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You are not backward, you are ’fantabulous’ – Becca to African women

Ghana singer and songwriter, Becca has admonished African women to

actively reject any negative stereotypes placed on them by their

communities and called on them to work hard to achieve their goals.

Speaking during an intermission at the 'Becca Girl Talk' concert on

Saturday, the multi-award winning artiste maintained that African

women had lived with the tag of being 'backward' for too long.

'It is time for us to get rid of the mindset. We are African women. I

am an African women and i am not backward. Actually we are forward.

That is how we should see ourselves. Ladies, you are fantabulous.'

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The songstress, born Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong, also

encouraged the audience to believe in the 'Girl Talk' movement because

it was a cause aimed at pursuing the betterment of African women.

The 'Becca Girl Talk' has for the last three years established itself

a women-only event aimed at bringing women from all walks of life

together to share ideas and network. The 2014 edition of the concept

was extended to a 3-day fair and concert and was officially opened by

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Gomashie

on December 18. Organised under the theme 'the making of a woman', the

2014 edition featured ' The Women Fair', an all women forum and a

music concert.

Girl Talk Concert

Despite the relative success of the fair and forum, it was the concert

that served to be the crowning glory of Becca Girl Talk this year.

Featuring multiple collaborations with several of Ghana's most

sought-after artistes, Becca gave patrons a night to remember.

Nana Ama McBrown and Prince David Osei were the first stars to mount

the stage with the former serving a hot menu of what was to happen in

the over three hours that were the follow. The latter, was merely

eye-candy.

The Kora award winning singer opened her show with a performance with

'ageless' Akosua Agyapong and Mzbel in an act reminiscent of the

Madonna, Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera performance at the MTV

Video Music Awards in 2003. The trio however, chose hugs over the

overly emotional moments shared over a decade ago.

The stage was then invaded by 3 men who chose between hooded jackets

and a bouquet of flowers to hide their identity. Frank Osei, known

within the entertainment community as Wutah PV, kicked things off

with a rather 'affectionate' rendition of his hit single, 'love of my

life'. Akwaboah, in a black hooded jacket, followed up with 'Nsroma'

which got the ladies in the National Theatre screaming with

excitement. That excitement however, reached fever pitch when Kwabena

Kwabena strolled onto the stage in his red shorts and a bouquet of

flowers. It was electric; and the ladies were loving it.

Since there cannot be an all-women's show without an emotionally

charged, teary eyed moment, the organisers allowed a young man from

Charter House to propose to his girlfriend. Amid shouts of "kiss,

kiss, kiss", the young man spewed some well-rehearsed lines from the

heart and walked away with a bride-to-be.

When Becca took the liberty of hitting the right notes on fellow

songstress, Efya's 'little things', it was only a matter of time

before she (Efya) returned the favour. And oh what a favour that was.

Not only did the eccentric female singer command the Becca's 'African

woman' song, she sprung a surprise of her own when London-based

Off-Da-Ground (ODG) Records artiste, Itz Tiffany, took to the stage

with a very well choreographed 'adowa' (traditional dance style of

Akans in Ghana) sequence. The ladies in the auditorium were in full

voice at this moment, cheering and clapping without a reservation in

the world.

The tempo was turned up a notch further when Ghanaian gospel music

group No Tribe joined Becca on stage. Though it was hard to believe

Becca's shock at having the group's leaders Nana Kweku Osei, better

known as Nacy, and his friend, Lord Bondzie-Amissah on stage with her,

their performance shocked no one. They did not disappoint their

numerous fans and even called them on stage for a dance session.

Hiphop and hiplife music producer and performer EL, then sent the

ladies in the auditorium screaming once again when he was introduced

as the surprise act for the night. Dressed in a white jacket with his

trademark baseball cap and sunglasses, the 'ayayaa' hit maker further

cemented his place in the hearts of his female fans. His message to

the ladies after his heated performance was that, he was still single.

Trigmatic, born Enoch Oduro, moved things along with Becca as he

grooved to their hit single, move. The award winning rapper appeared

to hold nothing back when he got the chance to dance behind Becca.

Becca's figure-hugging dress must have had something to do with it.

The night was truly one to remember for all patrons and was worth

every dime paid for it.

Real Talk

The night however did not go without a few hitches. The event started

over 45 minutes late.

Whether it was due to the small number of people who showed up on time

or the unpreparedness of the organisers is yet to be seen.

The long delays in the initial sections of the show also took

something away from the event unfortunately.

However, that is probably stretching things. The show was great when

it took off eventually and the stage was well designed and crafted.

The band was awesome from start to finish and gave the event its pace

and life.

One cannot help but agree with Becca when she says the Girl Talk

concept must grow beyond herself and envelope women as well. She

begins touring with Efya in 2015 with the aid of Roverman productions

and thus might not have the time and space to pull off the fifth

edition of the show.

The onus no lies with the organisers to pull one more Girl Talk out of the hat.

Credit: Citifmonline.com

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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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