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SAMINIFEST: Samini Announces Activities Ahead Of This Year’s Event.



Samini has announced December 21, 2019 as the official date for this year’s Saminifest. In the spirit of the “Year Of Return” message, the Legend has picked his home base Dansoman, specifically The Dansoman High Street as the location for this years event.

Dansoman is the home of Samini- where his family home is and also the streets that gave birth to his career in 1999 when Nana King of Ashanti International introduced him onto the Ghanaian music scene with a feature on Mary Agyapong’s song titled “Twene bre me”.

Samini’s carrer shot off into the limelight there-forth, featuring on peoples records before he finally released his first studio album titled “Dankwansere” in 2004. From then till now, he has 7 studio albums to his credit. His last Album Titled “Untamed” debuted No. 8 on Billboard and won best Album at the enviable Reggaeville Awards 2018 making the record as the first African Artiste/Album ever to win that award.

Samini is now considered as a national treasure for Ghanaians due to his longevity, consistency, mastery of showmanship and live performances on the music scene. The Dansoman High Street situates a popular hangout called “Gold House”, where Samini and his friends used to have concerts for the inhabitants of the vicinity. To bring back nostalgic feelings from the past, Samini has decided to put the SaminiFest 2019 stage right there as a symbolism to the beginning of his career and also the continuity.

“It feels so good to bring it back home to Dansoman, the streets that nurtured my talent. Thanks to God Almighty and everyone that has made the last 20 years possible. Its going to be all about *lThe Journey, The Legacy and The Music I’m just getting started. I’m stuck in the game like salt in the sea”, says Samini.

All roads lead to Dansoman on 21st December for the climax of Samini’s biggest annual event which he has held every December since 2014 except 2017. The festival records over 40,000 audience with this year tipped to double the numbers as Samini returns to his home base, Dansoman.Below is the one month segmented activities crafted for this year’s celebration starting with a fan base Hang Out on November 9, 2019.

•November 9, 2019 — HGF HangOut at Rehab Beach Club, Accra.

•November 18, 2019 — Press Launch for Saminifest

•November 23, 2019 — Soccer Match (HGF vs Liberty Professionals)

•December 14, 2019 — Clean Up Exercise

•December 16, 2019 — Donation to Orphanage

•December 17, 2019 — Visit to Selected Dansoman School

•December 21, 2019 — Saminifest Climax Concert

For any enquiries or sponsorship/partnership, kindly call +233209696776 or +233550240396 or

(Source:Elorm Beenie/Sena Dzansi,Africa 1 Media)


Hip Samba Fest 2019 Pursues Youth Unity In Northern Nigeria.



Hip Samba Festival will take place at Space 2000 Event Centre in Barnawa, Kaduna State, on 26 December. The Northern Nigerian Boxing Day event, which is in its fifth edition, will feature a mix of music, cultural performances, games, cuisine, visual arts, exhibitions and live shows, with contemporary artists showcasing their talents and entertaining concertgoers.

Hip Samba is produced by independent electronic and print media outfit Villageboi Communications & Technology. The festival is a fusion of urban and traditional entertainment content. Hip stands for ‘urban’ while Samba stands for ‘culture’.

The event will feature local vendors and a display of artworks. It will also be streamed live online to reach a wider audience.

“We want our streaming audience to become immersed in Africa and to witness an unforgettable experience through ancient poetry, traditional and contemporary music, eclectic dancing, theatre arts, comedy and cultural dance,” the event’s project manager, Vayan Joseph, said.

“Kaduna is popularly referred to as the capital of Northern Nigeria, a multicultural city with a large youth population. It is evident that Kaduna has suffered from continued ethnoreligious and political crises, which have slowed down social, cultural and economic growth.”

Northern Nigeria has experienced a number of censorship cases in the creative sector, with many artists in the region facing limited opportunities to perform and showcase their abilities.

“We believe a festival is not just about entertainment and enjoyment but also a platform for constructive freedom of expression, artistic promotions, cultural rights and relations, sharing meaningful messages, inspiring people to self-discover, encouraging tolerance and peace, and providing the foundations for nation-building. That is why Hip Samba Festival was conceived,” Joseph said.

The organisers have also presented a mission statement, which includes such goals and as to raise awareness about the need for young people to be agents of positive change, youth entrepreneurial education and promotion of self-reliance through creativity, awareness against the use of drugs, and the development of collaborations, among others.
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Stormzy Readies For 2020 World Tour.



Multiple award-winning UK-based Ghanaian hip hop and grime artiste, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr. popularly known as Stormzy, is set to host his maiden event in Ghana.

Stormzy, who is currently prepping for his 2020 world tour would be performing for the first time to his fellow brothers in the motherland on Friday 9th October.

The British rapper, singer and songwriter in 2014, garnered attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats.

Stormzy’s “Shut Up”, which was initially released as a freestyle on YouTube, went viral and peaked number eight on the UK Singles Chart after Stormzy launched a campaign to reach Christmas number one.

Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list.

His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer (2017), was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart and won British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards.

In 2019, Stormzy achieved his first number-one single with “Vossi Bop” and his headline appearance at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival was widely praised.

He wore a Union Jack stab vest designed by Banksy, which was widely perceived as a message on the rise in knife crime in London.

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OB Amponsah, Jacinta, Clemento Suarez, DKB, Bovi, Others Nominated For COPO Awards 2019.



Comedy and Poetry is an art and it serves it purpose amongst the Ghanaian Creative Industry and beyond. The Comedy and Poetry Awards (COPO) first edition is here to award and give recognition to the makers and players in the industry.

During the period of 2nd September and 10th October 2019, there was a call for entry for nominations and a lot of entries were submitted. The process ended and the board took time to filter the entries which were submitted. Finally we bring to you the final list of nominees. The categories are not limited to the Ghanaian Creative Arts Industry alone but includes the African continent as well. The voting process begins from 1st December 2019 to 20th January, 2020.

Check them out here below:



  • African Comedian of the year
  1. Basket Mouth – Nigeria
  2. Bovi – Nigeria
  3. Okay Bakasi – Nigeria
  4. Trevor Noah – South Africa
  5. Patrick Salvador – Uganda
  6. Gordons – Nigeria
  7. Akpororo – Nigeria
  8. Kenny Blaq – Nigeria
  • Comedian of the year
  1. OB Amponsah
  2. James Brown
  3. LekzyDecomic
  4. DKB
  5. Foster Romanus
  6. Clemento Suarez
  • Most Popular Comedian of the year
  1. Kojo Nkansah Liwin
  2. LekxyDecomic
  3. Clemento Suarez
  4. Comedian Waris
  5. Teacher Kwadwo
  6. Bismark the Joke
  7. Akrobeto
  8. Jeneral Ntatia
  9. Kalybos
  10. DKB
  11. SDK Dele
  12. OB Amponsah
  13. Lawyer Ntim
  14. Heiress Jacinta
  • Stand Up Comedy Act of the Year
  1. Teacher Kwadwo
  2. MJ the Comedian
  3. DKB
  4. ID James Brown
  5. Khemikal
  6. OB Amponsah
  7. Foster Romanus
  8. Comedian Warris
  9. Alowess
  10. Heiress Jacinta
  11. LekzyDecomic
  • Best TV Comedy Program of the Year
  1. Boys Abr3
  2. The Real News
  3. Master & 3 Maids
  4. Baba Spirit Show
  5. Pa2Pa
  6. KejetiavsMakola
  7. The Classroom – UTV
  • Best Radio Comedy Program of the Year
  1. Weekend City Show – Joy FM
  2. Borkor de3 – Asempa FM
  3. Friday Comedy Show – Zylofone FM
  • Best Comedy Movie of the Year
  1. Away Bus
  2. Asylum Is Down Movie
  3. 3idiots & a wise man
  4. Sam Loko
  5. The Two Pilots
  6. Mad House
  • Discovery Comedian of the year
  1. William Odartey Lamptey
  2. Alowess
  3. Maame Esi Forson
  4. MJ the Comedian
  5. Ranzy
  • Best Viral Comedy Skit of the Year
  1. SKD Dele Skits
  2. Teacher Kojo Comedy Blog News
  3. EfoComedy Skit
  4. Magraheb Comedy Blog News
  5. KojoNkansah Comedy Skits
  6. Comedian Waris Skits
  7. Ebenezer Forson Skits
  8. Kojo Sheldon Skits
  9. MmebusemComedy Skits
  10. AjeezayNonfa Skits
  11. MaameEsiForson Comedy Skits
  12. Kwame OboadieComedy Skits
  13. KomfoKolege  Skits
  14. Tooli Master Skits
  15. Kpakpo Comedy Skits – kcurtiz
  • Best Comedy Stage Act of the Year
  1. JeneralNtatia
  2. Foster Romanus
  3. Richard Amoakoh
  4. Clemento Suarez
  5. Nana GyasiOwusu
  • Best Comedy Event of the Year
  1. Easter Comedy Show
  2. Laughline Comedy Night
  3. The Barber and The Apprentice
  4. Ghana 4 Sale
  5. Adam in Court
  7. Boot 4 Boot
  8. Dora Why
  9. Comedy Express
  10. Accra We Dey
  11. Chrismas in April
  12. 1025 Laughs
  • Comic Sketch Artist of the Year
  1. Akosua the cartoonist
  2. Titi the Slayer


  • Best African Poetry / Spoken Word Act of the Year
  1. Ijeoma Umebinyuo – Nigeria
  2. Harriet Anena – Uganda
  3. Safia Elhillo – Sudan (UK Based)
  4. Zuhura Seng’enge – Tanzania
  5. Puno Selesho – South Africa
  6. Sege Hasson – Nigeria
  7. Liyou Libsekal – Ethiopia (US Based)
  8. Siddiq Dzukogi – Nigeria
  9. TogaraMuzanenhamo – Zimbabwe
  10. TJ Dema – Botswana
  • Best Poetry/Spoken Word Act of the Year
  1. Poetra Asantewa
  2. Poet Pobee
  3. Ancestral Poet
  4. Rhyme Sonny
  5. Nana Asaase
  6. Mutombo the Poet
  7. Chief Moomen
  8. AmaNuamah
  9. Jeffery Nortey
  10. Yaw OdeiAmpofo
  • Best Poetry / Spoken Word Event of the Year
  1. Ghana Poetry Festival
  2. Pa Gya! Literary Festival
  3. Nkabom Literary Festival
  4. EHALAKASA Festival
  5. PAMA Festival
  6. TALK Party
  • Best Poetry Program OTY
  1. Wobu b3 aa me te b3
  • Best Discovery Poet / Spoken Word Act OTY
  1. Nakeeyat Dramani
  2. Abeiku the Village Thinker
  3. Kwame Legacy
  4. Poet Timmy
  5. The Post Man
  6. Poet Nazir
  7. Vitus Speaks
  8. Terry Debrah
  9. Fred Baiden
  10. Kel’s the Poet
  • Best Poetic / Spoken Word Album / EP OTY
  1. GOAT Album – Rhyme Sonny
  2. Ns3m ne Okra – Ancestral Poet
  • Best Lyricist of the Year
  1. Sarkodie
  2. Trigmatic
  3. Kojo Cue
  4. M.anifest
  5. Strongman
  6. Flowking Stone
  7. Kwesi Arthur
  8. Omar Sterling
  9. Teephlow
  10. EL
  11. Eno Barony
  • Discovery Lyricist of the Year
  1. Kwame Dame
  2. Akan
  3. Lyrical Joe
  4. Freda Rhymz
  5. Amerado
  • Best Lyrical Song of the Year
  1. Me Sika Duro – AKAN
  2. Rapper 101 – M.Anifest
  3. One Stone – Kwesi Arthur
  4. Gifted – Flowking Stone
  5. Angels and Demons – Sarkodie
  • Best Female Lyricist of the year
  1. Eno Barony
  2. Freda Rhymz
  3. Feli Nuna
  • Best Male Lyricist of the Year
  1. Sarkodie
  2. M.anifest
  3. Kwesi Arthur
  4. Strongman
  5. Omar Sterling
  6. Flowking Stone
  7. Trigmatic
  8. Teephlow
  9. Akan
  • Best Lyrical Album/EP of the Year
  1. ALPHA – Sarkodie
  2. Life from Nkrumah Krom II – Kwesi Arthur
  3. STN – Strongman
  4. KILL – Lyrical joe
  5. AKAN – Akan
  6. GIFTED II – Flowking Stone
  7. The Eigth Element – Trigmatic
  8. Kwame Dame –Hillstreet
  9. BAR 5 – EL
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Ghana Hubs Network Sets December 13-14, 2019 For Its Annual Gathering 2019.



The Ghana Hubs Network Gathering annually provides a unique opportunity for tech hubs in the Ghana and other stakeholders in the ecosystem like local innovators (entrepreneurs), corporates, investors, academia and developmental agencies to convene, network and share knowledge.

The 2nd edition of the Ghana Hubs Network Annual Gathering 2019 is funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Make-IT. Make-IT promotes tech entrepreneurship for sustainable and inclusive development worldwide, initiated by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), together with the European private sector and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), established to promote transparency and political participation with organizations of the civil society (NGOs).

The gathering themed “Building a model entrepreneurship ecosystem, the role of ESOs” will be taking place from 13th – 14th December 2019 at the Mensvic Grand Hotel, East Legon, Ghana.

The Ghana Hubs Network’s Annual Gathering will create opportunities for the members of the Ghana Hubs network and its stakeholders to meet and engage with the Ghanaian tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem to exchange knowledge, network, build collaborative relationships and share resources about the opportunities that the data revolution and innovation in Ghana presents for social and economic development.

The 2-day gathering will feature panel discussions, an investor pitch, multiple parallel workshops and exhibitions. The topics will be centered around data driven innovation, the digital economy, Internet of Things (IoT), innovation ecosystems and trending technologies.

If you would like to learn more about the gathering, partnership and sponsorship opportunities, register here.

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