The untimely death of Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng (16 February 1997 – 8 February 2018), known by her stage name – Ebony, has left the Ghanaian entertainment industry in shock. It has not affected Ghana but Africa in the sense that a very talented uncensored promising dancehall/Afrobeats artist known for her hit songs “Poison” and “Kupe” is now late, given the circumstances surrounding her automobile accident, that also claimed the lives of two other people Franky Kury – Close Friend and PA and Francis Atsu Vondee Friend and Body Guard.

Late – Ebony Reigns

Ebony started her education at Seven Great Princess Academy in Dansoman, Accra followed by a high school education at Methodist Girls High School at Mamfe in the Akuapim North District of the Eastern Region, Ghana, though she did not graduate, she quit high school in pursuit of her music career.

Ebony Reigns (The Artist)

In light of Ebony’s passing, there has been numerous social media tributes from her fans and loved ones, however some outspoken criticism has come from some African celebrities who possibly have endured the ongoing hypocrisy when an African celebrity or should I say black entertainer passes away.

Ebony Reigns Forever

Few excerpts below from bold African celebrities such as Moesha Bodoung, Makafui Fella and most recently Wife of late Gospel Singer Eric Arubayi (Chinonso Arubayi) who made a moving, emotional, true statement months after her Husband passed away on the 10th February 2017 from a brief illness, addressing the hypocrisy around love shown after death.

 

Actress & Model – Moesha Babiinoti Boduong

Moesha Babiinoti Boduong –
“Never knew Ghanaians loved you this much till now Ebony! Guys for crying out loud, lets learn to appreciate people enough while they live looking beyond their ‘inadequacies’ smh. I am going to miss you Ebony💔💔. Rest In Power!”

 

Actress & Philantropist – Makafui Fella

Makafui Fella –
“And then i see same people that criticised you ,same people that never loved you ,same people that said all sought of negative things about you posting you here and there … How i wish they could have done same for you when you were alive .How i wish they could have supported you this way , how i wish they couldn’t have judged you .. I remember we both spoke about this and i told you not to give a F*k but just be you and be different.. How i wish you could see how you been celebrated atm.. Eeeiii so we could do this for the dead ??? We could actually post like this ?? Never knew she was loved this much !!!
I complained vividly last year about how we dont support and congratulate people when they do good ,most of the news you read is either about rumours about someone or negative stories.. People are impacting lives ,people are doing positive stuffs but yet you will hardly see the media talk about such !!!! But why though ?? Why ??? You have won awards ,never saw anyone posted about it but your death was news yesterday !!!! You wont celebrate people when they’re alive , you wont support them,you wont congratulate people when they do good,you wont motivate them to do better … i think its high time we stop all these … all we focused on was her dressing bla bla bla .. we cant deny it ,she was a Queen with soo much talent !!! I know wherever you are ,you are resting well .. You know i love you .. Rest well Bestiee”

 

Entrepreneur & Vlogger – Chinonso Arubayi

Chinonso Arubayi (Wife of Late Gospel Singer Eric Arubayi) –
“My house was about to be locked, just because I was not able to raise rent. I posted it on Facebook seeking for help, but all I got was 2likes and 0comments.
So I sent 120 messages to friends on my contact list, requesting for a loan of N400,000. Sadly, only 10people replied. 6 out of the 10 claimed they couldn’t help. Only 1 out of the 4 who said they could help actually gave me some money but the rest only gave me excuses and never picked my calls. Eventually, my house was locked. I had no where to sleep. I walked in the dark, seeking options and suddenly, a heavy storm carried me away and I died. *Fast forward*
The next day, news quickly spread around that I had died. 2220 people posted on my wall how they knew me. How great I was. A committee is formed by my “loyal” friends who quickly raised N1,200,000 via donations, to feed guests at my funeral. My colleagues at work teamed-up and brought another N300,000 for coffin, tents and chairs. I am buried in a coffin worth N100,000.
My relatives who rarely met, met, for my send-off and contributed an extra N150,000. Everyone wants to volunteer in order to appear they are helping out. The Youth also, printed T-shirts with my image, each T-Shirt costing N1,500. About 600 youths paid, so the T-shirt man makes N150,000 profit from my death. Everyone wants to speak at my funeral.
There was drama all over from people who never knew how I survived. There was rumour that I was murdered by my friends. Also people falsely accused my successful relatives of sacrificing me. Wonderful speeches were made on how talented I was even those who never attended my events. The few friends who supported me in life didn’t get the chance to speak during my funeral although they knew the Truth. Infact, they were the prime suspects in my death. *Moral;* Don’t show people love when they are gone. Show love to people while they are alive, so that they can appreciate you… Call people when they can pick your call not when they are gone and you pretend by shedding crocodile tears when infact they can not hear you… #DeepTruth That Hurts. -Choose to be different:
Show love to the living.
Love your neighbour and be your bro”

Bloggers point of view:
Whatever it may be, the fact of the matter is that we should show love to everyone, especially those who are striving hard to make it in various talents they use to uplift themselves and their loved ones. The love can come in different ways and not just through social media. Showing love when someone has died makes no sense in the sense that it is of no use to the person at the one of their death. Some have suggested that the love shown when someone has passed away is a strategy to gain publicity which should be the most embarrassing strategy anyone can use in life. Ebony is now more popular than she was when she was alive. Her videos are now circulating now more than they ever did. The same goes for Eric immediately after his death, the celebrities took to Instagram fingers speaking about how great he was, whereas when he was alive the support for his upcoming music career was little to nothing. This is a negative trend that needs to change before any productive existence in our hidden talents become public.

