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VETERAN Ghanaian actress, Akorfa Edjeani, has revealed that of all the challenges confronting the Creative Arts industry, the appointment of wrong people to head the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has been the major reason why the sector is not progressing.

In an interview with Showbiz at her Fali’s Hot Pot eatery at Kanda in Accra on Tuesday, June 4, Akorfa said she had not been impressed with appointees to the Tourism Ministry by successive governments because they lacked the requisite understanding of how the industry operated.

According to Akorfa, although she was not disrespecting the hard work of the ministers, she was convinced that industry players would perform better if they were appointed to such positions because the sector was a specialised area.

“I can’t say I know it all when it comes to the movie industry even with my over 30 years experience. However, I have some knowledge to express my opinion, especially on the way forward for our industry, which is still crawling after many years.

“Clearly, most ministers succeed because they always have technocrats, consultants and the necessary resource persons to facilitate their work, but that is not always the case with specialised sectors such as tourism and the creative arts.

“For instance, the ministers in charge of finance and energy are always experts or people who are quite knowledgeable in those areas and I think the Tourism ministry deserves such an appointee too,” she stated.

Akorfa said if the right people were appointed, it would go a long way to helping the tourism and creative arts sectors discover their economic power with the implementation of effective policies.

“This is because culture and tourism rakes in more money than any other sector, including cocoa. And so we need people who will use the creative arts industry to make the money and lead it for the impact and direction it lacks,” she added.

The mother of two also blamed the “crawling pace” of the movie industry on the absence of a national film authority to oversee the sector.

“It’s been three years since the National Film Act was passed, but it is yet to be a law. As an industry, we have done what is within our means to get it passed, but all to no avail. Without it, there will not be a proper direction for the industry.

“It appears our development is determined by successive governments. Each government comes and implements what is suitable for it. There has to be consensus among stakeholders to have a development plan, so that a change in government does not disrupt it.

“When we continue to let the status quo remain, we won’t see any progress in our industry. Is it not surprising that till date, there is no film on Yaa Asantewaa or Dr Kwame Nkrumah? So we are here today because of the many lapses that have been ignored,” she added.

Akorfa Edjeani has been in the movie industry for about three decades beginning with TV Theatre on GTV, then the series Ultimate Paradise and several movies. The recent movies she has featured in are For Better, For Worse and Azali.


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Stonebwoy Jabs Media Over Hotel Brouhaha





Stonebwoy has taken a swipe at a section of Ghana’s media over reports that he was kicked out of a hotel in Kenya, where he performed at this year’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Festival in Nairobi on Saturday.

According to the celebrated reggae dancehall artiste, the media is only interested in seeing artistes like him fail.

He is, therefore, considering taking a legal action against the media platforms that reported his alleged hotel brouhaha, something he described as “false.”

This week’s reports from Kenya indicated that this year’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Festival didn’t live to up its billing.

The concert, which had some top African artistes such as Nigeria’s Yemi Alade, Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz and Ghana’s dancehall artiste Stonebwoy on the bill, was held on Saturday at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

However, things didn’t go as planned, and music fans reportedly left the event grounds in sheer disappointment.

Stonebwoy allegedly got kicked out of his hotel room after the event over non-payment of bills by the organisers.

Kenyan celebrity blogger Xtian Dela‒ who made the Stonebwoy allegation on Twitter‒ also refused to disclose the name of the particular hotel in question, but only added that Nigeria’s Yemi Alade also “got locked up in her hotel room of because of bills.”

The reports were subsequently picked up by Ghana’s media platforms.

“Sometimes I wonder why so much WICKEDNESS in our Country.. FALSE reportage Gives Us So Much JOY!! like I see these Things and I’m pushed to regret Representing For this same Flag. When All they want is TO SEE US FAIL.. anyway the LAW works and we might resort to it,” he tweeted.




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Minister Honours Winner Of Talented Kids





The winner of Talented Kids 2019, Nakeeat Dramani, on Tuesday met the Minister of Water & Sanitation, Cecilia Dapaah, to be honoured for her great ideas and concerns for the environment.

During her participation in the competition, the winner was an advocate of the environment and sanitation practices as her key message, which finally helped her emerge as the ultimate winner of the competition.

Madam Dapaah said she was thrilled when she saw Ms. Dramani’s performance and what captured her most was one of her poems on sanitation and the environment.

