Entertainment roundup: Stories that made headlines for the week

From Shatta Wale donating GHC30,000 to the Buz Stop Boys to Bawumia donating GHC100,000 to ailing gospel legend Yaw Sarpong, let’s take a look at some highlights of entertainment stories that made headlines for the week

From Shatta Wale donating GHC30,000 to the Buz Stop Boys to Bawumia donating GHC100,000 to ailing gospel legend Yaw Sarpong; let’s take a look at some more highlights and insights.

As we look ahead to the coming week, we can expect even more surprises, twists, and turns in the ever-evolving world of entertainment.

Shatta Wale donates GHC30,000 to Buz Stop Boys to support sanitation campaign

Ghanaian dancehall artist Shatta Wale teamed up with Buz Stop Boys, a local group dedicated to keeping Ghana clean, for a community clean-up event on Wednesday (12 June) in Alajo.

He also donated GHC30,000 to support the Buz Stop Boys’ mission.

Shatta Wale emphasised that maintaining a clean environment benefits everyone’s health and promised to provide additional assistance in the future.

“All these clean-ups going on here, let’s maintain it so we can raise more money to support the community like this. Let’s help ourselves by ensuring cleanliness here,” he said

Nigeria, South Africa battle as Netflix reveals most watched movies/series 2023

The rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa has been taken to the Netflix streaming platform as both countries totally dominate the list of most watched movies/series in Africa in 2023.

This information is contained in a Netflix Engagement Report capturing Netflix viewership from January to December 2023.

In the top 13 films released, Nigerian movie “The Black Book” starring RMD, Sam Dede and others is declared as the most watched film in Africa. Out of the 13 films ranked, Nigeria has 6 spots while South Africa has 7. No other African country showed up in the top 13 released.

According to the published report, consumers watched 90 billion hours of Netflix in the second half of 2023 while the total for the year stands at 183 billion hours.

The ranking of the films is based on views which are calculated to be the total hours watched divided by the runtime.

At the number one spot is Black Book (Nigerian) with 28.3 million views, an Anakle film produced in September 2023.

In the second and third places are Fatal Seduction (18.3M views) and Unseen (18M views) respectively. Both are South African series produced in July 2023 and March 2023 respectively.

In the 4th, 5th and 6th places are Number Number, a South African movie with 10M views; Blood Vessel, a Nigerian movie with 8.9M views; and Shanty Town, a Nigerian series with 8.2M views.

Another Nigerian movie, A Sunday Affair is at No 7 with 7M views. Silverton Siege, a South African movie and Jagun Jagun (Nigerian movie) are 8th and 9th with 6.7M views and 4.9M views respectively.

At 10th, 11th and 12th are Queenstown Kings (South African movie) with 4.3M views; Kings of Jo’burg (South African series) with 4.1M views; and Young, Famous and African (Nigerian series) with 3.5M views.

Lil Win’s wife prays over his trial following accident

The wife of actor, Lil Win broke down in tears as she offered a heartfelt prayer for her husband, who is facing jail.

This was after an accident he was involved in resulted in, the death of a 3-year-old boy.

The actor has been charged with dangerous driving and negligently causing harm. He has since been granted a GHC50,000 bail.

With deep emotion, Maame Serwaa prayed for divine protection and support for Lil Win’s wellbeing.

She is confident the trial he is currently facing will pass in the shortest possible time and their life will soon be filled with the happiness it deserves.

Currently, Lil Win is facing legal action over the death of a 3-year-old during an accident involving his Benz and two other vehicles on the Amakom road.

There are no “beefs” in the gospel music industry, says Joe MettleJoe Mettle on Asaase Café 995

The award-winning Ghanaian gospel singer Joe Mettle has declared that the gospel music fraternity has no room for rivalries.

According to him, gospel artists serve the same purpose in worshipping the same God, so there are no “beefs”.

“Beefing” in the music industry is rivalry or disputes between artists, and the form of quarrelling is almost as old as the music industry itself.

Speaking to Caroline Sampson on Asaase Café, Mettle said: “Are there beefs in the gospel industry? I’m not sure there are any.

“In the gospel [music] industry, we are serving the same Lord; it’s just that He gives diverse gifts unto us where, together, we bring it to honour Him.

“So, if we are both honouring and serving the same master, why are we beefing?”

Rotten beefer

He added, “We are serving the same body. You may be the hand, someone else will be the legs, and together we make the same kingdom and bring glory to God.

“So, why do I have to beef with you? There is no need for that. I am actually the worst person to have a beef with.

“When the negativity comes, I identify the God factor in it, and when I do it works together for my good. By God’s grace, I have achieved certain feats based on negativity that came but I didn’t allow it to get to me.

“I don’t waste my pain, and I don’t waste my challenges; I utilise them for good,” Mettle said.

Bawumia donates GHC100,000 to ailing gospel legend Yaw Sarpong

Yaw Sarpong had been unwell for some time now. Dr Bawumia, who was on a campaign tour in the Ashanti Region, seized the opportunity to visit the ailing musician.

Bawumia was accompanied by Ashanti Regional NPP Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako (alias Chairman Wontumi) and fellow gospel musician Nicholas Omane Acheampong.

Explaining their visit, Chairman Wontumi said he was informed by Nicholas Omane Acheampong about Yaw Sarpong’s illness. He then informed the Vice President upon his arrival in Kumasi.

Before his departure, Dr. Bawumia presented a cash donation of GH₵100,000 to support the ailing musician. An appreciative Yaw Sarpong expressed his gratitude by greeting the Vice President while Prophet J.Y. Adu – a popular Kumasi-based Prophet also thanked and wished the Vice President well.

Yaw Sarpong is currently recuperating at the residence of Prophet J.Y. Adu.

Stonebwoy: I’m a married man, I don’t do rivalries

Award-winning Ghanaian dancehall artist Stonebwoy, has said that his rivalry days with artists in the industry are behind him.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (12 June), Stonebwoy said, “I’m not in any rivalry with anybody.”

“I just have to state that because this is a good opportunity to let the world know I’m not in a rivalry situation. I’m a married man.”

According to the 2024 TGMA Artist of the Year, “I’m solid. I’m not fighting anyone. We can all see.”

Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, two of Ghana’s most popular dancehall musicians, have been known to be feuding for years.

However, according to Stonebwoy, “a beef is when you get replies. A rivalry is when it’s back and forth. So it’s not worth it. It’s not qualified to be called a rivalry…”

Although both artists have sought out peace in the past, it’s been a tipsy-turvy relationship for two of Ghana’s biggest artists.

I was arrested every week for drug dealings, says Dr. Likee

Ras Nene (Dr Likee)

Ghanaian actor Dr. Likee, has opened up about his involvement in illicit drug trade.

The skit maker revealed this in an interview with Emelia Brobbey on her Okukuseku show that he was introduced into the sale of drugs by a man he describes as his boss who he said arrived from the United States.

In desperate search of money and employment, Dr. Likee said he joined the illicit sale of drug trade and was making money which made him live luxurious lifestyle.

Speaking in the interview, Dr. Likee noted that he even adviced ex-convicts not to be involved in armed robbery and rather sell drugs because robbery could cause death unlike the illicit drug trade.

“When you are on the street, the idea is to make money, and there are ways to do so without necessarily engaging in armed robbery. So if you are bold, you can engage in dealing with illicit drugs. Every week I used to go to the police station because I was arrested,”

Dr. Likee continued. “I could even introduce someone who has come out of prison to the illicit drug business instead of the person engaging in thievery. With the drugs, they don’t beat you when arrested, but with robbery, you could be crushed to death. The drug business was very lucrative.”

He said at a point he was even thought not trust anyone including his mother and girlfriend due to the kind of business he was involved.

He recounted he was accused of being an armed robber by his close friend because he was always at home during the day but only worked at night.

According to him, he’s been convicted six times of his involvement in the sale of drugs stressing that he was betrayed by his friends.

Dr. Likee has made a great comeback from his past to become a well-known actor in the Kumawood industry.

He has maintained his strong presence in the entertainment industry mainly with his skits on YouTube.

As we bid farewell to the week that was, we can only look forward to what the next week will bring in the world of entertainment.

Stay tuned for more updates, highlights, and insights as we continue to explore the fascinating and ever-changing landscape of entertainment.

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