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I will not act as “Maame Water” in movies again -Vivian Jill Lawrence

Popular Ghanaian actress Vivian Jill has revealed that she will not play the role of Maame Water in movies again.

The actress speaking in an interview with Nana Romeo on Accra FM monitored by phamousghana.com stated emphatically that she will not play the role of Maame Water in movies again and will not accept such scripts.

She further explained that she is afraid of playing that role again because a child once watched a movie she played the role of Maame Water in and collapsed upon seeing her.

Watch interview below:

Source: phamousghana.com/Barima Kwabena Owusu

Sunshine Soldier – Mi Nuh Trust (Mixed by KingOne)

Ghanaian dancehall sensation Sunshine Soldier comes to us with a brand new tune dubbed Mi Nuh Trust for your listening pleasure.

He talks about trusting people who later ends up disappointing and betraying you. Song was mixed by KingOne.

Listen up and share.

Meet Hamako Mori, The World’s Oldest Gamer Grandma!

Usually, when we think of the older generation, we think of grandmas and grandpas who spend time all day in front of the television or snoozing all day. But not this grandma! This 90-year-old grandma uploads video game gameplays in her free time!

Meet Hamako Mori, the nonagenarian from Japan who uploads video game videos. Officially named the world’s oldest video game YouTuber by the Guinness Book of World Records, Mori has played several well-known titles such as Call of Duty, Dauntless, and even NieR: Automata.

Born on February 18, 1930, Mori’s first video was posted on YouTube in 2014. Her video game journey started back in 1981 and she’s been gaming for 39 years – a lot longer than how long most of us have been alive, I bet. Just like how much video games have evolved since then, Mori’s taste in video games have, too, judging from the mix of several modern video game titles she also plays.

One of the video games she praises is Grand Theft Auto V, which she finds extremely fun to play and has a hard time stopping (we don’t blame her, the game is extremely addictive). On top of that, she’s kept all of the games she used to playback in the day all this while, and her catalogue is amazing!

She used to upload videos of herself playing video games on her YouTube channel once in a while before then committing herself to uploading once a month or so. However, in more recent months, she’s been uploading videos more frequently (hurray!).

Despite her age, Mori spends quite a bit of time gaming per day – around seven to eight hours daily. She mentioned that she used to play a lot longer when she was younger.

Mori is definitely an inspiration to many, including myself. I have always thought that streaming video games (or even playing them frequently) should stop when I hit around 30 years old and that a career in video game streaming should stop around then due to age.

Mori shows that this notion is definitely far from the truth and it is not wrong to do things we enjoy regardless of our age. To quote George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”.

Source: Phamousghana.com

I think Maturely now, I don’t engage in Kid’s play -Akuapem Poloo replies Medikal

Actress and social media sensation Akuapem Poloo has responded to rapper Medikal a few hours after the rapper released his latest single “Nonsense”.

Medikal in the song took a swipe at Akuapem Poloo saying he doesn’t like Akuapem Coro(Poloo) but Poloo in a response to that particular line in the song on her Instagram account has disclosed that she’s matured now and won’t engage in any child’s play.

As I said earlier on, no more beefing no more talking about people issues or address issues 😆 when I do’ it’s become news my Son is GROWN, now I think maturely I don’t do kids play,” 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 She wrote

Source: Phamousghana.com/Barima Kwabena Owusu

Rocky Dawuni drops new video “Champion Arise” – WATCH

Ghanaian music star, activist and GRAMMY Nominee Rocky Dawuni has just released a colorful new video for “Champion Arise“ off his “Beats of Zion” album (Six Degrees.) Dawuni’s voice is at its emotive best on this combination of catchy choruses and melodic guitar riffs all riding on a hard-hitting modern reggae rhythm produced by Dawuni himself. Rocky artfully combines words and lyrics with a call to action for a spiritual revolution to activate the “Champion” mindset. The video premiered today on popular UK based music site, music-news.com

Filmed on location in Aburi, Ghana and Malibu, CA, Dawuni states “the idea was to capture visuals that were real, intimate, uplifting, joyful yet mystical at the same time and present them as metaphors to communicate a concept of renewal, rebirth, and victory after destruction and defeat. In Ghana, we settled on a location in the compound housing the ruins of the iconic Tuff Gong Africa studio, built by Rita Marley in honor of Bob Marley that got tragically destroyed in a fire in 2010 after its completion. I had recently taken possession of this place with a new vision to bring it back to life. The story of this studio and my current efforts to revitalize and rebuild it back from the ashes into a new center of music and youth culture captures the unspoken moral of video.”

