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Mark Okraku Mantey Named As Deputy Minister Of Tourism, Arts And Culture

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Ghanaian music producer Mark Okraku-Mantey has been nominated by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, for the position of the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

When approved by Parliament, he will deputize for Awal Mohammed, the substantive Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Mark Okraku-Mantey, who is the interim President of the Creative Arts Agency, is also the Head of the Programme at Hitz FM.

About Okraku Mantey

Mark Okraku Mantey started music production in 1996 as the Chief Executive Officer of Slip Music.

He worked with artistes such as Kojo Ashakan, Felix Bell, Ohene Kissi, Lord Kenya, Daasebre Gyamena, Adane Best, Akyeame, Okuraseni Samuel, Bless, and Kumi Guitar.

Others include Nana Yaw Asare, Jamson, Kudjo Sasu, and Nana Quame, Swazzy B. Joe Frazier, among others.

Mark’s love for the arts goes beyond just music. At a time, he was the executive producer of ‘Efiewura’ a comedy series that is aired on TV3.

He has also been involved in organizing some of the biggest events that the country has ever seen.

The Politics

For the past years, Okraku-Mantey has been actively involved in politics, after openly declaring his support for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and championing creative arts activities through the Creative Arts for Change, a group of NPP creatives that rallied behind the party.

In 2017, when the New Patriotic Party assumed power, he was appointed as the President of the Creative Arts Council, an institution that was instrumental in the passage of the Creative Arts Bill.

Upon their re-election for their second term in office, some people in the creative arts industry mooted that an arts-inclined person is made (at least) a Deputy Minister of the sector.

Some names that came up apart from Mark Okraku Mantey for the position were Bice ‘Obour’ Osei Kuffour – former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and 2020 NPP parliamentary aspirant at the Asante Akyem South constituency, Akwasi Agyemang – Chief Executive Office of the Ghana Tourism Authority and Juliet Asante – Filmmaker and Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority.

Others were Kojo Frimpong – broadcast journalist, Kwabena Okyere Darko – Member of Parliament for the Takoradi constituency and James Korsah Brown – talent manager and 2020 NPP parliamentary aspirant for Mfantseman Constituency.

Expectations from the Creative Sector

A lot of creatives have reposed so much hope in their own holding at least the Deputy Minister position.

For most of them, someone from the industry would help project the creative sector of the Ministry which has for the past years not received enough push and attention.

With Mark as the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, he will be expected to make sure that a lot (if not all) of the manifesto promises made by the New Patriotic Party for the creative industry be fulfilled.

He is also expected to help make the arts feature prominently in the scheme of things as far as activities of the Ministry, Arts and Culture, is concerned.

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Anell Agyapong Graduates From The University

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Anell Agyapong the wayward daughter of businessman and politician Kennedy Agyapong has graduated from the university.

The beautiful young lady made waves last year after her politician father publicly shamed her on national television tagging her as a drug addict.

According to Kennedy Agyapong, Anell who is brilliant instead of staying in school to study rather decided to join bad friends who introduced her to drugs.

He continued that now the drugs have taken the best part of his daughter as she has dropped out of school.

The allegation angered Anell’s mother who is just a baby mama to the politician who came out to attack the politician for disgracing her daughter.

Fast forward, last weekend the politician flew all his children with the exception of his disowned daughter to Dubai to celebrate his birthday.

Well, the information we gathered that despite her father’s snub Anell has been able to get back to school and has now graduated from the university.

Her mother shared a photo with the caption: “My Daughter, Take pride in how far you’ve come and Have faith in how far you can go. CONGRATULATIONS”

See screenshot below:

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Nipsey Hussle, DJ Khaled, Ashanti And More To Be Honored With Hollywood Walk Of Fame Stars

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame has released their Class of 2022 and there’s a lot of names that will be inducted.

Nipsey Hussle, DJ Khaled, Ashanti Douglas, Black Eyed Peas, George E. Clinton Jr., and Martha Reeves are the famed musicians who will have their legacy honored in the form of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nipsey Hussle, DJ Khaled, Ashanti and more to be honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame stars

“The Panel did an amazing job choosing these very talented people. We can’t wait to see each honoree’s reaction as they realize that they are becoming a part of Hollywood’s history with the unveiling of their star on the world’s most famous walkway!,” said Ellen K, Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Panel and Radio personality, in a press release.

Ashanti shared the good news to Instagram alongside a video of her expressing her gratitude.

She added in the caption: “Wow… I’m speechless. Super humbled and super honored. I still can’t believe it.

“I’ve been inducted into the Hollywood walk of fame class of 2022!!! I’m actually getting a Star on the Hollywood walk of Fame!!!!

“Thank you guys so much for all of the love and continued support throughout the years. Thank you to my amazing team this wouldn’t be possible without all of you. Thank you to The Hollywood walk of Fame!!! God is amazing… and his timing is impeccable. Thank you!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations to all of the inductees!!!!”.

Nipsey Hussle, DJ Khaled, Ashanti and more to be honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame stars

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“We Know Your Story, You Stole AC From Zylofon Office For Your Girlfriend” : Wisa Greid Goes Hard At Arnold

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Wisa Greid, Ghanaian singer is trying to resurrect the dead scuffle that ensued between Shtata Wale and Arnold Asamoah Baidoo on UTV last weekend.

On the show, Shatta Wale vented his spleen on Arnold for describing him as “confused and inconsistent”. The SM boss also described Arnold’s clothes as cheap by stating that the shoe he wore for the show was priced at GH¢2.50P.

Moments thereafter on the show, the two feuding parties smoked the peace pipe and apologized to each other for their misdemeanour.

Well, we thought all was done and good only for Wisa Greid to wake up this morning and share a cringy post on Facebook alleging that Arnold deserves all the disrespect because he stole an Air Conditioner from the Zylofon Media office for his girlfriend.

What is the motivation behind Wisa Greid’s post?
Well, according to him “that boy” (Arnold) does not have the moral right to disrespect “our international artiste” because his story stinks.

According to the “Ekikime” hitmaker, Arnold’s case, where he stole the AC allegedly for his girlfriend, is pending at the police thus he should be thinking about resolving such an image-denting issue than going about disrespecting Shatta Wale, an international artiste. Lol!

So that boy with 2.50ghc shoe dey on tv dey talk say Wanna International artist be confused and inconsistent.. He forget say we know en story ehn.. the AC wey he steal from Zylofon to go give en girlfriend wey dem catch am nu, the case still dey the police station oo .. yooo loll.

However, Wisa Greid’s post actually incurred the wrath of Ghanaians who could not believe how a kettle could call a pot black.

“Was it not the same Wisa Greid who brought out his small pen!s live on stage? Ahhh, man think about yourself,” that was one of the comments a fan made under his post.

Others rain insults and cast aspersions at Wisa Greid for trying to ride on Arnold-Shatta beef to buy some social media attention for himself.

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