Blogging has become one of the most fashionable enterprises in the world. From observation, the emergence of blogs has ‘killed’ the dream of many people enrolling in journalism schools or getting training in the field because information dissemination has become easy and cheap, and the attraction that comes with the profession is tainted.
Would I want to be tagged as a blogger in Ghana? Maybe not. Would I prefer to be called a journalist? May be Yes. At least with all the faux-pas of journalism in the country, there is something to celebrate about. Does the same come with blogging? What perceptions do people have about bloggers in Ghana, and ‘Ghanaian’ bloggers living elsewhere?
But someday to come, I would love to be a blogger. I have come to accept the fact that blogging isn’t necessarily journalism, and journalism isn’t just blogging. However, every journalist can become a blogger, so also can every blogger become a journalist.
But something always strikes me: why most Ghanaian bloggers are quick to shove off the journalism tag. I am sure they are fully aware that admitting to being a journalist comes with a huge responsibility—a responsibility that is self-imposed, society-demanded and professionally-required.
Hiding under the cloak of blogging, sorry to say, does not absolve one of these, anyway. In as much as it is your personal space, where you decide what to write about and how you go about it, it is only prudent to let sense prevail!
If I finally decide to go into blogging, there are a lot of things that I must know aside from my ability to communicate well through writing, being truthful to myself and my readers, having a clear conscience. Two basic things that are paramount to me which when I can achieve as a blogger, will go a long way to tell the world the kind of home I come from, or the kind of person I am. And these are: respecting other bloggers and showing respect to the people I write about.
Respecting other bloggers
There are a lot of professions out there that come with prestige in our part of the world. Certainly teaching is not one of them; neither is journalism. One can’t say bloggers have that much prestige compared to lawyers (not just people with law degrees), engineers and doctors. Lawyers, for example, respect one another; they call each other ‘learned friend’.
It is difficult to have any of these professionals denigrate and desecrate the profession that they are part of, all in the name of helping to sanitize it. It is rare. Can we say the same for bloggers in Ghana? Yes, peer review is very important in the industry. And I have had cause to congratulate many online writers and bloggers in Ghana for waging war against ‘copy and paste’ reportage.
However, how such corrections and sanitization is done is critical, critical because, in the media fraternity, no one can claim to be an island. What is the use of an island when the water body that surrounds you, that water body that makes you brag, has been desecrated by none other than yourself, and then you still thread on it to get off your island?
Unfortunately, bloggers and online writers in the industry do not respect one another, and by extension do not respect themselves. If you respect yourself, you will shudder to disrespect or look down upon a colleague, whose crime maybe not having the number of following or traffic you have, or not acquiring the degrees or book knowledge you have.
“This is why many of you [bloggers] cannot even buy a decent shirt to wear to events—mostly looking like some cheap road sweepers while these artistes shine in money and cars,”
A blogger threw this at his colleagues on his Facebook timeline.
This is one of the least I would want to share here, so as not to glorify stupidity!
If this does not smack of pride, I wonder what it would be. Pride, in fact, negative pride, has a way of coaching one into destruction. If you are not an atheist, or a non-christian, and believe in the Lucifer story as recounted in the bible, you will understand where pride can lead you.
One need not be religious to even understand this. Common sense (sorry for the use of the word ‘common’ here because it is not common at all to the proud) will tell you to show humility, and respect others for who and what they stand for.
If your religion is Science- and would want to have a scientific basis for everything, certainly common sense can’t be one of those, or? Then your trade will be to see yourself as supreme, one who knows more than any other person.
Respecting the people I write about
Biting the hand that feeds you will be a vice I won’t entertain if I were a blogger. Unfortunately, that curse, that folly will be the doom of many bloggers. The money will come, but show respect and accord dignity to the ilk that makes it possible for you to be who you are, and aspire to be what you wish to be.
Some full-time bloggers confess that all they have has been about writing about people, often celebrities. Yes, they will be quick to state that they write about other stuff. But do that ‘ stuff’ get them the traffic that the celebrities do?
If I will be writing about people to earn money if the (mis)deeds of people will make me survive if people shape my survival, why should I treat them with contempt?
As a blogger, I will respect the newsmakers. I won’t insult them to tell my story. I won’t call them ‘bastard’, ‘chicken-head’ ‘block-head’, ‘dumb’ and ‘stupid’ before I can get my message across.
If I did that, then I had not mastered the art of writing. If I did that then I had no conscience. If I did that I would be biting the hand that feeds me. And that is a curse!
