I’m glad TV3 controversy happened — Nana Aba

Resilence should be Nana Aba Anamoah’s middle name because if anybody had gone through what she did two years ago, they would have perhaps crumbled, but not her.

She was on a high as a famous face on TV3, when what she describes as a joke on Twitter spiraled into a huge controversy which ended with her resigning from the station she had worked at for over 10 years.

To be incessantly trolled, called many names including being a liar and to have a station you have been loyal to for so long turn its back on you, would have broken others but Nana Aba shook it all off and tells Graphic Showbiz, she is glad the incident happened.

“I am happy it happened. I think that it happened for a reason because it gave me the chance to move on. For four years, I had been trying to leave but I wasn’t successful because my bosses always found one reason or the other to make me stay. I am so happy about it and I feel that I should probably have moved earlier and not listened to all the stories that made me stay,” she said.

She had had her own controversies and this was arguably much bigger but Nana Aba insists it did not have much impact on her, perhaps a testament to how strong willed she is.

For her, leaving TV3 has rather been a blessing because she is an even better person now. “In fact, I would say I’ve become even friendlier than I used to be because leaving to another station has given me an opportunity to see people differently. For 12 or 13 years at TV3, I had the same people I was dealing with, I had the same friends; it was like my family.

“But now I’ve moved to a different brand with different people and this is an even bigger platform. So now, I’m getting to understand radio, sometimes I go to Starr FM, I go to Heritage to understand how newspapers operate. I’ve actually opened up more and I’m trying to learn a lot of different things,” she said.

Before she joined the EIB Network and took up the role as a News Editor, there had been a lot of speculation as to where she would land with the Multimedia group featuring prominently.

Now she tells Showbiz, this new phase of her life has been very exciting as she works with a team trying to change the face of news in the country, telling some compelling stories.

“It’s been great. I could have decided to go to any of the other media houses that were seeking my signature at the time but I chose GHOne because it’s a very young station and I wanted to make an impact, I wanted to be part of their story. I wanted to associate my name with them.

“I didn’t want to go to a station that already had a name, basically adding up to the numbers. I wanted a place where I would put my experience to work, to push a brand and I am happy with what we have done together so far. I know we still have a long way to go but in the space of one or two years, people talk about us. I am so excited to be working with all these amazing people,” she said.

Her work over the last two years has certainly paid off and she was rewarded for all her hard work recently at the Radio and Television Personality (RTP) awards. She picked up three awards including the topmost RTP Personality of the Year. She also won the TV Female Newscaster and TV Female Personality of the Year.

And she believes it’s her willingness to make a difference that earned her the trophies. “I try as much as possible to make time for people, those who come to see me with their problems I attend to them.

Sometimes, I don’t have the answers and the solutions and the help they want but I feel that if I’m able to make a call or two for them; if I’m able to get help for them then that’s great. On social media I try as much as I can to respond to people who interact with me.

“And I also make sure that I encourage my reporters to do real stories that matter to people so I guess all of that put together worked in my favour, “ she added.

Her issues started with social media and it would have been only logical that she would tone it down but Nana Aba says no. “I am still the same. It was a joke and people who understand social media understand what trolling is. So all of those trolls, I wasn’t affected by them. I couldn’t be bothered and I was having a laugh reading all the comments. I troll and still get trolled. I give it so I can take it. In fact, I think my followers on Twitter and Instagram have rather increased. I will not stop doing the silly things I do on social media.”

Even as she leaves TV3 in the dust and forges ahead, she cannot help but share a great lesson the incident taught her which is measuring our loyalty to our employers. “This was an eye opener for me.

I would want everyone to be loyal to their employers but in being loyal, they should also try to make themselves happy because even your superiors also look out for themselves sometimes. You should be just a bit selfish and put yourself first sometimes.

That is the mistake I made at TV3, I put the station ahead of my interest all the time but when it came to the most critical aspect of my life, they turned their backs on me.

I want people to know that in being loyal and faithful to their employers, they must also do the things they believe would make them better people.”

