Who was the big winner at the 15th annual BET Hip Hop Awards? Megan Thee Stallion took home three awards -- hip-hop artist of the year, best collaboration (For "Savage" with Beyonce) and hustler of the year.
Having a parent who has left a great imprint on the music space is a huge burden to carry as an offspring and that is the tight spot celebrated Highlife musician Nana Acheampong of Lumba Brothers fame is probably putting his daughter Gyakie in.
OVER a decade ago, Highlife musician Kofi Nti was one of the acts who enjoyed fame all over the place with songs such as Rakia, Akonta, Atwetan and although he is not hot at the moment he said he was not envious of the new crop of musicians making waves.
In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, Kofi Nti said there was no point in being envious of the new musicians because he had been there before.
“There is no need to be envious of the young musicians because I am not hot now. I have enjoyed my time in the past and the best I can do is to support these young ones.
“Every musician has his/her time so when you are not reigning anymore, the best thing to do is to support the young ones and allow them to also enjoy their time. The likes of Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie will one day not be relevant anymore,” he said.
Kofi Nti disclosed that some of his peers felt bad that they were not making hits anymore and hatred for the young ones, which should not be the case.
“When I started my music career, I saw musicians who were very famous but during my time, with the likes of Ofori Amponsah and the late Kofi B, they were nowhere to be found.
“The issue is that Ghanaians always want to hear from new musicians so they forget about the old ones and that has always been the case. There are very few musicians, such as Daddy Lumba, the Kojo Antwi and Amakye Dede, who are still famous even now,” he said.
The Odo Nwom hitmaker commended the likes of Kuami Eugene, King Promise, KiDi and Bless for holding up Highlife music. He added that he was ready to work with young talented musicians.
“These young guys are doing so well and they must be commended for their effort. It is not easy to make a hit song but these young guys are on top of their game, they are churning out great songs and I love them for that,” he said.
Kofi Nti also indicated that he was almost done with his album until coronavirus came to turn everything on its head.
“Just when I was ready to give my fans and Ghanaians a taste of my new album, coronavirus set in and destroyed everything. I have decided to start promoting the album hopefully next year. By then coronavirus would have gone down,” he stated.
MEDIA personality Deloris Frimpong-Manso, popularly known as Delay, says being honoured at the Ghana Outstanding Women’s Awards (GOWA) is a challenge for her to do more.
Delay was crowned the topmost Outstanding Woman of The Year at the GOWA at a ceremony which came off at the Alisa Hotel Last Friday, October 16, 2020.
She also won the Television Personality of The Year award at the event which was attended by personalities across fields such as media, entertainment, medicine, sports, among others.
Speaking in a post-event interview with Graphic Showbiz, an excited Delay said she was overwhelmed and humbled at the same time.
“I am really overwhelmed and humbled. At the same time it is a big challenge for me because it felt like I was doing the same thing over and over again, but this has rekindled my energy.
“I have been doing a few things with The Delay Foundation but these awards challenge me to do more. They have rejuvenated me and spurred me on. I was given the awards because I have been outstanding so I have to ensure that I leave no stone unturned going forward,” she said.
Asked what might have won her the awards, this is what Delay had to say: “I have been running The Delay Show on television for the past 13 years and I double as the executive producer. Again, I am running other businesses with brands built from scratch and I supply nationwide.
“Talk of Delay Sardines, Delay Mackerel, Delay Tomato Paste and Delay Spaghetti. These are brands that were not in existence, I built them from scratch. I dreamt them, birthed them and nurtured them and they are now household brands. You can find them at the provision shop near your house and you can find them at Game.
“Being relevant after 13 years on television, building all these brands and making them household names nationwide and still making time for public speaking to encourage other women certainly make me outstanding. I am doing a lot of things at the same time and staying on top of them, so I am a Jack of all trades and master of all,” she stated.
Delay also hinted that she had two new brands coming up soon. “I have a food brand and a household brand coming very soon so everyone should look out for them.
“I am trying to venture into new territories so the Ghanaian consumer should be able to see me on television and feel me at home as well. Television is abstract but the products are tangible. I will also do more humanitarian work with my foundation,” she added.
Delay had some advice for the youth, saying: “I always say that there is no elevator to success. You have to use the staircase. People see all this glamour on social media and they are blinded.”
She concluded: “There is no easy way. I had to work for 13 years before being recognised. I didn’t start just yesterday. It is by dint of hard work, so you have to get into the gutter and dirty yourself.”
HE came to attention for his hilarious rendition of worldwide hit song Jerusalema and comedian Nathaniel Mensah, popularly known as Ajeezay, has revealed he draws inspiration from the late Bishop Bob Okalla.
For over a week, our neighbour Nigeria has been experiencing a wave of protests with many people, mostly the youth, taking to the streets to protest brutalities by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the country’s police force.
The protests, which started on social media, spilled onto the streets with protests breaking out in several cities and towns and protesters demanding an end to SARS.
Although the government announced that it had disbanded the squad, the announcement of the creation of a new unit – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) - was met with even more protests as the demonstrators believed it was more of the same.
The hashtag ENDSARS has been a leading trend on social media and has garnered support from personalities, and after the bloody happenings on Tuesday in which some protesters were killed, the outcry has increased.
While Ghana has a friendly rivalry with Nigeria, there is also a deep love between the people of both countries and since the protests started, many people have shown their support.
Our celebrities have not been left out of the protests on social media and have been very active.
