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CELEBRATING A PACESETTER, DENNIS TAWIAH OF THE AKWAABA GROUP

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From pushing for the culture to be recognized in the United Kingdom and across the rest of Europe to organizing football matches for Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars, he has the “godfather” status and can best be described as an embodiment of entertainment in every sense of the word.

He needs no introduction when it comes to the organization and promotion of African events across Europe. Popularly known as Radical Dee within the entertainment circles, Dennis Tawiah was a member of the then popular and most sought after London based entertainment group of Disc Jockeys and event organizers, 90% HITSQAD.

Born in Osu, Ghana on 14th May 1970, Dennis Tawiah had his elementary education in Ghana at the Achimota Primary School. He played colts football for Osu Standfast and Team Harbour City before relocating to the United Kingdom in the early 1980s. In London, he attended the \Stoke Newington Secondary then went on to take professional courses in marketing.

Mr. Tawiah is credited with championing the African culture through entertainment and regarded as the most prominent African promoter across Europe. After severing ties with 90%, he went on to establish Akwaaba UK which transitioned into The Akwaaba Group (TAP), a full scale Entertainment Solution and Marketing Communications company.

Akwaaba UK has been the power behind some of the biggest and annually held African events in Europe for over the last two decades including the prestigious Miss Ghana UK beauty pageant, Ghana Independence Celebrations and Party in the Park, an outdoor family fun festival.

On Saturday 10th November 2012 at the Park Plaza Hotel in London, Mr. Tawiah was presented with a Special Achievement Award by the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) to appreciate his contribution to the promotion of the African entertainment industry within the diaspora.

In 2010, he was awarded with Outstanding Achievement by the Ghana High Commission in the United Kingdom and received Special Recognition by the Ghana Community in the UK and African Pride Awards in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Recently, he received Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2020 3Music Awards.

In our conversation over the weekend, he explained the rationale for quitting disc jockeying to start promotions and event management. “After being a DJ for almost 15 years, I felt I had done a lot in the DJ circuit and was ready to try something new. I decided to try promotions to see what it would be like to organize events from scratch, so I started off with organizing and promoting my own events”, he indicated.

In as much as it was a business, Mr. Tawiah was very much driven by passion when he started with Akwaaba UK. Responding to my question about what he set out to do with Akwaaba UK from its inception, he said “my objective has always been to bring people together and to entertain people. The whole setup of Akwaaba UK was to make sure I fulfill my objective of entertaining and unifying people. When this is done, then of course the business will follow”.

Mr. Tawiah recounted some of the challenges he experienced on his journey. “Initially, it was very difficult to get very good venues for African shows, the processes, restrictions and the limitations were a huge disincentive. I remember when I wanted to bring Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, Nana Acheampong, Amakye Dede, Nana Tuffuor, AB Crenstil, Lee Doudo and Teddy Osei to London several years ago, the radio stations I had contacted for the promotions had a policy which didn’t allow for African music in the radio advert as it wasn’t mainstream. So guess what, I had to just use the voice without any music in the background for the radio advert”, he revealed.

A good number of Ghanaian musicians including Lord Kenya, Mzbel, Sydney, Daasebre Gyamena, VIP, Samini, Ofori Amponsah, KK Fosu, Kofi Nti, Kontihene, Obuor, Praye and Sarkodei were flown to the United Kingdom by Akwaaba UK for their first international performances. In recent times, Mr. Eazi, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Kelvin Boy, Kwesi Authur, and Quamena MP have all performed on Akwaaba UK events.

I enquired how he feels being in the entertainment industry for over two decades, does he regret it? “Honestly, I have enjoyed it and there is nothing better than doing what you enjoy doing best. It feels great to have been doing this for over two decades, the sort of relationships I have built, the persons I have encountered and worked with and the amazing experience is priceless. I have no regrets and will gladly continue doing it with the very special feeling that comes with it”, he added.

At a point, Dennis became the go-to person when it had to do with getting an interview, business discussions, negotiations and any form of engagement with then Ghanaian international footballer, Michael Essien alongside several other African soccer stars in Europe. We spoke about that chapter of his life and how he got himself in football.

“So I missed an opportunity to sign for the youth side of my darling club in my youthful days, which is Arsenal, due to an injury. I have always followed football after that disappointment and been involved in the game in various ways. I was organizing Ghanaian fans to matches of the national teams around Europe. I had close relations with the Ghana Football Association and presented a request to organize matches with was accepted. With my team, we organized some very crucial matches for the Ghana Black Stars against England, Australia, Jamaica, Nigeria, Brazil, Senegal and Mexico”.

Three things which have accounted for his success, according to Mr. Tawiah are “doing what you love to do the most is very important and has been very key to my success. Also, we need to look at putting in the needed work at all times which will result in the desired results. There is no shortcut to success than putting in the work. Lastly, I will urge people to believe in the process and nothing else. Success does not come over night but rather it is working smart and consistent”.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Tawiah said “the African sound has the attention of the world at the moment and it’s important we fully capitalize on this to the benefit of our industry and its players”.