Additional filming occurred on the premises of the renowned Woodshed Studios in Malibu, CA, another iconic studio that had parts of the property destroyed in the Malibu fire of 2018. Filming in these creative spaces that have experienced extreme situations but resiliently rising, symbolically represent the spirit of the mythical phoenix rising through fire to ultimately prevail….“champion arise we shall win…” 

“Champion Arise carries a timely message of hope, revival, and empowerment at a moment when the whole world is undergoing a crisis of disruption and uncertainty in joyfully celebrating the resilient power of the human spirit to overcome the most adverse challenge” Dawuni adds. The video was directed by Jon Riera and Casey Bridges with additional editing by Deborah Koffler.

Stand up and feel the wave as Champion Arise unleashes doses of inspiration to calm your fears and uplift the global vibration!

Stream or purchase “Champion Arise” single here https://rockydawuni.lnk.to/beatsalbum

Watch video below…

Source: Phamousghana.com

Falling in Love with Keta & Anloga, An irresistible delight

When news of my transfer to the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region reached me, I was left aghast! I asked myself what wrong I had done to be “punished” this way. Why me? I loved it in Accra. I had heard a lot of myths about supposed enmity between Ewes and Akan’s especially Ashantis. The Anlos were projected as the most wicked among the lot. So naturally, I felt I was walking into the lion’s den.

Aborigines Beach Resort, Keta

But little did I know that I would become a conduit through which others would be enlightened and the scales of falsity, negative propaganda, inter alia would fall from their eyes.

The people of Keta and Anloga are one of the warmest and friendliest people I have had the privilege of meeting. They are hardworking, diligent in most of their ways, and extremely welcoming of strangers.

Kayaking on the Keta Lagoon at the Chill River Resort, Tunu-Anyanui, Anloga.

5 years down the line, I have been accepted as an integral member of the community. I have cultivated bonds of friendship that transcends belief.
I have personally influenced a countless number of National Service Personnel who hitherto wanted to be redeployed from the Municipality to accept their deployment and serve the good people of the land.

Some non-Ewe National Service Personnels found love here and got married under my watch. Others established business relationships among others. Many of them have taken residence here even after their service.

Meet Me There African Home Lodge, Dzita, Anloga.

Keta and Anloga have arguably the best beaches in the country. From the Keta lagoon, marine life is in abundance. Mangroves abound aplenty adding to the exquisite natural habitats of marine life.

World class exclusive Resorts are strategically dotted across the land. Notable amongst them are the Aborigines Beach Resort, Eli Boutique Hotel & Beach Resort @ Tegbi, Meet Me There African Home Lodge, The Chill River Resort, Keta Lagoon Resort inter alia.
A rich and popular culture awaits you especially in November when the Awomefia and his people celebrate the Hogbetsotso festival.

Fort Prizenstein, Keta

Exclusive historical and archaeological sites includes Fort Prizenstein Slave Dungeon, Cape St. Paul Lighthouse (purported to be the oldest lighthouse in Ghana) etc.
There’s more to be said but it’s best if you experience it yourself.

The Chill River Resort

I invite you to visit the golden coastal towns of Keta and Anloga. Stay in any of the resorts mentioned earlier and experience the mouthwatering tasty local dishes. Take a dip into the lagoon or Atlantic Ocean on the pristine beaches. Do some kayaking on the lagoon or simply enjoy a canoe ride.

The Chill River Resort

Keta/Anloga is indeed, a potpourri of rich culture, warmhearted people, beautiful tourist sites, scenic islands, exquisite natural habitats for marine life, and awe-inspiring history.

Anchor Inn, Anloga

You can’t help but bask in this irresistible delight and haven.

Keta Lagoon Resort
Emancipation Beach, Keta
Cape St. Paul Lighthouse
The Canon Fort Prizenstein

Source: Gabriel Osei Junior

WIRELESS Festival 2020 Officially Cancelled

Wireless Festival 2020 has officially been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus.

Organisers of the event announced the cancellation of this year’s edition via the official Wireless Twitter account by posting a statement saying;

“We’re sorry to announce that Wireless 2020 will not be going ahead […] Stay safe and love to you all.”

Wireless Festival 2020 was due to take place this summer from July 3rd to July 5th but has now been cancelled as the current coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the UK.

Organisers of Wireless have said people who had already purchased tickets will be refunded, or they will be able to retain their ticket to use for entry at next year’s edition of the festival.

The festival is set to return next year from July 2nd to July 4th.

Source: Phamousghana.com/Barima Kwabena Owusu

Struggles, Disappointments, and an Undying spirit on the journey to building Seloart -The Selorm Betepe Story

Branding Expert, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Seloart, a sign making company, Selorm Betepe has shared an inspiring story on how he rose beyond the torrid times to build one of Ghana’s biggest sign-making companies.

The company which started operations as a signwriting shop at Achimota in Accra the capital of Ghana has grown from sign writing to design and printing of complex and intriguing artworks, vehicle branding, signage, large format digital printing, CNC cutting, laser cutting, and general branding works.

