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Patrick Fynn up for “Discovery of the Year” @ 2017  Africa Youth Awards



Versatile Ghanaian youngster, Patrick Fynn has grabbed a nomination in “Discovery of the Year” category of the 2017 edition of  the continent’s most coveted awards for young achievers and change makers.

He is one of over 140 young Africans selected  from 25 countries as finalists for the 2017 Africa Youth Awards.

Patrick Fynn as a burgeoning writer, medical practitioner, leader and entrepreneur has over the years chalked enviable successes in various endeavours. As an influencer he has played significant roles in social change, life empowerment, arts and health promotion projects.

Among a list of recognitions for his prolificacy is the “Student Author of the Year” award in honour of his best seller motivational book, “You Are On Your Own” and numerous thought-provoking articles.

He is brand ambassador for One Health Unit,  a health service provider in Ghana and also works as Public Relations Officer for Firm Bridges Communications and IT firm, Vokacom.

Launched in 2014 and currently in its 4th Edition, the awards has become a recognised platform for young Africans to showcase what contributions they have made to the success of the continent thus far, and the potential that they possess to take Africa to the next level across various key industries.

Nominees which span across 23 categories include: 51 females, 73 Males and 17 organisations in Africa and the Diaspora.

The shortlisted nominees were announced by Africa Youth Awards on 4th December, 2017 and winners will be publicly announced on 1st January, 2018.

Voting which can be done on is expected to end on 17th December.

According to Terser Adamu, COO of Africa Youth Awards, this year’s nominees demonstrates the army of young people who have taken the destiny of the continent into their own hands for positive results. He also encouraged Africans to support the nominees as the continent awaits the announcement of the winners.

Below is the full list of the shortlisted nominees of the 2017 Africa Youth Awards


  1. Birwe Habmo
  2. Farida Nabourema
  3. Kasinde etumba smith
  4. Louise Kanza
  5. Omoyele isaac success
  6. Patson Malisa



  1. Anne Kansiime
  2. Bella Nshimirimana
  3. Dr Faith Kudakwashe Nyamukapa
  4. Farida Nabourema
  5. Phindile Sithole-Spong
  6. Tebogo Lebanna



  1. Ihab Amir
  2. Iya Traore
  3. Kwame Antwi-Agyei Opoku
  4. Millard Ayo
  5. Oluwaseun Ologun william
  6. Seth Kwame Boateng



  1. Anna lefatshe Moagi
  2. Dikeledi Andronica Mokoena
  3. Mrs Yakama Manty Jones
  4. Lang Loum
  5. Ngozi Marion Emmanuel



  1. Gninlnagnon Koné
  2. Joshua Ayinbora
  3. Kwabena Boateng
  4. Nathalie Kpante Gambah
  5. Olawale Rotimi Opeyemi
  6. Pride Machingauta



  1. Ashley A. Opoku
  2. Benjamin Fernandes
  3. Fatoumata Kebe
  4. Katche Corinne
  5. Ludovic Biyong
  6. Yvonne Amponsah



  1. Boubacar Mohamed Mahmoud
  2. Eric Pentsil
  3. Gabriel Tekpetey
  4. Ousseynou dit Ibrahima Camara
  5. Racheal Kalaba
  6. Stephen Creppy



  1. Camidus
  2. Dr CADx
  3. Flutterwave
  4. Jamii
  5. RoamSmart
  6. Tress



  1. Bella Nshimirimana
  2. Kwame Antwi-Agyei Opoku
  3. Masereka Charles Yoronimu
  4. Rose Aggrey Mmbaga
  5. Thato Edison Diako
  6. Victor Moinina



  1. Adekeye . E. Tosin
  2. Elorm Beenie
  3. Gilbert Rwabigwi
  4. Jonilar
  5. Nancy Sumari
  6. Salawu Ibrahim



  1. Caroline Ngata
  2. Lameck Kiula
  3. Nadia Owusu
  4. Njiki Djemi Michele Valerie
  5. Olalekan Abdulqudus Akintomide
  6. Oluwaseyi Ademo
  7. Omar Said Abdel-Azim Mostafa Sharawy
  8. Patrick Fynn



  1. Aigbe Omoregie
  2. Clarisse Iribagiza
  3. Jokate Mwegelo
  4. Sandile Shezi
  5. Sangu Julius Delle
  6. Shaleen Manhire Nullens