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Radio & Television Personality Kriya Gangiah Shares Five Tips To Keep Your Mental Health In Check

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South Africans have experienced so much throughout our history that we have become a resilient nation. However, this month has been physically and emotionally draining for so many across the country. The country is currently experiencing the third wave of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has had a massive impact on lives and businesses around the country.

This, naturally, can certainly take a toll on one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. During this chaotic time in life, it’s important to take a step back and ensure that in the eye of the storm, you are taking time out to look after yourself.

Radio and television personality Kriya Gangiah has been open about her experience with mental health during this trying period. “It has taken me a little longer than expected to recover from everything we are dealing with as a country right now,” Kriya explains.

She adds that it’s important to allow yourself time to experience the different emotions that you may be experiencing at this unpredictable time. “Don’t feel bad if you are working from bed for the third week in a row or if you haven’t mowed the lawn yet. It is completely understandable,” Kriya adds.

As she regains control of her mental and emotional health, Kriya shares five tips that have helped her get through this tough time.

Do something for someone else

I recently worked with my family and communities around Gauteng to collect food donations for people affected by the unrest around KZN. Working with other individuals with the goal of helping people made me see that there is positivity around us. Even if you may not have much you can still make a difference in someone else’s life.

Take a day off from social media

The more time I spent on social media the more depressed I was becoming. Seeing images of the chaos mixed between the narcissistic way in which people portray their “perfect” Instagram lives was really starting to affect me. Taking a day really helped clear my mind and find a little bit of clarity.

Try something creative

Being creative doesn’t always have to be about making something but it will help convert your energy into something that you enjoy. You can bake, rearrange the furniture or plant a tree. Anything that is different from your everyday norm.

Pamper yourself

Do something that makes you feel good. Paint your nails, take a long bath, or do a face mask. You can even meditate for a while.

Reach out

We are not alone in this. Most people are experiencing the same feelings that you are. Give a friend or family member a buzz and just catch up. You never know they might need it as well. Remember, if you are struggling right now and don’t have anyone you feel you can share your thoughts and feelings with, organisations like SADAG offer free counselling sessions.

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Unread Messages! Mista Myles Unpacks A Love Thriller In New 4-track EP

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Afrobeats’ latest favorite, Prince Doodo popularly known within showbiz circles as Mista Myles, isn’t slowing down this time around as he readies for Unread Messages EP.

Discovered by Mimlife Records, Mista Myles is a wonderful vocalist with versatile vocal abilities that square up with the now trending new school sound taking over the music space.

From vocal precision, fluidity, texture, right down to stagecraft, you’ll find an apt delivery from the super talented act as evidenced in previous releases and popular consent. True ingenuity and talent can neither be bought nor faked!

Clear up space on your devices, delete old files, get ready to update playlists, and make room in your minds and hearts for what’s coming! From lyric, melody to overall vibes, don’t say you weren’t forewarned!

Scheduled to be released on the 23rd of July, 2021 across all major online music stores and streaming platforms, Unread Messages EP is sure to give you a run for your craving ears.

The 4-track EP details Afrobeat essentials such as ‘On My Way’, ‘Mind Love’, the Kelvynboy-assisted ‘Bend Ova’, and ‘Baby’. Each track has been tailor-made to maximize your listening experience.

The future might have just been bundled up and delivered a bit earlier than anticipated! Each single screams of the undertones of love and it’s dilly-dallies. It’s a soothing accompaniment for your relationships no matter the type or level of commitment.

Production credits go out to in-house producers for Mimlife Records, WebieJustDidIt, and NixieOfficivl. Anticipate this masterpiece from Mimlife Records!


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You Need To See Sara The Dressmaker’s Gorgeous Bridal Gowns – Your Wardrobe Will Thank You

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Sara The Dressmaker might be a new name for some of you, but she is been one of the most popular fashion designers in these last couple of years.

The Ghanaian designer has dressed numerous celebrities such as Ghanaian media personality – Berla Mundi, Victoria Lebenee, Chrystal Kwame-Aryee, KSM, and Ghanaian broadcaster Abeiku Santana.

Over the years, Sara The Dressmaker has established itself as one of the leading couture fashion house in Ghana, with garments characterized by their high-end fabrications and meticulous sewing techniques.

Known for their romantic and sensual nature, Sara The Dressmaker’s bridal gowns will help you shock and awe everyone at your wedding with all their exquisite details. The Ghanian fashion designer has managed to define new standards for high fashion with her gorgeous bridal gowns that blend figure-flattering silhouettes with amazing details and a strong focus on comfort.

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If you’re a bit of a perfectionist, Sara The Dressmaker’s wedding dresses are the definition of perfection. The brand uses the best fabrics, beadwork, and embroidery designs to create these magical wedding gowns. For a classic couture dress, with luxe silk or all-over lace, a bohemian wedding dress, or a gown with infinite layers of tulle for ultimate romance and impact, Sara The Dressmaker will make your dreams come true.

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