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Footballers are great people but I can’t marry one – GMB’s Badu

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As bubbly and determined as she is, Dora Badu Acheampong is almost always all smiles and that has gained her the admiration of many, hence the name Badu Smiley she uses on Instagram.

A finalist of the TV3’s 2016 Ghana’s Most Beautiful, Badu, as she is popularly called, has been involved in lots of creative endeavours such as poetry, acting and dancing.

She kicked off her career as a broadcast journalist with Peace FM, Adom FM (host of ‘Peteemu’), Thunder TV (host of TV Clinic/Apomuden mr3) and with Business and Labour Guide newspaper.

Badu is currently with TV3 as sports journalist and also an ambassador for GTP and Diamond Baby Diapers.

She (DBA) got up close with 3news.com‘s Nana Afrane Asante (NA) and below is what ensued between them:

NA: What is your beauty secret?

DBA: There’s nothing that makes a woman beautiful than wearing a SMILE.

NA: What are you currently following in the fashion industry?

DBA: Brands and news

NA: Who are some of your favourite designers, fashion writers, stylists, photographers?

DBA: Nana Kwame, Photography, Shidee Originals, Lyran collections.

Badu interviews former Black Stars and Bayern Munich defender Sammy Osei Kuffuor

NA: What’s exciting to you about media?

DBA: Bringing news to you at your doorstep.

NA: How do you think sports can improve in Ghana?

DBA: Developing the lesser known sports.

NA: What should every woman try at least once in her life?

DBA: Seeing yourself as your own competition not any other person’s.

She interviews some Italy-based Ghanaian players

NA:  What brings you the greatest joy?

DBA: The thought that everything will work perfectly fine at the appointed time.

NA: Will you marry a footballer?

DBA: Footballers and sports men are great people with beautiful hearts given the support they give to the poor and needy which affect the society positively in a whole, but I cannot marry a player just by virtue of the work they do. I really would want my husband to be the private type and with that I mean someone who is not in the public eye. I’m in the media and as such can’t afford to have my husband in it…that simple! But they really are great people.

A pose with Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu

NA: What item in your closet do you wear the most?

DBA: Hahaha….my black jacket! My bestie calls it Ampan (bat ).

NA: What quote do you live by?

DBA: It always seems impossible until it is done – Nelson Mandela.

NA: What do you do at your leisure hours?

DBA: Watch movies, read a book, or sleep.

The beauty queen is spotted with former Black Stars player Abu Imoro

NA: What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

DBA: I wish I knew life is not as easy as we were made to believe as children.

NA: What do you believe in?

DBA: God!

NA: Why sports?

DBA: I love everything about it. I was an athlete from junior high school through to senior high school [and my] favourite events [are] triple jump, long jump, 4×400 metres race, 1500m and 800m

Ayorkor Chavez isn’t left out

NA: Do you play soccer?

DBA:  Hahaha…it’s been a while but yes!

NA: What else do you do?

DBA: (giggles) I’m a poet and an event planner.

NA: Any project?

DBA: Yeah, I’m currently working on my HAG Project under the Help A Girl Foundation.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

 

Sarkodie, Krobo issue only needs a middle way to resolve – Socrates Safo

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Director of Creative Arts responsible for Programmes & Projects at the Commission for National Culture Socrates Safo has called for an amicable settlement in the ongoing saga between rap king Sarkodie and the people of Kroboland.

The Paramount Chief of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area, Nene Sakite II, has chided Sarkodie for his rap in Kurl Songx’s ‘Jennifer Lomotey’, describing it as demeaning to Krobo women.

Sarkodie describes Jennifer Lomotey, a character in the song, as a Krobo lady who is good in bed because she has been cursed by Okomfo Anokye with ‘promiscuity’.

In an exclusive interview with 3news.com, Socrate Safo stated that the issue must be resolved amicably between the two parties.

“If I listen to this Jennifer Lomotey song, you can tell Sarkodie was just talking about a particular person who is a Krobo.

“Every Ghanaian has a background and we’ve done songs mentioning people’s names and I haven’t seen their families coming out to say, you did a song about this person or that person.

“In the case where the Krobos are saying that this particular saying is affecting our tradition, then we need to also give them a hearing because we need to respect the traditions and norms and culture of every Ghanaian.”

According to the ‘Hot Fork’ movie producer, both parties must be listened to and an amicable settlement must be reached on this issue.

“Let’s listen to Sarkodie, lets listen to the Krobos and we can find an amicable settlement to this.

“The mindset or the intention of Sarkodie, for me, may be the determining point, but also how the Krobos are also taking it can also be considered as a determining point. So we need a middle way.

“I respect the Krobos and I understand where they are coming from and I also appreciate the creative acumen of Sarkodie”.

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

[PHOTO] John Dumelo spotted with cows

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Celebrated Ghanaian actor John Dumelo may probably be considering his future as an actor and more likely to turn his attention to cattle farming.

The actor has been spotted on a farm with cows.

Cattle farming is often considered a small business and requires knowledge of bookkeeping, finance and farm assistance programs, study.com analysed, adding that a great deal of cattle farmer’s work is physically demanding.

One may wonder if John Dumelo is qualified to start a business in that field.

The actor posted a picture on his Instagram page with the caption  Agriculture is the first occupation of man…..#proudfarmer #cattle#melofarmer #agribusiness #melofarms

Nana Afrane Asante/3news.com/Ghana

Bukom Banku challenges Anthony Joshua for a bout

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Ghanaian Boxer Braima Kamoko aka Bukom Banku says he is ready to fight undefeated British world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, promising to beat him.

Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in the biggest fight of his career in April 2017, earning a technical knockout victory in the 11th round to win the IBO, IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles.

Speaking to Onua FM’s Frank Osei Owusu Winter, Bukom Banku called on Ghanaians to support him to get a fight against the British world heavyweight champion.

“Everybody in Ghana knows I am the president of the boxing and nobody can challenge me.

“If Bastie isn’t ready to fight me, then I would like to plead with Ghanaians to help me get a fight with Anthony Joshua.

“I want to fight him because he is an easy boxer to fight against but if I say I want to challenge him, Ghanaians will say I can’t fight him but I’m a champion in Ghana and I expect Ghanaians to back me”.

Bukom Banku is a Ghanaian professional boxer with an undefeated record of 28-0-0.

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

DKB shares a joke with Nana Konadu, finally

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King of comedy DKB seems to have found his way into former First Lady of Ghana Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings’ good books.

The two were spotted chatting at the send-off party for the UNAIDS ambassador to Ghana, Girmay Haile, at Labadi Beach Hotel on Monday.

Not quite long ago, 3news.com reported that the former first lady had left the National Theater while DKB was performing at the Easter Comedy Show because she found him boring.

Nana Konadu was also not happy about the use of vulgar language by most of the comedians including DKB and advised they put all those factors into consideration when putting together their scripts.

READ: ‘Who is DKB?’ – Nana Konadu wonders as she descends on Ghanaian comedians

SEE ALSO: Former First Lady made me cry – DKB

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

 

[Photos] Colourful launch of 80th Ada Asafotufiami festival

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The 80th Asafotufiami Festival was launched at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra on Monday, June19 with a host of dignitaries present.

The Asafotufiami Festival of the people of the Ada Traditional Area in the Dangme East District is a rich cultural heritage celebrated annually in the first week of August. This year’s will begin on August 3.

The Festival is a remembrance of the wars fought by ancestors as they wander to settle, hence the name Asafotufiami.

Asafotu as the name implies, is company firing of musketry.

The celebration is mainly in remembrance of the invaluable achievements of the founding fathers and ancestors in mainly wars of surviving and development of Ada.

This year’s anniversary is a special one as it marks the 80th anniversary milestone and also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the enstoolment of Nene Abram Kabu Akuaka III, Paramount Chief of the Ada Traditional Area.

The main event will be held at Ada on August 3-10, 2017 and is expected to be attended by highly ranked dignitaries including diplomats and representatives of foreign missions in Ghana.

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

Kwesi Botchwey C’ttee recommends ‘healing’ tour for NDC in 455-page report

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A “peacemaking and healing” tour of eminent and credible members of the National Democratic Congress has been recommended for the party in its quest to restructure to win political power in the 2020 election.

“We believe this is extremely important for purposes of creating the necessary conditions for any serious work that needs to be done in the way of the party’s restructuring and renewal,” Dr Kwesi Botchwey said Monday when his committee presented a report on NDC’s defeat in the 2016 elections to the party executives in Accra.

The 455-page report was the result of a six-month work by the Kwesi Botchwey committee that sought to establish the cause of the massive defeat suffered by the NDC in the December 7, 2016 general elections.

Though details of the report, especially reasons for the party’s loss in the election, were not disclosed at the presentation ceremony, Dr Botchwey outlined a number of recommendation by his Committee that would put the party back on track.

President Nana Akufo-Addo secured 5,716,609 votes, representing 53.84 per cent in the 2016 elections to snatch the presidency from President John Mahama who secured 4,713,277 votes, representing 44.40 per cent.

More than 40 parliamentary seats of the NDC were lost to the NPP,

Some NDC grassroots have accused the party leaderships of being behind the defeat, something that appears to have brought division into the party.

In an effort to reconcile the rank and file of the party, Dr Botchwey’s committee has recommended that key people in the party embark on a peace building tour of all constituencies in the country.

The Committee also wants the party to take steps to restore the integrity of the biometric register of the party and the expanded electoral college” which currently gives the ordinary members of the party to vote in the party’s primaries.

“Steps be taken to restore the capacity and effectiveness of the party’s organs especially at the branch level where we believe this organs are the most critical because they are the party’s immediate connections with the people. We are a truly mass party,” Dr Botchwey said.

He also underscored the need for the party to to improve collation of election results.

Dr Botchwey’s Committee further recommended the strengthening of research and intelligence in the party, which Dr Botchwey said should involve a “larger body of the party’s intellectual capacity”.

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

Negligence at 37 military Hospital killed actress Gloria Sarfo’s ex fiance

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The family of a US based Ghanaian medical student and ex fiancé of actress Gloria Sarfo who died at the 37 military Hospital is accusing the hospital of negligence.

Justice Nana Wusu Dankwa was sent to the hospital Wednesday morning by the Golden Tulip shuttle driver after he complained of chest pains.

He is reported to have requested oxygen from the nurses at the medical emergency unit immediately he arrived at the hospital.

Information gathered suggests that Justice Nana Wusu Dankwa remained unattended to for close to 10 minutes before being given the oxygen mask of another patient.

He reportedly died four minutes after he was given oxygen.

Nana Kwakyewa Sarpong a relative of Justice said Justice Dankwa could have survived if the nurses at the facility had been a little proactive in attending to her cousin.

“I can confidently say that they were negligent in the sense that if they had oxygen on standby, I don’t think that they would have denied him oxygen.

“I would blame the hospital and the nurses and doctors on duty, they denied him of oxygen, meaning they were negligent…I know they would deny it…but they need to be responsible for their actions.”

Source: Mynewsgh.com

[PHOTO] Fmr Prez Mahama’s touching Father’s Day message to late Major Mahama

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Major Maxwell Adam Mahama

As the world celebrates Fathers’ Day today, June 18, former President John Dramani Mahama has taken to his Twitter handle to celebrate the late Major Maxwell Mahama.

Major Mahama, then a captain in the military, was lynched by some residents of Denkyira-Obuasi who mistook him for an armed robber, while on a routine morning fitness run.

He has since been buried.

The former president simply captioned the tweet: ‘Dedicating this father’s day to Maj. Max Mahama & all servicemen who’ve fallen in the line of duty & their children robbed of daddy’s joy’.

 

 

Nana Afrane Asante/3news.com/Ghana

3FM’s MC Bobby reveals BIG gossip about Obrafour & Okyeame Kwame

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Known as Owusu Amponsah Bobby Manfred, MC Bobby  has been into broadcasting for over a decade now, spending six of those years with Sky Broadcasting Limited, owners of Skyy FM 96.7 in Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region as host of a number of programmes including Drive Time, mid-morning and lunch shows as well as a country show host.

MC Bobby is the current host of the late afternoon show Easy Stream on 3FM 92.7 from Monday to Thursday between the hours of 4pm and 8pm and on Fridays from 4pm to 6pm.

He also takes centre stage on Sundays from 9am to 12pm with The Corporate Playlist.

MC Bobby (MCB) gets up-close and personal with online journalist Nana Afrane Asante (NA) and this is what ensued between them:

NA: What is your definition about music?

MCB: Music is a composition of rhythm (Instrumentation) and  words (lyric) meticulously arranged to soothe the human sense of hearing.

NA: Do you know any big gossips?

MCB: OBRAFOUR probably thinks OKYEAME KWAME has something to do with his ill-health. That’s a huge inside story. The very reason why the before is trying hard to smoke the peace pipe with the latter.

NA: What is your perfect pizza?

MCB: My perfect pizza is an all season but should exclude pork.

NA: What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

MCB: My partner, I’m in a distance relationship so that explains it. I wonder if she had a sound sleep

NA: Would you be willing to lie to a court for a close friend if it meant saving your friend from going to jail for life?

MCB: Nope, I won’t lie if what he did deserves the punishment. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands⁠⁠⁠⁠.

NA: If you were to wake up tomorrow in the body of someone, who would you pick?

MCB: Ermmm…..no one really, I’d better work on my body to be comfortable in it than wish to be in someone’s.

NA: How do you start a conversation?

MCB: Hi, how are ya?

NA: What type of music do you listen to?

MCB: Every kind of music.. Afro, dancehall, Hip Hop,  RnB, Blues, Country, Pop (Adult Contemporary)

NA: Have you ever taken dance lessons?

MCB: Nope but I’m a good dancer.

NA: What’s fashion to you?

MCB: For fashion, I love afrocentric, foreign tops, African prints or trousers because it does it for me any day.

NA: What should listeners expect from you on your show?

MCB: Music, fun and pure entertainment on their way home everyday.

NA: Tell me about ‘Corporate Playlist’?

MCB: It’s a Sunday country show. We visit institutions and corporations in the capital to pick their songs for a country Sunday morning. It’s strictly a country show but we give in room for any other relaxing genre of music. It’s relaxing and good for our Sunday morning relaxations.  We are good for it. Blues, Country, Jazz, Soul, Vintage, definitive, Adult contemporary pops.

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana