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TELLING THE STORY OF SAA BOY NO! THROUGH AN AVID TALENT LOVERS DISCOVERY LENSES

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I have always maintained the position that Accra is not Ghana, that the arts and entertainment industry is beyond Accra, and the story of James Paulinus Johnson who is known in the music circles as Saa Boy No!, a cape coast-based rapper and songwriter reiterates my assertion best.

The 2020 edition of the 3 music awards’ next rated act category – central region – got me curious to find out who the nominees were due to the talent, craft, and versatility the people from the west have injected into Ghanaian music. I landed in cape coast to ask about Saa Boy No! and the feedback left me awed, permit me to share with you.

Saa Boy No! Who is a graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a degree in publishing spent most of his formative life in cape coast – Ghana where his music career emerged. As an artist, he believes his environment and upbringing have shaped his career and given him a sense of direction.

The artiste started with the stage name Jay pee, then kaykronic and later transitioned to Saa Boy No!. His name Saa Boy No! has received positive nodes from the masses as the name could be translated to mean the boy to watch out for. His debut “Abonsam” which featured Quamina Mp in 2018 cemented his decision to continually entertain music lovers irrespective of the impediments because the love shown him during his sickening moments was overwhelming.

He returned to the scene in 2020 and relaunched his career after a year away due to a gory accident with  “Ye be sei m’adwen”, followed by “take a seat”, “Over Me” and the smash hit “Mabr3” – a household term used in daily conversations in Cape coast which was couched out from his song. I was astounded to hear the children repeat lines like “wunp3 mas3m ah, memp3 wasem – Mabr3” from his song – such a great feeling. Saa Boy No! followed up with a 7 song EP  named “Geraldine” after his cousin who died in that accident which took him away from music.

In furtherance, the persevering musician began 2021 collaborating with Dj Aroma and Ko-jo Cue on “Afiwei”, his current release which is receiving good media attention and airplay. Notwithstanding the attention given “Afi wei”, most of his devotees and lovers noted that the turn-around for his career came when he released “Mabr3”, but to him, “after AfiWei, it’s going to be all gas, no brakes, just like how 2020 ended for me”

My stay in Cape coast couldn’t have been complete without a visit to the beach and some pubs as I love nature. To my amusement, all the times spent at Becky kay, Whispers pub, Sahara sports bar and restaurant and Da breeze were greeted with blistering sounds from Saa Boy No!. They may say a king has no honour in his home, but the case of this young champion is the divergent.

The irony for me was when I discovered that the old Saint Augustine boy single-handedly put together a street carnival dubbed “Otiem a to ola” which was massively patronized by the people of Cape Coast and was hosted at Ola. Attendees of his debut street carnival could not hide their excitement when I spoke to a few of them as they showered praises on him for being thoughtful and giving back to his people in the preliminaries of his career take-off.  The Carnival, which brought together most artists from cape cost to the excitement of event-goers will be repeated this December I learned.

The artists’ works from the inception of his career till last year are accompanied by flawless audiovisuals on YouTube except for “over me”, I urge you to check him out and you will be amazed.  The artiste is grateful for how smooth his journey has been thus far and thankful to his family and fans for their unflinching support. He motioned, “My works from last year got me nominated in the next rated act category – central region for the upcoming 3 music awards and I owe it to all who support my craft and career.”

He admonished his fan base to vote massively for him by dialing *447*3# on all networks.
“We deserve the win”, he ended.

Until I engage you again with another discovery, enjoy songs and videos from Saa Boy No! With the links below.

https://youtu.be/jLKIrIWRd3g

https://youtu.be/ffhgZQPZP3s

https://youtu.be/yWx2okpkxWM

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Araba Sey Adjudged ‘Flora Community Service Award’ winner At 2021 Ghana Models Awards

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Ghanaian international model Araba Sey, has won the Flora ‘Community Service’ Award at the just ended 4th edition of the Ghana Models Awards which came off on Saturday 18th September 2021 at the Accra City Hall inside the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Headquarters.

She automatically becomes an ambassador for Flora Tissues as part of the responsibilities attached to the award. Araba Sey described the award as an honor and applauded the efforts of the organizers of the Ghana Models Awards.

Speaking to the press, Araba Sey expressed her joy in winning the Flora Community Service Award. “I would like to say a big thank you to Ghana Models Awards for this honor, and to everyone who has been praying and supporting me throughout this journey. I also feel honored receiving this brand ambassadorial deal with Flora Tissues; I am looking forward to a great working relationship with you”, she said.

Furthermore, Araba Sey praised the organizers of the Ghana Models Awards and called on Corporate entities and potential sponsors to channel some of their resources in supporting the initiative. “I applaud the efforts of Ghana Models Awards in honoring and motivating the work and impacts of Models through this annual event. It is my prayer that the Modelling Industry would receive much more support and acknowledgement than it is now as the years go by. Let us all keep pushing hard as models and impacting more positively on our society”, she said.

This would be the second time Araba Sey has picked up the Community Service Award at the Ghana Models Awards; but the first time with Flora Tissues. The Ghanaian top model, who has over the years been recognized as one phenomenal and down to earth model has quite a number of self initiatives including mentorship sessions and environmental campaigns under her belt.

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It’s All About Exciting Thrillers As Africa Magic’s New Series, ‘Dilemma’ and ‘Venge’, Premiere In October

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Africa Magic, the continent’s leading provider of premium and authentic African stories, for and by Africans, will premiere two new double bill telenovelas; Dilemma and Venge in October 2021 exclusively on Africa Magic Showcase.

Dilemma follows the lives of two estranged lovers – Kaineto and Kanan. After years of separation, they find their way back to each other and have to deal with a history they would both rather forget. Love leads them back together, but it may not be enough to conquer all the challenges they will have to face.

Dilemma will air every weeknight from Monday, 4 October 2021 at 8 pm on AM Showcase (DStv Channel 151). It stars some of the finest talents in Nollywood like Shan George and Bob Manuel-Udokwu, and new faces like Treasure Obasi and Vine Ogulu. It also features BBNaija stars, Neo Akpofure and Daniel ‘Sir Dee’ Atteh.

On the other hand, Venge tells a scandalous story of secrets, lies, and betrayals. Viewers will get to go on a journey with Bibi as she unravels several conspiracies trailed by murder and fear on her quest for justice and revenge. This telenovela starring Michelle Dede, Uzoamaka Aniunoh, Obehi Aburime, Uche Mac-Auley, and Ian Wordi will air premiere every weeknight from Monday, 4 October at 8:30 pm on AM Showcase (DStv Channel 151).

These two new telenovelas present fresh storylines, suspense-filled plots and parades a mix of established and upcoming names in Nollywood that will have viewers from across Africa immersed in yet another top-notch Africa Magic production.

Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, Busola Tejumola said: “We are excited to premiere these telenovelas on our Africa Magic channels as it once again underscores our positioning as Africa’s most loved storyteller. Venge and Dilemma explore modern-day themes that viewers will connect to at different levels. Each plot, twist and suspense will keep viewers from across Africa on the edge of their seats as they follow the drama and connect with the characters”.

Tejumola also disclosed that DStv and GOtv customers should look forward to other exciting new and returning shows towards the end of the year on Africa Magic.

The Producers, Uche Ikejimba for Dilemma and Tosin Igho for Venge both revealed that viewers should expect a captivating story, one that will keep them on the edge of their seats and glued to their screens.

On what makes the telenovelas a cut above the rest, Ikejimba said: “Dilemma is set in two-time jumps; 1998 and 2021. Viewers will have the luxury of experiencing the story in the 90s hence bringing back many nostalgic moments. This time jump gets to see characters grow as viewers experience their journey together”. For Venge, Igho said: “Venge is a fresh take on the Telenovela genre. It contains many of the same elements that audiences are used to but adds its own unique brand of action paired with a stunning visual style”.

DStv Premium viewers will be able to watch Dilemma and Venge on the go via the DStv app on multiple devices at no additional cost. The app is available for download from the Apple and Google Play stores.

Both series will also be available on the online streaming service, Showmax, which is available to DStv Premium customers at no extra cost.

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Hollard Ghana’s Patience Akyianu Is The African Female Business Leader Of The Year

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Hollard Ghana’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Patience Akyianu has achieved continent-wide recognition as the African Female Business Leader of the Year at the just-ended 6th Invest in Africa Summit 2021 (virtual) organized by the prestigious African Leadership Magazine.

The award ceremony was held as a highlight of the 6th Invest in Africa Summit which was organized under the theme: Africa 4.0: Redefining Growth, Sustainability, and Innovation.

African Business Leadership Awards seeks to acknowledge and commend top-performing individuals for their selfless services to nation-building. This meritorious award recognizes leading lights on the continent, contributing towards changing the African narrative.

The selection process ethics entails three steps, involving nomination, subsequent voting, and final screening by the editorial team of the African Leadership Magazine.

Patience Akyianu emerged winner of the African Female Business Leader of the Year category. Patience was recognized as an exceptional female leader, with fantastic managerial skills who despite stiff competition in a male-dominated world, has shown resilience, courage, and sagacity in building a worthy brand.

Receiving the award, Patience Akyianu in her acceptance speech expressed profound gratitude to God, the advisory council, the editorial team, and Dr Giami of the African Business Leadership Awards.

“I am so delighted to be honoured as the African Female Business Leader of the Year and I give all the glory to God from whom all blessings flow. I am completely stunned by the massive support I have received from across Africa, especially from Ghana during the voting process and I thank everyone for this overwhelming vote of confidence. It is clear to me that, I could not have emerged the winner of this prestigious award without the help and support of my family, friends, my church community, colleagues at Hollard Ghana, and the various networks I’m part of”.

“I, therefore, dedicate this award to my entire network and all the people who have contributed to making me who I am today. I’m very encouraged by this recognition and will continue to contribute my best to the financial services sector and the development of our continent. Together through hard work, we will create and secure a better future for all. Thank you for this international honour,” she added.

According to Dr Giami, the Publisher of the African Leaders Magazine, the 2021 Africa Business Leadership Award (ABLA) celebrates grit, purpose, and impact in Africa’s business environment, especially in what continues to be a difficult period for most people due to the impact of coronavirus. He further added that the leaders who have emerged winners in the various categories have exhibited these celebrated attributes in admirable capacities and are deserving of great accolades.

About Hollard Ghana

The country’s favourite insurance group is Hollard Ghana, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance. The group combines its deep local knowledge of the market having previously operated in Ghana for 25 years as Metropolitan Insurance with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand in 18 countries across the world.

With feet firmly planted on Ghanaian soil but headquartered in South Africa, Hollard delivers innovative insurance solutions customized to the unique risks Ghanaians face. Hollard offers various life and general insurance products including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, travel, home, and more; and can be reached via the following means: 0501603967 (Hollard Insurance) and 0501533698 (Hollard Life).

Beyond various nationwide office branches and Hollard 2U franchise shops, Ghanaians can find Hollard at Shell Fuel Station Welcome Shops, Melcom stores and online at www.hollard.com.gh and www.jumia.com.gh for all their insurance needs.

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