LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA, Thursaday February 13, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Celebrated Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been named ‘Woman of the Decade’ Editor’s Choice by ThisDay Newspaper.
She was given the recognition by ThisDay Newspapers in celebration of their silver jubilee which recently held at the Eko Hotels Convention Centre, VI, Lagos.
Unable to attend the event, Chimamanda, was however presented her award at a reception held in her honor by Nigerian writer, John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo (J.P Clark), on Monday.
Explaining the selection process, ThisDay noted in a statement, “The board noted that whereas the editor’s choices were based on the strength of industry knowledge and professional advice, the readers’ votes were mostly based on their perception”.
Alongside Ms Adichie, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms Amina Mohammed, was also named “Woman of the Decade” based on the people’s choice.
Prior to this award, Ms Adichie emerged the first recipient of the Belle van Zuylen Ring, an honorary prize awarded by the International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU), Netherlands.
She was awarded the prize for “her contribution to humanity through her literary works and her public engagements which have played huge roles in effecting change and a better understanding of issues such as identity and feminism.”
As part of the activities for the festival, Ms Adichie delivered a thought-provoking speech and had a conversation with renowned Dutch cultural historian and author, Nancy Jouwe.
She also engaged with writers and literary minds from all around the world and signed autographs for teeming fans at the event.
Musiga Elections Slated For June 24
The National Election Committee of the Musicians Union of Ghana in consultation with the National Executive Council and the National Executive Committee has set June 24 as the new date for the Union’s national elections.
This follows the resolution of the court case regarding the elections and the National Executive Council meeting.
The National Elections Committee wishes to assure all aspirants and members of the Union that measures have been put in place to ensure a free, fair and credible elections.
KWATAY/ The Power Plug Behind Samini’s “Untamed” Album
GREATER ACCRA – GHANA, Wednesday February 19, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Kwasi Tay, known in music circles as “Kwatay” is one of the very influential but silent forces behind the scenes supporting both mainstream and budding talents.
Kwatay is a known face from his hometown, Sovie, to have supported many musicians and entertainment programmes. He has single-handedly organized music concerts to entertain and elevate the youths of his area. He is well revered from his home region for his efforts to always support the youths and sustain music & arts.
Kwatay is one of the strong forces behind MOBO-winning musician, Samini’s latest “Untamed” Album. Kwatay is known to have pulled some resources and team for the production of Samini’s successful album “Untamed” which has won an international award. Kwatay was also a strong force that helped organize Samini’s “Untamed Album Launch” in 2019 at the Seattle Arts Museum in USA. The “Untamed” hit the world charts at N.o 8 in the “TOP 10 Reggae Albums” on Billboard.com during the first week of release. That album also won “Album Of The Year” on Europe’s biggest Reggae magazine, Reggaeville.com
Long before he got to connect with Samini, he has been good friends with the Legendary Producer/Musician, Nana King. And Nana King according to history was the one who shot Samini’s career up and blew him to the world as a Producer at the time (in early 2000s).
Rumour also has it that he discovered a new Ghanaian Singer who would later get signed to one of the renowned Ghanaian indie labels. More information available to us proves that, Kwatay has pushed for the artiste to get signed by the label and in due time label will outdoor the said artiste, soon.
Just like the adage goes that “good beads don’t rattle”, Kwatay has been quite reserved about his accomplishments and loves to work behind the scenes.
Tracing it down to memory lane, Kwatay, who is also a musician himself, had released a debut album in the early 2000s. Fast forward 2019, he began serious recording again and dropped “Bodyguard” (Akpeteshie), a song that best fits a street anthem for the (hard liquor) parties. He shot a very clean video for it directed by Slingshot, the same video Director who worked on classic videos for Rocky Dawuni, Morgan Heritage, Samini, just time Name a few.
Kwatay announces a major return this 2020 and would wan to keep his fans and music lovers in a bit of suspense before he drops the new jam.
(Story: Elorm Beenie)
Opanka Shows Love To School Kids On Vals Day
Ghanaian rap sensation, Opanka took time off his schedules to show love to pupils of Twedaase Primary School on Friday, Valentines Day.
The school located in the Tema East Municipality is the former school of the multiple award-winning artiste, as he shared many goodies which include chocolates, school sets, among others with some students.
Speaking in an interview, Armstrong Affum as he’s known in real life, was elated to pay a visit to his alma mater and hopes it would inspire the students.
”I am very happy to spend time with these kids especially on this special day of love. I realized these kids wouldn’t have any love on Vals days so I decided to make them feel loved on this special day and hope it would inspire them to become great future leaders,” Opanka said.
Opanka is expected to release his first single of the year titled ”Blow My Mind” which features another music sensation Kelvynboy early March.
“I Am 53% Nigerian – Lil Wayne
After an online ancestral DNA check up, the US based rapper indicated he was partly Nigerian. The “lollipop” hitmaker said he wasn’t surprised and that he knew he had a connection with the country and had been considering to visit for a while now.
Lil Wayne made this statements in a podcast interview on Drink Champs, and said he had to sit his mum done to have a discussion on where he is from!
“I did my ancestral check and my sh*t came back like 53 per cent Nigeria, Yeah me and my mum need to have a talk. I’ve never been there but I gotta go see there” the “Young Money” boss told N.O.R.E and DJ EFN.