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OB Amponsah, Jacinta, Clemento Suarez, DKB, Bovi, Others Nominated For COPO Awards 2019.

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Comedy and Poetry is an art and it serves it purpose amongst the Ghanaian Creative Industry and beyond. The Comedy and Poetry Awards (COPO) first edition is here to award and give recognition to the makers and players in the industry.

During the period of 2nd September and 10th October 2019, there was a call for entry for nominations and a lot of entries were submitted. The process ended and the board took time to filter the entries which were submitted. Finally we bring to you the final list of nominees. The categories are not limited to the Ghanaian Creative Arts Industry alone but includes the African continent as well. The voting process begins from 1st December 2019 to 20th January, 2020.

Check them out here below:

PROPOSED NOMINATIONS

Ø COMEDY CATEGORY:

  • African Comedian of the year
  1. Basket Mouth – Nigeria
  2. Bovi – Nigeria
  3. Okay Bakasi – Nigeria
  4. Trevor Noah – South Africa
  5. Patrick Salvador – Uganda
  6. Gordons – Nigeria
  7. Akpororo – Nigeria
  8. Kenny Blaq – Nigeria
  • Comedian of the year
  1. OB Amponsah
  2. James Brown
  3. LekzyDecomic
  4. DKB
  5. Foster Romanus
  6. Clemento Suarez
  • Most Popular Comedian of the year
  1. Kojo Nkansah Liwin
  2. LekxyDecomic
  3. Clemento Suarez
  4. Comedian Waris
  5. Teacher Kwadwo
  6. Bismark the Joke
  7. Akrobeto
  8. Jeneral Ntatia
  9. Kalybos
  10. DKB
  11. SDK Dele
  12. OB Amponsah
  13. Lawyer Ntim
  14. Heiress Jacinta
  • Stand Up Comedy Act of the Year
  1. Teacher Kwadwo
  2. MJ the Comedian
  3. DKB
  4. ID James Brown
  5. Khemikal
  6. OB Amponsah
  7. Foster Romanus
  8. Comedian Warris
  9. Alowess
  10. Heiress Jacinta
  11. LekzyDecomic
  • Best TV Comedy Program of the Year
  1. Boys Abr3
  2. The Real News
  3. Master & 3 Maids
  4. Baba Spirit Show
  5. Pa2Pa
  6. KejetiavsMakola
  7. The Classroom – UTV
  • Best Radio Comedy Program of the Year
  1. Weekend City Show – Joy FM
  2. Borkor de3 – Asempa FM
  3. Friday Comedy Show – Zylofone FM
  • Best Comedy Movie of the Year
  1. Away Bus
  2. Asylum Is Down Movie
  3. 3idiots & a wise man
  4. Sam Loko
  5. The Two Pilots
  6. Mad House
  • Discovery Comedian of the year
  1. William Odartey Lamptey
  2. Alowess
  3. Maame Esi Forson
  4. MJ the Comedian
  5. Ranzy
  • Best Viral Comedy Skit of the Year
  1. SKD Dele Skits
  2. Teacher Kojo Comedy Blog News
  3. EfoComedy Skit
  4. Magraheb Comedy Blog News
  5. KojoNkansah Comedy Skits
  6. Comedian Waris Skits
  7. Ebenezer Forson Skits
  8. Kojo Sheldon Skits
  9. MmebusemComedy Skits
  10. AjeezayNonfa Skits
  11. MaameEsiForson Comedy Skits
  12. Kwame OboadieComedy Skits
  13. KomfoKolege  Skits
  14. Tooli Master Skits
  15. Kpakpo Comedy Skits – kcurtiz
  • Best Comedy Stage Act of the Year
  1. JeneralNtatia
  2. Foster Romanus
  3. Richard Amoakoh
  4. Clemento Suarez
  5. Nana GyasiOwusu
  • Best Comedy Event of the Year
  1. Easter Comedy Show
  2. Laughline Comedy Night
  3. The Barber and The Apprentice
  4. Ghana 4 Sale
  5. Adam in Court
  6. MMC LIVE
  7. Boot 4 Boot
  8. Dora Why
  9. Comedy Express
  10. Accra We Dey
  11. Chrismas in April
  12. 1025 Laughs
  • Comic Sketch Artist of the Year
  1. Akosua the cartoonist
  2. Titi the Slayer
  3. Tilapia-3news.com

Ø POETRY:

