Longest reading marathon: Veronica Obeng takes up challenge March 24


Inspired by other Guinness World Record attempts, Ms Veronica Obeng, an Accountant and TV Host, wants to challenge herself and set a record for the longest reading marathon.

Starting Saturday, March 24, 2024, she will read aloud a wide range of books, spanning at least 155 hours – approximately six days and a few more hours.

Ms Obeng said she wanted to obtain global recognition for local authors, having worked with them for ‘many years and understood their challenges’.

As Managing Partner of Africa Must Read, a non-profit organisation, she again considered the event as an opportunity to champion and boost the culture of reading among younger generations.

‘I see Guinness Book of World Records as a platform for global exposure, where people can showcase their talents, creativity and contributions to the community.

‘Apart from throwing the light on authors, my effort is also to encourage community members to take personal development as a responsibility since it leads to national development,’ she told the
Ghana News Agency.

Ms Obeng appealed for the support of individuals, corporates and stakeholders in the book and publishing industry ahead of the event scheduled to take place at the Aburi Botanical Garden in the Eastern Region.

The current longest reading marathon record of 124 hours is held by Rysbai Isakov (Kyrgyzstan) in Bursa, Turkey, who made the attempt from September 22 to 27, 2022. Ms Obeng’s attempt is expected to end Monday, April 1, 2024.

After all is done, the host of Books and Financial Review TV show plans to inaugurate additional Africa Must Read book clubs across schools in the country and beyond.

Africa Must Read, among other objectives, works to enrich African lives and build communities through literacy.

That, Ms Obeng explained, was being done by creating awareness of the importance of reading right from childhood to adulthood.

Book fairs, libraries, clubs and other initiatives supervised by the Organisation, she added, also helped to provide the youth ‘the best books by trusted aut
hors’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kuami Eugene, Kofi Kinaata headline 13th African Games Akwaaba Night concert


Accra: The stage is set for one of the biggest musical nights of the year as the likes of Kuami Eugene, Kofi Kinaata, and Efya will thrill audiences on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

The concert dubbed, ’13th African Akwaaba Night’ is a precursor to the fun that will centre stage in Accra as Ghana prepares to host its first-ever African Games from March 8-23, 2024.

Sports and music are certainly intertwined, and patrons would witness the best of Ghanaian Highlife music on the eve of Ghana’s 67th Independence Day celebrations.

The music night does not only promise good music but also a rich display of Ghanaian culture with an array of fashion styles to be outdoored, as well as numerous cuisines.

Some of the top comedians in the country would also climb the stage to thrill audiences on a

highly anticipated and memorable music night.

Tickets for the concert are selling (713*33*01#) for GHC 200 (Premium) and GHC 300 (VIP).

Source: Ghana News Agency

Popular Nigerian actor Mr Ibu passes on aged 62


Famous Nollywood actor and comedian, John Okafor, aka Mr Ibu, has died at the age of 62.

The renowned actor who has graced the movie screens for more than two decades died at the Evercare Hospital, in Lagos on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Mr. Ibu has over the past months been admitted to the hospital, where he was undergoing surgery for the clotting of blood in his leg, stemming from diseased blood vessels.

This, together with other illnesses, led to the amputation of the affected leg in November last year and was reported to be making progress over the past few weeks.

News of his death has sent shock waves on social media, with fans expressing their condolences to the Okafor family following their great loss.

Mr. Ibu’s journey in the film industry made him a movie legend not only in Nigeria but across Africa, considering his distinctive style and infectious humour.

He appeared in hundreds of movies both in Ghana and Nigeria, including the household hit Mr Ibu in London, Police Recruit, and Issakaba.

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ce: Ghana News Agency

Popular Nigerian actor Mr Ibu passes on aged 62


Famous Nollywood actor and comedian, John Okafor, aka Mr Ibu, has died at the age of 62.

The renowned actor who has graced the movie screens for more than two decades died at the Evercare Hospital, in Lagos on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Mr. Ibu has over the past months been admitted to the hospital, where he was undergoing surgery for the clotting of blood in his leg, stemming from diseased blood vessels.

This, together with other illnesses, led to the amputation of the affected leg in November last year and was reported to be making progress over the past few weeks.

News of his death has sent shock waves on social media, with fans expressing their condolences to the Okafor family following their great loss.

Mr. Ibu’s journey in the film industry made him a movie legend not only in Nigeria but across Africa, considering his distinctive style and infectious humour.

He appeared in hundreds of movies both in Ghana and Nigeria, including the household hit Mr Ibu in London, Police Recruit, and Issakaba.

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ce: Ghana News Agency

I’m excited my sing-a-thon journey inspired young ones despite shortfall – Afua Asantewaa


Ghanaian entrepreneur Afua Asantewaa says she is delighted that her sing-a-thon journey inspired young people despite not being able to break the record for the longest singing time by an individual.

The Guinness World Record (GWR) earlier announced Afua Asantewaa’s attempt to break Sunil Waghmare’s 105-hour record was unsuccesful.

Afua Asantewaa has released a statement expressing gratitude to the people of Ghana and various stakeholders for their support.

‘Even though the final outcome of the attempt did not meet my expectations. I am content with the massive impact I made during the period of the sing-a-thon and beyond.

‘The interest and support I have received have been overwhelming, and I am deeply grateful,’ she said.

Afua Asantewaa was also content with the opportunities it opened for people who trooped to the venue during the Christmas festivities.

‘..I am excited to have inspired a lot of young people to step out of their comfort zone to dream big. I am looking forward to the showcasing of more
talents through GWR and other?similar ventures that will help project the rich talent and resources Ghana is endowed with,’ the social media sensation said.

Afua Asantewaa also encouraged other compatriots to set their initiatives of breaking the Guinness World Records across various endeavours.

She also disclosed that she had engaged GWR to provide details for her disqualification to enable her learn lessons.

Source: Ghana News Agency

LALI drops new song titled ‘Prayer,’ features Romeo Swag


Fast rising hip-hop rapper Donald Delali Darke also known as LALI in the music industry has dropped a new hit titled ‘Prayer’, featuring Ghanaian rapper Romeo Swag.

The song, which was released Tuesday, February 28, 2024, was produced by VernomDJ and Sosawavegod.

The song talks about the need to keep grinding towards brighter days.

In an interview with GNA Entertainment, LALI said he was motivated by his ambitions to be a successful person in the future and change the lives of the poor and needy.

He said he wants to hear the African sound above any other genre across the world.

LALI advised his fellow upcoming artistes to keep pushing and never to underate their talents.

The young artiste started his musical career in 2015 and had gained recognition across the globe.

He has acquired recognition across the music industry for his great lyrical songs such as ‘Wavy,’ ‘Sumorlor’ and ‘Over.’

The official video for ‘Prayer’ is out and available on YouTube.

Source: Ghana News Agency

A renowned Togolese musician to perform at Adaklu Kodzobi


Mr. Agboti Yao, a renowned Togolese musician, will on Friday, perform at Adaklu Kodzobi in the Adaklu district of the Volta region.

It forms part of the month-long 40th anniversary celebration of the installation of Togbe Dzegblade IV, Chief of the community.

Apostle Daniel Amanu, Chairman of the anniversary planning committee, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency at Adaklu Kodzobi on Monday.

He said other artistes expected to perform on the bill included, Mr. Nanevi Mawueta, Tony Dee, David Mawutor, Vinyo, Gowa and Dan Larry, a Pan-Africanist

Apostle Amanu stated that local drumming groups will also entertain the people.

‘Music is one of the passions of Togbe Dzegblade so the Planning Committee deemed it appropriate to arrange these local and international artistes to entertain him and his guests,’ he stated.

The Chairman said programme, which would be hosted at the community’s school park, is free of charge.

He continued that the climax of the celebration would be a grand durbar and launching of T
ogbe Dzegblade Educational Fund on Saturday, 2nd March, 2024.

He appealed to all citizens of the area, both home and abroad and well wishers, to join hands to make the durbar a memorable one.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Tun Tum’ movie successfully premieres with audience ecstaticĀ 


Renowned Ghanaian filmmaker Socrates Safo, together with animator Michael Tettey Narh, have successfully premiered ‘Tun Tum’ to a select audience at the Silverbird Cinemas in Accra.

The movie, which premiered in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), has received massive commendation for its uniqueness, with a few others also criticising the concept of the movie.

The movie ‘Tun Tum’ is a 34-minute animated movie that illustrates the story of the creation of man from an African perspective.?

Some notable faces in the Ghanaian creative industry have praised the latest work of Ghanaian filmmaker Socrate Safo and his partner Michael Tettey Narh.?

Among them was popular actor Fiifi Coleman, who was at the premiere on Friday to witness the movie.

‘I have zero reservations about this film. It’s an artistic work. Somebody dreamt about this and put it together to tell a story. And they told their story how they wanted to tell it,’ he said.?

Another film industry stalwart, George Bossompem, also ga
ve positive comments and showered praise for the ‘Tun Tum’ movie, as did Ghanaian Pan-African Poet Nana Asaase.

Nana Asaase said,’I think it does us (Ghanaians) justice. Doesn’t it point to places like Tema, ‘Centre of the World’, Visit Ghana And, that’s a good thing to sell Ghana.?

‘I think it is a beautiful representation of Africa, our diasporas, what we are, the call for renaissance, the call for us to come back home, and really our story. It is a beautiful story that has been created by one of us. And this story should be told to young children who will come after us and be shown wherever.

‘We want to tell our version of the story. This is one step in the right direction of telling our story. That’s ‘Tun Tum’ for me.’

Some personalities who graced the premiere, including fashion designer Gifty Mawuena Sossavi and Ghanaian – American fashion designer Kwab Asamoah, all praised the concept of the movie.

The movie is yet to be released commercially.

Source: Ghana News Agency