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Abeiku Santana Honoured At Pan African Executive Awards; Drops Journalism Pen.



Multiple awards winning Ghanaian broadcast journalist, Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey Santana, popularly known behind the microphone as, Abeiku Santana, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Media at the Pan African Executives Summit Awards 2018, in Accra.

The event was staged at the Accra International Conference Centre on Saturday 9th March, 2019, array experts able to appreciate the media field from various heterogeneous social heritage and has the objective of honouring Africans who have positively affected society in their endeavor, media and the business world.

Founder of the Despite Groups of Company, Dr. Kwame Osei Despite and Managing Director at the Groups of Company, Fada Dickson, was also recipient of honours in recognition of their noteworthy accomplishments and how their humanitarian acts have given hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless.

The name Abeiku Santana has been firmly rooted in the media world for the past twenty and more years now. His contribution to broadcasting can never be overlooked for a long time to come. But, over the past couple of years, Abeiku divided his time between broadcasting and tourism earning him the name Mr. Tourism.

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Awards in Media, Abeiku Santana, revealed that, he will go into retirement; redraw himself from all media-related activities, and wholeheartedly delve into tourism adding that, his umbilical cord will still be connected to media even it will not gain much of his attention.

According to Abeiku, the decision to retire from media was a tough one because of the love he has for it, but the time has come for him to make the switch to another sector he has loved for a while now. He didn’t categorically state when he will retire.

However, the media mogul reminded the patrons of the ideals of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to make Africa a great continent to handle to it owns affairs uninterruptedly. He added that, Africans must unite under one emblem, using the same travel passport within the ECOWAS regions.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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Ace Broadcaster; KMJ To Host International Youth Empowerment Summit.



The iYES Foundation in Collaboration With The National Youth Authority presents the most anticipated Youth Summit on the events calendar in Ghana. The International Youth Empowerment Summit (iYES) is scheduled to happen on 21st to 23rd August 2019 at the National Theatre in Accra, with morning and evening sessions starting at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm daily.

As the date for the event is fast approaching, organizers have settled on Ghana’s finest and talented television and radio host from the Multimedia Group, Kpekpo Maxwell Justice known behind the screen as, KMJ, as the official host for iYES 2019.

At the time of going to press, KMJ mentioned that as a youth, he appreciates this awesome opportunity to impact his audience as host for this life changing Summit. Popularly known as Kpekpo Maxwell Justice, KMJ, is poised at delivering his best to support the initiative and be an exemplary budding youth in the broadcasting industry.

With over eight years of practicing as a television and radio host, KMJ promises to host iYES with top notch professionalism as he shares the platform with seasoned and honorable personalities.

The International Youth Empowerment Summit seeks to empower and equip youths on a cross section of relevant topics from seasoned ministers of God, Entrepreneurs and professionals who have over the years influenced and impacted lives.

The year 2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the International Youth Empowerment Summit (IYES) which is expected to converge youths across the globe under one venue and under the leadership of Brian Amoateng, President of Brian Jones Outreach Ministries, headquartered in London.

Speakers and facilitators who have been carefully selected for the summit are as follows; Archbishop Duncan Wlliams, Rev. Eastwood Anaba, Daniel Amoateng, Samson Amoaten, Bola Ray and Emmanuel Agyei. The other facilitators include Kofi Abban, John A Kumah,Zanetor Rawlings, Ama Frimpoma Dwumah, Chioma Akpotha with special guest of honour , her Excellency Hajia, Samira Bawumia (2nd Lady of the Republic of Ghana).

The 5th anniversary of iYES is planned to accelerate and position youths to take action in their immediate environments as they are impacted to be agents of positive change.

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“Go Easy On Baby Mamas – Caroline Sampson



Radio and TV personality Caroline Sampson has appealed to Ghanaians to go easy on baby mamas, especially if they do not know their stories.

A ‘baby mama’, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is the mother of a man’s biological child, especially one she is not married to or in a long-term, intimate relationship with the child’s father.

According to Caroline, who has an eight-year-old son, everyone wants to insult a baby mama and call her names without even finding out the circumstances that led to her being in that situation.

“I used to worry a lot when I was called names because those commenting did not know the real story as to how I had my child. And it is hurtful for someone to say very bad things about you when you know very well what is being said about you is not the truth,” she said in an interview with Showbiz.

Caroline said before anyone came at a baby mama, they had to first have the right information and also consider if they would be comfortable being at the receiving end of hurtful comments.

“I know some people talk loosely because they see one or two baby mummies doing just anything to take care of themselves and their baby but if you are not in their shoes, you cannot tell them how to walk.

“Everyone has their hustle so people should not attack us because we have kids. Having a child out of wedlock is not the end of the world and we are not lesser women.

“What about those in the church always praying to God to have babies? It’s quite unfortunate some of the men who 
impregnate the women have children elsewhere, but they don’t call them born-one,” she stated.

Using herself as an example, Caroline said it would be wrong for anyone to think that she made her money through unacceptable means, explaining that she worked hard to secure a better future for her son.

“There are a lot of single mothers out there who are making it big time on their own to cater for their children. Not all baby mummies are lazy and do anything for money,” she said.

Asked how she controlled the guys trying to win her heart, Caroline, who is the host of Shouts On Yon YFM said men were the least of her worries right now, disclosing that she dedicated about 90 percent of her time to her work and her family.


