Poetry and Spoken-word Event to Rock Accra Soon

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Crabbita Media Consult has today announced their first ever maiden event dubbed “Spit Bars and Poetry” – scheduled to come off in Accra at a location near you.

With so much free give-aways including free eye check-up, hair cut and grooming, cocktails and other mouth watering surprises for  attendees, you cannot afford to miss out on this one.

The organizer of this year’s “Spit Bars and Poetry” event has adopted #BeBoldForchange – the campaign theme for 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD), as part of efforts to celebrate women and accentuate issues affecting them using poetry and spoken word.

Performers would couch and recite poems on major religious, social and cultural topical issues affecting women and the girl-child including Child Rape, Trokosi, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Early Childhood Marriage, Violence Against Women, Women Empowerment among others.

This event promises to be one of Ghana’s biggest platforms solely for some of the country’s most acclaimed poets and spoken word artistes – who have vowed to mesmerize their followers and event attendees.

Lovers of choreography, live-painting and portraits, love poems, choral and contemporary gospel music would also be kept spellbound through out the program.

“Spit Bars and Poetry” event is powered by Crabbita Media Consult, a full-service Press Agent, Brands Management and Arts outfit with support Sent from my iPhone

Crabbe Nathaniel – Press Agent

 

PRINCE HAKEEM TO UNITE GHANA WITH MAIDEN SINGLE

As Ghana heads to one of its most crucial election, renowned Ghanaian guitarist Prince Matthews popularly known as Hakeem is set to release his new single ‘We are One’.

Speaking in an interview Prince indicated that the only sure way to sustainable development is first, a peaceful environment and a people with a common goal to make it happen. The message of peace and unity is not only needed during election periods but as a nation there is so much we can achieve in a peaceful environment. He also believes that music plays a very significant role in spreading the message of peace.

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The song emphasizes peace with string and vocal expressions. The song is a perfect blend of his unique style on the guitar and passion for music. He is one of the best, if not the best on the strings in Ghana. Gifted with exceptional musical talent Prince has played with musicians including Donnie McClurkin, Vashawn Mitchell, Kwame Yeboah,Isaac Aryee,Nii Okai, Cwesi Oteng, Joe Mettle, Pastor Helen Yawson,Joyfulway Inc, Eugene Zuta,KODA, No tribe, Uche Agu, Irene Logan, Sarkodie,Mary ghansah, Marvin winans, Deitrick Haddon, Michelle Hammond,Micah Stampley and many others.

“We are One” promises to be a binding chorus as Ghana heads to the polls this December.

OPOKU SANAA NOMINATED FOR 2016 BEFFTA AWARDS

Ghanaian renowned bass player and musician Opoku Sanaa has received nomination for the 2016 edition of international award ceremony, Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television & Arts (BEFFTA) Awards.

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The BEFFTA Awards is Europe’s biggest award ceremony celebrating black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

The eighth edition of the award ceremony which celebrates under one roof film directors, actors, actresses beauty pageants, musicians, fashion designers, journalists, authors, DJs, models, radio personalities, TV personalities, sports personalities and many others was hosted by legendary Hollywood actor, Dr. Winston George Ellis, and BEFFTA CEO, Dr Pauline Long.

Opoku Sanaa was nominated in the Best Musician Category, while he also competes with Ben Audu, ShekuKanneh-Mason, SaxAngel Gabriel, Mike Aremu, Peter OlatundeAdeshile, NiranObasa, Kelvin Aromana, Martin Chims, Ben Saxxy, Patrick White, Jerry Brown, LekanShobiyi andTerron Murray.

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Sanaa has worked with a lot of musicians within Ghana and beyond aside his Bass Solo career.

He launched his maiden album titled, Sound Optics earlier this year at the Accra Mall which received one of the biggest patronage ever. The album launch had wonderful and renowned Musicians, Producers gracing the occasion including CwesiOteng, Trigmatic, Adomaa, FiifiFolson, Kingzkid, AkesseBrempong, Yaw Boakye, Six Strings, PL Crew and many others.

