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ATWAG Members Attend Workshop On Culture Reporting And Journalism.

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Members of the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana – ATWAG on Thursday, October 17, 2019 participated in the workshop on Culture Reporting and Journalism.

The Media Sensitization and Training Workshop was put together by the Ghana Culture Forum under the theme, Projecting Our National Culture – The Challenges and Opportunities for the Media Practitioners at the W.E.D. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture in Accra.

The Dean of the School of Communication Studies at Wisconsin International University College, Prof. Kwame Karikari took participants through Culture Reporting – The Opportunities and Challenges for National Development.

Prof. Karikari in his speech recounted a statement made by Hugh Masakela. He said, one day, people will refer to Africans as “they used to be African” because of how culture has been marginalised in the development process.

He has therefore called for the reeducation on culture by taking advantage of media proliferation.

The Chief Executive of Heritage Development, Akunu Dake also took his turn on Integrating Culture in National Life – The Quest for Relevance and Excellence.

Participants were also trained on key actions and steps in mainstreaming culture in national development and the roles journalist and media practitioners should play in integrating culture in national development.

Special Guests of Honor at the Ghana Culture Forum on Media Sensitization and Training Workshop was the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi and the Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Hon. Paul Essien.

Nana Otuo Owoahene Acheampong, General Secretary of the Ghana Culture Forum in his opening speech stressed the need for capacity building in culture and ratified conventions.

The Ghana Culture Forum – GCF is a membership based civil society consultative forum. It is a network of cultural practitioners, activists and organizations united around a common vision of affirming the cultural foundations of development and enhancing the cultural sector.

The GCF serves as an umbrella body for its members and is bound by the principle of collective leadership and action which however does not exempt each of the members of their individual responsibility for specific functions or tasks.

(Source: asiwomewrites.com)

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Ghana Makeup Award Winners Receive Government’s Support.

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently awarded three thousand (3000) entrepreneurs with funds to start and expand their businesses under the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) Business Support Programme.

The NEIP Business Support Program is an initiative by the Government of Ghana under the Ministry of Business Development aimed at assisting Ghanaian businesses with Business Advisory Services and funding to scale up and to create jobs.

After an online application process this year, 12,000 entrepreneurs were selected for training at incubation hubs across the country. The training which lasted for 30 days, equipped applicants with the needed skills to be able to run their businesses. The hubs served as an avenue to understand trainee businesses in terms of their value proposition, product or service innovation, business location, and their financial performance. After the training, the hubs recommended 3,000 entrepreneurs eligible for funding ranging between GHC 10,000 to GHC 100,000.

As part of a partnership between Makeup Ghana and the Ministry of Business Development for the 3rd Edition of the Ghana Makeup Awards, eligible winners were given an opportunity to apply for business support through this programme.

As an industry award, the Ghana Makeup Awards is aimed at fostering excellence, by rewarding and empowering practitioners, brands and retailers in the makeup and beauty industry. Therefore, each year, Makeup Ghana continues to seek partnerships and find opportunities that showcase and grow the businesses of award winners.

Among the recipients were the businesses of five winners of the Ghana Makeup Awards who availed themselves of the opportunity and met all the requirements for the funding.

  • BlackCherry Beauty Lounge – Best Editorial Makeup Artist
  • Black Secret – Makeup Brand of the Year
  • Makeup Product of the Year – Colorbox Cosmetics founded by Stephanie Adu
  • Makeup Artist of the Year – Valerie Lawson CEO of CVL Beauty
  • Makeup Retailer of the Year, 2nd Edition – Rozay International

The winners expressed sincere gratitude to the government for the support and urged Makeup Ghana to continue to push for future winners of the Ghana Makeup Awards to receive access to bigger opportunities.

About Ghana Makeup Awards
The Ghana Makeup Awards is an industry award for the makeup and beauty industry aimed at fostering excellence, by rewarding and celebrating pioneers, leading professionals and upcoming talent within the industry, as well as businesses and brands that are contributing to economic growth.

Get ready for the 4th Edition of the Ghana Makeup Awards in 2020

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E.L’s Rhythmic Journey To “The Bar Concert” 2019.

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Commencing the year 2019 with visuals of his December hit song "Collect" which featured Kwesi Arthur in January , E.L starred up the music fraternity.

Not relenting on the visuals of "Collect" , the singer and Composer In February returned from the studio with "Higher" which was produced by PeeOnDa Beat. The song gained grounds on the street, gradually turned street anthem and received massive airplay on Television and Radio. The gang leader of hip hop lovers in Ghana Dropped "Born Like This" a freestyle produced by himself in March.

