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Baba Rahman Proves He Has Future At Chelsea With Impressive Display In Paris

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On a night when Chelsea’s hopes in the Champions League were left in the balance, Abdul Baba Rahman proved he does have a future at the club after all.

Those among the hierarchy won’t have enjoyed the bitter taste of a narrow 2-1 defeat, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they still felt a sense of relief as they left the French capital.

Chelsea’s judgement in the transfer market last summer has come under intense scrutiny during the terrible campaign so far and rightly or wrongly, Rahman has been highlighted by many as where they got things completely wrong.

Arriving from Augsbug for a fee which could rise above £21million, the Ghana international left-back has spent much of the past six months warming the bench.

If Hazard wants to leave this summer he needs to play better than that

The fact that England international Ryan Bertrand, who was sold by the club for £10m in 2014, continues to impress for Southampton, just proves their decision making is all the more bizarre.

Former manager Jose Mourinho barely gave Rahman a look-in before he was fired in December, handing him just nine appearances.

Even the arrival of Guus Hiddink didn’t improve things and he complained last month about a lack of opportunities.

Sometimes it takes a bit of fortune or in this case, misfortune to others, for things to turn around and thanks to Chelsea’s injury crisis, Rahman finally got his chance.

He was only selected to play at the Parc des Princes because John Terry and Kurt Zouma were injured, meaning Hiddink was forced to move Cesar Azpilicueta to right-back and Branislav Ivanovic to centre-half. All the talk before the match was how Rahman was Chelsea’s weakest link, something PSG coach Laurent Blanc must have thought, too, given he selected £44m summer-signing Angel Di Maria to play up against him.

The sense of anticipation among the home support in the opening minutes was clear every time Di Maria had the ball at his feet, with the inexperienced full-back in front of him.

Laughter and jeers rang out as one trick from the former Manchester United winger sent the bewildered Ghanaian on to his rear and it only seemed a matter of when, and not if, PSG would capitalise.

But Rahman has plenty of mental fortitude, it turns out. Maybe, as he told Standard Sport in November, all the advice he has been getting from his idol and former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is paying off.

Essien has been advising him to be patient and to trust that his talent will shine through at Stamford Bridge.

As PSG’s attacks started to peter out in the opening stages, it was Rahman that helped take the fight to the opposition. His fine cross should have led to a goal for Diego Costa, whose header was tipped on to the bar by keeper Kevin Trapp.

That moment of quality crucially sent out a message that Chelsea could pose a threat and they started to retreat. Rahman continued to join in Chelsea’s counter-attacks and forced Di Maria to track back.

Chelsea’s main doubts about him though have been about his contribution defensively and there was still the odd sign of weakness.

But it was a measure of his display that PSG’s frustration grew and was only relieved when Edinson Cavani broke away for the late winner. Rahman may not be the finished article, yet at least everyone now knows he is not finished at Chelsea.

-Ghanasoccer

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Court Case: The Deafening Silence Of Black Sherif And His Investor

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What is the latest on Black Sherif’s court issue with his investor, Shadrach Agyei Owusu (Chavis)?

Well, Ghana Weekend has been following up on the matter. At least we need to get our audience updated on the issue since it is of great interest to many.

The case

On 11th April 2022, a writ of summons by the plaintiff, Shadrach Agyei Owusu, requesting that Ghanaian artiste Black Sherif be prevented from performing at events without his consent, was sighted by the media.

Shadrack requested an order for the preservation of all funds accrued from Black Sherif’s online streams.

Shadrach Agyei Owusu, the Chief Executive Officer of Waynes Chavis Consult, wanted a receiver to be taking the proceeds of all funds that would be accrued from the activities of the defendant.

This happened at a time when Black Sherif’s latest song ‘Kwaku The Traveller’ was topping global charts, making him the most sought-after artiste in Ghana in recent times.

Why was Black Sherif sued?

This suit came on the back of claims that Black Sherif had neglected his investor after he had injected funds into his career.

Black Sherif was reported to have signed a distribution deal with Empire Music without the consent of his investor, who purportedly had a business management contract with him.

The contract required that Black Sherif conducted all his activities through the investor who came on board to help the artiste.

Court day: May 9, 2022

This was the date set for the court hearing on the matter. So far, little information has been gathered about what became of that particular hearing.

While some of our sources say the case was not called at all, others say, it was deferred to a later date.

Ghana Weekend has tried scooping some information from both sides of the issue, but they are unwilling to really give details of the current situation of this suit.

Our interest

Ordinarily, this should be none of our business, but Ghana Weekend, as a media organisation, is interested in streamlining all facets of the entertainment industry. We saw this matter as a test case of many cracks in artiste-manager deals in the country. We are not on a mission of waking up sleeping dogs. We want precedence to be set for posterity.

Currently, Black Sherif is minding his music business, making money for himself, and growing his music career. Shadrack on the other hand is going about his work. They are both silent about the issue like nothing happened.

Maybe they have squashed their matter in private. Maybe Ghana Weekend is impatient with the outcome of the court hearing.

Maybe, our dear readers need to keep their eyes glued to our platforms as we nose out all details on this matter in our subsequent episodes.

We’ll be back!

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Feli Nuna’s “Towel” Hits 100K Views On YouTube

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Feli Nuna, Off Da Ground signed artist, released a top-charting song on May 11, 2022.

Shawerz Ebiem produced the song “Towel,” and R.Dee shot and directed the video.

Since its release, the song has become a trending topic in Ghana, with over 100,000 views on the global video platform YouTube.

Watch below.

The video has since featured well-known celebrities such as Efya, Jackie is everywhere, Nadia, Shatta Michy, Christable Ekeh, and others.

Feli Nuna’s towel song is all about taking care of one’s self. Self-care is defined as an individual’s, family’s, or community’s ability to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health by eating well and engaging in stress-relieving activities.

Feli Nuna, real name Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, has performed on major stages throughout Ghana, including the Ghana Music Awards Nominees Concert, the 4styte Music Video Awards, Coke Studio Africa, the Yaws Fashion Show in Gambia, the Asia-Africa Youth Festival in China, and many more.

Follow Feli Nuna on these social handles below.

Facebook: Feli Nuna

Twitter: @FeliNuna

Instagram: @FeliNuna

Tiktok: @FeliNuna

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Gospel Singer Mercy Chinwo Is Engaged

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Mercy Chinwo, Nigerian gospel singer, is engaged.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the music star announced the exciting news on her Instagram page.

“I am blessed to be blessed with @theofficialblessed ❤️ The thoughts of doing the next phase and the rest phase of my life with you makes the blessing more real💃 I love you Sweet❤️,” she wrote.

The music star’s soon-to-be husband, Blessed, also shared the big news via his Instagram page.

“I’M THE MAN THE LORD SHOWED MERCY! @mercychinwo thanks for saying YES! I LOVE YOU DEARLY !😍😍😍😍😍 Ecclesiastical 9:9 Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your REWARD for all your earthly toil. #Mercyisblessed,” he captioned their pre-wedding photos.

Blessed is a pastor at the WaterBrook Church and The Upperroom. He is also an IT professional.

Chinwo is a Nigerian gospel musician, singer and songwriter.

She won the Nigerian Idol Season 2 in 2012.

Chinwo released her first single, “Testimony“, in 2015, and “Igwe” a year later.

She has also had a stint in acting.

She landed her first film role in Yvonne Nelson’s film, House of Gold where she acted as Lucia, starring alongside Yvonne NelsonMajid Michel and Omawumi among others.

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