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[PHOTOS] GMB queens gear up for real business with a trip to Bojo Beach Resort

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With the judges finally making a decision on their choices for the final 10 who are expected to represent their regions in the 2017 edition of Ghana’s Most Beautiful, the fun seems to have started quite early for the ladies.

The ten selected girls were moved straight to the Bojo Beach Resort on Friday August 4 after the final round of audition which saw the number pruned from 23 to 10 to make way for the final contestants to begin the real work.

The ladies were camped at the Bojo Beach Resort for three days, a move designed to foster unity amongst them ahead of what could be one of the most demanding tests they may have ever encountered.

The 10 selected contestants will embark on their regional durbars starting from Wednesday August 9 2017.

As the catchphrase for this year’s competition ‘Straight Outta Ghana’ suggests, Ghanaian ladies in the diaspora were also given the opportunity to contest by auditioning via Skype.

This year’s competition will see the winner taking home a brand new crown after last season’s winner Yaba won the crown for good, following ten years of the show’s inception.

By Nana Afrane Asante/

‘Delay edited my interview to make me look bad and ungrateful’ — Joyce Blessing

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Gospel musician Joyce Blessing says her interview on the Delay Show was edited to make her look bad and ungrateful towards her ex manager Kwasi Ernest

In an interview on Kumasi-based radio station, “Hello FM”, the “Boot 4 Boot” songstress claimed that her much-talked-about interview was edited to make her look bad and ungrateful.

She also said questions and comments by Delay were rude and contemptuous.

Revealing what happened on the set of the interview, Joyce said Delay and her husband, Dave Joy, had a fight, as he could no longer take the grand piss of Delay.

She further said he also threatened to halt the interview at some point.


Lilwin’s Wife Angrily Brushes Off Reports Of His Death – ‘Kwadwo Is Not Even In Ghana’

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The wife of Kumawood star Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin, Patricia Afriyie, has angrily debunked reports of the actor’s death.

A story seemed to have floated around social media a few days ago claiming Lilwin had died after being involved in an accident.

The story claimed a car struck Lilwin’s around the popular resort Linda Dor on the Accra-Kumasi road, killing him.

However, contacted over the story, Afriyie brushed off the rumour with exasperation.

“My husband is not dead, I don’t know how this whole thing started, Kwadwo is not even in Ghana, he is outside the country.” she said.

“I heard the rumour yesterday so I called his number and we had a long chat…he’s fine.”

The management of the actor/singer has already tackled the story, denying it and threatening legal action against whoever wrote it

Gyan meets 11-year-old Syrian refugee who lost 8 friends in bomb attack

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Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan went to a barbering shop in Turkey to shave his hair and a conversation with the workers developed into an emotional one after an 11-year-old Hussein who works at the barbering shop disclosed to him how he lost eight friends including his best pal, Mohammed when playing a game in Mosul, Syria.

Hussein used to live in Mosul, Syria with his family of eight but relocated to Turkey after a bomb attack in their community.

Asamoah Gyan was touched by the story of the young Syrian refugee and also shared how he had to go through difficult moments getting to the top in his football career.

The 31-year-old offered a piece of advice to Husein, telling him to take his studies seriously.

Asamoah Gyan has helped in several philanthropical works in his home country, Ghana, having spent over GHC 2 million cedis in community and social intervention programmes.

The Syrian refuse might be the next in line to benefit from the generosity of Gyan.


[Video] Ken Ofori-Atta ‘greatest motivator’ to Keli Gadzekpo

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The CEO of Enterprise Group Ltd, Keli Gadzekpo, has described Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta as his greatest motivator in his success story.

He said this on TV3’s award-winning business programme Time With the Captains on Monday, July 31.

Time With the Captains is a monthly business programme that seeks to mentor and inspire the youth, especially business students from selected universities across the country, by giving them an opportunity to interact with business leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs and captains of industry.

When asked who his inspiration or motivator was by the host, Paa Kwesi Asare, Mr Gadzekpo replied saying the current finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta is the one.

Watch the video below:


By Nana Afrane Asante||Ghana


Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy can’t give me tough time – Samini

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“Time bomb” hit maker Emmanuel Andrews Samini known in showbiz as Samini has revealed that, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy and other reigning dancehall acts do not give him tough time, hence he is not intimidated by their presence.

