Friday, 30 November 2012

  Yvonne Nelson Yvonne Okoro  Nadia Buari,  Jackie Appiah, Martha Ankomah  Nana Akua

Nominations for this year’s Ghana Movie Awards are out and industry stakeholders are speculating and predicting which actor would win which award.
While movie makers who got nominated are expressing joy, those whose names did not make it on the nominations list are silent.
One of key categories that have generated some stir is the Best Actress in Leading Role category.  
It is a “clash of the titans” category because it has some of the top actresses in Ghana’s movie industry competing for a single award.
In the category are Yvonne Okoro for her performance in ‘3some’; Yvonne Nelson for ‘Single & Married’; Nadia Buari for ‘Rain’; Jackie Appiah for ‘The Groom’s Bride’; Martha Ankomah for ‘Tears of a Smile’; and Nana Akua Addo for ‘Wannabe’. 
Five of the actresses have a history with the awards ceremony. Yvonne Okoro co-won the best actress with Jackie, Juliet Ibrahim and Roselyn Ngissah in 2010. Yvonne Nelson won the favourite actress category in 2010 while Martha Ankomah picked the same category in 2011.
Nadia took Best Actress in supporting role in 2010 and 2011. Nana Akua Addo has not been nominated before. This year’s movie awards is being organized by Ghollywood Production Limited in collaboration with rLG and TV3, and supported by Vodafone and Travel Express International Hotel.


credit: NEWS-ONE

Belinda Effah

This week, there were reports that some UK and USA based African actresses will be in Ghana for the first time for the shooting of a movie titled ‘Refugees’.
They were in the person of Diana Yekinni, Okawa Shaznay and Belinda Effah. NEWS-ONE has tried to find out a little about them.   

Diana Yekinni
Diana Yekinni
Diana Yekinni is an actress. She appeared in two episodes of the television series ‘Medium’, as well as the film ‘Ijé’ as Libby. Alongside Eric Kolelas, Yekinni also featured in the acclaimed short film ‘Mosa’.
Diana Yekinni was born and raised in South London, England where she first realised her passion and true love for performing.


Diana started acting from a very young


Face Of Tertiary 2012 winner, Miss Esinam Amegbanu receiving her car keys

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


Yvonne Nelson and her kid friends

Popular Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson’s movie titled ‘Single & Married’ topped nominations for the 2012 edition of the prestigious Ghana Movie awards.
The movie had 13 nominations including Best Actress In Leading Role, Best Picture, Best Directing English Language, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Screen Play and Best editing categories.
Other movies that got nominations include ‘Hotel Babylon’, ‘Grooms Bride’, ‘My Story’, ‘Joni Waka’ and ‘Ghana Police’.
The event was on Monday launched at the premises of rLG offices in Accra to kick-start this year’s competition.
Vicky Zugah, Van Vicker, Juliet Ibrahim & Edward Kufour at the launch
The award ceremony is scheduled to come off at the Accra International Conference Centre on Christmas Day, December 25. This year’s event is being organized by Ghollywood Production Limited in collaboration with rLG and TV3, and supported by Vodafone and Travel Express International Hotel.
 Organizers had wanted to shift the award date to December 2 due to Ghana’s elections. But they finally decided on the usual date, December 25.
Among celebrities at the launching event were John Dumelo, Van Vicker, Juliet Ibrahim, Martha Ankomah, Khareema Aguiar, Vicky Zugah, Edward Agyekum Kufour and Amanda Jissih. 
Top actresses Yvonne Okoro, Yvonne Nelson, Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah, Martha Ankomah and Nana Akua Addo were nominated for Best Actress in Leading Role.
Van Vicker, John Dumelo, Prince David, Kofi Adjorlolo and Ekow Blankson were also nominated for Best Actor In Leading Role.

