Nana Ama Benson, a 23-year-old graduate of University Ghana Nursing School who represented the Central Region has been crowned Miss Ghana 2018.
She beat nine other beautiful contestants in the highly competitive event on Saturday evening to win the coveted title of the Miss Ghana 2018 contest which was held at the plush Accra Marriot Hotel in an atmosphere of splendour.
She also won Beauty with a Purpose, Most Disciplined , Miss Bikini and Miss Eloquence Awards during the evening.
She took home the Miss Ghana crown, a Mahindra KUV 100 official car and also has an opportunity to represent Ghana at the Miss World Pageant 2018 .
She will also be volunteering with Exclusive Events Ghana and Miss Ghana Foundation for a period of one year as well as enjoy a platinum gym membership at the ultra modern Pippa’s Health Centre in Accra. Nana Ama is entitled to products from Samsung/Electroland and other sponsors aside a monthly allowance of 1000gh among other prices.
Northern Region delegate, Laila Issaka who is also a 24-year -old Accounting graduate of Koforidua Technical University and 22-year-old graduate of Accra Polytechnic, Elizabeth Mary Maclean who also represented the Western Region came the first and second runners up respectively.
They both received Hyundai Grande i10 official cars each and will also be volunteering with the Exclusive Events Ghana and Miss Ghana Foundation for a year among other prizes.
The 2018 Miss Ghana pageant was hosted by Abeiku Santana with support from Josephine Aryitey, Miss Ghana 2013 top ten finalist. It was attended by a number of influential personalities including Akumaa Mama Zimbi, Fred Nuamah, Okyeame Kwame, Ignace, Obuor, Moesha Boduong, Shatta Michy and a host of others.
There were interesting performance by ace saxophonist Steve Bedi and Wendy Shay.
The pageant was sponsored by Svani Group Limited,National Lottery Authority, Superlock Technologies Limited Ghana, Tang Palace Hotel, IPMC Ghana, Accra Marriott hotel, Heritage Insurance, Electroland, Modaskky, Pippa’s Health Centre, Magnum Force Securities, Allure Centric, BelAqua, Aqua Safari Resort Ada, Ceeami, Amazing U, Akosombo Textile Limited. Buck Press, Photo Club, Capitol Cafe & Restaurant, Buka restaurant, Central Hotel, Bosphorus Restaurant, Jamrock restaurant, Bush Kanteen, Cookers Delight, Lister Hospital , Brown Glow Make Up Services ,ASA Band, BJ Sports Bar, Baatsona Total, Le Chateau Boutique.
Its media partners include Citi FM, Daily Guide, Spectator, Daily Graphic and GTV which televised the grand finale live.
Nana Ama Benson who won the pageant is expected to make Ghana proud at the miss world event. She loves to dance and listen to music. Nana’s mission to motivate people to reach their very best got her to be a part of the Miss Ghana brand.
She believes it is an authentic brand which shapes young ladies into women of substance in the society. Also it provides queens with beneficial life skills.
Akel Adjudged ‘Best Female DJ’ Of The Year At Ghana DJ Awards – 2020
The winners of the eighth annual Ghana DJ Awards were announced in Accra on 21 November. The event happened at the Silver Star Towers and had massive industry personalities in the entertainment sector representation.
DJ Akel was the winner for the Best Female DJ of the Year 2020 at the Ghana DJ Awards. In the category were DJ Nyce, Dj Prytty, DJ MJ, DJ Switch, The Mask DJ, DJ Jay Jay and in the end DJ Akel emerged the winner. She was a nominee for last year’s event as well but wasn’t able to win. Finally this year was her chance and she grabbed it.
DJ Akel is known as Emmanuella Akelentugna Afulani by birth. She is a graduate of University of Professional Studies. She has worked with A1 Radio in Bolgatanga, Onua Fm and 3Fm here in Accra. She also worked with Kwese Tv as a DJ for Home Run and Arena which were live tv shows.
Get familiar with her on her socials
Instagram @dj_akel, Facebook Dj Akel and Twitter @DJ_Akel
Kahpun Leaves An Experience At His 2nd Successful Virtual Concert, Powered By Hunta Productions
Cape Coast must be very blessed to have the likes of Kahpun still pushing his music craft across all corners. He has successfully held another historic virtual concert over the weekend in his hometown (Cape Coast).
His first virtual concert done in Accra on August 15, 2020 with Eno Barony, AK Songstress, Lord Morgan as guest appearances; it pulled a plausible feat, courtesy, Joy Prime TV.
