Listening to radio has been one of my hobbies beginning from when I was a teenager; I found it was a source of information by way of news, announcements, e.t.c and also a source where I first got to hear good music. Being a lover of music and entertainment, I stuck mostly to radio stations with the entertainment style format of programming as well as familiarizing myself with the names of my favorite on-air presenters. I have always wondered how everything was set up in the radio station and how the quality sound delivery finally got to the listener like myself and each time I listened, I wished to be an on-air presenter, not forgetting there were skills and training involved……. My first attempt to enroll at a radio school in 2014 wasn’t successful as I didn’t have enough finances to carry me through after making the enquiries, so I moved on with life but still had that zeal to pursue a radio career, three years later in 2017, now well prepared I enrolled in the same school I wasn’t having the capability to attend back in 2014, which is (Rabodef Radio Academy, located here in Accra, Ghana) which I consider the best for every aspiring radio personality, I did a three months extensive course and finally graduated with the level of skills I needed to begin my radio journey, although an internship with radio stations was required of all students so they gain experience, mine was different because of certain personal reasons so I could not have my internship done but I still listened a great deal to a few favorite radio stations, it was during this time I also began my blog and made friends with different on-air radio presenters one of them being Benjamin Akakpo of Classfm 91.3, Brother Ben as I call him, is the host of the award winning program “Author’s Haven” where literary works of great men and women are reviewed, I am a great fan of his and also a member of most of his interactive social media platforms. One day I received a call from Benjamin asking if I would love to be a guest on his show to review one of the books for that week, although I had to check my schedule to confirm if I would make it there that day or not, I couldn’t contain my joy and I quickly cancelled any appointment that may have come up on the program day and called Benjamin back that I would make it, the book to be read was “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and I had less than a week to finish it LOL.
The D-day came and I was well prepared, I had informed my friends and family members to tune in and listen, also I had not forgotten the training received from radio school regarding speaking and composure during an on-air program….. I was nervous and I knew it was normal to be, because it was a first time for me but I also gathered courage at the same time, I was supposed to be joined by another guest but he couldn’t make it so I was the only one present as a guest. The show started and the first few minutes of my responses to Benjamin’s questions was tense LOL, but as the show went on it all disappeared and thankfully the show went on smoothly, I couldn’t believe it, (ME) speaking on air to a great number of people through the radio. I felt fulfilled…… This blog of mine now is a part of my plan in preparing myself for something great for listeners when I get a chance to host my own show. The Author’s Haven show comes up every Sunday at 7:00 pm on Class 91.3 FM and online http://www.classfmonline.com
My sincere gratitude goes to Benjamin Akakpo to have given me this first radio platform and experience. Thank You Bro……
Watch the entire show below:
Subsequent to every good music a video is required, Afrikaan, the talented musician from Sierra Leone following in this order has released the music video for “SEXY”.
The video which was shot in parts of Accra, Ghana, using camera’s and equipments of quality expertise was carried out by Flames, C.E.O. of Maj 1V records, and his team, with support from friends of Afrikaan on set as well. The video was first aired on The Swift Show with Betty Fosu and Saka DJ on Pan African TV.
Click to watch, share and don’t forget to subscribe to Afrikaan’s channel:
In 2017 I started a blog post called “Promote Your Blog” where fellow bloggers could share and promote their blog with the MIU community. This post resulted in 25,000+ views and 4,000+ bloggers sharing the who, what and why behind their blog.
I want to create a new directory to even out the playing field for newcomers to the blogging community. If you shared your blog in 2017, please feel free to share it again. To the newcomers, please leave a description about what readers might find if they visit your site. Also, remember to include a link to your blog.
Hopefully this will create some positive synergy for our very special blogging community. Let’s make 2018 the year of less perfection and more connection. Also, feel free to reblog this post so we can get more people involved. Happy blogging everyone!
The African Gold as she is referred to, Elivava’s first appearance on cordovogh.com was when I wrote an article to promote her work as a musician, today we celebrate her attainment as a Global Goodwill Ambassador by Richard DiPilla, in recognition of her efforts as a Peace Ambassador / Singer / Performer / Women’s Empowerment and Philanthropist.
