Africa (GHANA)

In France: A day I spent with Ghanaian Gospel singer Akosua Saah!

Earlier this Summer, i was in my birth country France, enjoying my short holidays away, and i used the time to also spend some quality time with a Ghanaian gospel singer named Akosua Saah who is based in France but frequently goes back to Ghana (as it is her motherland, and for music and promotional purposes) , I interviewed her -of course, and asked her personal questions on her road to success, her music, and I also got to speak with her fellow church members who know her well.

The video was added on my Youtube channel some time ago, but only now do i realise i was yet to upload it on my blog also!

So if you haven’t checked it out, do and watch this video taken in the blazing South of France sun 🙂

Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt8-dYYuxxs

My Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MimiOnliine

 

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Africa (GHANA) · Welcome!

An exchange with Ghanaian President Mahama in London

Unblemished streets, white simple buildings and one particular flag flying high, here I was in Belgrave Square, near the Ghana High commission office.

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An area in London, subsequently known for its embassies and posh aura, I was at the Number 13 street, mentally preparing for what I knew was to be an insightful afternoon as i walked inside the Ghana High commission.

Having being invited by one of the attendees to attend a conference held at the Ghana embassy on the 19th of October 2014, the formal gathering as expected was attended by countless figures such as the Ghana High commissioner H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith, various media outlets, and , -not least, the Ghanaian president – John Dramani Mahama.

I believe the event was also an avenue or ‘pre-preparation’ for the different conferences and forums that were to take place, subsequently in the week, in presence of the Ghanaian president, such as ‘The Global African Investment Summit’ and more.

I also realised that the occasion was to go in the way of a Q/A session, when standing at the podium, in his opening speech President Mahama explained:

“In areas where we have a large diaspora,…we could do that as a vehicle to reach as many people as we can”, then with no hint of nervousness in his voice or demeanour, he continued  I’m open to any questions that you might have” 

Now, though I was too busy watching everything happen through my camera lens, and lifting my hand up on several occasions to have my questions answered too, i did write notes  in between, and I did not fail to witness the scale of topics that were discussed, and It’s only fair for me to share that with you.

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During the forum, questions on corruption in Ghana were brought up a number of times from members of the audience. President Mahama’s answers to those questions were ones in my opinion which did not directly deny the fact that those issues of corruption has happened in the Government’s history or in Ghana as a whole, but when they comes up, in his own words they are  “investigated”, he said: ” The first step in the fight against corruption is to expose it, and so we have to expose corruption before [we] can deal with it…anywhere we get the hint about corruption, we investigate it.”

He also joked about some of the ‘uncanny’ ways corruption is speculated at times, such as when a politician is seeing driving polished cars or “mercedes”, bringing laughter to the audience.

However, he went on to say: “The determination to fight corruption should be one that is for all of us, corruption is endemic in all sectors of our society. It’s a fight that is multi-dimensional and that affects all people.”

On economic challenges in Ghana, the president admitted that the country has indeed faced economical declines in the past, but ended positively as you would think, by saying those issues are being resolved. One of the reasons he gave as to why some of the economic issues may have happened, he believes were due to the lack of faith some politicians may have had on the Ghanaian currency and publicly declaring it, and the pressure or fear that this may have sparked on some citizens to act.

Answering questions about water and sanitation, he proudly explained how more people in Ghana have access to water, and that as Ghanaians we are to celebrate our successes, he said: “Our water accessibility was below 40%, today 67% of Ghanaians have access to clean drinking water, those are the things that we must be proud of.” He continued: “One of the things we’re not good as Ghanaians is counting our successes…”

A question about the promise made by the national democratic progress (NDC) party to ensure free secondary school education was also brought up, President Mahama explained his government is working and figuring out the budget but that “it’s a matter of prioritisation”

He said: “While we continue to invest in quality of education, we must also continue to invest in improving access to education, and access to education can sometimes be constrained by a parent’s ability to be able to afford payment or school fees.”

As another round of questioning opened, one strongly opinionated member of the public having been given the permission to speak, asked how to ensure that Ghanaian local languages are applied and spoken in the Ghanaian society as much as the English language is.

