Celebrated playwright, Chief Moomen in a Facebook post made a request of GHC5 million to Nana Appiah the Zylofon boss after showering series of praise on him for his immense help and contribution towards the arts and entertainment industry. He then went on and added he would create the biggest theatre production the world have never seen about the legendary King of the Mali Empire, Mansa Musa.
He said in the letter, “Give me 5 million cedis( Just a little over 1 million dollars). And let me create some magic that could, potentially, be the game-changer in Ghana’s arts and tourism industry,”
Mr Moomen went ahead to articulate step by step how he would put to use the amount if granted and how he will generate GHC100 million as returns. Some other businessmen who have have a thing or two to do with the entertainment industry were copied; Kwame Despite, Kwabena Duffour, Ibrahim Mahama, and Banasco Seidu Nuhu,
Below is the letter he penned to Nana Appiah.
Dear Mr. Zylofon Media Boss,
So your signing of Shatta Wale is all over the news. Kudos for putting money into the industry. I’ve always advocated for the wealthy in our society to invest their monies back in the country and become great patrons of the arts; that is how we build civilizations.
Obviously, you are not afraid to spend. And on the arts for the matter. So, let me sell you a vision that could be one of the most impactful things you’ll ever do.
Give me 5 million cedis( Just a little over 1 million dollars). And let me create some magic that could, potentially, be the game-changer in Ghana’s arts and tourism industry.
I want to create the biggest theatre production in the world, about the richest man to have ever lived on this earth, Mansa Musa the legendary King of ancient Mali Empire. This would be an extravagant, exciting and absolutely spectacular theatrical outdooring.
Here is the catch- you are spending millions to build an ultra-modern theatre, so we hear.
How about spend a fraction of that to produce amazing content for the place. How do you intend to unveil your new magnificent building? With another unimaginative show where some performers come to jump and mime on stage? We’ve seen that before. Oya, pass. Let’s do something different.
Now imagine this: Opening Night. High profile audience with local and international media. The curtain gently rises to a powerful yet soothing melody from a 200 member choir supported by a 100 member orchestra of both traditional and international instruments. Imagine 50 people in a synchronised beating of the fontomfrom or brekete.
Imagine 100 dancers with their surgically choreographed moves. Imagine our actors and extras all playing their parts powerfully. Imagine the rousing narration and poetry holding all the stories together. Imagine the elaborate set, the colourful and mesmerizing costumes and props, the lights and sound effects. Ahhhhh! Wouldn’t this be something else; 500 performers on one stage telling the epic story of a great African King. It is like the feeling you get when watching ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’. Something more daring and more spectacular than ‘The Lion King’, which has been staging for decades and has made millions of dollars.
Of course this won’t be for charity. It’s a business! Let the Mansa Musa Epic be the highlight performance of the theatre with an annual calendar. Target 1,000,000 audiences in Ghana and around the world over a period, with 100ghc standard ticket. That is, potentially, 100 million cedis in revenue for a 5 million cedis initial investment. Trust me, with the right marketing and hype, people will travel around the country, the continent and the world to come see this. But we must give them a reason to come. And it has to big and bold and absolutely worth their time and effort.
This could be so impactful in many ways;
Direct employment for 500 people with several thousands in the value chain.
Boost to tourism industry with many coming to see the play. And once they are here, they will also explore the country. This could be great evidence of the power of the arts to Government and can finally push them to make great investments in the area.
Several millions in revenue. Others have done it and so can we.
Not to talk of the importance of such a production in reinvigorating African pride and confidence. If you know what I mean.
All for possibly less than the entire value of the Shatta Wale’s deal. I say it is a risk worth it.
I’m obsessed with this vision. It will be done. Just a matter of time. Maybe sooner if those with deep pockets can see what I see. I have done so much, with so little. I could do so much more, with a little more!
CC: Kwame Despite, Kwabena Duffour, Ibrahim Mahama, Petronia City, Banasco Seidu Nuhu:) and others!
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Photos: Comedian Waris And Other Comedians Thrill Fans At The Easter Comedy Show.
It was a night of humour and quality entertainment when events organization company, Event Factory Ghana Limited in collaboration with First National Bank comficted top notch Ghanaian, South African and Nigerian comedians on stage for the annual Easter Comedy Show.
