Baba Yara Stadium is now ready for CAN 2008.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

William Des Bordes "Lovin Cee" in another trouble with the law

Kumasi Radio presenter, William Des Bordes a.k.a. “Lovin Cee” is in trouble again with the law.
He was arrested and charged with assault by the Police last Thursday and was indeed detained in police custody for some hours before being granted a police enquiry bail at the sum of GH¢2000 and to report periodically to the police.
He was said to have assaulted Mr Richard Karikari, a.k.a. K.K. a radio presenter at Otec FM also in Kumasi.
Des Bordes had reported at the Central Police Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU) where the police were investigating a motor accident case which involved him.
However, during deliberations at the police station, Des Bordes was said to have become aggressive and assaulted Mr Karikari by slapping him in the face in the presence of the police officers.
Inspector Yusif Mohammed Tanko of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Unit who confirmed the incident to the Graphic Showbiz said the complainant in the accident case, one Owusu happened to be the nephew of Mr Karikari so the victim had accompanied the complainant to the police station.
But during the deliberations as part of the investigations, Des Bordes became aggressive and slapped Karikari in the face.
Inspector Tanko said the Central MTTU Station Officer, Chief Inspector Larbi in whose presence the incident occurred was then compelled to cause the arrest of Des Bordes and handed him over to the Central police for assault proceedings to be initiated against him.
He said a formal complaint was then lodged by Mr Karikari and he was issued with a medical form to attend hospital where he was treated and discharged same day.
However, Inspector Tanko said Des Bordes was detained until later in the day where he was granted the Police enquiry bail with the sum of GH¢2000 and to report periodically to the police.
Meanwhile Mr Karikari had indicated his willingness not to drag the matter of assault further but want an out of court amicable settlement. He made this known when the Graphic Showbiz contacted him on telephone.
However, on the substantive case of accident, it was learnt that the police have asked Mr Des Bordes to report with his vehicle, a 4X4 Lexus at the police station as part of the investigations.
The accident was said to have happened about two weeks ago at about 10:30pm on the Asafo-UTC Interchange but just as the other party (Owusu) was insisting that the matter should be reported to the police, Des Bordes was said to have sped off with his vehicle.
The complainant (Owusu) alleged that Des Bordes’ vehicle had no registration number neither did it carry a “DV” licensed plate at the time of the accident.
Lovin Cee in July 2008 had a brush with the law as he was remanded into prison custody by the Ashanti New Town Magistrate Court where he appeared to answer a substantive case of defrauding by false pretences.
He was accused of defrauding the managers of Cedar Crescent Hotel by false pretence and the case has been pending since. The case has however been withdrawn from the Magistrate Court and transferred to Kumasi Circuit Court One Presided over by Mr Amo Yartey.
This followed a petition to the Attorney General’s Department which culminated in the police conducting further investigations into the matter to facilitate the prosecution.
When the case was called on Tuesday March 10, 2009 at the Circuit Court, an additional count of assault was added to the initial charge of defrauding by false pretence and the accused pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Giving brief facts in court, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector A. K. Fandoh said the accused had lodged at the Cedar Crescent Hotel and had accumulated a bill of GH¢6940 but refused to pay on the day he was checking out of the hotel.
He said the accused assaulted the Manager of the hotel, Ruth Naa Bekoe on the day he was checking out.
The prosecutor said whilst the case was being tried at the Ashanti New Town Magistrate Court the Attorney General was petitioned which culminated in further investigations into the case.
He said even though the accused claimed his employers, Deutsche Welle (DW) Radio were to pay his bills investigations and checks with DW have indicated that they have no commitments with the accused in that regard.
Chief Inspector Fandoh said the case was therefore withdrawn from the Magistrate Court and the accused was served with criminal summons to appear at the Circuit Court.
Counsel for the accused argued that the facts presented by the prosecution were not correct.
He said the accused have an agreement with DW and he is to work for them as correspondent in Ghana and in some other African countries.
Counsel said DW was to foot the hotel bills of the accused but due to some bureaucracies payments delayed.
Again, he said the hotel management prepared a bill far in excess of what the accused was to pay on the day he was checking out which culminated in the accused refusing to pay the bills until the right bill was prepared for him.
The Judge adjoined the case to April 3, 2009 and granted the accused bail in the sum of GH¢10,000.
Before joining Angel FM last year as a presenter of the Drive Time programme, Des Bordes worked with Deutsche Welle and had been excelling on the radio scenes on the global level as far as his five year stint with DW was concerned. His contract with DW expired at the end of 2007.
At DW he was the host of the 30-minute daily current affairs programme Newslink Africa. Sports coverage in Africa was also part of his duty depending on the importance of the event and he worked with greats like Tony Durnham, Rick Demarest, Brian Pickering, Diet Simon, Meggin Leigh Doody and Ian Johnson among others in Deutsche Welle which really enriched his presentation.
During his radio days in Kumasi before moving to DW, William was the anchor man at Kapital Radio

GMA nominees party in Kumasi

It was a great evening of music performances which surpassed what Kumasi has witnessed in recent times as nominees of the various categories in the tenth edition of the Ghana Music Awards mounted the stage in a huge free concert at the Jubilee Park last Saturday.
Kumasi music fans were indeed entertained in the event that kick started the voting process of this year’s Ghana Music Awards (GMA). And as anticipated, the crowd was indeed thick.
As a first activity of this year’s awards ceremony, there was good sound quality, quality lighting, and great performances as the nominees sang songs they have released in the course of the year which are in contention for awards.
The performers included, Kwaku Gyasi, Christiana Love, Echo, Black Rasta, K.K. Fosu, Lord Kenya, Ofori Amponsah, Okyeame Kwame, Praye and Old Soldier.
Dubbed the nominees jam, the songs the artistes sang were to refresh the memories of music lovers so that when it comes to the voting stage, they would vote for them. The crowd proved very appreciative of the star-studded concert which went on without a hitch.
The show was transmitted live on GTV and it saw the MCs for the night KOD and Bola Ray interspersing the performances with interviews with the nominees.
It was Kwaku Gyasi who opened the night with his “Ayeyi, ahye ma koma ma” and soon enough there were hilarious chorus singing by the crowd with the raising of hands which momentarily made the gathering look like a church crusade.
Gyasi slowly warmed the crowd before Christiana Love joined for them to sing one of the hottest gospel tunes in the country as of now, “Mesu afre me nyame”.
Blending lovely, the duo sang the rendition to the admiration of the crowd and after Gyasi had left for backstage, Christiana Love introduced her own “Me Mma Me Wurenfi”.
Black Rasta sang a catchy medley of his “Barack Obama” song which was enjoyed by the crowd.
Some of the audience began to crowd surf when K. K. Fosu took to the stage. Fosu was in a world of his own as he descended on the crowd with “wo ne me number 1” amongst others.
And then Lord Kenya, true to form, entered the stage and showed he still has a good following. The man who calls himself the “Heavyweight Champion” performed snippets of his old songs such as “sikabaa”, sika mpo mfa ne ho” and ended with his current, “God Dey”.
But for Ofori Amponsah who did not glitter much all other artistes were sensational. It just got kind of boring at the initial stages of his performance but a rendition from his latest “Sampson” was different as the crowd did enjoy it.
The best choreography was seen during the performances of Okyeame Kwame and Praye.
The ever entertaining Okyeame Kwame was at his utmost best and it was fun seeing him do his own thing with his signature dance moves amidst screams and deafening cheers. He sang woso, mepe mma and some of his oldies from the Akyeame days.
When Praye took their turn, the crowd had no choice than to respond to the thrilling gigs of the sensational trio. Their breathtaking stagecraft was simply irresistible and worth all the night sweats. They performed Angelina from the Roll Koll Album which has actually catapulted them to the highest pedestal.
Other songs they performed included “Wodin” (Your name) and shoddy. The trio were indeed very exciting and delight watching.
Old Soldier did the last performance to bring the curtains down for the night as the DJ for the night Billy Ocean did his own thing whilst the crowd moved away after 1am.