Buying a huge meal of support with the above songs in barely 4 months of his return, The versatile rapper in April released another master piece, a midtempo banger and tagged it "Wadat" with production credit going to PeeOnDaBeat.

Beautiful May couldn't have been left out of the process. The "Kaalu" hitmaker E.L blessed the listening ears of listeners with another creative and self produced jam titled "Hearts Of Men"

June got rapper, singer and CEO of V.O Nation E.L serving fans with a double dose. The first ,a slow hiphop jam he titled "I DID NOT ASK TO BE BORN". He lays few bars on this self produced instrumentals.
Then the glorious third, single of the year tagged "EHUA" which features rapper Joey B and Nigerian superstar Falz was served hot for fans to enjoy.

Valuing the month of August and the activities it comes with V.O Nation boss E.L teamed up with A.I on a joint "ADWUMA" which means WORK. Aside the jam E.L and A.I Christened a collaborative EP album titled "Linkop" aimed at given listeners a multifaceted experience from two of Africa’s most creative and dynamic music talents.

Born Elorm Adablah popularly known as EL, is an Afro beat musician , rapper , singer and producer with lots of hit songs under his belt. Currently out with "Efa Wo Ho Ben?" , Ahead of his Annual 'Bar Concert'.

Enticing his fans with this new banger in anticipation for this Year's "BAR Concert" , the 2015/2016 VGMA Artist Of the Year is poised to set the BAR Stage Ablaze Come December 14th 2019 at the Alliance Française d’Accra , 6pm prompt.

Take time and download any of E.L's 2019 released songs , get familiar with them and brace yourself for a nerve racking experience

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Hip Samba Fest 2019 Pursues Youth Unity In Northern Nigeria.

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Hip Samba Festival will take place at Space 2000 Event Centre in Barnawa, Kaduna State, on 26 December. The Northern Nigerian Boxing Day event, which is in its fifth edition, will feature a mix of music, cultural performances, games, cuisine, visual arts, exhibitions and live shows, with contemporary artists showcasing their talents and entertaining concertgoers.

Hip Samba is produced by independent electronic and print media outfit Villageboi Communications & Technology. The festival is a fusion of urban and traditional entertainment content. Hip stands for ‘urban’ while Samba stands for ‘culture’.

The event will feature local vendors and a display of artworks. It will also be streamed live online to reach a wider audience.

“We want our streaming audience to become immersed in Africa and to witness an unforgettable experience through ancient poetry, traditional and contemporary music, eclectic dancing, theatre arts, comedy and cultural dance,” the event’s project manager, Vayan Joseph, said.

“Kaduna is popularly referred to as the capital of Northern Nigeria, a multicultural city with a large youth population. It is evident that Kaduna has suffered from continued ethnoreligious and political crises, which have slowed down social, cultural and economic growth.”

Northern Nigeria has experienced a number of censorship cases in the creative sector, with many artists in the region facing limited opportunities to perform and showcase their abilities.

“We believe a festival is not just about entertainment and enjoyment but also a platform for constructive freedom of expression, artistic promotions, cultural rights and relations, sharing meaningful messages, inspiring people to self-discover, encouraging tolerance and peace, and providing the foundations for nation-building. That is why Hip Samba Festival was conceived,” Joseph said.

The organisers have also presented a mission statement, which includes such goals and as to raise awareness about the need for young people to be agents of positive change, youth entrepreneurial education and promotion of self-reliance through creativity, awareness against the use of drugs, and the development of collaborations, among others.

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Stormzy Readies For 2020 World Tour.

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Multiple award-winning UK-based Ghanaian hip hop and grime artiste, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr. popularly known as Stormzy, is set to host his maiden event in Ghana.

Stormzy, who is currently prepping for his 2020 world tour would be performing for the first time to his fellow brothers in the motherland on Friday 9th October.

The British rapper, singer and songwriter in 2014, garnered attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats.

Stormzy’s “Shut Up”, which was initially released as a freestyle on YouTube, went viral and peaked number eight on the UK Singles Chart after Stormzy launched a campaign to reach Christmas number one.

Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list.

His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer (2017), was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart and won British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards.

In 2019, Stormzy achieved his first number-one single with “Vossi Bop” and his headline appearance at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival was widely praised.

He wore a Union Jack stab vest designed by Banksy, which was widely perceived as a message on the rise in knife crime in London.

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