Like every entrepreneur or visionary who has plans of setting up a business, Selorm has seen it all. Struggles, disappointments, and his undying spirit have propelled him to achieve greater heights with Seloart.

In 2019, Seloart opened a state-of-the-art sign making factory at Pokuase in Accra as part of efforts to transform the signwriting industry to become a viable sector in Ghana and West Africa. The company, also inaugurated its Corporate Head Office at Pokuase to boost its engagements with clients.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” a philosophy which Selorm has held on to and one that defines his personality. His undying spirit even in the face of struggles and disappointments. A philosophy that has spurred him on for 15 years on a journey in building the preferred signwriting company in Ghana and beyond.

As Seloart marks 15 years in existence, Selorm Betepe has shared the story of how he transformed a wayside sign art making shop into an ultra modern and state-of-the art sign writing company in Ghana. An inspiring story that touches on the need to rise above doubt and discouragement.

Read below……

“On May 5, 2005, the dream began with what no one thought could be a force to reckon with. The dream began with a makeshift structure with no trace of hope and sustainability. It was a journey without a path; a means to an end and an idea people looked down on.

It started as a sign writing shop at Achimota; basically doing paint work. The first two years were the most difficult part of the journey, but hope was not lost.

I didn’t know what to tell my mum after the GH¢80 seed money she gave me went down the drain. The rains destroyed the makeshift structure but she never gave up. Mummy encouraged me to get it fixed and move on with the dream. She is a mother everyone would wish for. I call her Lena.

I met Josben Odonkor, who was then working with ABL during the most trying moments of my career. He was then Head of Marketing and had at the time come to repair his lawn mower at a shop near mine. He told me he would like to work with me on a branding project. Our Club Beer and Stone Lager branding project came to an end successfully. It was a pleasure working with him until his unfortunate demise. May he rest in peace.

During the ABL branding project, AMA was really on our case. It was then on a project to evict encroachers on Achimota School lands.

We couldn’t bear the harassment of the metro guards any longer so we had to cough up GH¢3,000 to rent a shop at Achimota. On April 13, 2008, we opened the shop and thereby revived what seemed to be a dead dream. Our clients were very excited to see a transition of something that had all its hopes dashed.

Business picked up quickly. Of course, we had no option than to succeed. Failure was not an option.

Technology:

In 2010, I came to the conclusion that technology was the game changer for the sustainability of this dream. I recollect going to the then Unibank, Apenkwa branch to be precise, for a loan of £10,000 but my relationship manager said “Selorm, we can’t help you. Your sales can’t support the loan.”

The red card from Unibank did not end my dream as I pushed on. Two years later, a friend, Yaw Frimpong Tenkorang of then Beige Capital called and said his company wanted some branding done on their cars. We performed to the best of our ability resulting in one Mr. Koomson of then Goldman Capital inviting me for a meeting. He actually drove to my office for the meeting. We had a successful meeting and came to an agreement. On his way out he asked me “Selorm what do you need to help grow your business” and without blinking an eye I responded that I needed a loan of £10,000 to buy a large format printer.

He asked me to come to his office on Monday. He handed me over to his relationship manager and told him “this guy needs a loan, help him out” .

I went through all the process, provided the necessary documentation and collateral. In three days, my account was credited with the said amount. Within three weeks ,we flew in our first VersaCamm series printer from the UK. That was in December 2012.

We dutifully made all monthly principal and interest payments. The fact is all sales and profit went into paying off the loan, payment was made 8 months ahead of schedule.

Game Changer:

This technology was a game changer because we were able to generate income to upgrade our system to add a computer numerical control machine (CNC) in 2013. We had made payments to a supplier who promised to deliver the equipment in 3 months. The equipment was to enable us to go into 3D sign production fulltime.

But for close to eight months, the equipment was not delivered. We even rented and prepared a place to keep the machine, but the rent went waste.

Finally, we received the equipment, getting to the end of 2014, the technician who was brought to train us was not up to scratch.

I quickly booked a ticket to Cape Town to be certified as a Multicam CNC Pro in order to maximize the use of our Multicam Classic entry level CNC. I wasn’t leaving anything to chance.

The New Dawn:

My return from Cape Town marked the new dawn.

With the addition of our Multicam Classic, we increased production drastically resulting in upsurge in sales. We expanded and added our Kwabenya Branch to serve our walk-in customers.

In 2017, we broke ground for the construction of the much awaited sign centre, which was on the drawing board for seven years. It was part of our 10 years development plan from 2010 – 2020.

This project came with its challenges – financial and litigation. Construction was stalled for over eight months. It was heart breaking to see a project funded with a bank facility sit idle. In early 2019, we reached an agreement with the landowners, resulting in the resumption of the project. On December 12, 2019, we commissioned the sign centre, which was meant to be commissioned today to mark our 15th anniversary. It houses our head office and workshop.

