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Efiewura’s chief womaniser

By James Harry Obeng

 

Whenever families and friends, after the hard day’s work, gather in the evenings to watch the ever- captivating Efiewura serial on TV3 and GTV, every Wednesday and Sunday, respectively, there is a common impulse that identify them.

 

This is the anticipation of unannounced surprises that are pulled out of viewers by the characters, some of which are very weird and unfathomable.

 

Consider Agya Afari, for instance, who constantly appears at the zenith of developments that spark laughter through the ribs of viewers.  There are at times also that he abandons sheer malevolence, and puts on his dancing shoes to fascinate viewers with his pervasive Michael Jackson – like pirouettes. 

 

Undoubtedly, he is also a connoisseur in hunting ladies, always driven by an unimaginable sexual hankering seldom in aged people of his calibre.

 

Additionally, there are also other characters like Koo Fori, Osofo Joojo and Nii, amongst the gamut of ‘womanisers’ in Efiewura, who wield magnetic instincts that propel them to easily woo ladies for romance.

 

These notwithstanding, the ladies prefect remains Kofi Supa, a rather handsome muscularly-built gentleman who surfaces only when there is a new pretty lady tenant at Agya Afari’s household, at least a spinster, for the taking.

 

When Supa first fell in love with a congregant of Pastor Joojo’s one-man church, least did he anticipated that the man-of-God would soon stage a swift upstage to deny him of the lady. This development was, however, enough to precipitate a standoff between Supa and Pastor Joojo, after the latter had collected from the former a king’s ransom to ‘hoodwink’ the lady. Osofo’s attempt yielded no positive dividend(s) for Supa.

 

Via Auntie ‘B’, the incorrigible men poacher cum husband snatcher, Kofi Supa again attempts to woo another lady, but only to be double–crossed by Pastor Joojo.  With these failures, Supa becomes more cautious in his ensuing adventures.

 

Back to Agya Afari compound, Kofi Supa now dates Daavi, a charming but quite outspoken lady tenant with sexually-stimulating stature and characteristics that easily catches the attention of Agya Afari.  She is, as a result, paying neither rent nor utility fees to the landlord who is considering making his intentions known to her.

 

But rapacious as he is, Supa again woos Daavi’s daughter, named Dela, who simultaneously becomes pregnant with her mother at the same material time.

 

Subsequently, attempts by Daavi to avoid the shame and public mockery that come with the development within which she and her daughter finds themselves force her to go into momentary hiding in a faraway land. But her exit, however, was only to aggravate issues as Supa once again adds to his number of lovers no mean a person than Eyram, Dela’s younger sister and daughter of Daavi. The equation suddenly turns incestuous; a taboo frowned upon by society.

 

Now Dela delivers a bouncy baby in the absence of her mother, necessitating the need for an out-dooring ceremony to name the baby.  This is when Supa’s financial predicaments start featuring as an uncle of Dela demands an amount of GH¢2,000 from him.

 

For what purpose?  To pacify the god’s of the land for the taboo caused by Supa by impregnating Daavi (mother), Dela (daughter), and at the same time dating Eyram (younger sister).

 

But for the intervention of Dela, whose love for Supa has now reached an unimaginable level, the ceremony is to be waived to enable her ‘husband’ a breathing space.

 

Agya Afari now decides to perform the naming rite, but also not without heaps of insults on Supa for being recklessly foolhardy with his sexual exploits.

 

But before anybody draws into conclusion by surmising that he (Supa) is a womanizer, a fact that appears very glaring, he descends on the premises of The Spectator, declaring “I’m a Christian and do not replicate such film roles in my real life.”

 

SPEC: So why do you do this at all?

SUPA: That’s part of the role assigned to me in Efiewura.  I therefore have no other option than to act them professionally.

 

SPEC: Since when have you been acting?

SUPA: It all started in 1992 with a theater group named “Freelance Players” at the Art Centre in Accra.  Then our artistic director was Mr Ansong Manu of blessed memory.

 

SPEC: So how did you actually become part of the ‘Freelance Players’?

SUPA: As I’ve said already, it was in 1992 through Mr Fred Amugi who introduced me to the director.  Then, we had members like Kwame Sefa Kayi (now at Peace FM in Accra) and Oscar Provincial (a.k.a Inspector Bediako) all on board.

