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Meet Yayra Tamakloe; The Ghanaian Writer And Director Who Redefined Stage Play At Kent University With R.A.P.E.

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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. 

Congratulations to a sister living in the diaspora doing exploits, you can follow Yayra on all social media platforms; Browhnshuga

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UCC Gets A Colourful Experience With Kojo Manuel

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The event which was hosted by Kojo Manuel, brought students out as early as 7am on a Saturday morning to jam in colour and party with the La Meme Gang! With music provided by the iPhone DJ, the music was top notch! The Azonto Twins were also present with their energetic moves.Social media was taken over with various colourful pictures and videos from the event which ended at10:30 am as students hailed Rexona for an awesome event.

The most intriguing aspect of the event was when Kojo Manuel had the crowd all jumping with splashes
of colour all round, staining the white shirt everyone had on but no one seemed to care as they jumped
in complete ecstasy and euphoria! This further cements Kojo Manuel as the best party MC so far!

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Kojo Manuel Makes a Mark at Repu 2019

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Once again, the biggest tertiary hall week celebrations came around and attracted people from all corners of the country.With events ranging from car washes, dogs shows, marathons, basketball tournaments,electrifying concerts and absolutely insane parties and raves.The most popular of these events were hosted by the phenomenal Kojo Manuel from the 15-
year old Epilogo party through Orjinal Beats jams and the Vodafone X Concert with featured Stonebwoy, Yaa Pono, La Meme Gang and Dope Nation. Also, hosted various off campus events.

Working closely with DJs like Neizer, Sleek, Aroma, iPhone DJ and others, Manny Yo further established himself as the rave master and TurnUp General as he drove the crowd through various brand activations and products to energetically jamming with the KNUST crowd. Safe to say, if you were at Repu 2019, you mostly likely jammed with Kojo Manuel at at least
one or two events.

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The Link Up Party

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The capital city of Central Region comes to a hault for the next edition of the 2 day Cape rave.The Link Up Party is a bi-yearly tertiary rave in Ghana's Capital Cities. The next Edition of the X-Cape to Marlago will begin from the 27th to the 28th of April, 2019.The event will be hosting the 'Poverty' hit Ghana-Jamaican artiste; J Derobie, Guru, and a host of otherartistes.With variety of activities, the event is going to be a 2 day party. Day 1 would be a pool party and NightHouse Jam at the Oguaa Apartments and Lodge, off the Kakum National Park road, Cape Coast. Day 2 is going to be a day Tour in Cape Coast; an X-Cape to Marlago with Photoshoot.

There will be a convoy from the Capital City of Ghana; Accra to Cape City with fun-filled activities like Party in the Bus, Shot on Shot and a whole lot.
The Hyperlink Promo Ghana and Amarretti partnered event has is the most promising Cape Rave withsupport from My Smart Coke by Coca-Cola and Jameson.v Don't be left out, be the life of the party,

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Event Hub To Take Accra By Storm With Ghana’s “Bring A Bottle” Gathering

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You can’t just take the “baton” out of the hands of Event Hub Ghana Limited, because the crew is set to hit the capital with what will go into history as the best beach party experience the coastal lines ever had. They are just the best at it and they are set to prove it again on the twenty-ninth day of the third month of the year.

Ghana's biggest bring a bottle gathering event tag ''Bring A Bottle'' is set be held at Kokrobite and promises to be overwhelmingly congested with fun filled activities this year taking into account the many off the hook attractions organizers have promised patrons.

The ''Bring A bottle'' event will kick start at late noon, 4:00pm with interesting side attractions such as Road Trip, Beach Jam, Food Fair and Arts Exhibition. Patrons are mandated to present themselves in shorts as a way of feeling the ambience set to be created by some notable performing arts.

Party lovers get a welcome from the crème de la crème of musicians including, Mantse AY, DNA, Freda Rhymz, Dahlin Gage, Kobla Jnr, Sefa. Celebrated photographer, Twins Don't Beg and Wesley Kesse will also be representing. The ticket to the event are sold at an advance fee of Ghc 20.0 and the gate ticket is sold at Ghc 50.0.

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