Author: Diaw

An avid creative whose word plays so much that words say I play too much; a Ki'shon flow. Life is a journey and we're all full of stories.

Stars Shine and KDG$ represents just that – stardom. The saying goes from the scriptures that whatever is in the dark will come to light, but if we know anything about music and the industry, it’s that the darkness doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. Sometimes greatness is just waiting for the right amount of light to shine on it enough to emanate its innate essence to people. For Ghanaian music, the past few years have represented an avalanche of talents breaking onto the scene. From the famous Asakaa movement to the alternative genre, the potential and ability to reach…

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So Many Things to talk About  The All-Star weekend is filled with exciting contests and award ceremonies. It is a weekend to have fun and showcase the greats of the game, the current cream of the crop, and the new generation talent. From dunk contests and 3 pointer competitions to the Rising stars and Skill challenges, the weekend rarely fails to deliver. This year was particularly special because it was the 75th anniversary which meant they would announce the NBA 75 team. 75 of the greatest players from the inception of the NBA till now, would be unveiled. Truly an…

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Award Schemes and their Reputations.  The 2022 Brit Awards may not have garnered the hype it usually does pre-show, but it was nothing short of phenomenal and memorable. Award schemes these days aren’t as trustworthy anymore. So it’s increasingly becoming difficult for anyone to take award houses seriously. But this year it was calm at the Brit Awards, except for the very suspicious Best New Artist given to Little Simz. Simz isn’t a new artist, and although, amazingly, she’s finally getting the recognition she deserves, it’s almost like the Best Striker award that was given to Robert Lewandowski after he…

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Just a month later. After a thrilling African Cup of Nations tournament that was hosted by Cameroon, we get to see the qualifiers for the next World Cup. The world cup qualifiers for African countries will take place in March, and at the end of those games, we will know who will represent Africa at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.  It’s the World Cup qualifiers. There’s always excitement because some big names might miss out, and some surprising countries might sneak into Qatar. But this time around, it’s extra exciting. Why? Because of 2 matches and their opponents.  Egypt Versus…

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The Greatest Stages are for the Greatest Showmen Cometh the hour, cometh the man! A legendary statement uttered that resonates with the most orgasmic moments in football. Ryan Giggs in 99, Diego Maradona, leading Argentina to their World Cup Triumph, Neymar leading the unreal Barcelona comeback against Paris Saint Germain, Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly eliminating Atletico Madrid when he was at Juventus, etc. The list goes on. So knowing that the stage had been set, Sadio Mane who could have ended this tournament as the villain, ended up being the man of the moment for Senegal.  The Finals  The final for…

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The Weight of the 3rd & 4th Playoff  The 3rd & 4th Playoffs are one of the most difficult games to play in any competition. Because they are the teams that came close to the final but couldn’t reach it. Bar the runner-up who will endure a greater pain after a loss, the 3rd & 4th teams are the definitions of ‘I won, but at what cost?’ However, since they are teams with the potential to have reached the final, it usually turns out to be a thrilling encounter as both teams play for pride above anything else.  Cameroon versus…

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Check out part 1 of this story. The Knockout Round  With Algeria, the defending champions, and Ghana, 5-time winners of the tournament, rivals knew they had to take their chances. It’s important to note that we never mentioned Senegal doing a lot, because they had a rough start to the campaign, but settled in and advanced to the knockout round as expected. So did Egypt captained by Mo Salah. So how did the round of 16 go? Huge Favorites Bow Out  The notable ones were Nigeria and Ivory Coast. The shocking one was Nigeria. Ivory Coast did battle with Egypt…

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Check out part 3 of this story. Group Stages, Round 1  As customs dictate, the host nation opens the tournament with their first game to set the ball rolling. Cameroun beat Burkina Faso by 2 goals to 1 after they scored within 5 minutes. One from open play and another from the spot-kick. To their credit, Burkina Faso tried to fight back when they halved the deficit, but they succumbed to defeat in the end.  Elsewhere, Morocco inflicted defeat on the Black Stars of Ghana to start their campaign strong. The statement victory was Nigeria beating Egypt in a thrilling…

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Check out part 2 of this story. Nothing short of phenomenal  The African showpiece this year has been sensational. It has delivered drama both on and off the field for fans. From star players missing out due to the rampant COVID and shocking scorelines to bizarre refereeing decisions. It has kept football fans, especially on the African side, buzzing. As the final approaches, we look back at all the things that have happened so far.  The Favorites  Like the EUROs and the Copa America, the African Cup of Nations also has its favorites to lift the trophy due to their…

