Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The cover of |OK Magazine

Hot Ghanaian actress Yvonne Okoro has appeared on the cover of the Nigeria version of the world’s biggest celebrity lifestyle magazine, OK Magazine.
The multi-talented actress shared the cover of the magazine with other important personalities including Carmen Ejogo, a British television and film actress and singer, currently based in the United States. Also on the cover was Nigeria’s celebrated academician Wole Soyinka, actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and award winning music duo, P-Square.
OK Magazine was launched in Nigeria on Friday, 9th March 2012 and had since featured a number of Nollywood top stars.  
OK Magazine Nigeria, is the first African version of OK, the world’s biggest celebrity lifestyle magazine which is printed in 20 countries.
Yvonne Okoro
Yvonne Okoro is one of the first Ghanaian stars to make it on the cover of the magazine. Her first ever produced movie, with the working title ‘The Contract’, is expected to come out soon.
Over the weekend, she was a judge at the tenth edition of the prestigious Miss Malaika pageant, organized by event giant Charterhouse.
Prior to that, she was a special guest at the National Youth Awards chaired by Ghanaian president, John Mahama on Thursday night.  

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Babie Dapaah of hot gossip

In an era where information is easily accessed via the internet and with the aid of social media, it is very imperative for media personalities to equip themselves with the right information through proper research before airing their shows and not just put out any uninformed news.
Although I’m not so much a fan of ‘Hot Gossip’ on TV3, I took pains to watch the programme this Saturday, October 27 and to my utmost surprise, the host congratulated winners of Ghana DJ Awards and called it a “great event”; an event which was not held and postponed due to technical hitches, according to organizers of the event.

In as much others would want to save her head because the show was

Aya Morrison bikini designs on display

Hanniel S. K. Jamin

An 18-year-old undergraduate of the Radford University, Hanniel S. K. Jamin is the female winner for the October edition of the monthly Exopa New Faces contest.
The modeling and fashion contest was held amidst a lot of excitement last Saturday evening at the Exopa Burg.
A number of upcoming musicians took turns on the runway to entertain fashion enthusiasts with their music, with models putting up great performances.
At the end of the night, Hanniel, a Nigerian model, managed to beat the other contestants to emerge winner with her confidence and fierce catwalk in different categories of the contest.
Behind her were 23-year-old Hassey Elinam and a 22-year-old student of IPMC, Mikaeel Maria, who took first and second runners-up positions respectively.
Emmanuel Macaulay flanked other winners 
It was indeed an evening of excitement as male models also did some great catwalks for the male segment, which was won by 21-year-old Emmanuel Macaulay.
A 22-year-old model, Sadiq Suleiman and Jamal Mohammed took the first and second runners-up positions respectively.
The Exopa New Faces contest is a platform to help wannabe young models to explore their modeling talent. Winner of the contest gets a contract with the company.
Over the months, there had been attractive segments such as summer wear made of contemporary African fabrics by creative young designers, and music from energetic young and talented artistes among others.
Last month’s edition was won by a 24-year-old Sierra Leonean model, Alice Ganda. She beat nine other contestants to emerge winner after different rounds of interesting catwalk and fashion displays as well as talent performances. Her fierce catwalk and confidence surpassed that of her colleague wannabe models.
Behind her were Ghanaian model Rebecca Agbolosoo Mensah, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Education; and a 19-year-old Sierra Leonean model, Masery Sesay, who took first and second runners-up positions respectively.

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Juliet Ibrahim

News went round last week that Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim had decided to give up her long hair by cutting it.
However, reasons were not given for her decision. But close sources to the actress have told NEWS-ONE she cut her hair to get a different look for a role in an upcoming movie by a Canadian production firm.
“The movie will be produced by Hollywood’s Ronnie Banerjee and director Damian Chapa while it features popular actress Halle Berry. The Ghana Movie Awards 2010 best actress co-winner plays a supporting role,” the source said.
Meanwhile, Juliet will, on November 2, gather the crème de la crème of Ghana’s showbiz industry at Aphrodisiac Night Club to party for a worthy cause at an event dubbed, ‘Halloween Weekend With The Stars’.
It is an initiative by Juliet Ibrahim Foundation Initiative and supported by Project Smiles headed by C.E.O of Aphrodisiac Confidence, to raise funds to help kidney cancer patients and create awareness on the disease.
The night would be filled with highly exciting activities, all in the bid to raise funds to support the cause of the foundation. Activities will include celebrity date auctions and celebrity product auctions.
 John Dumelo, Jackie Appiah, Prince David Osei, Pascaline Edwards, Trigmatic, Eddie Watson, Nikki Samonas, Vicky Zugah, James Gardiner, Benny Blanco and Deborah Vanessa are some of the celebrities expected to be at the event.

