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Accra goes ‘Tribeless’ in September

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‘Tribeless’ is a four-cast play

Set in a ghetto, Kobina Ansah’s new play ‘Tribeless’ hits Accra this September.

Known for his plays ‘This Family Is Not For Sale’ Season 1 and 2, ‘I Want To Sue God’ and ‘My Wife-In-Law’, his latest promises to be the most electrifying piece he has ever staged.

It touches on day-to-day themes such as streetism, tribalism and resilience in life.

The four-cast play is a buffet of excitement, betrayal and greed.

It’s a potpourri of romance, fun, motivation, energy and comedy.

‘Tribeless’ is a fun stage play that tells the story of four ghetto friends who had one common dream despite their differences.

These squatters are wound together by destiny ― one tomboy of a trotro conductor, one rapper of a pickpocket, one sweet-voiced head porter and one dancing hawker.

The going gets tough and the tough must get going.

They decide to use what they have to get what they want, thus, form a music/dance group, Tribeless. Just when they are about to hit the jackpot of a competition, conflict sets in within and without.

Will greed get in their way? Will they ever achieve their dreams? Will Tribeless break apart? Will the love birds still hold on despite all the conflicts?

Catch all the twists and turns of this musical on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 – 17 at the Efua T. Sutherland Drama Studio (University of Ghana).

“Tribeless is not for everybody. It’s for those who have a dream. It’s for the ambitious!” Kobina Ansah said.


GMB 2017: Volta Region showcases Tsekumah Christine Edem [Photos]

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A huge durbar was held in the Volta Region of Ghana in honour of  24-year-old Tsekumah Christine Edem, the Region’s representative for this year’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful.

Beaming with excitement, Tsekumah Christine Edem was royally dressed as she danced, smiled, waved and assured the people of her region who came from far and near just to steal a glance at her and the zeal and determination to bring the crown home.

Showering her with gifts, her people pledged unwavering support when the show begins.

Below are photos of the event:


GMB 2017: Central Region showcases Baaba Botchway [Photos]

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Radiant as ever, 26-year-old Helena Baaba Botchway,  who will represent the Central Region in this year’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) pageant was outdoored to the people of her region over the weekend.

Member of Parliament for the Effutu Constituency Alexander Afenyo-Markin was present at the occasion and in support of Helena.

The people of the Region showed up in their numbers to pledge their support and she assured them of bringing the coveted crown to the Central Region.

Below are photos of the event:


Four arrested for Game of Thrones leak

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Indian police have arrested four people suspected of leaking an episode of the hugely popular TV show Game of Thrones before it was aired.

Three of the accused are current employees of Prime Focus Technology, while one is a former employee.

Prime Focus, a Mumbai-based company that stores and processes the series for Indian streaming website Hotstar, had lodged a complaint with police.

The fantasy series is already the most pirated show in TV history.

Episode four of the seventh season was leaked on 4 August, days before it was due to air globally.

The show produced by HBO has seen several leaks over the years. Most recently a group of hackers said they had stolen 1.5TB of data, allegedly including episodes of Ballers, Room 104 and scripts from Game of Thrones episodes. On Monday they leaked some of the unaired material.

The arrests on Monday were related to the leaked episode, not the most recent hack.

After receiving a complaint “we investigated the case and have arrested four individuals for unauthorised publication of the fourth episode from season seven,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Akbar Pathan told AFP news agency.

The four have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer related offences and will be detained until 21 August, he said.

Source: BBC

GMB 2017: Northern Region’s Zeinab gets chiefs’ backing

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The Chief of Commerce in Tamale known traditionally as Nyeb Dakpema, Mohammed Alhassan Dawuni, has charged the Northern Region representative of this year’s Ghana Most Beautiful reality show to showcase the beautiful culture and tradition of the people of the Region.

Four kingdoms namely Dagbon, Gonja, Mamprugu, and Nanum with varied cultures and traditions form the paramountcies.

It is against this backdrop that the Chief of Commerce has charged the representative to showcase the cultural beliefs of these kingdoms for national cohesion.

Born Zeinab Mumuni at the seat of the King of Dagbon in Yendi – also known in the traditional parlance as Naya – and with stage name Zeinab, the beauty queen has also been charged to bring the crown of beauty to her home region.