Sound Optics, the 10-track album, all written and composed by Opoku Sanaa features different artistes and producers from Ghana and beyond. It contains diverse music genres ranging from solemn classical ballads, fusion to Afro-pop which appeal to every kind of music fan. Some of the artistes who lent their skills to the album include Nollywood actress and musician, Stella Damasus and her husband, Daniel Ademinokan, CwesiOteng, Joe Mettle, Giovanni and Trigmatic.

Opoku Sanaa is also the founder and President of PL Crew(African Gospel Music Awards Nominee) and the CEO of Bass Phactory Music Consultancy which organizes the annual Bass Clinic Music Festival in Ghana, one of the biggest music festivals in Africa.

It’s hard to imagine anyone that embraces the joy of music more than him.
Story: Eddy Koomson

DIVINE REVELATION SUPERSEDES HUMAN CALCULATIONS- Dr Randy Osae Bediako

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According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner P.hD (Harvard University) in his 1983 book, Frames of Mind, human Intelligence is broken down into nine different types namely; Naturalist (nature smart), Musical (sound smart), Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart), Existential (life smart), Interpersonal (people smart), Bodily-kinesthetic (body smart), Linguistic (word smart), Intra-personal (self smart) and Spatial (picture smart).
After reading the research finding of Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligence one thing kept me thinking and that is, his inability to discover the most important of all intelligences, the ultimate intelligence, What I call “SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE” but as I meditated on this I realised immediately that this intelligence can not be acquired from secular books or human academic institutions. It is not naturally given and so cannot be naturally discerned. This intelligence is not from this earth but from above and thus too high for the natural man to discover, comprehend or even appreciate.

This is the intelligence Adam applied when he was mandated to name ALL the livestock, ALL the birds of the sky, and ALL the wild animals on earth after creation. This same intelligence gave Job an “unschooled man” the ability to manage 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 teams of Oxen, 500 female donkeys, a great number of houses & many servants. Isn’t it amazing how Noah constructed a fully compartmentalised ark that was 137.16 m X 450 ft long, 22.86 m X 75 ft wide, and 13.716 m X 45 ft high in dimensions, a masterpiece that was able to convey two of every kind of living thing on earth long before the advent of engineering. What about Daniel who was found ten times better concerning every matter of wisdom and understanding compared to all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. Have you ever wondered how Joseph came up with the conservative strategy that saved the entire world from starvation & extinction?. Time would not permit me to talk about David, Solomon, Nehemiah, Jacob, Moses, Abel, Esther, Elijah, Elisha , Our Lord Jesus, his disciples and apostles etc.

The Fantastic News for born again believers is that we operate by Superior Spiritual Intelligence (SSI) as the Good book declares “Christ is made unto us Wisdom -Spiritual Intelligence” 1 Corinthians 3:10.

Beloved, we cannot be categorised neither can the world decipher our intelligence because it is too high for the carnal mind. Hallelujah!! you are a benefactor of SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE, Walk in it.‪#‎TongueTalkingBillionaire‬

DR. RANDY OSAE BEDIAKO

Will Your Faith Sink Or Will It Stand???

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I was reading the book of Job yesterday, and I found something very interesting about it. Many people say that Job was a righteous man and he never opened up his mouth to accuse God for his trials [Job 1:20-22]. But as I began to look at it more carefully, Job began to justify himself before his 3 friends, and said that God was unjust for allowing him to go through this suffering, and that he is innocent [Job 30:18-25]. However, at the end of the book, a young man rebukes Job and the three old wise men for misrepresenting God’s character and nature [Job 6:8-13, Job 32:2]. Suddenly, God appears and speaks to Job out of a whirlwind, and basically says who are you to question the Almighty, I have questions for you, prepare yourself as a man and answer me [Job Chapters 38-42]

At the end of the story, Job realizes the foolishness of his ways and words, and is humbled by the whole experience. He repented [Job 42:1-6]. Consider this. Job did nothing, yet he was delivered over to Satan by God to be tortured. Jesus Christ did nothing, yet he endures the mocking, accusations, scourging, and crucifixion for nothing wrong he did [Isaiah 53, Mark 10:34]. God allowed this for his own purpose. To save his people from their sins. Likewise, as Christians, we will go through the fiery furnace; “all who live godly in Christ shall suffer persecution” and with much “tribulation we must enter the kingdom of God” [2 Timothy 3:12, Acts 14:22] .

