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Fuse ODG Advocate For Prostitutes.



In August, after an entertaining event at Jamestown in the city of Accra, during the “Homowo” festival on a Saturday, we went to Osu to climax the occasion with a night to remember roaming popular joints on the streets of Osu. At the “Osu Night Market” we met Akweley, and two Ivorian friends, they were sex workers eager to offer us “booty for dollar”.  Akweley, an SHS dropout has been a sex worker for 4 years now; her other two colleagues (also sex workers in Ivory Coast) arrived in Ghana this year June looking for a new environment to mark as a territory.  

Prostitution in Ghana is illegal but widespread so much that many Ghanaians are unaware that it is prohibited. There are brothels in most towns, cities, and ports. Akweley and her friends are “roamers”, they do not belong to a brothel. They work on the streets, bars, and hotels. On why she chose this profession, Akweley stated she was always a victim of sexual abuse because of her curvy stature. She never knew her dad and lost her mum at age 14. Men won’t offer her any financial support without tasting her cookies; with time she hardened up and joined the sex trade.

“It’s an indecent profession and a risky job, I know. And sincerely, I know my mother’s spirit won’t be proud of what I have become, but for people like me, it’s the only way of survival. Someday, I may find a miracle to a better life, but for now, this is what I do to eat. I’m not proud of myself but it puts food on my table,” Akweley said.

Over the years, Ghana is gradually establishing itself as a destination for sex tourism, and high rates of unemployment and poverty in the country are believed to the cause of growth in the sex industry; a fraction of sex workers are campaigning for legalization. Sex workers occasionally face violence from customers. They are also often abused by law enforcement officers. These included intimidation, extortion, threats, and raids. Sometimes, they have sex with police officers to avoid prosecution.  

Ghanaian afrobeat’s singer, Fuse ODG’s new musical project, Road to Ghana Vol. One showcases a positive light on the evolution of Ghanaian music. The award-winning afrobeat singer is amongst those calling out to Africans and the Diaspora to return home and rebuild the continent. His current project, This Is New Africa (TINA) Festival seeks to unite Africa & the Diaspora through music, and he’s been very significant in promoting Ghana’s Year of Return campaign.

 “Osu” is a track off Fuse ODG’s EP, Road To Ghana Vol. One. The song shares an intriguing narrative of prostitution on the streets of Osu. Osu town is probably the heartbeat of entertainment in Accra, and at night, Osu glitters, but don’t be fooled by the glitz and glamour, being at a place at the wrong time could be your worst nightmare.

“Osu has a great reputation for people enjoying themselves and having fun but at the back of that, there’s also the reality of these girls who have to work as sex workers on the streets to get to where they want to be in life. Most of them use this job as a stepping stone to build their dream life. No one talks about what they go through to survive the streets, and I felt like using this as a channel to speak for them and also highlight the fact that, these women need protection,” Fuse explains in an exclusive interview with Flash Africa. “It’s something that people usually frown upon but it’s about time we started to understand where they are coming from and see how we can help protect them, maybe the government can put up a legal structure to protect them, because at the end of the day, whether we like it or not, people ply the trade, “he adds.

To people like Fuse ODG, sex workers are human beings and they deserve their rights, regardless of their profession. Though it’s a controversial debate, Fuse ODG believes sex workers need to be protected by the law to make the sex trade environment safer for them and their clients as well. In June 2015, Zimbabwe’s constitutional court ruled that the police could not arrest sex workers…should other African countries, like Ghana, do the same?  

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Meet the New Vocal Goddess – NaaNa Blu.



Abigail Mensah, stage name NaaNa Blu is a Ghanaian musician who hails from Shama in the western region of Ghana. She completed her Senior High School education at Shama High School also in the western region and is a recent graduate Teacher of French from the prestigious University of Education, Winneba. She is multilingual and is fluent in Fante, Twi, English, and French.

NaaNa Blu is one of three children of Madam Comfort Mensah a baker and Nana Mensah Annan a fisherman. She has a brother and sister with whom she shares a great relationship.

NaaNa started her career as an artist signed to Darlings Records from 2015 to 2019 and was managed by Mimi Andani-Michaels. She amicably parted ways with the label in November 2019.

NaaNa Blu is currently signed to Quophimens Musiq, a Record Label and Talent Management Company. NaaNa has had the opportunity of performing at the Golden Movie Awards in 2016 and 2017, on DKB’s Point of View program and recently at the Phidel’s Fashion Week in Takoradi. She’s also performed with the Chickens band at Smokes and Barrel in Osu.

Although NaaNa has been performing music for a while now, she’s recently catapulted to the limelight with her cover of the award-winning artist, Kofi Kinaata’s “Things Fall Apart”. She has received a lot of positive reviews from music lovers both at home and abroad. The video has over a million views across social media platforms and is still trending.

…“🔥🔥🔥 Shouts to @NaanaBluOnline 🙌🏾🙏🏾” - Kofi Kinaata - Award-winning Artist and song owner

“Cover of the week…” - Y-FM 107.9

“ This girl really sang @kinaatagh song soo well” - Asamoah Gyan - former captain, Ghana Black Stars

“…NaaNa if you work hard errrh, you'll sing at the queen’s birthday one day…” - Kwame Aplus - People Project Gh

NaaNa Blu describes her music as a fusion of Highlife and Afro Beats. She writes and performs predominantly in Fante which is her mother tongue infused with French and English. She is inspired by Asa, Bob Marley, Akosua Agyapong, Ewurama Bedu, Fella Kuti, Whitney Houston, and Sarkodie.

NaaNa is expected to become the next big thing in Ghana and her growing Fanbase is anticipating nothing but hit after hit from her camp. On any hidden talent, NaaNa can play a mean sound on the guitar and is a member of the fancy-dress troupe Supreme in Takoradi.

Written By: Angelina Taylor

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S.A. Gospel Musician Neyi Zimu Dies At 49.



South African gospel musician Neyi Zimu died at Busamed Modderfontein Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening after suffering a prolonged illness. He was 49.

Tributes have been pouring in after news of the ‘Jehova Re Tshepile Wena’ hitmaker’s death broke on Thursday morning. South African media reported that the Sebokeng-born musician died after losing his battle with skin cancer. He had been hospitalised for a number of weeks.

The Spirit of Praise member was one of the founders of gospel groups Joyous Celebration and Family Factory. His body of work encompasses multiple albums and platinum-selling hits that have earned him impressive accolades, such as a South African Music Award in 2012.

In 2001, he released his debut solo album Excited featuring Concorde Nkabinde and jazz duo Tsunami.

His works include a number of projects with prominent musicians such as Benjamin Dube, Sibongile Khumalo, Rebecca Malope and Vuyo Mokoena, among many others. Zimu was also the founder and pastor of the All Nations Revival Ministries in Midrand, Johannesburg.

South African political figures such as Economic Freedom Fighters leader Floyd Shivambu took to social media to express their condolences. “Rest In Peace Pastor Neyi Zimu!” he wrote.

Media personality and singer Refilwe Modiselle also shared her sentiments: “I'm heartbroken by Neyi Zimu's passing. That man blessed us musically and probably got me through some of the hardest times in my life when I listened to his songs. I was blessed enough to even meet him last year and just chat. Death be not proud. Condolences to his family.”

Dr Tumi wrote: “Nothing would have prepared me for that call… #RIPNeyiZimu. You represented the kingdom so well. Thank you for the contribution you have made and how you have touched our lives. Forever loved and your ministry will live on.

Zimu is survived by his wife Nelisiziwe Sibisi-Zimu and four children.
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YouTube Pledges Support To Four Nigerian Artistes.



YouTube has announced a selection of four fast-rising Nigerian artists who will receive career support. The musicians are Simi, Teni, Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel. The four singers were announced at an event, titled A Celebration of Afrobeats, in Lagos last week.

This is one of the outcomes of the Google for Nigeria initiative, held in Lagos in July 2019, when YouTube made a commitment to support 10 Nigerian artists through Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa accelerator programme.

Reekado Banks, Addy Awofisayo, Simi, Akah Nnani and Teni.

The four artists have been invited to conduct a series of workshops and content creation sessions where they will experiment with various YouTube formats. They will get marketing promotion and education on best practices for engaging and growing their international audiences.

“We are very excited to partner with these amazing artists to support their careers as their music travels across borders and they expand their audience globally,” YouTube's content partnership manager for sub-Saharan Africa, Addy Awofisayo, said at the A Celebration of Afrobeats event.

“YouTube has been a mainline for African artists to connect all over the world. From Yemi Alade’s ‘Johnny’ hitting over 100 million views to Davido’s ‘Fall’ at over 150 million views, there is no doubt that global audiences are dancing to an African beat”.

YouTube's announcement comes on the heels of the inclusion of Nigerian rapper and singer Rema on the streaming platform's Foundry development programme in late September.
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Reggie N Bollie Drops An X’Mas Banger Featuring Legion Of Ghanaian All-Stars.



This Christmas appears to be a special one, especially for Ghanaian music lovers. Reggie and Bollie touch base with a massive jam featuring an all-star Ghana line-up. Reggie Zippy & Bollie revisit their Hiplife days and show they have not lost touch with their roots! Drumz (Atumpan) & Ephraim add a touch of dancehall vibe, whilst Flowking Stone & Dada Hafco drop some heavy bars to complete the song. The song is produced by Ephraim Beats and is officially released on 5th December 2019.

Listen below;

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