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Ghanaian Celebrities Who Make You Proud As A Ghanaian

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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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Sarkodie

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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Sarkodie Disclose The Ticket Prices For His Rapperholic Concert

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.

M.anifest

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.

M.anifest - Wikipedia

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
Shatta Wale Makes U-turn, Shows Maturity And Apologies Over #FixTheCountry Rants

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.

Source: GhanaArticles.com

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Lizzo

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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.

Lizzo

Lizzo

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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Meet The Top 6 Ghanaian Celebrities With British/American Accents

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We appear to love those people who have a bit of a foreign accent. I’m not talking about the fake accents o!

It explains why a lot of people are madly in love with Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., known popularly as Shatta Wale.

He has, on several occasions indicated his love for being real and has never tried to fake an accent, apart from times when he does his normal fun stuff.

Together with Kwaw Kese, they sang ‘ALLO’, a popular song that addressed fake lives and their consequences.

However, some Ghanaians have foreign accents, original accents, resulting from where they spent their youth. Let us take a look at some of them.

Efia Odo

Of course, she will be the first to come to mind. Her real name is Andrea Owusu. She was an assistant nurse based in the United States of America before her relocation to Ghana. She spent a lot of her childhood in the States and so it is understandable that she has a foreign accent.

Efia odo

Her foreign-based lifestyle is evident in the manner in which she posts semi-nude pictures. Efia Odo? Andrea said she got that name because she was born on Friday and that she genuinely loves people. She has made a lot of posts about altruism.

Reggie Rockstone

‘The Grandpapa’. His full name is Reginald Yaw Asante Osei. He was born in the United Kingdom and was a pioneer of the Hip-life movement in 1994.

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Reggie Rockstone

He’s one of the celebs with a foreign accent which he picked up from his days in the United Kingdom. He has been trolled by fans who assumed that he was faking his accent. This what was he had to say in response:

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“We are some hating ass Ghanaians, we hate ourselves. We hate ourselves, we hate ourselves so much. Ghanaians don’t like Ghana, we hate Ghana so much that we listen to Nigerian music all day”.

D’Black

His real name is Desmond Kofi Blackmore. He was born to Ghanaian parents, and so fans have been on his neck, accusing him of faking his accent.

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D’Black

Some also believe that he may have genuinely acquired the accent because of the fact that he has traveled widely.

He has performed in a lot of foreign cities including; London, New York, Johannesburg, Capetown, Amsterdam, Dubai, Toronto, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Boston, and so on.

Nadia Buari

Nadia Buari has been criticized by several fans for using a fake accent/locally induced accent.

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Nadia Buari

However, it might be an unfair judgment because not much is known about where she spent her early childhood days.

Tiffany

Her real name is Antoinette Tiffany Owusu. She’s also been criticized for using a fake accent. But after her sex tape was leaked, she has gone off the music scene.

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Tiffany

However, in 2018, Tiffany, in an interview said that her absence from the music scene was because she had set her sights on making money.

Sarkodie

Sark seems to have taken on a new passion, thus Pan-Africanism.

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Sarkodie

However, fans have noticed that when he’s conducting interviews or speaking in English, he tends to come with an American accent.

Source: Ghanaarticles.com

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Meet The 15 Highest Paid Presidents In Africa 2021, Akufo-Addo’s Position Will Shock You

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Most people wonder how much President’s make especially in Africa.

The fact is that, they mare quite a lot of money because they are considered as the most important people in their respective countries.

Below is the list of some 15 highest paid Presidents in Africa.

1. Paul Biya (Cameroon)

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Paul Barthelemy Biya, Cameroon President

Paul Barthelemy Biya a Mvondo is the President of Cameroon. he has being in power since 1982. He is the second-longest- ruling president in Africa, the longest-ruling non-royal leader in the world, and the oldest head of state in Africa. He earns $620,976 annually.

2. King Mohammed VI (Morocco)

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King Mohammed VI, Morocco

He is the king of Morocco and has being in power since the passing of his father King Hassan II in 1992. According to the American business magazine forbes, he was the richest king in Africa in 2014, and the 5th richest King in the world. He earns $480,604 annually.

3. Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa)

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Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa President

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa is a South African politician serving as President of South Africa since 2018. His annual salary is estimated to be $223,000.

4. Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya)

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Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya President

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the President of Kenya. He is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president. He has been in power since 2013. Uhuru’s tenure has been marred by endless cases of corruption and impunity. His estimated annual salary is $192,000.

5. Yoveri Musevini (Uganda)

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Yoveri Kaguta Musevini is the President of Uganda, he has being in power since 1986. He was re-elected for a sixth term in January 2021. His estimated annual salary is $183,216.

6. Abdelmajid Tebboune (Algeria)

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Abdelmajid Tebboune, Algeria

Abedelmadjid Tebboune is the President of Algeria, he has being in power since December 2019. His estimated salary is $168,000.

7. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea)

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Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea President

Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo is the president of Equattorial Guinea. He is the second longest consecutively serving current non-royal national leader in the world. His estimated annual salary is $152,680.

8. Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe)

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Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe President

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is the president of Zimbabwe, he has being in power since November 2017. His estimated annual salary is $146,590.

9. Dennis Sassou (Republic of Congo)

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Dennis Sassou, Republic of Congo President

Dennis Sassou Nguesso is the President of the Republic of Congo, he has being in power since 1997. His estimated annual salary is $108,400.

10. Alassane Ouattara (Ivory Coast)

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Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast President

Alassane Ouattara is the President of Ivory Coast and he has being in power since 2010. His estimated annual salary is $100,000.

11. George Oppong Weah (Liberia)

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George Manneh Oppong Weah, Liberia President

George Manneh Oppong Weah is the President of Liberia, he has being in power since 2018. He is the first African former professional footballer to become head of state, he is also the first African player to win the FIFA Ballon diOr award. His estimated annual salary is $90,000.

12. Paul Kagame (Rwanda)

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President Paul Kagame, Rwanda

Paul kagame is the President of Rwanda and he has being in power since 2000. His estimated annual salary is $85,000.

13. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Ghana)

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President Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana

Nana Akufo-Addo is the President of Ghana and he has being in power since 2016. His estimated annual salary is $76,000.

14. Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi)

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Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, Malawi

Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is the  President of Malawi and he has being in power since 2020. His estimated annual salary is $74,300.

15. Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria)

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Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria President

Muhammadu Buhari is the President of Nigeria, he has being in power since 2015. His estimated annual salary is $69,000.

Source: Ghanaarticles.com

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