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Actor Eddie Watson Grabs WHIS Ambassadorial Deal

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The World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS)-Nigeria has unveiled Liberia -born Ghanaian actor, Eddie Samuel Watson Jr, as its new brand ambassador.

The actor has been enjoying a successful acting career in Nigeria.

“Eddie’s wealth of experience in education, health and well-being through different humanitarian channels to improve lives is a boost to WHIS programme globally,” WHIS Nigeria Lead and CEO, Foluke Michael, stated on the organisation’s website.

The World Health Innovation Summit is a platform that empowers people and communities to improve their health and well-being while generating value and sharing it.

It has partnered with United Nations Global Sustainability Index to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals in 30 cities worldwide by 2025.

The WHIS has different ambassadors around the world. Eddie is the latest to join the community.

Eddie believes that Africa is going to be a significant part in shaping the future of the world and the youths of Africa are the hope that future. He’s passionate about the rights of the child and of the rights women.

He has engaged in many humanitarian efforts with orphanages and NGOs, including New Life Orphanage Ghana, Good Shepherd Orphanage Ghana and USAID Ghana.

His documentary film, ‘Ebola’, was one of his humanitarian efforts after the Ebola outbreak hit West Africa in 2014.

It was a very sad moment for the actor as his homeland was one of the countries hit by the deadly virus.

The film was meant to educate people in areas affected by the disease.

The film was totally financed by Eddie Watson himself and was distributed to most media houses in countries affected plus others in the region of publication and also on the internet without a single charge from the actor.

He launched the ‘We Need Help-Ebola’ campaign the same year the film was shot with the Twitter hashtag #WeNeedHelpEbola.

Later that year, the film went on to win Best Short Film at the Ghana Movie Awards (GMA). He also won other influential awards in his career.

Source: Ghana Web

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Akwasi Frimpong Featured In 2018 Official Olympic Film

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Akwasi Frimpong, Ghana’s first skeleton athlete, who is also the country’s second Winter Olympian says he is proud to be featured in the official Olympic film ‘Crossing Beyond,’ which was filmed during the Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018.

The film which was done by award-winning documentarian Yi Seung-Jun made its World Premiere on Tuesday, October 9, at the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea.

“Almost 3,000 athletes competed from 92 countries. To be one of the five featured was special and an honor. I hope my story will inspire others to follow their dreams,” said Akwasi Frimpong who had just returned from the event, which he described as inspiring.

Frimpong, who is currently training for the upcoming skeleton season with his goal of using the season to help prepare for the 2022 Winter Olympics, says director Yi Seung -Jun and his team did a great job putting the film together.

“After watching this documentary, I have come to realize that our adversities, hardships, and obstacles were put in our way to inspire and give others hope,” Frimpong says. “I hope more people get the opportunity to see the documentary, especially the youth, and know they have what it takes to be successful, to know that they have what it takes to be champions and to know they have what it takes to cross beyond obstacles to fulfill their dreams.”

More than anything, Frimpong says he is thankful his story meant so much and made such a positive impact on the 2018 Winter Games. He hopes his message will continue to inspire others in the years ahead, both through competition and by example.

“I left something positive behind during the Olympics. I’m glad I can bring joy and a smile on the face of people in South Korea,” Frimpong said.

“Reaching a billion people individually will be impossible, but this documentary will help reach a billion people. The Billion people who were told success was unattainable, or the billion underdogs who refuse to give up.”

‘Crossing Beyond’ will make its international premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival in November. For more info from Akwasi’s camp contact Robby Messer at [email protected]

Source: akwasifrimpong.com

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Genevieve Nnaji Signs Film Deal With U.S. Based Agency

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Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji , has signed a deal with United Talent Agency, (UTA) for representation in film, TV and production.

UTA, also represents Hollywood’s Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Channing Tatum, Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Kim Soo Hyun and Liv Tyler, according to Deadline report.

The deal, it is also been suspected, will see the ‘Lion heart’ actress collaborating with top Hollywood filmmakers to produce movies from African and Nigerian stories.

UTA is one of the biggest talent agencies in the world that represents many of the world’s most acclaimed figures in every current and emerging area of entertainment and media, including motion pictures, television, music, digital, broadcast news, books, theatre, video games, fine art and live entertainment. The agency is also globally recognized in the areas of film finance, film packaging, branding, licensing, endorsements and representation of production talent.

Netflix announced its acquisition of the rights of Nnaji’s comedy ‘Lion Heart’ just before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festivals (TIFF) in Sept, makin Lionheart the first original feature from Nigeria to debut on the streaming service.

Nnaji, who is one of the highest paid actresses in Nollywood, has starred in a slew of Nigerian features including Ijé: The Journey, Tango With Me, Doctor Bello, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Road to Yesterday, a film that marked her first outing as a producer.

Source: Vanguard

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Tamale To Host Azali Movie Premiere

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Some of the crème de la crème of the film industry are expected to be in Tamale on October 12 for the major premiere of the new award-winning Ghanaian film, ‘Azali’.
The premiere ceremony will come off at the Radach Hotel in Tamale.

It will be preceded by the film’s cast embarking on a media tour in the area.

Among the cast expected to be in Tamale are Asana Alhasan, Akofa Edjeani, Adjetey Anang, Mohammed Halfiz, Ama K. Abebrese, Strika, among others.

‘Azali’ has been receiving good reviews for its interesting story lines and quality since the beginning of 2018.

It is also expected to also make some film festivals later this year and next year.

It is a film about 14-year-old Amina from northern Ghana, who is thrust into the slums of Accra by circumstances and must find a way to get back home. Amina has her life going well until her mother makes a decision that changes all that. Faced with a choice of perceived hopelessness, marrying Amina to a much older man or sending her off to work in Burkina Faso, she chooses the latter. But unknown to her, the man is part of a child smuggling syndicate.

Amina, together with the other victims, are rescued and sent to an orphanage for resettlement to their various homes, but by some cruel twist of fate, Amina follows some child veterans of the home to Accra in search of a better life. What happens at the end is what film enthusiasts will see for themselves on October 12 and 13 at the Radach Hotel in Tamale.

Azali’ is produced by Ananse Entertainment and directed by Kwabena Gyansah. It is expected to make a huge impact in Tamale.

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Ivan Quashigah Makes A Shocking Revelation About Fella Makafui.

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Ivan Quarshigah, a film maker, director, producer and CEO of Farmhouse Productions, producers of popular TV series YOLO yesterday during a presentation made shocking revelations about actress Fella Makafui.

The ace filmmaker who was taking participants through the basics of film making in an attempt to explain how casting is done and how to identify characters ended up revealing how Fella cried when she was asked to play Serwaa; “The villager to sell bread in the series.”

He said, “Fella Makafui Cried when she was asked to speak bad English and act like a bread seller in Yolo.” The shocker came when he added, “But she was one of the brilliant people on that set.”

Fella may have come across as a tough person (Hard girl) looking at all the negative publicity she had been hit with in recent times, but behind that hard girl is a girl who cried when she was handed her breakthrough role.

I personally have no doubt about her braininess since it’s evident for all to see. From playing “The villager to sell bread in the series.” A role that many will describe as menial, today Fella has become a household name and an entrepreneur.

Ivan promised, our favorite youthful TV series Yolo will soon return before end of year.

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