- Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah and Nadia Buari- to their Nigerian counterparts- Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Ekeinde, Rita Dominic, Mercy Johnson, Ini Edo and Tonto Dike- over who was hot, on and off the screens.
Even though it didn’t define the criteria for how the names were arrived at as well as a deeper meaning to “on and off the screen”, it named the Ghanaian as the hottest.    
“When you compare Nigerian actresses with Ghanaian actresses, you will see that the Ghanaian Actresses Jackie Appiah, Nadia Buari and Yvonne Nelson are hotter than Nigeria’s Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Rita Dominic, Mercy Johnson, Ini Edo and Tonto Dike on and off screen.”
The website’s correspondent further went ahead to put Yvonne Nelson above the rest, saying, “Especially my favourite Yvonne Nelson is just too hot.”
This follows NEWS-ONE’s reports earlier this year that Yvonne Nelson was Ghana’s hottest actress in Nigeria as far as movie roles were concerned.
Jackie Appiah

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Genevieve Nnaji

Nadia Buari


Nana Ama McBrown on stage
Popular Ghanaian actress Nana Ama McBrown shocked music audience at the Accra International Conference Center on Saturday night when she put up a spectacular music performance during the Legends and Legacy Ball held to honour Abranie Amakye Dede.
McBrown earned a standing ovation when, during her performance, she was joined on stage by two of Ghana’s ‘diminutive’ actors, Joe Shortingo and Taller of Cantata fame. The two actors were dressed in black tuxedos and they sprayed the actress with money while she rocked the stage.
Even her ex-lover, Okyeame Kwame had no choice but to enjoy the performance.
Prior to the show, the list of artistes advertised to perform included Freddy Meiway, Samini, Okyeame, Nacy, Kwabena Kwabena and number others.
The audience was therefore shocked when midway into the show, actress Nana Ama McBrown appeared on stage wearing a see-through lacey outfit and singing Amakye Dede’s ‘Asem Tu Mea Ka Bi Ma Me’.
Underneath McBrown’s black see-through lace was a black mini dress to cover her sexy breast and lower part but revealing her sexy tummy.
Many thought she was on stage to perform her recent single with 2toff. But she followed the trend of the night when she sang in key and did an amazing rendition of Amakye Dede’s song
McBrown arguably stole the show from the headlined artistes as she rocked beyond everybody’s expectation. She had her set of dancers, an indication that she might be crossing over to the music industry soon.
Her performance was not only top notch but a total deviation from the usual Ghanaian musicians’ attitude of just going on stage to perform without giving the audience something to talk about.  
There were also exciting performances by Samini, Okyeame Kwame, Nacy, No Tribe, Kwabena Kwabena, Eazzy, Becca, Daasebre Ahofe Dwamena, Steve Bedi, Meiway and Abrantie Amakye Dede himself.
Organized by Imajin Advertising, the Legends and Legacy Ball is an event aimed at honouring Ghanaian living legends and promoting excellence in the entertainment industry.
All the supporting artistes who performed at the event did not sing their own songs but performed their own renditions of songs by the honoree of the night, Amakye Dede.
Abrantie, as part of his awards for the night, was presented with a 24-carat gold medal worth $28,000. The presentation was done by the organizers of the event, Imanjin Advertising.
In addition, the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) also presented a plaque to Abrantie.
Abrantie expressed his appreciation to the organizers of the show, Imajin Advertising and to Ghanaians for the honour bestowed on him and for supporting him to achieve the heights he had reached.

Nana Ama McBrown with her Midget friends on stage

Credit: NEWS-ONE 

Leila Djansi on set

Socrates Sarfo being hauled by Albert Kuvodu

 The center can no longer hold within the leadership of the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) as reports say both members and leadership are divided.
This comes months after the association had controversially banned some top Ghanaian actors who had issues with its members.
Currently, reports said members of the association were having serious problems with its president, Augustine Abbey, popularly called Idikoko, and were even planning to suspend him.
Even though a few members of the association had come out to speak publicly about their grievances, the association’s mouth piece, Socrates Sarfo and Treasurer Helen Omaboe have been vocal.
Socrates Sarfo
Socrates and Idikoko clashed on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review on Saturday in an unanticipated verbal brawl between the two officials of FIPAG.
This was after Idikoko answered questions from host Akwasi Aboagye concerning operations of the association and its upcoming elections, as well as concerns from unnamed members.
When it was Socrates Sarfo’s turn to comment on the president’s responses, he cunningly asked Idikoko to tell the whole world what his functions as FIPAG president were.
Socrates further questioned Idikoko on why he had taken over the responsibilities of the treasurer.
It was obvious that all was not well at FIPAG. Idikoko, during his response, sounded angry.
Augustine Abbey aka Idikoko president of FIPAG
He said he found Socrates’ question unfortunate because their constitution spelt out the functions of the president. To him, Socrates was not fair to him by asking the question on a public platform.
However, Idikoko’s response was that he as president was the main head of the association and could be held responsible when things went wrong. Idikoko said he therefore had the right to ensure every department of the association functioned effectively.
However, he did not explain why he had taken over the treasurer’s job, because, according to him, he did not want to publicize the negative reasons that pushed him into doing that. He prefers to do that at their meeting.         
This appears to be a beginning of a new era in running the affairs of FIPAG.
Not too long ago, movie producers from Kumasi who were registered members of FIPAG threatened to stage a massive demonstration against the association’s president, Idikoko and his executive over what they described as an unfair distribution of some GH¢200,000 given to FIPAG from COSGA as monies accrued from copyright levies. The new brouhaha is also about money.

Credit: NEWS-ONE 

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