The Creative Director of Penciled Celebrities artist, Emmanuel Apraku, otherwise known as Ray has on Thursday, October 1, 2020, passed away after battling kidney cancer for months, according to an official statement from the family.
His family shared a statement to announce his passing.
“I regret to announce the passing of 𝐄𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐞𝐥 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐤𝐮 𝐀𝐊𝐀 𝐑𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬. This occurred on October 1st at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India. Please continue to pray for the soul of 𝐑𝐚𝐲. He fought a good fight but unfortunately lost the battle.
The Maker needed His artist back. Thank you for giving Ray his flowers before his demise. He felt the love and appreciated each and every one of you. 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮
Last month, news of Ray’s health condition went viral on social media with several celebrities and social media users contributing to a Gofundme account created for his medical bills.
Below are photos of his works;
Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare Denies Claims By Mark Okraku Mantey Against NDC
Former Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare has stated that, contrary to claims by President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, the erstwhile John Mahama administration left notes on the sector during the 2017 transition.
Mr Okraku-Mantey, who was speaking during an event at the Accra Tourist Information Centre, had stated that workers of the Ministry had informed him that, zero investment had been made since the Creative Arts was added to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
But speaking on Hitz News @ 1 on Thursday, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare urged Mr. Okraku-Mantey to stop the blame game and get serious. This according to her is because there is a lot of work to be done.
“He should stop the blame game and work. Ghana needs money, the Creative Arts industry needs money so if you just sit there and say they didn’t leave any money for us, there is no money in our coffers, what is that?
“He should get serious please, and please let Okraku-Mantey know there is a lot of work to be done which he hasn’t done.
“For him to say he is President of the Creative Arts, he should make sure that the law is passed otherwise he is president over nothing,” she said.
While listing some achievements by her office, the former Minister said they drafted the Creative Arts Bill which was ready for cabinet but lost power in 2016.
She added that they also ensured the passage of the Film Law which would include a fund.
Madam Agyare revealed that the Creative Arts industry was given GH¢1 million to work with, making allegations that investment was not made in the sector false.
“The Creative Arts industry was given GH¢1 million and Okraku Mantey can speak to that as well, and so if you say we did not make any investment in the Creative Arts industry what does he mean?
“Every year we took money from the Tourism Development Fund, so we could have given them another GH¢1 million if we hadn’t lost power in 2016,” she said.
Rating the works of the NPP, she stated that the government has not paid attention to the Creative Arts and did not continue from where they left off.
She advised Ghanaians especially the Creative Arts stakeholders to re-elect former President John Dramani Mahama to continue his good works.
“Mahama Made No Investments In Creative Arts Sector” – Mark Okraku Mantey
The President of the Creative Arts Council has stated that the erstwhile John Mahama administration left no notes on policies initiated for the Creative Arts industry during the 2017 transition. According to him, workers of the Ministry also alleged that zero investment was done since the Creative Arts was added to the Tourism Ministry.
“In 2017 we met the Tourism Minister, Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare to find out what they left behind in terms of monies, investments and after an hour of talks, nothing was mentioned about the Creative Arts.
“So I took time to find out why and her team told us that since the addition of creative arts to the Ministry, they have not made any investment,” he said
Speaking at the CreativeArts4More campaign at the Accra Tourism Information Center on Wednesday, Mark Okraku Mantey disclosed that his team had to start from scratch.
“Indirectly, this government inherited zero note for the creative arts so we are starting afresh,” he said.
Check Out Pictures From The Burna Comics And Audiomack Event In NYC
Over the weekend, Brooklyn hosted the special pop-up event Burna Comics, which saw Burna Boy‘s comic book world come to life. Hosted at Anyone Comics in Brooklyn, attendees were able to browse and grab limited editions Burna Boy comics, merchandise, and food, as well as enter a chance to win tickets to Burna’s next concert in NYC. The event was free and followed health guidelines.
If you remember, Burna Boy’s latest album Twice As Tall came accompanied by a comic book to “put the project in perspective abs some insight into the album title and why I chose it,” the artist mentioned. Well, Burna and the team at Audiomack helped that come true IRL.
Speaking about the Burna Comics event, the Nigerian star mentioned: “The best part about creating a project is the idea of your listeners being able to engage with it! I haven’t been on tour in months so I’m excited for my fans to have a chance to engage with my art! I feel blessed!”
Check out pictures from the Burna Comics x Audiomack event in NYC below.
Photo via Audiomack/Purple Agency PR.
“Stonebwoy Has The Best Team” – Kay Studios Commends Stonebwoy For Establishing A Team Of Professionals
Just because you’re an independent musician, doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with a great team of people to help progress your career even further. Kay Studios, a Ghanaian professional photographer and videographer, has commended Stonebwoy for establishing a team of professionals working to accelerate the Burniton Music Group (BMG) and Bhim Nation brand to a well deserved apex.
In a Instagram post sighted by www.gbafrica.net, the photographer and videographer revealed that, the reggae/ragga & dancehall artiste’s great team of people including, manager, publicist/PR, lawyer, booking agent, radio plugger, distributor, publisher, designers, photographers & videographers work in a coordinated way, towards a focused, agreed goal.
According to him, he has noticed that, his team of professionals disburse projects that define or are in synchronization with the ideology of his brand. He added that, the team also help land more exposure for his music and other public relation matters by pitching it to publications including the music press, online blogs and playlist editors and more.
Kay Studios commended Stonebwoy’s legal team who help navigate the complexities of his music licensing, racking up deals, and also giving advise on legal issues and disputes. He also gave props to road manager, manager, and security details for delivering timely duties.
Kay Studios is an Accra-based creative who has been increasingly shaping perspectives, changing narratives, capturing emotions through his lens and leaving long lasting memories on the mind of his patrons and consumers, including musicians and brands. With an impressive portfolio, consisting of works of Stonebwoy, Bisa KDei, Fameye, Medikal, Gyakie, Ice Prince Zamani, the young creative is considered a professional in the photography industry and has a solid support system that is partly responsible for his current success rate.
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