The journey of Kojo Manuel gets more heated every year as he has been announced as the Official Hype MC for the 2019 Edition of Ghana Meets Naija!The event which is being headlined by Wande Coal, Teni, R2Bees, Medikal, Patapaa, Victor AD and many others is one of the biggest West African annual events championed by the two West African giants, Ghana and Nigeria.
The event is slated for June 8th at the Accra International Conference Center and is set to be a massive showdown and party with DJ Vyrusky as the Official DJ/Referee. Kojo Manuel, affectionately known as Manny Yo has proved to be a might force when paired with Dj Vyrusky so this is a treat you do not want to miss!The DJ Battle is also fixed between DJ Aroma of Pure FM, Kumasi – Ghana and DJ Big N from Nigeria.
He has been tipped to win the Best Nightlife Award at The Nightlife Awards.
YoR: “Nothing Wrong With Porn Star Coming To Ghana. – Tourism Authority Boss
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyeman has reacted to concerns raised by some Ghanaians over the viral reports of American porn star, Byron Long plans to visit Ghana to partake in the ‘Year of Return’ events.
The Tourism Authority Boss in an interview stated there’s nothing wrong for a porn star to visit the country so far as he has acquired his visa.
“As I sit here I can’t be a judge on who to come to Ghana because he is this or that. So far as they apply for a visa, they get the visa and they come into the country and are law-abiding, who am I to say they should not come. So to that extent, people like Cardi B and I don’t even know who the porn star is, I don’t know him but I have also seen the story that says somebody is coming who is a porn star. Is pornography legal where he is coming from? If it is and he comes to Ghana and visits the castle or visits a place, what is wrong with that?” he asked.
Popular American porn star, Byron Long, disclosed his intention to visit Ghana this December for the ‘Year of Return’ after he shared a photo of him with the flag of Ghana.
(Source: Ameyaw Debrah)
Ghana’s “Year of Return” Attracts 1 Million Visitors.
Tourism is big business. Globally, it accounts for more than 10% of GDP. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, 1 out of 5 of all jobs created in the last 5 years was in tourism. But on the African continent, it accounts for only 3.6% of GDP. With its massive growth and job-creating potential, it’s no wonder why African governments are trying to increase tourism to their nations. None has done it as well as Ghana. The “Year of Return” has hit a chord.
In January of 2019, the Ghana Tourism Authority projected that “Year of Return” programming would bring 500,000 diasporans to visit the country over the course of the year. The actual number has well exceeded expectations. The Ghana Tourism Authority reports that there have already been 750,000 foreign visitors in 2019 and that number is expected to top 1M before the year ends.
Koshie Mills has played a part in this success. Born in Ghana, raised in the UK, and living in America, Mills can understand the perspective of Africans living at home and abroad. Her children are American on paper but grew up Ghanaian in spirit. The food in their home was Ghanaian. They were raised with Ghanaian values. And even though they had never been to Ghana, if you asked them where they were from, they would respond “Ghana”. In 2016, Mills decided that it was time for them to actually see where they came from. The family spent a month in Ghana. They met their grandparents. They sparked a movement. “Their reaction when they came galvanized me. More American youth need to come to visit Africa. It sparked such a life in my sons’ eyes,” said Mills.
A trip to Ghana can change a person, but how did this trip help spark a movement? Mills’ sons are all successful Hollywood actors. Kofi Siriboe stars in the hit Queen Sugar, Kwesi Boakye is most well-known for his role in Tyler Perry’s film I Can Do Bad All Myself and Kwame Boateng, the eldest brother, has been seen on countless TV shows and films such as Not Easily Broken. Their trip to Ghana was covered in Essence magazine and ever since their first trip, the family has come back every December bringing more and more friends each time.
This can potentially explain hundreds of visitors, but not hundreds-of-thousands. It cannot just be a trio of famous brothers visiting their home that fueled this movement.
“We have to figure out way for them to come back to the soil. There is something healing about it.”Koshie Mills
Mills, the Ghanaian Ambassador for Film, Art, and Culture has an idea of why traveling to Ghana has resonated so deeply with so many people around the world. Traveling to Ghana is not just about visiting the beaches and tasting the food. It is about healing. Ghana was the point-of-no-return for many kidnapped Africans. According to UNESCO, there are 4 slave castles and 23 slave forts still visible along Ghana’s coast. Mills believes that is it important for their descendants to visit the literal or symbolic place where their ancestors entered slavery. “We have to figure out way for them to come back to the soil. There is something healing about it. You don’t even know it’s there, just because you never touched down,” said Mills.
Mills knows the healing power of connection and dialogue. Her family’s visit to Ghana also inspired her turn her dream for The Diaspora Dialogues into reality. The Diaspora Dialogues are a forum where people from the diaspora and the continent can have space to “share our trauma and heal it.” They were aired on The Africa Channel in 2018 but have received such positive feedback that they will be more widely distributed through digital platforms in North America, Africa, and Europe in 2020.
Three famous sons of Ghana visited their home. This brought Ghana into the media spotlight, inspiring members of the global African diaspora to return to the continent. As more people visited, more people were inspired to come. But Ghana isn’t the first African country to be visited by influential celebrities with African roots. Akon, for example, has visited his native Senegal many times in recent years. The impact on tourism has not been the same.
“What changed it was the welcome,” said Mills. The UN Declaration is what was needed to inspire people to come now. “Sometimes people just need to hear I’m welcome,” added Mills. While she and her sons were an inspiration for many people to visit, “it was a crescendo of so many voices that put Ghana on the map.” She hopes that the success of Ghana’s “Year of Return” can help many other African governments to come up with similar initiatives. She is just wrapping up a trip to Uganda at invitation of their Ministry of Tourism. So, while hundreds of thousands of people from around the world will be ringing in the new decade with millions of Ghanaians, maybe 2020 will be the year of Uganda.
Culled from Forbes
Kojo Manuel Pays Homage to Abedi Pele at Cardi B In Ghana Concert
The reigning Best MC/Hypeman in Ghana, Kojo Manuel otherwise known as Manny Yo showed his prowess last Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium, as LiveSpot Nation brought Cardi B to the motherland.The first thing you would noticed about Kojo Manuel was that he was in an old colourful version of the Ghana Black Stars jersey of Abedi Pele, the maestro! With his tagline being, “we dey come play”, he was really out to play on the same pitch Abedi Pele made history so many times!
Not only did he control the crowd, he literally embodied the spirit & energy of the 3-time African Player of the Year on stage Adding to all the spice of the Year of Return for the diaspora and beyond! He worked seemlessly with DJ Vyrusky & DJ Aroma.On a night where not everything went to plan, one of the main highlights of the show was whenever Kojo Manuel was on stage interacting with the crowd. The shouts from the crowd could be heard all the way outside the Accra Sports Stadium as Manny Yo had them chanting and turning up!
Yelling At Your Dog Makes It More Depressed.
Whether it's chewing furniture or spreading muddy paws across the floor, stressed-out dog owners can often be quick to shout at their learning puppies when they do something wrong. But a new study has found that owners who adopt "punishment-based" training with their dogs may actually be making their animal depressed.
According to the research by the University of Porto in Portugal, shouting and scolding methods of behaviour management can result in negative consequences in the future.
Scientist Ana Catarina, who led the study, recruited 42 dogs from reward-based training schools, which use food or play to encourage good behaviours. She also enlisted pups from punishment-based programs, which use negative techniques including shouting.
The researchers filmed the two groups of dogs during training and tested their saliva before and after to look for the stress hormone, cortisol. Sadly, those dogs who were in the negative reinforcement group showed more signs of stress, lip-licking and yawning.
Those in the reward-based training groups showed almost no changes in their cortisol levels, both in the group and once they returned home.
To find out whether the stressful effects lingered, researchers measured how the dogs responded to food rewards. Their findings discovered:
- The dogs from the reward-based training ran excitedly to the food bowl
- Those from punishment-based programs moved much more slowly to the bowl, unsure of whether to take the food or not
"[Reward-based training] may take time, but so what? At least the dog isn’t living in fear or constant stress," the researchers told Science Mag.
Marc Bekoff, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Colorado also commented on the study explaining: "[Punishment] training may seem to work in the short run, but these methods can have future negative consequences. These dogs are living in perpetual stress."
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