The Proposal: The TV Show that Made me Cringe

Confession: Ever since I watched Big Brother Africa about 16 years ago, I have grown to like some reality shows and been watching several of them on both local and satellite television. Mainly out of curiosity, I have seen (and continue to see) Fear Factor, America’s Next Top Model, The Voice (UK), Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped, Come Dine with Me and several others. I love the competitiveness and the seeming ‘realness’ of ordinary people on TV who may be working hard to win a prize/reward. I also love the critiquing sessions by the judges, although I feel they are sometimes unfair. Other negatives in some of these shows are the foul languages that are used (Hell’s Kitchen) and the vices which are portrayed as the norm.😕

This week, I discovered two reality shows that have kept my mind buzzing. I saw an episode of The Proposal and it had a number of women providing reasons to a mystery suitor on why he should select them for a prospective relationship. The mystery suitor got to see the ladies because he had a screen that showed what was ongoing on stage while the ladies did not have that luxury. The ladies answered questions posed to them by the mystery suitor, wore swimsuits, modelled and kept convincing him (the mystery suitor) to select them over the others. 🤷There were elimination stages, spearheaded by the mystery suitor and influenced by the ‘chemistry’ he thought existed between him and the ladies/contestants. The ladies who made it to the final round got to see the mystery suitor (and whether they liked his appearance of not were stuck to him). The man then finally selected his preferred girl (I have only seen an episode but I hope other shows have women as the mystery suitors with men as the contestants and the men also model in swimsuits so the woman chooses who she likes from the bunch). 💁 I also saw two episodes of Take Me Out which has a similar concept to The Proposal. Several ladies try to get the attention of the man/celebrity for a possible date to Fernandos. They try hard by acting silly and being loud for the celebrity to choose and take them on a date to Fernandos.😂 At least on Take Me Out, the women can press the buzzer if they do not like the man at any stage on the show, which is better than The Proposal.

Seeing The Proposal and Take Me Out got me thinking and asking several questions including the reality of such shows. They are so full of drama that is likely to keep you glued to the TV even though they may not be real, but, what if shows like The Proposal portrayed what was happening in the real world? Are people/women craving badly for relationships or to get picked up by someone to go on dates? I disliked how desperate the women were portrayed in these shows, especially, how they acted even when they had not seen the suitor. Maybe I am just an old-fashioned Christian who thinks a lady should be pursued and she should have the luxury of selecting who she wants to be with. Yes, a woman can make herself noticeable but not to the point of wearing bikinis to model on television in order to be selected by a suitor (one of the ladies actually did a cheerleading routine in her bikini for the mystery man.) ☹️ That was the point that I said “Oh God, please don’t let this be real. Let them be actresses. Don’t allow anyone to believe this.”

These television shows are mostly rated ’13’ and I’ve been wondering how they are likely to influence the younger generation who keep seeing them.☹️ In order of importance, Comedian and Entertainer, Trevor Noah, joked that Americans ranked Sports first, the Kardashians second, their President third and their troops fourth. Even though it may sound funny, that is how some entertainers and forms of entertainment may be influencing a whole generation. 😥

Have you seen any television show that made you cringe? What was it about? Let’s get talking. 😊

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Lightening Up 2019: Bro Philemon Drops 4 Hit Tracks

Born on October 15th, 1980 in the suburbs of Manse, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Ishmael Philemon Ackon, popularly known as Bro Philemon has enjoyed the influence of music through the church. It is no wonder the gospel musician, performer, songwriter and producer has released four new songs which are already making waves in this new year. His parents, Beatrice Ivy Ackon and the late Reverend Emmanuel Eddie E. Ackon, were members of the Methodist Church who played various roles in the gospel musician’s successful career.

Bro Philemon is currently a worship leader at the Shenzhen International Fellowship in China where he resides with his wife Mary Joy Yap Dugaduga and children Beatrice Ivy-Joy Ackon and Trixie Efua-Otuah Ackon.

The multiple gospel award-winner is also a businessman and the Chief Executive Officer of P & D MPC HK Co. Limited (Hong Kong) and Philemon’s Supply Management SZ Co. Limited (Shenzhen, China).

