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UBA Supports Ghanaian Creative Industry with US$100,000

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United Bank for Africa Ghana Ltd. has contributed over US$100,000 to the Ghanaian creative art industry through the production of a 13 episode Ghanaian series titled The Public Figure.

The bank’s Lifestyle and Entertainment channel, RED TV is set to premiere the Ghanaian series on its YouTube channel on the 19th May, 2021. The official premiere of the series took place at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra on the 14th May.

The series shot, produced and developed by a 100% Ghanaian cast and crew was directed by the award-winning Eddie Sedor.

In a speech read on his behalf, Minister for Tourism Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal lauded UBA Ghana Ltd. for the initiative and used the opportunity to call on other financial institutions to emulate the worthy cause.

He said “When I heard of the US$100,000 UBA Ghana has invested in the Ghanaian creative art industry through this series, I was happy about the entire initiative and its benefits to the movie industry.

Such is the holistic growth that the creative arts and tourism sector in Ghana needs and I believe its impact has the potential to transcend into the tourism sector and the country at large”.

Hon. Awal said the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effect on the tourism and creative arts industry in Ghana and proactive interventions like the initiative by UBA Ghana offers the opportunity to revitalize and make a meaningful impact in the tourism and creative arts sectors.

The Government and indeed my Ministry believes that such support schemes through the participation of private sector, is an investment that will yield benefits to the tourism and creative arts sectors and the transformation of our economy which will eventually lead to the Ghana beyond Aid Agenda.

In his remarks, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UBA Ghana Ltd., Mr Olalekan Balogun said UBA as a lifestyle bank wants to provide good content for its customers and Ghanaians at large besides banking.

He commended the Director of the movie for capturing the ills in the society, saying the series is a reflection of what is happening in society and advised leaders not to use their powers negatively.

One of Nigeria’s biggest music star Wizkid also graced the occasion.

The Public Figure series narrates the story of Wonder, a charming young lady, who quits the corporate life under pressure from a sexual pervert of a boss to pitch herself up to be in the celebrity space. It’s a whirlwind rise to the top for her through the corridors of power, literally, more than she even bargains for.

It unravels a story of love, politics, power play and the celebrity life as we go behind the scenes from hotel meeting rooms to illicit activities in bedrooms and secret presidential villas in a quest to know the mystery behind public figures.

The movie stars Van Vicker, Naa Ashorkor Mensah Doku, Dela Seade, Aaron Adatsi, Cecilia Anno-Barnieh, Daisy Little among others.

REDTV is an initiative of the United Bank for Africa Plc. An online entertainment network on YouTube which brings the best of Africa to the world, REDTV is in line with UBA’s commitment to contributing to the growth of talent and innovation across the African continent. The network which was launched in 2015, has helped to foster the creative industry since inception by providing employment to the youths in this segment.

 

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Miss Malaika Ghana 21! 30 Make It To Finishing School

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‘Winning Miss Malaika, or simply just participating has changed my outlook on life drastically. One thing I took away from the experience is that in as much as outer beauty is important, the growth that happens inwardly is what will make you stand out, and that is exactly what Miss Malaika gave to me and I believe to other ladies who ever participated’ – reigning queen, Miss Jasmine Djang.

In a little over 80 days from now a new queen takes over from Jasmine Djang. But the journey to that unveil as history would have it has never been easy. From heart breaks to tears and cheers, shouts of joy to acts triggered by sour grapes and more, this pageant has seen it all; and on Saturday 17th July was no exception as more than 200 wanna-be queens thronged Tomreik Hotel in hopes of being a part of Miss Malaika Ghana 2021! 45 ladies made it to the next stage.

Prior to this very first encounter, pageant organizers Charterhouse launched the social media campaign, “Tag A Queen” which saw many Ghanaians post photos of ladies they deemed fit to wear the crown and tagging the various Charterhouse handles with the hashtag, #Malaika21. That process saw some 32 gorgeous ladies automatically graduated to the semifinal stage of auditions which will look a little past the beauty of face and figure and test for intellect and more.

Sitting in on the search panel with the task of selecting the most beautiful among the lot on Saturday 24th July were Showbiz personality, PR Practitioner and Entrepreneur, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku with award winning actor, fashion designer, Elikem Kumordzi and Miss Sharon Coffie, Miss Malaika 2012 Queen. Between the three astute judges, 30 beautiful, intelligent and charming ladies graduated to the final stage which is the FINISHING SCHOOL. According to organizers, 20 out of the 30 will enter the competition proper and would be out doored to the general public.

Miss Malaika Ghana shows this and every Sunday at 8pm on GH One TV and at 9pm on MX24 and EBN TV.

It is a Charterhouse Ghana Production brought to you by Nivea, Frytol, Royal Senchi Hotel, GTP, Malta Guinness, Kenya Airways, Tomreik Hotel, GhOne TV with support from Aspire Destinations, Lux, Geisha, Lucozade and Verna Water.

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Wild Cards Revealed! Maria and Pere Survive First BBNaija Shine Ya Eye Live Eviction Show

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Ebuka took on the first BBNaija Shine Ya Eye live eviction show Sunday night, but there were no goodbyes – just surprises!

After the ladies and gentlemen of the house settled in last Sunday, Biggie threw in the second twist of the season. He told the housemates that two from among them were Wild Cards and they had a week to figure them out. If they successfully did this, the two Wild Card housemates would be evicted immediately. Failure to do so meant they get to remain in the competition and battle it out for the grand prize.

The housemates investigated, questioned, and tried hard to figure out who they were all week long. The viewers were not left out in the guessing game until Thursday when Biggie revealed that Maria and Pere were the Wild Cards.

During their Diary Room sessions Sunday afternoon, majority of the housemates put forward Liquorose and Jaypaul as their prime suspects, to the amusement of viewers. However, the cat was let out of the bag when Ebuka asked the Wild Cards – Maria and Pere – to reveal themselves. This left the housemates surprised but impressed at how well they concealed their identities.

The game has now shifted gears as both Maria and Pere are officially in the game to win. Ebuka revealed that both of them will have exclusive nomination powers on Monday night, when the housemates exercise their nomination rights for the first time this season. Nominations will begin after the Head of House game scheduled for 6pm.

Abeg is the headline sponsor of Big Brother Naija season 6, and the associate sponsor is Patricia.

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GHANA – PERU ART CONTEST LAUNCHED, SUBMISSION OPENED TILL SEPTEMBER 28TH

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The Embassy of Peru in Ghana on Wednesday 28th July 2021 launched the Ghana – Peru Arts Contest as part of activities marking the two hundredth independence anniversary celebration of the Republic of Peru.

The event was held at Maison Française located at the University of Ghana, Legon and was attended by several dignitaries including His Excellency Abel Antonio Cárdenas Tuppia, Ambassador of Peru to Ghana, His Excellency Enrique Escorza, Mexican Ambassador to Ghana and His Excellency Pedro Luis Despaigne Gonzalez, Cuban Ambassador to Ghana.

Other guests were Mr. Sam Zacca from the Honorary Consulate of Peru in Ghana, Dr. Joanna Boampong, Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Ghana and Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See in Accra.

The Ghana – Peru Arts Contest is open to Ghanaian non-professionals between the ages of 18 and 25 years who are expected to produce artworks and literature that illustrates the theme of friendship between Ghana and Peru.

In his message, His Excellency Abel Antonio Cárdenas Tuppia, Ambassador of Peru to Ghana highlighted the need for closer collaboration between Ghana and Peru for mutual benefit. “Ghana and Peru are two countries striving for development and these times we find ourselves in have proven that everything is easier and faster when we work together. In order to cooperate effectively, you need friendship, trust and knowledge”, he added.

Commenting on the contest, Mr. Sam Zacca representing the Honorary Consul of Peru in Ghana, Hon. Ghassan Yared, said “I wish to encourage all Ghanaians who qualify to participate in the Ghana – Peru Arts Contest as it has the potential to open doors of networking. It certainly will also provide participants with a fair chance to display their works to the world. It doesn’t matter if you win the competition or not, you are already a winner and your work is seen and appreciated.”

The two categories for the contest are Artwork (painting, sculpture, drawing, pencil work, etc) and Literature (poetry, prose). The poetry entries should not be more that 200 words and prose should have a maximum of 500 words.

All entries must be original and not published materials before submission for the contest electronically via ghanaperuartcontest@gmail.com before the submission deadline, 28th September 2021. Shortlisted persons will be contacted to submit their original works to the embassy

Winners of the Ghana – Peru Arts Contest will be announced at an awards ceremony in November 2021 to be followed by an exhibition of some selected works submitted for the contest also in November 2021. The Ghana – Peru Arts Contest is sponsored by the Embassy of Peru in Ghana, Honorary Consulate of Peru in Ghana and the Centre for Latin American Studies.

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