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Court sets date to rule on FDA’s restriction on celebrities endorsing alcoholic beverages

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The Authority said that the influence of these entertainment figures in alcoholic ads might lead to youngsters becoming alcoholics. Law Bobby Banson of the Robert Smith Law Group represented the plaintiff, Mark Darlington Osae, while Justine Amenuvor represented the Food and Drugs Authority. Also in attendance was Sammy Awuku, Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and a member of Mark Darlington's legal team. On November 11, 2022, Mark Darlington Osae, the manager of Reggie 'N' Bollie and Skrewfaze, filed a writ with the Supreme Court, claiming that the FDA's 2015 prohibitions banning celebrity alcoholic advertising were unfair against the creative arts business.

On April 10, 2024, the Supreme Court will rule on the lawsuit asking for the annulment of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Board’s decree prohibiting celebrities from advertising alcoholic beverages.

A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court, presided by Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, set the date for Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

In 2015, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) issued an order to control alcohol consumption in Ghana. That element of their policy prohibits celebrities from advertising alcoholic beverages.

The Authority said that the influence of these entertainment figures in alcoholic ads might lead to youngsters becoming alcoholics.

Law Bobby Banson of the Robert Smith Law Group represented the plaintiff, Mark Darlington Osae, while Justine Amenuvor represented the Food and Drugs Authority.

Also in attendance was Sammy Awuku, Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and a member of Mark Darlington’s legal team.

On November 11, 2022, Mark Darlington Osae, the manager of Reggie ‘N’ Bollie and Skrewfaze, filed a writ with the Supreme Court, claiming that the FDA’s 2015 prohibitions banning celebrity alcoholic advertising were unfair against the creative arts business.

The complainant, Mark Darlington Osae, a music publisher at Perfect Note Publishing, is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Ghana Music Alliance.

The writ alleges that the FDA directive, which states that “no well-known personality or professional shall be used in alcoholic beverage advertising,” is inconsistent with and violates articles 17(1) and 17(2) of the 1992 Constitution.

He claims that Articles 17(1) and 17(2) of the 1992 Constitution provide equality before the law and prohibit discrimination against people based on social or economic position, occupation, and other factors, and are thus invalid, void, and unenforceable.

Prior to Mark Darlington’s legal case, creative industry figures like as Wendy Shay, Shatta Wale, Brother Sammy, Kuami Eugene, and Camidoh had all spoken out against the law and urged those in authority to repeal it.

According to stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors, endorsements or advertisements for alcoholic drinks are one of the few income streams accessible to them at the moment; hence, any rule that prohibits their participation in such activities deprives them of their livelihood.

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I was a virgin during my early years in the movie industry – Edinam Atatsi

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This was in answer to a question regarding if people's perceptions of their viewpoint and appearance on TV made women appealing to males. Edinam entered the film industry in the early 1990s and enchanted Ghanaians with her unwavering acting talent until the early 2000s. She appeared in several films, including The Storm, Heartbeat, Her Feet Go Down to Death, Aloevera, and A Stab in the Dark. Unlike Edinam, actress Akofa Edjeani, who also talked on the show, said how she dealt with directors who attempted to sexually harass her multiple times, finally forcing her to resign a movie part in one of his movies.

Edinam Atatsi, a veteran actress and award-winning radio and television personality, has disclosed that she was a virgin during her early career in the film industry.

In an interview with Joy Prime’s Roselyn Felli on the Prime Morning show, the actress said that no important business players displayed sexual interest in her due to her beauty.

Because of her height, she claims that everyone thought she was a little and innocent girl.

“I have always been a virgin. It’s only in recent times that some of the old ones said they didn’t know that I was this mature, and they thought I was just a small up-and-coming girl. So, they didn’t touch me,” she said.

This was in answer to a question regarding if people’s perceptions of their viewpoint and appearance on TV made women appealing to males.

Edinam entered the film industry in the early 1990s and enchanted Ghanaians with her unwavering acting talent until the early 2000s. She appeared in several films, including The Storm, Heartbeat, Her Feet Go Down to Death, Aloevera, and A Stab in the Dark.

Unlike Edinam, actress Akofa Edjeani, who also talked on the show, said how she dealt with directors who attempted to sexually harass her multiple times, finally forcing her to resign a movie part in one of his movies.

“It was a Nigerian director because I don’t think any Ghanaian director will dare look in my face and ask me that kind of stuff. It is what most of them do, so he thought he could try that on me, but I sized him up and put him in his proper place. For that one, I had to stay because we were in the middle of the production. There was another one that I had to leave the set because we hadn’t started at all, and it was that same director,” the actress narrated.

Akofa was stereotyped as a wicked girl because of her involvement in some films. As a result, some directors attempted to take advantage of her, but she never gave them the opportunity.

Mawuli Semevo, an actor and former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, also appeared on the show to discuss the art of filmmaking in the 1990s, kicking off Ghana Month on Prime Morning.


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‘He’s a genius,’ Wyclef Jean compliments Stonebwoy following their meeting

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""A genius is someone who can drive a generation forward. And long after you've left. Can that generation continue to go forward? That is why I believe he is a genius. I've been watching him for a very long time. "He has moved Africa forward," he stated.

Wyclef Jean, a Haitian-American singer, has professed appreciation for Ghanaian dancehall performer Stonebwoy.

Wyclef Jean brought Stonebwoy to his New York residence when he was on his American tour.

In a social media video, Wyclef praised Stonebwoy for his huge contributions to African music, noting that “he is a genius.”


“Extremely gifted. Not even skill; how can I describe genius? Because I am a genius. I do not define genius. You are not everlasting, and you are following trends. That is not what makes you a genius.

“”A genius is someone who can drive a generation forward. And long after you’ve left. Can that generation continue to go forward?


That is why I believe he is a genius. I’ve been watching him for a very long time. “He has moved Africa forward,” he stated.

In another video, Stonebwoy is shown teaching Wyclef Jean about Waakye, a Ghanaian delicacy, while the two enjoy their lunch together.

Stonebwoy is now on a tour of America, Europe, and Australia, which will culminate with a show in Ghana’s Accra Sports Stadium.

The tour follows the release of his highly anticipated “Fifth Dimension” album.

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John Mahama, GHAMRO, supports K.K. Kabobo’s liver illness treatment

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Barima Kaakyire Agyemang stated this in a Facebook post. "After I shared the story of veteran musician K.K. Kabobo, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, the flag bearer of the NDC, donated GH5000 to him." God bless you, H.E. "The family is thankful," he wrote. During an interview with Hitz FM on February 27, K.K. Kabobo said that he received GH₵2000 from GHAMRO to fund his therapy. "GHAMRO was here and provided me GH2000 for medicine. Other Takoradi-based groups were also able to gather funds, which they contributed," he said.

K.K. Kabobo, a veteran Highlife performer, has received funding from former President John Mahama and the Ghana Music Rights Organisation for liver illness treatment.

K.K. Kabobo is now battling liver illness, and his health is failing.

Broadcaster Barima Kaakyire Agyemang, who visited the famed artist, shared the news on his Facebook page and asked for help with the musician’s treatment.


Following the news and requests for aid, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, donated GH5000 to the legendary artist.

Barima Kaakyire Agyemang stated this in a Facebook post.

“After I shared the story of veteran musician K.K. Kabobo, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, the flag bearer of the NDC, donated GH5000 to him.” God bless you, H.E. “The family is thankful,” he wrote.

During an interview with Hitz FM on February 27, K.K. Kabobo said that he received GH₵2000 from GHAMRO to fund his therapy.


“GHAMRO was here and provided me GH2000 for medicine. Other Takoradi-based groups were also able to gather funds, which they contributed,” he said.

The veteran musician requested further help, claiming that he pays GH3000 for hospital tests and medicines each time.

The general public may also help the veteran musician by donating to the number 0242112136 under the name Kobbena Kwakye Kabobo.

K.K. Kabobo is a well-known highlife artist whose most popular songs include ‘Onyame Ahu Wo’, ‘Nyatse Nyatse Girl’, and ‘Running Away’.

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