 

SPEC: For how long were you with the group?

SUPA: I remained a member until 1998 when I earned a role to feature as a police officer/interrogator in the first-ever Ghanaian Nigerian film titled Visitor.

 

SPEC: Tell me more about it?

SUPA:  I actually earned that role through an auditioning by Miracle Films in Accra.  After that role which I played perfectly to the admiration of the Nigerian director, Efianyi Onyiagbo, I was giving another role as a wealthy man in another movie, titled Asimo.

 

Having featured in many films, including Taste of Brotherhood, Idols of Heart, Paradox, Money makers, Prisoner and Tentacles, among many others, Mr Kofi Falconer, who plays the role as Kofi Supa in Efiewura says his greatest motivation in his career as an actor has been “the people who watch me.  They let me feel extraordinary, especially when I meet them and try to come to their level.”

 

SPEC: So what is the motivation in what you one saying?

SUPA: They make you feel you are doing the right thing by educating people about the rights and the evils of society.  In fact, it makes you see that, after all, people are watching you, even he president.

 

SPEC: Who do you like in Efiewura.

SUPA:  In fact, I like everybody and their contributions to the serial.  But in role terms.  I admire the oldman (Agya Afari), but in general terms the producer, Mr.Kofi Andoh.  He is very creative.  He does everything from writing, editing, directing, and producing.  Such tasks require real genius people to do.

 

Born in Accra, the capital of the country, Mr Kofi Falconer, grew up in Takoradi and attended the Takoradi Experimental Primary and Middle School.

 

He then proceeded to the St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast, completing form five in 1982.  The massive exodus of compatriots into foreign lands in the 1980’s also saw him sojourn to Nigeria after form five before, only to return in 1984.

 

Currently the manager in charge of productions at Ideal Concept Production Ltd at Kokomlemle in Accra, Mr Kofi Falconer is a product of the Takoradi Polytechnic where he studied Building Construction in 1985, and the Accra Polytechnic where he learnt Quantity surveying.

 

A divorcee survived by two children, Anabella and Jamir, aged 18 and six respectively, Mr Falconer plans re-marrying beautiful Ama “very soon”.

 

 

 

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We told you so!

By Augustine Cobba-Biney and James Harry Obeng

 

 Most opinion polls conducted on last Sunday’s presidential election pointed to a one-touch victory either for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) or the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The Spectator, on its part, begged to differ based on the paper’s own findings after a painstaking survey. It accordingly predicted a run-off between Nana Akufo Addo and Professor Evans Atta Mills.

 

 “Shocker! Kwesi Nduom Spoils the Soup” was how the paper screamed out the banner headline. And Kwesi Nduom could have done worse with the broth if he had put out a better show.

 

The Spectator stated it categorically that there will be a run-off in the presidential election due to the “strong revival, if not rebirth, of the once seemingly dormant Convention People’s Party (CPP).”

 

The paper’s stand, premised on an opinion poll it conducted a fortnight to the day of the election (Sunday, December 7) declared an inevitable run-off between the NPP and the NDC.

 

The survey which randomly sampled respondents monitored the pre-election atmosphere in eight regional capitals of the country, excluding the Ashanti and Volta regions for their constant solidarity for the NPP and the NDC, respectively.

 

Subsequently, respondents were asked two straightforward questions from which deductions were arrived at; first “Is there any possibility for a second round?” and second “which political party has the greatest chance of winning the presidency?”

 

Whereas some respondents were evasive in responding to the later question and giving reasons to explain their points, a greater number of them also answered the former with the unbridled conviction that there would be a re-run of the presidential contest between Nana Akufo-Addo and Prof. Atta Mills.

 

This, the respondents opined, was to come to fruition because the CPP, unlike previously, is now dynamic and was poised to sweep votes from the folds of the NPP and NDC, to establish itself as a third force.

 

The paper prophesied that the election would be highly competitive for the two leading parties that would make it difficult for any to emerge victorious after Sunday.

 

Stay tuned for The Spectator as she attempts yet another survey to predict which presidential aspirant will win among the NDC and NPP after December 28, this year.

