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The Other Room

Settle in and get comfortable with your roommate as they provide unabashed commentary on issues relating to being a woman.More 'The Other Room': listentogcr.com/tor-pod

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The Pressure...Style, Depression & Cassava Cultivation"

Kess is reunited with the roommates after a week away. & What? No souvenir from her travels?! For What’s Poppin’, the roomies talk personal style. AJ highlights our 2nd lady Mrs Samira Bawumia, Ghana’s latest style icon(1:35). Kess sees nothing wrong with her choice of attire during last week’s Independence Day festivities (2:50), Vee feels her personal stylist deserves most of the props (3:17) but Cel disagrees, shouting out Mrs B. for her taste in stylist (4:34) & proclaims her #styleGoals (6:27).AJ states a fact (7:09). Cel brings up a suicide case in recent news (9:54) & suggests change in how mental health is handled.AJ points out that mental health issues are nothing new (10:42) & looks forward to policies reflecting this (12:29). Kess talks about the stigma associated with mental health services (12:46) & Vee offers condolences to those affected. Cel feels hearing people’s stories on depression will have a positive impact(15:44). The atmosphere is heavy.  The roommates woosah! (16:13). Vee brings up a Twitter thread. (16:30)  —  Cel calls it “sincere & raw” & AJ appreciates the honesty of it (20:04).Kess wonders about marrying age (20:09) & the roommates discuss the societal pressure to get married. (23:23) AJ asks, “Who should we marry?” (24:20). The roomies talk about double standards (26:55) & cultivation (28:06)! Kess shares her personal experience with pressure to get married (28:10). Cel shares similar rhetoric (28:40) whilst Vee brings up this generation’s BellaNaija aspirations (29:20). Cel calls for better prep for the reality of marriage from our parents(30:57) and AJ kills the fairy tale happily ever after (31:40). The roomies end the show talking about age gaps (33:55). Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

39mins

14 Mar 2017

Rank #1

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Virgins & Prostitutes

Click here to RSVP (for free) for the #GCRLive event on Nov. 2 ➡ https://efie.co/gcrliveShare | Follow | SubscribeIs sex overrated? It’s a full house with Kess, Cyril, Olivia and Yvonne. We discuss our personal views on good sex versus bad sex, and ways to spice up and enjoy our sex life. We also talk about the importance of communication in sex, and thoughts on sex toys, threesomes, etc. Song Credit : Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her song, Crown Funk. Find more of her work hereWe'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

49mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Lockdown Chronicles

Share | Follow | Subscribe Facing a lockdown, the roomies up their tech game with remote recording and discuss inappropriate advances, the need for boundaries in relationships and living in a lockdown. Let the roomies know what you think! Leave a message ➡️ https://voicelink.fm/goldcoastreport Song Credit: Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her songs on the show. Find more of her work here

29mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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Triple Threat

Ohemaa joins Kess and Thandie this week to talk about her return to Ghana, life’s choices, and public proposals. Share | Follow | Subscribe Song Credit : Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her song, Crown Funk. Find more of her work here We'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

33mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Stews, Lifting Blocks And Gendered Jobs

Cel is missing and the roomies want chocolate (1.04). Keni is this week's guest, she tells us more about herself and what inspired her writing (2.10). Kess and AJ are getting married! Not to each other though (09:00). AJ tells us about Mabel Suglo, the young entrepreneur (11.20). Kess also brings up more innovation in the Nigerian women crotcheting plastics (14.20). Vee misses the public service announcements Zingaro Productions used to make, bring them back (19.44)! Keni shares the story of a robbery that ends in a most bizarre way (20.45). In the room today, the roomies discuss gender and professions (30.39). Are there defined professions for specific genders? There are more (unintentional?) gender specific jobs than they realized (33.34) and the roomies give their take on this. They also reckon they could do Cyril's job as producer, bye Cyril lol.(39.20). Vee comes through with the Nollywood wisdom as always (39.30).Thanks for listening! Catch you next time! Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

44mins

25 Apr 2017

Rank #5

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A Creative Spark

Share | Follow | Subscribe Our good friend Donald joins Kess and our guest Kafui in this interesting episode. We discuss the recent kidnappings in Ghana, and the good news of the girls being found. We also talk about the lack of support and encouragement of innovation in our schools and society as a whole. Is it a systemic problem, or our attitude to things? Kafui gives us a glimpse into his life as a creative director. We talk creative arts in Ghana and how easy it is as creatives/artists to make themselves known in the industry. We also discuss the differences between the sexes as creatives, societal expectations and acceptance. Song Credit : Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her song, Crown Funk. Find more of her work here Closing song is the new single from King George VIII titled Silence, (Things Fall Apart). Listen to the song here We'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

44mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Black Girls Glow!

In this TOR exclusive, Cel and Vee catch up with the multitalented Poetra Asantewa for a chat on entrepreneurship (3:20), local vs global arts scenes (18:08) and the unique struggles of black female artistry (23:37). Do career creatives earn a good living from their craft? Poetra tells it as it is (5:23). Plus, here's how a chance encounter eventually came to define her career (9:53). Oh, and #Roommates, guess which beloved movie character Poetra would like to play (13:24)? Did someone say "threaten them with death?" (16:45) Welp! We get a glimpse into Poetra's upcoming work (30:28) and wrap up with a special performance by Ms Asantewa herself (30:53). Better put some respek on her name (32:35)! Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

36mins

18 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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The Breadcrumb Trail to Infidelity: Would You Stay?

The roommates are baaack(1:50)!! After wishing Kess well, the ladies jump straight into What's Poppin' (2:19)! Cel takes us to Uganda, where The Ministry for Public Service seems to be taking the term fashion police to a whole other level (6:23). AJ brings to our attention one of the most under reported acts of violence against women, acid attacks! Heartbreaking! Let us breathe for a sec...(15:00) Vee tells us about 3 young Ghanaians being honoured my HRH Queen Elizabeth. Big deal. Harry was theeere! (Check out the GCRTOR Twitter page for links to our 3 honourees) Cel wonders if it's Neo Colonialism at work & the ladies titter about the 2nd coming of HRH Prince Phillip (22:40). The Sizzler Have you listened to Jay Z's new album 4:44? The roommates discuss cheating. Queen Beyoncé stayed despite Jigga's infidelity. Why? Would you stay? Is the story of the Carter's marriage in fact a parable? Something to live by/aspire to/learn from? Do you enjoy the drama that seems to be their life or do you see it for what it really is? A "Hansel & Gretel being led to the witch's gingerbread house" type situation? A "pied Piper lead all your children (money &time) out of your town to a remote location (their bank account), never to be seen again" type affair? A cash cow for the milking? Let us know what you think! Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here. Find out more at https://the-other-room.pinecast.co

40mins

11 Jul 2017

Rank #8

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Girl Code Or Nah?

Share | Follow | Subscribe We made it to season 3! Kess is joined by Thandie in this first episode. Get to know us a little better by learning our favorite foods, pet peeves, worst home chores, and many more. Also, Thandie let’s her inner Cardi loose. For What’s Poppin, we discuss R Kelly’s ‘emotional breakdown’ on the interview with Gayle King, International Women’s Day and the whole Tristan-Khloe-Jordyn cheating saga, which leads us into The Sizzler. We breakdown the whole saga and try to figure out what exactly girl code is, and if it really exists. Is it acceptable for a friend or sibling to date your ex? Find out what we think is and isn’t acceptable in such situations. “She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” – Atticus Song Credit : Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her song, Crown Funk. Find more of her work here We'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

37mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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You Dey Explain

Share | Follow | Subscribe Click here to RSVP (for free) for the #GCRLive event on Nov. 2 ➡ https://efie.co/gcrlive Kess, Tracy, Yorm and Makafui discuss sexual abuse, the #sexforgrades documentary, physical and emotional abuse in relationships, safety of women in public places, and basically everything women endure on a daily basis in the hands of men. Song Credit : Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her song, Crown Funk. Find more of her work here We'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

1hr 5mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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What Men Want (for Women)

Jessica joins Kess and Thandie in a revolving door discussion of trending topics; from the impact of the new abortion laws in America to the social stigma associated with Ghanaian women who wear anklets🤷🏾‍♀️. Is a woman who wants attention from a man who isn’t her partner insecure? Desperate? Listen to our take on Ayesha Curry’s interview on the Red Table Talk and the backlash she received. The roommies take a stab at a tough question -- should women without children get Mother’s Day wishes? Listen & Share! Share | Follow | Subscribe Song Credit : Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her song, Crown Funk. Find more of her work here We'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

53mins

21 May 2019

Rank #11

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No more Mr. Nice Guy.