Outside of her busy schedule, Nana Aba has taken up a project to encourage reading among children called Raising Readers and every weekend, she can be found in communities reading with children.

This is a project she says is close to her heart because of the impact it will have on future generations.

Source: Ghana | Graphiconline


I regret not fighting for my marriage – Rachael Oniga

Veteran Nollywood actress, Rachael Oniga has advised young girls to fight for their marriage despite challenges.

The single mother of three in an interview with Punch regretted that she didn’t fight for her marriage despite his husband’s plea for forgiveness before his death.

According to her, divorce was one of the most painful things she had to do, adding that, she was naive for leaving her husband at that time.

She said: “My first born, Olamide, was four years old when I left my marriage.

“I had to put them all in boarding schools. That is one of the most painful things I have had to do. Whenever I talk about this, it always brings me close to tears. My children paid the price for something they knew nothing about.

“The factor (her late husband married another woman) that led to the end of my marriage made me determined to prove to him (ex-husband) that I could stand without any man.

“I was not ready to give any other man the chance to be a hindrance to my children and me. I also made up my mind that I would dedicate my life totally to my children. I toughened my heart and blocked every opportunity to go into any relationship.

“I saw myself as equal to any man, regardless of how much money he might have. I didn’t want any man to treat my children badly. I was working for my money and I put my kids in good schools. So, what do I need a man for?

“I felt all men just wanted was to see the beauty of a woman and walk away. With what my ex-husband did to me, you expect me to trust men again? Before we got separated, he was a good and ideal man. .

“But he married another woman and I moved on. But I miss the whole union thing, friendship and sharing things together.

“My advice to young ladies is to keep and fight for their marriages.

“Perhaps, I was naïve; I never fought for what was mine, but I still thank God. He made many failed attempts at reconciliation. He knew the type of person I am; that when I say no, it is no.

“Before death took him (ex-husband) away, he called many times. It was my mistake. I should have fought for my marriage. Any young lady must try her best and fight for her marriage. My decision at that time might not have been the best, but I still thank God. I have my regrets too as a human being.”


News about Yvonne Nelson’s child birth is false – Abdul Salam Mumuni

Ace movie producer, Abdul Salam Mumuni has doubted the credibility of stories making rounds that actress Yvonne Nelson has delivered a baby girl.

On Monday social media was rife with report of the actress’s child birth.

The story was received with a mixed reaction as the actress and close associates have earlier denied reports of her pregnancy.

But the man who discovered Yvonne Nelson’s talent, Abdul Salam Mumuni does not believe the stories.

“Oh wow, I have never heard it, I asked Yvonne back some time ago and she denied it so it is even a shock to me,” he told JoyNews’ MzGee.

He also hinted he saw the actress two months ago and there was no sign of pregnancy.


Nadia Buari and I were not dating,Jim Iyke

Nollywood star actor, Jim Iyke has spoken about his much publicised relationship with actress, Nadia Buari.

Few years back, the two stars were said to be in a serious relationship, but Jim told Punch that nothing went down between down.

He explained, “Things didn’t get messy as people thought. Two people met in the entertainment industry and there was a reality show at a time that kept us together.

“So, we did a smart thing anybody who found himself or herself in such situation would have done. And when the entertainment was over, we moved on to our normal lives.

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“For anyone who thought anything extraordinary happened, it was a live show except that it played into our personal lives too. I got what I wanted, which was followership and I appreciate the audience for watching.

“She understood what she was coming into and I understood as well. We got the mileage we both wanted and we moved on with our lives. Five years down the lane, people are still talking about it.”


My fan base changed the face of Ghana’s entertainment – Sarkodie

Rapper Sarkodie believes that his huge fan base has changed the face of Ghana’s entertainment scene.

According to him, he owes his success in the music industry to his fan base, called SarkNation.

The fan base of artistes, over the years, has played instrumental roles in championing the artistes’ image and songs. They also help in making musicians or entertainment personalities relevant.