Show love and support people’s work whilst they are alive and NOT when they are dead!

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The recent H& M Campaign calls for great concern in 2018 on how a certain race is viewed by @hm and possibly other unrevealed companies. On the other hand I am curious to know why this young 🤴🏾 parents could approve/consent to such an advert? Is it for the money? I find it hard to understand why any parent, especially being black and being aware of the unending stereotypical expressions towards black people for monetary gains. This is messed up on all levels from The Billion Dollar H&M and also prompts the question of his parents motivation to consent to it, possibly for the money?

H&M Racist Campaign – Now King of The World

Legally, before an advert or commercial gets publicly released, it must have gone through thorough checks by H&M, their Public Relations Team and most importantly their legal department for any offensive content. So this isn’t excusable as it comes across as deliberate to create attention for H&M to then apologise afterwards. Did H&M consider the future of the youths or was this all motivated by money and attention?

(We all know right from wrong & we all know racism is still alive).

 

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On the 25th December 2017, a young 6 year old British born Udechukwu Okoro of Nigerian Parents and a big fan of British Rap sensation Michael Dapaah aka Big Shaq and MansNotHot artist sang the hit song Mans Not Hot, word for word and created an internet sensation on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and most recently Facebook.

Young Ude With Some School Awards

6 year old Ude chilling on a Harley Davidson

The child star has since captured the hearts of many music lovers with his unequivocal talent and natural expressions from his none rehearsed performance. https://www.facebook.com/RealIkennaObi/videos/1881884845155344/.

Young internet rap sensation

What are your thoughts on this 6 year old internet star?

 

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The 12 times Boxing World Champion in 5 weight classes, now 13 times Boxing World Champion (40 years old Floyd Money Mayweather) after beating 29 years old Conor McGregor for ‘THE MONEY BELT’ made a whopping $350,000,000 Dollars on Aug 26th and not only was that a record breaking earning, it also out earned athletes in the line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lebron James, Lionel Messi & Kevin Durant all combined.

Floyd Money Mayweather

When referee Robert Byrd stepped in to stop the bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor in the 10th round on August 26th, McGregor was not terribly pleased with the decision. While clearly on wobbly legs, and eating a number of unanswered blows, McGregor told the assembled crowd after the fight, that he would have preferred to go out on his shield, and that he was merely tired, not injured, when the bout was stopped.
“I thought it was close though, and I thought it was a little early on the stoppage,” McGregor said immediately after the fight. “I get like that when I’m tired. I get a little wobbly and flow-y. But, I go back to my corner and I recover and I come back. And I’d have liked it to hit the floor. I’d like the ref to… you know what I mean? There’s a lot on the line here. He should have let me keep going, I thought.”
And while his stance earned him a lot of respect from fans who had hoped to see him win – and even some who had shown up to watch him lose – the reality would have likely been a much less endearing idea.

TMT Boss Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather

McGregor is quick to claim that he was never actually hurt, in the fight, only “bolloxed,” as he termed it. But, in a post for Vice’s “TONIC” column, former ringside physician, Darragh O’Carroll, MD, argues that the UFC lightweight champion was showing several signs that he may have been suffering from a concussion when Robert Byrd stepped in to save him.

Who is Boss? Floyd Money Mayweather vs Conor McGregor

Byrd’s calculation to call a stoppage was likely not based on signs of fatigue, but rather signs of traumatic brain injury. Ataxia, or dizziness and loss of balance, is one of the hallmarks of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury. Fatigue may cause sluggish and slow movements, but does not cause the imbalance and poor coordination exhibited by McGregor in the 10th round. Being wobbly, in the setting of pugilistic trauma, will always be treated as the result of head trauma and not as fatigue. To let a fighter continue on would be grossly negligent.

The Low Blow The World Thought was a Body Shot

Even if he was in fact ‘only tired,’ as he claims, it’s hard not to think the referee made the right move calling the fight off when he did. McGregor was on the rough end of the bout by the end of the ninth round, and the brief break heading into the tenth did nothing to help regain his stamina. At the rate that Mayweather was pouring on offense late, it seems very likely that McGregor would have taken a lot more punishment on his way to the kind of serious traumatic brain injury that comes with an unnecessary knockout loss from the man he called brittle hands and always referred to as an old man with a weak core.

This was one boxing match also known as an event that lived up to the hype and promotion it was built under.

Who does Conor McGregor fight next?

With Floyd Mayweather launching his new Gentle Man’s club www.girlcollection.com and Mayweather Promotions bring the past, present and future of boxing, there is no doubt the Money Team Boss is still getting money yo maintain his wealth.

