Saturday, December 19, 2015

‘Beasts of No Nation’ grabs 15 Ghana Movie Award nominations, upsetting local players

beasts-of-no-nation-Ghana-movie-awards-downCary Joji Fukunaga’s  African war  drama, Beasts of No Nation continues to receive rave reviews, awards and nominations but garnering 15 nominations at the just announced 2015 Ghana Movie Awards is perhaps the most controversial fete yet.
Based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala, ‘Beasts of No Nation’ was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and tells the story about a young boy who survives as his country goes through a horrific war.
The film was shot in Ghana and stars Idris Elba, Ama K. Abebrese, Abraham Attah, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe. But local movie players have argued that the fact that the movie was shot in Ghana does not make it a Ghanaian movie enough to sweep 14 Ghana Movie Awards nominations.
The agitated industry players were seen visibly arguing about the merits  of ‘Beasts of No Nation’ for the Ghana Movie Awards in the lobby of the Silverbird Cinemas, where the announcements were made on Friday, December 18.
Fred Nuamah, the founder and CEO of the Ghana Movie Awards also argued that once a movie is ‘produced by a Ghanaian’ then it qualifies for the awards. He cited Tony Tagoe and Danny Damah as the producers of the movie, thus the reason why Beasts Of No Nation qualified for the award. The two were therefore nominated for the Best Picture nod. The film’s IMDb page lists Daniel Damah as a line producer for Ghana, and Tony Tagoe as co-producer.
Beasts Of No Nation’s 15 Ghana Movie Awards nominations include Best Picture, Discovery Of The Year (Abraham Attah), Best Actor In A leading Role (Abraham Attah), Best Make-up and Hairstyle ( Chris Burgoyne and Rita Parklo), Best Sound Mixing (Geoffrey Patterson), Best Wardrobe and Costume ( Jenny Eagan/ Kayla Afriyie Frimpong), Best Editing ( Mikkel E.G Nielsen), Music -Original Score ( Dan Romer), Best Directing (Cary Joji Fukunaga)Best Production design (Tony Tomety and Miles Kristian), Best Visual Effects (Kevin Bitters), Best Cinematography ( Cary Joji Fukunaga), Actor In A Supporting Role (Idris Elba), Actor In A Supporting Role (Emmanuel Affadzi), and Best Screenplay ( Uzodinma Iweala, Cary Joji Fukunaga).

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mourinho memes: Twitter produces LOADS of Jose Mourinho jokes after sacking

ReutersChelsea manager Jose Mourinho gestures to Porto fans as they chant his name
Goodbye, old friend
It's happened. It's the big one. Jose Mourinho's been sacked by Chelsea . Scenes.
In one sense, it's surprising he hasn't gone already. Considering Roman Abramovich's record of giving Blues bosses the chop, the fact that it's even got to the point where the side are one point off the relegation zone is quite astounding.
Still, that doesn't soften the blow now it's finally fallen. The realisation of his exit is almost too much for us to handle.
It's certainly too much for rival fans on social media to handle, that's for sure. Even a quick glance at Twitter right now shows that Jose's sacking has basically smashed the internet into tiny pieces - the trolls are going absolutely berserk.
Luckily for you, we've taken more than a quick glance. Here's a full Twitter round up of the very best reaction out there - whether it's brutal, hilarious or downright farcical, it's all here for your viewing pleasure.

Some are pleased to see Jose leave the building...

Or very pleased, even...

Others are simply gobsmacked at the news...

While many feel Mourinho will be equally stunned...

Some reckon he won't accept the decision...

Others feel he'll be furious about Abramovich's decision...

Or very, very disappointed...

Some think he'll leave with a heavy heart...

While, finally, a few feel he'll at least leave with his dignity intact.

Oh, Jose. Where did it all go so wrong?

Goodbye, Special One. Goodnight, sweet prince.

Have Chelsea made the right decision in sacking Jose?


Chelsea kick Mourinho out!

The Portuguese boss, who has been under fire following the Blues' poor start to the season, has been relieved of his duties by club owner Roman Abramovich

According to widespread reports, Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Chelsea following the club's latest defeat, a 2-1 loss to Leicester City on Monday, capping off a poor start to the season that leaves the reigning Premier League champions 16th in the Premier League. 

The Blues boss has been under increasing pressure in recent weeks as the club have slumped to nine defeats in sixteen league games, following a 2015-16 campaign in which the Blues swept to the title. 

After the latest defeat, to Claudio Ranieri's Leicester, the Portuguese manager publicly criticised his players, suggesting that members of the playing squad had "betrayed" him and indicating his belief that last season's form was due to excellent managerial performances, raising the players above their natural level. 

Following those comments, Mourinho's relationship with the Chelsea boardroom and Roman Abramovich came under increasing strain and now the club have acted to remove their league-winning manager.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I’ll use Kantanka vehicles for 2016 campaign - Nana Addo

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) will rope in a few locally assembled vehicles from the Kantanka Automobile Ltd during its campaign for the 2016 general elections.

The flagbearer of the main opposition party Nana Akufo-Addo disclosed the party will purchase some of the pickups of the local vehicle manufacturer after a successful test drive on Monday.

“Earlier today, I test drove a Kantanka Omama pickup and promised to purchase a few for the upcoming campaign,” the three-time presidential candidate of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition said.

The former attorney general and minister of foreign affairs also gave the strongest indication that his government will support local companies.

“I assured the Management and Staff of Kantanka Automibile Ltd, and by extension all local manufacturing companies that if I win the 2016 election and become President, my government will support local, Ghanaian manufacturing companies,” Nana Addo posted on his Facebook wall.

The safety of the Kantanka vehicles has been approved by Ghana's Drivers Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

The Ghana Police Service is already using one of the pick-up trucks.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Reggie N Bollie are two clowns with no talent - Lord Sugar

It looks like English business magnate, media personality, and political advisor, Lord Sugar is not happy with Reggie N Bollie qualifying to the finals of UK X Factor 2015. 

The chairman of Amshold Group, owner of Amscreen and Amsprop expressed his disappointment in Simon Cowell for supporting the two Ghanaians.

To him, the X Factor was established to find special talent but Reggie N Bollie have on several occasions proved that they do not have the voice to sing.

According to him, Alan Michael Sugar, Baron Sugar, Che Chesterman who was evicted on the grand finale held on Saturday night at Wembley should win.

Sugar was chairman of Tottenham Hotspur from 1991 to 2001. Sugar appears in the BBC TV series The Apprentice, which has been broadcast annually since 2005 and is based upon the popular US television show of the same name, featuring the American entrepreneurDonald Trump.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2015, Sugar has joined the “billionaire’s club” with an estimated fortune of £1.4bn, and is ranked as the 101st richest person in the UK. In 2007, he sold his remaining interest in the consumer electronics company Amstrad, his largest and best-known business venture.

Reggie N Bollie placed 2nd during the finals held yesterday.

Read his tweets below:

2016 Election: A choice between chaos and incompetence - Tarzan

Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, a suspended member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has stated that the 2016 general elections would be a choice between chaos and incompetence.

According to Dr Wereko-Brobby, while the NPP, the main opposition party, is embroiled in internal wranglings and chaos, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has demonstrated gross incompetence in handling challenges confronting the country.

Thus the elections present an opportunity for Ghanaian electorate to choose between the NPP's chaotic manner of dealing with its internal problems and NDC's stark incompetence and ineptitude in the handling of the affairs of the nation which have driven the economy into the doldrums.

“I weep for Ghana because the 2016 elections will be between chaos and incompetence,” Dr Wereko-Brobby lamented.

Last Thursday, the NPP suspended its General Secretary, Mr Kwabena Agyepong and Second Vice Chairman, Mr Sammy Crabbe indefinitely.

The National Executive Committee at a meeting upheld the recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee that the two national executives should be suspended. Graphic Online gathers that the Disciplinary Committee recommended a 15-month suspension, but the NEC after its deliberations decided that the suspension should be indefinite.

The Disciplinary Committee made the recommendation after some party members filed petitions of misconduct against the two for openly questioning the party's decision to suspend its national chairman, Mr Paul Afoko. While Mr Agyepong appeared before the Disciplinary committee, Mr Crabbe boycotted it and questioned the powers to invite him.

Commenting on recent happenings in the NPP on Asempa FM, an Accra-based radio station, Dr Wereko-Brobby described the purported suspension of the National Chairman of Mr Afoko, by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party as a coup d'etat.

In his view, the people mandated to oust Mr Afoko from office “are the delegates who gave him the mandate and not a small group of disgruntled persons in the NPP.”

The NEC in a decision suspended the National Chairman following a recommendation by the Disciplinary Committee of the party.

This was after some party members had petitioned them over the conduct of Mr Afoko, which they deemed detrimental to the party's victory in the 2016 general election.

The decision has generated a lot of controversy, with supporters of the national chairman insisting that the NEC meeting is unconstitutional.

Dr Wereko-Brobby said members of the NEC who took the decision have done a grave disservice to their flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to him, the party, which is seeking to win power, has shot itself by the decision just months to the crucial 2016 general election. “Is the NEC behind or against Akufo-Addo? Today is a poor day for the NPP,” he bemoaned.

Dr Wereko-Brobby, popularly known as Tarzan, who is also serving a two-year suspension for misconduct, said he was saddened by the developments in the NPP.

He expressed disappointment in the NPP which most Ghanaians looked up to save them from the incompetent Mahama-led NDC.

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