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A screen grab of the "oh my god wow" guy from the Ghanaian film "Azonto Ghost" which is now a popular meme.

This Is Where the 'Oh My God, Wow' Meme Comes From

The viral meme is from a scene in the 2012 Ghanaian film, "Azonto Ghost."

In keeping up with the rise of African movies being utilized as viral memes on social media, we had to look into the origin of latest one that's graced your timelines for at least the past week.

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This clip is part of a scene in the 2012 Ghanaian film, Azonto Ghost, starring Lil Wayne (not the rapper), Bill Asamoah and Benedicta Gafah. This film, produced by AA Productions, also was a catalyst for hiplife artist Bisa Kdeihis theme song with the same name as the movie earned him 'Best Original Song' at the Ghana Movie Awards that year.

Azonto Ghost is spoken in Twi, one of Ghana's major languages, and thanks to director, producer and screenwriter Scilla Owusu, she was able to summarize and give context as to why the man's so excited—and it's a simpler reason than we thought.

"The woman is pregnant but she was too shy to tell her husband. The husband finally convinces her to tell him what news she was hiding from him," Owusu says. "She then lets him know she's 3 months pregnant. He's so happy and gives thanks to the Lord and is very relieved to hear the great news."

It's definitely interesting to see how films like these are used in a fresh way online. Regardless of how we engage with the content via watching the film or meme generation, we still end up with uncontrollable laughs.

For our Twi speakers, check out Azonto Ghost in full on Youtube.

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Sarkodie Revitalizes Bob Marley Classic 'Stir It Up'

The Ghanaian rapper's collaboration with the late reggae legend is stirring something up alright!

Ghana's rap superstar Sarkodiehas officially released his version of reggae legends Bob Marley & The Wailers' hit "Stir It Up." In a delicious collaboration that sees Caribbean and African cultures reunite once again, Sarkodie's take on the song feels nostalgic yet exciting. The MOG-produced track almost didn't happen, as the rapper explained in a podcast this week that his own insecurity nearly robbed him of the incredible opportunity to reimagine the Jamaican legend's hit.

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2023 Is the Year of Black Sherif

Here's why we believe the young Ghanaian superstar is going to dominate this year.

Black Sherif was undoubtedly Ghana’s biggest breakout star last year. The 21-year old rapper, singer, songwriter, and performer from Konongo, Ghana first made his debut in 2020 and went on to have two years of meteoric stature. From dropping singles that birthed viral TikTok challenges to securing a Burna Boy feature, Black Sherif’s career has already seen moments that rival the likes of artists many years more established.

Black Sherif came onto the radar with his debut single “Cry For Me” in 2020. The single aired the honest sentiments of a young hustler trying his best to make it in the face of highly unfavorable odds. This was Blacko’s—as he's also called by fans—narrative, and he owned it more and more with each new release. The Ghanaian artist then proceeded to drop a string of further singles, and each one did increasingly better than the last. Black Sherif gained impressive traction on streaming services, such as the local favorite Boomplay Music.

Then came “First Sermon.” With its release, people began to really pay attention to the newcomer. At this point videos began to make the rounds on social media of the young rapper performing in his animated, impassioned delivery, which became his identifying signature. With the release of “Second Sermon” in July 2021, his first breakthrough arrived. The sequel outdid its first iteration by miles, became a smash hit single, and caught the eye and ear of Nigerian afrobeats star Burna Boy who ended up jumping on the official remix of the song just a few months later.

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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Popcaan x Burna Boy, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Mr Eazi, Baaba Maal, Pheelz and more.

Every Friday, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column, Songs You Need to Hear. Here's our round-up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks.

If you like these music lists, you can also check out our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music. If you missed them, check out our music lists for the Best of 2022 here.

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