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Africa Youth Awards, the continent’s most coveted awards for young people have announced the winners of its 2016 awards, which engaged over 170 shortlisted nominees, and received voting participation from over 145 countries from across the world.

Voted as the African Youths of the Year were, Albert Kusi (Ghana) founder of LEC Foundation and Ilwad Elman, Somalia’s Social Activist and Director of Programs and Development at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center.

Albert Kusi is also the pioneer of Success Conference, West Africa’s biggest annual empowerment summit which has impacted thousands of young people and has transformed lives whiles Ilwad Elman doubles as the Director of Sister Somalia, Somalia’s first program for assistance of victims of gender-based violence which provides counseling, health and housing support for women in need.

2016’s winner’s hail from 11 countries and were determined by public votes, which were received from over 145 countries within 21 Days.

Other notable winners are Souhila Ben Lachhab (Algeria) for Musician of the year and Teacher Mampire (Uganda) for Discovery of the Year. Mohammed Ibrahim Jega (Nigeria) CEO of Emerge Tech Africa was also voted as 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Prince Akpah, co-founder & President of Africa Youth Awards declared the third edition of the awards as a great success and a true testament of the contributions of young Africans to the development of the African Continent.

He also emphasised that the stories of these young Africans would inspire more young people as they gear up to take up various leadership positions in their individual pursuits of moving the African continent to the next level.

Below is the Full List of Winners

  1. Ilwad Elman, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center (Somalia) – African Youth of the Year (Female)
  2. Albert Kusi – LEC Foundation (Ghana) – African Youth of the Year (Male)
  3. Mohammed Ibrahim Jega, Emerge Tech Africa (Nigeria) – Entrepreneur of the Year
  4. Souhila Ben Lachhab (Algeria) – Musician of the Year
  5. Teacher Mpamire (Uganda) – Discovery of the Year
  6. Christopher Seagateng, Botswana Jobs for Graduates (Botswana) – Award For Youth Empowerment
  7. Zixtech Organisation (Cameroon) – Social Enterprise of the Year
  8. Manasseh Azure Awuni, Joy 99.7 FM (Ghana) – Journalist of the Year
  9. Dr. Kofi Osei-Kusi, Osei-Kusi Foundation (Ghana) – Special Recognition Award
  10. Gakii Biriri (Kenya) – Social Entrepreneur    of the Year
  11. City Rydes Limited (Kenya) – Startup of the Year
  12. Nana Diaby, Phiphi Plus (Mali) – Media Personality of the Year
  13. Olalekan Ayodele Sipasi, L’afrika Integrated Farms (Nigeria) – Award For Agriculture
  14. Nuhu Ibrahim Alabura, Indian Dental Association (Nigeria) – Health Personality of the Year
  15. Muhire Jean Claude, Young African Leaders Forum (Rwanda) – Leader of the Year
  16. Adyne-Africa Diaspora Youth Network Europe (Somalia) – Civil Society of the Year
  17. Dirboga Bakoh (Irenee), Sukuvi (Togo) – Award for Education
  18. Sylivia Kakyo, Kakyo Girls Initiative (Uganda) – Advocate of the Year

The Awards celebrations will be hosted during the 2017 Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa next year. The event will be in partnership with the African Youth Commission, Avance Media, Global Skills Exchange, My Naija Naira 88 Creatives and Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH.

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Rocky Dawuni Plays Virtual Concert For American Radio Station, KCRW On Tuesday, July 28th



Ghana’s Afro Roots champion, Rocky Dawuni, will be featured as part of KCRW’s new “In Residence” sessions on the flagship Morning Becomes Eclectic show hosted by Anne Litt on Tuesday, July 28 at 10:15am PST (1:15pm PST / 5:15pm GMT.) “KCRW’s In Residence sessions feature storytelling performances and commentary from some of our favorite artists.” If you are in Southern California you can listen live on 89.9FM or around the world online at where it will also be archived.

Rocky recorded the session with his full Ghanaian band live in Accra this month at Kwashibue Recording studio operated by legendary keyboardist Kwame Yeboah (Pat Thomas, Ebo Taylor, Yusuf Islam, Craig David.) “The setting was ideal to get the band into one inspiring space and also to be able to get the best live sound and vibe with Kwame at the helm of affairs. The location also provided the opportunity to capture the ever-present vibrant energy of the city of Accra in our performance. Recent recordings by Highlife music legends like Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor were recorded here.”

Rocky is just coming off an intense media tour for his new video “Champion Arise“ from his most recent release “Beats of Zion” (Six Degrees Records) which has been receiving amazing support including add on BET Soul, BET Jams, TV Africa and many more platforms. He is currently in Africa working on new music and plans to release a highly anticipated EP later this year. In lieu of the usual summer tour schedule due to the current global situation, Rocky has been focusing on his activism projects including the Rocky Dawuni Foundation’s Sankofa Center as well as large scale organic farming and tree planting. In his role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa, Rocky has lent his voice to some high profile online performances/fundraisers including Artists for Amazonia alongside Peter Gabriel, Jeff Bridges, Dave Mathews as well as Pathway to Paris alongside Patti Smith, Talib Kweli, Thom Yorke, Jane Fonda, and Jimmy Iovine, to name a few. He hopes to return the live music scene and his fans as soon as possible!

Please check out GRAMMY-nominated Rocky Dawuni “In Residence” on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” this Tuesday!

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Rocky Dawuni “Beats of Zion” Listening & Sales Link for all platforms:

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“Beats of Zion” video (premiered on PopMatters)

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Abeiku Santana Wins Special Recognition Award In Tourism At The 2020 EMY Africa Awards



The 5th annual ‘Exclusive Men of the Year’ (EMYs) Africa Awards 2020 #EMYAfricaAwards2020 held yesterday July 4, 2020, to award men who have excelled in various areas such as business, education, arts, fashion, technology, and communication. This year’s award ceremony took place in Accra, Ghana despite the partial ban on social gathering due to the novel Covid-19 pandemic.

Multiple award-winning Radio/TV presenter and CEO of Kaya Tours Company Ltd; Dr. Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey, popularly known as Abeiku Santana won Special Recognition Award for Tourism Marketing and Promotion.

Abeiku Santana as he has come to be known as Mr. Tourism is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Tourism Marking and Promotion in Ghana and Africa. With his experience in Tourism, he was appointed as Tourism Ambassador by the former Government of Ghana and he has represented Ghana and Africa in tourism seminars and events across the Globe.

The night saw a number of high-class performances from Efya, Akwaboah, King Promise, and Joe Mettle.
The 5th EMY Africa Awards was shown on Joy Prime and also streamed live on EMY Africa YouTube and Facebook pages.
Warmest congratulations on your award, best wishes for your next adventure Mr. Tourism!

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Nana Akua Addo Officially Resumes Her Business Of Shutting Down Red Carpets With A Bang | PHOTOS



Exclusive Men of the Year awards are set to take place tonight. Due to COVID-19 the award show is not open to a large audience this year as the show goes virtual.

However, there is a red carpet bit to it for viewers at home and individuals who have a part to play in the virtual show. In this line, Nana Akua Addo has come out to show us her look for the 2020 Emys and it’s a bang.

This becomes the first time the red carpet goddess is showing us her prowess once again ever since Coronavirus ruined all red carpet events. Let’s not talk long, Nana Akua has eaten this look as usual, or y’all say what?

See the photos below.


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