  1. Daniel Odonkor
  2. Maajoa Asabea Yeboah
  3. Matthew Rugamba
  4. Shahbaaz Sayed Yusuf
  5. Teta Isibo



  1. Aisha Ojone Abu
  2. Benson Owusu
  3. Enow Awah Georges Stevens
  4. Jack Hisard Nyalando
  5. Landry Ndriko Mayigane
  6. Richard Selormey
  7. Runcie C.W. Chidebe



  1. Bokang Molelle
  2. Kiruhura Babu Patrick
  3. Kitso Bapaki
  4. Ngang Ernest Che
  5. Raphael Obonyo
  6. Zakaria El Hamel



  1. Botlhale Boikanyo
  2. Chiziterem Ndukwe-Nwoke
  3. Diana Mpyisi
  4. Samuel Tinagyei
  5. Jovita Efehi Obadolagbonyi
  6. NoViolet Bulawayo
  7. Sylvanus Bedzrah
  8. Upile Chisala



  1. Millard Ayo
  2. Musah Kofi Idriss
  3. Ngwane Hansel Masango
  4. Nwabisa Matyumza
  5. Salma Msangi
  6. Sibabalwe Sesmani



  1. Hanane El Khader
  2. Ihab Amir
  3. Nasty C
  4. Saad Lamjarred
  5. Shatta Wale
  6. Vanessa Mdee



  1. Anna lefatshe Moagi
  2. Dikeledi Andronica Mokoena
  3. Kadio Kadio Eric
  4. Meshack Omega Omido
  5. Ogunshola Michael



  1. Girls Effect initiative
  2. Hope Alive Africa Initiative
  3. Kente Master
  4. TECO² project
  5. Wadi Ben Hirki Foundation (WBH)
  6. Smithmai Company T limited



  1. Dillion Phiri
  2. Franck Verzefé
  3. Jennifer Richard Shigoli
  4. Kagiso Madibana
  5. Melvin Songwe Shuye
  6. Pinkrah Kwaku Kingsley



  1. Franklin Armah Sharp
  2. Makosi Musambasi
  3. Manthomeng Eulalia Peahoane
  4. Namnkunda hope mwijuka
  5. Peter Njodzeka
  6. Roselyne Nyakona
  7. Ukpohor Excel



  1. Intercontinental Paints
  2. Kidoti Company
  3. ma
  4. OBRI
  5. Tapera Bio Industries
  6. The Wealth Project Holdings



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AfroExcellence: Sarkodie assembles heroes in “Highest Feast” [+ video]



Ace Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, brought together various persons who have influenced his life and journey over the years in a private get-together held at his residence on Saturday, March 17.

The first of what he intends to be an annual event, the “Highest Feast”, which saw in attendance, close family, industry friends, as well as acquaintances across corporate Ghana, was, according to the SarkCess frontman, to converge under one roof, various personalities who have served as inspiration for him and his career.

“This is a gathering where I bring together a few of my closest people that I cherish, respect, and appreciate so much. The idea for the highest feast is to bring together these noble people under one roof, have a good time, and connect”, he said.

To him, it also proved a perfect opportunity to exchange success stories under a relaxing atmosphere, and refuel toward new projects.

“In life, the energy around you is very important. It can make you or break you. I choose to keep these people around me because I need that guidance”, the rapper further submits about the feast.

Well-decorated and author of multiple bestselling albums, Sarkodie ranks among elite music acts on the continent. He’s in the running for a number of award at the forthcoming 2018 VGMA Awards, including the coveted Artist of the Year prize.

Here are highlights of the event courtesy Sarkodie’s YouTube page:

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Miss Ghana UK 2017 Queen to “Hug Out “with tertiary students in Accra



Food for All Africa in partnership with Miss Ghana UK Foundation and Psychosocial Africa will this April bring together tertiary students within Accra to hang out with the current Miss Ghana UK Queen, Miss Sabina Lawabea Awuni at the social event aimed at promoting mental health and nutritional well being among tertiary students in Ghana.

For every case of suicide reported, five people have already contemplated committing suicide, making a total of about 200,000 people contemplating the idea annually, Sabina emphasis on the use of social get together as a means to suicide prevention as such programs tend to give people listening ears.

According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Network for Anti-suicide and Crisis Prevention in Ghana, five or more people commit suicide every day in the country.The dominant cause of their death ranged from problems with parents, failure at school, the inability of parents to provide needs, impotence and relationship related issues.

Former Chief Psychiatrist of the Accra Mental Hospital, Dr Akwesi Osei reiterates that suicide is premeditated. It is not something one does the first time he or she thinks about it.

 “There are three organizational stages of suicide, involving “getting used to,” the idea, the means and the opportunity or motivation,” he added.

