It was a fun sight as Ghanaian-American comedian Michael Blackson took to the street posing as a hawker. He bought a pan full of boiled groundnuts locally known as nkati3 from a lady and started selling them along the street.
To some people in their cars and passengers in buses, they had no idea of who he was and saw Michael as one of those weird hawkers on the streets. Others who recognized him cracked with laughter upon seeing him. Michael’s twi accent whilst selling the groundnuts was the highlight of the day. At the end of his undercover hawking, Michael made some sales while putting smiles on the face of Ghanaians.
FEATURE REPORT: Akrobeto Has Got The World ‘Laughing Out Loud’
Throwback to approximately two years ago when Ghana’s leading local languague broadcasting network – UTV Ghana announced actor and comedian, Akwasi Boadi, also known as ‘Akrobeto’ as the new addition to the list of its prolific on-air personalities to help disseminate news items to its audience, the whole country was left in a state of what was described as ‘discomfort’ due to his ‘poor’ formal education and journalism background.
Akrobeto was born at Ayirebi in the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern region of Ghana. According to his wikipedia, he did not have any formal education. He was a founding member of the Kristo Asafo drama group, when the drama group was founded by Apostle Kwadwo Safo in the late 1990s, along with Agya Koo, Mercy Asiedu, Nkomode the group performed in the Key Soap Concert Party at the National Theater. In 2008, he started featuring in kumawood movies.
What does an “illiterate” got to do with Journalism or radio and tv presentation? Well! I guess this paragraph will justify his call. Growing up in the sonic landscape of Ghana, we met a different style of practical journalism or broadcasting, thus, instead of employing well trained personalities with qualities like Investigative Skills, Tech-Savviness, Analytical Mind,etc into the field (that would however render the masses jobless), local media houses created shows – dominated by softnews that gave “illiterates” (with basically the ability to entertain an audience by making them laugh) to present on odd days and at odd hours. (Ofcourse no producer will air comedy oriented show on actively working days and hours).
Following his appointment as the host of “The Real News With Akrobeto”, the show and the media house started generating interesting conversations amongst the Ghanaian populace of heterogeneous background, majority of which has been centered on the humor aspect of it. Each episode was anticipated as it has become a weekly dose of laughter to cure boredom and to fight stress. The television show has become the most viewed programmed in Ghana with an overwhelming digital presence. Snippet from the show has become the recent social media memes. Internet users use excerpt from to show as comments to other’s posts.
Fast forward to 2020 – an era where the world is battling the glabal pandemic, Coronavirus, the veteran Kumawood actor has gotten international recognition with his comic news on Ghana’s UTV on Fridays. The show focus on trending news – dominated by entertainment & social news and has recently added sports news. He has made the world a little bit brighter with his hilarious sports presentation sketch. Boadi decided to take a shot at reading out a string of scores from the Premier League during ‘The Real News with Akrobeto’, but not in a way you’d expect.
His pronunciation of the club names as well as the players are ribs breaking. The recent news he aired about Cesar Azpilicueta, the captain of Chelsea Football Club attracted his attention and got features on Spanish tabloid – Marca, El Chiringuito TV, Sport Bible, Footyhumor, Falcons among others. Despite UTV being a Twi TV station, Akrobeto combines English and Twi as the medium of communication to his audience.
AKROBETO HAS GOT THE WORLD LAUGHING OUT LOUD
Check out reactions from international media houses below;
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Koo Kumi Taking Poetry To The Next Level With His Upcoming Poetry Album ‘The Griot’
Koo Kumi, one of Ghana’s greatest poets is yet to release a spoken word poetry album titled ‘The Griot’. The poetry album tackles politics, urbanization and movement, culture, age of youth, and gender-related subjects such as sexual violence and victim-blaming (sexual abuse). The Griot seeks to present stories in its truest forms to start conversations about the topics above. All the poems were produced and engineered by various talented young people all from the Akuapem Ridge in Inner Groove Studios located at Aburi Akuapem. The album will also feature one of Ghana’s biggest rap act.
In 2019, Koo Kumi released his first spoken word compilation titled Woke On The Mountain (WOTM), an EP of seven (7) tracks, six (6) poems, and one (1) skit. WOTM was the start of Koo Kumi’s experimental poetry which leaned towards music and alternative hip hop. In May 2020, he released a
three (3) piece Spoken Word EP titled “An Ode To A New”
William DuBois Yaw Sakyi Kumi also known as KooKumi is a spoken word artist who identifies himself as a multi-disciplined artist with a background in visual arts and performance art. He hails from Mampong Akuapem from the Eastern Region of Ghana.
Comedienne Elsa Majimbo Awarded People’s Choice Award By E!
Kenyan internet sensation and comedienne Elsa Majimbo has been recently awarded this year’s People’s Choice Award by E! in the African Social Star category. The award comes after the 18-year-old took social media by storm after sharing a hilarious video of how the COVID-19 lockdown had actually given her an opportunity to avoid seeing people.
OkayAfrica’s Zinhle Ngema writes, “In the video, now viewed over 200 000 times, Majimbo goes on about how she doesn’t actually miss anyone since being forced to stay in doors.” Of course, in Majimbo’s own unabashed words she says: “Why am I missing you? There is no reason for me to miss you… do I pay your rent? Do I provide food for you? Why are you missing me?”.
Majimbo recently took to social media to excitedly express her gratitude for having received the award. She beat out the likes of reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, South African actress Thuso Mbedu, South African rapper Sho Madjozi and several others who were also nominated for the award.
While the continued COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and restrictions have seen us all trying to adjust to a new norm, content creators such as Majimbo have admittedly provided much-needed humour and a major reprieve from the present reality.
The young comedian, a bag of chips in one hand and her sunglasses in the other, has since bagged a number of interviews with both local and international media platforms. Additionally, she’s secured several bags having collaborated with MAC Cosmetics and Rihanna’s FENTY as well as scored an appearance in a recent advertisement celebrating creative talent by South Africa’s Chicken Licken franchise. It’s certainly upwards and onwards for this budding star.
Source: Okay Africa
Broda Shaggi, Kuami Eugene, Diamond Platnumz, Davido, Stonebwoy, Others Listed Amongst 2020 Most Influential Young Africans
Leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media and Africa Youth Awards have announced the 5th annual publication of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans list for 2020. The list is curated to recognise young Africans for their outstanding contributions towards the development of Africa in a diverse range of fields.
With a record 49 females and 51 males represented from 29 African countries, the list features notable faces such as Davido, Peace Hyde, Bobi Wine, Aya Chebbi, Caster Semenya and climate change activists Vanessa Nakate & Nisreen Elsaim.
The list also features 7 young ministers from across the continent, including Angola’s Finance Minister, Vera Esperança dos Santos Daves, Rwanda’s ICT Minister, Paula Ingabire, Sudan’s Minister of Youth, Wala’a Essam al-Boushi and Namibia’s deputy ICT minister, Emma Inamutila Theofelus.
Nigeria recorded the highest representation with 21 young achievers, with Ghana, Kenya and South Africa also recording a representation of 10 young people each.
Sharing insight about the list, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media noted: “the 2020 list features young people pursuing various interests intended to put the name of the continent on the globe through selfless sacrifices and spirited leadership”. He also stated that young people are motivated by the stories of these young achievers who continue to take a lead amid a global pandemic.
The announcement of the list precedes the African Union’s annual Africa Youth Day celebration, which will recognise young African trailblazers from across the continent for 2020.
The criteria for selection included: Excellence in Leadership & Performance, Personal accomplishments, Commitment to sharing knowledge, Breaking the Status Quo and being an accomplished young African.
Below is the official list of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans 2020 (arranged in alphabetical order):
This initiative is a partnered activity between Africa Youth Awards and Avance Media.
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