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Bleach makes its Triumphant Return! So many years have gone by since Bleach came to an abrupt end. A shonen anime franchise that is regarded as part of the big 3. The big 3, for those who don’t know, are Naruto, One Piece & Bleach. Naruto ended, giving birth to its less popular next-generation spin-off following the story of Naruto’s child, Boruto. One Piece is still going strong, and I’m sure their fans are aware of the fact that their ending isn’t anywhere near the foreseeable future. Bleach, however, didn’t have the privilege to continue its anime franchise. Tite Kubo,…

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Check out part 1 of this story. The Line Up for those Continuing Seasons  The saga of Tanya the Evil If you’re into a mystical premise, with a touch of science, a bit of twisted comedy, and insane action sequences on the battlefield, this anime is for you. The saga of Tanya the evil sees an atheist professional worker reincarnated into a child’s body after he was on the brink of death by a being that proclaims itself to be God. The being gives this man a new life albeit in different circumstances, a different timeline and setting. The man,…

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Check out part 2 of this story. Introduction to Greatness  2022 is the year anime fans lose their mind. It is not even a joke. The lineup anime studios have in store for us this year is off the chain, literally. We’re already feasting on the commencement of Demon Slayer’s Entertainment district arc that started last year and is already serving us action sequences that are blowing minds. Attack On Titan has already embarked on its season finale – the first episode, new OST is already sending fans into a frenzy. We know the season finale is going to be…

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Check out part 1 of this story. Can we stick to the good part?  A big reminder early in the year was Attack on Titan commencing its final season. The first part was nostalgic and entertaining and had viewers all around on their feet. AOT has had a massive impact on the world, and it has changed the narrative a lot for what people perceived as anime. It ended on a good note, keeping fans in anticipation of the rest of the season all year.  Dr. Stone capped off a significant run with a beautiful ending, setting it up for…

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Safe to say last year wasn’t the most chaotic anime year…  If you’re an avid Japanese anime fan, then you know the statement holds for itself. Last year, we were deprived of badass anime. Most of the releases were either a continuation of already airing franchises or just weird stuff put together that had a bit of divided opinion. But we still had a roller coaster of a year, considering how many new franchises debuted on-screen. Many others continued their franchises with a season 2 to either end it or set it up for another season. But there were many…

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Klay Thompson Returns in Grand Style It’s been quite the season so far for the Golden State Warriors. They are showing glimpses of the form that gave them the Championship in 2015 and 2017. Even though they have had to battle with multiple injuries, they are atop the western conference, with only Phoenix Suns giving them a genuine run for their money. Steph Curry became the Greatest 3-point shooter Of All Time when he broke the record for the most 3s by any player. It’s just been surreal so far for them. But there has been one piece missing in…

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The Much Anticipated African Football Franchise is in Motion  There have been many conversations regarding the African Cup of Nations tournament. Jurgen Klopp came under the microscope for saying that it was a “little tournament” although he came out to clarify what he meant by that. Coach of Crystal Palace Patrick Viera spoke about the disrespect of the franchise and how it comes down to the fact that it is an African tournament. Ian Wright spoke up about the line of questioning journalists have been using when speaking to African players about whether they would represent their nations in the…

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Check out part 2 of this series. Cometh the time, but where was the manager? After the debacle against bitter rivals Liverpool, many meetings were held with major stakeholders and members of the club’s hierarchy. But in the end, the coach kept his job. Ole was still at the wheel, and no one understood why. But he kept his job and led the team in their next fixture against Tottenham. Coincidentally, Spurs themselves were in hot waters as results had quickly taken a turn for the worst after their brief runway show at the top of the league. They had…

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Check out part 1 of this series. Manchester United’s Hollywood Season  We touched on Arsenal’s season so far and how it’s been a meteoric rise to the top for Mikel Arteta’s young squad as they are currently going all the way to secure a place in Europe come next season. Bar a few mishaps and losses en route to achieving just that. The ending of the season would be very definitive as Arsenal is known to self-destruct when they are close to achieving their goals. But for that, we live to see. Let’s head over to Old Trafford.  The Statement…

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Check out part 2 of this series. Amazon Prime: All or Nothing  It is no secret that the world has transitioned into the streaming age. With streaming services picking up over the last few years and expanding at an incredible rate, it is here to stay with regular TV fading into the background with every passing year. The heavy hitters in Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple TV, HBO Max, and the like have realized that there is money to be made not only hosting content but creating original content. There has been an outlay of many original productions ranging…

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A contest of giants That was it. A battle of giants. The creme de la creme. It was a keenly contested final from start to finish, and no one will have any complaints. Any school that made a mistake to stumble into the finals would only have themselves to blame. Between Prempeh College & PRESEC, we had 10 NSMQ titles and supremacy in Kumasi & Accra, respectively. In Keta, we had the first school from Volta to make an appearance in the final. Not to forget the first female contestant in a very long time after Wesley Girls & Mfantsiman…

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