    

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Kwesi Nduom Spoils the Soup

By James Harry Obeng

 

The die is cast and the day of reckoning is at hand. There shall be joy for the victorious; and the vanquished will naturally weep and gnash teeth, all in the spirit of democracy. In the end, Ghana’s political history will be richer and the nation shall move on in peace and tranquility.

 

Tomorrow, the presidential sprint to the comfy ultra-modern, multi-purpose presidential palace, christened the Golden Jubilee House, will end and the tape will be breasted. This follows months of intense political campaigning and bickering, unprecedented in the political annals of the country.

 

 The atmosphere is calm but there is an underlying charge of emotions as the countdown melts from days into hours into minutes and soon it will be polling time, and12.4 million Ghanaians will flock to the various polling stations in the country with their thumbs to vote.

 

After President J. A. Kufuor, who constitutionally peters out of the presidency after January 7, next year, the question that has kept many Ghanaians and presidential hopefuls thinking remains whether or not there is any possibility for a run-off.

 

In fact, and without any shred of doubt whatsoever, the strong revival if not rebirth of the once seemingly dormant Convention Peoples Party [CPP] has thrown the political algebra so wide that no definite equation can be fashioned out of the fallouts of the algebraic variables. In short, the hitherto linear political equation that sought to justify a straight race between Nana Akufo-Addo and Professor Evans Atta-Mills is no longer tenable.

 

With the foregoing have also come many opinion polls conducted by characters of all shades and colour; the known and the unknown, the shadowy and the trustworthy, the politically-influenced and the non-partisan, the institutional and the one-man jangos, all in apparent attempts to snap the picture clearly.

 

In the face of this development comes yet another opinion poll conducted by The Spectator, your credible all-touching weekend companion, monitored consistently closely over the preceding two weeks to tomorrow’s presidential voting.

 

According to the poll which, on random basis, sampled respondents in eight regional capitals in the country, excluding Kumasi and Ho, the soup in the political pot has, this time round, been spoilt for the NPP and the NDC by the CPP, which led the country into independence. The CPP has indeed added more salt and spoiled the broth. There is, from the survey, the clear recipe for a run-off after tomorrow.

 

The survey asked respondents two straightforward questions, first: ‘Is there any possibility for a second round’, and second, ‘Which political party has the greatest chance of winning the presidency?’

 

Whereas some respondents were evasive in responding to the latter question and giving reasons to explain their points, a greater number of them also answered the former with the unbridled conviction that there would be a re-run of the presidential poll after tomorrow’s historic showdown.

 

With some expressing the optimism that the CPP has now changed the usual NPP-NDC equation towards a straightforward three-party contest, some also opined that the party [CPP] has very little impact and mettle to prove, though there was the general consensus that it would step up its electoral figures recorded in past elections.

 

Some of them believe that the CPP would sweep more votes from the folds of the NPP and the NDC because it has established itself as the third force.

 

“The CPP is now dynamic with a large following and the momentum gathered by Dr Nduom is a clear indication of a run-off in tomorrow’s poll,” one of the respondents said.

 

Others were of the opinion that it would be very expensive for the election to go for a second round and hoped that the election would be one-touch for the NPP or the NDC.

 

The rest prophesied that the election woud be highly competitive for the two leading parties so that any of them could come out victorious, having won two previous elections each.

 

But for those who responded to the second question, the presidential election was either an NPP or NDC affair, with some holding that the winner would be the party that would be able to ‘best negotiate’ with the ‘smaller parties’ in the event of the second round ‘just like the NPP did in the 2000 presidential election’.

 

However, the CPP, many contended, would determine that fate of the two major parties that would show up in the second round.

 

The Spectator publishes for your perusal some of the respondents and their responses [go to pages 19, 22,23].

 

In contention for the topmost executive seat of the land, however, remains a strong eight-man bandwagon, viz Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, New Patriotic Party (NPP); Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama, Peoples National Convention (PNC); Prof John Evans Atta Mills, National Democratic Congress (NDC); Mr Antwi, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP); Mr T.N. Ward Brew, Democratic Peoples Party (DPP); Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, Convention Peoples Party (CPP); Mr Kwabena Adjei, Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD); and Mr, Kwasi Amoafo-Yeboah, an independent candidate.

 

We wish every candidate all the best of luck.

 

 

 

 

 

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