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Born Yayra Ametewee, her stage name is Yayra. She is a very cool and appealing young lady dedicated to building and exploring her God given talent, music, for the whole world to see.
Yayra is also an old student of Archbishop Porter Girl's High School and currently studying at the Central University College.
 She recently introduced herself to the music industry by sharing the

Monday, 29 October 2012

Yvonne Okoro in the hot seat
Award-winning Ghanaian actress Yvonne Okoro on Saturday night made a surprise appearance on the hot seat as a judge at the finals of this year’s Miss Malaika pageant held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Her appearance at the Miss Malaika finale was also tagged as a special attraction for the event’s tenth anniversary celebration.
Yvonne Okoro flanked by Sandra Ankobiah & Roseline Okoro on arrival
“It was fun,” the Pan African best actress award winner told NEWS-ONE early Sunday morning after the show.
Yvonne Okoro and fans
Many had thought she was one of the invited celebrities for the red carpet event. But the beautiful actress ended up on the high table. She indeed brought some uniqueness to the judging table. Her demeanor during the evening indeed showed she had fun.
She was fabulously dressed in a red outfit and made her entry into the conference centre on Saturday in the company of her younger sister Elizabeth Okoro and Fashion 101 hostess Sandra Ankobiah.  
Miss Malaika is a pageant organized, since 2002, to redefine the African concept of beauty by event organisers Charterhouse.
The show also paraded other important judges as ace broadcaster at Peace FM Kwami Sefa Kayi, musician and host of Allo TiGO Jon Germain, Theresa Ayoade, CEO of Charterhouse and Kay Bentsi Enchill, CEO of Cuticles & Nails.
Bridget Sharon Cofie, an 18-year-old former student of St. Mary’s Senior High School, became the judges’ favourite and was crowned this year’s Miss Malaika.   
Regina Anne Dei Van-Helvert, a 20-year-old student of the Central University and Sadia Sanusi 19, a rising fashion star and graduate of Accra Girls’ High School, were first and second runners-up respectively.
Yvonne Okoro takes pose with Kwami Sefa Kayi
Chris Attoh and Naa Ashorkor Doku were the MCs of the evening, with music performances from Edem, D Black, Darey from Nigeria and R2bees. The show attracted other celebrities as Khareema Aguiar, Deborah Vanessa, Amanda Jissih and more. It was also aired on GH One TV.
Yvonne Okoro indeed had busy weekend. On Thursday evening, she was one of the top personalities invited as special guests to the National Youth Awards chaired by President John Mahama. 
On Friday, she was at the Accra International Conference Centre for Miss Malaika prejudging with the other judges.

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There is some power of attraction in a woman’s body and the sexier the body, the stronger the power.
This may explain why some persons have decided to ‘steal’ the sexy body shape of Liberian born Ghanaian actress, Chichi Neblett and portray it as that of top Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic.
Chich, years ago, starred in a movie ‘Hot Romance’, after which she went for a photoshoot that was used for the movie’s posters.
NEWS-ONE has observed that the same photo that Chichi used for the movie poster of ‘Hot Romance’ has appeared on the movie poster of a new movie, ‘I Quit’; but this time the photo has the face and head of Rita Dominic of Nigeria!
The said photo seems to have been photo-shopped from the neck upwards where Chichi’s head and face was replaced with that of Rita.
The remaining of the photo has the same cloth, the same pose, the same colour and every other thing.
The new poster has already generated some controversy and though it is early yet to draw conclusions, the poster may spark some sort of hostility between the two actresses.
‘I Quit’ , which also stars Jim Iyke, is by Bold Steps Pictures Production and fingers are currently being pointed at the production house for being behind the posters.
Posters of the ‘I Quit’ movie are in circulation in Nigerian cities Kaduna and Lagos.

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Ebbe Bassey, Kimberly Elise, Ama K. and Omotola on set

Ghanaian director of international repute Leila Djansi will be releasing her award-winning film, ‘Ties That Bind’ on major media stores online tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30. 
Among the list of online media stores the film will be released on are ITunes, movies, Xbox, Vudu and Amazon. Movie enthusiasts who don’t have access to VCD copies of the films can now purchase the film online via the abovementioned platforms.
‘Ties That Bind’ remains one of the award-winning films to have been produced in Africa with diverse cast from around the world.
Produced by Turning Point Pictures, the film was released on VCDs in September after a few controversies.
Ama K. & Leila Djansi
Earlier, the film was a cinema success across Africa. Its various premieres in countries including Canada, Nigeria and Ghana registered one of the biggest audiences ever.
In Ghana, a large number of movie enthusiasts and industry stakeholders turned up at the National Theatre to see the movie. It was also screened at different international film festivals around the world.
‘Ties That Bind’ was rated as one of the dynamic movies of recent times considering its cast and story.
The cast included Ama K. Abebrese, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and American actress Kimberly Elise.
Kimberly was flown down to Ghana for the production.  Prince David Osei, John Dumelo, David Dontoh and Fred Amugi also starred in the movie. 
‘Ties That Bind’ tells the story of Adobea (Omotola), Buki (Ama K.) and Theresa (Kimberly), three women from different walks of life bound together by a similar pain- the loss of a child. In a destined meeting in a small village in Kroboland, the women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they renovate a dilapidated clinic for the villagers.

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Yvonne Nelson and friends in Nigeria ahead of Nigeria premiere last month

Yvonne Nelson’s produced movie, ‘Single & Married’, is reportedly making wonders in Nollywood cinema.
It could however not be confirmed if it managed to break any record of a Nollywood movie.
But a source confirmed that the movie was doing better than any other Ghanaian movie that crossed into Nollywood.
NEWS-ONE sources said for over three weeks that the movie was premiered in Nigeria, it was still making great impact in Nigeria. Day in and day out, large numbers of movie fans keep going to Silverbird Cinemas in Nigeria to see the movie.     
‘Single & Married’ was premiered in Accra and Lagos and it made an impact in both cities.
There are good lessons to learn from this movie. Directed by Pascal Amanfo, it is narrated by Ghana’s iconic presenter Anita Erskine. It delves into the intricacies of marriage and the challenges of being single, with focus on young adults.
The storyline raised serious issues about why spouses cheat on their partners and how to stop them. But it was told in a rather subtle, entertaining way. It is indeed a must-see movie.

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Kingsley Kofi Deffor

Kingsley Kofi Deffor, a Ghanaian fashion designer of over six years, has painted a good image of Ghana’s fashion designing industry.
He told NEWS-ONE in an exclusive interview that looking at the kind of designs that were being churned out lately, he believed the industry was not only growing but also transitioning to meet international standards.
However, there was the need to put up certain structures and fashion cultures to further encourage growth, he added.
“It is good now but we need to improve. If you look at some local designs out there in Ghana now, you notice that we are not doing badly. We should work extra hard to build fashion culture with national fashion event and modeling shows like Exopa’s contest and the recent introduction of fashion awards. We need some of these things to take it to the next level. The industry has a future,” he said.
Kinsley Kofi Deffor is the CEO of Deff Clothing located in front of Nkawkaw house adjacent the new Labadi Police Station. He has been in the designing industry for over six years and has been part of several runway programmes where his designs were exhibited. He also exhibited his products at top fashion event Pan African Fair and several times at the International Trade Fair in Accra.
He designs and sews cloths and is involved in art painting as well.  Most of his designs are inspired by nature. He observes and checks other people’s clothes and creates new ideas out of them.  
He is one of the few designers who sell their products outside Ghana.
He is one of the designers whose designs have been praised on Exopa New Faces platform.
“It’s been six years now that I have been doing this. I don’t copy so it makes it is a bit challenging but it is good,” he stated.
Kinsley hails from Eastern Region, precisely Somanya. He is the first of three boys. He currently lives in Labadi, a suburb of Accra.
Growing up, fashion designing was always his passion. So he decided to sharpen his talent by reading visual art and subjects as textile, Graphic designing and others.  
After high school, he enrolled at the Ultimate School of Arts, USA to further prepare him for the fashion industry. Today, he is making a living from fashion designing.
He thinks there is more room for improvement in Ghana’s fashion industry.  

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