Youngest male artist: Meet Ace Liam, the one-year-old Ghanaian with a Guinness World Record


Ghana has a new world record holder in the person of Ace Liam, a one-year-old artist.

He has been confirmed as the Guinness World Record holder for the Youngest Male Artist.

His attempt occurred in Accra between January 18 and January 20, 2024.

His feat as a GWR record-holder was announced at a press conference on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

The confirmation letter from GWR read in part: “We are thrilled to inform you that your application for Youngest artist (male) has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder!”

Chantelle Eghan, the new record holder’s mother disclosed that he started painting when he was six months old.

She thanked Ghanaians for their support during her son’s record attempt.

The previous record holder, Dante Lamb, achieved the feat at the age of three in 2003.

My son Ace Liam is officially the @GWR Title holder as the Youngest Artist.

Thank you Ghana ???? for your support in making this possible.#guinessworldrecord #worldrecord #young #artist #youngestartis
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– kuukua The Artist (@chantelle_eghan) May 14, 2024

Source: Ghana Web

‘It’s sheer envy’ – Akrobeto berates Dormaahene for accusations against Otumfuo in Sampa dispute


Ghanaian actor and television host, Akrobeto, has criticized Dormaahene Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, for pointing fingers at Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as the instigator of the ongoing chieftaincy dispute in Sampa within the Jaman North District of the Bono region.

Previously, the Dormaahene had accused the Asantehene of intensifying the Sampa chieftaincy conflict through his interference.

He alleged that the Asantehene’s actions were an affront to both the judicial system and the Bono chiefs who had historically dealt with such matters.

In a bold move, he conveyed these accusations to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and his delegation during their visit to the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, declaring unequivocally that Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was the catalyst for the enduring Sampa crisis.

However, in response to these claims, Akrobeto has expressed his disapproval of what he perceives as the Dormaahene’s persistent jealousy and attempts to tarnish the Asantehene’s reputation.

Speaking to at
tendees at the Adaekese festival at the Manhyia Palace, Akrobeto delivered a stern rebuke to the Dormaahene.

“Otumfuo is not a minor chief to be disrespected at will. It’s unacceptable to fabricate and hurl insults at him whenever it suits you. The actions of the Dormaahene are nothing but pure jealousy.

“He who is favoured by God is beyond the reach of human alteration. Greatness is bestowed by God, not self-proclaimed. So, if you find yourself spreading falsehoods, it’s nothing but envy!”

Source: Ghana Web

Ghanaian filmmaker wins big at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Film Awards


A Ghanaian-born filmmaker, Ayebea BZ Darko, has won the African Magic Viewers Choice Award for best-unscripted series in the year under review in Nigeria.

Ayebea BZ Darko won the award for her popularly acclaimed reality TV series dubbed ‘GH Queens,’ which has aired on Akwaaba Magic, Show Max and GHOne TV.

Season 1 of GH Queens was first launched in 2021 and season 2 followed in 2022-2023 with Ayebea BZ Darko as the show’s executive producer.

Before launching GH Queens, she worked with TV3, a national free-to-air television station in Ghana.

She also worked on concepts such as Dirty Rave and Afrochella, and her work has always captured the essence of Ghanaian culture while pushing boundaries and breaking new ground.

Her reality TV series brought together a diverse cast of talented women, providing a platform for their unscripted stories to be heard and celebrated far and near.

The two seasons of the show has captivated audiences across Ghana and beyond and has sparked conversations and inspired a new ge
neration of entertainers in the country.

Ayebea BZ Darko is a natural storyteller who was raised in Ghana amidst the vibrant rhythms and rich cultural tapestry of the country. Her recognition in the world of entertainment has come years after she dedicated herself to mastering her craft and showcasing it to the world.

Ayebea BZ Darko always had a deep appreciation for music, art, and storytelling from an early age. And this recognition has only come to indelibly cement her place in the world of entertainment.

This latest Africa Magic Viewers Choice award for best-unscripted series is a testament to the success of GH Queens and has further solidified her place as a trailblazer in Ghanaian entertainment, proving that dreams know no bounds when fueled by passion and perseverance.

As she continues to champion the voices of Ghanaian women and women in general, Ayebea BZ Darko remains a shining example of the transformative power of art and the boundless possibilities of the human spirit.

Part of the citation
of the award reads:

‘Outside of her cinematic endeavors, AYEBEA BZ DARKO is an avid traveler and culinary enthusiast. Her adventures in far-flung corners of the world inspire her storytelling, infusing her films with a rich tapestry of cultures, flavors, and traditions.

“With each frame she captures, AYEBEA BZ DARKO challenges stereotypes, shatters boundaries, and celebrates the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. As she continues to illuminate screens around the world, she reminds us of the transformative power of storytelling and the indomitable strength of the human heart.’

Source: Ghana Web

‘I was misinformed’ – A Plus apologizes to businessman after ‘losing’ defamation suit


Ghanaian musician-turned-politician Kwame Asare Obeng, alias A Plus, has apologized to businessman and philanthropist Hassan Zein.

The apology posted on his verified Facebook page on May 14, comes after a defamation lawsuit initiated by Zein in 2022, citing damaging comments made by A Plus.

The legal dispute, according to court papers centered around defamatory statements made by A Plus that tarnished Zein’s reputation.

‘Dear Hassan Abu Zein, I am writing to express my sincerest apologies for any harm caused by my comments made about you. It has come to my attention that these comments were based on lies and misinformation spread by Stanley, your jealous friend. He is a dangerous guy. Very!!!

‘It may interest you to know that I’ve spent my adult life, fighting for the voiceless, underprivileged persons, especially women and children, and minority groups. However, I must admit that I was misinformed on this particular matter. I am grateful to you for the opportunity to apologize to bring finality to the ma
tter.

‘I deeply regret any distress or damage these false statements may have caused you and your reputation. It was never my intention to propagate falsehoods or tarnish your name in any way,’ A Plus’ post read in part.

He added ‘I understand the seriousness of defamation and the impact it can have on individuals and their livelihoods. As a people-centered person, I take full responsibility for my actions and assure you that I will take appropriate measures to rectify this situation.

‘Please accept my heartfelt apologies. I am committed to setting the record straight and ensuring that the truth is known. If there is anything I can do to make amends, please do not hesitate to let me know.’

Court documents reveal that Zein sought various reliefs, including a declaration of defamation, general damages amounting to GHS10 million, and an order for A Plus to retract the defamatory comments via the same medium used for dissemination.

Additionally, Zein requested a public apology from A Plus within seven days,
utilizing the same platform where the defamation occurred.

He also sought a perpetual injunction to prevent further defamation against his reputation as the International Human Rights Commission Ambassador at large.

The case, which had been progressing in the High Court in Accra, took a turn when A Plus, represented by legal counsel, opted to settle the matter out of court. The decision led to an amicable resolution facilitated by both parties.

On January 22, 2024, a settlement agreement was reached between A Plus and Zein, subsequently adopted as a consent judgment by Justice Kwasi Adjenim-Boateng on January 29, 2024.

The terms of the settlement include A Plus retracting the defamatory remarks and removing Zein’s image from the original platform of publication.

Moreover, A Plus committed to issuing a public apology to Zein through the same medium. As part of the settlement, A Plus agreed to pay 100,000 in costs to Zein, as stipulated in court documents.

Source: Ghana Web

Nana Akua Addo threatens Nigerian designer with N50 million defamation lawsuit


Ghanaian style icon Nana Akua Addo has issued an ultimatum to Nigerian fashion designer Ezinne Olivia, demanding a public apology within 48 hours or face legal action.

The fashion scene has been abuzz with the names of Nana Akua Addo and Olivia following the AMVCA held over the weekend.

It’s worth noting that Nana Akua’s ensemble garnered widespread applause, securing her a spot among the best-dressed attendees of the evening.

After the event, Olivia took to social media to criticize Nana Akua Addo for failing to credit her on social media.

Olivia asserted that she was overlooked in acknowledgments despite her contributions.

Contrary to these assertions, Nana Akua Addo has clarified that the 3D garment, valued at $3,000, was conceptualized in Ghana and procured from China.

Nana Akua Addo stated that Olivia’s contribution to the outfit’s design was minor, emphasizing that the primary creative effort was undertaken by her Ghanaian designer, Yoli.

In the official statement from Nana Akua Addo’s attorneys,
it was clarified that Olivia was presented with a choice between social media acknowledgment and financial remuneration. She selected the monetary option and received a complete payment of N400,000.

Therefore, her grievances regarding the absence of a tag are unfounded.

The letter also indicated that Ezinne’s name was initially included in the post, but she later requested its removal to avoid sharing credit.

In light of Olivia’s series of videos, Nana Akua Addo has directed her attorneys to demand an apology from Olivia. Failure to comply within the stipulated 48-hour window will result in court proceedings.

Furthermore, Nana Akua insists that Ezinne retract all social media content about her and issue an apology to be published in two national newspapers within the same timeframe.

Should Olivia not adhere to these demands, she will be liable for a compensation claim amounting to N50,000,000 for damages.

For the complete statement from Nana Akua Addo’s legal representatives, please refer to the documen
t below:

Source: Ghana Web

Dear GhanaWeb: My husband seeks consent from his late girlfriend before fulfilling my requests


Dear GhanaWeb,

I have been married to my husband for five years, and we have two children.

My husband lost the love of his life five years ago, so he was still grieving when we met.

His parents told me that since the death of his girlfriend, he has closed his heart to love and would fight anyone who dares to question his relationship status.

I was the first woman he brought home as his girlfriend after his girlfriend’s demise. There were ups and downs in the relationship, but I assumed things would change when we got married.

Marriage has been hell since we were pronounced husband and wife. On the days we took off work to go for our honeymoon, my husband was away on a ‘work trip.’

He returned three months later, and when he did, I had to beg him before he would have sex with me.

But before he consents, he has to seek permission from his deceased girlfriend by speaking to her picture, and after we finish, he goes back to take the picture and apologises for cheating on her.

It doesn’t end there; anytime
I ask him for money for the children or to manage the house, he has to seek permission from his girlfriend.

Not long ago, he hung three pictures of his late girlfriend, two in the hall and one in our bedroom.

I have never been happy since we got married. The only joy I derive from my marital home is my children.

I know embarking on a recovery journey after losing someone is not easy, but it has been over ten years, and isn’t it time for him to discard the past and move on?

Oh God, this is stressful, and I don’t know how to make it work.

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My husband decided to marry me without meeting me physically – Celestine Donkor


Ghanaian gospel artiste Celestine Donkor has shared the touching story of how she met and courted her husband solely online.

In an interview on ‘Today’s Woman’ on TV3, the ‘Testimony’ hitmaker disclosed that her now husband, Kofi Donkor, who lived abroad, had contacted her after he got her number from a mutual friend.

Celestine Donkor recounted how Kofi, after communicating with her through Yahoo Messenger and phone calls, became certain that she was the one for him and, in a leap of faith, requested an engagement list before they had even met in person.

Kofi then travelled to Ghana with the sole purpose of marrying Celestine.

‘We didn’t meet physically. We met online. A very close friend of mine travelled outside, and she met my husband, and they discussed me, so my husband took my number from her and started talking to me from Ghana. We were chatting on Yahoo Messenger and talking on the phone.

‘He came down purposely to get married to me; there is no way I would go there because we were not married. M
y husband took my engagement list before seeing me physically,’ she shared.

She added that he had told her she was the one he was waiting for after a conversation with their mutual friend and a revelation from God.

‘He said he also prayed about me, and before he met me through my friend, there was a word he was looking forward to. There was just a word hanging on his life, and he was waiting for its manifestation. So, when he met my friend and there was a discussion, he got to know that this is the person the man of God spoke about,’ she added.

The couple’s unity is apparent, as Kofi has been managing Celestine’s music career for over a decade, offering support and guidance.

Source: Ghana Web

Celestine Donkor apologises for comments made on Ewe surnames


Popular Ghanaian Gospel singer Celestine Donkor has apologised for the jokes she made during an interview on TV3.

During the interview, she commented on her Ewe surname and mentioned that she had prayed for a husband with a ‘lighter’ surname to avoid the ‘heavy’ Ewe names common in her culture.

The host, Cookie Tee, whose real name is Shirelly Emma Tiblilla, agreed with Celestine’s sentiment, stating that she did not want to marry a man with a difficult-to-pronounce Ewe name.

However, their comments were not well-received by many on social media, who criticised them for making a mockery of the Ewe culture.

In a video posted on her social media on May 15, 2024, Celestine Donkor apologised for her statements and emphasised her pride in her Ewe heritage, stating that the joke does not reflect her true sentiments.

She acknowledged that not all comments made in jest are received well by everyone and expressed regret for any hurt feelings.

“I granted an interview on Today’s Woman on TV3, and when I discovered
the host, Cookie Tee, is an Ewe, I just got excited, and we started joking about the heaviness of our Ewe surnames. It was just a joke that came up in a conversation.

“To my surprise, from all the comments I’ve read so far, it turns out to be a bad joke, an expensive joke. And who am I? I’m just human. Most of the time, when we go on these interviews, as much as we have a pure heart and a clear mind, it’s not everything you say that will be pleasing to somebody, and so I’m sorry,” she said.

Celestine reassured her audience of her deep respect for the Ewe language, referring to it as a spiritual language spoken in heaven.

She encouraged her followers to view the incident as a learning experience and thanked them for their constructive feedback.

“And this will in no way tarnish my pride as an Ewe. I have proven over the years in my music journey that I am a very, very proud Ewe. And absolutely nothing is going to change that fact. Anyone who has truly followed me knows that I’m very proud of it.

“With love
and respect to all of you. I take all the comments in good faith. I interpret them as an expression of your love. Those who love you are those who correct you when you’re wrong. So thank you so much, and I’ll keep doing my best,” she concluded.

Source: Ghana Web