YOLO star Odenkyem makes finals of African Monologue challenge in Uganda

Fast-rising Ghanaian actor Delove Augustt, popularly known as Odenkyem, has made it into the grand finale of the African Monologue Challenge to be held in Uganda.

Odenkyem, who starred in the popular Ghanaian TV series You Only Live Once (YOLO) seasons five and six, is making great strides in his early acting career and had made the 10-man shortlist for the African Monologue Challenge, led by MK Casting.

The challenge, under the theme ‘Uniting Africa through its Creative Economy’, brings together some of Africa’s finest young actors and actresses to showcase their talent.

The challenge started with an initial pool of 2000+ monologue submissions. Out of the 2000 entries, there were only 50 shortlisted finalists, which included the young Ghanaian acting prodigy.

The 50 shortlisted finalists showcased their talents and skills through various monologues. and biweekly evictions, which were judged by a panel of professional filmmakers and casting directors from Africa, Europe, and America.

After several weeks
of evictions, Delove Augustt made it to the finals of the competition.

The grand finale would be held in Uganda in May, and the winner gets to be cast as a lead character in a pan-African film.?

Odenkyem is the only Ghanaian to make it to the top 10 and looks to his motherland proud by bringing home the crown.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GSPD cautions Shatta Wale – Mocking disability is an offense

The Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) has cautioned Shatta Wale, a Ghanaian musician, to desist from using a person’s disability to mock him.

A statement issued by the GSPD and signed by Mr Matthew Annor Kodom, National President, said his organisation had seen a video circulating on social media where Shatta Wale mocks Stonebouy, his colleague musician with disability.

In the said video, Shatta Wale said, ‘You are a bad person that is why God made you a disabled person, you are a disabled person don’t try and fight an able person.’

The GSPD said by the statement Shatta Wale was trying to say that God made all persons with disabilities that way because they were bad.

The statement said: ‘We want to remind Shatta Wale that a section of his own fans are persons with disabilities.’

It said the GSPD took exception to this statement and asked Shatta Wale to retract the statement, remove the video from social media and apologise to all persons with disability and all Ghanaians.

The GSPD reiterat
ed that being a person with disability did not mean ‘you are cursed, or God is punishing you.’

Referencing the Disability Act 715, the GSPD said, using a person’s disability to mock him or her or making derogatory remarks about a person’s disability is a punishable offence.

The statement said such primitive utterance should not have come from a high-profile personality like Shatta Wale, condemning the act as highly irresponsible.

The GSPD advised the public to embrace persons with disabilities and be empathetic towards them. ‘Disability does not mean a person is cursed or is being punished by God,’ it reiterated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Get Kudus Ghanaian decorated stool to use for his goal celebrations – GTA told

Ghanaian entertainment pundit Ms Vida Adutwumwaa Boateng has called on the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) to send Black Stars’ midfielder Mohammed Kudus a traditional stool for his goal celebrations.

In a video shared on her TikTok handle on April 1, 2024, Ms Adutwumwaa Boateng suggested to GTA to send a decorated stool or chair as a prop for Kudus to use to celebrate his goals for his football club, West Ham United.

‘Ghana Tourism Authority, get a stool or chair or something and decorate it with patriotic and cultural symbols and send it to Kudus. Anytime he scores, someone can bring it out for him to sit on,’ she suggested.

This, she said, would spark interest from the international media and eventually boost the tourism sector of the country.

‘Do you know the number of times that stool would be promoted by the international media and how it would promote our local tourism?

‘I am pleading with you, get Kudus a befitting stool, and I bet it’s going to be the most talked-about stool in Ghana after the Gol
den Stool’, she said

The 23-year-old West Ham forward, aside from his notable goal contributions for his team this season has gained attention for his creative goal celebrations, including crossing his arms and sitting on advertising boards.

His latest celebrations involved attempts to ‘borrow’ a stool from a steward and sit on it, symbolising the posture of a king.

However, during the Saturday, March 30 match against Newcastle United, Kudus encountered resistance from one of the ball boys when he attempted to execute his celebration after scoring West Ham’s second goal of the game.