Answering a question posed by Akwesi Aboagye on Peace Fm on whether he (Samini) agrees with people who opine that his career is slowly dying after his beef with Shatta Wale ended, Samini said

“I don’t agree with those who say my career is dying, I believe whatever result I had during my beef with Shatta Wale was supposed to happen, I just make sure I do the best for my fans that wait patiently for me to bring them the quality music am known for”

Pushed further more Samini stated that “Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy cannot give me tough time “

“I’m not moved and intimidated by the presence of an art like Stonebwoy that I put out his first album “

The climax of the interview was when Samini dared Akwesi Aboagye to mention his top five dancehall arts in Ghana and see if he (Akwesi Aboagye ) could omit he (Samini) from the list.

“Bra Kwesi I can dare you, you can’t list your top five dancehall artists in Ghana without including my name ,looking at the people I started with in 2001 till date, none of them is still relevant like I do , this should tell you how far we have come” Samini stated.

Samini ended that, “I know dancehall artist who made hit in 2003, vanished and came back in 2013, but I have remained relevant till now”.

Pushed by Akwasi Aboagye to mention names, Samini told Akwasi Aboagye to go and research giving him a clue that , the individual he (Samini) is referring to is in the dancehall field.



Keli Gadzekpo lauds Ghana’s education system as regards entrepreneurship

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The CEO of Enterprise Group Ltd, Keli Gadzekpo, has described the Ghanaian school system as a great tool for entrepreneurship.

He said this on TV3’s award-winning business programme Time With the Captains on Monday, July 31.

Time With the Captains is a monthly business programme that seeks to mentor and inspire the youth, especially business students from selected universities across the country, by giving them an opportunity to interact with business leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs and captains of industry.

The programme hopes to imbibe in the youth the spirit of entrepreneurship by giving them an opportunity to hear the success stories of successful men; their failures and opportunities so as to encourage them to aspire higher and build their own businesses.

Keli Gadzekpo, who is the Co-founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of Databank Financial Services with over 15 years of experience in investment banking, shared his experience and expertise from the financial world with students from some tertiary institutions and some start-up business owners who were present.

He touched on issues such as employment.

By the time you go through the school system in Ghana, he attested, then you are a “special something” and you really don’t need anyone.

He also advised graduates  not to wait to get that job but to go out there and know that they have what  95 per cent  of people do not have, so should rather find a way of monetizing it don’t have it.

Mr Gadzekpo also gave an account of his return to Ghana and how he started his business advising the audience on which steps to take.

When asked if he had a role model, he described Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta as one he took inspiration from, saying he is a good friend.

Since co-founding Databank, he has contributed to the development of the capital market and the stock exchange in Ghana through his oversight of Databank Brokerage Limited.

He also bemoaned the limited involvement of Ghanaians within the business sector, stating that he would love to see them getting involved a lot more.


The Enterprise CEO singled out passion as the number one weapon in trying to start up a business because he believes when you have passion, the sacrifices that you make may leave you not to want to borrow.

Mr. Gadzekpo holds a BSc in Accounting from the Brigham Young University and is a CPA from the USA. He is also a Mason Fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. where he earned a Masters degree in Public Administration.

By Nana Afrane Asante||Ghana

Davido was detained in Tamale, asked to refund concert fee – D Black

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Ghanaian rapper D-Black has revealed that popular Nigerian musician Davido wasn’t allowed to leave Tamale because a promoter claimed he owed him and had to refund his money.

Controversial artiste Wanlov in 2016 made headlines in a lyrical battle with D-Black in which he claimed D-Black had duped Davido during a concert in Tamale.

Clarifying the issue on live Facebook chat, D-Black denied duping the ‘If’ hitmaker by giving a background on what really transpired on the night.

“It was a weekend show but Davido had left Nigeria to London and said he was going to come to Ghana after London.

“But, on the day he was supposed to leave, he called me and said he left his Nigerian passport back in Nigeria so he can’t make it to Ghana.

“He asked me to talk to the promoter so; we postponed the show to two weeks after.

“But, mind you, that’s not ‘Sala’ anymore – the festival was over,” he added.

