On the evening of November 19th and 20th, 2018, a young “Ayigbe’ woman as she loves to be referred to staged and directed her own self written play with the acronym R.A.P.E (Respect. Appreciate. Protect. Educate) at Kent University in the U.S.
The famous BlackBox theatre at the school of performing arts played host to the 1st runner up of Miss Ghana USA 2015‘s play, which touched on a very sensitive issue society is faced with and battles to unravel. The play featured carefully selected cast who were best fit for the roles.
The Tema born who later moved to New Tafo with family, completed her primary and JSS at C.R.IG in New Tafo then attended OKUASS for high school, but didn’t complete the four years as she had to move abroad and currently finishing up school at Kent State University working towards her BFA.
It’s palpable her own personal experience in life has shaped her and plays a pivotal role in her bringing to bear such a masterpiece stage write. In an exclusive interview with Kwesi Omega of Georgebritton.com she posited the below.
“R.A.P.E, the Grey Play is a Play I wrote to talk about the blurred areas of sexual abuse in our society (and by society, I mean globally). There are so many “why” factors that drive people to this act and they are not always planned.”
She further stated passionately that, “Nonetheless, sexual abuse is a messy epidemic which doesn’t get spoken about until it happens. Victims or survivors of this act usually blame themselves and people are either quick to judge or throw the “you should report line” without thinking about the whole situation. I believe no one should suffer through this because it’s a touchy subject, but before we blurt our judgements or what we think are solutions, we need to put the survivors of this act first and just be there for them without seeming like we are telling them how to cope.”
Touching on how we can support people who suffer the unfortunate experience of sexual abuse, she said, “People cope differently and at their own pace. We need to support them how they would want us to and sometimes that is hard because they wouldn’t like to do the reporting thing.”
She went along and said, “Sexual abuse and violence happens every day and everywhere, we need to start thinking like persons on the receiving end so we know how to adequately support them because it’s not as black or white as we make it seem.”
She also posited that once we master the approach of survivor-centered-support, it makes it easier for them to trust us and eventually they can move to the systems that will deal with the situations with a much more formal approach.
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Below are the event in pictures
GIMPA SRC Gives New Entrants A Grand Welcome
Ghana’s foremost University, Ghana Institute Of Management And Public Administration (GIMPA) known for its valuable contribution towards churning out business executives, Corporate and political leaders yesterday launched its 2018 Akwaba week celebrations as the University welcomed new entrants.
At the official press launch hosted by the Public Relations Officer Jeffred Okoe Aryeetey, the first gentleman – SRC President Joseph Osei Mensah took the opportunity to welcome the new intake and edged them not just to go through the four years but allow their stay here to be profitable and birth excellence.
In welcoming the freshmen, he admonished they take their stay on campus seriously and reflect excellence in all their endeavors as they have come to the center of Excellence in pursuit of academic success.
He rounded up by charging all students to fully participate in the week celebration as it’s a one of its kind and will leave an indelible memory considering the lineup of events that will mark the celebrations.
The week long celebration, which is under the theme, “Excellence in Leadership; a Collective Responsibility” is expected to last for a week.
Below is a breakdown of activities for the week and all are to take note;
Day 1 (Monday) – Gospel Rock Show
Day 2 (Tuesday) – Grooming and Branding Seminar
Day 3 (Wednesday) – Financial And Investment Seminar
Day 4 (Thursday) – Car Wash, Eating Competition, Old School Jam and More.
Day 5 (Friday) – Artist Night
DJ Vyrusky Assembles Top GH Stars For “Vac With Vyrusky” Concert This Friday
Award-winning Ghana DJ/Entertainer DJ Vyrusky is assembling almost all the top GH Music stars for the first edition of “Vac with Vyrusky”
Scheduled to take place on Friday 31st August 2018 at his alma mater, St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School, the event will see performances from Shatta Wale, Keche, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Kurl Songx, Mzvee, Edem, Koje Cue, Lil Shaker, among others.
The event will also give young and upcoming artists the opportunity to showcase to the world their God-given talents.
According to the organisers, Papcity the event will attract about 20,000 students from the various Senior, Technical and Vocational School.
“We are expecting close to 20000 students at the Aquinas School Park on Friday for the first edition of what is said to be the biggest gathering of high school students in Ghana – Vac with Vyrusky ”
“DJ Vyrusky has built a reputation for himself over the years so we are excited to be partnering him for this concert… we hope to give the Patrons a top-notch concert ” DNA CEO of Papcity said.
DJ Vyrusky (born Kofi Amoako) has, since getting into the industry, excelled on career-defining stages as Ghana Meets Naija Concert, the Hennessey Artistry Concert, Tidal Rave, and at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. A Masters Degree holder, he has also been adjudged among other things, Best Events DJ and Best Club DJ of the Year at the prestigious Ghana DJ Awards.
He’s also head of Nitro Live, a subsidiary of Echo House Ghana Limited.
He was recently named Overall Best DJ of the Year at the 2018 Ghana DJ Award for the second year running.
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The long summer break can be tedious, and usually takes the right event to get you in the right mood for the fun season! On 31st August, there will be no rules with your favourite artistes and DJs at the ALOHA Party.
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