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From Chief Moomen to Zylofon Boss

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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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Comedian Warris To Speak Your Mind With “On The Behalf Series”

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Budding but impactful Ghanaian comedian born Abdul Waris Umaru readies to commence a comedy series dubbed “On The Behalf Series” which will touch on current and trending issues in the country.

Comedy in Ghana has seen a face lift in the past decade and getting better as the days roll by. There has also been the emergence of tones of comedy related shows, but this is one of its kind and is intended to get you annoyed comically.

Since the inception of his career to becoming an international comic star, Warris has performed on many platforms like; Comedy Express, which was organized by DKB, Laughline Comedy Show, Laugh Kitchen Comedy Show, Music Magic and Comedy which was live on ETV GH and April Fools Comedy Show among others.

“Comedy has never been easy, but God`s grace, determination and the kind of passion we have is what is holding us in the industry, ” he said as he touches on what has kept him going as a young comedian.

On revealing his reason for this new show, he motioned, “The love of putting back smile on someone`s face, the joy of giving someone a memory and the joy of giving people a reason to live is what also keeps us working hard.”

As a standup comic, Warris has ever always made it clear through his outstanding art that it is his job to make sure the majority of people laugh, and he believes that comedy is the last true form of free speech.

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Comedy Express 2 Sold Out Shows On New Year Night Was By The Help Of Tesori Perfumes – DKB

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Comedy express the premium monthly comedy show started the year on a very successful note inside their regular venue, cockpit lounge – Achimota mall. The show which has been running for a while now has had many successful editions to its credit. Created by the King of Comedy, Derick Kobina Bonney (DKB), the show witnessed for the very first time, two shows being held on one night.

 DKB who was excited by the turn of events couldn’t stop thanking Tesori Perfumes for their support to the show enabling him host two shows on the night. The thankful comedian couldn’t help but acknowledge that even though individually, the comedy industry has been able to hold down its fort the financial assistance from Tesori Perfumes helped push organizes to run multiple ads on social media plus cater for certain need that made the show a massive success. 

The comedians billed on the show did amazingly well. Back to back, each comedian did justice to the audience with their rib cracking jokes. Preforming on the night was DKB, OB, Lekzy, Waris, Putogo, Sportoo, Crypto and hosted by MJ the comedian.

“We were a bit scared when we tried to do two shows a night, that’s 6pm and 9pm. Tesori Perfumes supported the show, and with that support, we were able to run multiple sponsored ads on social media, print more fliers and this resulted to the over patronage of the show. Both shows 6pm and 9pm respectively were both successful witnessing a lot of people patronizing with sitting areas running out..

 I would like to thank Tesori Perfumes, for if it hadn’t been for them, we would not have had the ability to widen the scope of our publicity and also to Joy Prime for being a solid partner for Comedy Express DKB said. Icing on the show was when they [Tesori Perfume] gave out a bottle each to all that come through the show, giving everyone the chance to try their product.

 Tesori Perfumes is an Italian perfume imported and distributed in Ghana. It has fragrances for both male and female. 

Source: Fenuku Augustine.

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KSM To Pick ‘Thousand Laughs’ Award

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Celebrated Ghanaian comedian, Kwaku-Sintim Misa (KSM) will December 1 receive an outstanding leadership award at the 2018 edition of Opa Williams Nite of Thousand Laughs comedy event in Accra..

The award is in recognition of KSM’s contributions toward the growth of Ghana’s comedy industry and that of Africa.

The honour is also to celebrate KSM for being an inspiration to many young comedians who are also helping the comedy industry in various ways.

According to statement by organisers of the comedy event “KSM will be receiving a special award Opa Williams Nite of Thousand Laughs because he has done a lot for the comedy industry and beyond. It’s a great opportunity to honour him while he is here.”

The Opa Williams Nite of Thousand Laughs is a comedy show in Accra with some of Africa’s headline comedy acts to serve comedy lovers, a dose of “rib splitting’ performances.

The event will take at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Saturday December 1, 2018.

Among comedians to perform include DKB, Gordons, Jacinta, Akpororo, I Go Die, I Go Save and a number of others.

They will be serving their audience with sterling never-to-be-forgotten performances.

There will also be music performances by Kidi, Victor AD and Drum Lord.

The show which starts 5:00pm already has tickets up for early sales at the Airport Shell, Achimota Mall, Osu Frankies and West Hills Mall.

KSM’s special award is one of the great side attractions to the event.

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DKB Delights Former 1st Lady Nana Konadu’s 70th Birthday Party With Amazing Performance.

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Derick Kobina Bonney, known by many as DKB was honored to perform at the 70th birthday of former first lady of the nation, Her Excellency Madam Konadu Agyeman Rawlings. The comedian on the night was excellent with his delivery, cracking everyone present with hilarious jokes and was simply a delight to watch.

The comedian thrilled those present with his witty clever jokes. His performance was climaxed when he questioned the former first couple about their “firsts” early on in their relationship. The couple revealed who in the relationship farted first, which Papa Jerry owned up to. There were other revelations such as the first love song Papa Jay sang to Madam Konadu, which was karaoked by the birthday celebrant and the entire audience.

Even though there was a history between the two, DKB and Former first Lady Madam Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, on the night, the comedian displayed so much professionalism and creativity. In a video that was shared on many social media platforms, you can see the birthday celebrant enjoyed every bit of the performance.

In a media post after the performance, the comedian posted “I just finished performing at the 70th birthday of the former 1st lady Nana Konadu & Uncle Jerry John, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta etc in stiches. It is sad how some people predicted my downfall from the past issue but I rose up due to the God I serve. #Vimyaazo.”

The monthly comedy show Comedy Express which DKB is a regular performer, comes off Saturday December 1st, at the cockpit bar and lounge inside the Achimota mall.

Source: Fenuku Augustine

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