As a way of supporting his fellow artistes back home, Kahpun pulled along some of his contemporaries like Orkortor Perry, Kojo Vypa, Jungle Boss, Boggy Wenzday, Yaw Blvck, Saa Boy No, Isaac Crentsil, Papa Gyetey, among others. Ayesem was a special guest on the tall list of performers in Kahpun’s set for Cape Coast.
Kahpun performed his songs back to back for over 90 minutes with live band.
“Election Time”, his latest release was not left out of the catalogue! A song he did recently to caution Ghanaians and electorates ahead of the December 7th Presidential and Parliamentary Elections to be wary of politicians who would come to them with sugar-coated words just to get votes and deceive them again.
Watch “Election Time” by Kahpun here on Youtube:
Kahpun has had a colorful year with at least 5 solid releases with 2 international features with Anthony B (Jamaica) and Stonebwoy (Ghana), respectively.
Darling FM in Cape Coast partnered with Hunta Productions UK to publicize the event via their radio network to online platforms.
Kindly follow him on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @KahpunHHA. Below are some images from his performance.
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Music Business Masterclass Equips Ghanaian Creatives On Finding Innovative Ways To Market Music To The World
Under auspices of Ghana Tourism Authority and Beyond The Return Secretariate in conjuction with the Creative Arts Council and TheBridgeZone, the second edition of ‘The Return Conversations’ was organized on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Accra Tourist & Information Centre, Accra, with ‘The Business of Music: Finding Innovative Ways to Market Ghanaian Music to the Rest of the World’ as the theme.
The program was broadcast worldwide on the social media channels for ‘Beyond the Return’, Ghana Tourism Authority and locally on Hitz FM 103.9 and Y FM 107.9 and was moderated by Frank Owusu (Head of Operations, Creative Arts Council)
With experts panelists, including Glyn Aikins (Sony Music President), Coriya Burns (Senior Integrated Media Specialist, Radio One), Dontae Winslow (Music Producer, Composer, Trumpeter, Educator), Malcolm Xavier (Award-winning DJ), Vasti Jackson (Composer, Guitarist, Producer) and Mark Okraku-Mantey (President Creative Arts Council Ghana) who engaged in conversation with Ghana’s music and creative industry, the seminar focused on how talents can use available channels to distribute and monetize their music sales.
Krymi, Amerado Burner, Nanky, Kobby Salm and other talents who availed themselves at the seminar were provided with a comprehensive understanding of key aspects of the business, including but not limited to: Record Labels, Digital Streaming, Artists & Repertoire, Startups in Music, New-Industry Media, Artist Management, The Live Experience, D.I.Y for Creatives, marketing, contracts and contract law, new business models.
The event is part of the ‘Return Conversations’ which is a pivotal aspect of the ‘Beyond The Return’ project to reduce the differences that separate the global African diaspora and Ghanaians in the music industry.
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Develop Your Craft First Before Marketing – Mark Okraku Mantey To Emerging Artists
The second session of ‘Return Conversations’, a series of panel discussions designed to help bridge gaps between communities with the notion to collaborate and support each other was held yesterday at the Accra Tourist Information Centre. The theme for the masterclass was ‘The Business of Music-Finding innovative ways to market Ghanaian music to the rest of the world’. Some musicians in Ghana especially Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie amongst others have achieved success internationally but then with the return conversations it was time for the emerging artists to also earn those successes, thereby organizing the masterclass ‘The Business of Music’.
Mark Okraku Mantey, president of the Creative Arts Council in his submission urged the Ghanaian upcoming artists to develop their crafts which will, in turn, allow them to have a unique sound that can cross international borders and still be relevant. “The Government of Ghana as part of their future policy will take on a project to build a studio where the recording will be subsidized for musicians and producers to have no challenges in creating music. On the issue of royalties, Mark stated that artists should come together, have one voice in tackling the issue. “The fight should not be side-lined to only a few artists”, he added. He noted partakers of the masterclass that in five years, with the right culture, structure, and strategy, Ghana’s music industry will see positive growth creative wise and commerce wise.
Also on the panel was; Sony Music President, Glyn Aikins, Music Producer and trumpeter, Dontae Winslow, Composer and Producer, Vasti Jackson, Senior Integrated Media Specialist, Coriya Burns, and award winning DJ, Malcom Xavier.
The masterclass was organised by the ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Creative Arts Council, the Beyond the Return Secretariat and the BridgeZone.
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