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Meet Albert Acheampong; The Man Behind ‘Footprint TV’



For many years, Ghanaian television was dominated by magazine shows that were heavily tilted towards the ‘secular’ domain, with gospel getting just a little of the attention. All that changed 10 years ago when a fully-fledged Christian entertainment show was introduced into the fray – Footprint TV!

Footprint TV, has not only survived the 10 year period in quiet a tumultuous industry but has remarkably elevated the state of broadcasting gospel programming and events. It has brought a high level of allure and attention to the gospel frontier.

Albert Acheampong - a humble, soft-spoken and enterprising young entrepreneur is the brain behind the innovative and groundbreaking Footprint TV.

As a magazine programme that covers all gospel-related events, Footprint TV, aside elevating the coverage of such events and bringing the gospel closer to ordinary Ghanaians, it also, most importantly, instilled quality in the organization of gospel events.

The ingenuity of Albert and his team allowed them to parlay the success they chalked on television into making Footprint TV such a formidable brand by creating flagship events that have become successful while standing the test of time.

In a spate of 10 years, Albert is almost forming a conglomerate, having the ‘Poolside Party’, an event that brings together thousands of Christian youth to the pool to share the word of God and enjoy quality ministrations from top-notch gospel stars. The event has been graced by the likes of Joe Mettle, Celestine Donkor, Cwesi Oteng, Francis Amo, Gifty Adorye and many others.

There’s also the ‘Praise Party’, a gospel carnival organized on the streets, which has been headlined over the years by award-winning gospel musicians like Ohemaa Mercy, SP Kofi Sarpong, Eugene Zuta, Obaapa Christy, Piesie Esther, No Tribe among others.

On what made him start such a refreshing revolution on television, Albert says, the inspiration came from God, coupled with a deep-seated desire to reach many young folks with the gospel.

“In my interaction with people, I realized that many people, especially the youth, tagged gospel related stuff as boring. Some even talked of choosing secular events ahead of gospel,” he disclosed.

He had to make an effort to change that mindset.

“With my expertise in media, I decided to use such a tool to reach out to the youth and the general populace with such quality exposition of gospel-related activities,” he remarked.

Albert is motivated by seeing how young folks are zealous for the work of the Lord, and as a young entrepreneur, it is such a delight for him to get these folks under his brand, working together to project the deeds of the Lord.

As part of activities marking the 10th anniversary of Footprint TV, Albert and his lieutenants organized a hugely successful ‘Unity Walk’, dubbed, ‘Footprint TV Unity Walk’ – which was attended by a throng of patrons including many gospel stars.

In a decade of projecting and promoting things of the Lord, Albert and his posse at Footprint have faced challenges.

“Our major challenge has been lack of funding and support; money to hire equipment, money to pay staff and money to even purchase airtime to showcase such programming on television,” he lamented.

Currently, Footprint TV is telecast on a myriad of television stations; GhOne TV, Joy Prime, and TV7.

In spite of some teething challenges, Albert remains focused in how and where he wants to take the brand and its association of events.

“We look forward to reaching more souls for Christ all over the world and we hope to become a 24-hour channel and add a radio station to our brand,” he wished!

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Berla Mundi Quits EIB Network, Joins Media General.



Astute Radio and Television (TV) personality and a former Miss Malaika beauty pageant, Berla Addardey Mundi known behind screens as Berla Mundi has ended her working relationship and contractual dealings with traditional media company, Excellence In Broadcasting (EIB) Network.

Berla Mundi made this announcement on her official social media platform, Instagram.

In the years spent with EIB Network, stationed under their television space GHOne TV, Berla started off as host on Omnibus, a daily entertainment update show across the globe. She later joined her former colleague Blaque Boy as co-host on Rythmz, which she soon handled as solo host.

Within the specs of some years at EIB, Berla became a regular voice over artiste in almost every advertised commercial on the channel, alongside fronting most televised shows on the station including; Miss Malaika Ghana, produced by Charter House and Glitterati, which she stepped in after Deborah Vanessa’s bow-out.

Aside her in front of the camera roles at EIB, the multiple Glitz Style Awards winner also made her voice a strong contender in the radio space as she served as co-host on ‘Starr Drive’ at Star FM. Her trademark in the media fraternity has lauded her into becoming one of Ghana’s most celebrated female media personalities of all time and as a result featured as cover girl alongside Nana Aba Anamoah, Anita Erskine and Afia Pokua on Glitz Africa Magazine’s ‘Leading Ladies in Media’ issue.

Berla’s living achievements transcends from being a regular television presenter to a go-to event MC. She reigns as a two-time in a row Vodafone Ghana Music Awards hostess (2018-2019), European Union Africa Business Forum 2019, Ghana Manufacturing Awards 2019 and a panel member at the 2018 SHE Summit, organized by Glitz Africa.

She joins the list of former EIB Network presenters; Naa Ashorkor, AJ Sarpong, Anita Erskine, Giovani Caleb, Baisiwa Dowuona Hammond and Kafui Dey.

However, reports has it that, she might be joining Media General, owners of TV3, 3FM, etc. A management member at Media General confirmed to Thursday that they have accepted Berla Mundi with open arms to add up to the positivity of the Media General brand.

According to the source, Berla will assume her new role at Media General in September where she will work on both radio and TV and also join the morning show as a host.

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