His four new songs feature popular names like Akesse Brempong, Amy Newman and Jeremy Rayborn Hall. These songs are already receiving massive airplay and they include:

The Song & The Dance featuring Jeremy Rayborn Hall (Download Here):  

‘Your Name’ featuring Akesse Brempong (Download Here)

‘Sweetest Name Remix’ feat Amy Newman (Download Here)

‘Higher Ground’ (Download Here)

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Gospel Sensation Michael Johnson Releases ‘Adom bi K3k3’

Dropping the latest album which seems to be an immediate hit in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and other regions in Ghana is gospel artist, Michael Johnson. MJ seems to have made waves with the album’s hit song ‘Adom Bi k3k3.’

The album, which was dropped just three days ago, has already provided Ghanaians with a toe-tapping melody and several other reasons to sing and praise God.

Minister Michael Johnson’s Album’s cover photo

The artist who is signed onto the Action Records Production headed by Desmond Osei Assibey and based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has linked his success to the grace and power of God, thus, the reason for how far he has come.

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“I always recall how I started my music career some years ago in Kumasi with a desire and a passion to transform lives,” MJ said. “Although the journey has not been easy, I knew God had a purpose and a timing for my life and I am very grateful to Him for making ‘Adom bi k3k3’ a reality.”  

‘Adom bi k3k3’ which means ‘sufficient grace’ is Minister Michael Johnson’s first album under the Ghana- USA records label which also has artists such as Mr PHD of CrossOver (2017) and Isaac Frimpong of Medinkunim (2018) fame.

The cover song is engineered by Bassey Mix, one of Ghana’s number one recording studios and being promoted massively by the Ashanti Gospel Presenters Association (AGPA). This Association is linked to 20 biggest radio stations in the Ashanti region.

“I encourage my fellow gospel artist and everyone else to trust in the Lord, keep focused and above all, wait patiently on the Lord for in His own appointed time, He makes all things beautiful,” 

Michael Johnson

To listen to ‘Adom bi k3k3’ click here. 


For further information and bookings, contact Simon Obeng Takyi of Action Records Production on 0246088664.

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From Accounting to Gospel Music – How an ‘Encounter’ Totally Changed the Dreams of Miss Ivy Okyere

Her dreams of wearing high heels and working in corporate Ghana as an Accountant was cut short a few months after she graduated from the Pentecost University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She wears high heels, though, but this time she stands in front of large congregations and her mission is it is to win souls, heal the sick and encourage everyone through her eight-track gospel album.

The musician, who completed Achimota School in 2006, is also a pastor at Zoe Outreach Embassy in Accra. Ivy Okyere’s life and dreams were altered when she began her national service and had a near-death experience.

“In November 2011, I fell sick and appeared somewhere that I can’t tell but I knew it is some kind of spiritual experience,” Miss Okyere said.

In what appeared to be a vision, the gospel musician went to a ‘certain place’ where she saw people dressed in white gowns and in there, she began to ask questions.

“I saw people in a queue as if they were going somewhere. A man walked up to me and told me that these people are going to present themselves to a king,” she said. “The man said I should not join because I was not part but I could only observe.”

According to the musician, that was when she moved out of the queue and became more conscious of her environment. She does not remember how she came out of the trance but what the singer recalls was the instruction she received from the ‘man’ in the said experience.

“Go and sing because this is the time for you to sing,” the exact words of the unknown man in the ‘experience.’

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It was with this instruction and later, a confirmation from another Man-of-God [name witheld] that Miss Okyere, with no prior experience in singing, began to work on her album that was released in April, this year. In between heeding to the call and to the release of her debut album, the singer made some adjustments to her career and prepared herself to do full-time ministry.

“I was working in Multicredit Savings and Loans in Kumasi before I moved to Accra and I have worked in an automobile company. Currently, I am in the process of setting my own business,” said Miss Okyere.

The musician recounts with excitement, how close friends and family react when they listen to her songs for the first time. Most of them are surprised at how an aspiring accountant could switch into full-time gospel ministry because, to them, the change has been ‘drastic.’

“They are happy. Everybody goes like I am happy for you. Everybody goes like the songs are powerful. Everybody goes like you hear the lyrics clearly and they are biblical,” she said. “It’s amazing that the whole thing happened just like that. I remember, the first time people heard me singing, actually even my own mother, she was like ‘how, what happened to you?’[Miss Okyere giggles] No one actually knew I had the voice to sing but right after the encounter, I began to have this whole experience. So it’s amazing,” the gospel artiste added.

WhatsApp Image 2018-10-17 at 14.34.10.jpegWhen questioned on the choice of her style of music, Miss Okyere remarks they are exactly what she receives in her spirit. Unlike some gospel musicians who write songs based on their experiences, she receives her inspiration while she worships and prays.

