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“Forget About These Celebrities & Invest In Something Better” – Fan Cautions Zylofon CEO

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A fan has thrown in a word of caution to Nana Appiah Mensah, CEO of creative arts and entertainment conglomerate, Zylofon Media and Investment Company, Menzgold.

In an instagram, NAM One as he is affectionately known shared a private message received from a fan on the photo/video sharing platform — cautioning him to stop investing in celebrities since it is a bad investment which does not accrue sufficient benefits.

According to the fan, celebrities do not add anything “substantial” to his investment and would only collapse his business as the case of Glo who failed woefully in Ghana even after undertaking heavy investments in celebrities.

The post however garnered enough comments, with people including some celebrities sharing their opinions on the subject.

Captain Planet of 4X4 fame who was not happy about the suggestion commented

Whoever u r pls mind ur own business. What makes u think this great business man doesnt know how to invest his money n if i may ask, r u the one to show him where to invest his money n where not to invest his money. He is not an illiterate he knows what he is doing so pls mind ur business . If u r saying glo has failed doesnt mean he is also going to fail. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS . This man is old enough to choose between the devil n the deep blue sea so mr. man MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. Showbiz = 50% show 50% business.

Nana Appiah Mensah however reacted to the message, stating that arts is indeed a profitable venture and its success/failure depends on who is in the helms of affairs.

He wrote

Based on the many comments on the subject as to whether or not; ARTS IS A LUCRATIVE VENTURE? the million and one answers all lies in ZYLOFON CASH. This system shall create an arts regime where all artists, managers, beat makers, even backing vocalists, songs/script writers, promoters/marketers, dancers/choreographers, most importantly investors, nationals or expats and ALL RIGHT OWNERS would earn hard Cash💵 for the usage of their creative materials/properties by a means called ROYALTIES, which is pivotal in the creative arts enterprise worldwide. I’m glad by yesterday’s topical discussion, following the many views, it emerged evidently clear that we have a very sensitive grave problem in our arts industry, identifying the problem is half the solution. Most importantly, lets dispel the misconception that, artists or as most people prefer to call them “celebrities” aren’t interested in investors having returns on their investments, I know they do, at least all the Zylofon signees does. They all wish investors can earn and earn many more, just so others can follow suit except that, they can’t help it as they have a very minimal role to play in the realization of that desired goal. Their job is to create and produce/record and I know all artists in Ghana discharge that burden happily and enthusiastically. The deficit here is an effective, efficient and very potent SYSTEMS & STRUCTURES that would be utilized to monetize the works these fine, hardworking and very committed Ghanaian artists or celebrities take lots of pains sacrificing many days and sleep times at nights recording. For example; @beccafrica and @stonebwoy gave Zylofon an album each ( a product ) to sell in other to split shares as agreed. At that point, their job is done. Therefore for anybody to say or even think that, these guys are lazy, insensitive, not committed, bent on causing losses or not great investments would be an unfair assertion to make and that misconception must be dispelled forcefully. All Ghanaian artists and celebrities are well talented and are worthy of any investment. I urge all Artists to be of good cheer and encouraged. Hope is here. I SHALL FIX THIS INDUSTRY, SO HELP ME GOD.🙏

Zylofon Media has signed five musicians – Kumi Guitar, Becca, Stonebwoy, Joyce Blessing and Obibini – to Zylofon Music, together with several Ghanaian actors.

 

 

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Pressure From Family Can Push People Into Wrong Marriages — Joselyn Dumas

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Undoubtedly in our part of the world, as a female getting towards a certain age if you’re not married the pressure starts to mount on you, especially from members of your own family who start questioning you in subtle and not so subtle manners.

This pressure can reach a tipping point and force some women into marriages they are not exactly prepared for.

Ghanaian actress and tv show host Joselyn Dumas succinctly elucidated this point of view during a recent episode of her weekly episodic talk show ‘Keeping it Real with Joselyn Dumas’.

The TV host had three guests on her show to discuss the issue of ‘Social Media and Marriage’ — how the new age of the internet has changed the institution and how people relate to it.