Below is the full list of nominees:
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Van Vicker -Joni Waka
John Dumelo- Queen Latifa
Prince Dave Osei- Off The Hook
Kofi Adjorlolo- Wipe My Tears
Ekow Blankson - Secret Burden


BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Yvonne Nelson- Single And Married
Martha Ankomah - Tears Of A Smile
Jackie Appiah - Grooms Bride
Nana Akua Addo - Wannabe
Yvonne Okoro - 3 Some
Nadia Buari - Rain

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Akwesi Boadi-  Osofa Mafia
Farida Mohammed - Gobana
Kofi Adu- Agya Koo Trotro Driver
Isaac Amoako - Saman Mogya
Kwaku Manu - Area Boys

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Nana Ama Mac Brown - Nyankonton
Vivian Jill -  My Story
Linda Abbey - Saman Mogya
Tracy Boakye - Oh Vera
Mercy Aseidu - Baby Face


BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Adjetey Annan - Rain
Majid Michel - Grooms Bride
Rahim Banda - Wipe My Tears
Edward Agyekum Kuffour- Tears Of A Smile
Frank Artus - Trap In The Game
Chris Attoh - Single And Married


BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Kalsum Sinare - 3 Some
Anita Erskine  - Single And Married
Linda Awuku - Wannabe
Lydia Forson - In The Cupboard
Christabel Ekeh - Wrong Target
Nikki Samonas - Queen Latifa


BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Apostle John Prah-  Osofo Mafia
Kojo Nkansah-Kweku Saman
Samuel Ofori-Oh Vera
Bernard Opoku - Police Officer
Ebenezer Donkor - B14


BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE LOCAL LANGUAGE
Naana Hayford - Odo Ntentan
Fatima Osman - Gobona
Rose Mensah - Fathia Fata Nkrumah
Emilia Brobbey - My Story
Matilda Asare -Ghana Police
Ellen White - Saman Mogya

BEST ACTOR AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Kalu Keagwu  - Shadow In The Dark
Ramsey Noah - Hotel Babylon
Alex Usifo - Off The Hook
Uti Nwachukwu - In The Cupboard
Yemi Black - The Search
Alex Ekubo - Lovelorn

BEST ACTRESS AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Ini Edo - In The Cupboard
Patience Ozukwo - Untamed
Rukky Sanda - The Search
Nse Ikpe Etim - The Search
Tonto Dike - Lovelorn
Mercy Johnson- Wild Target

BEST PICTURE  AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Desmond  Elliot  & Caroline Danjuma - In The Cupboard
Yvonne Nelson  - Single And Married
Abdul Sallam - Grooms Bride
Andy Boyo - Untamed
Kobi Rana - Hotel Babylon

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Single & Married - Kwame Awuah
Hotel Babylon - Kobi Rana
Joni Waka  - Van Vicker
Area Boys - Kwame Agyeman
Grooms Bride -  Adams Umar



BEST PICTURE
Joni Waka  - Van Vicker And Dr Clarice Kulah-Ford
Grooms Bride - Abdul Sallam
Single & Married - Yvonne Nelson
Trap In The Game - Frank Rajah Arase
Ghana Police - Eugene Moratt
Hotel Babylon - Kobi Rana
Secret Burden- Sellasie Ibrahim
Wannabe - Edmond Quarshie And Michael Odeka

BEST EDITING
Grooms Bride - Enoch Opoku
Hotel Babylon - Kobi Rana
Single & Married - Ebenezer Sowatey
B14 - Ninja
Wannabe- Afra Marley

BEST COSTUME & WARDROBE
Queen Latifah - Mabel  Germain
Ghana Police - Monica Agboli & Nicolas Nsiah
Return Of The Bukom Lion- De She Kollections
Fathia Fata Nkrumah - George Atobrah
Grooms Bride - Samira Yakubu
Secret Burden - Smarty's Management

BEST ART DIRECTION
Return Of The Bukom Lion - Production Design: SHE Quartey; Set Decoration Richard Quartey
Fathia  Fata  Nkrumah -  Production Design:  Jude Odoh ; Set Decoration: Bismark Gyamera
Rain -     Production Design:  DJ Varga Set Decoration: DJ Varga
Ghana Police- Production Design: Jones Agyeman Set Decoration: James Akwasi Wiafe
Single & Married - Production Design: Pascal Amanfo; Set Decoration: Bismark Nii Odoi
Secret Burden - Production Design: John Izedonmi: Set Decoration: Fusani Mamudu

BEST MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG
Azonto Ghost - Bisa
Destiny's Child - Wilhelmina Abu Andani
Single & Married  Abraham  Affaine
Wrong Target - Samuel  Sarpong
Fathia Fata Nkrumah - Adu Patrick

BEST DIRECTING ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Single And Married - Pascal Amanfo
Grooms Bride - Frank Rajah Arase
Queen Latifa - Kensteve Anuka
In The Cupboard - Desmond  Elliot
Hotel Babylon - Kobi Rana

BEST DIRECTING LOCAL LANGUAGE
Oh Vera - Samuel Ofori
Joni Waka - Van Vicker
Saman Mogya - Augustine Abbey
Fathia Fata Nkrumah - Frank Gharbin
Ghana Police - Jones Agyemang
Area Boys - Kofi Asamoah

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
B14 - Ninja
Wrong Target - Albert Adom
Saman Mogya - Real Illusion

BEST WRITING ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Dwomo Benjamin And Eddie Nartey- Testing The Waters
Frank Rajah - Trap In The Game
Secret Burden - John Martey
In The Cupboard - Kenhinde Olorunyomi And Lydia Forson
Single And Married - Pascal Amanfo

BEST MAKE UP
Tears Of A Smile - Comfort Ade
Groom Bride - Forreal Mensah
Fathia Fata Nkrumah - Jude Odoh
Single And Married - Lydia Ashietey

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
Single And Married - Abraham Affaine
In The Cupboard - Rumeh
Hotel Babylon - Kobi Rana
Secret Burden - Gbenga Amuni
Joni Waka - Lynx  Entertainment




Credit: NEWS-ONE

VIP
Popular and award-winning Ghanaian music group VIP has responded to certain allegations in the media that its fans had allegedly attacked certain entertainment personalities at this year’s edition of Joy FM Night With The Stars which was held last Saturday.
Below is a press statement issued by VIP under Bullhaus Entertainment, headed by Bulldog, otherwise called Hanson Lawrence: 

The management of Ghana’s award winning group, Vision In Progress, popularly known as VIP, is calling on its fans across the country and beyond who are outraged by some unfortunate developments that occurred at the Night With The Stars Show organized over the weekend by Joy Fm to calm down and exercise maximum restraint no matter the level of provocation they may encounter.
VIP has received reports of an alleged attack on some persons after the show and certain entertainment personalities including one Commotion, also alleged to be one of the attacked persons.

Though without any evidence whatsoever, some persons have accused fans of VIP of being responsible for the attacks.

If indeed it was true that VIP fans were behind the attacks, VIP categorically condemns such incidents and is calling on its fans not to engage in such behaviour. VIP does not subscribe to using violence of any form for any reason. The group believes in dialogue as the best means of addressing challenges.

The group has over the years maintained a reputation as one of Africa’s non-violent entertainment group. Truly, it has never been cited in any form of violence or any violent act. Also, it has a track-record of never disrespecting anybody in the Ghana’s entertainment industry.
VIP is recognized as Ghana’s earliest hip life group that derives its unit and purpose from a small community called Nima.

They are not violent and have further proven that by representing Ghana and African on various continental stages. Never have they been indicted for any violent acts.

VIP assures fans it would not do anything to compromise of the respect the brand has earned over the years.