The episode opens with Vee and Cel throwing stones at Donald (0.25). The Roomies are joined by the guys from the Unartiste podcast(1.30). Cel discusses the faux wax figure of the Queen Bey at Madam Tussauds (1.59) R. Kelly is up to some weird stuff (10.00),the roomies say no to the grooming (10:20). Boycott R. Kelly? We discuss Issa Rae's thoughts on this (26.16) The gang harmonize on cue. Main topic: Do nice guys finish last? (33.18) What is it about bad guys that's such an allure (39.30). The conversation takes many interesting turns. Join us! Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

57mins

25 Jul 2017

Rank #12

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Welcome Back!

Kess is back from her honeymoon! & gives a solitary whoop. We jump straight into Whats Popping (1:55). Cel tells us about a different painting. Art or nah? (8:36) & there are 3 female vice presidents on our continent!! Will the rest of Africa catch up any time soon? Vee is not too hopeful (19:00). Kess gives the latest Otiko Update as street children are the focus of her ministry (23:00). Vee brings up Zimbabwean 1st lady, Grace Mugabe's legal battle (28:35) & Cel issues a TOR Disclaimer over Vee & Kess' comments (30:00)! The roommates introduce a new segment : TWITTER FEELINGS & the main topic for this episode, Entitlement. What's the cause? Socialisation? Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

42mins

22 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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It’s My Jam, It’s My Jam..."

Afro-jazz artiste Adomaa starts the show off on a soulful note (0:44) and the Roommates are loving it! We find out more about the multi-talented songbird and her breakout onto the Ghanaian music scene (1:50). The Roommates play a game with their guest - Top of the deck to you! (4:45) - and guess who has people sliding into her DMs on the regular? #StarsBeLike (6:15) Kess updates the ladies on the release of 82 Chibok girls, three years after their kidnapping. “We do not negotiate with terrorists” -- or do we (9:00)? The ladies discuss the need for psychosocial rehabilitation for the rescued girls (11:15) and people’s calls for a holiday to celebrate their release. Happy Chibok Day! -- wait, for whom (14:12)? Adomaa wonders if we shouldn’t be worrying about an imminent threat to national security (15:03). Hold up -- did you say a bomb threat in Abuja (16:08)? Someone show Vee the nearest exit! Cel takes us down south to Rwanda, where 35-year old newcomer, Diane Shima Rwigara, is contesting the presidency against longtime leader Paul Kagame (16:55) -- yay for African millennials (18:10)! But there’s a plot twist -- and it’s straight out of Scandal [cue shutter sound effect] (19:25). Is that you, Shonda Rhimes? Is any publicity good publicity…even in conservative African societies? (20:30) And how good were those nudes (21:11)? What makes for a good nude? We. Want. Answers. Vee serves some random deeps on nudity (23:07) and ‘fesses up on some very memorable nudes she swapped with an ex (23:54). Naughty! Oh, and would Adomaa take and share nudes? Asking for a friend. coughs. Vee comes across a couple of heavy stories on social media (31:30) and sparks a conversation on trashy men. The Roommates dig up an old tweet in which Adomaa insists that #MenAreTrash (37:24) and the TOR sleuths set about uncovering the backstory to this tweet. Where are you, Untrashy Men? Send us your GPS coordinates! (40:02) AJ leads the ladies in Momma Memories and reminds us why moms are not trash (44:58). Hear how AJ’s mom triggered her lifelong chocolate addiction (45:35). Vee gushes about her mom (47:14) while Cel shares a moving story about her first day of high school (47:44). Kess reflects on the travails of being the oldest daughter (50:52) and Adomaa’s mom shakes up a school bully (51:10). That’ll show ‘em! And finally… Did you know Adomaa RAPS?! Hear the TOR exclusive (55:14)! Resource Links 82 Chibok girls releases Meet The 35-year Old Newcomer In The Rwandan Presidential Race Rwanda's Female Presidential Candidate's Nude Photos Leak #MenAreTrash Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here. Find out more at https://the-other-room.pinecast.co