This is a message not taught in Churches. To count the cost of following Christ. Most Christians are content with living their “BEST-LIFE NOW!!!”. Like is I said yesterday in my Facebook post, Christianity is not “Bread and Butter”….FACEBOOK

We will be tested and tried, accused, and persecuted [Matthew 5:11, Matthew 24:9]. We must count the cost [Luke 14:25-34]. I read today a powerful Christian tract out of print, “There is no victory without a battle, and there is no resurrection without a cross. Today, many people with “charismatic” experiences have been led into the “upper room” without first going to the cross!” What God seeks for today is a Church full of dead men and women. Dead to themselves that is – and alive to their Beloved Jesus Christ…

Story: Nick Solomon

E’mPraise to release Extended Play ahead of July 3 Absolute Worship

In 2014, the Ghanaian Contemporary Gospel industry woke up to the birthing of great Christian compositions produced by one of the finest Contemporary Gospel Groups in Ghana, the E’mPraise Incorporated.

The 2014 album titled, Absolute Worship, which had E’mPraise’s most traveled song, “Oguamma” and other songs was hugely accepted by many Gospel Music lovers across the length and breadth of the country and beyond for its level of dexterity.

The choir since 2014 has been engaged in organizing outreach programmes in Senior High Schools which has been dubbed “Bra Fie” and its annual Worship Concert, Absolute Worship.

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After the release of their first album in 2014, many thought that the Group would be coming out with Albums year after year however the group has remained quiet over the past years with little heard from them.

Speaking to the Music Director of the Ministry, Martinson Gyimah he said “It’s been two years since we released our first album which has been a blessing to the church in Ghana and overseas as a whole so this year we decided to bless God’s body with more inspired music ….but this time we are adding videos.”

The Extended Play, EP, is expected to feature songs such as “Odo yi” (this love), “Me som Wo (I will serve you), “He’s Moving” “Odo mmoroso (Abundant Love)” and a French composition, “J’ai besoin de toi” (I need You).

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The songs were arranged and produced by E’mPraise Inc. Similarly the songs were led by E’mPraise’s lead icons, Eugene Zuta, Eld. Quesie Boate, Kobby Mantey, Rhema Body and others. It is anticipated that the Christian music community will warmly accept these tracks. The EP also features, Lord Listowell on Drums, Prince Senah on Bass, Prince Hakeem on Guitars, Charlie Keyz and Martinson Gyimah on Keyboards.

The Organizing Head of E’mPraise Inc. Kobby Mantey said “this EP will bring to finality the long posed question on when E’mPraise Inc. will come out with its own videos.”

Ahead of the group’s July 3 concert, the EP release is expected to warm contemporary Gospel music lovers into what to expect during this year’s Absolute Worship coming off at the Qodesh, North Kaneshie under the theme “One God One Nation.”

The MD of the group, Martinson Gyimah said “you will definitely love the originality, creativity, and ingenuity when you listen to this Extended Play. We trust that you will be impacted tremendously when you listen to it.

THINGS GOD DIDN’T SAY

Misconceptions of God can be costly because they can be very defeating.

For example, it’s worry to me how many people think “cleanliness is next to godliness” comes from the pages of Scripture. If this is indeed a word from God, then most pastors have every right to feel guilty that their houses are not always tidy. In fact, depending on how far you carry it, people soon become more concerned about their furniture than they do their family.

And what about “God helps those who help themselves”? I’ve seen this used as a basis for many people thinking they can work their way to heaven. They therefore miss the biblical teaching that eternal life is free (Romans 6:23).

