Saturday 19 August 2017
(Ghana Web 08/18/17)
Award-winning songwriter, Martin King Arthur, known in the music scene as Kofi Kinaata, has disclosed that he is hoping for the opportunity to have collaboration with renowned Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy. He disclosed that he sees Stonebwoy as a dancehall artiste with a vision and a good track record, hence his decision to do feature him in one of his upcoming songs. Speaking on Hitz FM in Accra, Kofi Kinaata stated that he is currently looking up to Stonebwoy to give him the green light. The ‘Susuka’ hitmaker mentioned that collaborating with Stonebwoy would definitely push further his musical career to another level. “I have not worked with a lot of people. I would want...
(Fox News 08/17/17)
Experts have unearthed three tombs that date back 2,000 years at the site of an ancient city in the Nile Valley. Egypt's antiquities ministry said that archaeologists discovered the tombs from the Ptolemaic Period. The discovery was made in the province of Minya, south of Cairo, in an area known as al-Kamin al-Sahrawi. In a August 15 Facebook post, the ministry explained that excavators unearthed a collection of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes as well as clay fragments that date the tomb to between Egypt’s 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman period. The area was likely a “great cemetery,” according to Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, head of the ministry’s Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector. Ashmawy described the latest discoveries as “very important,”...
(The Independent 08/16/17)
First discovery of female and child remains at al-Kamin al-Sarwahi site points to wider use of tomb network than previously thought. Three tombs dating back 2,000 years have been newly discovered in southern Egypt, the ministry of antiquities has said. The finds were uncovered in al-Kamin al-Sarwahi in Minya province, hidden down deep burial shafts. After careful excavations, in one tomb four sarcophagi were found which had been carved with human faces. Another contained six burial holes, including a child’s...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(APA 08/03/17)
The warning to the election outfit and President Sirleaf pledging to campaign for female legislative candidates dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Thursday. The local NGO, Election Coordinating Committee (ECC), has called on the National Elections Commission to execute all phases of the electoral process in a transparent manner in order to instill confidence in the overall electoral process. Addressing a press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday, the Chairman of the ECC, Oscar Bloh, commended the NEC for releasing...
(APA 08/03/17)
The move by Ghana's Auditor-General (A-G) to prosecute some corrupt public officials dominates the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday. The Daily Graphic says, "A-G goes wild, chases looters of public funds", adding that the Audit Service of Ghana has made a commitment to chase after people who have stolen public funds. The Ghanaian Times and the Heritage state that the A-G has announced it would be chasing 11 public officials, who have looted public funds. The A-G, Mr. Daniel...
(Ghana Web 08/01/17)
One of Ghana’s lawmakers, Frimpong Yaw Addo, has challenged movie makers based in Kumasi (Kumawood) to reinvent themselves to suit the current trend, rather than continuing with the duel on storylines that are most a time “outdated”. Hon. Yaw Addo, who serves as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Manso-Adubia constituency in the Ashanti Region, believes producers of Kumawood movies are yet to embrace modernisation – yen.com.gh reports! In his view, the local movie industry will only grow when film...
(APA 08/01/17)
The killing of Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Information Communication Technology manager, grabbed the headlines of major dailies on Tuesday. “FBI may join hunt for Msando's killers,” screamed the headline of the Daily Nation which reported that America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain’s Scotland Yard may be drafted into the investigation to unmask the killers of election technology manager Christopher Chege Msando. “US ambassador Robert F. Godec and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey condemned the killing and said...
(Voice of America 08/01/17)
South Africa entered an economic recession in June, and the country’s unemployment rate is fast approaching 30 percent, according to the government statistics agency. But for the sellers of secondhand books, business has never been better. Eric Nofal, who has been selling used books for almost 30 years, shows a customer around his store in Johannesburg. He says he recently faced “intense” competition before launching his fifth bookshop in the city. “My ex-wife also wanted to open up a shop...
(Ghana Web 07/28/17)
The government of Ghana has laid down plans to build an ultra-modern music recording studio for musicians in the country, Citi Showbiz has learnt. According to the President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, the government is concerned about the low quality of music production in the country, hence the decision to set up a studio that meets international standards. “The government will set up an ultra-modern music studio so that after individual producers have done the basic...
(AfricaNews 07/28/17)
Gambian president Adama Barrow on Thursday held his second meeting with the media after six-months in office. According to the 52-year-old who beat former strongman Yahya Jammeh in December 2016 polls, the meeting was to better engage the media after decades of crackdown by the former regime. Reports from the engagement saw the president addressing a series of issues fielded by journalists, questions ranged from the economy, human rights, education, health, judicial reforms and other topical issues. The press is...
(APA 07/24/17)
The first edition of Culture and Traditional Music Urban Festival of Burkina Faso (FEMUB) will take place from October 12 to 15, the committee organization announced. According to the organizers, the event will take place in partnership with Radio France International (RFI), the governorate of Hauts Bassins and the municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso. “The festival will be followed by a great culinary fair called “Grand Prix Farafina sia mousso dambé,” reports said. Several prizes will be awarded, including the Farafina Dambé...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/17)
Senegalese rapper and DJ Louis Bernard Diedhiou was just a young teenager on the day in 2001 when his love of megastar musician Youssou N'Dour nearly killed him. Hailing from Casamance, a southern region of Senegal that has suffered on-off conflict for more than three decades, Diedhiou was shaking branches for mangoes to sell so he could buy an N'Dour concert ticket. But he stepped on a mine, a legacy of long-running conflict between the Senegalese army and separatist rebels...
(Nyasa Times 07/21/17)
In a quest to familiarize musicians with how works of their union, the Musicians union of Malawi (MUM) is holding a two-day conference for its central chapter in Lilongwe. The workshop, funded by the Swedish Musician Union (SMF) began July 19 at Simama hotel in Lilongwe. In attendance are both secular and gospel artists who are being given insight on important topics that were tackled at a training that took place on 12-16th June at Lingadzi where 20 participants attended...
(Ghana Web 07/20/17)
The former British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin is known for possibly being the most socially interactive diplomat the country has ever had. He has been the face of trolls, sharp and sometimes heated debates with Ghanaian, given his very vocal opinions on the issues in Ghana. While some have called him out for being too ‘nosy’ when it comes to Ghanaian issues, others have been impressed with his dedication to being as open, opinionated and interactive with Ghanaians...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
A Tunisian court has banned the US film "Wonder Woman" which stars an Israeli actress, more than a month after it had been scheduled to open at cinemas in the Arab state, a legal source said Wednesday. Lebanon has also banned Wonder Woman, on the grounds of a long-standing boycott of Israel. The film was to have been screened at two venues in Tunis in early June but the showings were "suspended" following a complaint from the nationalist Al-Chaab party...
(Ghana Web 07/18/17)
Nana Tonardo, a friend of Deloris Frimpong-Manso and a star of Delays’ Afia Schwarzenegger TV series has stated that Delay jumps from one hotel to another seeking for white men. Deloris Frimpong-Manso and Nana Tonardo’s friendship has come to an end–following a message Delay posted on Instagram, claiming she takes nobodies like Tornado and turn them into somebodies. Tonardo who is an actor on Delay’s Afia Schwarzenegger TV Series has thrown shots at Delay, rubbishing Delay’s claims and going on...
(AfricaNews 07/18/17)
Nigeria’s information minister has warned against the production of music videos and films outside the country. Lai Mohammed said over the weekend that the government cannot allow Nigerians to produce local content in foreign countries which inversely affects the local job market. “This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria,” he said during a visit to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON). “We cannot continue to...
(Ghana Web 07/17/17)
After starring in Delay’s ‘Afia Schwarzenegger’ TV Series for 6 years, Nana Tornado has called it quits labelling the producer, fake, disloyal and a cheat. According to the actor, he was never remunerated despite his hard work in making the show very popular. Although he enjoyed putting smiles on the faces of fans, he regrets dealing with Delay because she has been very ungrateful and annoyingly bossy. Speaking to JDK and Mimi Kay on Radio XYZ, Nana Tornado recounted sending...
(APA 07/17/17)
The warning on ministries and agencies against clandestine recruitment and the Presidency’s insistence on the confirmation of appointment of anti-graft boss are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Sun newspaper said the Presidency has blown the whistle on illegal, large scale and indiscriminate clandestine recruitments in federal ministries, department and agencies (MDAs). The PM News said the Presidency has reiterated its stance that certain federal appointments should not require the Senate’s confirmation. To this end,...

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