By Mic Yamoah | www.micyamoah.wordpress.com (2015)
Charterhouse Must Be Punished For Negligence And Security Lapses At VGMA 2019 – FOCAP
Foundation of Creative Arts Professionals – FOCAP has called for the Punishment and Sanctioning of Charterhouse for the Security lapses at last years’ VGMA and their refusal to inform stakeholders of the outcome of investigations if any and what measures they have put in place to avoid any such reoccurrences in future.
VGMA was marred last year with violence and the pulling out of a gun in the auditorium putting the lives of everyone including Ministers, Ambassadors, and the majority of our superstars at risk.
Entry and exit point of the newly constructed dome was just one and even if they were more it was unknown to patrons so a stampede would have killed a lot of dignitaries just because of the NEGLIGENCE of the organizers – CharterHouse.
The big question was and still is;
HOW DID THE UNAUTHORIZED GUN GET INTO AN AUDITORIUM FULL OF IMPORTANT DIGNITARIES?
According to Charterhouse, they had metal detectors installed so the question is HOW were they able to put people’s life at such a high risk?
It was by luck that we survived that incident as a lot of people didn’t even see the gun else that alone could have triggered something else.
The sitting arrangement in the auditorium was so poor that a group of people were able to walk straight from the popular stands through the VIP, VVIP and onto the Stage without any hindrance.
In all this, Charterhouse has accepted that YES all these Security lapses were as a result of their negligence so the question is WHY WERE THEY NOT PUNISHED FOR SUCH NEGLIGENCE WHICH COULD HAVE CAUSED MAYHEM.
The amazing thing is, Charterhouse still had the nerve and the effrontery to punish those who were able to misbehave because of their negligence.
Who then punishes the irresponsibility of CharterHouse?
Or is it because all those who are supposed to play the supervisory role are now partakers at their dinner table so they are now above reproach?
We can’t build an industry with almost everyone in a compromised position.
We remember the Minister even requesting for an investigation which for almost a year now have not materialized yet they went ahead to punish the Artists. CharterHouse has again opened nominations for the 2020 awards just because they feel Ghanaian Musicians are hungry for Awards.
As we said earlier, FOCAP actually doesn’t know the results of any investigations but all we know is that Charterhouse has admitted that the Security lapse was caused by them.
The crux of the matter is that whatever is good for the goose is good for the gander and him who invites the piper dances to the tune. In the same way, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were punished, Charterhouse must also be punished.
Kwame Dadzie Writes: Top 10 Comedians In Ghana At The Moment
A few years ago, the were a lot of people who claimed Ghanaians and for that matter, Ghanaian comedians were not funny.
There are still some people who believe that the average Ghanaian does not have a good sense of humor.
At a time when Nigerian comedians had become the staple of comedy for the Ghanaian comedy market, it was very difficult for Ghanaian comedians to be accepted on comedy platforms.
After the slapstick comedy (the concert party type) era, some of our young comedians started doing comedy in English. We had David Oscar, Foster Romanus, DKB, Percy and a few others ploughing that turf.
What they did was not new though; Fritz Baffour, Tommy Annan Forson, Kweku Sintim Misa (KSM) and a few others had been in that league too.
But David Oscar and his squad were not liked. They could not impress the ordinary Ghanaian who was used to Nigerian comedy.
This, however, did not discourage the Ghanaian comedians. David Oscar and his friends took up the challenge and kept organizing their shows to prove to people they could do it.
Today, Ghana can boast of having some pretty good comedy talents. Ghanaian comedians can travel to Nigeria and crack up a whole audience. Event organizers have gained some confidence in the Ghanaian comedian that they can bill them on shows and still have positive feedback.
In this piece, I present the top 10 comedians who are making great strides in the Ghanaian comedy industry at present. This list is premised on the general performance of the comedians, their visibility on the comedy market and the clout they wield among other peers.
(1). OB Amponsah:
OB Amponsah, an optometrist by training, has suddenly become the toast of the Ghanaian comedy market. He has an unparalleled wit that puts him ahead of his colleagues. His performance at the Lords of the Ribs in Nigeria in 2019 won him a lot of spurs. He has also been on shows like Decemba 2 Rememba, Night of Laughs, Easter Comedy Show, among others.
OB staged his show dubbed Voices in My Head in December 2019 and is yet to stage another one titled Political Refugee – a concept borne out of the backlash he received after he had made a joke at Decemba 2 Rememba that the name Mahama meant ‘corruption.’