In fact, I think you’d be wiser to give one Sunday to each of these things I’ll be sharing periodically. I assure you, they are so rampant that you could easily spend a 30-minute message discussing each one. Most unfortunately of all, every single one of them in some way adversely affects our outreach to non-Christians.

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  1. If you don’t know the date you were saved, then you are not saved.

Unfortunately, evangelists have been the worst at propagating this first misconception. The fact is, there is a split second when a person goes from darkness into light. After recognizing you’re a sinner and that Christ died for you and rose again, you place your trust in Him alone as your only way to heaven.

However, just because you don’t know when that particular split second was doesn’t mean you aren’t saved. When Scripture gives assurance of salvation, it doesn’t go back to a date or a moment; it goes back to a fact.

Who are you trusting right now? If you’re trusting Christ alone as your only way to heaven, you are saved, regardless of when you crossed the line. After all, John 3:16 does not say, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him and knows the date should not perish but have everlasting life.”

This idea is critical, because if a person buys into this misconception, it’s a tremendous hindrance to their outreach for Christ. How can I talk to someone else about their salvation if I’m not entirely certain of my own?

True, some people come to Christ from a very sudden and dramatic experience, like the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-39; he could have easily given you the date. And there’s no doubt the same thing was true of Paul the Apostle in Acts 9:1-22, 26-28; I’m sure he not only could have given the date, but he could have testified of the specific hour he trusted the Savior. But there are those whose conversion is not as dramatic. They may have been raised in a Christian environment where Christ was spoken about frequently. Certainly, at some point in time, they came to clearly understand their sinful condition and trust Christ, but they may not know exactly when the moment occurred.

Minister deeply to your people and free them by telling them that as long as they’re trusting Christ alone, they are saved, regardless of when they crossed the line…

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

MUSIC: MINISTER NEGAR UNCOVERED

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Talk about her tone, her stage presence, her composure, her confidence all put in one urn, you have Minister Negar.  You should remember her from Denzel’s annual concert “Touching God’s Heart” where she led “YES YOU ARE THE LORD” with Minister Danny Nettey two years ago. Although she’s very young,  Negar was actively involved in the birth of contemporary gospel music in Ghana having closely worked with the likes of Rev. Tom Bright-Davies and being a lead singer of Global Gospel Inspirers(GGI),  a group that emanated from Tesano Baptist Church  one of Ghana’s foremost contemporary choirs, made up of young talents.

Growing up she loved singing not really knowing what plans were set for her in the future. Negar began singing in secondary school as a soloist where she sung at Scripture Union programs and at the International Central Gospel Church, Akosombo. She was discovered by a group of young men and women who encouraged her and with the help of the pastor, became a regular minister at the church services of I.C.G.C, Akosombo.

Evolving into a praise and worship leader, she has graciously stood on the platforms of many churches leading God’s people in praise and worship.

She has graced the platforms of GPCC, Heartbeat Music, God’s Family Music Ministry along side other ministers as Alvin Slaughter, Patrick Duncan, No Tribe, Uncle Ato, Denzel Agyemang-Prempeh, Naa Mercy and a host of others.

Desire to Worship, the flagship worship Service of Nissi Music Incorporated, a ministry she started and leads, is held every year. This she has done with some of the finest of GH gospel  musicians:  Eugene Zuta, Joe Mettle, Quesie Boate, Denzel Agyemang-Prempeh, Naa Mercy, Uncle Ato and the PL Crew. Talking about this year’s concert, she says it is unprecedented. She calls it “GRACE EDITION” and its happening live at the Tesano Baptist Church next month June.

Negar Wujangi is also the music director of Tesano Baptist Church.

STORY: NICK SOLOMON

 

WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULDN’T BE CONCERNED ABOUT ELECTION RESULTS

Recently I asked four friends for a few prayer requests I could bring to the Lord for them. Interestingly, two of the four asked for prayers for the election results. They were quite concerned.

It seems their experience is common. The ongoing tensions between the NPP and the NDC is scary and the stakes are high. We wonder who might be able to keep things on a steady course. Listening to the news yesterday, I heard the flag bearer of the NDC and the current president of the republic of Ghana say that if there be any chaos in this nation, he won’t be the cause.

Christians must participate in their country’s electoral process. That doesn’t mean we have to vote for someone in every office even if we cannot find enough common ground. It just means that in general we are to take part in the government as requested.

But even though we are to vote, Christians shouldn’t worry about the election results. Here are four reasons we shouldn’t be concerned:

 

  1. God is in control

God is sovereign, meaning He is ultimately in control of everything, including election results. No matter who is elected by human vote, God is also in control. It’s not either/or, it’s both/and.

I came to this realization of biblical truth later in life. When I finally did, it brought great peace to know that while people do things, God is still in control.

There is no situation where this is better described than in the issue of political leaders. Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (ESV)

Whoever becomes President, Member of Parliament, Minister of state, Mayor and so on, is elected ultimately under the direction of God.

Sometimes we might think He made a big mistake, but nonetheless, He is in control.

Perhaps God uses some leaders to judge people, or to humble people so that they look to Him, or to put nations in place so end times prophecies will be fulfilled.

We may never know why God has “instituted” the leaders in office until the other side. But one thing we do know is that He is in control.

This gives me peace and I pray it should give you some peace too.

  1. Worry is always wrong

Sorry to be so blunt, but the Bible is really clear about this.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” (Philippians 4:6a NLT)

If you’re a Christian and worrying about election results, you’re disobeying God’s Word. It’s as simple as that.

Of course, knowing this, I never worry about anything, I just get “concerned.” The problem with this explanation is that word translated “worry” means something akin to “concerned.”

The Greek word here means “to be divided, distracted.” The idea is that we find our thoughts pulled away from what they should focus on to

  • too many hours watching political channels or listening to talk radio
  • fretting about the election results
  • debating or arguing with the “other side”
  • constantly posting our viewpoints on social media

Staying involved is not wrong unless it gets out of balance—an obsession. In fact, we should participate. But we should not be involved to the extent that the election, politics and government become our passion.

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People cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tesano, Accra, Ghana, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. About 225 polling stations reopened Saturday for an impromptu second day of voting after there were technical breakdowns on the first day of voting, Ghana voting officials announced. Some voters waited in line all day Friday and then returned to vote on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gabriela Barnuevo)

I have strong political and moral views. But, hopefully, I don’t allow those opinions to become my focus.

What should be my focus? The answer is in the latter half of the verse cited above.

Again, it says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)

Instead of worrying, we are to turn our concerns over to God in prayer and thankfulness. The result is wonderful peace.

Don’t you love the promise, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand…!”

  1. Christians are citizens of heaven

Philippians 3:20a states clearly, “But our citizenship is in heaven.”

Sure, we are citizens of a country on earth. But ultimately, we are foreigners here. Our real citizenship is in heaven.

So why would we get worked up about election results here on earth? Every one of us will soon be leaving to spend eternity on the other side.

The Leader of the Eternal Kingdom is the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords!” (Revelation 19:16).

Our lives in a country here are shadows compared with our lives in eternity. Thus, worrying about this life is not only futile, it’s silly.

Why do we fret? Because we get our eyes off the goal. So we must do as The Apostle Paul wrote about earlier in this chapter:

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:13b-14 NLT)

  1. Our real hope is in Christ

If we are worrying about an election, it’s a sign we’re trusting in the wrong thing!

Our hope must NOT be in:

  • Politicians & political parties
  • Money
  • Positions of influence
  • Family members
  • Occupations
  • Education

Each of these have their place, but it is not their place to be our ultimate hope!

Soon all these will be gone, as a result of the next election, retirement, financial reversal, deaths or our own death. None are permanent and reliable.

There is only One who is permanent and reliable: The Lord!

“We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.”
(Psalm 39:6-7 NLT)

For so many years I’ve watched election results, elected officials, political parties and political movements come and go. Through them I’ve come to affirm what the psalmist wrote 3,000 years ago: “My only hope is in you.”

STORY: NICK SOLOMON