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Ghanaian Films Nominated In Seven Categories At 2018 AMVCA’s

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Africa Magic at the weekend released the full list of nominees for this year’s Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards during a special broadcast. Of the twenty five categories Ghana won nomination in seven categories with the biggest scoring movie being Potato Potahto produced by Sparrow Production.

The list of nominees from Ghana include Shirley Frimpong Manso, Adjetey Anang, Chris Attoh and Lydia Forson amongst others. The movie Potato Potahto received five nominations in different categories including overall Best Movie in West Africa.

The same movie was also selected for best costume designs from Christie Brown and Shirley Frimpong Manso also listed on the nominee list for Overall Best Director.

Voting for the AMVCAs are open and will close on Sunday, 24 August 2018. Voting takes place on Mobile/Web only and you must be a registered voter to do so. You must have completed your registration to be eligible to vote for your favourite nominee(s) in the various categories.

If you haven’t already registered, follow the easy steps here. If you’ve already registered, then go ahead and cast your Vote here.

Voting on the AMVCA website and mobisite if you’re a registered voter:

•    You may vote for your favourite nominee(s) via the Africa Magic website– africamagic.tv/vote

•    Click on the Vote menu item.

•    Click on Sign in and enter your cell phone number in the international format e.g. +27731234567.

•    Enter your chosen password

•    Select your favourite nominee(s) in the various categories.

•    Enter your number of votes and cast your vote by clicking VOTE.

•    Votes on the website and mobisite are limited to 100 votes per user.

•    Website votes are free.

•    Data costs apply.

Make your mark and ensure that the best win AMVCA 2018. Who will it be?  Voting is now open here and closes on August 24, 2018. Join the conversation on social media using #AMVCA2018.

Here is the list categories with Ghanaian Movies/Directors nominated in:

Best Overall Movie

Potato Potahto
Alter Ego
18 Hours
Devil’s Chest
Descent
The Road to Sunrise

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series)

Toyin Abraham – Tatu
Dorcas Fapson – Banana Island Ghost
Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi – Tatu
Ebele Okaro – Blackrose
Lydia Forson – Isoken
Emem Inwang – Alter Ego

Best Director Movie

Moses Inwang – Alter Ego
Aloayke Omoake – Idemuza
Asurf Oluseyi  – Hakkunde
Don Omope – Tatu
Jade Osiberu – Isoken
Mulindwa Richard – The Torture
Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Potato Potahto

Best Costume Designer Movie or TV Series

Tatu
Isoken
Potato Potahto
Hakkunde
The Bridge

Best Actor in a Drama (Movie/TV Series)

Wale Ojo – Alter Ego
Kalu Ikeagwu – Benevolence
Rushabiro Raymond – The Torture
Adjetey Anang – Keteke
Adjetey Anang – Sidechic Gang
Chris Attoh – Esohe

Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series)

Kalu Ikeagwu  – Dr Mekam
Blossom Chukwujekwu – The Big Fat Lie
IK Ogbonna – Excess Luggage
Jimmy Odukoya  – Guynman
OC Ukeje – Potato Potahto
Odunlade Adekola  – A Million Baby

Best Movie West Africa

Potato Potahto
Alter Ego
Isoken
Tatu
Children of Mud
Lotanna

Voting for the AMVCAs are open and will close on Sunday, 24 August 2018. All terms and conditions apply and are available on the Africa Magic website.

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Ohemaa Mercy Out With ‘His Glory’, This Friday, June 25

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Ahead of the unveiling of her concert, ‘Tehillah’, Ohemaa Mercy Ministries and Soul Brother Records have readied the new single for award-winning gospel minstrel, Ohemaa Mercy.

‘His Glory’ comes after the impressive showing of her previous single, ‘He Lives In Me’ which featured VGMA ‘Male Vocalist of the Year, MOG Music.

The song garnered massive recognition across the country, an ode to the influence of Ohemaa Mercy, considering the fact that, she’s been away from active music production for a while.

Produced by Shadrack Yawson, also known as Sha’, ‘His Glory’, has Ohemaa Mercy sing about the magnificence of God.

Sang in both English and the local language, Twi, Ohemaa belts out her quintessential notes to offer glory to God.

The new single will be released on all digital platforms tomorrow, Friday, June 25, 2021.

Ohemaa Mercy, with a career spanning a period of almost 20 years, has released six (6) albums, starting from 2004. She has won multiple awards and has shared the stage with renowned international artistes such as Andrae Crouch, Israel Houghton, Don Moen, Darwin Hobbs, Juanita Bynum, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond among others.

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VGMA: A Decade Of Empowering Artistes And Transforming The Music Industry

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When telecommunication giant, Vodafone Ghana took over as the title sponsor of the Ghana Music Awards, observers as well as industry people were not sure how long the union would last

However, given that the union is in its 10th year, it is safe to say the mutual respect between Vodafone Ghana and organisers of the Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse has waxed stronger yielding many fruits for the partners, Ghanaian musicians and the entertainment industry at large.

Vodafone has delicately nurtured the union and fulfilled its financial obligations for the yearly VGMAs to celebrate deserving Ghanaian and African musicians.

Since assuming the reigns of the VGMAs, the awards celebration has been characterized by innovation, creative concepts and unique programmes designed to empower Ghanaian artistes, enhance their craft and project them onto the world stage.

From Vodafone powering seminars where professionals with requisite knowledge share insights for the artistes to make compelling music, get abreast with technical side of the business such as royalties, copyright and protocols for sampling to general investment tips to avoid squandering wealth, it’s clear the telco giant is keen for artiste empowerment which is integral for the transformation of the music industry.

National Dialogue On Music     

One of such initiatives is the VGMA Music Summit, which has become one of highlights of the celebrations. The Summit forms part of efforts to foster a national broad-based conversation towards the growth of the local industry. It is a stakeholder engagement, drawing on musicians, managers, music producers, distributors, promoters and others. With Ghana’s music industry still facing the phenomenon of artistes unable to fully commercially live off their craft because of a poor ecosystem, discussions focused on the route to redemption. A communique which captures the insights and recommendation is presented to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts.

Bridging The Music Gap

In bridging the gap that exists between the art and academia, the organizers created the VGMA in Schools project. The project seeks to work with schools, offering students interested in a career in music, an opportunity to dialogue with professionals. Artistes including Camidoh, Epixode and Kuami Eugene are some artistes who have mounted the entertainment stages of various Senior High Schools, performing and engaging the animated students.

Rewarding Music With Purpose

Vodafone has also demonstrated commitment to supporting music with real dept and purpose. The telco introduced the Green Awards to celebrate artistes contributing and using music to drive awareness of the need to save the environment. This is in line with the Telco’s purpose-led agenda to promote a sustainable music industry, the company sought to significantly help minimise the insidious impact of the VGMA despite inevitable ecological footprints being left behind at its large music events. A number of eco-friendly initiatives including properly recycling plastics from the tonnes of waste the event produces and promoting e-ticketing were some of the initiatives introduced ahead of the pandemic.

Red Lounge Experience

Besides the glitz and glam of the red-carpet reception and awards ceremony, one key aspect of the celebration that patrons anticipate each year is Vodafone’s Red Lounge. The Red Lounge is a unique display set-up at the foyer of the event venue which provides a rich experience for all customers and stakeholders. The set-up also provides an opportunity for patrons of the event to interact with artistes on a personal level before the show begins and party continues after the show.
 
A Strong Online Presence For Artistes

Continuously committed to bringing value to Ghana’s music space, Vodafone Ghana has availed its new creation ‘Your Business Online’ to enable musicians and industry players to own a personal website. Designed by Vodafone Business, the platform provides all the elements required to build a special brand and grow one’s business online. The platform will create a digital space for artists and industry players to promote their works online. With as little as GHC99, experts will design, build and maintain your online presence – tailoring it exactly how artistes want it and helping them reach a much wider customer base.

The VGMA22, slated for June 25 and 26, 2021 sees Adina, KiDi, Diana Hamilton, Kuami Eugene, Medikal and Sarkodie battle it out for the Artiste of the Year   category.


From 2011 since Vodafone Ghana became title sponsor, the Artiste of the Year trophy has been lifted by VIP (2011) – Hiplife, Sarkodie (2012) – Hiplife/Hiphop, R2Bees (2013) – Hiplife/Highlife/Hiphop, Shatta Wale (2014) – Reggae/Dancehall, Stonebwoy (2015) – Reggae/Dancehall, EL (2016) – Hiplife/Hiphop, Joe Mettle (2017) – Gospel, Ebony (2018) – Dancehall/Afropop, No winner (2019) and Kuami Eugene (2020) – Highlife.

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Ghanaian Media Maven Peace Hyde Announced As Creator For Netflix’s First Africa Reality TV Series

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Multiple award-winning Media Maven, Peace Hyde, has added another remarkable feat to her already impressive list of accomplishments by being the Creator and Executive Producer of the first ever African Netflix Reality series, Young, Famous and African.

The British/Ghanaian who is a highly celebrated TV Host, Creator, Journalist, entrepreneur and Activist also serves as executive producer on the biggest reality TV show to hit the African continent. According to the stars who revealed their series tagline on their Instagram accounts today, the show promises to be an exciting access into the popular world of some of Africa’s top celebrities.

The Pan African super stars of the show include Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania, Annie Macaulay Idibia from Nigeria, Swanky Jerry from Nigeria and south African superstars Nadia Nakai, Khanyi Mbau, Andile Ncube and Naked DJ alongside an array of entertainment heavyweights.

Peace Hyde who started her media career in Ghana as the host of Friday Night Live on GH One and MTN Hitmaker has quickly risen to become one of Africa’s most successful media exports globally by creating and producing groundbreaking hit shows like the two leading flagship talk shows, Forbes Africa’s My Worst Day with Peace Hyde (3 seasons), the only show that speaks to Africa’s billionaires and Forbes Woman Africa’s Against the Odds (2 seasons) on the CNBC Africa channel on DSTV.

Named by CNN as Ghana’s media maven, Hyde’s work has been featured on CNN, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, Ebony, Fox News and many more. She was named to the United Nations Most Influential People of African Decent list 2018, 2019 and 2020 named as one of the 100 most influential young people in Africa.

The show is set for a global release to 190 countries and over 200 million subscribers.

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