(2). Clemento Suarez
Unlike OB, Clemento Ashitey known in showbiz as Clemento Suarez does more of stage comedy. He’s a comic actor who has also earned a place for himself in that field.
Clemento Suarez professionally started comedy in 2011 after doing a lot of pro bono work. He has worked with creative directors like Latif Abubakar who brought the best out of him. Clemento has featured in Kejetia vs Makola series for TV in Ghana.
Clemento has also featured in plays such as ‘Gallery of Comedy’, ‘Thank for Idiots’, ‘Romantic Nonsense’, ‘Sweet Dreams & Nightmares’, ‘What Can Come Can Come’, ‘Flagstaff House’, ‘Mallams & Pastors’, ‘I Can’t Think Far’, among a blizzard of others (including TV commercials).
Born Derrick Kobina Bonney, DKB shot to fame after his slapping incident at Big Brother Africa in 2012. He latched onto that and soon became a household name. Even though he had also been doing stand up comedy before the BBA incident, his comedy brand got more activated later.
DKB has performed a lot of comedy shows in and outside the country. He is also a preferred choice of an MC for a lot of events,
Even though he had been named the King of Comedy by ace satirist KSM, the new whiff of comedy seems to have placed him below the afore-mentioned.
He has a monthly comedy show called Comedy Express.
(4). Lekzy DeComic
Lekzy is another brilliant comedian Ghana can boast of at the moment. He has his comedy show called Laughline.
Lekzy was awarded the best comedian during the 2017 People’s Celebrity Awards after he had been awarded the emerging comedian of the year during the 2016 comedy choice awards.
Born Emmanuel Nkansah, the comedian is a graduate of the Takoradi Technical University
Lekzy, whose father had always wanted him to be a medical doctor, is also a graphic designer by profession.
Born Justice Hymns, Mmebusem has been in the local language movie industry for a long time. His breakthrough came when he started doing skits with the Jesus character. His great sense of humor and creativity gotten people to like him.
He has so far appeared on a couple of music concerts to put up hilarious skits.
(6). Foster Romanus
Foster Amponsah, widely known as Foster Romanus is an actor and a stand-up comedian.
He is also one of the few comedians who championed the revival of stand-up comedy during its difficult times.
He came second to David Oscar in the maiden edition of Stars of the Future reality show. He has since mounted bigger stages in Ghana and outside the country.
Also the host of Late Night Celebrity Show on eTV Ghana, Romanus runs his comedy event, Romanus Incomplete.
The only stand-up comedienne in Ghana. She is one of the funniest in the country and although the business is male-dominated, she has been able to get through.
Jacinta, who is of both Ghanaian and Nigerian descent started comedy when she was 19. She recounts that she was first given the platform to perform by Buchi.
Her perfect understanding of both the Ghanaian and Nigerian cultures gives her a background to her awesome performances.
Just like her male counterparts, Jacinta has mounted almost all the big comedy platforms in Ghana. She has also had some successful gigs in other countries.
(8). Teacher Kwadwo
A teacher by profession, Teacher Kwame (real name Michael Owusu Afriyie) has been able to win the hearts of people with his funny clips on YouTube. He usually does skits that satirically tackle trending issues.
What makes him stand out is his unfettered command over the Twi language and the use of rich Akan proverbs in his presentation.
Also a rapper, Teacher Kwadwo was featured on ‘Ghana’, a song by 2Kz which also had Clemento Suarez.
He currently hosts a segment on UTV’s United Showbiz program.
Daniel Selase, known in the comedy world as Khemikal is arguably one of the biggest names in the stand-up comedy business.
He has hosted a lot of comedy shows – something which earned him the “Best Comedy Event Host” tag by ace comedian Kwaku Sintim-Misah.
He has performed at shows such as ‘KSM @50’, ‘A Touch Of Class’, ‘Decemba to Remember’, ‘A Night Of 1021 Laughs And Music’, ‘The Easter Comedy Show’, among others.
He has also been featured on high-profile concerts in Ghana.
(10). Comedian Waris
Waris, although new is gradually ensconcing himself in the game. He has performed at Easter Comedy Show, Crack Ribs, Comedy Express, among others.
Ghana is blessed with other comedians such as Augustine Dennis, Comedian Alglah, Lilwin, Akrobeto, Haugan, Afia Schwarzenegger, General Ntatea, Funny Face, Bismark The Joke, Kalybos, among others.
