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Eugene Selorm Owusu

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About Eugene
Eugene Selorm Owusu, born on June 21, 1991, is a dedicated freelance journalist and media practitioner based in Accra, Ghana. An alumnus of the University of Ghana, Owusu has developed a reputation for his insightful coverage of media, entertainment, and social issues, with a particular focus on the Ghanaian scene and the wider African continent. His journalism career is marked by a diverse portfolio that includes in-depth analysis of reality TV shows, such as Big Brother Africa, and its significant pan-African representation, as well as critical reviews of local productions like the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, where he has offered constructive suggestions to improve the live broadcast experience.

Owusu's writing is characterized by a blend of professional critique and personal narrative, exemplified by his pieces on media personalities like Berla Mundi, whose evolution from beauty pageant contestant to a leading figure in Ghanaian media he has both chronicled and applauded. He is an advocate for women's empowerment, defending the right to self-expression through fashion without facing societal judgment. His investigative skills are evident in his work on figures like Dr. UN, where he underscored the necessity of verifying claims to academic achievement.

Beyond entertainment, Owusu's journalistic endeavors extend to the music industry, reporting on album releases by artists such as Ghanaian musician Remy J. He also engages with social activism, spotlighting initiatives like Drea Pizziconi's campaign for girls' education in Africa. His interest in travel and adventure led him to cover Nicholas Afedi Donkoh's road trip from France to Ghana, a journey that sought to dispel stereotypes and celebrate Ghanaian culture. Furthermore, Owusu has reported on significant diaspora events, including the FACE List Awards in New York City, which recognizes distinguished members of the pan-African community. His work consistently reflects a deep commitment to exploring and sharing stories that shape the social and cultural landscape of Ghana and Africa.
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December in GH: How Ghana Has Become the World’s Playground

04 Apr 2024  |  modernghana.com
The article discusses the 'December in GH' initiative by the Ghana Tourism Authority, which aims to promote Ghana as a prime tourism destination during the Christmas and New Year season. The initiative has transformed the festive season in Ghana, attracting tourists and celebrities worldwide, particularly from the African diaspora. The influx of visitors has led to increased traffic and a boost in business, especially in Accra, the capital city. The article highlights the non-stop entertainment events and the 24-hour economy that comes alive during this period. It also touches on the potential downsides, such as overindulgence and the rise of 'sex tourism.' The author suggests moderation and caution during the celebrations and calls for government support for the entertainment industry to foster happiness and stability in the country.

Long live, Berla "Mundi"!!

04 Apr 2024  |  modernghana.com
The article is a personal account of the author's admiration for Berla Mundi, a media personality and former contestant of the Miss Malaika beauty pageant. The author recounts Berla's participation in the 2010 edition of the pageant, her wins in specific tasks, and her eventual placement as 2nd Runner-Up. Post-pageant, Berla Mundi successfully transitioned into show business and has become a respected media figure in Ghana. The author also comments on Berla's fashion sense, particularly during her appearance as an MC at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. The article criticizes the double standards of public opinion on women's fashion choices and advocates for women's freedom to dress as they please without being judged on morality or decency.

The Unsung Hero of Ghana's Entertainment Industry: Mantse Aryeequaye

04 Apr 2024  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article discusses the career and contributions of Melvin Nii Mantse Aryeequaye, known as Mantse, to Ghana's entertainment industry. Mantse, initially a teenage rapper and member of Funky Functure, transitioned to broadcasting at Radio Gold and became a pioneer of entertainment punditry in Ghana. He also worked as a video editor and voice-over artist at Metro TV, produced music videos, and managed artists like MzBel. Mantse participated in MTV Base and Shell's 'Making the Video Challenge with Shell' in 2008, where his team's music video placed second. He contributed to 'Entertainment Today' magazine and produced content for M-Net's 'Studio 53'. Mantse is also the founder of the Chale Wote Street Arts Festival, which promotes Ghana's tourism, arts, and culture. The article is written by Eugene Selorm Owusu to celebrate Mantse's achievements and impact on the industry.

Bishop Herman, OLA Old Students Set for Pre-BHOBU Games Health Walk

04 Apr 2024  |  modernghana.com
Old students from Bishop Herman College and OLA Girls School are preparing for the 2018 BHOBU Games with a health walk. The event, organized by BHOBU and POGA, is scheduled for June 2, starting at the Ayi Mensah toll booth. The walk aims to foster camaraderie among alumni and current students, promote health and wellbeing, and raise awareness about preventing cardiovascular diseases. Samuel Gedzah, part of the organizing team, encourages widespread participation. The health walk is supported by Newco Logistics and Catering Services, with Joy Sports and TV3 Ghana Network as media partners.

Reggie Rockstone Bares It All On Voice Of America

04 Apr 2024  |  modernghana.com
Reggie Rockstone, also known as Reginald Yaw Asante Ossei, is set to appear on Voice of America's (VOA) 'Music Time In Africa' show to discuss the Hiplife music genre, which he pioneered in the mid-90s. The England-born Ghanaian artist will share his musical journey, including his work with the Hiphop group in the UK and his decision to move to Ghana in 1994. He will also talk about his current involvement with the Hiplife group VVIP. The interview, hosted by Dr. Heather Maxwell, promises to reveal new insights into the origins and inspirations of Hiplife. It will air on January 8 with repeat broadcasts on January 13 and 14.

The 'Stop AIDS Love Life' Campaign: Ghana's Musical Fight Against HIV/AIDS

04 Apr 2024  |  modernghana.com
The article discusses the history and impact of the 'Stop AIDS Love Life' campaign in Ghana, launched on World AIDS Day to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The campaign was a collaborative effort between various organizations, including Lintas Ghana Limited, the Ghana AIDS Commission, and the Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins University, with funding from USAID. It featured a wide range of educational materials, including a radio drama and a music video featuring prominent Ghanaian musicians. The campaign aimed to promote abstinence, fidelity, and condom use to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The success of the campaign's radio show led to the creation of a popular TV series, and the music video was broadcast widely, including on M-Net's network.

Jubilant Tsama aka J Victory

03 Jan 2024  |  modernghana.com
Jubilant Tsama, known by his stage name J Victory, is a seasoned musician from Ghana who has been in the music industry for a long time. Despite an early encounter with renowned producer Hammer at Hush Hush Studios and some local success with his musical partner Hector as 'Tom & Jerry', J Victory faced challenges that led him to take a break from music. Now, inspired by the success of singer Camidoh, he is making a comeback with a new sound that blends various music genres. J Victory highlights the financial struggles of emerging artists and calls for more investment in musical talent. He is confident in his potential to rise to fame and become a global music star.

The late Sima Ibrahim

05 Dec 2023  |  modernghana.com
The article pays tribute to the late Sima Ibrahim, a key figure in Ghana's fashion and modelling industry. Sima, who had experience as a supermodel in Germany, founded Exopa Model Agency and Exopa Modelling School, which quickly became leading institutions in Ghana. He introduced professional standards and concepts like kid modelling to the industry, dispelling negative perceptions and branding Ghana as a fashion hub with events like Ghana Fashion Week. Despite his success, Sima's career was marred by a jail sentence for drug smuggling in 2011. His death on December 5, 2014, ended hopes of a comeback, and his son's attempts to revive Exopa were unsuccessful. The article reflects on Sima's legacy and contributions to the fashion world.

The Tragic Tale of Suzzy Williams: Remembering Ghana's Screen Goddess

08 Sep 2023  |  modernghana.com
The article commemorates the late Ghanaian actress Suzzy Williams, who passed away on September 8, 2005, in a car accident. Suzzy was a prominent figure in the Ghanaian film industry, known for her roles in movies and appearances in TV commercials and music videos. Her death was a significant loss to the nation, akin to Michael Jackson's impact in the USA. The article details the events leading to her accident, including a drinking spree with her Liberian boyfriend, Edwin Eastman, and the aftermath, which involved accusations of medical negligence and the discovery of cocaine and alcohol in her system. Edwin was later charged with various offenses related to the accident but eventually became a born-again Christian and gospel singer. The article also touches on Suzzy's previous relationship with Abeiku Acquah and the massive turnout at her funeral.