Joselyn Dumas opined that the incessant pressures families put on certain people to get married can push them into marriages they end up being miserable in because it wasn’t their choice to get married at that time.

Dumas illustrated her point by telling the story of a guy whose parents pushed them together simply because they were both Ghanaians living outside.

She said eventually she realized the relationship was being pushed for the wrong reasons and backed out.

“If I had made that mistake of probably going along with this guy I probably would have been very unhappy.” she said.

Dumas, who is a divorcee, said she would love to get married again someday, but not under duress from family or society which can lead you down the wrong path.

“I want to get married too because, obviously, for the companionship…Eventually when you are old and your kids are gone away you will want somebody to talk to. You want that friend, a best friend.

“After a while when you’re married the elders say that your husband becomes your friend or becomes your brother. For me that is one of the reasons that I will want to do that. But I also don’t want to get pressured into getting married…” she said.

Ghanaian-Canadian TV host Ivy Prosper, one of the guests, also narrated her experience with being pushed into marriage.

“…I’m not going to marry just anybody because people are telling me I have to get married.

“For instance, one of my aunts, she was like ‘Ivy, you haven’t married. I found a man he lives down the road. I actually brought him to the house to meet your mother so your mother knows who he is already’.

“Really? Just let me pick.” she said in exasperation.

The other two guests, Christal Beeko and Wendy Donkor, also added to the interesting conversation about marriage.

‘Keeping it Real with Joselyn Dumas’, the talk show created by the TV host and actress, airs every Saturday at 8:30pm on GhOne TV.

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The AMA’S Decongestion Of Accra, An Exercise In Futility?

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Almost every year, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) embarks on its routine decongestion exercise. This exercise is mainly characterised by threats and counter-threats between the sellers and the Metropolitan Security Committee which comprises of the police, the military and the AMA taskforce. Down the years, this exercise has proved to be highly ineffective. The traders move from their illegal spots, albeit temporarily only to move back when “the heat cools off”.

The AMA has made it an open secret that the activities of these hawkers go contrary to the AMA hawkers by-laws of 2011 and section 117(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012(LI 2180) and a breach of the above stated laws are punishable by the law. It is amazing how these laws exist and yet there is so much difficulty in enforcing them. The decongestion of Accra has always hinged on two factors namely: humanity and legality. Legality in the sense that, the activities of the hawkers/traders go contrary to the law and humanity in the sense that every human is entitled to the right to earn a living (second generation of human rights). We must note that there is always a justification when one violates the law. In this case, the justification from the hawkers/traders is always that they have to feed themselves as well as their families. Due to the justification provided, they go ahead to breach the laws of the nation because “man must survive”. The effects of the activities of hawkers/traders in Accra are well profound. These include increase in vehicular traffic, choking of gutters, increase in the activities of pick pockets and excessive loitering of the environments, just to mention a few.

Of course, no one will be happy to deny these hawkers a source of livelihood. The issue is that the right thing must be done without giving room to emotional manipulations. As we have seen over the years, so much energy is spent on driving these people away but little is spent in preventing them from coming back. The AMA must note that Ghana’s population has increased significantly and so there is a higher demand for goods and services. Adequate market centres would have to be provided to these hawkers at affordable costs so that they can also earn a source of living. Yes, they can be driven away but are adequate provisions made for them so that they can keep on doing their business?

It is as good as pouring water on stone if the AMA go about this decongestion exercise without having effective plans of building affordable trading centres for these hawkers/traders so as to contain them. Definitely, attempts will be made by these hawkers/traders to go back to their illegal sites and that is where the AMA must stamp their authority.

Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah said “We are encouraging all the hawkers and the petty traders to move back inside the markets. We want to fashion out a strategy to be able to sustain it”. Is it to say that there is yet no plan on how to prevent these traders/hawkers from moving back?

Is it apt to go into a war without any strategy on how to win? Your guess is as good as mine.

By: Baiden Gideon/EonlineGhana.Com

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