Despite Kudus’ request, the ball boy refused to relinquish his stool, compelling the footballer and his teammates to sit on an advertising board.

Ms Vida Adutwumwaa’s comments come on the back of efforts by the government of Ghana and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to boost tourism in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Article Wan joins Buz Stop Boys for massive clean-up exercise in Accra

Multiple award-winning artiste?Article?Wan?joined the ‘Buz Stop Boys,’ a group of sanitation volunteers, to clean up some chocked gutters in Dzorwulu, Accra.

The sensational musician Article Wan took time out of his busy schedule to throw his support to Buz Stop Boys, who over the past months spearheaded community mobilisation and youth development initiatives through sanitation.

The group of youth volunteers rose to social media fame by cleaning various local communities and have received massive commendation for their efforts to keep Accra clean.

It was a long day for Article Wan and the Buz Stop Boys as they cleared sand-choked gutters at the Dzorwulu Footbridge with bypassers appreciating their works.

Speaking on the sidelines of the clean-up exercise, Article Wan mentioned the need for the youth to be part of the change we need in the country and contribute their quota towards national development.

According to the ‘Solo’ hitmaker, his motivation for partaking in this exercise was rooted in his expe
rience around the world and how the energetic youthful population could be used as a catalyst for development in Ghana and Africa as a whole.?

He added that issues of sanitation were not a blame game, urging the youth to contribute to clearing the streets for a healthy life for all.

The award-winning musician shared his passion for sanitation and waste management education as his contribution towards national development. As a result, he was using this opportunity as a platform to begin his sanitation and waste management awareness programme initiative in Ghana.

Article Wan becomes the first musician to support the ‘Buz Stop Boys’ sanitation initiative, setting the pace for other artistes to join forces to mitigate sanitation issues in the country.

Source:Ghana News Agency

ATL sends fashion brand from Volta to Miss World stage

VVIO Couture, a fashion brand based in the Volta Regional Capital, Ho, grasped the opportunity to join the lineup of designers that showcased at the 2024 Miss World Contesy in Mumbai, India.

Ghana was among 120 beauty Queens representing countries from around the world in the pageant held on March 9.

Ms Pulcherie Nyuiemedi Ahoomey-Zunu, who owns VIVO Couture, found herself among three talented dressmakers that adorned Mariam Xorlasi, Ghana’s Beauty Queen, who won the 2023 Miss Ghana Contest.

The young fashion designer is a product of the Ho Technical University and won the job through fabric manufacturer Akosombo Textiles Limited (ATL), which is a long-time sponsor of Ghana’s beauty queens.

The textile company met the fashion brand at the 2023 Volta Trade and Investment Fair, which was organised by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) in Ho, and she took part in a fashion show held there by the cloth manufacturer.

She produced five high craft full pieces in two days for the Ghana Queen and told the
Ghana News Agency that it was beyond dreams to see her products mount the highest stage for beauty pageantry.

Her works featured prominently in official catalogues and publications of the event and caught the attention of many.

‘That Friday afternoon I received a call, and it was Miss Ghana, she told me she was going for Miss World and that I was part of the designers that was making her outfit for the event. And she told me that ATL insisted that I have to sow for her.’

The designer spoke of what it felt like crafting for the world stage, saying she had to ransack her entire store of ideas and skills.

‘I was supposed to produce eight out of nine designs but because it was two days work, I took five,’ she said.

‘For the ideas, I had some designs in my drawing book so that helped me a lot and I didn’t have to think much. But there were new designs that I hadn’t tried before.’

‘The challenge was that the design took time more than I was thinking. One I thought would take two hours ended up taking more tha
n seven hours to complete

because of the patterns. The duration was very short as they were outstanding outfits, which the whole world would see, so I had to take my time and do the right thing.’

Ms Ahoomey-Zunu had been in the fashion industry in the Volta Region for sometime, and about a year ago organised one of the biggest outdoor fashion shows in Ho.

The show had high patronage, she said, and that clients had a knack for perfection, but the challenge remained the lack of collaboration among the various brands in promoting the sprawling industry.

‘Everybody here wants the work to be perfect and they are ready to patronise and so the fashion industry is growing fast here.’

‘Just that when it is time for collaboration such as fashion shows, designers don’t want to come out to showcase their work and that’s the only challenge we can talk about. But we are many doing well in the Region’.

She encouraged her colleague designers to showcase the work of their dreams.

‘We should not only sit down and sow. W
e have so much hiding inside us to show the world so let’s come out with our ideas’.

Mr Sam Arday, the Marketing Manager of ATL, said the achievement stemmed from the Company’s decades-long attachment to the beauty pageant, and that the brand’s elevation helped market the burgeoning fashion industry in the Volta Region.

‘We have been supporting the national beauty contest since it begun in the 1960s and anytime the Queen is going to the Miss World, we provide her fabrics.’

‘This time we decided to move to another level, so we selected three designers who featured in our shows, and we picked one from the Volta Region and two from Kumasi.’

He commended the organisers of the Volta Fair for providing the platform for young entrepreneurs in the Region and said ATL was planning some fashion shows and events as part of initiatives to support the industry.

‘We want to encourage more people for the fashion industry. We want to see it improve and enhance the patronage of the made-in- Ghana concept, and so we are e
ncouraging people to go into it,’ Mr Arday said.

Mr Dela Gadzanku, Chairman of the AGI for Eastern, Volta and Oti, was elated the Volta Fair, in its sixth edition, birthed such recognition for local entrepreneurs, and gave the assurance that the association would continue to work with stakeholders to expand avenues for more opportunities.

Source:Ghana News Agency

Ghana to host Inaugural West Africa Music & Arts Festival

Ghana is set to make history as an important destination for hosting major events with the upcoming inaugural West Africa Music and Arts Festival in Accra.

This groundbreaking event, the first of its kind in the region, would span four days, starting at the iconic Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024 coinciding with the official Juneteenth celebration in Ghana.

The festival is not only a vibrant music industry conference aimed at bringing industry players together and educating the masses, but also a celebration of the rich cultural heritage and artistic diversity of West Africa.

It would provide a platform to showcase and educate on all things related to the music industry. From electrifying performances by renowned artistes to interactive workshops, master classes, and captivating arts installations.

Jasmine Young, co-founder of the festival said, ‘I am thrilled to launch this groundbreaking event in Accra, Ghana. Our festival was birthed from the ideology of strengthening the con
nectivity of the diasporas and continuing the work of educating the masses about the Music and Entertainment Industries.

‘This festival literally celebrates the vibrant cultural tapestry of West Africa and what it means to the world. In addition to energetic and interactive panels and master classes, we are showcasing the region’s rich musical heritage and artistic talent.

‘Through music, arts, and community, we aim to foster unity, diversity, and creativity globally. This festival is not just about entertainment; it’s about creating meaningful connections and inspiring positive change.

‘We invite everyone to join us in Accra for an unforgettable celebration of music, arts, and culture that will resonate far beyond the festival grounds.’

As Ghana takes center stage in hosting this festival, attendees can look forward to a diverse lineup of performances encompassing various genres like Afrobeat, Highlife, Hip Hop, and more.

Furthermore, engaging with Music and Entertainment industry professionals worldw
ide, participating in insightful panel discussions, and discovering emerging talent from across the continent are all part of the festival experience.

‘This festival is more than just a celebration of music and arts; it’s a celebration of our shared heritage and identity as West Africans and the entire African Diaspora.

‘It’s an opportunity to spotlight the astonishing talent and creativity within our shared culture and connect with audiences from Ghana and beyond,’ stated Annabelle McKenzie, the Director of the Beyond The Return Secretariat.

Mr Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority added, ‘We are proud to support the West Africa Music and Arts Festival. This festival not only celebrates our vibrant music and arts scene but also promotes tourism and economic development in our region.

‘We eagerly anticipate welcoming visitors from near and far to immerse themselves in the beauty and creativity of Ghana.’

Source: Ghana News Agency