To that question, the president agreed that if a language is unspoken after a certain amount of time, it eventually lose its power, to ensure that this does not happen in Ghana he believes there needs to be a linguistic group made of “professionals and intellectuals” who would meet as a form of routine (possibly-every 6 months) to translate into the local languages the new “concepts” and vocabulary that has come or already exists in the English language, he believes this is one area that needs to be looked at specifically by the Ministry Of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs.

Now, there were also  ‘sport questions’ – as expected-, and the question in everyone’s lips was “Would Ghana host the 2015 ‘African Cup of Nations’?” The president in overall explained that it’s a decision that has to be taken cautiously based on the current outbreak of the Ebola virus:

“…and so if Morocco expresses concern that that is one of the concerns for which they want a postponement, we are going to look at that carefully before we host AFCON or not, but certainly 2017 we are putting in a bid for it.” he explained.

The behind the scenes of the 2014 FIFA world cup, the fee, the plane, the whole thing, those topics which were discussed by Ghanaians as much as the Blackstars’ performances that Summer of 2014, was also brought up in the forum by an individual who really wanted to know what happened. Based on the president’s response, though also backed up with some light humour, i got the impression that the drama of this year’s World cup won’t repeat itself again, and the president, not wanting to give too much information, explained that it was a lesson “learnt” and next time they will unsure the paying fee is giving as it should, before the game starts.

You’ve reached the (almost) end of this article and though you might have not been there that day, i hope you have gotten as much from it reading this! My next article could be a one-on one interview transcript with the President, with my questions fully answered too. Who knows. I will make sure to update you on it when it happens 😉

Thanks for reading!

(Please know that some of the topics that were discussed on that afternoon at the Ghana high commission might have not been discussed in the exact chronological order as displaced in this article, but all these were discussed in the same way as portrayed here. Thank you for reading.)

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[Update]: Below is the video link  w/ footages of the conference from my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZAyjKgAc2I&list=UUwHGwVkHKHPFhOJntS-G83Q

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts · Welcome!

Why Not You?

I see individuals with no dreams, no goals, no zeal.

I see people with no big visions, no big goals for their lives, I believe that’s because they don’t believe they could achieve anything, they tend to think the world and high positions in society belongs to other people, better looking people than them, so they don’t even dare to dream.

They’d rather stick with the minimum, having a career, a life that is just okay.

Their current jobs is not the one they want, It’s not a job they wake up excitedly thinking about, but they stick to what they know, what they’ve always known.

They have leadership qualities, they could save, protect, restore, bring solutions and heal a nation, but the job of presidency is too big, too far off, too impossible for them.

At night, they dream about it though.

They love drama, acting, bringing life into a fictional character and portraying a character is what they love, they record using their phone. They’re really good, but the thought of acting being a competitive field with a possibility of never making it, is what stops them.

They say “Being an influential person and a positive, strong figure in society belongs to other people”

Me?

“I’m too poor” , “too ugly” , “not smart”, “I’m black”, “The other citizens are here, I wasn’t born here, how can I have a high post? Nah. I will just stick to safety, stick to what I know. My mum didn’t make it, my dad as well, who on earth am I to think I can have this job? My dream job? Me? A politician? A president. No way”.

If you’re listening and you’re someone who thinks like that, it’s time to stop and start chasing your dreams, no matter how far, impossible they may seem right now. Greater what is in you.

I believe in the importance of dreaming big and having visions for your life, let your dreams become a reality for you.

There’s a quote that says ‘If people don’t laugh at your dreams, that means your dream is not big enough’

Think about it.

– Myriam-

[These words were taken from a youtube video I made for my Youtube channel some time ago, ‘Why settle for less?’, you can watch the video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkbmWD0LZUA

Pictures · UK · Welcome!

Italian chef Gino D’acampo in Luton! + Pictures!

On Saturday 15th of March 2014 , Italian chef, Gino D’acampo well recognised by the British public for his  frequent TV appearances, remarkable culinary skills, cheeky humour and distinct Italian accent, was at the Luton Mall alongside cookery pair ‘The main Ingredient’,  cooking special italian food while interacting with the audience! They came  in support of  ZANUSSI, an Italian home appliances company which delivers home appliances straight from Italy. Here are snippet pictures for those who might have missed the occasion (or not).

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Africa · Thoughts · Welcome!

‘The Nana Churcher show Live’ short summary + Pictures

Saturday 1st of March 2014 was a day long – awaited and anticipated for those who follow ‘ The Nana Churcher show’ closely, a lifestyle TV talk show with multiple facets,  with celebrity interviews, fashion segments, entertainment and travel. At the core of the different themes , the objective which is  to make the viewer “get up on their feet and do wonderful things with their life” as the Ghanaian UK- based host Nana Churcher often puts it in the intros, is non- transparent , especially when one looks at the choice of guests chosen for the different episodes thus far , and the sort of angle that leads the different interviews and the subjects discussed on the show.

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‘The Nana Churcher show LIVE’ is the anticipating event which took place on the 1st of March in the heart of London. Literally translated, it’s designed as the live version of the original talk show, together with the host herself, and a live audience.

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If classified, the event stood as a special edition alongside the former episodes to commemorate Ghana’s 57th independence. The special edition which will air later on the respective channels the show usually airs on. The live event was also one to  start off the 3rd season of the ‘Nana Churcher show’,which was  formed in 2012.

The theme of the event was ‘Celebrating the stars’ , Nana, the host would interview individuals who are worth celebrating in our society today as they discussed their road to success, their career, and give way for exclusive details on their backgrounds and their humble beginnings.

I have watched numerous episodes of  ‘The Nana Churcher show’ , so as you can imagine, it did not take me long before   deciding to get my tickets for a chance to experience it live. I believe a show which aims to inspire its viewers in different aspects is one that is worth looking forward to. Seeing the show live would be a clearer reflection of what is seen on television. That’s what i believed.

And i was right, the event was entertaining, and of course inspiring.

The guests interviewed were Miss Ghana UK 2013 Janet Djan; Gospel singer Diana Antwi Hamilton; Renowned PR Mavis Amankwah and Nigerian actor Ikenna Obi.

The questions Nana asked the guests were non-cliches, which gave way for the guests to open up by sharing details about their backgrounds, their lives, their childhood. Often speaking about issues not talked about previously.

Listening to some of the stories the guests shared gave one a deeper understanding as to where their humility and down-to-earth attitude actually comes from.

One of the guests, Miss Ghana UK, Janet Djan  spoke about her experiences as a young girl growing up in Ghana, describing how her life then was very different from how her life is today. She talked about her journey to becoming Miss Ghana UK, and jokingly shared the background details  on one of the pictures she shared on a social networking site just after winning the Miss Ghana UK contest. Clue? A picture in which she is seen  indulging on a popular Ghanaian traditional dish. Ha.

Nana Churcher’ s interview with guest Mavis Amankwah during the event was probably one of the most insightful background interviews of the award winning PR.  She did not only share talk on her career, but openly shared some of her  difficult past.  An exchange between her and the host that surely inspired anyone watching to believe that them too can  achieve despite whatever circumstances, and proving that a person’s troubled past should in no way hinder their progress.

Actor Ikenna Obi  spoke about his switch starting from being a rigorous Law student to going into acting. As an actor, he spoke about the African movie industry, sharing his thoughts on what Nollywood and African movie industry as a whole needs  to succeed and grow more as a venture. His views and knowledge generated praise from the audience as many agreed with what he believed in. For an industry to grow, one has got to work with one another.  Love, trust and support for one another are keys for a successful industry.

And who knew Ikenna Obi could dance the azonto? I sure didn’t know before i went. Hm. But It would be surely difficult to show what i mean by typing, so you will probably have to watch the broadcast to understand where i’m coming from.

Musician Diana Antwi Hamilton was interviewed together with Oxford graduate Gillian Appau. As a student myself, I was very much inspired by Gillian Appau’s insightful background and appreciated her speaking openly. Gillian shared her experiences growing up in a ordinary family by becoming a daughter who attends one of the most prestigious universities in the UK.  She shared her experiences and same time struggles she might have experienced in the past fitting in among the crowd.

A live version of a show requires live performances, right?  Therefore, it is almost non surprising for Nana Churcher to have asked Diana Hamilton to sing a song live for the sake of the audience, the upcoming viewers, the listeners, who i believed were secretly awaiting the moment also. Including me.  Again,  i cannot show what i mean by simply using words or letters, so i guess you will probably have to watch  the pre-recorded broadcast  to understand where i’m coming from.