1hr 1min

16 May 2017

Rank #14

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SaveTheWhoop

Cel and AJ launch a campaign to save the TOR Whoop after Vee proposes to retire the iconic chorus. Sacrilege (0:43)! Hey now --- who got stuffed with what? sips tea (2:03). Cel puts the spotlight on Black Women's Equal Pay Day (July 31) and the ongoing fight for workplace equality (2:30). And what do Timon & Pumbaa have to do with workplace diversity? Turns out, quite a lot (6:47). Hakuna Matata! (PS: Watch out for the TOR mixtape, y'all. Coming to a streaming service near you!) Vee applauds Botswana's decision to provide free sanitary products to school-aged young women. AJ takes us to India (11:27) for a dose of Bollywood drama and alternative dispute resolution techniques (13:45). Does Samira Bawumia's visit to the cast of Kumkum Bhagya show bad faith (15:25)? The #Roommates address the claim that "Ghanaian girls are fried" (21:45) and share some easy tips on making new friends (37:55). PLUS! Hear Vee and Cel drop their best pick-up lines (41:25) ...because why should guys have all the cheesy fun? Dont forget to share some of your best lines with us via email or across our social media accounts. Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

50mins

8 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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Mi Wura

Is it unacceptable if a woman can’t cook? Kess is joined by two guests, Comoo and Boyd, to give their male perspectives on the stereotypes in relationships, dealbreakers and more. We also react to a mom giving birth to her fourth child in a moving car with her family. How freaked out would you be in such a situation?! Share | Follow | Subscribe Song Credit : Special thanks to Boyd Larmie for use of his song, Awula. Find more of his work here We'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

50mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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Women At Work

Nathalie and Ann join Kess and Thandie in this episode, and give us a glimpse into their lives as career women. We give our thoughts and opinions on a trending apology video on social media. The roommies also talk about women in the workplace and the lengths we need to go to get our achievements recognized, and share our good and bad personal experiences. Share | Follow | Subscribe Song Credit : Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her song, Crown Funk. Find more of her work here We'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

55mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Wows & Woes

After a week of "adulting" the ladies are back in The Other Room (2:15). Cel tells us about the things that disqualify a woman from joining the Ghana Armed Forces (7:54). AJ was at the recent #MotherOfHeirs concert at the Elle Lokko warehouse, Osu & shares her experience. Shout outs to honorary roomies Dzyadzorm, Adomaa & Poetra Asantewaa (11:20)! Are you on "the gram"? Vee and the ladies applaud Lupita Nyong'o's carefree Comic-Con adventure & highlight the growing interest & recognition of comics & gaming in our part of the world. (15:25). The ladies discuss the plight of widows in Ghana & other parts of Africa and wrap up the show. Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

42mins

1 Aug 2017

Rank #18

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Decorum Is Restored

Welcome to another episode of TOR! Decorum is restored (1:26)! Welcome back AJ! (1:40). AJ tells us about SAs "First Lady" Ontlametse Phalatse may she rest in peace ... (2:40). Cel throws shaaaaade! (3:25) & the roomies talk mortality & bucket lists (5:30). Kess brings up the missing Chibok girls & the ladies discuss the fallout, the lives affected, Stockholm syndrome & the government's response (11:30). We're on a downer... _woosah! & joy is restored (11:43)! Cel brings up Maria Borges! Maria Borges thoooough (11:51)! The roommates veer off course. Olive oil? Focus (14:10)! Congratulations Maria (14:23)! Ladies! Really? Idris? Pounding yams? Headache pills & cancer? Focus (16:15)! Excitement! Vee does the Milly Rock! Mama we made it!! We've got mail!!!! Song Credit : Special thanks to Adomaa & VI Music for use of their song, Traffic Jam. Find more of her work here.

31mins

18 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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Don't Touch My Hair

This episode begins with an interesting game of Shag, Marry, Kill. Maayaa joins Kess and Thandie to discuss recent kidnappings, domestic abuse and cheating male partners. To stay or to leave? Ever had someone touch your hair without asking? Give you unsolicited advice? We talk through invasion of personal space, our experiences and how to deal with such trying situations. hare | Follow | Subscribe Song Credit Special thanks to Maayaa for use of her song, 'See' as the intro and outro. Find more of her work here Special thanks to Ria Boss for use of her songs. Find more of her work here We'd LOVE to hear from you! Send all your enquiries, comments & reactions to: theotherroom@thegoldcoastreport.com

59mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #20