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Yvonne Okoro's Contract Is The first Ghanaian film To Screen At ReelWorld Film Festival In Canada In 12years

Actress Yvonne Okoro’s produced ‘Contract’ film, directed by Shirley Frimpong Manso, has been announced to open this year’s ReelWorld Film Festival in Canada.
ReelWorld Film Festival is Canada’s celebrated annual film festival, founded by Tonya Lee Williams. Every year, it screens features, shorts, documentaries and animation, among others fr

Chicken-N-Beer Broke My Marriage – CEO ExtraO

All is not well in the home of Basil Anthony, popularly known as CEO ExtraOrdinaire, CEO of Silky Entertainment, organisers of Chicken-N-Beer party, as he has reportedly separated with the mother of his baby. He confirmed the rumours in an interview on Xfm last Thursday, saying he was the latest victim of separation. He said he and his wife, with whom he had a daughter, had been separated for over a year. Explaining to NEWS-ONE how the separation occurred, Basil yesterday said, “My wife was very insecure about all the girls who hanged around me at the various events I organised, especially the Chicken-N-Beer party we organised every Sunday at Rockstones Office.” He added that he had tried to explain the nature of his job to his wife but she was just not ready to bear with it. So she packed her belongings and left her marital home with his daughter. He has kept this a secret all this while as he continues his life as though everything is ok. Their marriage lasted for only two years. Meanwh…

Yvonne Okoro’s Contract Returns To Silverbird Cinemas By Popular Request

‘Ties That Bind’ Was Fun, ‘Sinking Sands’ Was Stressful-Leila

More than three years after she produced two excellent films, which shook the tenets of the African film industry, Leila Djansi has finally opened up on her fondest memories of shooting her ‘Sinking Sands’ and ‘Ties That Bind’ films. She told NEWS-ONE on Sunday morning that shooting both films was nerve-racking but it was also fun. Working on ‘Ties That Bind’, she revealed, was not as stressful as ‘Sinking Sands’. But besides the stress, there were fun moments too. With ‘Sinking Sands’, her fondest memory was filming the wedding scene. It is still fresh on her mind and remembers how they made it look like a “real wedding”. However, she thought ‘Ties That Bind’ was more fun because, she was not oblivious of her past mistakes while shooting ‘Sinking Sands’. She learnt from her past experience on the previous set, which made things easier for her on the ‘Ties That Bind’ set. “Hmm ‘Sinking Sands’, honestly, I don’t know if I have any particularly fond memories of that set. I only remember th…

My Beard Makes Me Sexy-Zeal of VIP Fame

Zeal, singer and a member of Ghana’s award-winning music group, VIP, has said one of the reasons he is keeping a long beard is because he wants to stand out and be counted among Ghana’s sexiest looking men. According to him, he wanted a new look and give the impression of being sexy. Zeal, who used to be called Lazy, changed his name in September last year and has maintained his new name, Zeal. He is well known in his group for keeping his beard well trimmed and short for a very long time. However, in recent times, he has been keeping the beard a little longer, which is giving him a Rick Ross kind of look. On Friday, he caught the attention of media cameras with his looks when he joined other musicians at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra for the launching of MUSIGA’s monthly musical industrial night event. All eyes were on him when he granted interviews and also when he posed for the cameras with fellow musicians Obour, Tic Tac and others. Promzy and Prodigal, the other members of VIP, wer…

Industry Night Ghana Not Copy Cat- Tic Tac

Greater Accra Chairman of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Nana Kwaku Duah, popularly known as Tic Tac, has denied that the union’s newly launched Industry Night Ghana event was derived from the rested Music For Your Dancing Feet programme on TV in the mid 90s. He told NEWS-ONE on Friday evening that MUSIGA’s event would go beyond Music For Your Dancing Feet, though he added that the Industry Night Ghana would also be a TV magazine programme.

“No no, Industry Night Ghana goes beyond that. It is somethin

Bass Awards Calls For Entries

Organizers of the Bass Awards have officially unveiled the various categories for the maiden edition. One would be voted for by the public, and the other by members on the awards committee/board.
The Public Voting Category, the organizers said, “contains a number of award categories that are open to the general public as well as the BASS Awards Committee (Board) – as it was explained during the official launch.” The Industry Voting Category “comes with some of the award categories would be strictly voted for my members of the committee. The major reasons being that, such categories are highly technical categories and or would require only the Board members to cast votes on that explained during the official launch”, it said.  Entry forms for potential applicant(s) in all 10 regions would be released soon. “Demo version songs/content will NOT be accepted,” they advised. “Songs, music videos or content with openly explicit content and or vulgar language will be disqualified as well. “Interes…

2013 AMAA Awards Best Actor Swerves Majid Michel

Ghanaian actor Majid Michel’s hopes of retaining the position of Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in leading role have been dashed, following his failure to secure a nomination for the 2013 edition of the award ceremony.
Majid won Best Actor in lead role category at the 2012 edition of the award after outshining Hollywood names Hakeem Kae Kazim and Chet Anekwe, and other contenders such as Wale Ojo from Nigeria and Karado Lance, Jafta Mamabolo and Menzi Ngubane- all from South Africa. That was Majid’s first AMAA award after he was nominated four times since 2009. Receiving his award on stage that fateful night, Majid promised African movie observes of his return, saying, “I will be back.” “Anytime I am given a platform like this to say something sensible, I never do. But today I’m going to try and say something worthwhile. Great thanks go to God, the crew of the movie, ‘Somewhere in Africa’, 4reez, Louis. I want to thank them for supporting me to bring that character out. I want t…

Prodigal Drops Single With Raquel

Prodigal, a member of award-winning Ghanaian music group VIP, dropped his solo single featuring controversial songstress, Raquel on Thursday. The song, which is titled ‘DJs’ Song’, extolled some of Ghana’s celebrated DJs and their work. The new song is the first of Prodigal’s other singles he will be coming out with in the course of the year. The song was first played on YFM and it enjoyed huge download on the internet after it was officially released. It is the first time a member of VIP has dropped a single, an obvious indication that the group is going through some transformation. Over the past 10 years, VIP has sold over 5 million records, making the group one of the best selling recording artistes in Africa. The group is made up of Zeal (Abdul Hamid Ibrahim), Promzy (Emmanuel Promzy Ababio) and Prodigal (Joseph Nana Ofori). They are described as charismatic trio who have revolutionized the African music industry by creating award-winning compositions that blend High Life, Hip Hop an…

Exopa Auditions Wannabe Models Tomorrow

Recognized modeling agency in Ghana Exopa Modelling Agency will tomorrow, Saturday, March 23 be organizing auditions to select wannabe models for its monthly Exopa New Faces contest. The March edition event is scheduled to take place at the Exopa Burg behind Zenith College in Accra on March 30, the last Saturday of the month. Ahead of the main event is the audition to pick winnable models to partake in the event. The models will then have a week to go through modeling rudiments for the show. The Exopa New Faces contest is a fashion project aimed at providing a platform for wannabe models to hone their talent and also project summer tourism. Models display different designs from miniskirts, bikinis made from African traditional fabrics and office wears. The event celebrates Ghana’s fashion industry and also promotes African fabrics while giving beautiful African ladies, particularly Ghanaians, the necessary training and opportunity to build a career in the modelling industry. Tomorrow’s a…

Actress Ella Mensah Draws Attention To Her Sexy Buttocks

Beautiful Ghanaian actress Ella Mensah has shown off her curves including her arguable sexy buttocks in her latest released photos.
The 25-year-old ‘Crime To Christ’ actress previously showed some wild poses in earlier pictures which were leaked to the media sometime ago. As regards her latest photos, some critics said Ella probably wanted some attention for buttocks so perhaps it could be ranked among the best on Africa movie screens. Ella has undoubtedly and gradually built an image for herself as one of the current untamed sexy figures the industry has ever seen. She is currently rumoured to be dating a popular Nigerian soccer star. She refused to deny or confirm the rumour when NEWS-ONE spoke to her a few weeks ago. “I won’t discuss my relationship in public. My relationship is my secret for now. If I want to make it public, then you will probably be receiving my wedding invitation.” She is currently shooting in Nigeria and reports say thin