The GLOBAL GOODWILL AMBASSADOR (GGA) is an initiative founded by Richard DiPilla, an inspiring entrepreneur and impressive marketing specialist using the social media forum LinkedIn, to recognize people from every nation, race, color and socio-economic caste; who do goodwill towards others and the only thing the GGA looks at is the volunteering, charitable or humanitarian works of any individual. They exercise no bias, not commercialized in any way and free of hatred. They only have one commodity, that of Goodwill.
Other Global Goodwill Ambassadors include: Hans-Jurgen John, Corilynn Bailey, Ferron Gray, Brock Harrington, Rana Nazir e.t.c among other notable men and women worldwide….
Congratulations Elivava, may you keep soaring to greater heights and put Ghana on the Map.
Get in touch at www.elivava.com
DCT Beats, an illustrious musician and sound engineer from Oyo State, Western Nigeria drops his first single titled GRACE which talks about his past love relationship with an Ex, and how he can’t let those sweet thoughts go from his mind. Listen, download and share below:
Team #FOG, winners of Best performing Group and Best Musical Group, all in Nasarawa State of Nigeria is a Hip Hop group consisting of brothers JayDanito, Suspi and IQ Billa Bangz working hard to prove their worth and also giving strong competition to fellow musicians in nearby cities like Abuja, Jos, Minna, Kaduna and hoping to get their music heard all over the world.
Today we focus on IQ Billa Bangz, who at a point has switched his style from rap to afro sounds, in his words “ it seems singing found me, I found myself”. Born Hamidu Shuaibu in Benin city, Edo state Nigeria, IQ Billa Bangz began his music journey at the age of 12, and made sure it has been a part of him right through school from Winner’s foundation school Benin city, Government secondary school Lugbe Abuja and in 2013/14, Nasarawa state Polytechnic Lafia during which he met his current group team #FOG and same time went professional with the music talent.
IQ Billa Bangz has couple of songs with his group and his own personal singles as well… they include:
- Lafia City
- My Money ft Suspi & JayDanito
- . She need a Man
and his current singles “FOR YOU” & “ONLY YOU” which is making waves and getting air play on various radio stations both in Nigeria and other African countries.
Below are two of his tracks FOR YOU and Lafia City
To mark his birthday which is today the 22nd of December and celebrate it with his fans, Dirty Psycho Entertainment headliner Dj YoGa collaborates with Reed Drago of Wild Monki records to drop this tune titled “Rumor”.
Kindly listen, download and share below:
Dreadlocks, or Rasta as some commonly refer to is a hairstyle that can be worn by anyone but a lot of people around the world attribute it to Rastafarianism, afterall carrying dreadlocks is somehow an important symbol to every Rastafarian. It’s procedure is simply carrying natural hair without combing so it gets twisted and eventually locked with time, or the natural hair can be matted or braided through a technique known as twist and rip.
There’s a line from a famous Morgan Heritage song “Don’t Haffi Dread” where they say one doesn’t have to carry dreadlocks to be a Rasta but rather divine conception of one’s heart, so therefore there can be Rastafarians without locks on their head, and also there can be others who just carry the locks for fashion…….
In recent times Ghana has seen majority of it’s youth all going from low cut hairstyle to carrying locks, but I would say carrying this hairstyle in this beloved country of Ghana isn’t easy because majority of it’s population frown on the hairstyle and the first impression that comes to mind whenever people see anyone carrying locks is “He’s a Criminal” “He’s a Rascal” “He’s dangerous” “He smokes marijuana” e.t.c. The police is not left out in this mindset as well because they too have this impression that all who carry dreadlocks are either marijuana smokers or peddling the herb which is illegal in Ghana, so the first thing a lot of policemen will do seeing anyone with locks, will be to stop them, subject them to accusations of either marijuana smell or it’s possession and subsequently subject that person to severe search…… lol.
I have been a conscious Rasta from my youthful days because I have in me that “divine conception” long before I even decided it was time to begin carrying locks and being aware of this mindset among the many population, I had to grow strong both emotionally, psychologically and socially because without these, one may never get the courage to carry locks. There was backlash from some family members and almost everyone around me though some couldn’t voice it out.
So far so good, my dreadlocks is a year and some months old, growing nicely and longer with each passing day and I intend to carry it for as long as my heart will tell me to. I call my locks my TALENT, and it GROWS everyday.