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Van Vicker elected Actors Guild Vice Prez

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Van Vicker will be in office for a year

Award-winning actor Van Vicker was on Saturday, April 29 elected Vice President of the Ghana Actors Guild at polls at the Art Center in Accra.

His campaign, however, to get Abeiku Sagoe as his boss was dashed as the veteran actor was beaten at the presidency by veteran movie director Sam Fiscian.

Actress Kalsoum Sinare was elected as Welfare Officer, a position Mr Vicker wanted to go to Papa Nii.

Van Vicker picks up the position of Vice President which was originally occupied by Vivian Achor, who was sacked for absenteeism.

The newly elected officers have a one-year tenure.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Commit a crime & I’ll arrest you even while performing – SP Kofi Sarpong

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Gospel musician-cum-Police officer, Superintendent Kofi Sarpong, has revealed he would not hesitate to pause a live performance, drop his microphone and arrest anyone he finds to have committed a crime.

Stating the extent he can go to protect his professional integrity and the state, SP Kofi Sarpong noted he is duty bound 24/7 to ensure law and order irrespective of wherever he may be, noting insofar as he sees anyone commit a crime, he would arrest the person.

“As we sit in this room if I see you committing any offense, I will arrest you. I will go to the extent of dropping the microphone even when I’m performing on stage to arrest any person who commits offence” SP Kofi Sarpong said.

He said this in Accra at the launch of SP Kofi Sarpong Live Concert, which is put together by Media Excel Production, a record label he has been working with over the years.

The maiden edition of the Live Concert which will be an annual event is slated for May 28, 2017 at the National Theater in Accra.

With this his SP Kofi Sarpong Live Concert, the musician aims to raise funds to support some 5000 underprivileged across the country. He intends to register those on the National Health Insurance Scheme

By Emmanuel Agyemang|Onua95.1|3news.com

I’ll choose ‘Alewa’ over all my songs – Ofori Amponsah

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One of Ghana’s best highlife musicians, Ofori Amponsah, has picked his 2015 hit single, Alewa, as his all time best music due its technical perfection.

Speaking to the host of Anigye Mmre, Christian Agyei Frimpong, on Onua FM, he explained that the technical composition of the Alewa track which featured hiplife artiste Sarkodie, was superb.

“I have composed, recorded a number of songs like Odow, Otolege, Auntie Ataa, Asew, I think there is something special about Alewa. Alewa is superb, it is still being played. Alewa is a very powerful song, I’m talking about how it was technically arranged,” he explained.

Although he admitted that his Otoolege track was huge and people may have their choice of his songs, “I will choose Alewa among all my songs” on technical grounds.

Ofori Amponsah, also known as Mr All 4 Real received backlash when he recently switched from his new gospel genre to the previous highlife, which earned him 17 Vodafone Ghana Music honours.

Emmanuel Agyemang|Onua 95.1|3news.com|

All set for Onua FM’s National Baby & Toddler Fair at Accra Mall

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The much talked about and anticipated maiden National Baby and Toddler Fair comes off Friday, April 28 at the Accra Mall.

It is scheduled to end on Monday, May 1.

It starts from 9.00am – 6.00pm each day.

The maiden edition of the Fair will be exhibiting manufacturers, products and providers of babies’ and toddlers’ services.

The family will also have loads to patronise.

Organizers Onua 95.1 FM and Planet One Multimedia promise patrons and exhibitors value for their time and money.

There will also be surprises on the days as there will be so much at the Fair.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

I promise a better live stage performance next time – Kofi Kinaata assures fans

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Multiple award winning highlife artiste Kofi Kinaata has apologised to his fans and Ghanaians for his under-par live stage performance during the 2017 VGMA awards night.

The ‘Susuka’ hitmaker has been heavily criticised for not living up to the bill when he mounted the stage at the VGMA barely a fortnight ago.

Kinaata bagged three awards including Best Songwriter of the Year and Highlife Song of the Year at the VGMA.

Speaking exclusively on TV3‘s morning program New Day, Kinaata accepted he was below par and apologised to his fans but promised a much improved live stage performance next time.

“I was tired and very active throughout the week, having played a show on Friday before performing at the VGMA on Saturday.

“I was very very tired and I wouldn’t use that as an excuse but I can only plead with my fans and promise to put up a better performance next time.”

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

Sunyani a great place to explore – Film makers told

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For many film makers who thought Accra is the only place to succeed, movie director popularly known as Kofas says that that era of that perception has long passed as hundreds attended his movie premier in Sunyani on Thursday, April 20.

The movie John and John, which is being premiered across the country, had the cinema hall of the Eusbett Hotel, in Sunyani, filled to capacity forcing the CEO of Kofas Media to run a third show for his audience instead of the initially planned two shows for the night.

Speaking in an interview with 3FM’s Solomon Mensah, Kofi Asamoah said that he thinks “that Sunyani is a great place to explore. I just want to encourage film makers and film producers not to underestimate their audience”.

“Do not make a film and be in Accra, do a grand premier in Accra and think the whole [of] Ghana has seen the film. I think that we owe it [films] to the people because it’s for them we make these films.”

He said that this kind of enthusiasm exhibited by movie lovers encourages movie makers to work hard as their sales get increased at the end of the day.

“Sunyani has proven that the cinema culture works. This has really motivated us. So, this Friday we are premiering in Cape Coast, Saturday in Winneba and we would want to go to Tarkwa, Prestia and Ho,” he announced.