20 Years On: The Legacy of Big Brother Africa 1

07 Sep 2023  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article commemorates the 20th anniversary of the first edition of Big Brother Africa (BBA1), which was a groundbreaking reality TV show produced by Endemol for M-Net. It highlights the show's innovative approach of featuring housemates from different African countries and its impact on viewership and public discourse. The show faced controversies, including accusations of immorality and public decency violations, leading to petitions and bans in some countries. Despite this, it was a ratings success and had a significant cultural impact. The article also discusses the post-show careers of the housemates, many of whom leveraged their fame to engage in charity, media, and entertainment. The show's success led to further editions and the involvement of former housemates in other media projects, including hosting TV shows and music careers.

20 Years On: The Legacy of Big Brother Africa 1

07 Sep 2023  |  modernghana.com
The article commemorates the 20th anniversary of the first edition of Big Brother Africa, which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The show, produced by Endemol for M-Net, was notable for featuring housemates from different African countries and was broadcast on M-Net's channel 37 on DStv. The show was controversial for its 'shower hour' and faced criticism and bans in some countries. Despite this, it was a ratings success and had a significant cultural impact, with housemates becoming celebrities and leveraging their fame for various endeavors post-show. The article also details the activities of the housemates following the show, including charity work, media careers, and music projects, highlighting their continued influence and the legacy of the show in Africa.

TV3's Ghana's Most Beautiful: A Beacon of Ghanaian Culture and Unity

18 Aug 2023  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article discusses TV3's Ghana's Most Beautiful (GMB) beauty pageant, which celebrates Ghanaian culture and traditions. The author praises GMB for promoting Ghanaian values and unity, contrasting it with other pageants that tend to promote Western culture. The article highlights the show's unique aspects, such as the use of indigenous Ghanaian names by contestants and the inclusion of cultural education. The author also suggests improvements for the show and recommends Fred Amugi as a permanent judge for the next season. The piece ends with a critique of the current theme song and a preference for a previous one that incorporated local languages.

Selorm - one of GMB's 2023 Contestants

18 Aug 2023  |  modernghana.com
The article discusses TV3's Ghana's Most Beautiful (GMB) beauty pageant, which celebrates Ghanaian culture and traditions. The author praises GMB for its focus on national unity and cultural values, contrasting it with other pageants that promote Western culture. The piece highlights the show's evolution, including the addition of live feeds similar to 'Big Brother' and the requirement for contestants to use indigenous Ghanaian names. The author suggests Fred Amugi, a guest judge with deep knowledge of Ghanaian culture, to become a permanent judge. The article also critiques the decision to reuse last year's theme song by Abiana, preferring a song from the 2014 edition that featured local languages.

Sarkodie and Yvonne Nelson

29 Jul 2023  |  modernghana.com
The article discusses the public controversy in Ghana following the release of Yvonne Nelson's autobiography and Sarkodie's diss track 'Try Me'. The situation escalated with Sarkodie's interview with Angela Yee in America, leading to a televised argument between Pappy Kojo and Mr Logic on UTV. The author suggests that reconciliation between Sarkodie and Yvonne Nelson could lead to a positive outcome, proposing that they use their influence to educate the public on sexual health. The article mentions the potential for a campaign similar to 'Stop AIDS: Love Life', and the possibility of involving other entertainers, as well as securing ambassadorial roles with NGOs and companies like Ebony Condoms. The author emphasizes the benefits to society if the two celebrities were to resolve their differences and work together on public health initiatives.

