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Entertainment roundup: Stories that made headlines for the week

From Nollywood mourning the death of Stella Ikwuegbu, to the National Film Authority issuing a directive to all Ghanaian television channels, requiring them to obtain permission from copyright owners before broadcasting any films, read a roundup of the most captivating storylines in entertainment this week

The entertainment world has seen a lot of events this week, including Nollywood actress and producer, Funke Akindele calling on women to be enterprising and self-reliant, Mark Darlington Osae, echoing his disappointment in the Supreme Court ruling on FDA’s ban on celebrities endorsing alcohol and many more.

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

Veteran Nollywood actress Stella Ikwuegbu is dead

Veteran Nollywood actress Stella Ikwuegbu is dead.

This was made known on Sunday (16 June) by movie producer, Stanley Nwoko, otherwise known as Stanley Ontop, via his Instagram page.

He revealed that the actress passed away, Sunday, June 16th, after battling with leg cancer.

Nwoko wrote: “Nollywood actress and veteran Mrs Stella Ikwuegbu is dead. The veteran actress left this world today after battling with leg cancer. Rest well, Madam Stella. Nollywood again. It’s well.”

The late actress began her career in 1990, appearing in numerous films such as ‘Spoiler,’ ‘Ukwa,’ ‘Sound of Love,’ ‘Holy Man,’ ‘Two Hearts,’ ‘Heart of Stone,’ and ‘Madam Koikoi,’ among others.

Hailing from Enugu, she was not only an actress but also a businesswoman.

Ikwuegbu is a graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) in Enugu State.

Alcoholic beverage ban case: I’m disappointed in Supreme Court ruling, says Darlington Osae

Mark Darlington Osae, the plaintiff in the case against the Food and Drug Authority (FDA), which sought to overturn the ban on celebrities promoting alcoholic beverages, expressed disappointment with the verdict.

On Wednesday (19 June), the Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit challenging the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidelines for using celebrities to advertise alcoholic products.

Reacting to the verdict, Osae told Nana Akua Obomengniibaa, host of The Juice on Asaase 99.5 Rush Hour, “I am obviously very disappointed. We are disappointed at the outcome.We were expecting a different outcome.”

Unfortunately, it did not go our way. Two of the Supreme Court judges voted in our favour, whilst the other five voted in favourof the FDA and the AG office, which is quite unfortunate,” Osae said.

“We still believe… [that] the directive by the FDA is still discriminatory against a certain group of peoplebased on their occupation, and I’m talking mainly the creative space here.”

In a ruling Wednesday 19 June 2024, a seven-member panel of the apex court held that the FDA guideline is not unreasonable, nor does it contradict Article 17 (1) of the 1992 Constitution.

Osae added that other laws that hinder the progress of the creative sector should be contested in court.

“We were also seeking clarification on what they mean by well-known persons in their directive,because what happens if someone unknown advertises today, and within a few weeks,they blow up and they become huge, everyone recognises them.They are still allowed to advertise for the rest of the year.”

The FDA had previously issued a directive prohibiting celebrities from advertising alcoholic beverages.

The FDA’s directive, which barred the use of celebrities in advertisements for alcoholic beverages, was aimed at protecting minors from being influenced by celebrities into alcoholism.

However, the plaintiff in the case, Mark Darlington Osae, manager of hip-hop artists -Reggie ‘N’ Bollie and Skrewfaze, was seeking an order from the apex court to rule the FDA’s guideline as unconstitutional as it violates the right to non-discrimination as guaranteed by Article 17 of the 1992 Constitution.

Stonebwoy expresses disgust by galamsey activities

Stonebwoy
Stonebwoy

Stonebwoy, a dancehall artist, has expressed concern about the poor state of Ghana’s water bodies as a result of galamsey activities.

The 25th TGMA Artiste of the Year took to X, formerly Twitter and shared a video of the state of some river bodies in the Western Region.

Stonebwoy took the video of the river bodies when he visited Samreboi last week to perform at the coronation of Samatex as winners of the 2024/2025 Ghana Premier League.

In his tweet on X, the ‘Overlord’ crooner asked Ghanaians to be concerned about the message he’s preaching which is an end to galamsey rather than the messenger (which is the artiste).

“The message. The message not the Messenger. I love Ghana,” Stonebwoy tweeted as he shared a video of the polluted river.

This is not artiste’s first time of speaking against Galamsey. He has previously spoke bitterly against illegal mining and how lands and river bodies are being destroyed by the menace.

KODA’s burial on 5 July postponed

The burial date for esteemed Ghanaian gospel musician Kofi Dua Anto, popularly known as KODA, has been moved from its original date of July 5, 2024, to September 20, 2024.

 This change was announced through a post on the late singer’s official Facebook page, causing a shift in the plans for his final farewell.

The initial funeral rites were set to take place on Friday, July 5, at the KICC on Spintex Road in Accra.

The updated post stated, “We wish to inform all well-wishers, friends, ministry partners, and the general public that the date for the celebration of life for our beloved brother Kofi Dua Anto has been changed from 5th July 2024 to 20th September 2024.”

The esteemed Takoradi-based musician passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2024, after a brief illness .

He was 45 years old and is survived by his wife and three children.

KODA’s music legacy includes hits like “Nsempii”, “Nkwa Abodoo”, “Yapai” and “Adorso”

 

TV channels must get approval before airing films, says NFAJuliet Asante

The National Film Authority (NFA) has issued a directive to all Ghanaian television channels, requiring them to obtain permission from copyright owners before broadcasting any films on their platforms.

