Irene once dated producer Edward Osei Hammer of the Last Two Music Group, with whom she had two children.
Details are sketchy about the cause of death but sources linked it to a heart-related disease.
Movie chat room is aired on the national broadcaster on Friday's at noon.
A website for gay and lesbian traveller to Ghana, quoted in the story, explains that this has become a lucrative business for internet scammers: …there are some Internet cafes that are *completely* devoted to this type of activity.
The scam works because some tourists do come Accra to pay money for sex, and because some of these folks stay at nice hotels.
And because prostitution is illegal, it’s a great opportunity for extortion – I suspect that there’s probably also a practice of following people from bars where prostitutes are common, then threatening to turn them into the police if extortion demands aren’t met.
Finally, because sex is a subject most of us don’t like to talk about with strangers, it tends to leave us flustered and unsettled when accusations are made, leaving us more vulnerable to making poor decisions, like paying an extortion fee.
I was thinking about this story because Global Voices ran a fantastic piece on a disturbing new phenomenon happening online in Ghana and Kenya – gay personal ads designed to recruit robbery and kidnapping victims.
A few years back, I was in Accra, Ghana with friends who’d helped me organize and fund Geekcorps – they were visiting our projects in the country, staying in one of the country’s nicer hotels on the beach outside of Accra.
They received a phonecall one evening from someone who claimed he was the pimp of a prostitute the man had hired and he was demanding payment for his coworker’s services.
Irene Asante, presenter of 'Movie Chat room' on Ghana Television (GTV) has died.
The death of the eloquent presenter is said to have occurred early Thursday at the 37 Military hospital.