‘The Nana Churcher show’  airs on VOX Africa TV on sky channel 218,  and on DSTV Africa. You can subscribe to the show’s youtube channel  http://www.youtube.com/user/nanashowbest?feature=watch , to watch or re-watch past episodes, and follow ‘The Nana Churcher show’ on Facebook for more information.

Going to ‘ The Nana Churcher show Live’, i brought my humble camera with me, and  i managed to shoot some interviews, take pictures of the attendants before and after the event.

Check the pictures below!

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Watch the behind the- scenes here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPhnoihv3QY

Africa · news features

Nigeria Anti gay law bill :14 year sentence? What do some actually think?

photo Earlier this month, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan passed a new legislation in Nigeria. The bill introduces a 14 year prison sentence for anyone in a same sex relationship, and anyone in supports of gays, or same sex associations, organisations and clubs could face up to 10 years imprisonment. Civil union was already illegal in Nigeria, but this new law brings penalties for anyone belonging in the other categories, such as gay rights activists, it also brings longer prison sentences for anyone who appears to be in a same-sex relationship and  bans any form of gay organisations, as stated previously. Despite the country’s prominent religious conflicts, and divisions between Christians and Muslims in the North, Nigeria still remains a religious country rich in culture and traditions. So it is fair to say that the new law against homosexuality was well- received by the majority of Nigerians. A few days after the anti gay law was adjusted, one of the interesting things I have realised by speaking to some of the Nigerians on the subject, is the fact that the legislation is somehow observed as a ‘win or lose situation’, it is as if many believe that if this law was not activated, same-sex relationships in Nigeria and homosexuality would somehow be acceptable. Even though the union of same-sex relationships was already illegal, some believe that this new law makes it official and ultimate. photo-6 A mass Communications postgraduate student i interviewed said ” It’s a good thing, Nigerians should never permit homosexuality.”  Out of curiosity, I went on to ask if she believed the prison sentences were justifiable and if it was the right thing to impose, unsure, she replied  “I don’t know.” This triggered something in my mind  ‘What do supporters of the new anti-gay law bill actually think of the actual punishment and the 14 year prison sentence against the main offenders? Do they all agree with it?’ When tapping on this particular aspect, the answers and opinions i received after varied. The sentences accompanied with the crimes may seem like nothing much compared to the stoning and the lashes facing offenders in the North,under the Islamic Sharia Law. But even so, is the 14 year prison sentence the best way to go against the offenders found to belong in ‘illegal ‘relationships? The rest of this article will look at the different views of some of the Nigerians i spoke to, who were mainly of Christian religion. It will also focus on the different aspects that may come up with the new legislation now in place. photo-5 “I support the law, but what are they going to learn behind bars??… Someone might even kill them in the prison, it could turn into a big issue, i don’t think that will solve the case.” – Kelechi 24- Kelechi who is currently a university student in the United Kingdom, came from Nigeria not long ago to follow her masters, she told me that back in Nigeria, she had a friend who because of low self esteem issues and finding herself ‘ugly’ and less pretty than other girls, started to spend more time with males instead of female friends, which ultimately changed the way she interacted and affected her preferences. Kelechi believes that there could also be occasions when a man becomes gay out of personal choice and past struggles: ” Girls kept breaking their hearts in the past.” Her concern is also what may happen once the offenders get inside prison. She believes homosexuality is an addiction and the people needs help and counselling, before actually being put behind bars. As Nigeria is a country respective of traditions and culture, she personally thinks that there should be a private meeting between the police, the suspect and the guardian or parent, as a form of warning and second chance before taking matters further. Anyway, Kelechi was not the only person who thought counselling should come first. A woman in her 30’s, told me that what she thinks is needed is :  “rehabilitation, rehabs, but there are not such things in Nigeria.”  And Blessing, who is a bio-medical student at a university thinks there should be “different cases and surveillance.” She believes that there should be different approaches depending on the individuals. Some offender(s) should be put on surveillance and strong maintenance, If after a while, the person is back in their old ways, she believes then. they should face the original process. Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati once said that the law “reflects the religious and cultural preferences of the Nigerian people.”  photo-6 One person i interviewed believes that in order for the sentences to be effective as it reflects the opinions and views on most Nigerians around the country, during the prison sentences there should be a religious leader or a counsellor often visiting the jails, in order for the offenders to change and at least learn something once their sentences ends. However, not everyone shared those views  Hope, who studies International Business Management said that because of this new legislation now in place , for the first time  she feels that “Nigeria has a voice.”  Medical student Blessing also strongly believes that the sentences are right appropriate for Nigerians who choose to continue their illegal acts, she believes that in Nigeria, when it comes to this case a person will not be arrested based on mere assumptions. She said: “In Nigeria, people in a same sex relationship would look obvious together, as these people are not prominent in the country.” Pastor C. who shared the same views  also said “Even though it wasn’t legal for same-sex couples to live in civil partnership and get married, people were still getting together in hiding.” He believes that now that it’s a crime and there are sentences that follows, nobody would dare to go against it. A young woman also told me “This legislation is to scare them, it’s a good thing. Now in Nigeria no one would be proud to say ‘ I’m gay’ [and go on to promote]” Under this new legislation, President GoodLuck Jonathan is facing extreme pressure from oppositions, something I believe the president was ready for. A survey done in 2013, found that 98% of Nigerians believed homosexuality should not be accepted in the society. Now, in 2014, why a controversy if the president had taken an initiative based on the thinking of the majority of Nigerians who voted for him as  president? Do people outside the country or even the minority have the right to disagree on an initiative taken for the majority? photo-3 Many would agree that Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan has shown a bright example by staying true to the people’s traditions and values,  but there are those even if happy with the legislation against same- sex relationships  believes there should be careful steps taking for this particular crime such as Blessing and Kelechi thinks so, and others who agree with the new law as well as the sentences put against the offenders, like Pastor C and Hope. However, there are also those who disagree with the new anti gay law bill system as a whole. One thing is for sure, in all situations, peace is key!  Thanks for reading! … 72dd24087b667a919483fd102476aee4

