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Ghana’s queen needs help at Miss World 2019

Rebecca Kwabi, Miss Ghana 2019 and Ghana’s representative at the ongoing 2019 Miss World pageant, needs extra push by way of votes from her home country to make Ghana proud.

The grand finale of the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant is scheduled to take place in London on December 14, 2019.

Currently, different contestants from various countries around the world, including the Ghanaian queen, have been going through various activities to help secure a place at the finale of the world’s most prestigious pageant, but they also need support from their countries via voting.

Rebecca is one of the contestants who are lagging behind with 0.12% points. She needs more votes to secure her bid to make Ghana proud.

The process to vote is quite simple. One can just visit www.missworld.com, sign up and… the person is good to vote,” the Miss Ghana Organisation announced on Instagram.

Rebecca is a student whose ambition is to open a fashion school and have her own fashion line. Her hobbies include dancing, sports, aerobics and swimming. Rebecca comes from a family of seven, and she is very close with them. The proudest moment of her life was winning a modelling contest alongside her twin sister. Rebecca’s life motto is ‘stay positive, be happy, live free’.

She believes she can bring home the Miss World crown, but with support from her county.

Meanwhile, this year Miss World has been hit by controversy over model Veronika Didusenko, who was crowned Miss Ukraine in 2018.

Four days after she won the title, the pageant officials took away her title because she is a mom, which violates the pageant’s policies. The rules of Miss World state that a contestant cannot be someone who has a child.

But on Saturday, more than a year after Didusenko was stripped of her title, the model announced on Instagram that she is taking legal action against Miss World, calling its policy prohibiting mothers from competing “discriminatory.” In an interview with the BBC published Sunday, Didusenko said she wants to “make sure the rules of Miss World move with the times” and hopes the pageant updates its rules to “reflect women’s reality today.”

I came to the industry for business and money, not awards – Shatta Wale

Award-winning dancehall musician Shatta Wale has opened up on ways that help him to make money from show business.

According to the CEO of Shatta Movement Empire, he prefers to focus on making money than receiving awards.

In an interview with Kisa Gbekle on the Business Of Entertainment Show, Shatta Wale expressed interest in making a lot of money from his music talent.

“I’m religious but when it comes to the business side, God knows that when I have to say some hard word in music, I will say it,” he disclosed.

“My society has not gotten that business path that we are on but getting to know me much better will make them understand,” he added.

The ‘Gringo’ hitmaker went on to lament about the irregularities that are hindering the outside world from knowing what Ghanaian musicians are capable of doing.

“In the industry we find ourselves, we don’t get certain facilities to explore, so we don’t get the outside world to know how good we are,” he told Kisa.

Shatta Wale, however, admitted that the music industry is lucrative, as he has made a lot of money making music.

He noted that fellow musicians have to strategize and focus on the business side of the industry to be able to make money like himself and few others are making.

Since the brand Shatta Wale surfaced in 2013, a lot of businesses have thrived using the influence of the dancehall king.

Shirts, shorts, socks and other apparels have been designed and sold using the brand of Shatta Wale.

Stars celebrate Avicii at emotional tribute concert

Stars including Rita Ora, Adam Lambert and David Guetta have played a charity tribute concert in honour of the late Swedish DJ Avicii.

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman in April 2018, at the age of 28.

His family said at the time he was a perfectionist who struggled with stress and “could not go on any longer”.

Proceeds from the concert will go to mental health and suicide prevention charities.

It opened on an emotional note, with thousands of fans lighting up Stockholm’s Friends Arena with their phones; as Swedish singer Sandro Cavazzo performed his Avicii collaboration Without You.

The song’s poignant lyrics – “I’ve gotta learn how to love without you” – have become a eulogy for the DJ in the wake of his death; with the single returning to the top of the charts in his home country.

Embellished by mournful strings, Cavazzo’s sensitive delivery set the tone for the concert, which carefully balanced commemoration and celebration.

As the song ended, she formed her hands into a heart symbol in tribute to Avicii.

After leaving the stage, she posted a heartfelt note on Instagram, saying: “I want to thank Avicii’s family for organising this [concert] to raise awareness for mental health especially within the music industry.

“Often success can be seen as a representation that someone is also doing well mentally, however we can see here that there is sooo much more work to be done.”

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden were among the 60,000-strong audience for the show, which was streamed live on YouTube and Facebook.

A parade of Avicii’s friends and collaborators graced the stage, including Adam Lambert, Michelle Gonzalez, Agnes Carlsson, Kygo and Belgian DJ Dimitri Vegas.

Aloe Blacc, who scored a worldwide hit with Avicii on the dance-country crossover Wake Me Up, was among those paying tribute.

‘Wake-up call’

“Every generation has its icon and heroes who break convention to capture hearts and minds,” he said. “Our friend Tim Bergling was one of those bright, shining stars.

“Through his music, he shared his joy, his pain and his passion, and I witnessed his brilliance first hand.

“I trusted him and I believed in his artistic vision, and in a short time I would see the tremendous impact our collaboration would have on the world. It changed my life forever. Thank you, Tim.”

Dance producer David Guetta called Avicii’s death “a wake-up call for our community”.

Musicians, whether they’re DJs, pop stars or rock bands “push [themselves] constantly and it never stops,” he explained to Rolling Stone ahead of the concert.

“You always need to deliver constantly. It’s very difficult and the expectations, when you’ve reached the top, are huge, and so many people depend on you.”

The star said he had cut back his touring commitments after Avicii died, restricting himself to no more than 100 shows per year.

Aloe Blacc
Image captionAloe Blacc performed Wake Me Up and SOS – a posthumously-released song that addressed Avicii’s struggles
David Guetta
Image captionDavid Guetta said Avicii’s death had made him prioritise his own mental wellbeing
Fans at the Avicii tribute concert
Image captionFans lit up Stockholm’s Friends Arena to memorialise the star
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden were among the 60,000-strong audience
Image captionPrince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden were among the 60,000-strong audience

The concert ended with an extended, valedictory version of Avicii’s signature song, Levels, as the arena lit up with fireworks and laser beams. Some of the crowd danced through the sadness, others stood silently in tears.

As the club beats faded into a melancholy orchestral coda, home videos of the late DJ flashed across the screen, lingering on a final, still image before fading to black.

In a statement, Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, said the family had wanted the concert to put “the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide” on the political agenda.

“Policies and tools are needed to detect the risks and prevent suicide, especially among young people,” he added.

“We are grateful that his friends, artists and musicians with whom he worked during his career have come to Stockholm to help us realise this tribute concert.”