“Sometimes, I see myself singing in a dream and when I wake up, I still have the songs. What I do is I write them or I pick my phone and record them,” she said.

Her favourite track on the album is the praise song titled ‘Nkunim’ [meaning victory]. She likes it because even though she received a revelation of it, the song summarises her experiences.

Nkunim because I believe that through all the experiences I’ve had, the Lord gave me the victory. I have other songs that portray that but for now, that is my favorite,” she said.

Miss Okyere lists Don Moen, Sinach, Nathaniel Bassey, Joe Mettle, and Willy and Mike as some gospel musicians who inspire her but commenting on the current gospel tracks being produced in Ghana, the singer believes artists should be more focused on spreading the word of God.

“Money is good, fame is good and I think you have to use your talent but you shouldn’t neglect the fact that we are in the ministry with a purpose. It is a call and you have to heed to the call and not any other thing,” she said.

The gospel artiste, together with her team, are working on shooting music videos, finding radio slots to lead live-worship sessions and preparing to record tunes for her next album. In subsequent releases, she hopes to translate the songs into several other languages.

“That is what the Bible says and this is the ministry the Lord has given me. I also need to make sure that every tongue, every tribe, everybody understands the message to know what the Lord is doing, so,  it is going to be in different languages and the songs will be all over the globe,” Miss Okyere said.

“For upcoming gospel artiste, I would say, once you are in, do things right. Do not imitate the bad but correct what you think is wrong and stay focused. As long as you have chosen to go with the gospel, remember Jesus is the reason for the gospel.  Do it the Jesus’ way. Say it right and sing it right by portraying what it stands for,” she concluded.

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To listen to Miss Okyere’s album, please click on the play button. Let us know what you think about her tracks in the comment box. 😊

7 Christian Broadcasts & the Likely Influences of Listening to the Preachers

A way that causes an increase in the faith of every Christian, as stated in the Bible (Romans 10:17), is to constantly listen to /hear the word of God. If you are curious about the message style of preachers or you simply want to keep your mind fixated on God throughout the day and week (not only on Sundays during church services) then these Christian broadcasts are what you need.

Over the past weeks, the works of some preachers have been deeply appreciated through their radio or television broadcasts. This post, therefore, seeks to provide a broad overview of the sermon style of seven of these preachers and how you are likely to be influenced when you listen to them constantly.

  • Reverend Andy Yawson – Winning Ways Express on Sunny 88.7 FM
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Rev. Andy Yawson is the senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) and his broadcast is on Sunny 88.7 FM on weekdays between 11:00 -11:30AM. His style of presenting God’s word on his broadcast equips the listener to lead the victorious life. He provides the message of hope and motivates the listener to keep pursuing the purpose for which they’ve been created. After listening to him, you are likely to feel encouraged to pick yourself up and forge on. In the past weeks, he has been providing the listener with reasons a Christian shouldn’t settle for less because there are people we need to impact.

  • Reverend Eastwood Anaba – Wind of Love on Sunny 88.7 FM

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With a touch of humour, Rev. Eastwood Anaba, Pastor at Fountain Gate Chapel, brings Wind of Love on Sunny 88.7FM from Mondays to Saturdays at 11:30AM. This preacher can be described as the radical evangelist who pushes the Christian to adopt the right attitude to worship and prayer. He causes the listeners to re-think some of the attitudes which have been accepted as the ‘norm’ in our churches. His style of presentation is likely to make you chuckle at certain points of the broadcast but also cause you to reflect. In the past few weeks, he has been preaching on some lessons a Christian must avoid by using Gehazi and Absalom as examples. 

  • Pastor Mensah Otabil – Living Word on Joy 99.7 FM

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As the teacher that he is popularly known to be, Pastor Mensah Otabil, the head pastor of the International Central Gospel Church, is featured on Joy 99.7FM every weekday after the mid-day news. His sermon, delivered in points (the listener needs a notebook) stirs up hope in the Christian. The sermons cause you to have faith in God, yourself, Ghana and the continent at large. To make his teaching more practical, he provides examples which sometimes add a touch of humour to the sermon. In the past few weeks, he has been linking having a sound mind to how that diminishes fear in every Christian.

  • Pastor Chris Oyakhilome on Green 88.5 FM 

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The head pastor of Christ Embassy is featured on Green 88.5FM on weekdays between 2:00 -2:30 PM. If his sermons were a course, they would probably be the advanced level which requires the undivided attention of the listener. The sermons of Pastor Chris in the broadcasts are likely to cause the listener to rush for a Bible (wherever it’s hidden) and dig deeper to understand some of his revelations. He recently made an analogy on casting out and binding the devil and the interpretation he gave to them backed by scriptures, you simply need to listen to him.

  • Bishop Dag Heward-Mills on Sweet Melodies 94.3 FM

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The sermons of Bishop Dag which are presented in a simple, concise and very instructive manner causing the listener to understand that nothing else matters in this world except for soul-winning. He pushes the listener to focus mainly on the Great Commission. He has a good sense of humour and starts his practical examples by using the words, “One Day.” His congregation know that too well and laugh in anticipation for what he is about to say next. He is on Sweet Melodies on weekdays from 6-7AM and there is a repeat broadcast at 4pm.

  • Lady Reverend Adelaide Heward-Mills  on Sweet Melodies 94.3 FM

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Lady Rev. Adelaide, the wife of Bishop Dag, comes on air every Saturday from 9-10AM with Honey on My Lips. Her sermons explain some of the concepts in the Bible. She doesn’t pamper her listeners in her delivery. She tells you what is in the Bible and how you are to act. Some of her sermons are directed to women but most of them are for both gender. She gives practical examples which make her sermon less complicated to understand. You are likely to feel refreshed, appreciate the role played by the church which will stir up loyalty in you. Last week, she provided insight into reasons God chastens the people she loves.

  • Pastor Joel Osteen on Praise TV

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The Lakewood Church pastor is an encourager who always starts his sermon with something to laugh about. He motivates the viewer to keep pursuing what God has laid on their hearts even though they may be facing barriers and challenges. His broadcast is aired on the digital channel, Praise TV at 9PM on weekdays. If you are facing any challenges and feel like giving up, his sermons are likely to wash off the depression and make you pick up from where you left off.

Which radio or television broadcasts do you listen to or watch? Please share the details with us and how it has blessed your life. We’d love to listen/watch and feature them in the second part of this post.

Image Credit: All photos were downloaded from the pastors’ or their churches’ Facebook pages

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“Understand the Seasons & Embrace Technology,” Gospel Artiste Advises

Contemporary Gospel Musician, Samuel Osei Kwarteng, popularly known as Kwame Kwarteng is calling on musicians, particularly, those doing the gospel genre to understand the ‘times’ and adopt its accompanying technology in the production and distribution of their music.

The writer and singer of the hit single, Signs and Wonders, says this music industry is currently receiving its fair share of educational influences on both producers and consumers, therefore, a twist in the way the music is being made. He, however, refuted claims that the gospel industry in Ghana is collapsing, but, rather sees the genre as entering into a new ‘season.’

“Music is a tool for evangelism and our music will change. We should, however, update the way we think and accept whatever that comes with it. If you don’t update yourself when the season comes, you will perish,” he said. “Now, some songs become hit on social media so our ability to use this tool very well is what will take us there,” Mr Kwarteng added. 

The 2016 graduate of the University of Development Studies, who has been singing since IMG-20180709-WA0012childhood, believes prophecies in the Bible concerning  the pouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh in the last days, is being manifested in the increase in the number of gospel ministers who are also skilful in the art and performing miracles through their music.   

Mr Kwarteng, who is yet to go into this Ministry fulltime, admits there are challenges in the gospel terrain compared to other genres of music, therefore, his decision to combine singing with a regular job. In addition to the hit single, Signs and Wonders, the artist has Onim Wo Din, two songs which were inspired through scriptures. 

Signs and Wonders is a prophetic song and I see this season as a prophetic one. I got the inspiration for this song from Mark 16:17, where Jesus said signs and wonders will follow them who believe. For that reason, if you become a believer, you should not struggle for certain things in life,” he said.

“His death brought victory and blessings. First, we used to live in bondage and curses and were in deep sin but he came to die for us. If I lift up my hands and pray, the sick should be healed because that is the umbrella I operate under, so, we are made for signs and wonders as Jesus Christ said,” Mr Kwarteng said.  

The contemporary-style gospel musician traces his influences to Ron Kenoly, Alvin Slaughter, Don Moen, Tye Tribbett, Travis Greene, Lawrence Flowers, Mali Music, Donnie McClurkin and William McDowell. In Africa and Ghana, Nathaniel Bassey, Uche Agu, Joe Mettle, Jeshurun Otchere and Pastor Emmit are musicians Mr Kwarteng looks up to. 

The Righteous Cry.

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This Saturday, July 21, Kwame Kwarteng in collaboration with Kharis Life Foundation will be hosting a worship and prayer service dubbed Righteous Cry. The programme is taking place at the African Regent Hotel at exactly 3pm. Other ministers who will be ministering include Jeshrun Okyere, Pastor Emmit, A.B Kwarteng, Min. Mary and Rev. Nana Perbi.

The theme for this event, according to the musician, was inspired by Psalm 34:17 and it is an attempt “to get believers away from the ‘noise’ to a time with God when His words will be quoted back to Him.”  

“It will be ourselves and God and if we do that he is going to hear our cry.  It’s worship, prayer and the word and it’s free,” Mr Kwarteng concluded. 

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The 5 Most ‘SHOWN’ Christian Movies on Ghanaian TV

These Christian movies are so repeated that when you see them lined up or about to be shown, you almost groan in pain and say, “not again.” But no matter how many times you’ve seen them on both analogue and digital TV channels, you are always tempted to watch when they are repeated. Here is a list of the five most shown Christian movies on free-to-air TV in Ghana:

War room

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If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you are either not a fan of Christian movies or you simply do not care.  Even if you haven’t seen this movie on TV, you should have watched it in church on Valentines’ Day or during a Couple’s Nite out. This movie, which was produced by the Kendrick Brothers, features Tony (T.C. Stallings) and Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer). The couple were having issues in their marriage till Elizabeth met Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie) who admonished her to pray about her marriage instead of nagging. Elizabeth heeded to the advice, converted her closet to a ‘war room’ and prayed. Eventually, she had the response she was seeking and her marriage improved tremendously, although, the couple faced a number of trials prior to that. The daughter of the couple, Danielle (Alena Pitts) and her friend, Jeniffer (Jadin Alexis Harris) provided some subtle humour whenever they appeared in the movie.

Joyful Noise

This is a movie which portrays leadership in a church choir when they were threatened by a budget cut while entering a contest. It featured Vi (Queen Latifah) and G.G (Dolly Parton) who were always on each other’s neck and never seemed to get along. Meanwhile, Vi‘s daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer) meets G.G’s rebellious grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordon) and they fall in love. Vi, of course, who was strict did not approve of the two’s blooming romance but as the leader of the choir, she agreed to convert their songs to more contemporary ones which won them the trophy in the contest. This movie is infused with some good gospel tunes and has a hint of comedy but there are some scenes which confuse a strict Christian. For instance, there were members of the choir who practised pre-marital sex. Randy also took Olivia to the club and inquired if she was going to be a ‘church girl’ all her life (scratching my head).

Undershepherd

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A personal favourite which has been shown several times, particularly, on Praise TV, Undershepherd depicts the behind-the-scenes of some churches. LC (Isaiah Washington) and his friend, Roland (Lammon Rucker) attended the same church till the latter went to plant his own which did not quite flourish. LC remained in the First Baptist Church and was made the leader. His ministry became one full of dirty politics, adultery and several other negative practices. The repercussions were quite obvious and he ended up in jail. One begins to wonder what really goes on behind the scenes in our various churches.

Miracles from Heaven

This is a true story with a little girl, Anna (Kylie Rogers) with a dysfunction in her digestive system who miraculously got healed after the family had spent so many resources on her. She had to travel with her mum to several hospitals trying to find a cure for this rare disorder and in the process, Anna got stressed and unhappy. She was miraculously healed when she accidentally fell into the hollow middle of a tree in her home while playing with her siblings. While her parents and the rescue team trembled with fear trying to get her out, Anna found the healing she was seeking. Have you seen this movie yet?

Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counsellor

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Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) got married to her high school sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross) and everything seemed to be going on smoothly till she met rich,  adventurous Harley (Robbie Jones). It was then that she realised her marriage to her Christian husband was nothing but drab and lacked the excitement Harley tempted her with. Judith was negatively influenced to dress to kill (pressure from Ava played by Kim Kardashian), take drugs and have unprotected sex with Harley. The consequences of that included the loss of her marriage. Don’t say you haven’t seen this movie too many times.

Have you watched all of these five movies? Are there any others which are repeated on our screens but haven’t been listed above? Share the titles with us 🙂

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