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The surprising professions of Ghana’s celebrity lookalikes before stardom

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The surprising professions of Ghana’s celebrity lookalikes before stardom

They are well-known in Ghana as celebrity lookalikes, but the 4Kings, as they are collectively called, have a unique existence outside of their overnight popularity.

In a recent interview on the Delay Show, Steve Quams, Courage, Robert, and Future, who go by the aliases Kuami Eugene, Medikal, King Promise, and Mr Drew, revealed their true identities.

All four of them talked about their struggles, such as moving from their hometowns to Accra, working lowly jobs, and becoming instant celebrities.

Here’s how the chat with host Delay went:

Delay: All that is known about you is that you are the lookalikes of several singers; tell me a little about yourselves, beginning with Future.

Future (Mr Drew’s lookalike): I was born in Lapaz and attended Awoshi Junior and Senior High Schools (JHS and SHS). My mother lives in Obuasi, and my father in Ofaakor. My father abandoned me after fifth grade. I went to Glorious Mission School and then to Abetify Presby to study Visual Arts.

I worked as a spare parts trader at Abossey Okai after school. Then I quit to work for a sachet water firm. Before returning to the spare parts business at Abbosey Okai, I also worked as a barber.

Delay: Steve, what was your life like before you became famous?

Steve Quamz (Eugene’s lookalike): I was born in the Eastern Region at Asuom Kade. My father was late, but my single mother looked after us. My father had three marriages, thus I have many stepsiblings but just four blood siblings. I attended Asuom Senior High School before moving to Accra in 2018.

I worked as a store attendant after school while living with my brother in Ashongman.

Delay: Robest comes next.

Robest (King Promise’s doppelganger): I was born in Breman Asikuma but raised in the Eastern Region in Koforidua. I am the first of two children; I have a sister. I graduated from Goka SHS in the Brong Ahafo Region in 2017.

I only relocated to Accra five months ago. I’ve never worked a menial job after school, only music. Before I became famous, I worked as a doppelganger. I go from area to region looking for other people who look like me.

Delay: Courage comes last.

Courage (Medikal’s clone): My birthplace is Akatsi, Volta Region. I am the second kid in a family of three. I went to Akatsi JHS and afterwards Akatsi SHS. I studied graphic arts and graduated in 2017.

In 2018, I relocated to Tema after finishing school. I used to work as a mobile money operator. I also worked with a printing press to make t-shirts.

As destiny would have it, the pals connected on social media through Robert and started the ‘craze’ of lookalikes as a method to get away from hustling.

Despite the fact that the path is not without hurdles, 4Kings stated that they are striving and are exploring a career move to full-time music.

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Piesie Esther openly declares love for Sarkodie’s songs

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"What I like about his [Sarkodie] rap is that you can hear what he's saying... I really like the one he made lately with my buddy [Black Sherif]. "I don't usually listen to those songs, but when they come on, I listen," she stated on Starr FM on November 24, 2023.

Piesie Esther, a gospel singer, has publicly commended rapper Sarkodie for his distinct style.

She added that she like his tracks because of his extraordinary ability to convey properly the lyrics in his rhymes.

Piesie Esther named Sarkodie’s song “Countryside,” which featured Black Sherif, as one of her favourites.

“What makes me love his [Sarkodie] rap is that you can hear what he is saying… recently, the one that he did with my man [Black Sherif], I love it. I don’t normally listen to those songs, but when they are playing, I listen” she said in an interview on Starr FM on November 24, 2023.

The award-winning gospel artist also expressed a desire to work with Sarkodie in the near future.

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Wendy Shay donates educational materials to Weija Presbyterian Primary School

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The acclaimed singer welcomed kindred spirits with open arms, pushing them to band together and make a lasting influence on the foundation's noble cause. Wendy Shay ensured that, in addition to educational contributions, entertainment had a role in the donation ceremony, exciting students with live performances of some of her favourites. For the past three years, the Shay Foundation has been pursuing these humanitarian activities with zeal. Below are extracts from the gift.

Wendy Asiamah Addo, also known as Wendy Shay, provided teaching and learning materials to students at the Weija Presbyterian Primary and Junior High School in the Greater Accra Region on Monday, November 20, 2023, through her organisation Shay Foundation.

Branded exercise books, newly made school uniforms, detergents, and refreshing drinking water were among the kind donations.

This charitable deed, which honoured International Children’s Day, demonstrates Wendy Shay’s dedication to encouraging student access to critical educational resources.

Speaking to the students and staff of the school, the ‘Bedroom Commando’ crooner said, “Shay Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that is committed to seeing to the welfare of both young and old. The organisation aims to support the educational needs of the community. Our main mission is to provide equitable access to quality education for underserved communities. It’s sad to see people drop out of school because they do not have the proper materials. Education is the key to the future, and we must do everything possible to make sure that every child has access.”

The acclaimed singer welcomed kindred spirits with open arms, pushing them to band together and make a lasting influence on the foundation’s noble cause.

Wendy Shay ensured that, in addition to educational contributions, entertainment had a role in the donation ceremony, exciting students with live performances of some of her favourites.

For the past three years, the Shay Foundation has been pursuing these humanitarian activities with zeal.

Below are extracts from the gift.

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Burna Boy named Afrobeats Artiste at the 2023 BMAs

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Meanwhile, Rema's Calm Down remix with Selena Gomez was named Top Afrobeats Song.

Burna Boy, a Nigerian music singer, has been crowned the best Afrobeats act at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards (BMAs).

Burna Boy defeated other musicians Libianca, Rema, Tems, and Wizkid.

Accepting the award on Sunday, the African legend stated, “This is dedicated to Africa and every artiste coming out of Africa now, the future is bright.”This is only the tip of the iceberg, but you’ll see the entire concept shortly. “I salute you, love.”

Meanwhile, Rema’s Calm Down remix with Selena Gomez was named Top Afrobeats Song.

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