He described the first stage as the preparation state where a person prepares to commit suicide. People who are naturally secretive, who come from broken homes, people with no loving childhood and people with traumatic stress disorders are susceptible.

The second, he said was the precipitate factors that triggered one to commit suicide. Some of the triggers were a financial crisis, loss of a loved one and separation.

The final stage was when victims remained in a perpetual state of the desire to kill him or herself, and with the triggers including the lack of financial support, among others.

Hug Out with Miss Ghana UK 2017, The Jubilee Queen on Saturday 7th April 2018 at Tuo Restaurant and garden on Ring road Central will be an experience sharing hang out with the Queen, Sabina Awuni, mental health advocate, Nana Abena Korkor Addo  and Chef Elijah Addo in promoting mental health and nutritional wellness among tertiary students in Ghana through activities such as cooking competition,eating,games,let’s talk and music jams.

The Queen together with SRC executives of participating schools will in the morning cook and serve breakfast to patients of Accra psychiatric hospital.



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Call for applications: MIAConnects Regional Mobility Programme



The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) is pleased to launch the regional leg of its mobility programme, which will support African music festivals wanting to programme artists from any of the following seven countries: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria (Northern), Chad, Mali and Niger.

This regional mobility call is part of the broader Music In Africa Connects (MIAConnects) Artist Mobility Programme, which in 2017 supported more than 100 artists from countries affected by conflict to tour locally.

The value of the Regional Mobility Programme is that music festivals are now benefiting from the programme together with the artists, a development that will strengthen the live music scene on the continent.

MIAConnects is made possible with support from the Siemens Stiftung and the German Federal Foreign Office.

Please note that this call is for festivals that take place on the African continent only. The deadline for applications is 22 March 2018 (midnight CAT).

Who can submit an application?

  • This opportunity is open to music festivals based and operating on the African continent.
  • The host festival must take place between 1 May and 22 December 2018.
  • The applicant must be the registered company or organisation directly responsible for the organisation of the festival.
  • The music festival must be able to attract a considerable audience, beneficial to the invited artist(s).
  • Only festivals featuring a series of performances by various musicians and bands will be considered.
  • First-time festivals and other event formats are welcome to apply provided they meet the criteria.

Requirements and mandatory documents

  • Budgets submitted must adhere to stipulations as indicated in the call.
  • The applicant (festival) must have a valid bank account.
  • Proof will be required with regards to the festival’s ability to cover the costs of the invited music performance (refer below for costs to be covered by the festival) and to implement the festival as detailed in the application.
  • Confirmation of donors, sponsors and other financial support will have to be provided within the application form.
  • Festivals taking place in what is considered high-risk areas need to outline safety and security measures that will be taken towards the safety of the invited artist or band.
  • The applicant will be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project (and not an intermediary).
  • The festival (the applicant) should appoint one person from the company or organisation who will be responsible for submitting the application, managing and reporting how the support has been utilised and will be the sole contact person if the application is successful.
  • An applicant may submit only one application under this call.
  • The requested amount may not exceed €5 000.
  • Registration documents for companies that are legally responsible for the implementation of the festival.
  • Legal identification documentation: Applicant’s ID/passport copy.
  • Budget: download budget template HERE and complete budget for the invited music performance (projected expenditure, in euros (€), according to the stipulations provided in this call).
  • Festival’s 2018 programme (drafts accepted).
  • Letter from the invited artist or band representative confirming availability and approving the project.

Additional attachments such as press coverage, web links, pictures and videos, etc. will be accepted as attachments to the application, but are not mandatory.

Which artists can you invite?

  • Artists from the following eligible countries: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria (Northern), Chad, Mali and Niger.
  • The music performance must take place outside the country where the invited artist, band or music project is based.
  • Applicants may consider various categories of performers including, but not limited to, bands, solo artists, DJs (who include live performances), choirs etc. Please take note of the non-eligible performances detailed below when doing so.
  • Artistic collaboration components between musicians that lead to live music performances are welcome.
  • Preference is given to outstanding artists who are ready for the international stage and whose career will benefit from being exposed to new audiences at your event.
  • All participants must be over 18 years old.

Additional Advantageous Criteria (not mandatory)

  • Applications that include more than one performance opportunity to the invited artist(s) will be an advantage. Additional opportunities may be connections for artists to perform at other festivals, within or outside the festival’s country, to extend their tour, collaborate with other artists, etc.
  • In addition, the music festival must preferably be able to support the artist or band with exposure such as interviews and social media marketing.
  • Preference will be given to artists with limited opportunities to tour outside their country.