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Conor McGregor’s super fight with Floyd Mayweather was one of the most hyped events in modern sports history, and all signs indicate it actually exceeded expectations at the box office.

Floyd Joy ‘Money’ Mayweather completes his boxing career with 50 – 0

Tallied all up, the purse could hit $700 million, according to the Telegraph, and while the official split is confidential, many believe it to be 70-30 in Mayweather’s favor.
The most concrete proof of the fight’s huge purse came from Mayweather himself, who revealed at his post-fight press conference that they had broken the live gate record for a boxing match.

The Best Boxer Ever – Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather

“We did break the record tonight for the biggest gate. Me and [Manny] Pacquiao done $72 million, I think we’d done something over $80 million for the live gate,” Mayweather said. This came despite the fact the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena was not sold out.

Floyd Mayweather Schooling Conor McGregor

The 50-0 champion then claimed that they’d also broken the record for pay-per-view buys. Official numbers, though, won’t be released for at least a week.

Floyd Mayweather and His Dad Floyd Mayweather Senior

Mayweather and Pacquiao currently hold the record for the biggest fight in history. Their 2015 snooze-fest, which was years in the making, drew 4.6 million PPV buys in the United States, according to ESPN, with the standard definition broadcast costing $89.99 while the high-definition version was $10 more. The total revenue for the fight ended up being over $410 million in domestic TV money alone.

Unblemished record of 50 – 0

Vegas bookmakers expect Mayweather-McGregor to smash that number. The Bovada sportsbook in Vegas had the Mayweather-McGregor over/under bet at 4.99 million PPV buys, according to Oddshark.com. In comparison, the over/under bet for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was 3.8 million PPV buys, according to Sports Illustrated.

Iconic Photo of Floyd Mayweather and His Dad Floyd Mayweather Senior

Online streaming is another huge source of revenue where the fight thrived. UFC president Dana White pushed the streaming option hard before the fight and bragged it would be available to more than 1 billion people in over 200 countries.
“If you are in Manhattan or you are on a desert island somewhere, if you have Wi-Fi, you can buy this fight,” White said during fight week.
In the end, UFC Fight Pass, the promotion’s online streaming service, was so popular on fight night that its servers in California and Florida crashed.

A memorable image that went the opposite of expectations

Because of the downed servers, there were reports the fight would be delayed, but in the end, it started on time.
While legal streaming was clearly very popular, illegal pirates also had a field day with Mayweather-McGregor. The match was illegally rebroadcast online by 239 different sources on platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Periscope. In total, the illegal streams reached an estimated 2.93 million viewers worldwide, according to Variety. If all those eyeballs were forced to buy the fight legally, another $200 million could have been added to the purse.

The Best Ever and His Dad.

Mayweather, however, figured out all sorts of other ways to generate revenue that the pirates couldn’t touch. For example, he made $25 million in sponsorships alone, and hats emblazoned with his 50-0 record hit stores shelves minutes after his victory over McGregor.

The Money Belt Champion – Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather

I’m finished, says Mayweather after McGregor boxing match.

Floyd Mayweather insisted he would head into a permanent retirement after sealing his place in boxing history with a 50th straight win against Conor McGregor on Saturday.

Conor McGregor Tired From Fatigue and Punishment from Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather

The 40-year-old American boxer outclassed McGregor over 10 absorbing rounds at the T-Mobile Arena to defeat Irish mixed martial arts by technical knockout.

The win sees Mayweather, who had come out of a two-year retirement to face McGregor, surpass heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano with a perfect record of 50-0.

Floyd Mayweather and Singer DD Lovato (she sang the American Anthem)

Afterward former welterweight king Mayweather insisted he would never be seen in a ring again. “This was my last fight tonight. For sure,” Mayweather said, praising his beaten opponent. “Tonight was my last fight. Tonight I chose the right dance partner to dance with. “Conor you are a hell of a champion.” Mayweather also rejected suggestions that his 50th victory — against an opponent who had never boxed professionally before — would be destined to have an asterisk against it. “A win is a win, no matter how you get it,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day.” Mayweather meanwhile revealed the fight had followed a tactical plan as he took his time and allowed McGregor to become fatigued before pouncing in the later rounds. “Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” Mayweather said. “We know in MMA he fights for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, he starts to slow down. I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance.” Mayweather also said he had felt obliged to “put on a show” after being accused of contributing to an underwhelming spectacle in his 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao.

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (The Money Belt Champion)

On that occasion Mayweather was accused of being overly cautious, cagily keeping Pacquiao at arm’s lengthen route to a comfortable win. “I could have made it boring. I didn’t want to do that,” Mayweather said. “I felt like I owed the fans a last hurrah. So I went out there and that was the game plan. I wanted to go out with a bang.”

TMT Boss and TBE – Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather

Sure The Money Team King Floyd Joy ‘Money’ Mayweather went out with a bang outclassing Conor McGregor for 10 intense rounds and also won the prestigious WBC Money Belt that has:

The Money Belt

3,360 diamonds,
600 sapphires,
300 emeralds,
1.5 kilograms of solid, 24-karat gold,
Made of alligator leather from Italy.

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