Organizers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), Charterhouse Productions says the late Ebony Reigns still qualifies for the 19th edition of the awards.
Prior to her unfortunate sudden demise, Ebony had been widely tipped as a major candidate for this year’s top award, Artiste of the Year.
The 90s Bad Gyal as she called herself released several hits songs and her performances were the toast at many events in the course of the year.
She has been touted as a possible first female artiste to win the VGMA Artiste of the Year, but hopes were shuttered following her sudden demise.
However, the CEO of Charterhouse, Theresa Ayoade said even in death, Ebony still qualifies for nominations to all the categories of the awards, including Artiste of the Year.
She was speaking with Adom News Reporter Shine Acquah at a press conference of the 19th VGMAs.
The Charterhouse boss explained that the awards is not about the personality but about the work of the artiste, and there is evidence to show Ebony has worked hard over the period under consideration.
“We all know she has worked very hard the whole of last year and this is a very bad news to hit the industry. Her work is in the year in contention and her team has submitted everything in that regard, therefore, the public can vote for her when nominations are opened,” she added.
Mrs Ayoade said if Ebony’s work is adjudged winner of an award, the award will be presented as such in spite of her demise.
She urged the public to cast their votes for their favorite artiste including Ebony, adding that her demise does not make any difference at all.
Below is the proposed VGMA 2018 calendar.
Launch Party Friday 2nd March Accra – Movenpick
Nominees’ Jam Saturday 24th March – Cape Coast
Music Seminar 12th April – Movenpick
Main Awards Night Saturday 14th April – AICC
After Party – Saturday 14th April – TBD
Celebration Jam Saturday 28th April – Tema
The various categories are as follows:
RECORD OF THE YEAR
AFRO POP SONG OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
SONG WRITER OF THE YEAR
HIGHLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR
HIPLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR
AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
BEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR
HIPLIFE/ HIP HOP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
REGGAE/ DANCEHALL ARTISTE
HIGHLIFE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
HIP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BEST REGGAE DANCEHALL SONG
Ebony’s death: MUSIGA demands dualization of intercity highways
The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is demanding the dualization of major intercity highways in the country.
The president of the Union, Bice Osei Kuffuor, also known as Obuor, in an interaction with the press at the 1-week memorial of late dancehall musician, Ebony said the failure of successive governments to dualize major highways has resulted in several preventable deaths.
He said it was about time something urgent is done about the situation and the Union will embark on a massive campaign to demand action in that regard.
He bemoaned the increasing spate of road accidents resulting in the death of many Ghanaians.
Obuor told the press that, “when Ebony died, she didn’t just die, it calls for a revolution for us to make a movement towards solving this problem of road carnages. Ghana must welcome us. We will be coming to the districts, regions, cities to solicit for public consensus because it is about time that Ghana as a country has dual carriage roads across all regions. And that is something that we want Ebony’s [death] to be remembered for.
He said MUSIGA will champion the campaign through important collaborations with governmental and arts bodies including the GHAMRO to ensure that road carnages are significantly reduced.
Ebony, born, Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng died in a road accident on February 8, 2018 when a jeep she was travelling in skidded off its lane and ran into a VIP bus at Mankraso in the Ashanti Region.
Her death brings to memory other similar events involving celebrities such as Suzzy Williams, Terry Bonchaka, Kwame Owusu-Ansah and Vybrant Faya.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Catherine Abelema Afeku, has said her Ministry will embark on a road safety awareness campaign to ensure sanity on the roads to save more lives.
Speaking at Ebony’s one-week memorial service on Sunday, she charged players in the entertainment industry to take the lead in road safety campaigns.
“This is a rallying call for the musicians, the artistes of Ghana to come together and to make a bold statement on road safety on the lives of the precious talent and creative citizens of this country, and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture will support you,” she said.
Madonna: My Son Will Be Malawi President
Pop star Madonna has called her son, David Banda, “the future president of Malawi” in a tweet praising the 12-year-old.
The US singer has six children, four of whom she adopted from Malawi.
The singer has reportedly had a fractious relationship with Malawi’s authorities.
In 2013, Malawi accused Madonna of “bullying state officials”, exaggerating her contribution to the country and demanding VIP treatment.
Madonna’s manager accused Malawi’s government of having a “grudge” against the singer’s charity, Raising Malawi, which she founded the same year she adopted David.
Last year, Malawi granted Madonna permission to adopt two more children, and she became mother to twin baby girls Esther and Stella Mwale.
Comedienne Emmanuella Lands Disney Role
Popular Nigerian child comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, has announced she is going to work for Disney.
The seven-year-old child star made the announcement on her Instagram page by posting a picture of herself on set.
On the post she thanked all her supporters and said, “I never dreamed of being here so soon.”
She then made a joke about her outfit in a second post.
Emmanuella stars as one of the characters in a hugely successful comedy channel on YouTube – Mark Angel Comedy. The channel regularly gets millions of views.
There were more than seven million views for one of her skits, which showed the mischievous trait she is well known for.
Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki was among the high-profile people to congratulate her.
In 2016, she was awarded the Best New Comedienne and Princess of Comedy at the Afro-Australia Music and Movie Awards in Australia. She is also the first African to have one million subscribers on her YouTube comedy channel.
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