25th TGMA: Stonebwoy rules again, wins Artiste of the Year award

Ghanaian musician Livingstone Etse Satekla, popularly known as Stonebwoy, won the coveted Artiste of the Year award at the 25th anniversary of the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA) held at the Accra International Conference Centre. With the highest honour of the 25th TGMA going to Stonebwoy, he equaled the records of Sarkodie (2010, 2012), VVIP (2004, 2011), and Okyeame Kwame (1999, 2009) as the fourth musician to win the Artiste of the Year award twice. The 'Manudzi' hitmaker who won his first Artiste of the Year in 2015 beat off competition from Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Sarkodie, Nacee, and Black Sherif to secure this year's Artist of the Year prize. It was a big night for Stonebwoy, who also won five other awards, including Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, International Collaboration of the Year, Best Songwriter of the Year, Album/EP of the Year, and Record of the Year. After winning the Artiste of the Year award, Stonebwoy expressed gratitude to his fans for their support over the past ye ars, as well as thanking his wife, Mrs. Louisa Satekla. 'I just want to say thanks to the Most High God. Thank you, Mama, wherever you are. Thank you for showering your blessing on your son. I wrote a long speech, but I am short on words,' he said. Stonebwoy also urged TGMA's organisers, Charterhouse, to declare the recipient of the 2019 Artiste of the Year award, which he believes he earned despite the fight that broke out that fateful night. King Promise was also a huge winner on the night, taking home the Most Popular Song of the Year, Best Afropop Song of the Year, and Best Afrobeats/Afropop Artist of the Year. King Paluta also took up the coveted New Artiste of the Year award, while Nacee was named Best Gospel Artiste of the Year. Strongman was the most unexpected award winner of the night, defeating Sarkodie, Eno Barony, Lyrical Joe, Amerado, and Fimfim to win Best Rap Performance. The awards night witnessed an array of top-class musical performances from Efya, King Promise, King Paluta, Kuami Eug ene, Nacee, and Stonebwoy, as well as some Hiplife veterans including MzBel, Reggie Rockstone, and T Blaze, among others. Source: Ghana News Agency

Amakye Dede receives Lifetime Achievement Award at 25th TGMA

It was a nostalgic night for Highlife fans as legendary Amakye Dede rocked the stage at the 25th Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA). The Highlife maestro earned a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award for his tremendous contributions to the Ghanaian music industry over the course of five decades. During this year's awards ceremony, certain members of the youthful music generation sang some of Amakye Dede's timeless hit tracks, demonstrating the artiste's magnificence. Kwabena Kwabena began his tribute performance with Amakye Dede's 'Kanea Maye Kyere Me' and sparkled on tune, with the audience loving his vocal delivery. Akwaboah and Eno Barony followed with a masterclass performance of 'Su fre woNyame,' while Fameye wowed the audience with a one-of-a-kind rendition of Amakye Dede's 'Iron Boy.' Epixode also created an impression on the stage with a strong performance of 'Adukuro Mu Nsuo,' which made the audience realise Amakye Dede's grandeur. Amakye Dede capped his honour with a musical performance of 'Mmaa Pe sokoo,' perhaps one of his most hit songs, which turned out to be faultless and one of the night's highlights. In an emotional statement, the iconic artist expressed gratitude to those who had supported him over the years, telling them he loved them to the fullest. Amakye Dede's musical journey began when he joined the Kumapim Royals, a renowned Highlife band led by AkwasiAmpofo Agyei (AAA), as a composer and a vocalist, one of Ghana's Highlife legends. He later established his own music group, the Apollo High Kings, recognized for delivering numerous Highlife hits throughout the 1980s and 1990s. With a discography reflecting twenty (20) albums to his credit and a vast repertoire of songs, Amakye's immense contribution has not only shaped the Highlife landscape but also inspired different generations of artistes and music lovers. The 'Iron Boy', as he is affectionately called by Ghanaians, had over the years explored diverse genres like Soca, Calypso, Lovers Rock as well as Highlife. Source: G hana News Agency

25th TGMA Red Carpet Highlights: From DJ Azonto’s strange attire to Fella Makafui’s elegance

Over the years, celebrities have shown off some incredible and very strange wardrobe choices on the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA) red carpet. This year's event was no different. Actress and businesswoman Fella Makafui looked absolutely stunning as she dazzled on the red carpet at this year's TGMA. The actress drew attention on the red carpet with her sophisticated fashion sense and glittery makeup, as she wore elegant, shimmering red outfits. The stunning white gown and blonde hair of Ghanaian singer Efya made her a striking presence on the red carpet. Gospel singer Empress Gifty was not left out of the red carpet, as she wore a beautifully-styled gown. Empress Gifty made an emphatic statement with a yellow midriff gown, her accessorised clutch bag, and shiny rings. The likes of Gyakie, Mzbel, Piesie Esther, Wendy Shay, and Maya Blu all looked splendid on the red carpet with their beautifully made attires. Mr. Drew was one of the most well-dressed men on the red carpet, looking crisp and immaculat e in his suit and eye-catching loafers. He wore dark shades and a flashy chain around his neck as he happily posed for the photographers. But the shocking moment came when Amapiano sensation DJ Azonto emerged onto the red carpet with some perplexing looks. Despite being known for donning female clothes, the 'Fa No Fom' hitmaker chose nursing garb for the red carpet event, complete with a strangely worded apron. Well, DJ Azonto certainly got the attention of almost everyone on the red carpet, with some stunned by his choice of dressing and the motive behind it. Regardless of the thrills and spills on the red carpet, there is no doubt that Ghanaian music fans and artists are becoming fashion conscious and made the red carpet very colourful with different styles. Source: Ghana News Agency

25th TGMA Red Carpet Highlights: From DJ Azonto’s strange attire to Fella Makafui’s elegance

Over the years, celebrities have shown off some incredible and very strange wardrobe choices on the Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA) red carpet. This year's event was no different. Actress and businesswoman Fella Makafui looked absolutely stunning as she dazzled on the red carpet at this year's TGMA. The actress drew attention on the red carpet with her sophisticated fashion sense and glittery makeup, as she wore elegant, shimmering red outfits. The stunning white gown and blonde hair of Ghanaian singer Efya made her a striking presence on the red carpet. Gospel singer Empress Gifty was not left out of the red carpet, as she wore a beautifully-styled gown. Empress Gifty made an emphatic statement with a yellow midriff gown, her accessorised clutch bag, and shiny rings. The likes of Gyakie, Mzbel, Piesie Esther, Wendy Shay, and Maya Blu all looked splendid on the red carpet with their beautifully made attires. Mr. Drew was one of the most well-dressed men on the red carpet, looking crisp and immaculat e in his suit and eye-catching loafers. He wore dark shades and a flashy chain around his neck as he happily posed for the photographers. But the shocking moment came when Amapiano sensation DJ Azonto emerged onto the red carpet with some perplexing looks. Despite being known for donning female clothes, the 'Fa No Fom' hitmaker chose nursing garb for the red carpet event, complete with a strangely worded apron. Well, DJ Azonto certainly got the attention of almost everyone on the red carpet, with some stunned by his choice of dressing and the motive behind it. Regardless of the thrills and spills on the red carpet, there is no doubt that Ghanaian music fans and artists are becoming fashion conscious and made the red carpet very colourful with different styles. Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana adopts Food Safety Master Plan to address food safety challenges

Ghana, through the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and national stakeholders in the food value chain, has adopted a Food Safety Master Plan to address food safety challenges and improve food control systems in the country. The five-year Master Plan was developed by the FDA together with a constituted national food safety stakeholder committee with support from the African Union Commission to address gaps in the country's food safety control systems. This was developed based on a self-assessment of the food control system of the country to identify gaps and develop home-grown recommendations to improve the nation's food sector. Mr Roderick Daddey-Adjei, Deputy CEO of FDA in charge of Food Registration, said the plan showed the direction in which food safety and control systems should be pursued in the next five years with specific objectives and expected results. 'It is also a practical document that would guide stakeholders on how to translate the plan into action with sections on implementation, including details on activities to address strategic priorities, cost estimates, and roles of key players,' he said. Mr Daddey-Adjei said the plan would serve as a blueprint to guide stakeholders from time to time to ensure that foods produced and consumed were safe. He added that they would be constituting a steering committee that would be championing the implementation and rollout of the plan in collaboration with all other relevant stakeholders. Mr Daddey-Adjei said the major challenges with food safety identified were the lack of education and knowledge on the proper handling and safekeeping of foods. He added that the FDA would be engaging in a routine sensitisation with food handlers, especially food vendors, on the right ways to keep and handle food. Dr Rose Omari, National Consultant in the development of the plan, said there were weak legal and institutional frameworks challenges to food safety and control systems that needed to be addressed. She said there were overlaps in institutional mandates and a poorly coordinated institutional framework Dr Omari, who is also Deputy Director, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI), therefore proposed that institutional mandates should be clearly defined and their coordination strengthened. She said the plan had proposed a review of the Public Health Act to make room for the inclusion of a rapid alert system to bind institutions to respond quickly to food safety concerns. 'The Public Health Act does not make provision for a rapid alert system and emergency preparedness and response. So we are proposing a revision of the Act to incorporate a rapid alert system and emergency preparedness and response,' she said. Dr Omari said food safety was everyone's responsibility, adding that it was everyone's role to ensure that food produced and consumed was safe and free from contamination. Madam Winta Sintayehu, Senior Programme Officer, Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, African Union Commissi on, said Ghana's master plan formed part of a continental African Food Safety Agenda they were enrolling in 12 African countries. He said every year, millions of dollars were lost to food safety challenges, saying, this had become necessary for the Commission to support countries to build regulatory and infrastructural frameworks to address food challenges. 'This would go a long way to achieve food safety and trade safe food across the continent and ensure the availability of safe and improved food for the citizenry,' she added. Source: Ghana News Agency