Africa · News

Ghana movie Awards: The impact it has on the industry + list of 2013 winners

In some parts of the world exists ceremonies specifically designed to applaud and rewards excellence in cinema.

Such events brings recognition, and secondly encouragement to producers, directors and actors to get better as their work is been appreciated and recognised in their own country.

In the United States, there is the Academy Awards also known as ‘ The oscars’ , one of the many  ceremonies that already exists in the country with the same purpose.

In Nigeria, which holds  the 3rd largest movie industry in the world, there is the  ‘Nollywood Movie Awards’ as one of the award ceremonies in the country that aims to celebrates brilliance in the industry.

Now, this article is going to focus on the Ghanaian movie industry.

Movies have been produced in Ghana for a very long time, starting from home videos. The first ever Ghanaian film said to have been shown in the US is a 1984 movie called ‘Kukurantumi’.

The Ghanaian movie industry is one that has to crawl itself up over the years, before been fully recognised as a proper industry in Ghana.

As more creative filmmakers and directors made their way into the industry, better quality movies were produced, more productions were made, and stories were told in a better way featuring new and experienced Ghanaian actors. With hard work and dedication the industry eventually grew and expanded, gaining recognition.

In 2010, on December the 25th, ‘Ghana movie awards’  came to light.

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The first edition of the annual ceremony was well-received and attracted the majority of Ghanaians actors as well as actors in neighbouring countries, such as Nigeria.

It is an event specifically organised to reward and celebrate achievement in the Ghanaian film industry, celebrating both movies in the local language and English. Because of its initial purpose to showcase Ghanaian cinema, it was a big step for the industry. It is organised by Ghollywood Productions limited and was founded by Fred Nuamah.

” I’m happy that we’re doing something of out own, back here in Ghana.”  is what Ghanaian actress jackie Appiah said in 2010, as she attended the event.

During its second edition, in 2011, Ghanaian actor Prince David also expressed his satisfaction when asked about the ceremony “…it’s a way forward…We’re doing some quality movies in Ghana, Nigeria, in Africa so it’s an honour to be appreciated for your good works to be honoured,.. I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

Renowned actor, Van vicker in 2011 after attending the event for the first time in 2011 also said “ It’s very significant because things like this doesn’t come around here, …so it’s significant, it’s leaving its mark”

During the launch on December the 3rd, the minister for tourism, culture and creative arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofusu-Agyare went on to say  “Ghana Movie Awards has soon become the biggest annual event in the film industry, where the entire industry looks forward to ”

However, since its formation in 2010, the annual ceremony has also received criticism in many areas from the public, such as in the way the event is organised as well as important technical issues that have been noticed before and during previous ceremonies.

But despite it all,  the Ghana movie Awards still remains an event awaited every year by the majority of Ghanaians and people in the entertainment industry.

The 4th edition of the Ghana Movie Awards took place on the 30th December, held at the Accra International conference centre.

So, here is the list of winners alongside the categories for which they were nominated for:

Best Cinematography: Northern Affair

Writing- Adapted Or Original Screenplay: Contract

Best Production Design: The Pledge

Best Directing: Shirley Frimpong Manso (Contract) ; Leila Djansi (Northern Affair)

Best Costume And Wardrobe: George Atobrah (Akomfo Anokye)

Best Editing: Northern Affair

Music- Original Music (score) : House Of Gold

Make-Up and Hair Stylist: Jude Odeh (Barima Nye Sunye)

Best African Collaboration- Best Actor: Hloma Dandala (Contract) & Francis Odega (House of Gold)

Best African Collaboration- Best Actress: Patience Ozorkwor ( Slave Boy)

Best  Sound Editing: Northern Affair

A performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role: Kwadwo Nkansah (Lilwin) – (Movie: Time Changes)

A Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role: Joselyn Dumas (Northern Affair)

A Performance By an Actor In A Leading Role: John Dumelo (Northern Affair)

A Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role: Jackie Appiah (Cheaters)

Best Picture: Northern Affair

Short Movie: Galamsey

When it comes to public votes…

Best TV Series: Heartbreak Hotel

Best Actress TV Series: Maame Esi ( Chorkor Trotro)

Best Actor TV Series: Funny Face

Well done to all the nominees and winners!

Education

How to get into the field you want to get into?

You have a dream, a vision for your life, you might be  a graduate unemployed, finding it hard to get into your field,  or even a student and still working on achieving your dreams.

The following video gives you some tips as to how to get into the field you want to get into , nothing is impossible. Do not let what others said dictate you.

Happy holidays! 🙂

Africa · Africa (GHANA) · News · Thoughts

GUBA Awards: 4th Edition thoughts!

Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards known as GUBA is an awards ceremony founded by Dentaa Amoateng, it was launched in 2010 in the UK. It is an organisation which principal aim is to celebrate British Ghanaians and their achievements in society.

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In an interview with PANACHE-E Magazine, Dentaa Amoateng says “My inspiration came from seeing a large number of Ghanaians in this country (UK) doing exceptionally well..

The female entrepreneur had a vision, followed it and brought to existence the difference she wanted to see, the annual awards ceremony now recognises the raw talents of Ghanaian individuals, young entrepreneurs,organisations and more.

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GUBA Awards by recognising individuals is in turn being recognised by members of the community, Ghanaians and Non-Ghanaians alike, as a great platform for British Ghanaians and the African community as a whole.
The organisation has won numerous awards since its foundation, one of them been
‘The International Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award 2013.’
Mayor of London, Boris Jonhson speaking about GUBA says: “London’s diversity is its strength, and the GUBA Awards showcase all that is great about this city.
Member of Parliament, Adam Afriyie also says: “They (GUBA) is an inspired platform, a fantastic opportunity to highlight the significant and valuable contribution British-Ghanaians make to the UK.

GUBA is not only limited to its awards ceremony, it is currently working on the ‘Guba Foundation’, an organisation that focuses on addressing issues that has to do with disability, health, poverty needs and education. “We want to provide awareness, support and guidance to families, create strong connections encouraging community cohesion, and ensure that the community have access to the services that they require.
Autism is the area they’re focusing on now, creating awareness and breaking the ‘stigma’ usually put with people with the condition by bringing support,connecting and recognising the talents of people living with the condition in the Ghanaian community.

As a 19 year old adult, it’s my ultimate joy when i see common individuals, students, teachers, entrepreneurs working hard towards their visions, goals and bringing to life things they want to see happening, with the belief that them too can make and in fact be the difference.

I was there at the 4th edition of the GUBA AWARDS which took place at the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel in London. Despite hearing and knowing a lot about GUBA, i had not gone to any of the previous ceremonies, so it was very humbling to be there in person, speaking to the humble personalities that were present also.

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An event as such that celebrates achievements of individuals should also work as a reminder and inspiration for anyone to dream higher, wants more and works hard towards reaching their goals. Nothing is impossible.

How does the GUBA AWARDS go?

First of, the nominees are put in 3 different sections representing the different colours of the Ghana flag.
There is the BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE section in red
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Followed by ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS section in yellow or Gold
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And the COMMUNITY section in green
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To make it all complete, representing the black star inside the Ghana flag there is also the ‘Special Achievement Awards’ section, members of this category are not nominated but are awarded for their achievements.

Who were the winners at the GUBA AWARDS 2013?

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BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE:

Sustainable Business Award won by: Agro Mindset Organization.
The founder, David Asiamah had a dream about agriculture and the issue of agriculture with Ghanaians not being into the field as much, and that brought about the organisation.
Changing the face and perception of agriculture in Ghana by creating projects, equipping and also improving the skills of those wanting to get into agriculture.

The telecommunications company Vodafone won in the category of Corporate Business Of the Year.

RLG Development Award won by Edward Amartey Tagoe for his work in the IT field, and his software company Nandimobile founded in 2010, it creates innovative apps that focuses on improving the communication between organisations and their consumers.

Small emerging business award won by Sheabutter Cottage

Young entrepreneur award won by Edwin Kwaku Broni-Mensah.
Edwin Kwaku Broni-Mensah won for his work in “GiveMeTap ”, an entreprise he founded in 2010 while completing his PhD, it focuses on making available clean water to people in Africa and the world who have no access to it.

Efie Ne fie award won By Debra-Jane Nelson, the founder of Think| Mahogany,an event company that also focuses on communication, production and photography.

ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS:

Music Artist of the Year award won by Fuse ODG.

African Fashion Designer of the Year: Duaba Serwa

Young and Talented Award: won by Lewis Appiagyei, aspiring Formula 1 ‘champion’, we can call him ‘the next’ Lewis Hamilton

COMMUNITY:

Rising star award: Rebecca Amissah

Charity of the Year award: Lively minds, a charity that focuses on helping deprived children in rural areas in Ghana and in Eastern Uganda.

Ghanaian association of the Year: won by Merceyside Assiociations of Ghanaians.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

GUBA Exceptional achievement: Herman Chinery-Hesse

GUBA Outstanding Achievement: Prince Kofi Amoabeng

GUBA Community Champion: Archbishop Kwaku Manson

GUBA Enterprise Mogul: Kanya King MBE

Student Achiever Award won by Jason Ochere, who graduated with 2.1 honours in Philsophy, Politics and Economics at the university of Manchester university.

Congratulations to all the winners and persons nominated!

When i was younger, i used to think I could get inside the television if I took a shoe with a heel or whatever girlish weapon that were there and throw it into the TV screen until the television screen smashes, then i thought i could get inside it quickly and be part of everything that I saw.
Being present at the last edition of the GUBA Awards and seeing everything happening in front of my very eyes was a bit like i threw a shoe to get there, only difference is, i did not.

I promise. I chose the safest way.

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Nadia Buari takes on directing with new movie “The Diary Of Imogen Brown”

Popular Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari has recently finished directing her first movie “The Diary of Imogen Brown” which will premiere on the 23rd of December 2013 at the conference centre in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Earlier this year, Nollywood actor and close friend of Nadia Buari, Jim Iyke made fans curious as he gave hints on the Ghanaian actress’s new take on directing by posting detailed information about the upcoming Nadia Buari film

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Now, a few months later, on the 6th November, it seems like all doubts about the movie were cleared as the actress herself expressed her thrill and excitement on her official twitter page, revealing information about the premiere for her movie

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According to Nadia Buari’s twitter, alongside herself “The Diary Of Imogen Brown” will star Nollywood’s renowned face Jim Iyke.

As well as premiering in Accra on the 23rd December of this year, the movie will also have its premiere on the 24th of December in Takoradi and 26th December in Kumasi.

Details about the other co-stars of the anticipated movie are yet to be revealed.

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Credit pictures : @B5sNadiaBuari