Non-eligible music performances/applications

  • Music performances supporting political parties or religious faith.
  • Fundraising events, such as charity galas.
  • Applications that do not fulfil the criteria.
  • Incomplete applications.

Type of support

Financial Support

Applicants may request up to €5 000.

Eligible costs that may be included in the requested amount:

  • Visa costs: Budget limit – €200.
  • Travel and transportation costs (including airport transfers and local ground transport): Budget limit – €3 000.
  • Daily meal allowance (per diem): Budget limit – max €25 per day per person and total budget must not exceed €600.
  • Accommodation: Budget Limit – max €50 per day per person and total budget must not exceed €1 200.

Budget stipulation notes

  • All budget limits mentioned above need to be strictly adhered to;
  • It is mandatory that you use the provided budget template. Click HERE to download the file (the link is also provided in the application form).

Please note that only one non-band member included in the travelling parties can be covered (manager or sound engineer).

Non-eligible costs (to be covered by the festival)

The purpose of the support is to make the mobility of the artist possible. As such, the festival will be responsible for the production and all other cost, e.g. technical support: stage, sound, lighting equipment etc.

  • Performance fees (this fee is mandatory).
  • Hospitality requirements.
  • Technical costs.
  • Publicity and marketing.
  • General running costs and overheads of the festival (organisation/company).
  • Costs that are already covered by other funding.

Administrative support

  • Administrative support via email is offered during the application process. Email
  • Additional administrative support will also be offered to successful applicants during the contracted project period.

How to apply

  • Read the call for applications carefully.
  • Create (if you haven’t already) a profile for your festival on the Music In Africa Artist & Industry section using this link: Make sure that your profile is up to date, as this is the profile that the selection committee will review. Additional content like pictures and social media links will be advantageous.

Please note: you may find your profile already created by a Music In Africa contributor. In that case, you would need to follow the online steps to claim it. Once you have control of your profile, make sure to update the information.

  • Make sure you have all the required documents.
  • Complete and submit the online application form (the link is provided at the end of this call). Two application forms are provided – in French and English. Email applications will not be considered.
  • The form will not allow applicants to save and complete later. Before you complete it, make sure you have all the required documents that will need to be attached. Required documents are clearly noted within this call for applications.

Selection process

  • The deadline for applications is 22 March 2018 (midnight CAT).
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 10 April 2018.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
  • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Only applications submitted via the dedicated online form will be considered.
  • Late applications will not be considered.

Note that a copy of your application form will automatically be sent to you by email. For transparency purposes, all beneficiary names will be published on within 30 days after they have been selected.

Application forms

You can apply in French or English.

  • Access the ENGLISH application form HERE.
  • Access the FRENCH application form HERE.

For enquiries and information, email



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Mayorkun, Sister Afia, Magnom, Keche others storm Legon for Legon Hall/WatsUp TV Concert



Nigerian Afrobeat star and DMW signed act Mayorkun is headlining the 66th Legon Hall Week artiste night.

The Concert which is in collaboration with Watsup TV will see other top Ghanaian acts like Sister Afia,  Epixode, Magnom, Dope Nation, Keche, Rudebwoy Ranking, Gemini, Opanka, Feli Nuna, Dahlin Gage, Dee Money, Ephraim, DJ Sly, Obibini, Jason El-A and many more.

The event is sponsored by Rush Energy drink and supported by  Davido Music Worldwide, The Plug, Endowed Event, SHOB Group, Jack Daniels, GhOne TV, TV7, 369 Live and

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WHITE WEDDING! Ameyaw Debrah, Elsie seal their love in classy ceremony



The white wedding between famed Ghanaian blogger Ameyaw Debrah and sweetheart Elsie, came off today Trade Fair Centre in Accra. The ceremony followed a traditional marriage days ago.

The private ceremony was witnessed by close family and friends, industry colleagues, and leading showbiz names.

Founder of Ameyaw Debrah Media, the internet mogul and his wife recently welcomed Nathan, their first son.

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FIRST PHOTOS: White Wedding of Ameyaw Debrah currently underway…



The white wedding between ace blogger Ameyaw Debrah and sweetheart Elsie, is currently ongoing at the Trade Fair Centre in Accra. The ceremony follows a traditional marriage days ago.

The couple’s love story is being witnessed by close family and friends, industry colleagues, and leading showbiz names.

Founder of Ameyaw Debrah Media, the internet mogul and his partner recently welcomed Nathan, their first son.

See first photos and footage of the bride’s arrival:



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