The group expects persons fuelling these attacks to put an immediate stop to it. It was regrettable that, Promzy, a VIP member, had his car vandalized at the venue just after the Night With The Stars event.
Though the group has a fair idea where this is most likely to have come from, the group trusts Ghana Police Service to best handle the matter.
Once again, VIP is grateful for the support it has enjoyed from the fans, public and media over the years. May God bless our music industry and the entire nation as we are preparing for 2012 General Elections.

Signed:
Bulldog (Bullhaus Entertainment)


 credit: NEWS-ONE

Okawa Shaznay

London-based actress Diana Yekinni and two others from United States of America will arrive in Ghana today for the shoot of an upcoming movie titled, ‘Refugees’.
The new movie is being directed by award-winning director Frank Rajah Arase.
Major scenes of the movie will be shot at locations in Accra including James Town and some parts of Ghana’s coastline.
Other scenes will be shot in the UK and some other African countries.
Reports on Monday said Frank would not be using big named Ghanaian actors in this production. This is because he wants to achieve a certain aim with this movie- catching the eye of a different audience.
Arase is yet to publicly speak about the upcoming production but a source said the production would start tomorrow. 
Belinda Effah
Diana Yekinni is the winner of Screen Icon Search, organized by Golden Icons, producers of the most credible black entertainment film award, Golden Icon Academy Movie Award (GIAMA) in Texas, Houston.
She will be arriving in Ghana for the first time for the movie with Okawa Shaznay, ex-Miss Cameroun USA, who is also a Nollywood, USA-based actress in Texas.
Also with them will be Best New Actress at the last GIAMA awards, Belinda Effah.
Belinda is a great talent and is a receiver of Nollywood’s most promising actress award, Nigeria, and Akwa Ibom Youth-Recognition Award, Nigeria.
Reports say the three beautiful ladies will be playing lead in the movie.





   
Diana Yekinni




Frank Raja Arase and Majid Michel

Monday, 26 November 2012


Yvonne Okoro poses with Majid, Sandra Ankobiah, Trigmatic and Roseline


Fred Nuamah CEO of Ghana movie awards

Frank Raja & Majid Michel on Somewhere In Africa set
Award winning Ghanaian director Frank Rajah is ready to start shooting his next film, with the working title ‘The Refugees.
The film’s script is touted as Frank’s best yet and he is making frantic efforts to raise the bar with it.
Shooting is scheduled to begin Thursday on some mind-blowing locations in Ghana including parts of James Town, a coastal suburb of Accra.
Frank will make extensive use of the coastline as some scenes will be shot on ships at one of the country’s harbours.      
Sources said the director, whose movie provided Africa’s best actor (Majid Michel) at the last African Movie Academy Awards, might for the first time do away with the majority of the usual faces on Ghanaian TV screens.
“The likes of Majid Michel, John Dumelo, Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah, Yvonne Nelson, Yvonne Okoro, Prince David Osei and a number of others who are part of Frank’s clique of actors might not make it on this movie’s set,” sources told NEWS-ONE.
“This movie is coming with lots of surprises and the casting is just one area of it. He is targeting a different market with this movie and he needed to strategize differently to get there. Also, there is great need for Frank to up the stakes. Obviously things have changed and he is stepping up. Just watch out for an entirely new stuff from Frank Rajah,” the source added.  
Even though identities of the cast are yet to be made public, indications are that some of them are UK based actors.

