Papa Ajasco has died

Popular Nollywood actor, Femi Ogunrombi, popularly known as Papa Ajasco has passed on.

Nigeria’s Punch reported that, the actor’s demise was announced by a theatre practitioner, Husseini Shaibu.

In a post, the theatre practitioner wrote, “I have just been reliably informed that the ethnomusicologist, former Music Instructor with #NATIONALTROUPE and one time stand in for the ‘Papa Ajasco’ character on the popular #waleadenugaprod comic series ‘Papa Ajasco’, Mr. Femi Ogunrombi, is dead.”

The cause of his death, at the time of filing this report, is unknown.

The late Femi Ogunrombi was known for his role in the Wale Adenuga comedy series that featured Mama Ajasco, Pa James, Miss Pepeye, Boy Alinco, among others.

Femi Ogunrombi took over the character, Papa Ajasco when the former character, Abiodun Ayoyinka pulled out of the show.

Source: Modern Ghana

Gold for oil: Ghana takes delivery of 40,000 metric tons of first consignment

Ghana has taken delivery of the first consignment of the gold for oil deal reached with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 40,000 metric tons of oil arrived at the Tema port on Sunday, January 15, 2023, according to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

The Energy Ministry, the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation and Oil Marketing Companies are to formulate plans for its distribution and sale.

This according to the Lands Ministry will help reduce fuel prices in the country.

Deputy sector minister, George Mireku Duker last week told Citi News the first consignment will arrive this week.

The Vice President, last year announced plans by government to purchase oil from the UEA with gold to keep the country’s forex.

Though many have kicked against the move and questioned its sustainability, the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry says measures have been put in place to sustain it.

Source: Modern Ghana

Gospel artists must only collaborate with secular artists – Gospel act Joseph Matthew

Award-winning afro-gospel musician, Joseph Matthew believes there is nothing evil about Gospel artistes working with their secular colleagues.

The conversations about Gospel artistes working with their secular colleagues have been lurking within the Christian fraternity with diverse perspectives about such collaborations.

Critics of the gospel/secular artists’ collaborations are of the view that secular music does not preach the gospel and are from the devil.

Expressing his view on Gospel/secular collabos in an interview with Ghanaweekend.com, Joseph Matthew asserted that the Gospel is not for those who think they’re righteous but to those who need the message to bless their lives.

The ‘Blessed’ crooner elucidated that Gospel artists are rather supposed to collaborate with secular musicians in order to win souls for Christ.

He emphasized that the choice to do gospel music should not be skirted with antagonism as choices are made based on one’s strength and willingness.

Joseph Matthew shot to fame after releasing his smash hit song dubbed ‘Nyame Ye’. His type of Gospel music expresses everything about the gospel of Christ like any other gospel song, but it has got rap and pop culture added to it.

His current hit song ‘Blessed’ has been heavily tipped by most entertainment pundits to win ‘Record of the Year’ at the 2022/23 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Source: Modern Ghana

Shatta Wale disses Kwadwo Sheldon in new a song “London Bridge”

Ghanaian reggae-dancehall singer Shatta Wale has slammed Ghanaian YouTuber Kwadwo Sheldon in a new song.

The singer and the YouTuber have been in a verbal spat recently after the “Gringo” crooner jabbed the content creator for criticising President Akufo-Addo over American rapper Meek Mill’s Jubilee House video shoot.

“Kwadwo Sheldon, you need to apologise to the president. If you are a citizen, that doesn’t give you the chance to be stupid. Can you insult your father like that? Your head like we are the world. Can you talk to your father like that?

“Your head like roll, roll, roll your boat. Can you talk to your father like that? Your head like a chamber pot. Can you talk to your father like that?” he said.

After receiving a volley of replies from Kwadwo Sheldon, the controversial singer took to the studio and recorded a diss song titled “London Bridge,” in which he indirectly described the Youtuber’s head as a microcosm of the popular bridge in London, United Kingdom.

With lyrics like, “Dem no born you well, so me I go show you hell, be like, say me I dey thief your girl, so every day you dey talk nonsense… Hungry boy, you no be gee; I go feel punch your face, and nothing spoils. All you go do is to call police,” Shatta went hard on him.

And the line that shows he is indirectly jabbing Sheldon says, “See ein head like London Bridge is falling down.”

This comes at a time when Shatta has been insulting the YouTuber of his big head.

Shatta then dared Sheldon to come forward and face him like a man, and not only sit on his YouTube channel to throw jabs.

Source: Modern Ghana

Shakira’s diss track breaks Latin Youtube viewing records

A hit song by Shakira about her ex-partner Gerard Pique cheating on her has broken YouTube records.

The video for Out of Your League has been watched more than 63 million times in 24 hours, making it the most-watched Latin song in that time period.

Shakira, 45, separated from former Barcelona footballer Pique, 35, in 2022 after more than 10 years together.

The pair also have two children together.

This four-minute pop song is the first time Shakira and Argentinian producer and DJ Bizarrap have worked together.

Shakira joins a hallowed list of Latin performers to break YouTube records – including J Balvin, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

It’s not her first song about the breakup – Monotonia came out three months ago, but was more of a heartbreak song than one vying for revenge.

In the diss track, Shakira sings about Pique’s new alleged 23-year-old partner.

She says she is “worth two 22-year-olds” and compares the relationship to swapping “a Ferrari for a [Renault] Twingo” and a “Rolex for a Casio” in Spanish.

The Colombian singer also references her run-in with the Spanish authorities, who claim she has failed to pay €14.5m (£12.8m) in income tax.

Shakira appears to say in the song that Pique left her whilst all this was going on, with her in-laws as neighbours.

She criticises his workout technique too – singing “lots of time at the gym, but your brain needs a little work too”.

Gerard Pique has not responded to the song online, but has been posting about his new seven-a-side project, King’s League.

The pair released a statement when they split in June last year, saying they were focusing on co-parenting their children Milan, nine, and Sasha, aged seven.

Source: Modern Ghana

Let’s choose Bawumia to lead the NPP in Election 2024 – Former NPP Organiser?

Yaw Dabie Appiah Mensah, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bono Region has implored delegates preparing for the NPP’s presidential elections to re-think and vote for the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to lead the party in the Election 2024.

     As the head of the government’s economic management team, he said the Vice President had proven critics wrong, brought the economy on track and restored the confidence and hopes of many Ghanaians in the midst of the global economic crisis.

    Mr Mensah, a former organiser of the NPP in the then Brong-Ahafo Region made the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Odomase in the Sunyani West Municipality on Monday.

    He explained that the Election 2024 remained crucial, and it would not be easy for the NPP to break the nation’s eight-year political circle between the NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

    Mr Mensah said the Veep was not only a suitable flagbearer to lead the NPP in the next general election, but also the “right President Ghana needs in the midst of the terrible economic situation across the globe.”

     “The Veep has stood the test of time and he knows and well understands the current national economic situation. If we do not want to run the country’s economic development back and forth, then we must all accept and allow Alhaji Dr Bawumia to lead us to election victory in 2024,” he said.

     Mr Mensah said although all the personalities who had shown interest to contest for the NPP’s flagbearership slot so far, were all ‘good presidential materials’ and had proven track records in the country political space, and it would be in the supreme interest of the party if the delegates endorse the vice president.

    “This is because, Dr Bawumia has not only marketed himself, but has also proven to Ghanaians that he holds the key to national economic reconstruction. Ghana’s economy is now gaining momentum because of Dr Bawumia’s abled economic management team,” he stated.

    “We must also be reminded that we need a presidential candidate who can lead the party to equally share or maintain or add more votes to the NPP votes in the Northern region. We should not try to overlook some issues because we all know the voting pattern in the North. Elections are numbers and we have to choose a candidate who can bridge the voting gap in the North,” Mr Mensah added.

    The Former NPP Organiser said he hoped that the party’s presidential elections would not divide the NPP’s rank and file, saying the Election 2024 was very close and “we must all try and avoid all tendencies that can narrow our political fortunes”.

Source: Modern Ghana

5Five lied to me, they never paid me after producing ‘Muje Baya’ – Appietus alleges

The controversy surrounding defunct Hiplife music group 5Five’s smash hit song ,’Muje Baya’ has taken a new spin.

The controversy started when the producer of the Song, Appiah Dankwah, popularly known as Appietus was accused of stealing a beat from a South African song, ‘Amerido ‘by DJ Crido.

Appietus, admitted to the accusation and explained that it was 5five who brought the beat to “me… that was the first time I sampled someone’s beat for a song.”

After 13 years, the legendary Ghanaian music producer has precipitated another controversy around the same song.

Speaking in an exclusive interview on Citi TV’s entertainment talk show ‘Upside Down’ – hosted by multi-talented broadcasters, Frema Adunyame and Nana Tuffour on Sunday, Appietus who was revealing how the ‘Muje Baya’ song was produced said the award-winning group failed to pay him after producing it.

According to Appietus,”after recording the song, they told me they were going to show it to an investor- the next moment I heard the song playing on radio, they lied to me.”

He stressed that the song took just one week to become one of the monster hit songs in Ghana.

Appietus has produced over two hundred and fifty smash hit songs . 5Five’s ‘Muje Baya'[Move Back] remains one of his all time hit productions.

5Five is a defunct Hiplife music duo involving Luther Asamayi (Pappi) and Jeffery Opoku Agyekum (Killi). ‘Muje Baya ‘ was released in 2010.

Source: Modern Ghana

How I became a drug addict, smuggler and a truant street Lord – Dr. Likee reveals

Ghanaian comic actor Dr. Likee with the real name Ebenezer Akwasi Antwi has recounted his past life as a gangster.

Ras Nene, as he used to be called, said he started drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes at a very tender age, approximately at the age of 8.

According to him, he used to watch over his Auntie’s drinking spot. He noted that whenever the bar was left under his care, he steals some of the alcohol to drink.

Speaking in a recent episode of the Delay show, the YouTuber revealed that he also used to pick up used cigarettes on the ground to smoke, which eventually compelled him to follow a certain man to smoke wee (marijuana).

“Never send your child to buy cigarettes or even smoke in their presence.” Sometimes when someone smokes, drops it on the floor, and quenches it, the fire isn’t completely out. So in that case, I’m compelled to pick it, hide behind the house, and smoke the rest of it. That’s how it started,” he said.

“I became stubborn because I was earning some money from my scrap trade, and the smoking habit made things worse. My mother would sit me down severally to advise me, but I wouldn’t listen, and gradually I was introduced to marijuana by a friend,” Dr. Likee told Delay, as quoted by Pulse.

According to Dr. Liked, “I used to control the street. I had big men who covered me, so I was making a lot more money.

“I had weapons to scare away customers who had ulterior motives.”

Dr. Likee noted that his name, Nene, is a corrupted form of Anini, which is the name of a certain notorious Nigerian criminal in Lagos, Nigeria, who used to be his mentor at the time.

“My boss at that time named me after a notorious criminal in Lagos called Anini. So people could not pronounce it properly, and that’s how it became “Ras Nene,” revealed the actor.

He then recounted his days as a drug dealer and how he was frequently arrested and taken to court, saying, “In my mid-20s, I crossed the Libyan desert several times with drugs. I was doing drugs until my early 30s, and I became a Yaro. I had boys who worked for me, and I only came for my settlements. “Smuggling drugs was also part of his dealings.”

“There was this drug called bond. I used to smuggle it from Togo into the country. We hide them in the tubes of trailer car tyres and take them out when they arrive in Ghana. I was dealing in crack as well,” he stated.

“I have been to court seven times, although I lost only two cases. I was dealing drugs until it landed me in jail several times, but that was the place I learned my lessons,” he added.

Source: Modern Ghana