Africa Rise album concert:
 
It was a cool weekend April night with just the perfect alignment of stars shining upon AJ Nelson when the Ghanaian rapper welcomed a legend and other budding stars-in-the-making to formally usher the ‘Africa Rise’ album to Ghana and the world.
 
The concert held at the Zen Garden inside Labone at Accra Ghana went down as a great one. Audiences were left thrilled as “Africa indeed rose on that 13th April night I must say, I just can’t tell you how much all the other acts on the bill immensely contributed to the success of the ‘Africa Rice’ Album Concert,” AJ Nelson said.
 
 
Everyone present was a star in their own right, some of the performers included Okyeame Kwame who despite preparing for his own album launch the following week still made time to join host AJ Nelson and friends like Suzz Blaq and 6 Strings, all of whom rocked the crowd to some great music.
Photo courtesy of Okyeame Kwame communication team
 
Man of the night — AJ Nelson — got on the mic to display his rap skills with a live band accompanying his soulful voice as he skillfully poured out lyrics upon lyrics to the audience’s appeal.
 
The crowd loved what they heard and cheered on act-after-act as every single performer blessed all in attendance with their respective styles.
 
A great concert it was indeed said AJ Nelson to this writer, who was told by an audience member that “the night lived up to expectation with great music full of intense Afrocentric vibes injected into the minds of all present” at the Zen Gardens.
 
Africa Rise‘ continues to enjoy favorable plays on Ghanaian airwaves with AJ Nelson embarking on promotional tours and interviews to spread the word about his maiden album. Get the album at Spotify and watch out for AJ’s next exciting concert near you soon.
 
Written by Lim Jo/theafricandream
 
 

Making French Ghana’s second official language is generational thinking. Okyeame Kwame is thinking for today and not the future.” – eShun

Songwriter and Musician, eShun, shared her opinion on the Government’s pledge to make French the official second language of Ghana. The songstress had a differing opinion to that of her fellow artiste Okyeame Kwame who is against the Government’s decision.

 

So what is the buzz all about?  The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, announced at the 2019 La Francophonie week that the Government had decided to adopt French as Ghana’s second official language. In summary, the purpose of this decision by the Government, is according to the Minister, to bring about improved regional integration across Ghana, and most especially with Ghana’s neighbouring French-speaking nations.

 

This decision has had mixed reactions from the nation’s populace and two of Ghana’s music artists joined the conversation with very different views.  eShun had a very different view to that of Okyeame Kwame who stated on social media that making French Ghana’s official second language was, “disrespectful to our pride and culture.”

 

In a radio interview that took place last weekend, eShun, when asked about her view, said she was “excited” about the move.  She elaborated by giving an example of a trip to Senegal in her capacity as a UNHCR High-Level Supporter on Statelessness where communication became challenging. French was the language being spoken and translation was not always made to her straight away, thereby making her draw the conclusion that if only she knew how to speak French, communication at the program would have been easier.

 

She further elaborated that Ghanaians being encouraged to learn French would boost relations and business with the neighbouring Francophone countries, and that Kwame Nkrumah’s vision for a united Africa could come a step closer when there is a common language spoken among all Africans.

 

Speaking for the entertainment industry, eShun, added that it would give Ghanaian musicians an opportunity to organise and have event promoters engage their services more effectively in the Francophone countries. “It will help our business men and women do more business among the French speaking countries since communication is key to business; Actors in Ghana are possibly missing out on film roles in French-speaking countries due to the language differences.” eShun suggested.

 

The singer disagreed with Okyeame Kwame’s stance, saying that, “he goofed” this time and that with the evolution of business, technology and the ways of the world today in general, it would do better for Ghana’s future to bring in the French language.

 

This is a conversation that is likely to continue and have many differing opinions across the Ghana.

Story By: Nadia Abena Addo

 

KKD appeared in court yesterday with his stylish walking aide dressed casually in a T-shirt and wearing a pair of sandals accompanied by his father and Okyeame Kwame, a hiplife artiste.

A seven-member jury is expected to be empanelled to take over the rape trial of showbiz icon and broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darkwah aka KKD.

The state prosecutor, Malike Woanya, yesterday told an Accra Fast Track High Court that the prosecution wanted a date for the jury to be constituted to hear the case.

Explaining the stance of the prosecution, she said the case was being heard in the court for the first time and as such it was necessary to take a date for hearing, taking into consideration the fact that the trial was by indictment, which required the composition of a jury. 

Tempers Flare
However, a visibly miffed Anthony Forson Jnr, counsel for KKD, told the court he was unhappy with the request by the state, especially since it had been a month since the accused was convicted.

He was emphatic that he had been treated unfairly by the state attorney, who he insisted should have ‘whispered’ the decision of the prosecution to him.

According to Mr Forson, the prosecutor should have told him that the case was not starting yesterday ‘as a matter of courtesy at the Bar.’

KKD’s lawyer further complained, ‘You don’t treat your learned friend at the Bar that way; you don’t do that.’

Despite Mr Forson’s resentment over his ‘ambush,’ he said he would oblige the prosecution in respect of its request.

Judge Intervenes 
Justice Bright Mensah, admitting that the case was being heard in the court for the first time, stated that it could not have been started yesterday because there was a queue (of cases).

He accordingly adjourned hearing of the case to April 22, 2015 for the jury to be put in place for the trial to start.

KKD appeared in court yesterday with his stylish walking aide dressed casually in a T-shirt and wearing a pair of sandals accompanied by his father and Okyeame Kwame, a hiplife artiste.

He was last month committed for trial at the High Court by a Kaneshie district magistrate after prosecution had said it had established enough grounds to secure conviction for the accused, despite the spirited arguments by KKD’s lawyers for the court to reject the request.

KKD, who is also the Chief Executive of the Finest Productions, is facing a one-count charge of raping Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson, the 19-year-old victim, in the bathroom of African Regent Hotel at the Airport West residential area.

Although the complainant in the case had in a January 15, 2015 letter to the prosecution declared her desire to drop the case against the showbiz icon cum broadcaster, state prosecutors think otherwise.

Earlier, at the magistrate court the prosecution had said it was sure it had enough evidence to prosecute the case.

According to the Bill of Indictment prepared by the state, the alleged rape incident occurred at the hotel in Accra on December 27, 2014, when the victim had accompanied her cousin, Abena Konadu Owusu-Akyaw, to a show dubbed ‘Rip The Runway Fashion Show’.

It said when they arrived at the hotel, they met one Kofi Kyei, Abena Konadu’s brother – one of the organisers of the event – and since the event had not started they decided to stroll around.

According to the document, on their way out at the drop-off area, they met KKD who complimented their beauty, adding that together they walked to the hotel lobby where KKD introduced them to his cousin, Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD) and Benny Blanco and told them they were his new friends.

Prosecution stated that after the pleasantries, KKD told the victim and her cousin that he would make them the faces of the Ghana Tourism Campaign after which a publicist by name Ameyaw Debrah and KKD took photographs of them.

The accused and Effe, together with Abena, Benny Blanco and KOD, later took a lift to a suite in the hotel.

Prosecution said in the living room, the victim and her cousin were offered drinks but they refused and KKD then went to the washroom, came out, and invited Effe to help him with his make-up.

According to the Bill of Indictment, ‘as soon as she entered the bathroom, the accused locked the door and pulled her by the hand, held her really close and started caressing her.

‘She was alarmed and pulled away but the accused got aggressive, turned her round and bent her over the wash hand basin and tried penetrating her from behind.’

It further stated that the complainant resisted, screamed and begged KKD—who had removed his pants—to leave her alone, adding that ‘she cried and begged the accused to let her go as she was a virgin and had not done anything like that before.’

The Bill of Indictment however stated that KKD’s overwhelming body weight on Ms Orleans Thompson made it difficult for her to free her hands and push him away.

It indicated, ‘Since the accused refused to let her go, in trying to deter him, she asked if he (KKD) had a condom but he said he did not have a condom…she tried outwitting the accused by saying she would come over another time in order for him to let her go but the accused did not budge.’

The prosecution indicated that KKD opened the complainant’s thighs, pulled her panties down and finally succeeded in penetrating her. After having sex with her against her will, she was bleeding and KKD handed her tissue paper to wipe up and told her to sit on the water closet and allow the blood to flow.

‘The accused gave her more tissue to pad up as he washed his penis (and) promised to give her Postinor to avoid pregnancy,’ the document stated.

KKD is currently on a bail he secured at the
Human Rights Court on humanitarian grounds in the sum of GH¢20,000 with two sureties…

More about KKD here

Credit: By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson Jeffdegraft44@yahoo.com