Credit: NEWS-ONE 

Yvonne Okoro

 Weeks after deliberating on changing the working title for Yvonne Okoro’s upcoming first produced movie, the actress, and director Shirley Frimpong Manso have finally decided to maintain the title: ‘The Contract’. 
The two reportedly had lengthy talks days ago and finally came to a conclusion.
Their respective positions on the title before the agreement was reached were not readily known. However, prior to agreeing on the title, they both took into consideration a title that would capture the audience’s attention.
The upcoming film is described as an award-winning romantic comedy and Yvonne reportedly put up her best performance in the movie.
It featured South Africa’s celebrated actor Homla Dandala and Nigeria’s Benjamin Joseph and a number of Ghanaian actors. Yesterday, a synopsis of the movie was released.
It tells the story of a successful businessman Peter Puplampo, the ultimate alpha male.
Shirley Frimpong Manso
He is 40 years old, rich and a staunch bachelor. Despite his mother’s persistent attempts to find him a woman, Peter sticks to his rule of non-committal casual dates, freedom and being in control of his life until the desire to have a child arises. In his quest to find the woman who will take his money, have his child and disappear, Peter begins a roller-coaster, contracted relationship with Abena Boateng, a crude but clever local girl who is anything but impressed with Peter’s affluence.
With a clear definitive contract from his lawyer outlining the dos and don’ts of bearing Peter Puplampo’s child, these two opposites must exercise every ounce of willpower not to kill each other until the child is born. The movie is an unsuspecting romantic comedy with unusual twists that expose the flaws in being in control of one’s life.
It is yet to be confirmed when the movie will be premiered but it has been confirmed for the Yuletide season.


Credit: NEWS-ONE
   

Prince David Osei, Christabel and ex-president Kufour

Latest photo of popular Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei captures him and rising actress Christabel Ekeh with Ghana’s former president, John Agyekum Kufour.
The two actors were full of smiles for perhaps meeting the former president for the first time.
They were no doubt happy to have met the old man, whose eldest son, Edward Agyekum Kufour, joined Ghana’s movie industry less than a year ago.
Unconfirmed reports said former president Kufour had endorsed his son’s decision to enter Ghana’s showbiz industry.
Prince David and Christabel met him recently at the African Regent Hotel in Accra at a cocktail ceremony for the launching of his son’s first movie titled, ‘Wrong Target’, also starring Yvonne Nelson and John Dumelo.
It was a joyous moment for the actors and the president and perhaps the actors convinced the ex-president and his party, NPP, to give the creative arts some attention if it returns to power.
Prince David is one of Ghana’s reigning actors who have not made their political affiliations known to the public and his photo with the ex-president does not necessarily mean he is a sympathizer of the NPP.
  

Credit: NEWS-ONE

Thursday, 22 November 2012


DJ Mensa

Ghana’s foremost Disc Jockey, DJ Mensa, will this Friday gather the crème de la crème of Ghana’s entertainment industry for what is expected to be the biggest birthday party yet in the month of November.
Mensa will be climaxing his birthday celebration with an all black party at the Club Invasion.
Among top celebrities expected for the big party are award winning actress Yvonne Nelson, Bola Ray, KOD, Deborah Vanessa, Sark
Khareema Aguiar presenting her donation to pupils
Actress Khareema Aguiar yesterday touched the hearts of the underprivileged at the New Horizon School in Accra, where she donated a plasma TV and other important items to the pupils and officials of the school.

It forms part of the actress’s social responsibility to give back to society.
The New Horizon School is a place for underprivileged children or persons, especially those who are autistic. 
Khareema was at the school with Amanda Jissih, host of GH One’s E-Talk entertainment programme.
They used the opportunity to mingle with children at the school and officials as well.
The donation took place two weeks after Khareema’s birthday.
On her birthday, she brought together some of the crème de la crème of the entertainment industry at her Latebiokoshi home.
It was an exciting moment for her as she and other invited celebrities posed, popped champagne and danced to soothing rhythms to celebrate her milestone.
Among the stars who were there to share in her happiness were Nana Ama McBrown, Yvonne Nelson, Funny Face, Kwaw Kese, Amanda Jissih, actress Salma Mumin and a host of others.
Khareema became very popular after her supporting role in Shirley Frimpong Manso’s ‘Checkmate’, starring alongside Nadia Buari, Ekow Blankson, Naa Ashorkor Mensah Doku and Senanu Gbedawo.
She surfaced on Ghana’s movie scene through the television series ‘All That Glitters’ on TV3 in 2005. Since then, she has appeared in a number of movies including ‘Turn Me On’.



Credit: NEWS-ONE 

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