Awards season is one of the most exciting times of the year, especially for those who make it their business to the entertainment culture.
Each year, the Ghana Movie Awards trots out its most significant
productions and its biggest stars to celebrate the movies that made the
biggest critical and commercial impact over the preceding twelve months.
Let’s make this short and simple, today the 25th of December 2012, is
the Ghana Movie Awards, at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The organizers have thoroughly done best to come out with thirty-one
(31) inept categories, maybe they are saving the best for the last. At
least they have previously fumbled and this year’s will not be any case
study to deal with.
With our gathered information, the Kumawood team has decided to snub
the awards and therefore we once again feel it will be an all-Accra
This year’s awards have no jury and if there is then why were we not hinted at the soiree?
The popular parlance which says, se agro be so a, efiri anopa,
seems not to be in the dictionary of the organizers who would as well
have taken their money to either delve into a pool party show since they
want to do something.
Organizers have described the nominations as ‘fair and devoid’ of the
controversies, yet let’s get into the whole pending sarcasm because we
smell that it may be dashed on the basis of man-know-man as
Single & Married topped the list with 10 nominations. Followed
closely is Grooms Bride with 8 nominations. Kobi Rana’s Hotel Babylon
obtained the third highest nominations with 6. ‘Queen Latifa’, ‘Secret
Burden’ and ‘Wanna Be’ got 4 nominations each.
Joni Waka also obtained two other nominations in the Best
Cinematography and Best Picture categories. Son of the former Ghana
President, Edward Agyekum Kufuor who has become an actor now grabbed a
nomination in the Best Actor in a Support Role with his role in ‘Tears
of a smile’.
We wonder how events are shabbily organized by those we have faith in
and thus, they lead us astray all in the name of trying to prove a
But the issue before us isn’t a ‘trying to prove a point’ matter, but
GHANA MOVIE AWARDS. The name ‘Ghana’ is in context here and thus, we
smell a rat knowing very well that this year’s event maybe a ‘Mr. Bean’
We may be wrong with our opinion, but we shall all wait and see the outcome after tonight’s show.
It is in our own interest that media guys must critically say it as it
is, less they pretend that all is well and in that case lead the
What is worth doing is worth doing well. Albeit, our candid advice to
the organizers is that for an awards show of this magnitude, it only
requires effective advance planning and some creativity.
Below are full list of nominations:
BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE – ENGLISH LANGUAGE Van
Vicker – Joni Waka John Dumelo – Queen Latifa Prince David Osei – Off
The Hook Kofi Adjorlolo – Wipe My Tears Ekow Blankson – Secret Burden
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE – ENGLISH LANGUAGE Yvonne
Nelson – Single & Married Martha Ankomah – Tears Of A Smile Jackie
Appiah – Grooms Bride Nana Akua Addo – Wanna Be Yvonne Okoro – 3 Some
Nadia Buari – Rain
BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE – LOCAL LANGUAGE Akwesi
Boadi – Osofa Mafia Farida Mohammed – Gobana Kofi Adu – Agya Koo Trotro
Driver Isaac Amoako – Saman Mogya Kwaku Manu – Area Boys
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE – LOCAL LANGUAGE Nana Ama Mcbrown - Nyankonton Vivian Jill – My Story Linda Abbey – Saman Mogya Tracy Boakye – Oh Vera Mercy Asiedu – Baby Face
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORT ROLE – ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Adjetey Annan – Rain Majid Michel – Grooms Bride Rahim Banda – Wipe My
Tears Edward Agyekum Kufuor – Tears Of A Smile Frank Artus – The Game
Chris Attoh – Single & Married
BEST ACTRESS IN THE SUPPORT ROLE – ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Kalsum Sinare – 3 Some Anita Erskine – Single & Married Linda Awuku –
Wanna Be Lydia Forson – In The Cupboard Christabel Ekeh – Wrong Target
Nikki Samonas – Queen Latifa
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORT ROLE – LOCAL LANGUAGE Apostle
John Prah – Osofo Mafia Kojo Nkansah – Kweku Saman Samuel Ofori – Oh
