The Regional Cultural Center in Koforidua which was first built in 1964 by Kwame Nkrumah is NOW undergoing renovation works. Dr. Ziblim Zarri Iddi, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture in September stated the Regional Cultural Center was 60% complete. In the Deputy Minister’s interview on Peace FM, he stated emphatically that work had begun on the auditorium at the cultural center.
On the contrary, www.atmogh.com background checks reveal that the performance center which received its first ever renovation works during the administration of John Kuffour in 2001/9 is currently being renovated ahead of National Festival of Arts and Culture – NAFAC which will be held in November.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Catherine Afeku was in Koforidua with her team to inspect the progress of renovation works on the Eastern Regional Cultural Theatre yesterday, Friday, October 19.
The Minister after her inspection of the center has expressed her satisfaction with the facelift the Koforidua Cultural Center is receiving, www.atmogh.com can report
“I must say I am impressed with the work done so far. The contractor has also assured me they are going to finish the project on time as Koforidua is getting ready to host this years National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC)” she said
The Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Afeku also used the opportunity to reassure Ghanaians of the government’s commitment to pursuing the construction of new theatres in all 10 regions. She also reiterated the ministry’s position of making the Arts and Entertainment industry viable
“I want to use this opportunity to reassure Ghanaians that, the Ministry has not neglected the Art and Entertainment industry, but instead we are putting measures in place to make the Ghanaian industry a formidable and competitive one,” she added
During the minister’s visit, www.atmogh.com gathered the Koforidua Regional Theatre is about 90% complete and has a 1,500 sitting capacity. The theatre which is promised to be completed in 10 days will also house 20 Offices and a Recording Studio
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku will return in 2 weeks to inaugurate the theatre. She also promised to assist in completing 4 other theatres in Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi, and Ho
She is, however, expecting an exciting National Festival of Arts and Culture – NAFAC which will be graced by the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in November
Asiwome Tei-Mati | atmogh.com
Burna Boy Wins BET Best International Act Award 2020
Burna Boy has for the second time won the BET, Best International Act Awards 2020.
Burna Boy, born Damini Ogulu has for the second time won the BET, Best International Act Awards 2020.
The BET Awards 2020 edition which happened in the wee hours of Monday went virtual because of the novel COVID-19 pandemic and was hosted by Amanda Seales
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The Nigerian afrobeat international, Burna Boy won over Innoss’B (Congo), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Dave (UK), Ninho (France) and S. Pri (France) in the same category.
The event saw performances from Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle, DaBaby, Jennifer Hudson, and John Legend. Other include Lil Wayne, Nas, Questlove and Usher.
Burna Boy is one of West Africa’s rising stars who considers himself as an African giant and hence the title of his latest album “African Giant.”
The African Giant album is a masterpiece on black pride.
By Asiwome Writes | www.asiwomewrites.com | Ghana
Gospel Musicians Who Neglect the Church Kill Their Craft – Akesse Brempong
“The church is the place where most gospel musicians get their gigs so once you neglect the primary source of your income which is the church, your craft dies,” Akesse revealed.
Ghanaian reggae gospel musician Akesse Brempong has said that gospel musicians who neglect the church, will kill their craft.
According to the gospel minister, the church is the primary source of income for gospel musicians according to gigs they play.
Adding that, most corporate programs do not mostly call gospel musicians for their programs as compared to the number of secular musicians.
“When a corporate institution organises a program, they can call about six secular musicians and one gospel musician,” Akesse disclosed.
Referencing a documentary, about 55-60 percent of a musicians’ income is from gigs.
“The church is the place where most gospel musicians get their gigs so once you neglect the primary source of your income which is the church, your craft dies,” he revealed.
Speaking on Sammy Flex TV on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Akesse Brempong stated that MTN Ghana Stands in Worship, Adom Praise among others are the only big shows for Ghanaian gospel musicians.
By Adwoa Selly | asiwomewrites.com | Ghana
Mount Rushmore Fireworks Display Ill Advised – Fire Expert
A fire expert said a planned fireworks display at the Mount Rushmore is ‘’ill-advised’’ due to the abnormally dry conditions and summer wildfires.
A fire expert has said a July 3 fireworks display at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is ‘’ill-advised’’ due to the abnormally dry conditions and summer wildfires.
The event is expected to attract over 7,500 revellers with the president of the United States, Donald Trump in attendance.
The former fire management officer for Mount Rushmore, Bill Gabbert said shooting fireworks over ponderosa pine forest is extremely flammable and should not be done.
“Burning debris, the burning embers and unexploded shells fall into a ponderosa pine forest and ponderosa pine is extremely flammable,” said Gabbert.
The Mount Rushmore fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day has since 2009 not been observed due to a fire danger after a pine beetle infestation.
The U.S. Drought Monitor recently labelled almost all of southwestern South Dakota including most of the Black Hills as ‘’abnormally dry.’’
However, the National Park Service, which manages the memorial, has assured that fireworks display at Mount Rushmore poses only a slight fire risk.
Ian Fury, Republican Government Kristi Noem’s communication director revealed that the park service in April has taken several precautions, including performing an environmental assessment and conducting a large burn within the memorial’s borders.
Source: ABC News
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