For nearly 25 years, actress Nana Ama Mcbrown Mensa has endeared herself to her audience, standing the test of time and evolving as new trends emerge.
She has redefined the very core of stardom and unequivocally earned her stripes as an A-list celebrity.
Everything she touches turns to gold. With over 500 movies to her credit, brand ambassadorial deals, a fashion icon, producer, music, a GUBA Yaa Asantewaa Award, modelling and these days, TV hosting, she has proven herself as a jack of all trades.
At the heart of it all is her new adventure with the Onua Group, an arm of the Media General Network, providing local content in the local language to Ghanaians.
Her latest titular show, Onua Showtime with Mcbrown, had been the talk of the town for days before its Sunday, April 30 premiere as fans waited in earnest and bated breath to experience the beloved host in her elements.
At the announced 7 PM, the TV sets of audiences across Ghana and beyond lit up with the montage of Ghana’s beloved actress and TV personality, Nana Ama Mcbrown.
With a beaming smile and infectious laughter, she welcomed guests onto the set of her new TV show, Onua Showtime with Mcbrown in her silvery voice as she sings one of her favourite tunes, ‘Bebree’ by seasoned Ghanaian Gospel group, Daughters of Glorious Jesus.
The show, which airs on Fridays and Sundays at 7 pm on Onua TV, offers a unique blend of music, interviews, and entertainment.
From the lively opening performance with the Arc Band to the intimate one-on-one interviews with celebrities and industry experts, Mcbrown’s show promises to keep viewers engaged and entertained.
As we entered the studio, we are greeted by a lively and energetic atmosphere. The stage is decorated with bright lights and a colourful backdrop, setting the tone for an exciting and upbeat show.
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Mcbrown’s team of producers and crew members buzzed around the set, making sure that everything is set up perfectly for the show.
As we took a seat among the audience, Mcbrown joined us on her couch, exuding confidence and charm. She is dressed in an orange-patterned Kente gown with chantilly lace detailing, and her hair and makeup are flawlessly coiffed giving off an Oprah Winfrey-esque vibe.
She radiated with excitement and gratitude as she talked about her new show .
“Ebenezer this how far the lord has brought us. Onua Showtime with Mcbrown is something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a platform for me to connect with my fans and showcase the rich culture and talent we have in Ghana,” she says with a smile.
The show’s concept is a departure from traditional Ghanaian talk shows, as it is not solely focused on interviews. It is an interactive show that combines live performances, interviews, and entertainment.
“I want to talk about things that matter,” she said. “We’ll talk about life’s challenges, successes in life, we’ll learn so much and we’ll inspire people to make a difference in their communities.”
One segment of the show that has caught the attention of viewers is Digital Trends with Felicia Osei, where the TikTok star and presenter shares insights on the conversation happening online in real-time. This segment has instantly become a fan favourite, as it offers a unique perspective on the guests and their personalities.
Mcbrown wants the show to be an interactive experience for viewers. “We want people to feel like they’re a part of the conversation that’s why we surprised everyone with Felicia Osei as Co-host,” she said. “We’ll have live social media feeds, we’ll take calls from viewers, and we’ll have giveaways and surprises.”
In another segment, Mcbrown shines a light on emerging artists and creatives. Through interviews and performances, she showcases the diverse and thriving entertainment industry in Ghana.
The premiere episode featured a star-studded guest list that included award-winning Gospel musician MOG, VGMA New Artiste nominee Ewura Abena, Yaw Tog, Fameye, Dope Nation, King Promise, and comedian OB Amponsah.
The power of live music in sections of the show was electrifying. In the world of live music, the energy, passion, and emotion brought to the stage by musicians is undeniable.
However, even the most talented artists need the right setup to deliver their best performances, and Ghanaian music producer Fred Kyei Mensah, also known as Fredyma, shared some insights on how to improve the band setup.
According to Fredyma, the drummer could have benefited from a small riser to elevate their position, providing better visibility for the audience and improving their performance. He also suggested that the removal of the place where the Queen was seated in the subsequent edition would have made the musicians feel freer and given them more room to move around. These suggestions shed light on potential improvements that could enhance the overall performance experience.
In addition to these changes, Fredyma also noted that the continuous standing of the backup singers was less than ideal. Although they did their job beautifully, the constant standing could have affected their performance. Providing chairs for the backup singers during breaks would have allowed them to sit down and rest, and then stand up during the performance.
Despite these minor issues, the sound quality of the performance was perfect. The musicians were able to showcase their talents, and the crowd was thrilled with the experience.
However, it’s important to recognize that even small changes to the setup can have a significant impact on the musicians’ performance. With these suggestions in mind, future live music events can strive to create the perfect environment for musicians to deliver their best performances.
Onua Showtime with Mcbrown has already garnered a massive following especially among netizens, with thousands of viewers tuning in from all over Ghana and beyond.
Mcbrown’s charm, talent, and infectious personality have captured the hearts of audiences and have made her one of the most sought-after TV personalities in the country.
For Mcbrown, the show is not just a career move – it’s a passion project. “I’m so excited to be doing this,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to give back to the industry that has given me so much. And it’s a chance to show the world the incredible talent and culture that we have here in Ghana.”
With Onua Showtime with Mcbrown, she has created a platform for emerging talent, established artists, and fans to come together and celebrate Ghana’s rich culture and talent.
And with her undeniable talent and charisma, Mcbrown is sure to keep audiences entertained and engaged for years to come.