Afronitaa, Abigail place third on BGT

Ghanaian dancing duo Afronitaa and Abigail missed out on the ultimate prize of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent after placing third.

Singer Syndie Christmas earned the top prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to play at the Royal Variety Performance.

Magician Jack Rodes finished second in this year’s talent competition.

Despite finishing third, Afronitaa and Abigail performed an excellent and exciting dance routine in the finals.

The dance duo, dressed in red, gold, and green Ghanaian colours, performed well-coordinated routines that earned enormous acclaim from the audience.

Judges Simon Cowell, Bruno Toniolo, Amenda Holden, and Alesha Dixon were captivated by the energy brought on stage by the dancing duo.

Afronitaa and Abigail have had a remarkable audition in this season’s competition after initially making the top 10 and progressively making it to the finals.

They have received massive praise back home in Ghana, with social media users lauding their effort in raising high the flag of Ghana at the international competition.

Amakye Dede to be honoured with TGMA Lifetime Achievement award

Delving into the special merit of the 25th anniversary of the Telecel Ghana Music Awards, the Lifetime Achievement honour will be conferred on legendary Highlife Maestro, Amakye Dede.

Amakye Dede’s presence in the Ghanaian music industry for over five (5) decades is a remarkable testament to his legacy. His musical journey began when he joined the Kumapim Royals, a renowned Highlife band led by Akwasi Ampofo Agyei (AAA), as a composer and a vocalist, one of Ghana’s Highlife legends.

Amakye Dede later established his own music group, the Apollo High Kings recognized for delivering numerous Highlife hits throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

With a discography reflecting twenty (20) albums to his credit and a vast repertoire of songs, Amakye’s immense contribution has not only shaped the Highlife landscape but also inspired different generations of artistes and music lovers. “Iron Boy”, as he is affectionately called by Ghanaians, has over the years explored diverse genres like Soca, Calypso, Lovers Rock, etc., and woven same into our rich home-grown sound, Highlife.

The Highlife Maestro has notable songs such as “Iron Boy”, “Su fre wo Nyame”, “Asem to me a ka bi ma me”, “Dabidabi Ebeye Yie”, “Mmaa Pe sokoo”, “Bebrebe Yi”, just to mention a few.

We pay homage to the unparalleled artistry of Amakye Dede and celebrate his unwavering commitment to his craft this Saturday, 1st June 2024, at the 25th Telecel Ghana Music Awards powered by Charter House, supported by Guinness, Captain Morgan, CloseUp, TV3, British Council, and sponsored by Telecel, connecting energies.

 

Lilwin breaks silence on near-death accident

Kumawood actor, Kwadwo Nkansah ‘Lilwin’ says he is thankful to God for surviving a gruesome car accident on Saturday en route to the premiere of ‘A Country Called Ghana’ movie in Kumasi.

The actor made his first statement on the accident at the movie premier hours after the accident had occurred.

Lilwin was seen with a white bandage covering his forehead where he had gotten hurt.

Addressing the crowd, he noted that he had been advised to stay indoors. However, he could not ignore the efforts of the individuals including local chiefs who made it to the event and thus made his way to the event when he felt better.

Lilwin stated that it was only because of the grace of God that he survived the crash. He also expressed gratitude to everyone who supported him.

Lilwin and others sustained injuries in a head-on car crash hours before the premiere of his movie ‘A Country Called Ghana’. The accident occurred on Saturday morning at Amakom, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti region.

According to eyewitnesses, the actor was driving at top speed from the Amakom intersection to the WAEC area when he suddenly veered into the adjacent lane.

Eyewitnesses told JoyNews that the vehicle crashed head-on into a private family car carrying a father and his four-year-old child, leaving the child unresponsive from severe head injuries.

Lilwin and his two passengers also sustained head injuries. The impact of the collision left the two cars damaged.

A third victim says her car lights were smashed by the speeding vehicle.

Paul of P-Square fame remarries

Nigerian singer Paul Okoye, famously known as ‘Rude Boy’ of P-Square fame, has exchanged vows with his bride, Ivy Ifeoma Iboko, in a traditional ceremony held in her hometown of Igbere, Abia State.

The couple, adorned in traditional attire, captured attention in a video making rounds on social media.

Paul, the groom, wore a white ensemble complemented by a red beaded necklace and cap, while Ivy dazzled in an exquisite white dress and scarf.

Photographs from the event depict the couple kneeling before elders, receiving heartfelt blessings and prayers for their union.

Rudeboy took to his Instagram page to share snapshots from the ceremony, accompanying them with the caption “#Ifynonso.”

Having previously married Anita Okoye, with whom he shares three children, Paul, and his ex-wife, finalized their divorce in December 2021. They currently co-parent their children.

In December 2022, Paul introduced Ifeoma as his girlfriend, a year after his divorce from Anita, marking a new chapter in his romantic journey.

Kofi Adomah updates public on Godpapa The Greatest’s case

Media personality Kofi Adomah Nwanwani has updated the public on the health status of the socialite duo Empress Lupita and her spouse Godpapa The Greatest.

He reported that Empress Lupita has left Pantang Hospital, having been medically cleared as mentally sound after nearly seven months of treatment.

He added that while Godpapa The Greatest is also recuperating, his discharge is pending due to the awaited paperwork from the Attorney General, Godfred Dame.

Kofi Adomah relayed that Empress Lupita has rejoined her father and resumed activity on TikTok, indicating her recovery.

“Empress Lupita has returned. Pantang Hospital discharged her following confirmation of her well-being. GodFather the Greatest’s family, responsible for her medical expenses, have entrusted her to her father after a nearly six-month hospital stay,” he disclosed in a video shared by AbaTheGreat on Instagram.

“The A-G has determined they are not liable for any criminal charges. Godpapa The Greatest awaits document finalization and the A-G’s consent. Meanwhile, his wife, Empress Lupita, has been discharged and is actively posting on TikTok,” he added.

It will be recalled that the couple, suspected of mental instability and implicated in the alleged murder and burial of their children, have been a subject of concern.

Their youngest child managed to escape, later recounting distressing experiences under their guardianship.

Known on TikTok as Godpapa The Greatest and Empress Lupita, they garnered attention before their apprehension.

In an interview, they confessed to sacrificing a child, believing him to be demonically influenced and a future threat to society.

Their social media activity offered insights into their domestic life until their arrest. Subsequently, they were released in court, facing no formal accusations.

Lil Win involved in near-fatal accident at Amakom

Renowned Ghanaian actor, Kwadwo Nkansah, popularly known as Lil Win, has been admitted to the hospital following a near-fatal accident in Amakom, Kumasi.

A video showing Lil Win being assisted by several individuals into a different vehicle after his own branded Benz was severely damaged in the Saturday morning incident has gone viral.

The accident also resulted in damage to another vehicle.

A separate video featured a woman, also a victim of the accident, claiming that the actor was driving at an excessive speed and had strayed from his lane.

This unfortunate event occurred just as Lil Win was preparing for the premiere of his movie “A Country Called Ghana” in Kumasi on Saturday night, following a successful premiere in Accra.

Lil Win has been actively promoting the movie over the past few weeks. The film boasts a cast of notable Nigerian filmmakers and fellow Ghanaian actors.

Sean Kingston arrested after police raid singer’s home

Singer Sean Kingston has been arrested in California, hours after a police raid of his Florida mansion, during which his mother was also arrested.

Mr Kingston was accused in February by a company of not fully paying for a huge TV and sound system.

He was taken into custody in Fort Irwin, southern California, on fraud and theft charges on a Florida warrant, police in the latter state said.

In an earlier social media post, Mr Kingston said his lawyers were “handling everything”.

The Florida police raid targeted a residence near Fort Lauderdale at which the singer – whose legal name is Kisean Anderson – was named as living in court documents from February.

US media – including the BBC’s partner CBS News – reported that the woman arrested was Mr Kingston’s mother.

Confirming the raid to the BBC, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said it served arrest and search warrants at the property.

“As a result of the investigation, an adult female, Janice Turner, 2/16/1963, was taken into custody on numerous fraud and theft charges. This investigation is active and ongoing.”

Officers were reportedly seen taking goods away from the house afterwards. It was not immediately clear whether the arrests were linked to the company’s allegations.

Mr Kingston’s own arrest hours later in southern California was “without incident”, Broward police said. Mr Kingston was due to be booked into jail in San Bernadino.

Mr Kingston and his mother, known on Instagram as Mama Kingston, have been asked for a response.

Before his arrest, Mr Kingston appeared to address the developments on his Instagram account.

“I am good and so is my mother,” the singer said in response to reports that the arrested woman was his mother.

“My lawyers are handling everything as we speak,” he added.

A lawyer representing the pair acknowledged that allegations had been made against them, telling the AP news agency: “We look forward to addressing these in court and are confident of a successful resolution.”

Fella Makafui granted bail after her arrest

Popular social media influencer and actress Precious Fella Makafui has been granted bail after her arrest for selling unregistered drugs from her shop in Mempeasem.

Investigative reporter Akwasi Koranteng, representing ISPYGH 247—an investigative documentary filmmaking firm in partnership with the Pharmacy Council Ghana—reported the arrest of Fella Makafui on May 22, 2024.

The arrest followed a six-month surveillance operation monitoring Fella’s social media activity on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.

The report lists confiscated items including fertility teas, enlargement syrups and oils, detox pearls, and sexual vitality teas, among others.

These products were allegedly marketed without approval from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

During interrogation, Fella, the CEO of Simply Snatched Slimming Tea, admitted to selling non-FDA-registered drugs. She has since been granted bail pending further investigation.

The Pharmacy Council Ghana and ISPYGH 247 have stated that they will provide further updates as the case progresses.

Fella’s arrest follows the arrest of some other social media influencers, including Snapchat influencer Dulcie Boateng, in April 2024 by the Pharmacy Council in collaboration with Akwasi Koranteng.

This comes in the wake of her messy separation from her husband Medikal.

Okomfour Kwadee family member seeks money for his treatment

Ezekiel Aguyire, a family member of hiplife musician Jerry Anaba, popularly known as Okomfour Kwadee, has called on the public to offer financial support to the artiste.

Ezekiel who spoke exclusively to Joy FM confirmed that Kwadee is currently in their hometown, Mirigu Nabango in the Upper East Region.

He stated that the ‘Boyz Boyz’ hitmaker is still battling mental health challenges but lacks the financial strength to pay for treatment.

“He is not feeling well. But now he is a little better. We need the help of Ghanaians for our brother now. He is not supposed to be here but because of the sickness [he had to leave Kumasi],” he said.

He explained that they took him to several places for treatment but due to “money issues” they could not afford some of the medical services.

While seeking suggestions from the public on what to do to give Kwadee the right treatment, Ezekiel mentioned that “even if you find the solution without money, you can’t do anything.”

Commenting on a recent performance video that surfaced on social media, he said he would not have allowed it if he had been around.

“A week ago, he went to do a show, they videoed him and took it to social media. That day I was not around but I came back and heard everything. I did not feel fine about it,” he mentioned.

He, also doubted if any payment was made for Kwadee’s performance because the programme was organised by a family member who lives in another town.

Ezekiel indicated that he used to take care of Okomfour Kwadee since he relocated to Nabongo about two years ago until his mother also joined them.

He added Kwadee’s father recently passed away, and that the funeral is slated for this weekend.

A recent video of Kwadee who looks emaciated, frail, and unkempt, performing at a gathering, has raised serious concerns among music fans and creative industry stakeholders.

The video has stoked a conversation about the current mental health status and general financial condition of the ‘Ofie Nipa’ hitmaker, with some suggesting it could be spiritually motivated.

 

 

GWR: David Appiah set to break Speech-A-Thon

Senior Resource Manager and Engineer at GE Vernova, a global energy company, David Appiah is making headlines with his ambitious goal to break the Guinness World Record for the longest speech marathon.

He will take the stage and attempt to inspire the youth with his motivational speaking skills on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at the World Trade Centre in Accra.

With unvacillating confidence, Daniel Appiah believes he can surpass the current record by speaking for an impressive 100 hours, 10 minutes, and 10 seconds.

The current record is held by Ananta Ram KC, a Nepalese motivational speaker, who spoke for 90 hours and 2 minutes.

He announced his mission to attempt the Guinness World Record for the longest Speech Marathon at a press soiree on Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Stanbic Incubator Conference Hall, Silver Star building, Accra.

David Appiah joins Ghanaians Afua Asantewaa, Chef Faila, and one-year-old Eliam in attempting Guinness World Records in various disciplines.