Even though Ghanaian comedy has not gotten to the top, the recent signs of progress should not be glossed over.
These Ghanaian comedians need to be supported, as they continually urged to hone their craft to getter better.
SOURCE: Ghana Weekend
Government Backs Creative Arts Council To Perpetrate Fraud?
Foundation Of Concerned Arts Professionals – FOCAP has in its domain a Creative Industry Facility Scheme document telling Creative Arts Industry members, organisations and other individuals of the Arts industry to apply for a loan facility which has been recommended by the executives of the Creative Arts Council.
The document made references to the DRAFT CREATIVE INDUSTRY BILL before parliament saying “applicants should have been members of the council as stated in the draft creative industries bill before they become eligible to apply”.
FOCAP understands the loan facility which the executives of the creative arts council are helping the domains to apply for is coming from the Ministry of Business Development.
FOCAP is shocked why the government continues to deal with such illegality (interim creative arts council) whose mandate was to last for 3 months yet have not been able to fulfil their mandate even after 3 years of being an interim council.
1. The council must NOT use its offices to perpetuate illegality by receiving funds into bank accounts yet to be sanctioned.
2. The Draft Bill must not be used as a basis for the loan facility. Only an Act has.
3. The illegal interim council must not be used for the loan disbursement when they don’t have a board nor an approved scope of disbursement.
4. The Creative Industry Loan Scheme can cause serious problems especially when some entities like National Seamstress Associations are not part of the domains mentioned in the bill.
5. The posture of the interim creative arts council seems politically motivated to reward members of the Creative Arts community who supported the government in the 2016 general elections.
FOCAP is calling on the government to take a re-look into this and use a legal entity and approved channel to help the industry.
The Film Classification Act of Parliament – Act 935 which equally calls for funds to set up a film fund has not received government attention. The Executive Secretary appointment to see the National Film Authority functional is still in limbo. Helping the industry is a good call but the proper channel and appropriate avenues must be used.
In conclusion, FOCAP believes that Government should focus on inaugurating the Film Authority Board and help pass the Creative Arts Bill which will take care of funding instead of facilitating questionable loans in the name of helping the Arts Industry.
1. Kojo Preko Dankwa
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Kojo Preko Dankwa Writes: THIS NONSENSE MUST STOP!
I have read with keen interest that music producer, Appietus on Okay Fm’s Entertainment Show, hosted by Halifax has suggested that the current minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi should be sacked by the president, Nana Akuffo Addo.
Such unfortunate comment from an industry gatekeeper from no less a person like Appietus, gets me fidget with a lot of unanswered questions when it was these same gatekeepers who got the former minister, Catherine Afeku removed on the grounds of incompetency and non-performance.
Edem Agbana, Deputy National Youth Organiser for NDC, veteran journalist, Ebo Quansah on Starr Fm’s Starr Chat and others crucified Catherine Afeku’s administration without any solid proof.
I remember in my articles dated, Friday, December 7, 2018 with the headline “Catherine Afeku will not resign as creative arts minister, she should fix our industry” was met with so many comments and backlash. We are back again with the “Sack the Minister” crusade as our only best bet solution.
This nonsense must cease. We should be seen as criticising constructively and professing solutions way forward. Some of us know how some NPP creative arts players master-minded the Catherine Afeku coup d’etat because of their selfish interest. These same people wanted to have their own way and make things easy for themselves and pushed for a new minister. One will ask what the heck the problem is again.
We are aware certain positions have been either legally or illegally created for NPP creative art gatekeepers to change the industry story but to no avail. Some have also taken positions as board members and we are yet to ascertain their relevance?
We cannot give the same excuse of asking president Nana Akuffo Addo to sack Barbara Oteng Gyasi. We cannot be doing the same thing all the time and expect different results. Let’s help her to fix the creative industry! And let’s stop the nonsense of today sack, tomorrow sack. The minster is trying so hard to achieve the manifesto promises which indeed needs the support of all and sundry especially the NPP creative arts players. When president Nana Akuffo Addo announced the change, what did the creative arts for change (NPP Branch) say?
We called for it, let’s help fix it and show the directions. Barbara Oteng Gyasi will stay in office and won’t move. The Sack the Minister nonsense must stop and let’s breathe.
Kojo Preko Dankwa
Top 10 Gospel Songs in 2019
The year 2019 has been astounding in the Ghanaian Gospel Music fraternity and one of the years where a lot of Gospel songs have been churned out with few getting the attention on radio and television.
