TWENTY years ago, precisely February 24, 1998, Graphic Showbiz, a new product emerged from the stables of the Graphic Communications Group Ltd(GCGL).
With the late Mr Lee Accorley(Uncle Lee) as editor, Graphic Showbiz was conceived to cater for everything arts and entertainment—music, film, fine arts, dance, theatre, fashion, beauty pageant, TV and radio, hospitality, tourism among others.
These ladies from Graphic Showbiz are from right Jayne Buckman-Owoo, Gifty Owusu-Amoah and Delali Sika
And for the past 240 months of existence, Graphic Showbiz has grown to become not just an authoritative and leading arts and entertainment newspaper but the only surviving one on the market.
To mark its twentieth milestone of the brand, a cocktail party was held at the headquarters of Graphic Communications Group Ltd at Adabraka today(19:10:2018).
Team Graphic Sports cutting their cake
The occasion also marked the 33rd anniversary of Graphic Sports and the 68th birthday of the company’s flagship newspaper, Daily Graphic.
As expected, it was an atmosphere of joy and excitement at the cocktail party which had in attendance Chairman of the Editorial Committee of the Board of GCGL, Madam Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, Acting Managing Director of GCGL, Ransford Tetteh, Acting Director of Newspapers, Mrs Mavis Kitcher and Acting Editor of Daily Graphic, Kingsley Inkoom.
The rest are Mr Maurice Quansah, Ag Editor, Graphic Sports, Ms Adwoa Serwaa Bonsu, Editor, Graphic Showbiz, Mr Theophilus Yartey, Editor Graphic Business, Mr Franklin Sowa, Director Marketing, heads of various departments,members of staff among others.
From left Ms Ajoa Yeboa-Afari, Mr Ransford Tetteh, Mrs Mavis Kitcher amd Mary Mensah
Ms Bonsu, Editor of Graphic Showbiz congratulated her team and contributors for their hard work and called on all to support the brand to keep growing and remain at the top.
In a brief statement, Mr Tetteh mentioned that it was important for workers of GCGL to be proud for being part of leading newspaper company in the country.
He congratulated the various brands for the successes and urged workers to work harder to fulfil the company’s mission and vision.
Similar sentiment were expressed by Mr Inkoom and Mrs Kitcher when they took their turns to congratulate workers on the successes as well as challenges of the organisation.
Madam Ajoa Yeboah-Afari’s congratulatory message was brief but well intended to send a message that the Board expected more from the workers.
However, the evening was not just about speeches but a time for members of staff to nibble on small chops, drink and dance after decades of working hard to make the various newspapers a leading brand in their respective markets.
It's chop time
With music booming from the speakers in the car park which had been transformed to suit the ocassion, members of staff enjoyed finger foods and danced into the night to old skuul music and songs from Daddy Lumba, Tiwa Savage, KiDi, Shatta Wale, Castro, Kuami Eugene among others.
Graphic Showbiz is the fourth oldest newspaper brand of GCGL after Daily Graphic, The Mirror and Graphic Sports.
Mr Lee Accorley was its first editor. He was succeeded by Nanabanyin Dadson who retired in May 2015. The current editor is Ms Adwoa Serwaa Bonsu.
Delali Sika with David Aryeetey(left) of the Design Dept
Linda Safoa Antwi(left) of Graphic Showbiz