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US RnB singer-songwriter James Ingram dies aged 66

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US RnB singer-songwriter James Ingram dies aged 66

US RnB singer-songwriter James Ingram dies aged 66

US RnB singer and songwriter James Ingram has died in Los Angeles at the age of 66.The Grammy winner and Oscar nominee had two number one hit songs, in 1983 and 1990.He also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s Pretty Young Things with frequent collaborator Quincy Jones.Ingram won two Grammys from 14 nominations, and was also nominated for two Academy AwardsActress and friend Debbie Allen announced his death on her Twitter page, saying she was “blessed to have been so close” to him. Entertainment news site TMZ reports Ingram had been suffering from brain cancer.

Born in Ohio in 1952, Ingram later moved to Los Angeles and began his career with the band Revelation Funk. He also played keyboards for Ray Charles before his own musical career took off.

He performed vocals on Quincy Jones’ 1981 album The Dude and won the Best Male RnB Vocal Performance Grammy for the song One Hundred Ways the following year, when he was also nominated for Best New Artist.

Jones and he would later co-write Pretty Young Things, the sixth single from Michael Jackson’s album Thriller. Ingram won his second Grammy for the song Yah Mo B There which he sang with Michael McDonald.

His first number one hit was the duet Baby, Come To Me with singer Patti Austin, and he would again top the charts with I Don’t Have The Heart.

The singer-songwriter also worked on film soundtracks. He was nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar Academy Award in 1994 and 1995 for songs from Beethoven’s 2nd and Junior, respectively.

More tributes from fans and friends have been posted on social media.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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Otumfuo’s daughter succeeds Berla Mundi on GHOne TV

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Otumfuo’s daughter succeeds  Berla Mundi on GHOne TV

Daughter of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the King of Asante takes over from Berla Addardey Mundi, as the new host of GhOne TV’s ‘The Late Afternoon Show’, Management of EIB Network has confirmed.

Berla Mundi divorced her relationship with the media conglomerate on Thursday August 15, 2019 and is heading for TV3’s Media General.

But EIB Network has since announced her replacement in the person of Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh, a General Practitioner at Clarion Health International and an advocate of Cervical Cancer awareness.

The official announcement on the Instagram page of GHOne TV sighted by MyNewsGh.com reads” Dr. Caryn Agyeman Prempeh is a medical practitioner with major interest in Global Public Health.

She an old student of St Roses Secondary School, Akwetia, further studied at Headington Girls School, Oxford, (United Kingdom), University College Of London – Biomedical Science, School Of Medical Science (KNUST) – Medicine, Queen Mary University of London – Masters in Global Public Health.

Dr Prempeh is the founder of a non-profit organization called CERVIVA focused on creating awareness and educating women on Cervical Cancer. She also continues to practice medicine with experience working at 37 Military Hospital – Accra, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital- Kumasi, and Abenkyiman Hospital – Kumasi. She is currently at Claron Health International – Accra as the Resident Medical Officer.

Away from all this, she also has In health Medical Solution that focuses on Healthcare Customer Service Training, Medical Supplies, Medical Tourism, Health and Preventative Medicine Education.

Today she is a medical doctor , with interest in Global Public Health focusing in Preventive Medicine and Female reproductive Cancers , especially cervical cancer in Ghana”

Source:mynewsgh.com

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Comedian Steve Harvey lands in Ghana for Year of Return

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Comedian Steve Harvey lands in Ghana for Year of Return

The Year of Return, an initiative aimed at marking 400 years since the first black slaves landed in Jamestown Virginia is taking off like fire.

Already, the initiative that urges Africans in the diaspora to come back home, has seen an array of celebrities make their way into Ghana to explore, learn and appreciate their roots.

American comedian and television host, Steve Harvey, has joined the array of African American diasporan who have visited to learn more about their roots to slavery.

The Minister of Tourism, Babara Oteng Gyasi and the Year of Tourism committee met up with the comedian at the W.E.B DuBois Centre in Cantonments, Accra.

Steve Harvey was greeted by Mrs Oteng Gyasi who disclosed she was ecstatic to have the actor visit the country.

The comedian is in town with his family to visit the various tourist sites including the castles where slaves were kept, learn more about Ghanaian music and also about the African roots.

Steve Harvey is not the only celebrity from the United States to have come to Ghana.

Actor Boris Johnson, in late 2018, along with some of his friends from Hollywood, came to the country to spend Christmas.

The team included Nicole Ari Parker, Diggy Simmons, Micheal Jai White, Anthony Anderson (of Blackish), Rosario Dawson, Jidenna, Cynthia Bailey, Bozoma Saint John and many others

They explored the castles, markets, traditions, culture. In their adventures and quest to learn more about traditions, Michael Jai White got enstooled as ‘Odupong’ of Akwamu Traditional Area by the Akwamuhene Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III – Akwamumanhene.

Also, in honour of the celebrations, the committee organised a music festival which saw sensational artiste Deborah Cox, Ernie Smith, Irvin Mayfield and reggae band Third World coming to the country to perform and explore the music, art and culture.

After tracing his roots to Gabon, ace actor Samuel L Jackson, also made his way to Ghana to shoot a documentary on slavery.

His adventures in the country included visiting local markets like Makola, fish markets in cape coast and many others to have a feel of the culture and the people.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Peace Hyde delivers keynote speech at Flourish Africa Conference

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Peace Hyde delivers keynote speech at Flourish Africa Conference

Unstoppable Peace Hyde just gave an incredibly powerful keynote speech for Africa’s richest woman whilst suffering from her leg injury.

Peace Hyde’s verbal delivery brought power to her words and tears to the eyes of over 1000 women at the 2019 Flourish Africa conference in Lagos, Nigeria. Hyde’s speech to the group of millennial women had the hallmarks of what you’d expect from a master orator: personal stories, wisdom, insights, humour and short, motivational sayings that are pure gold on social media.

The founder of education non-profit Aim higher and the head of digital media and partnerships for Forbes Africa graced the prestigious event, created by one of the wealthiest women on the African continent, Folorunso Alakija, with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion according to Forbes. It comes after Hyde suffered a grade three ligament tear to her right ankle over a month ago.

Still badly injured and struggling to walk in a cast, Hyde’s speech which stirred the audience’s emotions was focused on her remarkable journey where she overcame challenging obstacles to make the transition from a science teacher in the UK to one of the continent’s most successful media personalities and education activists.

She encouraged the women to not be scared to move in order to disrupt their environments and to use their skills to achieve their fullest potential through faith, hard work and perseverance.

Watch highlights below:

Source: Brenda Omawumi

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