Vera Bernard Opoku – Police Officer Ebenezer Donkoh – B14
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORT ROLE – LOCAL LANGUAGE Naana
Hayford – Odo Ntentan Fatima Osman – Gobana Rose Mensah – Fathia Fata
Nkrumah Emelia Brobbey – My Story Matilda Asare – Ghana Police Ellen
White – Saman Mogya
BEST ACTOR – AFRICAN COLLABORATION Kalu Keagwu –
Shadow In The Dark Ramsey Nouah – Hotel Babylon Alex Usifo - Off The
Hook Uti Nwachukwu – In The Cupboard Yemi Blaq – The Search Alex Ekubo –
BEST ACTRESS – AFRICAN COLLABORATION Ini Edo – In The
Cupboard Patience Ozorkor – Untamed Rukky Sandra – The Search Nse Ikpe
Etim – The Search Tonto Dikeh – Lovelorn Mercy Johnson – Wild Targer
BEST PICTURE – AFRICAN COLLABORATION Desmond Elliot
& Caroline Danjuma – In The Cupboard Yvonne Nelson – Single &
Married Abdul Sallam – Grooms Bride Andy Boyo – Untamed Kobi Rana –
BEST PICTURE Joni Waka – Van Vicker & Dr. Clarice
Kulah-Ford Grooms Bride – Abdul Sallam Single & Married – Yvonne
Nelson Trap In The Game – Frank Rajah Arase Ghana Police – Eugene Morrat
Hotel Babylon – Kori Rana Secret Burden – Sellasie Ibrahim Wanna Be –
Edmund Quarshie & Michael Odeka
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Single & Married – Kwame
Awuah Hotel Babylon – Kobi Rana Joni Waka – Van Vicker Area Boys – Kwame
Agyeman Grooms Bride – Adams Umar
BEST EDITING Grooms Bride – Enoch Opoku Hotel Babylon
– Kobi Rana Single & Married – Ebenezer Sowatey B14 – Ninja Wanna
Be – Afra Marley
BEST CUSTOME AND WARDROBE Queen Latifa – Mabel
Germain Ghana Police – Monica Agboli & Nicolas Nsiah Return Of The
Bukom Lion – De She Collections Fathia Fata Nkrumah – George Atobrah
Grooms Bride – Samira Yakubu Secret Burden – Smarttys Management
BEST ART DIRECTION
Return Of The Bukom Lion Production Design: SHE Quartey Set Decoration: Richard Quartey
Fathia Fata Nkrumah Production Design: Jude Odoh Set Decoration: Bismark Gyamera
Rain Production Design: DJ Varga Set Decoration: DJ Varga
Ghana Police Production Design: Jones Agyeman Set Decoration: James Akwasi Wiafe
Single & MarriedProduction Design: Pascal Amanfo Set Decoration: Bismark Nii Odoi
Secret BurdenProduction Design: John Izedonmi Set Decoration: Fusani Mamudu
BEST MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG Azonto Ghost – Bessa
Destiny’s Child – Wilhelmina Abu Andani (Mimi) Single & Married –
Abraham Affaine Wrong Target – Samuel Sarpong Fathia Fata Nkrumah – Adu
BEST DIRECTING – ENGLISH LANGUAGE Single &
Married – Pascal Amanfo Grooms Bride – Frank Rajah Arase Queen Latifa –
Kensteve Anuka In The Cupboard – Desmond Elliot Hotel Babylon – Kobi
Tuesday, 25 December 2012
We are not going to tell you what you missed, but what we shall say you missed out is that even with the warning, ‘Men Don’t Dare’, that line fell on deaf ears as there were lots of them (Trigmatic inclusive) around.
But for what Trig as he is fondly called did with Becca, that you will have to CLICK on the video and see for yourself
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
After staging an entry with his latest single “Illuminati”, which surprisingly was popular among the crowd, he went deep into his rich portfolio of hit singles, and fed the teeming crowd with one song at a time.
For well over 50 minutes, he made good use of his flawless artistic delivery, generating loud cheers all throughout his stay on stage.
The free-ticketed event also featured performances from P Square and Samini, who was a last minute replacement for R2Bees.
Comedian Funny Face and Radio Presenter KOD, were MCs for the event.
|Becca & Friends|
The maiden edition had the crème-de-la-crème in attendance from all spheres of life and one significant personality was Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings. The maiden edition encompassed thrills, fun, music, dance and many more. It possessed the true beauty of an event with respect to the fact that it was arguably the first all-girls show in the world.
The second edition cannot be anything less than to surpass the maiden, so the organizers have promised surprises embedded with allure from Ghana to the world. It is sure going to be an all girls night but trust the men to sneak their way through just as the likes of Funny Face, Majid, John Dumelo et al, all did. That’s the whole beautification of the night.
For her yearning fans who have missed the sensational afro-pop singer, we can confirm that she was recently away and just got back from this year’s edition of the Lagos Jazz Series held in Nigeria, where she performed alongside other celebrated music icons such as Grammy Award winner Roy Hargrove, Fourplay, Omawunmi, 9ice and Waje.
But in between time, she is getting ready to premiere the music video of her collaboration with Nigerian crooner Tuface Idibia on the 6th of December, 2012, at the Tantra Night Club, with dress code having a touch of purple.
Friday, 30 November 2012
The “Fierce & Feminine” collection constituted of 2 contrasting collections: 8 hand-painted short patchwork dresses in earth tones with Snake & Wildlife motifs -”Fierce and Funky”-, and 7 hand-painted White and Ivory tones dress in lace, chiffon, organza and feathers, with the predominant motifs being Floral – “Feminine and Fertile”.
The Fabrics for the ‘Feminine’ collection were sheer and fluid, whiles the ‘Fierce’ dresses were all constructed with opaque cloth. Although the 2 collections seemed not to have a connection, the concept was about portraying the contrasts and multi-facets of a Woman’s nature : her softness and sensuality on one hand and her funkiness and fierceness on the other.
The symbolism represented in the collection are the Snake ( phallic symbol) and the Flower ( the Female reproductive organ) which also allude to Conception and the continuation of Life.
Hence the need for understanding and tolerance for life to continue peacefully.
Although most fabrics used by the designer in her “F&F”collection were not necessarily traditional African fabrics, , Bee Arthur incorporated pieces of Malian Mudcloth as well as Cotton Wax print into her patchworks. In addition, she recycled a cocoa sack and her old bags in the spirit of “going green” and incorporated them into her “Fierce” dresses .
|P-Square @ GH one studios in Accra|
The duo of twins won the award, which was held on November 17 with their video, ‘Chop My Money’ featuring Akon.
P-square is currently in Ghana for the ‘Top of The World Celebrations’ to be held on December 1.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
|Van Vicker, Juliet Ibrahim, John Dumelo, Prince|
GP Limited had earlier announced to organize the award ceremony on December 2, ahead of the upcoming General Elections on December 7.
This was after it considered the unforeseen challenges that might affect the ceremony in a likely case of a run-off during the elections.
But upon further deliberations with partners after the award’s launch on Monday November 26, it had shifted the award’s date to the usual date, December 25.
Organizers apologize for the change and any inconveniences caused are deeply regretted.
This year’s event is being organized by Ghollywood Production Limited in collaboration with rLG and TV3, and supported by Vodafone and Travel Express International Hotel.
|Juliet Ibrahim @ The Press Conference of the Ghana Movie Awards 2012|
Juliet Ibrahim is now #TEAMNATURAL, it appears the Ghanaian actress has ditched the blonde wigs and 30 inch weaves for a more natural look.
The voluptuous actress showed off her new cropped natural hair at the
launch for the Ghana Movie Awards in Accra, Ghana a few days back in
She was also showing off a slimmer body…
|Psquare @ a Press Soiree in Accra|
According to them, they aren’t new to receiving accolades because they are now used to the feat. They jokingly insinuated that of all countries in the world where they have gotten recognized, it is only in their own country that some kind of ojoro shows its ugly head.
Representatives of 4Syte TV were unable to hand over the award to them, perhaps before the dancing duo leave, efforts would be made to hand over the gong to them. They were very grateful to the organizers for the recognition.
However they acknowledged that one of the awards received during their senior high school days still remains very significant to them, and so an award may seem small but still it is those small and simple ones that mean a lot to them.
They are in Ghana for a great performance, come December 1 at the Independence Square, on the bill of Malta Guinness.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
It was a night brilliantly organized as audience were thrilled to great performances by AJ Nelson and the veteran Nii Obi Addo who showed his prowess on the live band. The MC for the night was the ravishing Queenie Obeng. There was plenty to eat, drink and souvenirs to take home.
I am of the school of thought which says that once you are a nominee, you are a potential winner, though one person has to take the gong home. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners on the night. Below are the winners in the various categories they won:
POPULAR MAKE-UP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Juliet Ansu Yeboah
FASHION RETAILER OF THE YEAR: FC Beauty Klinik
CONTRIBUTION TO FASHION COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA: AGOO Magazine
FASHION CONTRIBUTOR TO EDUCATION & MENTORING: Vogue Style School of Fashion & Design
CONTRIBUTION TO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY: Stephen Adusei
MODEL OF THE YEAR: Herty Twen
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (JEWELLERY & BEADS OPTION): Wendy L’artisane
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (BAGS, SHOES & HAIR OPTION): Sa4a Designs
EMERGING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: Ophelia Crossland Designs
CELEBRITY FASHION ICON OF THE YEAR: Jon Germain
BEST DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: House of Eccentric
With shoulders high, Ghana can now boast of a fashion awards which has successfully ran for two consecutive years without any blip. Once again, congratulations to all the winners and Ayeeeekooo to the organizers.
Saturday, 24 November 2012
|Okyeame Kwame the Rap Doctor & Sarkodie the Obidiponbidi|
The argument has taken centre stage of most ‘fights’ of students, particularly Tertiary students in Ghana.
Upon hearing barrage views from fans of the two rappers (Okyeame Kwame & Sarkodie) decided to bring the argument online for readers to share their voting thoughts on it.
Again, some further argued that, the phobia both rappers, Okyeame Kwame and Sarkodie have for each other prevent them to feature the other on their various songs as one could flawlessly ‘damage’ the other.
The only time fans heard a collaboration between the two was on KKD’s song which introduced him on stage during the 2011 Ghana Music Awards.
Aside that, there has not been any major song out from the collaboration voices of the two Twi rappers.
The question again goes, “who is the best Twi rapper in Ghana”? Let’s make this interactive…
|Becca in raw beauty|
Do you have the courage to embrace your authentic self? Do you have the faith to believe in your God-given beauty? Why would you want to hide the real you – beautiful and imperfect – from the world?
Becca, one of Ghana’s top songstresses, has long believed in the power of the natural beauty of the African woman. She made the choice to go natural – letting her inner light shine through to the surface.
In the photograph, without make-up, notice how her lovely skin and hair draw your gaze.
Without mincing words, we want to dare Ghanaian celebrities and Ghanaian women to try to go at least for a week without make-up.
Thursday, 22 November 2012
|DKB kissing Zainab's leg|
It was all joy yesterday on Viasat’s ‘The One Show’ with Joselyn Dumas and her co-host PY Addo as DKB and Zainab showed Ghanaians that they were finally together as friends.
|Friends for life, DKB & Zaina...watched by PY and JD|
DKB who last Friday on his ‘Friday Madness’ on Pravda Radio apologized to Zainab went ahead to do the same and continued it at the 4syte VMA on Saturday and finally ended it on Viasat One. The comedian when asked by the host to publicly apologize to the model went on his knees and begged her after which he raised her leg and kissed it.
For now DKB can walk around with no loads on his head since he was always buying credits to send apology messages to her. Zainab disclosed that, anytime she heard her phone peeped and realised it was a text message; she knew it would be from no other person than DKB.
She got bored at a time that she no longer wanted to even hear DKB’s name. She added that, she heard all the songs DKB composed because of her but she wasn’t ready to forgive him. Thanks now as all seems over and both can continue to live their lives in peace.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
She attended the University of Ghana, Legon, from where she graduated with a BFA degree.
The first movie in which she appeared was Mummy's Daughter.
Some of her other movies are Beyonce: The President’s Daughter, Chelsea, Beauty and the Beast, My Last Ambition, Beyonce & Rihanna, and Wicked Intentions.
She has twice been nominated for the AMAA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
We wish her a glorious day today.
|D-Black @ Channel O Awards|
D-Black revealed that he didn’t want to be part of the award from the start but members of the 4Syte Awards organization convinced me on their behalf and promised that it will be organized well.
“Someone or some people called 4Syte TV sit in their homes and create an award show. This is not a national award, this is a privatized award show”, he said.
Before continuing D-Black made mention that from henceforth, 4Syte TV should not nominate him or any of his works at their award shows because Ghana deserves a much better award system.
D-Black also said 4Syte TV failed to bring out the time frame under which a music video falls in for nomination. “My video VERA is 2 months old and you nominate it? Really? EL's KAALU is 5 weeks old and you nominate it?”
D-Black asked back to back questions as to where is the transparency in voting also? What is the voting system? What percentage does the public receive via voting and the panel also? Why are all these not drawn out for us to know? Why would you use YFM's short code for your voting text line? Are you serious?
“Look at the Ghana Music Awards. These are all clearly defined. The 4Syte MVA categories don’t even have descriptions”, he said.
D-Black accepted that he won the Best Collaboration Music Video of the Year with Mo’ Cheddah for ‘Falling’ but still stands by his words that Ghana deserves a much better music video award scheme.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012