The commissioning of the sign centre was a great relief, although it came with its maintenance cost. One thing that I have learnt over the years is there is a price to pay for everything.

Our focus was on building the right infrastructure driven by technology. Today, together with my team, we are proud to be part of the Seloart story.

Today here we are with the state of the art Sign Centre. We couldn’t have made it this far without our loyal clients. We are grateful to all who made the Seloart dream a reality.

To my team, Happy 15th Anniversary guys.

We can only get better”.

Credit: Se lorm(CEO and Founder, Seloart Group)/Facebook

Source: phamousghana.com/Barima Kwabena Owusu

GUEST BLOG: What if Covid-19 started in Africa? -Dr. Hamza Asumah Writes

The lessons of the coronavirus pandemic have been described from the medical standpoint to the social, economic, and political spaces. This, therefore, means that we, as a people, have conceded that if any of these arms are weak, then the established unforgiving character of the COVID-19 will be in full gear and we all know what that means.

The undebatable solution for these determining factors of future impacts of such pandemics is however deeply rooted in LEADERSHIP. 

Without doubt, countries with great leaders (not authorities), have proven that all challenges,  regardless of how mysterious and poorly understood they are, good leadership always has a miraculous way of figuring out the solution. 

The impact of a pandemic depends on;

1. Severity

2. Most importantly the political and socio-cultural reaction

The impact, unfortunately, is not as hinged so much on the severity as it is on the political and socio-cultural reaction. In effect, how we react as a nation to this will inform the overall impact it will have on us.

Pandemics are usually a stress test. It reveals which social, economic and political structures are adaptable and the ones that are brittle.

Leadership unfortunately for most African Countries leaves so much to desire. Sometimes it is almost impossible not to fall for a certain conspiracy ideology that leaders in most African countries read and understood leadership differently- undefined authority, questionable motives for taking up such positions and a desire to get rich at all cost. It is almost like getting quick money is an integral part of the leadership positions people take up in government.

But let this discussion not be limited to only our leaders in public positions but also to us the citizenry. Reports of outrageous costs for essential goods and services have clearly revealed that we are essentially the same as the leaders we vote into power, we just haven’t had a bigger stage to amplify our greed and wickedness. We, the youth, complain bitterly about not being given a chance to serve but when given the opportunity,  we forget that there is an established system out there that will most likely swallow us into the dark abyss of greed and selfishness.

Leadership is not about age, position or rank, leadership is about looking out for the welfare of the people around you. So before we start asking for a seat in those high places, we need to practice servant leadership right from where we are. In other words, start be leaving the washroom in a better state for the next person that will use it. That is how simple leadership can be.

So the question that really needs to be carefully answered is: What if Covid 19 started in Africa? Will it have caused so much havoc in the Western world? Will the leadership of some of these nations allow it to claim so many lives, after getting so much time to prepare?

These are question everyone may have an answer to but the import of all those answers will be clear on one word; NO

Our political and its consequent economic framework has unfortunately been so compromised over centuries, so much so that, the leadership have lost focus on what is important and what is not.

What is not important interestingly has become the new normal for what is right. It is only in good leadership can we identify the enormous resources that are available to us and use them efficiently. This can be likened to having a Hospital building without trained human resource and logistics to run the facility or a church building without a good pastor and congregation. The overall impact will still be zero.

It is time as a continent we renew our mindset from what leadership truly stands for. Leadership is about people not positions.  Leadership is about safety, leadership is about sacrifice. Leadership is about “looking out for the person to your left and the person to your right”.

I dare argue that the lessons of this pandemic will be forgotten before the next election and our leadership will just reset back to what we were and believed in.

In the meantime, we can only hope that the scars in our hearts and minds from what we have lost will constantly remind us to take a second look at how we define and choose our leaders and by so doing we can at least shoot for that self-reliant Africa we so eloquently preach to the world. We are living in a pool of enormous resources but we are still ‘hungry’.

Dr. Hamza Asumah is a Surgeon and Medical Director of Abenkyiman Hospital (a private hospital) in the Bekwai municipality and the founder and managing director of Halo Medical Services, a medical consultancy firm since October 2012. He plays the oversight duty of ensuring the daily clinical and administrative management of these companies.

Source: Dr Hamza Asumah

‘Until you get married, be stingy with money’ – Reno Omokri advises bachelors

The former aide to Ex Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has advised men to date a woman they can share their heart with and not only their money. He made this known on his Twitter account.

Reno Omokri added that a man needs to be stingy with his money until he gets married. Speaking further, he added that any woman who is able to stay under such a condition is the ideal woman.

“Dear men,

“You need a woman you can share your heart with, not one you can only share your money with. Until you get married, be stingy with money and be generous with affection. The woman that stays, under those circumstances, is the woman for you.”, he tweeted.

Source: phamousghana.com

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