In view of that, she decided to invite Ms. Dramani to congratulate and honour her for having a big agenda since Ghana is currently being faced with sanitation problems.

The minister has also appointed her as the sanitation ambassador of the Ministry of Water & Sanitation for the next two years.

She stated that the initiative started by Ms. Dramani is a good one and since she’s a minor, she would have the opportunity to educate her peers and everyone in Ghana to orchestrate a massive change in sanitation practices.

The minister added that she would help repeat the message the contestant was sending across to keep the environment clean and avoid indiscriminate dumping of waste.

“Let us encourage our children and help them know their interest for them to be supportive in society” she said, as she thanked the TV3, organisers, for organising it for the past 10 years and unveiling precious talents.





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Adom FM Music Chart (Week 23): Kwesi Arthur’s ‘Nobody’ gunning for number 1?



The number one song on your favourite music chart this week may be ‘Shuga’ by Stonebwoy featuring Beenie Man.

However, the number two song, ‘Nobody’ by Kwesi Arthur, is threatening ‘Shuga’s position.

There are increasing talks about the song on social media as Kwesi Arthur readies for his solo concert in London in July.

Listeners are always eager to praise Kwesi Arthur and Mr Eazi for the amazing collaboration. Videos of fans enjoying the song in their personal space and the airplay it receives, have increased popularity as more and more people warm up to it.

The song had been on the chart for more than a month but climbed up at a slower pace. However, the growing interest of people in the song is increasing its chances of topping the chart.

At number three is Fameye’s ‘Nothing I Get’.

The growth of ‘Nobody’ has affected ‘No More’ by Kuami Eugene featuring Sarkodie.

Although the song was aiming for the ultimate spot last week at number two, it has fallen to the fourth position. Not bad if you think about it, it is still in the top five and has the opportunity to take the mantle from ‘Shuga’.

Less than a month on the chart and ‘Nsenkyerene Nyankopon’ by Diana Hamilton has joined the top five, a difficult feat for many. However many people seem to be enjoying the Gospel singer’s latest a lot, so its current position may not exactly be a surprise.

At number six is ‘Don’t Be Late’ by Kofi Mole.

‘Kpo Keke’ by Stonebwoy featuring Medikal, Darkovibes, Kelvyn Boy and Kwesi Arthur has dropped to number seven this week.

‘Jama’ by DJ Mic Smith featuring Patoranking and Shaker has taken another drop. The song is at number eight.

‘Omo Ada’ by Medikal takes over the ninth position. Although it has dropped after topping the chart six times in a row ‘Omo Ada’ still manages to get people on their feet anytime it plays, assuring it of its spot in the top ten.

At number ten is ‘Bad Energy’ by Guru featuring Kwesi Swat.

Also affected by ‘Nobody’ growth is ‘W’asue Me’ by Obaapa Christy. After staying at number 10 for three weeks, the song is holding the 11th position.

‘Eno Be My Matter by Okyeame Kwame featuring Kuami Eugene is again maintaining its number 12 position from last week.

For its second week on the chart, ‘Dzigbordi’ by Lord Paper has moved up from 19 to number 13.

Another song moving up the chart is Dope Nation by ‘Zanku’. The song is at number 14.

At number 15 is ‘Steve Wonder’ by Wendy Shay featuring Shatta Wale.

At number 16 ‘Pilolo’ by Guilty Beatz, Mr Eazi and Kwesi Arthur, three positions down from its previous position.

Making its debut on the chart at number 17 is Dondo by Kwaw Kese featuring Skonti. The song was released in May but has only begun catching the attention of Ghanaians.

‘Sugar Daddy’ by KiDi featuring Mr Eazi is holding the number 18 position. The song which appears on his new album ‘Sugar’ is debuting on the chart almost two weeks after the album dropped.

‘Asew’ meaning in-law by Bisa Kdei is at number 19.

‘My Matter’ by Praye another debut this week is at number 20.

Goodbye to Samini’s ‘Rainbow’, ‘Mr. Badman’ by KiDi and ‘Holiday’ by Dafie Opanka.

With fresh releases every week the taste of people in music keep shifting from one to another. Let us see if the change in preference will move some of your favourites off the chart or make them stay for longer.

Join Andy Dosty this and every Saturday at 12:30 pm, on the Adom Chart Show on Adom FM, to find out if ‘Daavi Neba’ will still hold unto number one or be dragged down.


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