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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:GHANAIAN FILM PRODUCER CHRISTABLE KYE TALKS ABOUT LONG LASTING CAREER AND THE FUTURE

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Christabel Kye has been around the film industry for as long as she can remember. With several movies and soapies under her belt, she has seen many of the ups and downs one must endure when pursuing a career in the film industry. She has seen lots of hopefuls come in and out of the Ghanaian film industry and sometimes introduced some of them to it. She confesses it takes a lot of talent and learning to be in the business. She has written local soapies like Taxi Driver, Small World, Chorkor Trotro among others and produced movies like Love and Crime, Hotel Babylon, Letters to my mother

 

Hotel Babylon penned by Kobi Rana definitely put Kye into the big leagues in the industry. Presently, she is the producer of tv’s  hourly show ” trailer tv”.Haute Spott caught up with her in this exclusive to discuss how her career has developed up to this point and what her expectations are for the future.

 

HS: When did you first become interested in films?

CK: I have always loved films especially comedies I know it is a bit clichéd but it is what it is.

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HS: Did you have any specific influences growing up that lead you towards the film industry? CK: I had none at all but mere fascination turned me toward that direction. I love to see things come to life.

 

HS: Did you always know what you wanted to do?

CK: No…first I wanted to be a doctor, then I wanted to be a lawyer and when those dreams didn’t come through I opted for this. I must say I am glad I am now producing and writing. I do a kick a** job at it.

 

HS: How long have you been doing this?

CK: Well, I have been doing it for the past 10 years. I have written soaps like small world, local series like Chorkor Trotro, Taxi Driver and several award winning series

 

HS: Was your family supportive of you choosing this direction?

CK: Yes, they were glad I chose to be a film maker. In fact they are my greatest critiques.

 

HS: You mean no opposition at all

CK: Yes, no opposition at all in fact they enrolled me into film school.

 

HS: Have you considered moving on to other careers? What keeps you persevering?

CK: Interesting….what keeps me going are the projects. Even though it is challenging sometimes. It is a daily excitement.

 

HS: How did you get your first break?

CK: I worked as a production assistant then I just tried to raise a little money and found I could write and produce. Then I set out to option a script.

 

HS: Was Taxi Driver the first piece you wrote? How did that come about?

CK: Yes, that was the first piece. It started out as an outrageously laugh out loud comedy. Originally back to back comedy but the end result was a combination of many things including too much comedy.

 

HS: How do you handle disagreements you may have with studios, directors, etc.?

CK: Always with tact, but at the end of the day, it depends on who has the right to make the decision, and pretty much one can lobby against bad decisions, but we have to live with the powers that be.

 

HS: “Hotel Babylon” had a very good cast. It must be frustrating when such great expectations don’t go as planned. Do producers have much authority in film making today?

CK: It all depends on how the picture is financed, that is truly the key. Then besides that, it depends on how much say the director has.

 

HS: What criteria do you use to select a script, screenwriter, director, etc.?

CK: For the script, it has to be good, and that means many things. If a script can make you laugh and cry and has a great story, that is a start. With the director it is usually the amount of passion I can sense from him or her towards the project.

 

HS: Producers are risk-takers who seize an idea, run with it and convince others to follow them, agree?

CK: Yes, producers do take all the risk.

 

HS: Most of your films seem to have been in the comedy genre. Is this the genre you prefer? CK: There’s nothing like a good laugh. We all need that in our lives.

 

HS: Ok, what’s next? Anything else in the works?

CK: I have several projects in the works. Several that I am not allowed to talk about now but when the time is right I will give you that pleasure.

 

HS: Any advice for the upcoming ones?

CK: I f you have the talent, get an education because talent alone cannot get you anywhere.

 

HS: It was a real pleasure talking to you, Christabel?

CK: And the pleasure is all mine. Thank you

I AM HOTTER THAN KIM K -GHANAIAN ACTRESS JULIET IBRAHIM

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ImageIf this picture is anything to go by, then we know the statement Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim making by revealing this flattering selfie on social media. The actress doesn’t have to say it in so many words. She is simply saying, watch me! I am hotter than Kim K. So what y’all think, is she hotter than Kim K?

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ARTISTES AVENUE: GHANAIAN MODEL / SINGER ZAKIA KUNGE

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Zakia Kunge has a long repertoire. For now she is known to be a singer, a model and a presenter. Born in Accra, Ghana. The ever vivacious Zakia spent part of her life in Tripoli, Libya before moving back to Ghana to get education at a very tender age and then later moved on to Russia. Until finally she made a decision to move to Ghana to pursue her modelling career.  She is Miss Universe Ghana 2012 2nd runner up and was a finalist on the music reality show Vodafone  Icons 2013. She currently presents the Tym Out tv show which airs on Viasat 1.

Zakia has an Msc in Political Science from a top notch Russian  school. She is fluent in Russian.

As a model, she has walked several runways in Moscow.She was unanimously voted the favorite amongst  top photographers ,featuring in spreads of magazines and TV ads. In 2008, she won the prestigious  Miss People’s Friendship University of Russia Title.

Her fashion style is sexy, classy and chic.. Zakia’s No.1 fashion rule is:Be comfortable with what you wear…and lovce what you wear . If love it and you look confident , everyone else is gonna love it

Vital Stats:

Bust: 32 inches

Waist:26.5 inches

Hips: 38 inches

Height: 5 “7

Check out her portfolio

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LIFE IS WAY TOO SHORT, ACE GHANAIAN /BBC TV PRESENTER KOMLA DUMOR DIES AT 41

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Although we were one of the first to find out about the sudden demise of Ghanaian / BBC broadcast Journalist Komla Dumor we chose to the restrain from reporting first. One, because we were shocked that a man so compact, robust and healthy like him could  just go in the blink of an eye and two, because we wanted concrete confirmation from the family.And whilst many news site scrammed and hurriedly did the reportage, we chose to wait and reflect.To reflect that really Komla was gone. We chose to reflect  about this man who made his country and his continent proud. The man who worked tirelessly to show the world that indeed some good can come out of not only Africans but the black race. Lesson we learnt: life is short.

A couple of hours ago, the BBC confirmed the news of his death on their website however the news has been updated 13 minutes ago and this is what the recent update read:

BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, it has been announced.

Komla joined the BBC African Service in 2007, after more than a decade working as a radio presenter in his native Ghana. He recently became the lead presenter of the BBC’s first daily television programme for Africa.

He had a wide-ranging career as an interviewer and presenter – his interviewees included former US President Bill Clinton and the grandson of Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela.

Also Tributes section also read:

Tributes have been paid to BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor, who died suddenly at his London home on Saturday at the age of 41. It is thought he suffered a heart attack. A Ghanaian, Dumor joined the BBC in 2007 and became a presenter for BBC World News and its Focus on Africa programme. Here are a selection of comments sent in by readers or posted on Twitter.

FROM GHANA & GHANAIANS

Komla was the trailblazer of modern radio journalism in Ghana. He was the icon, most of us local journalists looked up to, for inspiration. May he rest in peace. Justice Lee Adoboe, Accra, Ghana

As a fellow Ghanaian I’m saddened to hear the death of Komla Dumor. As a child growing up in Ghana I always listened to his shows on the local radio and when I moved to London I was honoured to have met him in person whilst at work. It’s very very sad to hear this news today I my prayers are with his family. Maximus, London

I first met Komla while we were both students at the University of Ghana around 2000-2001. He was working at JOY FM while still studying at the time. He was affable, friendly and had a good sense of humour… He made a mark on radio journalism in Ghana, and was a great source of inspiration for many Ghanaian youth, especially, those who wanted to get into radio. May his soul rest in peace. Emmanuel, New York City, USA

It is a sad day today, we have lost a talented journalist. I am still in shock. A true representation of Africa, strong, a true gentleman, a go getter. You will be missed Komla. Rickie Davies, Ghana

I never knew him personally but always looked forward to his posts on Facebook. My Facebook page will not be the same without him. Every Ghanaian loved him and we still do. Forever in our hearts. My sympathies to his wife, children and entire family. Life is really unpredictable. Rest in Peace Benjamin Tetteh, Accra, Ghana

We have lost a truly dedicated and illustrious journalist…Working for the BBC, Komla was a delight to listen to; very knowledgeable and inquisitive at the same time. In his prime, we have lost him painfully. Who will now speak for Africa as a true African? Augustine Adams, Accra, Ghana

Our nation has lost one of its finest ambassadors. @BBCkomladumor was a broadcaster of exceptional quality and Ghana’s gift to the world. Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama @JDMahama via Twitter

2010 WORLD CUP JERSEY

I remember his coverage at the world cup 2010. The time he took off his shirt to reveal the Ghananian football team jersey he was putting on. He was a light indeed to many particularly African journalists. He will be greatly missed for his tireless effort in journalism. Anderson Chinorumba, Gaborone, Botswana

Coverage of Africa& World Affairs

Mr. Dumor brought to the world the hope, vision, plight, and challenges of Africa in an understandable manner with his unique perspectives, interviews and coverage of stories that no other network covered. I am sorry to learn of his passing. My thanks to his family and BBC for sharing him with the world. My sympathies to his family, friends, colleagues and fans. Denise Sangster, San Francisco, California

I loved this enthusiastic and dedicated man. My heart goes out to his family and friends in this tragic time. Hard to believe I will not see his smiling face and down to earth assessments of his home roots, Africa, again. A tragedy and one which I trust BBC will honour and respect to the best of their ability. Amongst all of the BBC’s many great and famous human assets, Komla Dumor’s name should today be irrevocably established. Jimbo, Pattaya, Thailand

I am in deep shock, hearing of the early death of Komla Dumor. He added a different aspect on the world’s developing stories, somehow making many, pleasant and more understandable, even with sensitive subjects. He will be really be missed by the viewing audience. Jack Wolstenholme, Kranevo, Bulgaria

Komla has left a legacy in a media arena and a better understanding of Africans stories. He will be dearly miss by everyone. He was a true symbol of hope for those want to make change in people life through media. David-Mayen, Juba, South Sudan

TWEETS FROM THE MEDIA WORLD

RIP Komla Dumor. Far too young to pass. Kay Burley of Sky News @KayBurley via Twitter

BBC World TV’s Komla Dumor dies – so very sad. A nice and talented man. And so young. Kevin Bakhurst, Managing Director, RTE News and Current Affairs, former Controller BBC News Channel @kevinbakhurst via Twitter

#KomlaDumor brought huge energy and humour to the #BBC’s reporting from #Africa. He had such character and enthusiasm.

I just can’t believe it. I didn’t know him well. But we chatted at a party last night and he seemed entirely fine. Stunned.

Tweets from Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News International Editor @lindseyhilsum

Our BBC family tonight mourns loss of one of our brightest & best – Komla Dumor. Big heart, big personality, brilliant broadcaster. Tweet from Mishal Husain, BBC News presenter @MishalHusainBBC

My utmost condolences to #KomlaDumor’s family. I remember meeting him during an interview, and thinking: ace presenter. RIP. Tweet from H A Hellyer, academic and writer on Middle East issues @hahellyer

Sad to hear @ the death of @BBCkomladumor so vibrant & passionate @ Africa & good journalism. Thoughts w. his family. Claudine Moore, PR and writer @ClaudineMoore

The death of an African broadcasting giant. Rest in Peace Komla Dumor. Tweet from Lance Guma, Managing Editor at Nehanda Radio @LanceGuma

 

GHANAIAN ACTRESS LYDIA FORSON NAMED AMAA BRANDS AMBASSADOR

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We like to think of her as larger than life and  very confident. That why it came as no surprise to us when we heard that the  vivacious Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson has been announced as a Brand Ambassador for the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards.

This is actually the first time this has happened in the history of the award ceremony, which recognizes unique talents on the African continent and pushes the frontiers of African film industry to the World.

The Academy conferred this rare responsibility on her in Lagos, Nigeria on  Thursday December 19, afternoon at a strictly by invitation event, attended by a number of stakeholders in the African Film industry, CEO and founder of the Africa Movie Academy AMAA Awards Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and the bubbly actress, Lydia Forson herself.

The AMAA is a platform that projects the African film industry to Africa and the rest of the world. It is also described as a glamorous celebration of artistry honoring excellence in African Filmmaking and Cinema.

Lydia Forson, who has on one occasion won AMAA Best Actress Award, is the first to be openly named an AMAA Brand Ambassador, since its inception some ten years ago.

She was chosen because her brand represents what the Africa Movie Academy Awards is all about; quality and projecting Africa to the World.

 Her responsibility will  be to represent the Academy on major platforms like  international film festivals among other activities. Indeed, this feat is well deserved.

SEE ALL THE “RED” FABULOUSITY ON THE RED CARPET OF THE OVATION RED CAROL

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Yes, we used a lot of red too many a time, right. That was the recommendation of the Ovation Carol night. Although the event failed to attract all our much loved stars. We think we just do with these ones. Check out what some of your favourite stars from Ghana and Nigeria wore to the ovation Red Carol and Awards held for the first time in Accra.

 

 
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Salasie Ibrahim

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Kayda Afriyie and Ama K Abebrese

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Berlinda Baidoo

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Emmanuel Armah

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Lydia Forson

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Mzbel

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Lydia Forson and Ofie Kodjoe

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Marie Humbert

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Abiodun Koya

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Regina Anne Dei Van-Helvert and Stephanie Karikari

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Damilola Adegbite

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Monalisa Chinda

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Chris Kata

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James Gardiner

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Sandra Ankobiah

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CHECK OUT PHOTOS OF GHANAIAN SINGING SENSTATION RAQUEL

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We are told she is one of the talented rising music stars in Ghana. Anyway, check out these haute images of the sensational songbird Raquel.  B.U-TIFUL!@raquelmusicliveonline9 @raquelmusicliveonline15 @raquelmusicliveonline17