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Korankye Ankrah condemns attacks on Mensa Otabil



Dr Mensa Otabil talks about good things worth listening to, Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah has said, and urged Ghanaians to buy into his fellow preacher’s ideas and teachings rather than foist political colours on him every time he speaks.

According to the Royal House Chapel International founder, politicising and pigeon-holing the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) founder and his comments must stop.

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“Dr Mensa Otabil says some good things, which everybody must buy on board, and then the following day he is categorised and caged into one [corner].

It’s dangerous, and it’s unhealthy and it must stop…,” Rev Korankye Ankrah told Bola Ray on Starr Chat Wednesday March 2 while answering a question about what he made of political categorisation of preachers in Ghana.

Rev Korankye Ankrah’s comments come on the heels of a recent avalanche of flak unleashed on Dr Otabil by some supporters and communicators of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), after he urged Ghanaians to save the nation from incompetence.

Speaking at the launch of a book titled ‘Dare to Dream’ on Albert and Comfort Ocran’s Springboard roadshow two weeks ago, the motivational speaker and General Overseer of the ICGC called for a citizens’ “revolution” to snatch the country from the state, which he said had “hijacked” and “monopolised” everything.

“We have to battle, we have to fight, we have to wrest the destiny of our nation from incompetence and from people who have determined to run us to the ground. “We have to wrest the nation back and control it as citizens of this country and that is the challenge I want to put to you. You have to dare to dream to take our nation back,” Dr Otabil said. He, however, pointed out that he was not calling for a revolution in the “political sense”.

“I’m not saying take it back from one party to give it to another party; I’m saying the citizens must take their country back and run their own country, and if Springboard succeeds in doing that, I think it would have done a very great service to our country.

And if you and I succeed in doing that we would have done a great service to our country, so, I hope that tonight, as we launch this magazine, we will not leave here with a sense of accomplishment, but we’ll be fired to …go out there and make a difference and the difference is not just for you to prosper, but for you to take back your nation,” Dr Otabil said.

He also said: “We can’t just be happy because a road has been tarred. We can’t just be happy because we didn’t have electricity and now we have electricity. We can’t be happy with minimals, we want maximums, we want the best, not the least. And so citizens must have an appetite for better because what happens is that when you get pushed down, you settle for being pushed down…You and I must bounce back.” At the grand finale of the same event the following week, Dr Otabil said local businesses were being killed through high taxes.

“For a nation to be great, its laws have to facilitate growth. You cannot overtax businesses and kill them and hope them to survive at the same time; it doesn’t work that way,” he said, adding: “If we want businesses to survive and to thrive, we have to create an environment for businesses to thrive,” he said.

In his view, some of the most successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the world would have found it difficult to achieve the laurels they are currently famed for, had they found themselves in a stifling and “poisonous” atmosphere like Ghana’s. Following Dr Otabil’s comment, NDC Communicator Solomon Nkansah described the preacher as a “national security threat”.

The ‘Apostle-General’, as Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah is known, told Bola Ray the media were to blame for the politicisation of preachers.

Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah

“Our colleagues have cried about it. Dr Agyinasare has cried recently and he said the journalists must stop. “I think that the problem has been with you our sons – the journalists.

Our nation is so polarised that the media is polarised as well: this is for party A, that is for party B, and, so, everybody is writing something to create sensationalism …depending upon where you belong. “…I think that you journalists must help us…you have work to do in that area.

Your reportage must be fair and balanced and don’t [create] the impression that this preacher speaks for this political party, he’s a friend to this person, it’s not very helpful,” Rev Korankye Ankrah said.

Pressed by Bola Ray if he thought preachers should come clean on where they stood politically, Rev Korankye Ankrah said although that practice is not strange in the western part of the world, “our culture and our traditions will not permit us [to do so]. …It is not wise and prudent for us to do so because I am pastoring a mixed multitude – a congregation of NDC, NPP [members]…Ashantis, Ewes, Gas – all mixed, so, you need to be very careful if, as a leader, you would come to make such utterances, such statements. I think I will advise against it.”



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



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



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



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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