“Davido came two weeks later and it was hectic getting to Tamale and when we got to Tamale, the promoter had booked the stadium and was expecting 30,000 people.

“Now, when we got to the show, only half that number showed up so after the show, around 3 am, the promoter went to Davido and asked him to refund all his money.”

According to D Black, it became a long argument and the promoter cancelled all the flights back to Accra and insisted he won’t let Davido leave until he gets all his money back but said they never really spoke about it.

By Nana Afrane Asante||Ghana


Burglars steal £400,000 worth of jewellry and handbags from John Terry’s £5million Surrey mansion

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Burglars stole an ‘eye watering’ £400,000 worth of designer bags and jewellery from former England captain John Terry’s mansion after he posted a picture of himself enjoying a ski trip on Instagram.

The footballer, who now captains Championship side Aston Villa, posed for pictures on the slopes of the French Alps with his wife Toni, 35, boasting to his 3.4million followers on the social media site that he was having a ‘great few days away skiing with the family’.
But while the couple happily shared photos and videos of their lavish holiday, they didn’t realise the posts had attracted the attention of a ruthless gang of prolific burglars, who broke into their £5million mansion in Oxshott, Surrey, and spent hours ransacking the property, swiping designer handbags worth £126,000 and rare signed first edition Harry Potter books valued at £18,000.

Knowing that no one was home, the audacious gang took their time strolling around his property armed with axes. They spent 45 minutes plundering the master bedroom before returning later that night to break into a safe.

On Thursday, Kingston Crown Court heard how an ‘eye watering’ collection of designer jewellery and handbags were looted from the ‘vast’ collection of Mrs Terry, who loves designer handbags so much that her 36-year-old husband had a handbag shaped cake made for her birthday last year, which she proudly shared on Instagram.

The raiders discovered that the footballer’s wife had so many handbags, they were unable to carry them all and instead plumped only for the 28 most valuable items including a £42,000 snakeskin Hermes bag, Chanel bags worth £8,000 and others from Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.

Details of the raid on February 25 this year emerged for the first time yesterday.

The gang responsible now face years behind bars for burgling the former Chelsea captain and also carrying out a string of other raids on millionaires’ homes in the stockbroker belt which netted them a total of £600,000.

Rossano Scamardella, prosecuting, said: ‘The burglaries were carefully planned and were carried out with ruthless efficiency.
‘The deliberate targeting of expensive homes, guaranteed that once access had been gained, the items found within, would be sought-after luxury goods.

‘The most high-profile and best example of this, was the burglary of former England football captain, John Terry’s, home address.

‘The whole family was enjoying a short break abroad, skiing.

‘At the time Mr Terry made the mistake of posting a photograph of himself and his family on the social media platform, Instagram.

‘Revealing as it must have done to anyone who saw it, that their house was empty

Handbags to the value of £126,000, were stolen including Louis Vuitton and Chanel as well as other brands.

‘One snake skin handbag was valued at £42,000. There was a number of handbags left behind so quite a vast collection.

‘The total value of items stolen was £380,000. The total for damage was more than £19,000.’

At a previous hearing Darren Eastaugh, 30, Joshua Sumer, 27, Roy Head, 28, and 25-year-old Oliver Hart pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary between February 1 and March 27 this year.

The conspiracy involved seven burglaries across Surrey and Sussex earlier this year, with a total lost from all of them was £600,000.

A fifth man Kye Hardy-King, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of handling stolen goods when some of the stolen property was found at his home

None of the items taken during the Terry raid have ever been recovered.

Other victims targeted included multi-millionaire trailer home businessmen Alfie Best, known as the ‘gypsy king’ who had nearly £150,000 worth of luxury goods stolen weeks after the raid on Mr Terry’s home.

Mr Best was born into a Romany gypsy family and made his millions from a luxury trailer home business and his property empire.

He recently appeared in the Channel 4 series ‘How’d you get so rich?’ where he discussed his £250million fortune and how he spends it.

The court was told Eastaugh, Hart, Head and Sumer all have a string of previous convictions stretching back 10 years.

The defendants were identified from the CCTV at the footballer’s house as well as footage from a nearby petrol garage and cell site data from their mobile phones which placed all of them in the area at the time.

All five are due to be sentenced tomorrow.