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Ghanaian sitcom star leaves lasting legacy in Kwahu

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The late Gyearbuor Asante, who famously played long-term mature student Matthew in hit British sitcom Desmond’s, was also a royal.


He came from Tafo, Kwahu, in Ghana's Eastern Region but rather than follow tradition and become a chief, the young thespian got himself circumcised instead.

The reason, according to details from charity the Friends of Tafo (Kwahu), was to rule himself out of enstoolment.

He then left Ghana in the late 1960s to become an actor and the rest, as they say, is history. But life has a funny way of panning out and although Gyearbuor never became a king, his close friend Humphrey Barclay, who incidentally was the executive producer of Desmond's, did! 

"I met Gyearbuor (or Christopher as he was known in UK then) in 1972, when he was doing such shows as Crown Court and so on," he told MisBeee. "I visited Ghana many times as his guest and when he died in 2000 at the age of 58 of clogged-up arteries, I was the only obruni (white man) at his funeral…

Reggie 'n' Bollie - the Likeability Factor

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Reggie 'n' Bollie's (pronounced Bow-lee) unexpected popularity on the UK's Saturday entertainment show X Factor has been surprisingly polarising. Just like marmite, people either love them or hate them. 

It seems that for many, the fact the duo are not the best singers, is of little consequence when pitched against their humility, positivity and knack for bringing high energy and the likeability factor to an otherwise flat show. But there is a camp that has decried the show's increasing shift towards celebrating those with less vocal ability. 
Stevi Ritchie who was considered to be somewhat of a novelty act in X Factor 2014, finished in sixth place surpassing other better singers. 
Only those na├»ve about the politics driving the X Factor machine would be enraged by the 2015 contestant line-up. Gone are the days when fresh-faced youngsters with raw talent and no training put themselves forward for such contests. 
Now, many of the acts that grace our screens are groomed …

Vlog: An interview with Ghanaian author Frances Mensah Williams

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Growing up between cultures, because the country you live in is different to your ancestral roots, can be a challenging journey of self-discovery. That's why for me, reading'From Pasta to Pigfoot' by Frances Mensah Williams, was a complete revelation.
Here was a novelist who skilfully articulates these insecurities about identity and deftly weaves them into an engaging story about cultural awakening. If only this book had been around when I was growing up!

The novel, published by Jacaranda Books Art Music, charts the experiences of 20-something Ghana-born Londoner Faye Bonsu who grapples with understanding her place as an Anglo-Ghanaian.
Her understanding of herself is tested when her infuriating boyfriend Michael challenges her constantly about a heritage she knows very little about. When she decides to find out about her Asante roots, she realises there is much more to her than she previously thought.

Frances takes some time out of her busy schedule ahead of Christmas…