Hosted by OB Amponsah, there was full of laughter at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) auditorium in Accra , Ghana on Saturday night, as the programme which was held in Accra brought together some of the well dressed comedians on the continent, including Ghana's Comdian Waris, OB Amponsah and Hogan, Nigeria's Akpo Roro and Senator alongside, South Africa's Mhpo Popps.
Comedian Waris, had a good reception from patrons of the show who could not conceal their laughter. He put up a spectacular performance at the programme. One of his jokes which got the audience in stitches was about how Ghanaians ask some silly and unwarranted questions, detailing it out that, Ghanaians undistordedly see him sitting, yet they proceed to ask "are you sitting?" Which he replied "No, I am jumping".
When South African comedian, Mhpo Popps, mounted the stage, his South African ascent wasn't barrier to deliver an awe-inspiring performance last night at the Easter comedy show. He touched on real life issues that left patrons rolling on the floor in search of a laughing space. He distinguished between an urban and rural mice, explaining that, Urban mice are only only interested in cheese whiles, rural mice gallivent looking for newspapers, Bibles, documents, and decomposed products just to feed on.
The night also witnessed some amazing musical performances from top Ghanaian musicians, including Akwaboah who with his artistry prowess was able to command the patrons in the auditorium to sing along during his extremely ominous performance. Couples or Lovers on the night had a glimpse of his soul soothing voice synchronized with love tunes.
Kidi also got some slot to entertain the most of the reserved audience who were present on the night. He created a cool ambience for the patrons after performing most of his hit songs such as, Mr Bad Man, Odo, Thunder Fire. Patch Bay Band was soo onpoint on the night as well. They were able to hit original key notes of the studio recorded song they performed.
Nigerians are best known for this comic craft, and yes! Indeed, comedian Senator kept the Nigerian comedy flag high after delivering a sensational craft last night. He was really in his element as he served the audience great comedy. He emphasised on how Ghana Police Service has upgraded from taking physical bribes and has introduced the Mobile money system. If a motorist is being arrested, they give you their Mobile Money number you deliver a smooth transaction.
The MC for the night who doubles as a comedian, OB Amponsah was also phenomenal! He maintained the standard he set right from the priminary stage of the show. The articulateness of his artistry was a rib cracking one. He engaged the audience in his performances, precisely calling couples up stage to sing a melodious song for each other. That alone was worth a joke because, the performance of some spouse can't be written home about.
Comedian Hogan is such as an amazing talent. Contrary to the perception people have about jokes and comedies, Hogan with his performance explains it that, comedies or jokes are not always full of fiction. He gave a realistic and classical example on how some Police officers stops to query a guy riding in his fully air-conditioned vehicle, they end up sitting in the air-conditioned car, telling the driver that, they want to enjoy the cool breeze in the car because, the sun is scorching.
Nigeria's Akpo Roro has proven to the world that when it comes to stand up comedy shows, his name can't be erased off the memories of his previous audience. He is an amazing and was one of the best performers on the night. Before he signed out of his performance, he jokingly quizzed a lady why she wasn't laughing over the night, which he stated that, whether the patrons like it or not, there are no more performance coming up on the night so, its either they laugh or assume they've waisted their money.
Every billed performer on the night left something on the lips of patrons, including media men, to talk about before the next edition is being stagged. The continental comedians performed to meet the recquired standard. Everyone present in the auditorium was fully satisfied because, they enjoyed every bit of the show.
If this Easter Comedy Show is something to write about, then we can boldly say that, Ghana's stand up comedy has come to stay forever, as audience has already rated it to be the best show in the year.
By: Gerrard-Israel GB.
President Nana Addo Agrees To Host DKB At Jubilee House To Discuss Ghcomedy.
The President of the republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo has accepted a request to host Comedian DKB at the Jubilee House. The comedian who performed to the president and other dignitaries at the just ended MUSIGA Presidential Grand Ball held at the Accra International Conference Centre threw his request at the president and it got granted.
It was wonderful night for the comedian as he cracked the ribs of the President and his Vice with his jokes, the comedian used the opportunity to request a sitting with the first Gentleman of the nation to discuss the future of the comedy industry.
The Comedian who has asked to be now called “The Presidential Joker” wants to take comedy to the next level and he believes meeting with the highest office in the land and sharing his plans with the President, Ghcomedy can make a good headway for the future.
“After meeting influential entertainers for discussions such as Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, I believe it is time for me to meet with the President on behalf of comedy. Comedy has come a long way but we are struggling to stand on our feet now. We have over the years hosted sold out shows and it is time to move to the next level’’ DKB Said.
The President gladly shook his hands and assured him of the decision to welcome him to the presidential palace. There were also amazing performances by Patience Nyarko, Adina and Tic Tac. Pinodo, Asabea Cropper, Naa Amanua, Pat Thomas and Daddy Lumba who invited the Maestro Kojo Antwi on stage.
Source: Fenuku Augustine.
Ghana’s King Of Satire KSM To Lecture At The University Of Rhode Island, USA, Starting This April.
Ghana’s King of Satire, Kwaku Sintim-Misa popularly known as KSM, is set to lecture at The University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, 10th April, 2019.
In an official invitation letter signed by the Vice Provost for Global Initiative, Gifty Ako-Adounvo, PhD on behalf of Dr. Donald H. Dehayes, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to KSM, they expressed their fondest pleasure in hosting the ‘Afia Siriboe’ character as a Distinguished Visiting International Scholar.
“Your accomplishment in the arts and engagement with tough social issues of our times, identified you as a distinguished choice for the program” the letter stated.
KSM’s visit, is in tandem with the university’s Distinguished Visiting International Scholar program which has as its objectives; commitment to building international collaborations, enhance visibility for the institution across the globe, demonstrate commitment to research and scholarship, and strengthen emphasis on global learning and discovery.
KSM, who is poised for action, when reached, said, “I’m just going to serve them with a dose of what I’ve been serving Ghanaians and Africa all these years. There will be enough for them to laugh over, and at the same time, a privilege to share and learn from both parts.”
During his stay, he will do public presentations, meet with groups of undergraduates and graduate students as well as faculty, and attend a reception.
The University of Rhode Island is the main sponsor with co-sponsorship from its Harrington School of Communication and Media.
Who is KSM?
Kwaku Sintim-Misa aka KSM (born 1956, in Kumasi) is a Ghanaian actor, director, satirist, motivational speaker, talk show host, MC, and author.
Kwaku Sintim-Misa was born the fifth of six siblings on December 5, 1956, in the city of Kumasi. He attended UST Primary School, the Presby Boys Secondary School (PRESEC), and Prempeh College. After completing college, he received specialised training at the renowned National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) in Accra.
Anxious for a deeper investigation into the performing arts, KSM left Africa to major in acting and directing at Trinity College in Connecticut, USA. He subsequently earned a Master of Fine Arts in film production from New York University.
KSM launched his acting career with a variety of Off-Broadway and Public Theatre roles. He was also featured in the popular American crime series Law & Order (in 1994) and on the drama series Medal of Honor Rag (by the Tony Award-winning director Lloyd Richards.)
KSM became the first African to stage an original Off-Broadway play when he produced Thoughts of a Confused Black Man, an immensely popular one-man show that raised compelling questions about race in the United States. In 1997, inspired by his American career, he returned to Ghana to make his mark as a proud nationalist and edutainer.
Shortly after relocating to Ghana, KSM became a prominent radio talk show host. His pioneering work with Talk Shop introduced Ghana to broadcasting’s potential for generating controversy and dialogue.
KSM used a combative, confrontational style which shocked his listeners into frankly discussing relevant national issues. He continued to refine his style with the show Nyame Som Ye De, which inspired Ghanaians to think beyond religion to define their broader spirituality.
After making a name for himself as a radio host, KSM created what has become one Ghana’s most popular talk shows: Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF). TGIF was the first broadcast of its kind to fuse serious talk, education and humour.
Since its inception, the show has featured gripping stories from entrepreneurial street vendors, dancing presidents, pioneering scientists, leading artists, and many more exciting characters. Despite the broadcast success, KSM has never abandoned the stage.
He has written, directed and starred in a series of one-man comedic plays, popular and memorable ones being: Saga Of A Returnee, Afia Siriboe, and Politically Incorrect.
KSM’s live performances use comical characters to illustrate the key social, economic and political issues concerning Ghana. They are produced by Sapphire Ghana Limited, a content development company that he founded and uses to integrate social issues into television, radio, and stage productions.
In 2009. KSM released his first feature length film, a psycho-thriller entitled ‘Double.’ He has written and produced a variety of television shows, including Hot Bench, Divorce Court, Build Your Ark (for SSNIT), and a number of medical documentaries.
Watch The KSM show every Friday at 9: 00pm on Metro TV.
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