Ghana has had a lot of recognition this year, with various personalities springing up from various areas to project her name and influence society in their own way. In this piece, we’d take you through 10 persons who excelled this year.
The young actor made his debut in Netflix’s African War drama film called Beast of No Nation in which he played the lead role as a child soldier. He has been featured on CNN and several other international platforms for his breakthrough.
In the year under review, the 15 year old inspired children and youth across the African continent particularly when he was awarded the Marcello Mastroainni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
The EIB boss is arguably one of the most influential personalities in Ghana and played a major role in the acquisition of eight radio stations and one TV station for EIB Networks.
For the first time in four years, he won the Radio and Television Personality of the Year Award ahead of Kwame Sefa Kayi. He also won the Best Host of the Year for his Starr Drive which is one of the most listened to in Accra. The show has featured personalities such as UT Boss Kofi Amoabeng, TV personality KSM, Black Stars’ skipper Asamoah Gyan amongst others.
In terms of philanthropy, he recently donated $5,000 to ailing former Actors Guild President Nii-Odoi Mensah in his capacity as the CEO of EIB Networks.
After putting in a lot of work in his piece on Ghana’s disabled national team, 21 year old Fiifi Anaman was nominated for a Sports Reporting Award at the CNN African Journalist Awards. He also nominated at the 2015 Sports Media Pearl 2014 for his article “How The Black Stars Stabbed The Nation In Cold Blood”.
In terms of journalism, Fiifi has been a success this year and has immensely affected society with his work.
The 22-year-old KNUST student won the NPP parliamentary polls at the Kwabre East in the Ashanti region. Her success went far and was covered by the media as an inspiration to young women.
She could become the youngest parliamentarian in Ghana at age 24 should she win the general elections in 2016.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas, together with his Tiger PI team uncovered the biggest scandal to have hit the judicial arm of government. He led the team to capture 34 judges and over a hundred judiciary workers in bribery and corruption which was heavily applauded by the international media.
Nana Aba Anamoah
Nana Aba had a rough year, regardless, she explored the silver linen on her cloud and came out tall. The TV presenter was suspended by TV3 for engaging in a photo theft on twitter. As a result, She was one of the most discussed personalities this year with calls for her to be reinstated by TV3. She, however resigned later on and has moved to EIB’s GhOne TV.
Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy won a BET Award this year, toured with Gramp’s Morgan Heritage and has headlined many shows in Ghana and Africa. His success story from breaking through his bipolar and has inspired a lot of people.
Barimah Osei Mensah
With a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas, U.S.A and a banking job in the UK, he left that behind and came to Ghana to start Adinkra Pastries.
His business, which started in Kumasi was successfully launched in Accra this year and has been successful. Today, he has employed well over 800 people to sell the pie on the streets of Kumasi and Accra .
Kwadwo Safo Jr
The Chief Executive Officer for the Kantanka Group led his group to launch mass production of the first made in Ghana cars. Defying the negative vibe attached to most made in Ghana machineries, Mr. Safo, has however, successfully worked with the media which has led to wide acceptance of the group’s vehicles.
The Reggae artiste is the first Ghanaian to have gained a Grammy nomination with his ‘Branches of the Same Tree’ album. Although he has not had much influence in Ghana as a musician since his In Ghana song in the late 90s, his annual “Independence Splash” festival is still a big thing in Ghana. Getting a Grammy nomination is an enviable feat which has positively influenced major entertainment industry as well as given Ghana a special recognition in the sub-Sahara.