Actress Nadia Buari posted on her Instagram page; "Nigeria is bleeding!💔 @cnn @cnnafrica @bbcnews @bbcafrica @aljazeeraenglish @unitednations"
Actress Gloria Sarfo also posted; "Dear Africa, Please lend me your ears, Let us respect and regard each other as humans🙏🏿 Let us treat each other equally🙏🏿 Let us feel the pains of our fellow humans, regardless the tribe, race, color, religion, beliefs, or country🙏🏿 Let's TOLERATE each other🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 If God has put you in a position of responsibility, be it a teacher, wife, husband, father, mother, chief, manager, pastor, singer, actor, nurse, Doctor, security expert, etc, it is not merely to THRIVE but for a PURPOSE👌💯 And that is; to FIGHT for the GOOD of OTHERS and bring SMILES on faces of people who are DISPIRITED🤦♀️🙈😭🙏🏿 Yes, we're all accountable👌💯💯💯 Africa is a BEAUTIFUL and POWERFUL continent💪🌟💪 Let's change the narrative, and BUILD AFRICA TOGETHER POSITIVELY and be proud we did💪💪💪 Good Morning Africa, #ItIsWell🙏🏿 #GodSaveNigeria #GodSaveAfrica🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿"
Lawyer Sandia Ankobiah also posted; "So sorry Nigeria 💔🙏🏽 They are peacefully protesting against violence and you are using the same violence to respond to them??! Is it really that difficult to get the police to stop killing the people??!"
Actress/producer Yvonne Nelson also added her voice with a post on Instagram, she wrote; HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH! The world is watching!! Look Nigeria’s way 🇳🇬🇳🇬💔💔 @humanrightswatch #ecowas #africanunion
Media personality Berla Mundi wrote: "Nigeria’s government has failed to protect its people 💔💔 How you open fire on unarmed civilians leaves me befuddled!!
Dear @NAkufoAddo, time to wear your hat as #ECOWASCHAIRMAN and step in please!!!! #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW"
Actress Lydia Forson also wrote on her wall; "At this point, it’s beyond SARS or Nigeria and I know a lot of you can feel it. People all over are tired!! They’re tired of being taken advantage of, tired of not being heard, tired of the injustices. Just TIRED!! And before you come at me with the “what about your own”; know that recognizing another’s pain & suffering doesn’t negate your own. #nigerianlivesmatter #congoisbleeding #togo #sudan #ghana even those I’ve missed you matter"
Actor Van Vicker posted on his Instagram page; "Empathy in any form is comforting. Where are the African leaders? Nigeria is under fire. We cannot look on unperturbed. AFRICAN LEADERS, SAY SOMETHING. #oau #ecowas #nanaakuaaddo #nigeria #endsarsnow"
Actor Prince David Osei also wrote; "Nigeria 🇳🇬🇳🇬 why?💔💔 African Leaders Speak Now!! Killing of innocent souls is a No No No.. . Nigerian police stop the brutality, stop the killings 💔💔.. Pray for Nigeria 🇳🇬 #endsars#endpolicebrutality"
On Stonebwoy’s page he posted; "You Are The One To Make Life Easy Same You A Make It Harder. After Every Body Mash Up (Killed) And there’s No where To Scatter. Tell Me Where We Gonna Run Go After Making Our MotherLand Africa A bitter Place To Live.. AU And ECOWAS Please Step in.. #iStandWithNigeria🇳🇬 #EndPoliceBrutality #AfricaMustWiseUp🌍 #1People1Love❤️🇳🇬"
On KiDi’s page, he wrote; "God grant you strength to carry on 🇳🇬💔 We are with you 🙏🏼"
The reigning VGMA Artiste of The Year, Kuami Eugene posted; "We Feel Your Pain. And We’re In This Together. #PrayForNigeria 🙏🏾 #policebrutality"
Comedian/actor Funny Face is thanking God for his life after going through some serious challenges which he says could have ended his life.
Earlier this year, Funny Face's antics and statements on social media raised concerns among his fans and followers and he later revealed that he had been suffering from depression.
“Where I got to with my depression was so serious that I could have died if not for God. Everyone I thought could help me turned their backs on me and I felt I was alone in this world.
"It took the intervention of God for me to come back again. Now I am doing great and it is all the doing of God,” he told Graphic Showbiz recently.
According to Funny Face, he is completely healed and although some people may believe he is not well, he is doing fine.
“Someone who is not well can’t be speaking this way and acting normal like I am doing now. Those who saw me when I was going through my depression saw a different Funny Face. I am fine now and I pray I won’t go back to where I was again,” he said.
Asked what he has been up to while recovering, Funny Face said he had a lot of things he was working on including trying to bring back his Cow and Chicken series which has been off the screens for a while.
“I couldn’t continue with Cow and Chicken due to what I was going through but I am trying hard to bring it back,” he said.
He also stated that he would be putting up a one-man stand-up show to let Ghanaians in on what actually happened to him.
“I believe it will be right for me to tell Ghanaians what happened to me through stand up comedy. I am planning the date and the time for the show but it will surely be this year.
"I am going all out to tell Ghanaians deep secrets about me and the kind of things that I went through. I believe I can impact some life’s with my story,” he said.
This year Funny Face, real name Benson Nana Yaw Oduro, fell out with his actor friends Bismark The Joke, Kalybos (Richard Asante), and Lilwin (Kwadwo Nkansah), calling them out on social media, describing them as hypocrites and threatening to expose their secrets.
He accused Lilwin of scheming and making him lose out on big deals and when they met on United Showbiz on UTV some weeks ago, things nearly turned physical and it took the intervention of the panel and host Nana Ama McBrown to get them to smoke the peace pipe.