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25 May 2023  |  modernghana.com
The article commemorates the 20th anniversary of the first season of Big Brother Africa (BBA), launched on Africa Day in 2003. Produced by Endemol for M-Net, it was the first show to feature housemates from different African nationalities. The show was broadcast live on M-Net's channel 37 on DStv and captivated an estimated 32 million viewers across Africa. The winner, Cherise Makubale from Zambia, received a $100,000 prize. The article discusses the show's cultural impact, the controversies it sparked due to its explicit content, and the criticism it faced from various African leaders and groups. It also details the history of the Big Brother franchise, its introduction to Africa by Carl Fischer, and the subsequent success and influence of BBA on African television, leading to other reality TV franchises in Africa.

20 Years of Big Brother Africa: A Look Back at the Show that Captivated a Continent

25 May 2023  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article commemorates the 20th anniversary of the first season of Big Brother Africa (BBA), launched on Africa Day in 2003. Produced by Endemol for M-Net, it was the first show to feature housemates from different African nations, broadcasting live on M-Net's channel 37 on DStv. The show was a mix of voyeurism and entertainment, drawing an estimated 32 million viewers across Africa. The winner, Cherise Makubale from Zambia, received a $100,000 prize. The article discusses the show's cultural impact, the controversies it sparked due to its explicit content, and the role of Carl Fischer in bringing the Big Brother franchise to Africa. It also touches on the subsequent success of the show, leading to other reality TV investments in Africa by M-Net and MultiChoice.

Long live, Berla “Monday”! Oooppppsssss…. Berla “Mundi”!!

12 May 2023  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article is an opinion piece by Eugene Selorm Owusu, reflecting on Berla Mundi's journey from a contestant in the 2010 Miss Malaika beauty pageant to a prominent media figure in Ghana. The author reminisces about Berla's performance in the pageant, her wins in specific tasks, and her eventual third-place finish. The article highlights Berla's transition into show business, her fashion sense, and her role as an MC at the recent Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. The author defends Berla's choice of attire at the event, criticizing those who disapproved of her fashion choices and advocating for women's freedom to dress as they please without being judged or moralized.

TV3's 'Perfect Match Xtra': A New Leader in Ghana's Reality TV Scene?

06 May 2023  |  modernghana.com
TV3, a leading television station in Ghana, has been dominating the broadcasting scene since its inception in 1997. The article discusses TV3's strategy of investing in original programming, contrasting it with other local channels that rely on imported content. TV3's new show, 'Perfect Match Xtra' (PM Xtra), is a dating reality show similar to 'Big Brother', featuring 24-hour live streaming and daily TV broadcasts. The author criticizes the selection of former 'Date Rush' contestants as housemates for PM Xtra, suggesting that it should have featured new faces or participants from the original 'Perfect Match'. The article also critiques the show's production aspects, such as the number of cameras and the use of microphones, and suggests improvements. The hosts of PM Xtra, Thiery Nyann and Adwoa Noella, are deemed unsuitable for their roles, with the author recommending other TV3 personalities who could better handle the show.

VGMA: A Night of Glitz, Glamour, and a Few Technical Glitches

10 Apr 2023  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article is a critique of the live television production quality of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). The author points out several technical issues experienced during the broadcast, such as uncoordinated camera movements, poor sound quality, and inadequate lighting. The writer suggests that VGMA organizers should consider hiring Clive Morris Productions, a South African company, to improve the live production. The article also praises the improvement in live band performances by Ghanaian musicians and highlights the importance of wearing traditional attire at such events. The author's favorite dressed personalities from the event are mentioned, and the technical difficulties faced by Medikal's performance and AJ Akuoku-Sarpong's presentation are noted.

“I am Not Yvonne Nelson” - The Book That Nearly Caused a Tsunami in Ghana

05 Apr 2023  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article discusses the controversy sparked by Yvonne Nelson's autobiography and Sarkodie's diss track 'Try Me', which led to public outcry in Ghana. The situation escalated with Sarkodie's interview with Angela Yee in America, causing a televised argument between Pappy Kojo and Mr Logic on UTV. The author suggests that reconciliation between Sarkodie and Yvonne Nelson could lead to a positive outcome, proposing they start a public awareness campaign on sexual health, referencing their past relationship. The campaign could follow in the footsteps of the successful

TV3's Perfect Match Xtra: A Peerless Leader in Ghana's Television Scene?

05 Apr 2023  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article discusses the dominance of TV3 in the Ghanaian television broadcasting scene, particularly highlighting its success in creating original programming and its latest dating reality show, 'Perfect Match Xtra' (PM Xtra). The author compares PM Xtra to the Big Brother franchise, noting the similarities and the history of reality TV concepts. The article critiques the selection of housemates, the show's production quality, and the choice of hosts, suggesting improvements for future seasons. The author also touches on the wastefulness of food in the show and the potential for adding a survivalist element. The hosts, Thiery Nyann and Adwoa Noella, are criticized for their performance, with a suggestion that Noella should gain more experience before taking on such significant roles.

The Curious Case of Dr. UN's Academic Credentials

05 Apr 2023  |  ameyawdebrah.com
The article discusses the controversy surrounding a Ghanaian individual, Kwame Fordjour, also known as Dr. UN, who claims to have studied at prestigious universities such as KNUST in Ghana, University of Sussex in the UK, and Harvard University in the USA. A TV host, Deloris Frimpong Manso, known as Delay, challenged his academic credentials on her show. Ghanaian broadcaster Blakk Rasta defended Dr. UN, claiming he was a student at KNUST. However, the article casts doubt on Dr. UN's claims, pointing out inconsistencies and the lack of evidence such as admission letters or student ID cards. It also corrects misinformation about Contatto Radio and Joy 99.FM's place in Ghana's broadcasting history. The article suggests that Dr. UN's claims are dubious, citing a lack of corroboration from classmates and an anecdote about his alleged deportation from the UK. The author calls for KNUST management to clarify the situation and concludes with a sarcastic endorsement of Dr. UN's claims.

VGMA: A Night of Glitz, Glamour, and a Few Technical Glitches

01 Apr 2023  |  modernghana.com
The article is a critique of the live television production quality of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). The author points out several technical issues experienced during the broadcast, such as uncoordinated camera movements, poor sound quality, and inadequate lighting. The writer suggests that VGMA organizers should consider hiring Clive Morris Productions, a South African company, to improve the live production or alternatively record the event for later broadcast. The article also praises the improvement in live band performances by Ghanaian musicians and criticizes the preference for Western attire over traditional African clothing at the event. Personalities like Adwoa Noella, Anita Akua Akuffo, and Francis Doku are commended for their attire, and the author mentions technical glitches during Medikal's performance and AJ Akuoku-Sarpong's presentation.

The Curious Case of Dr. UN's Academic Credentials

14 Sep 2022  |  modernghana.com
The article discusses the claims of a Ghanaian individual, Kwame Fordjour, also known as Dr. UN, who alleges to have studied at prestigious universities such as KNUST in Ghana, University of Sussex in the UK, and Harvard University in the USA. The journalist casts doubt on these claims, pointing out inconsistencies and lack of evidence. The article also corrects misinformation about Ghana's first private radio station and discusses the operations of unlicensed campus radio stations. The journalist questions the credibility of Dr. UN's defenders and highlights the importance of official academic documentation to verify one's educational background. The article also recounts past allegations against Dr. UN, including fraud and deception related to university admissions and certificates.

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Ghana: Descendants of slaves return to Africa

27 Sep 2019  |  www.dw.com
The transatlantic slave trade, which began 400 years ago and claimed millions of victims, has a descendant named Marcus Taylor who has chosen to leave the United States and move back to Africa, the continent from which his ancestors were taken.

Drea Pizziconi releases global empowerment anthem 'Let Us Dance'

06 Apr 2019  |  modernghana.com
Drea Pizziconi, a musician and entrepreneur, has released a new song titled 'Let Us Dance' featuring Maimouna Youssef and The Dap-Kings Horns. The song is an empowerment anthem supporting girls' education in Africa and premiered at the Campaign for Female Education's (CAMFED) 25th anniversary gala. The event also honored Annie Lennox and aimed to raise awareness and funds for CAMFED's work in supporting education for girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Pizziconi, who is also a social activist, plans to release more singles and stage gala events in Africa to support her activism. She is involved in various business ventures and serves on several boards, leveraging her music and influence to promote human rights and education access.

Remy J Prepares to Launch His First Music Album

22 Sep 2018  |  modernghana.com
Ghanaian musician Elikem Cofie, known as Remy J, is set to launch his debut music album titled 'Spirit of Balance'. The album contains 12 songs in English and Ewe, inspired by life's ups and downs. Remy J emphasizes the importance of accepting both positive and negative aspects of life. The album, which aims to encourage and advise listeners, features collaborations with several artists from the Volta Region. Remy J, who is also a Network Engineer and businessman, is from Keta and has studied at Mawuli School and GIMPA. He aspires to reach new heights in the music industry with this release.

Ghanaian drives from Paris to Accra to promote adventure and country

29 Sep 2017  |  cnn.com
Nicholas Afedi Donkoh, a 29-year-old Ghanaian mechanical engineer, embarked on a 4,900-mile road trip from France to Ghana in his modified BMW 7 Series to challenge stereotypes and promote his country. The journey, which he funded himself, took nine days and passed through several countries, including Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Donkoh faced challenges such as difficult terrain, border issues, and had to sleep in his car on several occasions. He was warmly received in Ghana and is now planning a new trip to South Africa in a Ghanaian-made Kantanka car to further promote Ghana.

Ghanaian drives from Paris to Accra to promote his country

29 Sep 2017  |  CNN
Nicholas Afedi Donkoh, a 29-year-old Ghanaian mechanical engineer, embarked on a 4,900-mile road trip from France to Ghana in his modified BMW 7 Series to challenge stereotypes and promote his country. The journey, which he funded himself, took nine days and cost nearly $2,400 in fuel. Donkoh faced challenges such as demanding border crossings and rough terrain that resulted in the loss of seven tires. He often slept in his car but also experienced hospitality, such as being invited for a local dish by Ghanaians in Mauritania. Upon reaching Ghana, he was warmly received and did not face the usual immigration checks. Donkoh is now considering a new trip to South Africa in a Kantanka, a Ghanaian-made car, to further promote Ghana. He is undecided about the fate of his BMW, contemplating whether to drive it back, sell it, or donate it to the Ghana Museum.

Ama K. Abebrese to Host the 2017 FACE List Awards in New York

04 Jul 2017  |  modernghana.com
The article announces that Ghanaian-British actress Ama K. Abebrese will host the 2017 FACE List Awards in New York City, which honors individuals who have significantly impacted the pan-African community. The awards are part of the Pan-African Weekend and celebrate achievements within the pan-African community. The 2017 honorees include civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, business magnate Mimi Alemayehou, Spotify's Tuma Basa, Black Girls Rock's Beverly Bond, NBA player Serge Ibaka, and entrepreneur Adenah Bayoh. Ama K. Abebrese, who has won the Best Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards and starred in the Netflix film 'Beasts of No Nation', expresses her excitement about hosting the event and contributing to the celebration of pan-African success.

Marriage proposal at old school reunion

04 Aug 2016  |  graphic.com.gh
During a reunion party for past students of Bishop Herman College and OLA Girls’ Secondary School at the Aburi Botanical Gardens, a romantic moment unfolded when Rudolph Godwin, an alumnus of BIHECO, proposed to his girlfriend Sherita Edinam, an alumna of OLA. The proposal was met with applause and cheers from fellow alumni. The event included various fun activities and was deemed memorable by attendees. Eyram Ati, a 2006 graduate of OLA, expressed her enjoyment of the event and anticipation for the next reunion.
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