Connect with us

Culture

Macron: ‘What happens at the shrine remains in the shrine’

As part of his visit to Nigeria, President Emmanuel Macron was at the Shrine, the iconic music arcade made popular by one of Africa’s music legends, Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Published

on

As part of his visit to Nigeria, President Emmanuel Macron was at the Shrine, the iconic music arcade made popular by one of Africa’s music legends, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Macron praised Nollywood — Nigeria’s massive film industry — and the country’s music.

Describing the concert hall as “iconic”, he said that “we have to build a new common narrative” in Africa.

“You have to recognise the bad and negative pages of this history, but you have to move forward,” he said to applause.

He launched the African Cultural Season which will take place in France in 2020, at an event showcasing music, fashion and theatre.

The choice of location surprised many Nigerians given its association with the anti-establishment musician.

No elected president is believed to have previously officially visited the spiritual home of the so-called “Black President”, which is more synonymous with marijuana smoke and gyrating dancers than diplomatic niceties.

When asked about life as an intern in Nigeria, Macron was tight-lipped about his past.

“Obviously I will not share all those memories because what happens in the Shrine remains in the Shrine,” Macron said to huge cheers and laughs.

On Wednesday, the president is set to inaugurate the new Alliance Francaise, a cultural centre, and is scheduled to meet young Nigerian entrepreneurs.

Culture

Ghana mourns as top gospel music icon Koda passes away

Published

on

The Ghanaian entertainment industry has, once again, been thrown into mourning following the death of renowned gospel musician, Kofi Owusu Dua Anto, known professionally as Koda, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 46.

According to reports, the gospel music icon and producer died from a kidney-related condition he had been suffering from for sometime.

Koda, renowned for hit songs like “Hossana”, “Nkwaa Abodo”, “Nsem Pii” and “Adooso”, was also a producer of repute who gained fame for his inspiring compositions and his captivating, soul-stirring vocals that struck a chord with audiences nationwide.

A local media reports that he worked with a lot of Gospel musicians in Ghana and Nigeria including popular Nigerian gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey.

Continue Reading

Culture

Ghana’s Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomes first-ever cruise liner SH Vega

Published

on

The Ghanaian tourism industry got a big boost when the legendary Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first ever cruise liner, the SH Vega, a 280-capacity passenger vessel with a total of 115 persons, comprising 106 passengers and nine crew members.

The CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Àkwasi Agyeman, who recieved the vessel, said
nationalities of the tourists aboard the cruise vessel included Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, and Nigeria among others.

Agyeman who spoke with journalists on the historic visit, said the visitors were given the opportunity to explore the Elmina castle and township, the Batik making centre at global mamas in Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Cape Coast castle.

“It’s another win and boost for Ghana’s tourism industry when the Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first-ever cruise liner, the SH Vega on Thursday, April 18,” Agyeman said.

“Ghana continues to fare well as a favourite destination of cruise passengers worldwide with Tema and Takoradi being the traditional Ports of call.

“The tourists toured Elmina castle and its township, the Batik making Centre at Global Mamas in Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Cape coast castle amidst traditional drumming and some dance lessons.

“The vessel, SH Vega, dropped its anchor in the Elmina waters, about 8.8 cables away from the port’s main breakwater. It then lowered its Zodiac (inflatable boats) into the water before carefully disembarking the 115 passengers and crew members into the zodiac in safe batches.

“The vessel had previously sailed to some ports including Angola, Benin, Congo, Gabon, Togo and São Tomé.

“This game-changing moment for the cruise liner business in Ghana showcases our limitless possibilities and the excellent potential for the tourism industry in the Central Region and Ghana.

“We stand proud of this historic moment,” Agyeman stated.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

Metro9 mins ago

Sign language interpreter, Kunda, seeks inclusivity in media rights agenda

An inclusive society is crucial for a nation’s human and economic development in the modern era. In this edition of...

Metro1 hour ago

Sign language interpreter, Kunda, seeks inclusivity in media rights agenda (video)

An inclusive society is crucial for a nation’s human and economic development in the modern era. In this edition of...

Metro4 hours ago

Educationist challenges media freedom norms, cautions against misuse of freedom of expression

Geshom Banda, Deputy Head Teacher at Hillside Primary School, presents a contrasting perspective amidst discussions on media freedom and digital...

Metro7 hours ago

Nigerian govt shuts Chinese supermarket over ‘no-Nigerian shopper’ allegation

Nigeria’s Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has shut down a Chinese store in Abuja, the country’s capital, because it...

Metro9 hours ago

Nigeria: President Tinubu identifies illegal mining as source of terrorism financing

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has identified illegal mining activities as a major source of terrorism financing in the country and...

VenturesNow10 hours ago

Nigeria wants $2.25 billion World Bank loan

Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Wale Edun, has revealed that the country is seeking up to $2.25 billion in World Bank loans...

Video11 hours ago

‘Complex, contentious,’ media enthusiast says media rights often depend on goodwill of political leadership (video)

Kitwe Press Club spokesperson, Michael Kaluba, has described the media landscape in Zambia as complex and contentious. In a conversation...

Tech23 hours ago

UN signs MoU with Kenya’s Konza Technopolis

The United Nations has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya’s Konza Technopolis that will provide a wide range...

Culture23 hours ago

Ghana mourns as top gospel music icon Koda passes away

The Ghanaian entertainment industry has, once again, been thrown into mourning following the death of renowned gospel musician, Kofi Owusu...

Sports23 hours ago

South African club admits they can’t keep Nwabali

Chairman of South African club side, Chippa United, Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi, has given up on retaining the services of Super...

Trending