Sarkodie, overwhelmed by the support he has received over the years, eulogized his SarkNation fan base, after receiving a nomination in this year’s Music of Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards.

In a series of tweets, Sarkodie said: “SarkNation Changed the Face of entertainment in GH #Fact”.

“Pray for a Nation like SarkNation ,” said and added that, “Everyone knows that I’m still here cos I got the Best following SarkNation”.

“My SarkNation work more than I do ,” the award-winning rapper concluded.

Sarkodie will face stiff competition from African artistes, Davido, Eugy, Juls, Maleek Berry, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, and Wizkid for the ‘Best African Act’ category.

The awards ceremony will take place at Leeds First Direct Arena on November 29.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline

Highlife musician, Akosua Agyapong in court for Gh₵105,000 fraud

Highlife musician, Akosua Agyapong, has been hauled before the Accra Circuit Court, for allegedly conspiring with another person and defrauding a businessman of Gh₵105,000 in a land deal.

The prosecution claim the musician and a man identified as Frank Agyemang, aka, Killer Boss, sold a land which apparently did not belong to them to the businessman.

The two have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and fraudulent transaction of land.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Agyemang, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of Gh₵160, 000 with three sureties with one to be justified.

The musician  was, however, not present in the court room. Her legal representatives submitted a medical report which indicated that she was sick.

Hearing continues at the court, presided over by Mrs Cecilia Dapaa Mireku, on October 24, 2017.

The prosecution claim the musician and a man identified as Frank Agyemang, aka, Killer Boss, sold a land which apparently did not belong to them to the businessman.The prosecution claim the musician and a man identified as Frank Agyemang, aka, Killer Boss, sold a land which apparently did not belong to them to the businessman.

Land transaction

The prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ms Agnes Boafo, said the complainant in the case was a car merchant while Agyemang claimed to be a building contractor.

She explained that in February 2017, the businessman wanted a parcel of land by the roadside to display his cars for sale. As a result, he contacted Akosua Agyapong for assistance.

The musician, the prosecutor said, told the businessman that she had a plot of land for rent, but the businessman wanted an outright sale.

“Later Akosua introduced Agyemang to the businessman as her brother who had a one plot of land opposite the West Hills Mall for sale. The businessman after inspecting the land showed interest,’’ she said.

ASP Boafo added that the highlife maestro assured the businessman that the land was genuine and Agyemang was the rightful owner.

“They then took the businessman to the Lands Commission, went into one of the offices and came out with someone who confirmed that the land indeed belonged to Agyemang, and upon this, the businessman became convinced.’’ she said.

Afterwards, the prosecutor said, the businessman paid Gh₵105,000 for the land and later gave a Toyota RAV 4 vehicle valued at Gh₵100,000 to Agyemang for another plot of land.

“When the businessman went to work on the land, another person came to claim ownership of the land with original documents. He reported the matter to the police leading to Akosua and Agyemang’s arrest. Agyemang, however, released the vehicle to the police,’’ the prosecutor added.

Source: Ghana | Graphiconline

I will perform at shows sponsored by alcoholic beverage producers – Celestine

Gospel musician Celestine Donkor, one of the artistes for the 2017 edition of the Adom Praiz concert, has revealed that she would not hesitate to perform on an alcoholic sponsored stage.

In an interview with Franky5 on the “This is Gospel” show on Hitz FM, the singer explained that she does not have any problem performing on such a platform whenever she is called upon.

She explained that she had already performed at events sponsored by manufacturers of alcoholic beverages and would not mind doing it again.

Asked if it was okay for a gospel musician to be associated with alcohol, something that the Christian faith frowns on, the musician said she does not care about where she performs so far as the Gospel is delivered to the people.

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“I am not the host of the programme and I am not endorsing the alcoholic beverage,” she stated.

Celestine Donkor explained: “I am only using that stage to project the Gospel to the people of God.”

She further disclosed that when it comes to situations like that, it is not about the environment or the alcohol but it is about ministering the word of God to the people.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline