Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Africa's Luxury tourist market: Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi

Paulina says: Are you fed-up waiting for the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra to open? So am I... So I thought I would check out their Nairobi branch in Kenya --and I must say, its pretty impressive. The Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi, Kenya as you can see from the photos above is lovely --so I'm guessing we are just going to have to exercise [some more] patience...

For more info about the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra visit: http://www.kempinski.com/en/accra/hotel-gold-coast-city/welcome/

More Info:

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City - Accra, Ghana

Opening in Summer 2014, Kempinski's first hotel in Ghana will be located in the heart of one of West Africa’s most exciting cities. The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City will set a new standard of luxury in Accra and will boast the largest rooms in the city with a minimum size of 50 sqm. The hotel is set as the centerpiece of a larger mixed-use development, Gold Coast City, which covers an area of 35 acres and will include residences, retail space, an exhibition centre and commercial office towers.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?


"Back to my Ghanaian roots. Eating jollof rice for the first time in 15 years." Mario Balotelli

Replies to the above caption:
"Asem aba."

"You are an Ashanti, and u got real local and healthy foods available for you when you visit Ghana. We'll be glad to see you. Akwaaba!!!"

"How did he survive all these years without Jollof?"


"Now u have remembered that ur Ghanaian.. every spell dem Italians put for ur head.. that u forget about your beloved land Ghana i thank God its finally breaking small by small lmaoo ..lol.. Ghana still loves u tho nd i hope u enjoyed your food."

"He'll decide to play for Ghana after tasting such beautiful food."

"I hope u can play for Ghana one day. They have a great team they are just missing a great striker."

"So all these while you knew you were a Ghanaian...anyway, welcome bro...blood is blood!"

"Why don't u come play for Ghana."

Paulina says: Like most of you I absolutely love Mario Balotelli ----and I'm always intrigued and on the look out for his next fabulous offering.... -be it controversial, or about his giving (our Mario is very generous with his charity work) or about the ladies in his life etc etc....

Plus, whatever the media has to say, the world and not just we Ghanaians/Africans are gripped by all things Balotelli -especially those of us --privy to tales about his childhood. Anyway I follow our Mario on Facebook and today he uploaded the above photo with the above caption --and won more hearts. Just look at some of the replies I've posted above!!!!!!

I love Mario, I don't know all of his journey/story ---but I do know that he is loved ---and is now eating Jollof rice again, (how he went without it for 15 years is a mystery to me -laughter) and that makes me and a lot of people happy (laughter).. We Ghanaian are simple creatures -no? May we never become toooooooooo complicated.. More healing and peace for Balotelli -forever xx...

To keep up with Mario Balotelli visit: http://www.mariobalotelli.it/it/home/

More Info:
A hyperactive child, who regularly demonstrated his nascent football skills by deliberately kicking

his ball through the glass pane of a door in his home, he has ripened into a hyperactive adult. "He's

always busy with lots of activities. He's doing something and then he has an idea, and he wants to do

something else. He has one thought, and he has 100 thoughts after it," says Cristina Balotelli, his

adoptive sister. "You make an appointment with him, and he changes twice."

Like her two brothers and her parents, she is protective of the vulnerable boy, still easily glimpsed in

the full-grown man, who joined her family after a difficult start in life. She praises how quickly he

learned English, his instinct to avoid the flattery and flummery that his celebrity brings. "He's a bit

of a mix," she says. "He's smart, he's mature, but at the same time he doesn't want to grow up." His

agent, Mino Raiola, describes him as a "free spirit" and "a Peter Pan, in the positive sense."

One key to Balotelli's reluctance to put away childish things seems easy enough to locate, in an early

life lacking in childish pleasures. Born in 1990 in Palermo, Sicily, to Ghanaian immigrants named

Thomas and Ruth Barwuah, Balotelli spent most of his first year in the hospital, as surgeons

conducted a series of operations to fix an intestinal malformation that threatened to kill him. Such

medically enforced separations in infancy can create enduring feelings of abandonment, and

Balotelli has indicated in interviews that he has just such feelings. But he traces them not to his time

in the hospital but to the decision of the Barwuahs, by then living in cramped quarters with another

African family in Brescia, northern Italy, to place him in care after his release from the hospital. He

wasn't yet 3 years old when he ended up with the foster parents who would later adopt him, the

Balotellis. "They say that abandonment is a wound that never heals," Balotelli told Sportweek, the

weekly supplement of Gazzetta dello Sport, in 2008. "I say only that an abandoned child never

forgets."  Source: http://www.mariobalotelli.it/wp-content/files_mf/1351851343MB_Time.pdf

"They say that abandonment is a wound that never heals, I say only that an abandoned child never forgets." Mario Balotelli


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Rest in Perfect Peace: Castro

Castro (on the right) with his BFF Ghanaian football legend Asamoah Gyan

Please remember to watch via: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipZvlG-wwWk

Title: Hiplife Musician Castro Dead...
Dated: 6-7-14
Reports reaching Peacefmonline.com has it that renowned Hip-life Musician, Castro has drowned in the Ada Estuary.

Unconfirmed reports say he died while trying to save a female friend from drowning.

The ace musician has been holidaying at the Aqua Safari Resort in Ada since Saturday.

Though details of his unfortunate demise are still sketchy, Peacefmonline.com is reliably informed that he (Castro) together with a couple of friends and his close buddy who is captain of the Senior National Football team, Asamoah Gyan went to Ada on a weekend rendezvous.

Asamoah Gyan usually rents out a yacht to accommodate close family members and friends whenever he is in town for holidays. However, according to peacefmonline sources, the said yacht was unavailable this time around, as it had been sent out for repairs.

The group, therefore, resorted to using ski boats.

Castro, real name Theophilus Tagoe, was therefore said to have gone jet skiing with a female partner, believed to be his girlfriend. The lady's ski crashed and she fell into the water and in the process of saving her from drowning, the "Adonai" crooner jumped into the sea and met his untimely death.

The entire area has been cordoned off with the Marine Unit of the Ghana Police Service leading the rescue operation.
More info
Biography of Castro

Theophilus Tagoe, aka CASTRO who hails from Takoradi, was born in 1982 to Lydia Tagoe, a trader, and Mr Coffie, an accountant at the Takoradi Harbour. He attended Anglican Primary and J.S.S in Takoradi.

Among the accolades that he won for himself, the most current one was the 2014 VGMAs award winner for Highlife Song of the Year for the song “Odo Pa”.

“Castro-the Destroyer” as he was fondly called will be remembered for his last current hit song, “Odo Pa” which features Asamoah ‘Baby Jet’ Djan and Kofi Kinaata, and his master class collaboration with Sarkodie on “Adonai”.

He started singing at the tender age of 10. Before he launched his debut album in 2003, he had features on hip-life group 4x4 hit track, “Sikletele” which officially introduced him into the local music scene. Just like his current album, “Sradinam” in no time became one of the favourite hits for many Ghanaians.

Later he proved his superiority when he featured on the beat maker, J-Q of Q-Lex promotion’s compilation which also featured great rappers like, Buk Bak, 4X4, Pop Skinny.

And then later, with Okra, Obrafour, Kow Kese, Dogo and others, they came out with execution diary under the execution record label

Just before his current mega blaster “toffee”, Castro had given his voice on Buk Bak’s album which also made a great impact in the music arena.

His dream was to retire and become a producer. His vision was to help bring talented hidden young artiste to limelight. He believes that by becoming a producer, he would tap the young talented artiste and groom them for the market.
Source: http://news.peacefmonline.com/pages/news/201407/206110.php
Paulina says: I can't believe hip-life artist Theophilus Tagoe aka Castro is dead...
Famed for his, "Ghana girls are sexy like cheese' line, and amongst the most loved and celebrated of Ghanaian recording artists --this national treasure and best-friend-of-Ghanaian-football-legend-Asamoah Gyan --with whom he collaborated on a number of very successful records ---will be much missed.
Personally, I first fell in love with Castro's music after hearing 'Toffee' and was hooked!!!
Like most, I couldn't quiet get over his resemblance to 50 Cent or his dress sense (mercy) -which at the tine was very American hip-hop....
It sooooo sad, but it was only this morning my son and I were listening to, 'Adonai' by Sarkodie featuring Castro --and I can't believe he --with that impressive voice and kenetic verve has gone.......
Ghana Rising Blog sends heartfelt condolence to Castro's family ---God Bless Castro's children.

Thanks for the music Castro....