A Level 400 Development Studies student of the University for Development Studies, Zeinab, who aspires to be a teacher, has the Herculean task of winning the crown in the eleventh edition of the show.

The 2009 representative of the Region, Nasara Abdul Rauf, won the pageant to make her the first to win for the region.

Eight years down the lane, the Region is yet to win again, though its representative in the 10th edition, Hiba, was crowned the first runner-up.

Nyeb Dakpema insists the crown should be brought to the Northern Region.

Nyeb Dakpema believes the crown needs to be brought to the northern soil once again after eight years especially when its representative in the immediate past edition was crowned first runner-up.

“Bring home the crown. Use this opportunity to sell the rich culture and tradition of the [Northern] Region as you go into the competition.”

Speaking at a durbar organized at the forecourt of his palace in Tamale, Nyeb Dakpema revealed that the traditional council and the entire region is solidly behind Zeinab. Thus continuous prayers would be offered to ask for victory for her.

The durbar witnessed patronage from her family, friends, and well wishers.

It was a charged atmosphere when the queen arrived dazzling in her traditionally woven batakari on horse as part of the tradition of the region.

Items including cooking utensils as well as local spices such as dawadawa with a live chicken were presented to her by the Chief on behalf of the entire region as a sign of joy and farewell to her as she goes to begin her days in the reality house in Accra.

Zeinab also visited the palaces of the Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya Naa Yakubu Andani, the Sagnarigu Na Yakubu Abdulai, and the Gukpe-Na Abdulai Alhassan to seek their blessings before she begins her journey to the reality house.

By Zubaida Ismail||Ghana

[Video] Tilapia: The ‘delicacy’ that ridicules issues

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One of the masterpieces of Tilapia

It’s a delicious meal, which is booming at every corner of the world, especially in Ghana. It’s served hot, spiced and garnished to get your mouth watering even before you taste it.

It’s none other but your Tilapia, yes Tilapia! But wait a sec, not your edible tilapia. It’s Tilapia Cartoons by 3News’ cartoonist whose work has permeated society in recent times.

With his sharp pencil, he creates humour using the topical issues, which usually generate headlines in the Ghanaian society and beyond, as well as draw attention to critical things as the Tilapia menu served on

“I make sure I don’t go personal; you just ridicule issues and leave it there. I make it in a way that even the characters involved when they see it, they love it,” Michael Tetteh, aka Tilapia told TV3.

Watch a typical day of Tilapia and how he prepares that Tilapia delicacy to serve you

By Stephen Kwabena Effah||Ghana

I’ll never regret jabbing Shatta Wale, Iwan says

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Reggae and dancehall artiste IWAN says beefing has been healthy to his career, stressing he has no regrets jabbing self-acclaimed dancehall king Shatta Wale.

Born Abdul Razak Issahaku, IWAN in an interview on Showbiz927 hosted by Nana Kojo Addo, said beefing has helped him.

In recent times the controversial reggae-cum-dancehall artiste has been seen in lots of beefs with several artistes, notably Shatta Wale.

Asked whether he regretted jabbing Shatta Wale, the Lyrical Gunshot boldly stated: “I will never regret throwing jabs on Shatta, for what?”

He continued to say that he is the best reggae and dancehall artiste in Ghana and he is also the first artiste to win the first reggae song of the year at the VGMA in 2011.

By Justice Mensah|3FM||Ghana

GMB 2017: Numbu looks stunning in her traditional attire! [Photos]

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Numbu Shaguffa Pelpuo Adams, the Upper West Region representative of this year’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful,  looked stunning in her traditional attire as she was outdoored to the people of her region.

Fans came from far and near to steal a glimpse at Numbu Shaguffa Pelpuo Adams, hoping she would bring the crown to their region.

Below are a few photos of Numbu Shaguffa Pelpuo Adams adorned in her traditional attire:



GMB 2017: Upper East showcases Talata [Photos]

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Looking radiant in a typical traditional smock dress, 23-year old Helen Akongzirigo Azitariga Atinganma Talata who is representing the Upper East Region in this year’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) pageant was on Wednesday outdoored to her people.

At a durbar in Bolgatanga, the people of the region showed up in their numbers to pledge their support as she assured them of working hard to give off her best  in order to grab the coveted crown for the region.

Upper East Regional Minster, Rockson Bukari, pledged his support for Talata.

Below are photos of the event.



iflix secures additional $133 million funding, led by Hearst

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iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, has announced it has completed a $133 million funding round as it continues to deliver on its vision of bringing the world’s best entertainment to its audiences.

The funding round, which attracted significant interest from both new investors and existing shareholders, was led by Hearst, one of America’s largest diversified media, information and services companies, and also included additional new investors Singapore-based EDBI and clients of DBS private bank. Existing shareholders Evolution Media, Sky PLC, Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures and PLDT Inc. also increased their investments.

Since going live in May 2015, iflix rapidly established a clear leadership position in emerging markets, setting a new standard for delivering a world-class streaming entertainment service, passionately focused on local customer experiences.

Over the last 12 months, the service has seen extraordinary growth across all segments of the business, expanding from four markets to 19 across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The company has additionally built deep integrated distribution partnerships with 27 leading telecommunications operators to bundle the iflix service with customers’ mobile and data subscriptions, all sponsored by the telecommunications provider.

During the period, iflix also achieved tremendous growth across subscriber numbers and engagement by 3x and 2x respectively, and recorded some of the highest average active mobile viewing durations of any service in the world at 2.5-2.75 hours per session.

The company saw 230 percent growth in year on yearrevenue, and increased its commitment to localization, producing 26,000 hours of subtitles in nine languages, with locally-curated content in every market. iflix’s full content library showcases thousands of award-winning and iconic first run programs and library content from over 230 studio partners from 30 countries.

The new round brings total funding raised by iflix this calendar year to an excess of $220 million. Proceeds from the round will be used to invest in its local content strategy. iflix recently unveiled its first exclusive original production, Oi Jaga Mulut, an audacious, uncensored, no holds barred stand-up comedy series, which since debuting in Malaysia last week, has skyrocketed to the leading show on the service.

Partnering with TVOne, iflix also launched live premiere football streaming, available for the first time in Indonesia, which immediately became one of the highest performing shows there with more than 34,000 unique viewers tuning in the first week of airing. Last week, iflix Philippines announced its collaboration with the Philippines’ Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino, to commission an original drama series.

iflix Co-founder and Group CEOMark Britt said: “We are thrilled to welcome Hearst President and CEO Steven Swartz and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication President Neeraj Khemlani to the iflix family. As iflix continues to grow and pioneer new ways for consumers to enjoy entertainment on their terms, we were looking for a partner who could bring additional expertise and knowledge to our business.

Hearst is a leading investor and has many of the world’s most innovative and iconic video brands, including ESPN, A+E Networks, Vice, AwesomenessTV, Complex and more. This collaboration significantly deepens our bench of experts with our longstanding partners Evolution Media, Sky and Liberty Global to help drive iflix’s continuing growth.”

“From the beginning, our vision for iflix has been to build a word-class service for the local customer, transforming the way everyday consumers enjoy entertainment in emerging markets. These new funds will allow us to further execute on our local content strategy and expand our technology and development teams so we can continue to rapidly evolve the iflix service to meet the unique challenges of emerging markets,” continued Britt.

President of Hearst Entertainment & SyndicationNeeraj Khemlani said: “iflix is riding the wave of exponential growth of the middle class in emerging markets that want more access to premium regional, local and Western content. We look forward to working with our new partners Sky, Liberty Global, Evolution Media and Catcha Group, as well as emerging market telcos, to support iflix’s innovative founders and management team in their rapid expansion plans.”

Founding shareholders Evolution Media and Catcha Group have participated in all preceding capital raisings and further increased their support this round.

Evolution MediaFounder and Co-Managing Partner Rick Hess said: “As a founding partner of iflix, Evolution Media, along with Catcha Group and Mark, were inspired by the opportunity to reach the ‘next’ 1bn consumers.  The phenomenal growth of iflix has challenged many of the preconceptions we have in Hollywood about how entertainment is consumed in emerging markets around the world.It’s fascinating to see iflix learn, scale and forge this new path.”

Catcha Group Co-founder and Group CEOPatrick Grove commented: “Today marks the next step in our journey in creating a category defining company that revolutionizes the way people in emerging markets consume and enjoy content. Since launching in May 2015, iflix has consistently delivered an exceptionally high-value service with strong, unparalleled focus on customer experience.”

iflix was advised by Moelis & Company LLC, Delta Partners and Herbert Smith Freehills on the transaction.

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