Bring back our shows NaCOVERC , you can’t be allowing certain groups of people gathering together for political activities without using face masks and no social distancing and still continue to place a ban on shows . Our Entertainment Industry is dying slowly and heads of various Entertainment organizations are not saying anything about it .
If Artistes are allowed to perform at schools during the day without adhering to COVID 19 rules and regulations why not allow others to perform at the time of their choices?
Since last year, we were asked to send in names for government’s stimulus package, we are yet to receive the money . This is the seventh months since we submitted those names and the money is not forthcoming. You can’t ban our shows and still delay to give us what you promised.
I am calling on all Entertainers to stand up for our right. The laws of the land should be applicable to all and sundry devoid of our religional, tribal or political background.
The return of the Crusader.
We’ve seen our counterparts in Guinea, Gambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Gambia and other African countries organizing major local and international shows under some guiding principles to help sustain and keep their creative and entertainment industry and their economies alive….but Sierra Leone keep moving on the contrary and it seems to be okay after the untold sufferings of countless numbers of entertainers, and their businesses continue to perish in the name of Covid-19 response, which appears to be a stunt.
It’s unwise to allow other major events to hold across the country, including political events, religious events, school concerts, public campaigns, rallies, government functions going on as planned, and yet you say no Entertainment events. This is ridiculous and complete wickedness to the creative industry. This is our livelihood. You can’t stop us and then failing to compensate us. You continues cancelling our shows and events with no remorse. This government MUST listen now before it’s too late. I’m hurt. I’m venting because our businesses are dying and our Entertainers/Celebrities are now turning into political or domestic beggars.
Let it also be known that the entertainment industry has played a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19, raising awareness and adhering to the precautionary measures. But with all of these contributions, it appears that we are the biggest victims of this crisis, whilst other sectors are partying.
Investment companies/stakeholders in the Sierra Leone Entertainment Industry are calling on the President Julius Maada Bio led Government of Sierra Leone to lift the ban on the entertainment industry and follow the steps taken by other African countries, that guide the conduct of entertainment events. We have suffered in silence and no one seems to be concerned.
For the past one year, our investments have dwindled and our cries have been falling on deaf ears and no one cares. This is not only affecting us, but several others who directly or indirectly rely on entertainment events for their livelihoods.
This is a wake up call for all entertainers, entertainment stakeholders and the government to map out possible ways of ensuring that entertainment events go on, as it is the case for our African counterparts.
“Are nor bin wan write natin but dis issue o,” but the current economic outcry, sufferings and brouhaha in the Creative Industry in Sierra Leone seem to be getting worse day by day for entertainers and the emerging businesses. This has left me with no choice but to add my voice and passionately appeal and crave the indulgence of our government to allow us organize our shows or in the interim use or utilize some funds of the EU, IMF, WHO and other international supports as relief or recovery funding to affected businesses in the entertainment industry.
Amb. Alhaji K. Tarawally (Laj-K)
Youth Activist, Entrepreneur and Entertainment Executive
Enough Is Enough
D. SAJ ENTERTAINMENT
For immediate song release
The all time local and international award winning artist and Music Crusader [Daddy Saj] will release his new hit song * NOR KRACH MI KROKRO * meaning (Don’t mess with me) officially on February 12th 2021
The message on this song targets issues like land grabbing, injustice, abuse of power, hiccups in the entertainment industry, political intolerance and more. The song would be available on all social media platforms, radio and TV including all local music vendors nationwide.
DADDY SAJ of “corruption e do so” fame, delights and appreciates the role of fans, promoters, DJs, Presenters and all those who in diverse ways are supporting and promoting the Entertainment sector.
Daddy SAJ also focuses on healthcare, philanthropy, activism and religiosity as he determines to stay for good this time around in order to restore originality, and take Sierra Leone music to a higher height of success.
D. SAJ Entertainment however wishes to inform all that this particular hit song is not in any way a ploy to negatively taint the image of the Government or any individual but rather it is geared towards highlighting facts as the voice for the voiceless.
Lastly, know that Corona is real; therefore, let us fight it by wearing face mask, regularly washing hands and observing social distancing. Together we can beat Corona.
God bless Mama Salone!!!
Abena’s given name is Sia Nesi Nancy Yarjah, Abena was born in Sierra Leone, but grew up in the city of Copenhagen in Denmark. Abena comes from a very educated family, it was therefore natural for Abena to pursue her education, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, Abena realised that she wants to do more for people and change people’s lives. Therefore Abena pursued on educating herself even more by taking a master degree in “social work”, in which she expects to complete the year of 2020.
Abena has always loved the entertainment industry, she founded a festival called Copenhagen beach Festival in the year of 2016. Copenhagen Beach Festival 2017 edition, had over 15 performing artists and over 10 dj’s. Copenhagen Beach festival is an annual event.
Abena started singing in church, she was in the choir singing background, at a time the pastor of the church gave Abena chance to lead praise and worship, straight away Abena knew that singing is what she was meant to do in life, and in the year of 2018 Abena released her first single called “Fall’ IN Love”. Abena’s style of music is a combination of West African highlife club classical and love stories.
The single “Call Me “
As the break out of Coronavirus delayed a lot of productivity and productions around the world, this affected Abena as well and the production of the music video “Call Me” Which was actually delayed for months , the audio was released the month of April 2020, in which the original plan was filming and releasing the music video by May 2020 ” Call Me” music video was released the month of September 2020. “Call Me is an afropop street banger with stripes of dancehall elements. The single “Call Me” is a love story addressing loyalty, compassion and confidence.
JIMMY BEE ‘S LED DELEGATION TO STATE HOUSE AND MACKMUDAY’S LED DELEGATION TO STATE LODGE WHICH ONE IS LEGITIMATE TO RUN THE AFFAIRS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?
Credit : Prezo Koroma D Crusader.
In fulfilment of his New Direction manifesto promise on page 45 which talks about the promotion of Sierra Leone music and Musicians nationally and internationally and maintain good business ethics in the industry, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio led government for the past two years has held several consultative meetings and conferences in the quest to actualize the aforementioned commitments.
The public may recall that on the 20th August 2019 cross section of top entertainers paid a courtesy call on President at Statehouse to discuss the way forward for the Entertainment Industry. The Minister of Tourism & Cultural Affairs Dr. Memunatu Pratt Presented the team of Entertainers after series of engagements that led to the formation of Foundation for Art Culture & Entertainment ( FACE).
No other person but Legendary Music & Movie Star Jimmy Bangura AKA Jimmy B was appointed to serve as the President of the Entertainment Foundation that was setup by the government of Sierra Leone . Jimmy B and his team over the past one year have done the needful things to start the operation of the Foundation but they are yet to receive a single cent from the government ( I stand to be corrected) . Jimmy B further travelled to Nigeria and other places on visibility studies and capacity building in order to have better knowledge in administering the Entertainment Industry.
However, a cross session of top entertainers headed by Mackmuday on this past Friday the 24th July 2020 held another dialogue meeting on behalf of the Entertainment Industry with President Bio and First Lady Madam Fatima Bio at their State Lodge to map out the way forward for the country’s Entertainment Industry. Sahr Wahid who spoke on behalf of the delegation and the Entertainment sector highlighted meaningful points if implemented will see Sierra Leone at the pinnacle of Entertainment in Africa and the rest of the world .
In his respond , President Maada Bio said that his government will look into the things that Sahr Wahid highlighted for the growth of the entertainment sector. He acknowledged the talents Sierra Leone has as a nation and if the necessary modalities are put in place entertainers will benefit more from their God given talents . The President also deliberated on the negative effect of COVID 19 on Entertainment industry taking into consideration the ban on public gathering exceeding 100 people and assured all and sundry that his government will provide stimulus package for the Entertainment body . President Bio further asked for a proposal with costing and promised his government willingness in providing the funds needed for the betterment of the industry.
Jimmy Bangura’s led Foundation for Art Culture and Entertainmemt( FACE ) which has the backing of President Bio and Nelson Kargbo’s team which also has the backing of First Lady which one is legitimate to run the affairs of Salone Entertainment?
Watch out for part 2 for comprehensive analyses.
©️ Prezo Koroma’s Junction.
Paris, France, Wednesday 13 November 2019 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has visited the Headquarters of Vivendi Group, an integrated content, media and communications group, to discuss possibilities of promoting Sierra Leone’s entertainment industry.
Chairman of Vivendi Village and Senior Executive Vice President of Communications, Simon Gillham, told the President about the CanalOlympia project which he described as the leading network of cinema and live performance venues in Africa.
He explained that because of the President’s commitment, they had identified Sierra Leone for the construction of the first CanalOlympia project in an Anglophone country in West Africa. He added that the project would involve the construction of a movie theatre with a capacity of around 300 seats and an open-air stage with a capacity for around 5,000 people for concerts and other kinds of entertainment shows.
“CanalOlympia venues are fitted with the latest sound and projection, including 3D, technologies and use energy provided by solar panels and batteries. This project will be done at no cost to government and it will create jobs for local people,” Mr. Gillham said.
Responding, President Bio thanked Vivendi Group for identifying Sierra Leone to implement the CanalOlympia project as it would contribute to developing infrastructure for the entertainment industry. He said that the project should be used to identify talents and develop young people in the entertainment industry.
The President immediately encouraged his Minister of Tourism and Culture, Madam Memunatu Pratt, who was also part of his delegation, to ensure that all necessary documentation and support were provided upon their return for the implementation of the CanalOlympia project.
The CanalOlympia venues have already been opened in the following cities: Conakry (Guinea), Yaounde and Douala (Cameroon), Niamey (Niger), two in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Dakar (Senegal), two in Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin), Port-Gentil (Gabon), Brazzaville (Congo) and Antananarivo (Madagascar).
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AFRICAN UNION TO HOST 6TH AFRIMA IN NIGERIA
…From November 20 to 23, 2019
…Themed ‘Feel Africa’
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of AFRIMA have announced that the 6th edition of the All Africa Music Awards themed ‘Feel Africa’ will be hosted in Lagos State, Nigeria in association with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria from November 20 to 23, 2019.
In partnership with the African Union, AFRIMA is a youth-focused music property that celebrates Africa, recognizes and rewards the work and talents of a myriad of African artists across generations. AFRIMA is committed to the stimulation of conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potentials of the cultural and creative economy for real enterprise on the continent, contributing significantly to social cohesion and continental integration as well as sustainable economic growth and development in Africa by lending its voice to promotion of education and campaign against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.
‘Feel Africa’, is an initiative aimed at showcasing the African essence through its music and culture and inviting everyone to share in the experience of African unity, African passion and African creativity. The theme takes inspiration from AFRIMA’s mission to change negative perspectives of Africa by promoting the cultural uniqueness of Africa as a means to counter issues hindering the unity, peaceful co-existence and economic growth of the continent.
Lagos State, rated as the largest music, entertainment and commercial hub in Western Africa and also renowned for its bubbly and hip lifestyle has hosted previous editions of AFRIMA from 2014 to 2017 with the support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria. The support of the Government of Lagos State as AFRIMA Official Host City in 2016 and 2017 also fostered the smooth execution of the various AFRIMA events and facilitated the seamless engagement of corporate sponsorship/partnership at various facets of event planning and execution.
In her statement, Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Angela Martins says, “Nigeria playing host to the 6th AFRIMA is indicative of the beneficial relationship the country has developed with the AU & AFRIMA as we use this continental awards platform to strengthen Africa’s culture industries while also promoting the cultural identity and integration of Africans. We are also appreciative of Lagos State Government for hosting 4 previous successful editions of the annual awards programs of events. We are confident that hosting AFRIMA in Lagos state, Nigeria will in no small measure constitute significant achievements for the promotion of African Union’s cultural objectives through the AFRIMA platform”
Meanwhile, fans, followers and lovers of African music artistes have started visiting the AFRIMA online voting platform www.afrima.org that opened on Sunday, September 1 to cast votes for their favorite 6th AFRIMA Nominees. This voting process, which closes on November 22, will determine eventual winners in the 36 AFRIMA awards categories to be recognized at the main awards ceremony scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 23.
Also expressing high anticipation for the 6th awards ceremony, Associate Producer, AFRIMA, Adenrele Niyi comments, “The 6th AFRIMA finds home in Nigeria for the 2019 awards ceremony and we could not be more excited for this edition. We are coming out of a super successful 2018 edition in Ghana -the 5th AFRIMA was a milestone year for us. These are interesting times for African music as more of our creatives are defying the imaginary limitations of cultural diversity to collaborate and create magical music. Many of these works would be showcased at the awards events such as the AFRIMA Music Village concert and the Main Awards Ceremony.
Needless to say, the accomplishments of African music are far-reaching beyond the continent and we intend to create a 6th AFRIMA showpiece inspired by Afro-modernism. it is shaping up to be the best event Africa has ever seen”, Niyi added.
The 6th edition of AFRIMA will continue in the tradition of a four-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism, and entertainment which will be experienced in the city of Lagos. Commencing with the Welcome Soiree on Wednesday, November 20, followed by AFRIMA Music Village on Thursday, November 21 by 6.00 p.m. prompt; Africa Music Business Summit on Friday, November 22 from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.; and the live AFRIMA main awards on Saturday, November 23 at 7.30 p.m. preceded by the live Red Carpet at 4.30 p.m.
The AFRIMA Music Village, Red carpet, and main awards events will be broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world including live streaming on the AFRIMA website and other online partner platforms.
All Africa Music Awards is the biggest music event on the continent. It offers benefits that would help in raising the continental and international pro
By Foday Moriba Conteh
Sierra Leone winning actress, TV and Radio personality, Movie Director, Producer, Chief Executive Officer -Sierra Leoneans Lives Matter, a non-governmental organization that advocates for good governance, women and girls empowerment Henrietta Mbawah ,who also doubles as Chief Executive Officer Manor River Entertainment Company recently bagged the prestigious Sister’s Choice Award 2019.
The Sister’s Choice Award seeks to inspire and motivate women to work
together and accomplish great things; therefore, celebrate those women
who have excelled in their fields as they stand as mentors and coaches
for the upcoming women leaders empowering the next generation of budding
Speaking to this medium after receiving the Award, Mbawah, expressed delight underscoring how it is a sign of appreciation in relation to the various activities she has been undertaking geared towards empowering the lives of young people and her great roles in the movie industry.
“I felt good to receive such an award because I worked for it,” she proudly stated.
Mbawah dedicated her award to all those who supported her in diverse ways her work in.
This is not the first award Mbawah has received as she has participated in the biggest contest in the world, Miss Manor River Union Entertainment. She was also recognized as one of the 50 most influential youth in Sierra Leone and won 10 other awards as Best Actress, most creative youth in Sierra Leone and her record is still intact.
“I believe in giving back. This is how it was for me when I was growing up and I will continue to empower the lives of young people in Sierra Leone,” she maintained.
Her organization, Manor River International Entertainment Company is very passionate about advocating for women who suffer from gender based violence in their schools, universities, and communities, and continues its drive of supporting the less privileged in Sierra Leone.
Mbawah promised to continue her charity work in and out of Sierra Leone so that she will continue to impact positively the lives of people.
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