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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Lizzo



10 facts about Lizzo

Ever since Lizzo twerked her way into our lives, she’s proven herself to be a body-positive, sex-positive queen whose songs are all about celebrating and loving yourself just as you are — but there are probably some fact about the singer your don’t know.



Considering she’s one of the most famous artists out there right now, it’s hard to imagine a time when wasn’t churning out bops; but it wasn’t all that long ago that Lizzo was struggling to get her songs on the radio.

The empowering artist is refreshingly open about her past and her journey to stardom, and we’ve rounded up some eye-opening facts about Lizzo that will make you love the “Truth Hurts” singer even more . . . if that’s even possible.

1. Her Real Name Is Melissa Jefferson

Lizzo wasn’t born Lizzo — but her moniker was inspired by her real name. Born Melissa Jefferson, she explained during a February 2019 interview with The Cut that she’s been called Lizzo since middle school, and she first created the nickname after forming a rap group called the Cornrow Clique with two of her classmates. Though she initially went by Lissa, she changed it to Lizzo after being inspired by JAY-Z’s “Izzo.” As she told 88Nine Radio Milwaukee back in 2016, she’s been Lizzo ever since. “[Lizzo] kind of stuck with me and I brought it with me,” she said. “It made me feel way more comfortable.”

2. She Taught Herself to Play the Flute

She may be a classically trained flautist now, but when Lizzo was first starting off on the instrument, she was largely self-taught. In an interview with CBS News in October 2019,she said she learn to play songs by ear, and afterwards, she would use the sheet music to figure out the notes. “. . . by the time I got private lessons, they were like, ‘Whoa, like, where did you learn technique? You’re like a wild horse. And that’s an amazing thing, ’cause you have all this power. And you have all this style. But we need to give you some technique,'” she recounted. “And so I had to actually go back and learn how to, like, play notes properly when I got older.”

3. She Dropped Out of College Before Her Junior Year.

After high school, Lizzo attended the University of Houston on a music scholarship, with the goal of joining a symphony ensemble after graduation. Even after joining the Cougar Marching Band, Lizzo had a difficult time adjusting to life at a giant university where no one knew her, and she ended up dropping out of school before her junior year. “I basically had to choose between flute or this other lifestyle that I was chasing,” she told CBS News, “where I was up super-late with my friends, goin’ to parties, tryin’ to rap at shows, and and then waking up early, gettin’ to the band hall, rehearsing, being on the field, taking math class, which was torture.”

4. She Once Took a 3-Month Vow of Silence

Lizzo spent the summer after dropping out of college with her family, where she suffered through an identity crisis and, unintentionally, retreated within herself for three months, communicating only in shrugs. Her silence put a strain on her relationship with her mother, though they’ve since reconciled. “My mom is still like — anytime I’m quiet she’s like, ‘Hey, Melissa! Don’t go nowhere!'” she told Greenroom Magazine in 2015. “[I went] crazy . . . in a good way though, because I got inspired. That was a summer of metamorphosis.” In that time, Lizzo realized what she really wanted to do with her life: become a singer.

5. She Didn’t Love Herself Until She Was 21

Lizzo dealt with something even more difficult soon after dropping out of college: the death of her beloved father, who’d supported her performance dreams since the very beginning. That year was the lowest point in Lizzo’s career — as well as the most transformative. “Twenty-one was the worst year of my life,” she told Teen Vogue in June 2018. Though the experience made her stronger, Lizzo doesn’t think everyone should have to hit rock bottom in order to grow. “That’s just the society we’re all unfortunately born in — the one where you have to hit your worst and hate yourself in order to love yourself,” she added.

6. She Used to Be Homeless

Yet another challenge Lizzo faced as a 21-year-old: homelessness. After her family moved to Denver, Lizzo stayed by herself in Houston, where she tried to make it with a rock band and either crashed at friends’ places or slept in her car. Despite this, she still considers herself privileged during this tough time. “. . . when it was actually happening to me, I didn’t think of myself as homeless,” she confessed to NPR during a July 2019 interview, later adding, “I think that I had a luxury and a privilege to be able to sleep on the floor of my drummer’s house, to be able to sleep in a car my sister gave me, to be able to sleep at the studio where my rock band performed, to be able to sneak into 24 Hour Fitness and use the showers there.”

7. She Collaborated With Prince in 2014

Before becoming a solo artist, Lizzo moved from Houston to Minneapolis, MN, and performed with a handful of groups, including an all-female hip-hop collective called The Chalice. While performing with fellow Chalice members Sophia Eris and Claire De Lune, Prince discovered their music and invited Lizzo, as well as Sophia Eris, to collaborate on his song “Boytrouble.” As she confessed to Fuse in 2016, working with Prince changed the trajectory of Lizzo’s career. “It’s almost like a fairytale in my mind,” she said, later adding, “I felt like I transcended from being just a vocalist to an artist.”

8. She Almost Quit Music After Releasing “Truth Hurts”

In 2016, Lizzo signed with Atlantic Records, and a year later, she released “Truth Hurts,” which she considered the best song she’d ever written. Though she felt confident that it would be an instant success, it’s wasn’t, and the song’s relative failure made Lizzo question whether a career in music was even worth pursuing. “The day I released ‘Truth Hurts’ was probably one of the darkest days I’ve had ever in my career,” she confessed to People in July 2019. “I remember thinking, ‘If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares.” However, the people who loved her did care. “. . . my producer, my publicist, and my family, they were like, ‘Just keep going because this is the darkest before the dawn,’” she added.

9. She Worked For Liberty Taxes as a Sign Spinner

In honor of her December 2019 Saturday Night Live debut, Lizzo shared an unconventional job she had while trying to break in the music industry. Apparently, she once worked as a sign spinner for Liberty Taxes, which involved dressing up as Lady Liberty. On Twitter, she shared a picture of herself in costume along with the message, “On the left was when I worked for liberty taxes, as a sign spinner . . . on the right is my @nbcsnl debut. Don’t stop . . . we need you. Your time is coming.”

10. She Doesn’t Like the Word “Unapologetic”

People often refer to Lizzo as “unapologetically” herself, but Lizzo doesn’t consider this to be a compliment. “I made a decision to be myself because I knew I had no choice,” she explained to Essence during a May 2019 interview. “Sometimes the label ‘unapologetic’ bothers me because it can be loaded, because it means we have to apologize for something in the first place. I’m not ignorant to the fact that we had to have a demeanor of lowering ourselves culturally just to exist. But I’m trying to shake up the narrative about how we’re supposed to act.”



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All You Need To Know About Ghanaian Gospel Legend, Mary Ghansah



All You Need To Know About Ghanaian Gospel Legend, Mary Ghansah

Rev Dr Mary Ghansah, affectionately dubbed as the lady-with-the-guitar is one such a woman that has come to symbolize the Woman-of-God in Ghana, through the utilization of her providential talent and the agility in the delivery of her musical prowess.

Dr Mary Ghansah is an ordained Minister of Elohim, the out-pour of testimonies that are been meted to her presence suggests she is such a person that has touched the lives of many and arrested lots of souls to the custody of God, through her ministrations.

Rev Mary qualifies as one of a kind that is the making of her own pedigree and in fact could be numbered as a virtuous woman, if ever there is a company of them around.

This is also a woman that time has become the rightful judge of the controversy that surrounded her pioneering work in the gospel music industry of Ghana.

She is born to the late Mr Joseph Ghansah and Madam Elizabeth Anderson all partly from Senya Breku, Anumabu, Saltpond and Accra in the Central and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana, on the Wednesday of May 13, 1959.

Rev Mary is the eldest of five siblings that comprise of two other women and two men.

She has strived to complete her tertiary education at The Glory Leadership College, where she studied theology and counseling.

Mary became a musician at the time she discovered her potentials with the Power House Evangelistic Ministry at Tema in 1974 at the age of 15 years.

Before Mary became an independent musician, she was a member of the Power House Evangelistic Ministry in 1974 and the Glorious Vibration Incorporated in1978.

While with the Power House Evangelistic Ministry, Mary fellowshipped with Dr Mensah Otabil the founder and the head pastor of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) Rev Edwin Otabil of the USA, Mr Harold Otabil, Pastor Apenteng, Mr Morrison Dove, Mrs. Grace Tweneboah, Rev. & Mrs. Acquah, Dr. Fletcher of the USA, Rev Dr Gordon Kisseh founder of the Miracle Life Gospel Church, and many others.

“Praise & Worship in Zion” was the three-day evangelism fiesta at the Meridian Hotel in Tema that catapulted Rev. Mary into her ministration career in 1986.

Ever since then Rev. Mary has criss-crossed Ghana with her team of musicians and evangelists in a crusade to impart the Word of God to the many youth in second cycle educational institutions and churches.


All You Need To Know About Ghanaian Gospel Legend, Mary Ghansah

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There are a lot of them that have been healed of their sicknesses, delivered from their spiritual bondage and those souls that have been arrested to the custody of the Almighty God.

All these have featured in the testimonies that have been showered unto her by the many that she now meets in the cities, towns and villages of Ghana.

Rev Mary is a talented gospel musician of our era; a prolific song writer, who composes her own songs. Above all her stage craft in delivering her performances surpasses many in the gospel industry.

In the forty years of her career as a renowned gospel musician, Mary has had to her credit over twenty gospel music Albums of which ONIPA BEN NI and NYAME NDAE are her favourite.

She has also won many awards, which include: the Entertainment Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ECRAG) Award for Best IN CONSISTENCY Gospel Album of the Year-1993; Unity Award; Freedom Concert Award-2013; and the Foot Print Music Award-2012, all to the Glory of God.

Her musical career has granted her the opportunity to travel to France, Belgium, Togo, Ivory Coast, UK, USA, and many other places in Ghana.

Some of Mary’s worship songs have been adopted for worshiping by the Christian churches in Ghana. Controversy surrounded her earlier musical career, when she pioneered music albums that featured worship songs-in-tongue; the kind of lyrics was considered to be an anathema to the music and press fraternity of the country.

Mary Ghansah has a lot of admirers including fellow musicians like Stella Ahenewa Dugan who professed that she admires Mary Ghansah a lot because of her tenacity in music, and the Daughters of Glorious Jesus who take her as their mentor.

Some of Mary’s music contemporaries have been the singing duo of the Tagoe Sisters, who she has been in constant communion with.

Currently, Rev Mary is a member of the ICGC Calvary Temple at Sakumono.

Rev Mary is the founder of Open Heavens Church, Shakina Temple, Ashiama, Tema.

Rev Mary also serves on the boards of some statutory and corporate institutions. These include:

● Director of Gospel Music, MUSIGA
● Member of the Ghana Gospel Industry Award Board
● Former Member of GAMRO board
● Board Member, Star of Hope( Swedish NGO)




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All You Need To Know About Nana Ama McBrown



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Nana Ama McBrown is a Ghanaian actress, TV presenter, and music writer. She rose to prominence due to her role in the TV series Tentacles. In addition, she obtained success for a double role in the Twi-language film, Asoreba. Besides acting, McBrown is a radio and TV personality, making her more famous.

Birth name: Felicity Ama Agyemang

Nickname: Nana Ama McBrown

Date of birth: August 15, 1977

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Place of birth: Kumasi, Ghana

Nationality: Ghanaian

Occupation: Film, television actress, TV/radio presenter

Employer: UTV

Sexuality: Straight

Hair colour: Black

Eye colour: Brown

Age: 44 years

Gender: Female

Weight: Approx 68 kg

Height: 1.67 m

Schools: St Peter’s International Residential School, Minnesota International, and Central International

Relationship: Married

Spouse: Maxwell Mawu Mensah

Daughter: Maxin Awushi Mensah

Stepchildren: Phoebe and Chauncey Mawu

Father: Kwabena Nkrumah

Mother: Cecilia Agyenim Boateng

Residence: Ghana

Instagram: @iamamamcbrown

Twitter: @iamamamcbrown1

Facebook: @Nana Ama McBrown

Net worth: $900,000

Early life

She was born on August 15, 1977, in Kumasi, Ghana. Her real name is Felicity Ama Agyemang. Her father’s name is Kwabena Nkrumah, while her mother is Cecilia Agyenim Boateng. Anne has six siblings. Her parents divorced while Nana was young. Her mother could not bring them up. Therefore, they were adopted by her aunt Madam Betty Obiri Yeboah, and Kofi McBrown. Following the adoption, they grew up in Kwadaso, Kumasi, Ghana.


McBrown schooled at St Peter’s International Residential School in her early years. She later joined Minnesota International and Central International. Nana did not sit for her Basic Education Certificate Exams as she dropped out of school before the exams were done. She Studied a secretarial certificate course at the College of Business. Career She started acting in 2001, with her first movie being That Day. She was employed to do costuming after answering an audition call by Miracle Films. During this time as she worked, she was able to snag the film’s lead role after being appointed by the director, Samuel Nyamekye. Nana’s performance in the movie That Day made her get a spot on the Tentacles TV series.

McBrown co-starred Agya Koo and Mercy Aseidu in the movie Asoreba. She has since appeared in other numerous films such as: He is mine, Nsem Pii, Kumasi Yonko ,Fools Paradise. Coming to Africa, Abro, Madam Moke, Girl Connection, My Own Mother and so many others.

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Due to her outstanding performance in her roles, Nana has received many honours and awards such as: Best English Actress, Best Actress in Leading Role, Best Traditional Movie, Best Story, Favourite Actress, Best Dressed Female Celebrity, Golden Actress, Female Actor of the Year.

Nana is also in the radio and television industry as a presenter. She is currently hosting the television cooking show McBrown Kitchen, and the entertainment talk shows United Showbiz on UTV. Her significant role in the industry has seen her bag accolades, including: Radio and Television Personality Award (2020), TV Female Entertainment Show, Host of the Year (2019-2020), TV Female Presenter of the Year (2019 – 2020).

During the third edition of the Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA) in 2020, Nana received an award for Outstanding Woman Brand Influencer. Nana Ama McBrown is also a brand ambassador of the Royal Drinks and McBerry biscuits.


Nana Ama McBrown married her longtime boyfriend, Maxwell Mawu Mensah, in 2016. Nana delivered a baby girl on February 21, 2019, in Canada. Nana Ama Mcbrown’s daughter is known as Maxin Awushi Mensah. Her husband, Maxwell Mawu Mensah, had two other children before meeting Nana. The children are Phoebe and Chauncey Mawu. Therefore, Nana Ama Mcbrown’s children are three, two being stepchildren.


In 2013, she was involved in a life-threatening motor accident on the N1 Highway in Accra. The accident left her with a fractured hand. She underwent surgery after the accident. However, she went for another surgery in 2021 in Germany for correction.

Nana Ama McBrown’s net worth 

She is the highest-paid Kumawood actress, and she has starred in 200+ films. Nana’s alleged net worth is $900,000 in 2021. Her wealth is from her career as an actress, brand ambassador, and radio/TV presenter.

Nana Ama McBrown is an excellent definition of a successful and determined female celebrity. Her parents divorced when she was still young. However, this did not stop her from achieving her goals. Although she did not sit for her basic education exam, she still succeeded in an area she never studied.





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Ghanaian Celebrities Who Make You Proud As A Ghanaian



Ghanaians have a lot to be grateful for, although, the country still needs to be fixed by ourselves and our leaders.

Ghana is one of the countries blessed with an abundance of natural resources which includes; gold, bauxite, manganese, oil, cocoa, shea butter, cotton, salt, and many more.

On the contrary, Ghana was recently ranked as the second most peaceful country in Africa behind Mauritius.

However, in the world of entertainment, Ghana hasn’t fared badly at all. Some of its talents are globally renowned and here, Let’s take a look at some of them who make us proud to be Ghanaians.

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He was severely criticized because of his ‘stubbornness’ in sticking with rapping in his local dialect, Twi. However, his vision and hustle paid off when in 2012, he bagged home the Best International Act Award during the BET Awards. He was also nominated for the same award in 2014 and 2015.

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Again, in 2019, Sarkodie gave Ghanaians another reason to be proud when he won the Best International Flow during the BET Hip Hop Awards.

He has also won an EMY Award and bagged a host of International Award nominations.

Michael Essien

He’s best known for his time at English giants, Chelsea FC, and is largely regarded as Ghana’s best player for the past decade. Chelsea FC coughed up £24.4million to purchase him from Olympique Lyon in August 2005. At the time, that was the highest amount of money splashed on an African footballer.

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Chelsea Will Win 2021/22 Premier League – Michael Essien Predicts

He was nominated for the 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year, but he placed 22nd. He was voted as the third-best African Footballer of the Year in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, he won the BBC African footballer of the year award.

In the 2006-07season, Essien was voted by Chelsea fans as the team’s player of the year. His beautifully placed strike against Arsenal was also voted as the Chelsea goal of the season in 2006-07.  Essien caused a lot of Ghanaians to support Chelsea FC and they are still supporting.


It’s of little surprise he’s referred to as ‘Afrocentric’. He’s one of the most eloquent Ghanaian artists, and as a result of the ingenious ways he goes about his music, he has given lectures at various foreign institutions such as; St. Lawrence University, Hamline University, Macalester College (his Alma Mater), and Penumbra Theater’s Summer Arts Institute.

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He received royalties from Pepsi after he lent his voice to them for their use in a jingle that was played nationally on U.S radio.

He has produced and co-written an independent mini Hip-Hopera for Channel O. He was also included in a feature-length documentary titled, ‘We Rock Long Distance’ by filmmaker Justin Schell.

He has received international recognition such as; City Pages’ Songwriter of the Year (2008) and America Composers Forum’s Minnesota Emerging composer Award  (2010).

Okyeame Kwame

He’s affectionately known as the ‘rap data. Now, hear this: On April 20, at the +233 Jazz Bar and Grill, Okyeame Kwame launched a 10-track album titled ‘Made in Ghana’ to restore patriotism and a sense of national pride which we believed that majority of Ghanaians were lacking.

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Okyeame Kwame Lists 5 Strong Reasons Couples Must Avoid Premarital S3x; Don’t Forget Number 4&5

In 2018, he was appointed as a brand ambassador by the Ministry of Trade and Industry for its Made-in-Ghana campaign.

Okyeame Kwame’s effort in promoting Ghana’s culture globally deserves notable mention and of course, as a result, he’ll make you proud to be a Ghanaian.

Shatta Wale

He’s presently trending for two reasons;

  • Excerpts of the much-anticipated video of ‘Already’, a song by Beyonce which featured Shatta Wale hit the internet two days ago and Ghanaians are going ‘crazy’ over it.
  • An Instagram account dedicated to publishing news on Meek Mill has hinted that Meek Mill will be featured on a Shatta Wale song. The post read, “seems #shattawale may have a record featuring #meekmill to be on his next mixtape for the land of Africa. If so it’s gonna be a bop
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Shatta Wale Makes U-turn, Shows Maturity And Apologies Over #FixTheCountry Rants

Among a myriad of international recognitions, Shatta Wale is a name you cannot forget and is one that makes a lot of Ghanaians proud.

Azumah Nelson

The Boxing Professor needs no introduction. He competed from 1979-2008. He held the WBC featherweight title from 1984-1987 and the WBC super-featherweight title twice, between 1988 and 1997.

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He was ranked as the 31st greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time by BoxRec. Here’s his amazing record; He has fought 47 times, won 39(28 by KO), lost 6 fights, and drawn 2 fights.


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