EL Serves Waakye At 2013 Waakye Party

Airtel brand icon and award-winning Ghanaian musician EL will be bringing some excitement to the Easter edition of the popular Waakye Party event. EL, who has been named special guest star for the event which is scheduled to take place at the Aviation Social Centre on March 31, will be tasked with other different responsibilities aside performing. He will be serving Waakye as well as interacting with patrons and climax that with a performance of some of his hit songs.
The popular Waakye Party has grown over the years from its infant days when it was known as the Facebook Waakye Party. Since its launch on June 25, 2009 at the forecourt of the Aunty Muni Waakye joint at Labone, the event has now been moved to the Aviation Social Centre. The Easter edition is slated for March 31, 2013 at the Aviation Social Centre. It is proudly sponsored by Airtel and powered by Events Factory. Activities on the day include face painting, inter-community basketball competition, bouncy castles, inflatable,…

Lydia Forson, Ama K, Others Congratulate Yvonne Okoro

Ghanaian movie industry stakeholders have congratulated actress Yvonne Okoro on her Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) nominations.Actresses Lydia Forson, Ama K Abebrese are among a host of stakeholders who made their congratulation messages public. Beautiful Yvonne is the only Ghanaian actor to be nominated for this year’s AMAAs. Her self-produced movie, ‘The Contract’, directed by Shirley Frimpong Manson, had six nominations in the following categories: the ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Director’, ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role’, ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role’, ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Screenplay’, ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Editing’ and ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Production Design.’ Lydia Forson, who witnessed the AMAA nomination party in Malawi, last Friday, tweeted at Yvonne, “Congratulations to @yvonneokoroThe Contract had 6 nominations including Best Actor and Actress in a Lead role and Best Director!” “Kudos to my …

Why I Want To Support Teenage Mothers- Award Winning Costume Designer Mabel Germain

In a bid to give back to society, award-winning Ghanaian costume designer Mabel Germain has embarked on a rescue mission to help teenage mothers. The Mabel Germain Foundation will be providing teen mothers with education, job training, healthcare and counseling as it launchesits programme,‘Child With Child’ during the Easter celebrations. “In Ghana, one among five girls between the ages of 15 and 18 is pregnant or has been pregnant at some point in time. Seventy percent (70%) of these teenagers become mothers who are just not ready for motherhood. “Some of these mothers and their children are vey deprived, but it is also believed behind every dark tunnel is a bright light, and that behind the poverty stricken and deprived lifestyle of these young mothers, they still have skills, talents and knowledge that can be taped for nation building,” Mabel Germain told NEWS-ONE. She and her team will be putting smiles on the faces of these unfortunate teen moms and their babies at the ‘Child With…

Movie Industry Has 207 Job Areas-David Dontoh

Ghanaian movie industry stakeholders are not relenting on their calls to business moguls, banks and governments to give some attention to their industry. They believe giving the industry some serious concentration will not only make it grow and improve the quality of movie production in Ghana but also go a long way to lessen the stress on the national economy. Veteran actors David Dontoh and Akorfa Ejeani Asiedu last week reiterated the call on TV Africa, saying the movie industry had 207 job areas. “The last time we checked, we had about 207 job areas,” David Dontoh said on TV Africa’s business programme hosted by Yvonne Ohui McCarthy. It is one of the reasons they think the movie industry is the best place to invest.Even though David and Akorfa didn’t enumerate the job areas, the movie industry employs actors, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, art directors, makeup artistes, production managers, journalists, accountants, drivers and a host of others. Some other concerns a…

2face & Wife Annie Splash N1.8m On Invites For Dubai White Wedding

After stunning fans with a three-part gold colored, studded invitation card for their traditional wedding which held two weeks ago (March 8), star couple 2face and Annie Idibia have taken it a notch higher with a specially-designed invite for their upcoming grand white wedding holding in Dubai on March 23, 2013.
The invitation is best described as a package containing a black invite card with white and red lettering, a small access tag (no one will be allowed on the yacht where the wedding is holding without the tag) and a travel guide. Everything is contained in an expensive box with chocolate dressing. The invitation package was designed by Karman Invitationers, a Lagos-based crafts company that specializes in items like this. A rep for the company tells (NET) that each IV costs about N9000 and that 200 copies were made. That means the couple doled out about N1.8m for the souvenir. The website further gathered that the IVs took about two to three months t…

Wawa-Aba Academy Awards Postponed

The planning committee for the Wawa-Aba Academy Awards, which aims to identify and reward creative excellence in the arts, has announced a new date for the awards which were previously advertised for March 23.

AMAA Awards 2013 Nominations Out: ‘Yvonne Okoro's Contract Saves Ghana