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We’re saddened but encouraged by Ebony’s life, career- Pepper dem

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Women’s rights activists group Pepper dem says the death of popular female dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns will remain a black Thursday for many Ghanaians.

In a statement, the group says the artiste, born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng was a vibrant lady with a great purpose in life to overcome all odds.

Saddened by her death, but encouraged by her life and career, the group says the young musician has impacted her generation, notwithstanding the short time she had to spend on earth.

The following is the full statement;

PEPPER DEM MINISTRIES STATEMENT ON THE PASSING ON OF EBONY REIGNS.

We stand in mourning with the good people of Ghana on the shocking demise of the fast and promising Ghanaian female artist, Ebony Reigns.

Ebony lost her life in a gory accident on Thursday, Feb 8 and that day will forever remain a Black Thursday for us at Pepper Dem Ministries and for many Ghanaians.

As an organization, we are deeply saddened but also encouraged by her life and career, no matter how short it may have been.

Ebony was a young, vibrant and purposed lady whose daring take on life provides a unique example for many young Ghanaian women.

She constantly challenged and disrupted the status quo, this encourages us to do even more.

We will like to extend our deepest condolences to her family especially her father who played an undeniable role in her successful career. Our sincere condolences also go to her management, friends and loved ones and also to the family and friends of Franky and Lance Corporal Atsu who also lost their lives alongside Ebony.

As devastating as this loss is, we would like to encourage all Ghanaians to learn from Ebony’s life.

Ebony took charge of her dreams at a very early stage in unconventional ways, dropping out of school to pursue her passion. And while at it, she never for once gave in to the backlash that seemed to surpass her support.

In all of this, Ebony held on to the quality and goodwill of her fan base and persevered.

But for this unfortunate incident, she stood the chance of enjoying a very promising career in Ghana and beyond.

As an organization whose gender advocacy focuses on toxic gender narratives and stereotypes, Ebony embodied our goals effortlessly in her own way and held a dear spot in our hearts. She spoke, sang and performed on our behalf and on that of many young Ghanaian women in very unique ways.

Through her singing, she probed, questioned, challenged and made all of us uncomfortable with our social conventions in subtle ways. She dared to be different, free and true to herself. She owned her happiness in a world that prescribed happiness, especially for women.

As an organization, we’d like to bask in her contribution to the cause and carry on with the work she’s began.

Ebony will forever remain in our hearts, we soldier on knowing an ancestor came and lived amongst us.

Ebony, Damri fa due.

Due. Due Ne Amanehunu.

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Ebony’s death: MUSIGA demands dualization of intercity highways

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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.

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Madonna: My Son Will Be Malawi President

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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.

 

Source: BBC

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 Comedienne  Emmanuella Lands Disney Role

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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.

 

Source: BBC

 

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