By Solomon Mensah|3FM|3news.com|Ghana

Award-winning Australian filmmaker Rachel Perkins in Ghana

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The Australian High Commission in Ghana is delighted to welcome award-winning Australian filmmaker Rachel Perkins to Accra from 25-27 April 2017.

Following in the footsteps of her activist father, Charles Perkins, Rachel Perkins’ filmmaking over more than 25 years has been concerned with the history and stories of her people, the Aboriginal people of Australia.

In 1992 Rachel established Australia’s first independent Aboriginal film and television production company, Blackfella Films, which she continues to lead as a successful business. Radiance (2008), Bran Nue Dae (2010) and the biopic of historic lands right activist Mabo (2012) are among her top Australian box office films.

While in Accra, Ms Perkins will hold workshops and discussions on story-telling, film-making and rights and activism with Ghanaian film producers, and students of the National Film and Television Institute and Lincoln Community School. She will also showcase some of her productions in partnership with Accra[dot]Alt and the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF).

On Wednesday 26 April, Ms Perkins will premiere her most recent documentary Black Panther Woman at the AWDF offices (East Legon) from 14.30 and an episode of the award-winning series Redfern Now at Brazil House (Jamestown) from 18.00.

The films, free to the public, have been selected to provide a window into the identity and character of contemporary Australia with themes including migration, Indigenous issues, humour and drama.

This is Rachel’s first opportunity to travel in Africa and she is delighted to be sharing some of the highlights of Aboriginal cinema with audiences in Ghana.

High Commissioner Andrew Barnes commented “We are very proud to have Rachel Perkins for the first time in Ghana. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Ghanaians to see a unique selection of films that showcase the diversity of Australia’s people and landscape.”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

[Video] Former First Lady made me cry – DKB

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Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings took on Ghanaian comedians

Ghanaian comedian DKB says he thought he was tough until the Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings made him cry.

Reports went round that the Former First Lady had described the self-acclaimed King of comedy as boring during a show she attended.

She has since clarified the issue, and rather taken on Ghanaian comedians, asking them to expunge vulgarity from their art.

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

Nana Konadu had attended a DKB-headlined event at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The ‘snub’ may have been a dent on DKB’s ego but the comedian did little on the night to disprove the former First Lady’s dim view of his stagecraft.

DKB, who accepted that his performance at the Easter Comedy Show was unimpressive, attributed the flop to the use of wrong jokes for the wrong target audience.

The comedian opened up in an exclusive interview with TV3‘s Owusu Worae.

Watch the video below:

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

Ghana Tourism Federation, Car Rental Ass. call for govt’s support to improve tourism sector

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Ghana arguably has a great tourism potential but has poorly been managed over the years to boost the country’s economic fortunes. This is as a result of poor security, inaccessibility to secured transportation and poor maintenance of these tourist sites among others.

Despite these challenges the country has been ranked 120th, 12th and 6th in the world, Africa and West Africa respectively by the latest Global Travel and Tourism Competitive Index (TTCI).

However, speaking at a forum aimed at addressing challenges facing car rental companies in the tourism industry in Accra, President of the Ghana Tourism Federation, Nana Okatakyia Anim I implored government to turn attention on car rental companies in the country to stimulate economic growth.

He was of the view “government needs to support us by getting us tax exemption or waiver and put in place structures to stabilise our operations. Government is yet to meet our expectations but if these interventions are in place the tourism industry will witness tremendous growth.”

On his part, President of the Car Rental Association of Ghana, Seth Yeboah Ocran attributed the rampant road accidents in the country to what he tagged as “unrecognised individuals” who lack knowledge and expertise in vehicle renting and management.

He recalled “even after the accident involving the presidential press corps sometime ago, it was reported that the car was hired from a car rental company but our checks reveal that it was a roadside service people who are not part of us”.

Seth Ocran again added that it was about time they informed the public about “these people” in order to reduce preventable road accidents and also alley fears of tourists to make Ghana a preferred tourism destination.

The tourism sector maintains as the fourth highest foreign exchange earner and contributed $2.1 billion to the country’s GDP in 2014.

By Prince Adzivor|3FM 92.7|3news.com

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

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Former First Lady N. K. Agyeman-Rawlings wants Ghanaian comedians to shy away from vulgarity

Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has denied damning Ghana’s King of Comedy DKB as a boring comedian.

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings in an interview with Christian Agyei Frimpong of Onua FM’s entertainment talk show Anigye Mmre on Friday, April  21 stated that she doesn’t even know who DKB is.

“What I can say is that anytime we are having a comedy show, the comedian needs to sit and think over the jokes they want to share with the audience from the beginning of the show all the Gh[ana] comedians who performed the night used vulgar language throughout their performance.

“Ghana has gone beyond what they did that night. I have been to a number of comedy shows where Ghanaian and Nigerian comedians were featured on but I don’t think Nigerians can perform better than us but I don’t think they (Nigerians) use vulgar languages in their comedies.”

The wife of former president Jerry John Rawlings explaining why she made her way to the exit said “I wanted to go with my grandchildren. For some reason, I realized it was too late, so I went with two friends”.

She continued: “We all felt that if this is the way we share jokes in Ghana, then it’s a disgrace to us as a country. I wanted to listen to the music [but] after some time my friends said this is unacceptable. The way the comedians were using vulgar language throughout, I told my friends I want to go so if they are ready we should go. We sat down for long and kept waiting if it could get better.”

She singled out one Nigerian comedian as having performed better.

By Emmanuel Agyemang|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana