Friday, January 5, 2018

I’m in Ghana to reconnect with my family – Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe and Wife Nicole Ari Parker

Hollywood actor of German and Ghanaian descent, Boris Kodjoe, has described as “extra special” his return with his family to his father’s homeland, Ghana.

According to him, he is happy to be back home to partly reconnect with his family in Ghana, as well as let his children experience Ghana for the first time.

“It is extra special for us to be here in Ghana, my father’s birth country. Anytime we are here, we feel at home. The kids are here for the first time and it has been an amazing experience,” he said when NEWS-ONE chanced on him and the wife in Accra at the Movenpick Hotel on Tuesday.

Boris arrived in Ghana last Sunday with Nicole Ari Parker and their two children. He is in town to host AITEO CAF AWARDS 2017 scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC). The event has also brought a number of international dignitaries to town, including soccer stars.

“It is double -whelming for me. Not only do I get to host an event that I have been watching for a long time, I have been a football player for a very long time. Growing between Ghana and Germany, football is number one. I have a number of friends who play in the leagues and so to be here to host and having us in Accra, it is a bonus for me,” Boris said about hosting the event in Ghana while he revealed he will be on stage with Nicole.

“This is also to reconnect with my family here and show my kids what Ghana is all about. They were very close to their grandfather and so to be here with them is amazing,” he added.

Boris shared his New Year’s message from Accra on Instagram saying, “Happy New Year from the Kodjoes.”

Boris was born to Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician, and Ursula, a German psychologist of partially Jewish descent.

According him, “I used to speak Ga when I was three to four years old and then I lost it all but I still can understand a lot.”

Boris expressed enthusiasm to co-produce a movie in Ghana to take to America. “I have been aware of what is happening in Ghana‘s movie industry. I produced a few TV shows in South Africa. I would love to produce some shows here. Maybe some movies. Maybe I could find a way to co-produce some stuff here and bring to America and not the other way round. I’m ready,” he added.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kantanka vehicle calls Akufo-Addo a thief

The Kantanka Mensah car called President Akufo-Addo a thief
when he alighted from it

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo seems to have found himself at the wrong end of the witty ingenuity of inventor Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Sarfo Kantanka.

A security feature installed in one of the vehicles outdoored by the Sarfo Kantanka automobile company exposes a third party who doesn’t own it but gets too comfortable over a period of time.

As is custom of Sarfo Kantanka products, all voice features/installations are in the twi local dialect hence it came as no surprise when the voice notifications from the car was barking orders to bystanders to pave way when it was reversing among other actions.

What however intrigued many gathered to watch the exhibits was when a car in which President Akufo-Addo was made to sit in to experience firsthand its features called the first gentleman of the land a thief after he alighted from it.

“Thief, thief… I’ve been robbed. Don’t you know that you are stealing from Odeneho Kantanka engineer 1? I’m not going to move and go anywhere. I’ll make noise until everyone is alerted of your presence”, the installed voice of the car announced.

The notification was met with a roar of laughter at the grounds. Perhaps to clear the air, Apostle Safo Kantanka explained that the President got that treatment because he was not the owner of the car.

President Akufo-Addo joined hundreds of Ghanaians to celebrate the innovative works of the founder of Kantanka Technology Center for Excellence of Apostle, Dr Kwadwo Sarfo on Sunday.

The 37th edition of the programme saw the display of locally made luxury cars including the Kantanka Mensah which is priced at GHC130,000 and the Kantanka Amoanimaa, which is sold at GHC70,000. Several other inventions were displayed.


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