In the bid to provide quality information about how songs are performing in the industry, Dan Lartey of Remedi Entertainment has released a list of TOP 10 GOSPEL SONGS which had massive airplay in the first half of the year 2019 (January 1- July 31).
These Top 10 Gospel Songs are songs registering on the lips of gospel music lovers, radio and television airplay in the country.
1. DIANA HAMILTON – NSENKYERENE NYANKOPON
Flourishing Ghanaian gospel artiste and host of the annual worship concert, ‘The Experience‘, Diana Antwi Hamilton came through with this rendition of the popular ‘Nsenkyereni Nyankopon’ song.
The old, public domain song which is translated as ‘Miracle Working God’ has once again been revived by the award-winning UK based Ghanaian artiste during the last edition of the ‘The Experience’ concert held in Kumasi.
Diana supported by the PL Crew band and some members of Overflow Inc as backing vocalists gave this song such an appealing musical flavor that has become the favorite of many.
The song was produced by Daniel Ayittah (Outluk records) and released on April 26.
2. JOYCE BLESSING – REPENT
Gospel songstress Joyce Blessing after storming Africa last year with ‘I Swerve’, followed with a smash hit ‘Repent’ which was released on January 1, 2019.
The song produced by Danny Beatz preaches about repentance and salvation. The multiple award-winning vocalist goes on to condemn hypocrisy with this one. The song is currently one of the biggest gospel songs in the country.
3. CELESTINE DONKOR – AGBEBOLO
Agbebolo (Bread of Life) is the brand new song from the camp of Celestine Donkor which features rising young gospel star Nhyiraba Gideon of Adom TV’s Nsoroma fame.
The song produced by Joe Amoah of Springboard Studio comes with a sweet background chant praising God for such a turnaround in her life.
Undoubtedly a masterpiece that receives massive airplay every day. The song was released on May 13.
4. NACEE – MPAEBO
Versatile Gospel musician Nacee dropped a new stunning and inspirational gospel tune dubbed ‘MPAEBO’ which means Prayer early this year.
‘Mpaebo’ is one of the well written and recorded songs in the year 2019. A beautiful masterpiece by all standards.
Production was done by Nacee and video shot by McWillies. ‘Mpaebo’ was released on March 11.
5. PIESIE ESTHER – MASEDA KESE3
Gospel artiste Piesie Esther has her name boldly written as one of the gospel artistes who has released a hit song this year, ‘Maseda Kese3‘ meaning Great Thanks.
The song happens to be the first single ever the singer has released in 2019.
A thanksgiving song and a masterpiece was recorded by Bempong and released on March 14.
6. JOE METTLE – MEHIA WO YESU
The prayerful song, which comes off his new album “Wind of Revival” pivots on man’s yearning for more of God and the need to depend on him in all situations.
“Mehia Wo Yesu” which translates “I need you Jesus”, comes with it a fascinating video that re-echoes the theme of the song.
The song was produced by KODA of Koded Studios and released on February 20.
7. BETHEL REVIVAL CHOIR – YAWO
Celebrated Music group Bethel Revival Choir has a new song ‘YaWo’ ft Osborn Agbodovi & Luigi Maclean
‘Yawo’ produced by Henry Datsomor is doing massively well.
The song was released on May 14.
8. JAYANA – VICTORY
A new artiste signed under Dave Joy Records is likely to shake the gospel fraternity with her presence since she is the only new gospel artiste making an impact in 2019.
Coming back from a long after her participation in Stars of the Future, a talent discovery reality show, she is out with a banger ‘Victory’ produced by Danny Beatz featuring the award-winning gospel singer Joyce Blessing.
Victory was released on April 2 and its one of the songs receiving massive airplay.
9. BRUHDA FIRE – ADOM BI
Ashanti Region-based gospel musician Bruhda Fire’s new song ‘Adom Bi’ is one of the biggest songs receiving massive airplay in some parts of the country.
‘Adom bi’ is a song produced by Cemoney and released on May 11.
10. AKESSE BREMPONG – CRAZY LOVE (AFRO POP REMIX)
Sensational gospel artiste Akesse Brempong’s song ‘Crazy Love’ Remix featuring Bernard Franklyn which was published on Feb 5, 2019, is one of the songs doing very well in the gospel space.
The song was produced by Richard Keys and Akesse Brempong.
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