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Waakye Talks Career, Marriage, Ministry With Giovani

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Veteran comic actor, Prince “Waakye” Yawson, has lifted his ban on speaking to the media.
In a rare interview with 3 FM’s Giovani Caleb, several months after a self-imposed exile from the press, the actor, screenwriter, and now, pastor-in-training, has looked back on his illustrious career, current trends in comedy, as well as his life as a minister of the gospel.
Discussing his road into ministry, Waakye recounted how, over several years, he kept getting messages from men of God, that he was destined to be a preacher.
“It started right here [TV3]. A lady told me that a man of God had told her to tell me that God wants me to work for Him[…] Then, Anytime I go to church, the pastor would call me, in front of the congregation, and tell me:’ look, God wants you to work for Him.’ It continued for a long time–[and] I kept changing churches; and every church I go [sic] to…same message.”
Waakye submitted to Giovani that this caused him to avoid going to church, in his quest to avoid such messages and the pressures thereof. Following that, “certain things kept happening,” compelling him to finally heed to the call.
Currently, single, an introverted Waakye indicated his desire to get married again, as it is required of pastors.
“As a man of God or as a preacher, you have to marry–and since you are a man, you have the urge to meet a woman. If you do that outside marriage, it’s something else, because the Bible tells us to flee from sexual sins. Even if you are married and you sleep with another woman outside your wife [sic], it’s also sin. So, why shouldn’t I marry, so that whenever I have the urge to meet with any woman, I can do so?”
Intrigued, Giovani probed: “so you’re marrying because of sex?”
“No, marriage is not about sex,” Waakye clarified. “Marriage is about friendship. You need someone to jaw-jaw with.”
Asked if he is seeing someone, Waakye replied in the negative, assuring though, that it will happen when the time is right.
Waakye also bemoaned the current state of the movie industry, conceding that it’s suffering, due to a lack of structures, the menace of piracy, as well as the “, push him down syndrome.” He also lamented the current trends in comedies, troubled at how the culture of insults has replaced true comedic performance.
On what roles he missed playing, Waakye cited his “house boy,” recounting fondly how it allowed him to freely express his creativity.
He would still accept movie roles today but favors priestly roles.
Touching on the nuggets for success, Waakye emphasized the place of modesty: “In everything, you need to respect. Humility is everything. If you’re the best, and you’re not humble, forget it, because, no matter how high you go, if you don’t respect; if you’re not humble, you’ll be brought down–so humility is everything.”
Waakye hails from Ekumfi Otuam and first broke to mainstream fame via TV drama series “Obra”. He has also appeared in popular films like Ogboo and Man Woman.

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ASGAB Foklex Media Awards 2023/24: Mc Rabbi Crowned Best Entertainment Program Show Host in Ashanti Region

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The National Theatre played host to the 13th edition of the prestigious ASGAB Foklex Media Awards on Saturday, 11th May, 2024, in a ceremony that celebrated exceptional journalism and outstanding achievements in the Ghanaian media landscape. The event, organized by Foklex Media, aimed to recognize and reward deserving media personalities and organizations for their contributions to the industry.

Among the esteemed winners was Mc Rabbi, a talented radio presenter with Abusua 96.5 FM, who took home the coveted “Entertainment Program Host Of The Year” award for the Ashanti Region. Mc Rabbi’s popular show, “Anigyee Mmere,” which airs every Saturday on Abusua 96.5 FM, has become a household name in the region, attracting a massive following and critical acclaim.

The award category, which was keenly contested by other notable presenters, including Mr. Black, Tony Best, Emcee Bebe, and others, recognized Mc Rabbi’s exceptional talent, dedication, and contributions to the entertainment industry. His win was a testament to his hard work, passion, and ability to connect with his audience, making him one of the most listened-to presenters in the region.

The ASGAB Foklex Media Awards, now in its 13th year, has established itself as a benchmark of excellence in the Ghanaian media industry, recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievements in various categories, including radio, television, print, and digital media. The awards ceremony was attended by prominent media personalities, industry stakeholders, and dignitaries, who gathered to celebrate the best of Ghanaian journalism and media excellence.

Mc Rabbi’s win is a proud moment for the EIB Network’s franchise in the Ashanti region, which has consistently promoted exceptional talents and innovative programming. The network’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to providing a platform for talented media personalities like Mc Rabbi have paid off, as evident in this well-deserved win.

Congratulations to Mc Rabbi and the entire EIB Network team on this outstanding achievement!

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Joseph Matthew Is A Talented Musician With A Deep Understanding Of His Craft – Fredyma

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Renowned Ghanaian music producer, Fred Kyei Mensah, popularly known as Fredyma, has lavished praises on the incredibly talented Afro-gospel musician, Joseph Matthew. With a music career that has transcended borders, Joseph Matthew has become a household name in the gospel music scene in Ghana and the UK, inspiring countless believers with his soul-stirring songs that offer great inspiration and hope.

Since his debut single, “Hallelujah,” in 2019, Joseph Matthew has consistently released hit songs that have captivated audiences worldwide. His discography includes “Nyame Ye” (2019), a powerful song that showcases his vocal range and lyrical depth; “My Story” (2020), a heartfelt testimony of his faith journey; “Not Alone” (2021), a uplifting anthem that resonated with many during the pandemic; “The Name” (2022), a worshipful song that highlights the power of God’s name; “Blessed” (2023), a joyful song that won the “Best Gospel Song of The Year UK” award at the 2023 Ghana Music Awards UK; and “Promise Land,” a soulful song that encourages believers to hold onto God’s promises.

Fredyma, a legendary music producer and pundit, recently reviewed Joseph Matthew’s songs on Onua FM, describing him as a “great artiste” who “understands music.” He praised Joseph Matthew’s vocal strength, lyrical clarity, and skillful incorporation of African rhythms into his music, which sets him apart from other gospel artistes.

Fredyma also commended Joseph Matthew’s ability to perfectly fuse timing, tuning, and tempo in his songs, making him a standout artiste in the industry.

The legendary music producer urged radio presenters to frequently play Joseph Matthew’s songs, acknowledging his significant contribution to the music industry and his ability to inspire and uplift listeners.

With a new single, “Fear No Man,” set to drop in July 2024, Joseph Matthew is poised to continue inspiring and uplifting his fans with his incredible music.

Watch the interview below to hear Fredyma’s glowing review of Joseph Matthew’s talent and music, and get ready to be blessed by Joseph Matthew’s upcoming single!”

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