  1. SPOKEN WORD;
  • Best African Poetry / Spoken Word Act of the Year
  1. Ijeoma Umebinyuo – Nigeria
  2. Harriet Anena – Uganda
  3. Safia Elhillo – Sudan (UK Based)
  4. Zuhura Seng’enge – Tanzania
  5. Puno Selesho – South Africa
  6. Sege Hasson – Nigeria
  7. Liyou Libsekal – Ethiopia (US Based)
  8. Siddiq Dzukogi – Nigeria
  9. TogaraMuzanenhamo – Zimbabwe
  10. TJ Dema – Botswana
  • Best Poetry/Spoken Word Act of the Year
  1. Poetra Asantewa
  2. Poet Pobee
  3. Ancestral Poet
  4. Rhyme Sonny
  5. Nana Asaase
  6. Mutombo the Poet
  7. Chief Moomen
  8. AmaNuamah
  9. Jeffery Nortey
  10. Yaw OdeiAmpofo
  • Best Poetry / Spoken Word Event of the Year
  1. Ghana Poetry Festival
  2. Pa Gya! Literary Festival
  3. Nkabom Literary Festival
  4. EHALAKASA Festival
  5. PAMA Festival
  6. TALK Party
  • Best Poetry Program OTY
  1. Wobu b3 aa me te b3
  • Best Discovery Poet / Spoken Word Act OTY
  1. Nakeeyat Dramani
  2. Abeiku the Village Thinker
  3. Kwame Legacy
  4. Poet Timmy
  5. The Post Man
  6. Poet Nazir
  7. Vitus Speaks
  8. Terry Debrah
  9. Fred Baiden
  10. Kel’s the Poet
  • Best Poetic / Spoken Word Album / EP OTY
  1. GOAT Album – Rhyme Sonny
  2. Ns3m ne Okra – Ancestral Poet
  1. POETIC LYRICAL RAP;
  • Best Lyricist of the Year
  1. Sarkodie
  2. Trigmatic
  3. Kojo Cue
  4. M.anifest
  5. Strongman
  6. Flowking Stone
  7. Kwesi Arthur
  8. Omar Sterling
  9. Teephlow
  10. EL
  11. Eno Barony
  • Discovery Lyricist of the Year
  1. Kwame Dame
  2. Akan
  3. Lyrical Joe
  4. Freda Rhymz
  5. Amerado
  • Best Lyrical Song of the Year
  1. Me Sika Duro – AKAN
  2. Rapper 101 – M.Anifest
  3. One Stone – Kwesi Arthur
  4. Gifted – Flowking Stone
  5. Angels and Demons – Sarkodie
  • Best Female Lyricist of the year
  1. Eno Barony
  2. Freda Rhymz
  3. Feli Nuna
  • Best Male Lyricist of the Year
  1. Sarkodie
  2. M.anifest
  3. Kwesi Arthur
  4. Strongman
  5. Omar Sterling
  6. Flowking Stone
  7. Trigmatic
  8. Teephlow
  9. Akan
  • Best Lyrical Album/EP of the Year
  1. ALPHA – Sarkodie
  2. Life from Nkrumah Krom II – Kwesi Arthur
  3. STN – Strongman
  4. KILL – Lyrical joe
  5. AKAN – Akan
  6. GIFTED II – Flowking Stone
  7. The Eigth Element – Trigmatic
  8. Kwame Dame –Hillstreet
  9. BAR 5 – EL

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FEATURE REPORT: Akrobeto Has Got The World ‘Laughing Out Loud’

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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;

Watch episodes of the show below;

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Kevin Hart’s New Netflix Stand-Up Special Is Now Streaming

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Comedian Kevin Hart’s latest stand-up special, Zero F**ks Given, is officially available to stream. Its launch marks the sixth Netflix comedy special from Hart and the first since his 2019 show Kevin Hart: Irresponsible.

The show was filmed in September of this year, and considering the state of the world, the format will likely be much different from previous specials that take place in front of large audiences. Despite this, fans can expect Hart’s signature style of comedy, but with a twist. While the details of the special have been kept under wraps save for a few social media posts from the comedian, Netflix offered up an intriguing description of Zero F**ks Given that sounds quintessentially Hart: “Kevin Hart serves up laughs and brick oven pizza from the comfort of his home and dishes on male group chats, sex after 40 and life with COVID-19,” said the Network.

Source : Hypebeast.com

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Koo Kumi Taking Poetry To The Next Level With His Upcoming Poetry Album ‘The Griot’

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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.

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Nigerian Comedian Bovi Comes Out With Season 2 of Comedy Series ‘Banana Republic’

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Renowned Nigerian comedian, actor, and writer from Delta State, Bovi has released season 2 of his comedy series ‘Banana Republic’. Season 1 of ‘Banana Republic’ was full of condensed humour and already the first episode of season 2 has so much drama.

President Frank Whyte is threatening to attack Russia, find out how that works out for him.

Watch the last episode here.

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