This move comes after the NFA received numerous complaints from global film distributors about unauthorised broadcasting of movies by some terrestrial channels and media houses in Ghana.
In a statement, the NFA said broadcasting movies without authorisation violates their exclusive rights and constitutes copyright infringement, which attracts both civil and criminal liabilities.
According to NFA, the directive is to protect the intellectual property rights of copyright owners and ensure that the Ghanaian film industry operates within a legal and regulated framework.
“The directive is in accordance with the authority’s statutory function of ensuring compliance with laws regulating copyright within the Ghanaian film industry as set out in section 3(e)(iv) of the Development and Classification of Film Act 2016 (Act 935).”
“If any channel or media house is found to be broadcasting a movie or film without the requisite authorisation, they must immediately cease and desist from broadcasting until the necessary authorization is obtained,” part of the statement reads.

 

See the full statement below:

There’s nothing wrong with creatives endorsing political parties – Akofa Edjeani

Veteran actress Akofa Edjeani has said there is no harm with creatives endorsing and associating with a particular political party.

She explained in an interview on 3FM’s Sunrise, Friday, June 21 that all persons have their right to choose political parties they affiliate with and creatives are no exception.

“I really don’t think there is anything wrong with that because we all have our political affiliations and so if you are a creative person you feel like endorsing a party, there’s nothing wrong with that,” she told host, Johnnie Hughes.

According to her, the “pettiness” of Ghanaians has rather misconstrued such act and caused hate against creatives who chose to associate with a particular political party.

“…your business suffers, everything you do, if you are not lucky that your candidate wins and the opponent come to power, you are dead. They will sabotage everything and anything that you do. I think its very unfortunate and for me I think its petty,” she stated.

Akofa made comparisons to the American showbiz industry, highlighting the likes of Oprah Winfrey who publicly associate with political parties and face no punishment for their choices.

Recalling a vivid experience, Akofa lamented that while the NDC’s flagbearer was in power, she benefited from his policy to give out cars to some creatives who could not afford to purchase cars at ago.

She said they were made to pay for the cars in installments through an account given to them. However, she claimed that President Akufo-Addo assumed power, the  vehicle was taken from them for no reason while they did not receive and refund.

“He [John Mahama] started with 50. They gave 25 to Kumasi and the North and 25 to  Accra for both actors and musicians and these are not flashy cars. I got i10. When NPP came to power, my car was taken away.

“My son was driving it, it had tracker because we were paying for it, we had years to be paying for it. When they came to power, they tracked it, my son was driving it, they stopped him and took the car away,” she narrated.

Funke Akindele: Women don’t need to depend on men to be successful

Renowned Nollywood actress and producer, Funke Akindele has called on women to be enterprising and self-reliant.
In a recent interview with Nigeria’s Arise TV, the filmmaker emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship for women, regardless of their circumstances.

Akindele urged women not to depend on men for success, highlighting the potential for women to achieve financial independence.

“Who says women can’t make money?” she asked, referencing successful female entrepreneurs like Folorunsho Alakija. “You don’t have to rely on a man to make it.”

She also advised young women to stay content and focused on their goals, rather than envying others and living beyond their means.

“Whatever you have, just start something. Move. Don’t wait for the big opportunity. Even if it’s petty business, just start something,” Akindele said.

Reflecting on her own journey, Akindele shared, “I used to buy my handbags from ‘bend down select.’ I would wash and iron them and slay with them. Even with the cheap bags, I still felt good. Just believe in yourself.”

She also stressed the importance of positive influences and avoiding negativity. “Content that would drive you crazy, people that would say things that would upset you, toxic people—avoid them. Because you’re growing in a new space. It’s what you feed yourself with that matters.”

Efya to FDA: Reconsider ban on celebrities from endorsing alcoholic beverages

Ghanaian musician, Efya Nokturnal has urged the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to reconsider its ban restricting celebrities and well-known personalities from endorsing alcoholic beverages.

The FDA had previously issued a directive prohibiting celebrities from advertising alcoholic beverages.

The FDA’s directive, which barred the use of celebrities in advertisements for alcoholic beverages, was aimed at protecting minors from being influenced by celebrities into alcoholism.

In an exclusive interview with Asaase News, Efya highlighted the financial implications for artists and the broader market due to the ban.

On Wednesday (19 June), the Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) guidelines for using celebrities to advertise alcoholic products.

She appealed for a review of the ruling, stating, “The FDA does not want us to sign for alcohol; it needs to be sorted out.”

“We are losing so much money. The alcohol brands don’t want to sponsor shows and it’s not just for us; it’s for the market as a whole. So please FDA, we promise that we’ll be good. Whatever they need us to do, we’ll do it, but at least they should let us make this bag.”

“Some of these bags are big. I was so close to getting a Hennessy deal, but I lost it because we can’t. That alcohol bag is a big bag. It’s just we need to stick to the rules; they should give us rules and we’ll stick to it.”

Concerning the deal she almost signed with Hennessy, she said, “Hennessy can do good things. It’s not just about them sponsoring the act of drinking; the money is for sponsoring things like charities.”

“Isn’t that good for the kids? Think about all the money that we will lose if the money doesn’t come to us. If the money doesn’t come to us, it goes to somebody else.”

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