After almost six months of nominations, rigorous review, voting and judging, the winners of the Ghana Blogging and Social Media Awards 2016 were finally announced during an intimate gathering in Accra, Ghana on May 20, 2016. The BloGHAwards16 event which brought together 150 guests took place at the Chartered Institute of Bankers’ Hall in East Legon and was hosted by multi-talented spoken word artiste Poetra Asantewa and 2015 Ehalakasa Slam King Paul Forjoe (100%). Afro-fusion artiste Faith Bekoe and Soul singer Cina indulged the audience with their sultry voices and great music, while Funky Professor and DJ Kobby Graham kept the ambiance going with his sets.
A total of 18 winners were announced, representing 17 digital content categories and one special award for services to Ghana’s social media and blogging community. Each winner received a plaque during the May 20 event. The winners of the Ghana Blogging & Social Media Awards 2016 are as follows:
Best Blogger: Ameyaw Debrah
Best Blog: KeniKodjo.com
Best Post of 2015: Kwame Gyan (Innitfoɔ No Rɛba Ooo)
Best Emerging Niche Blog: Screwlife.com
Best New Blog: 2eweboys.com
Best Organisational Blog: Tonaton
Best Twitter Account (Individual): Nana Aba Anamoah
Best Twitter Account (Organization): Citi 97.3 FM
Best Instagram Account: Ameyaw Debrah
Best Facebook Profile (Individual): Maukeni Padiki Kodjo
Best Facebook Page (Entity): Vodafone Ghana
Best YouTube Channel (Individual): Akumaa Mama Zimbi
Best YouTube Channel (Artiste): Sarkodie
Public Official With Best Social Media Presence: Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection
Organization With Best Social Media Presence: Vodafone Ghana
Media House With Best Social Media Presence: Citi 97.3 FM
Artiste With Best Social Media Presence: Shatta Wale
Special Award for Services to Ghana’s Blogging & Social Media Community: PlanIT Ghana
British High Commissioner to Ghana HE Jon Benjamin and US Embassy Ghana Press Attaché Sara Stealy gave speeches outlining the importance of social media and blogging to enhancing freedom of expression, transparency and democracy in Ghana, while Citi FM’s Mawuli Tsikata showcased highlights in Ghana’s social media landscape in 2015. Digital media pioneers Nana Sekyiamah, Venus Tawiah of Now Available Africa, and Nigerian semantics web advocate and BloGHAwards16 judge Emeka Okoye gave insights on the importance of digital storytelling to Ghana and Africa.
“In my opinion one of the most exciting developments in Ghana over the last couple of years has been the growth in social media spaces, and the vast proliferation of blogs, which capture our Ghanaian realities, and enables us to share our stories, pictures, videos amongst ourselves and with the rest of the world. We are telling our own stories. We are documenting our herstories and histories. We are archiving and creating knowledge. We are storytellers.” – Nana Sekyiamah
According to the BloGHAwards16 Committee over 400 nominations were received from the general public and the final winners were decided through a rigorous review of content produced in 2015 consisting of an online public vote and rating by a panel of six African judges and digital pioneers, namely: Nana Kofi Acquah (Ghana), Kathleen Bomani (Tanzania), Edith Brou (Ivory Coast), Kennedy Kachwanya (Kenya), Ndambaw Kama (Senegal) and Emeka Okoye (Nigeria).
In addition to Circumspecte, partners and sponsors of the BloGHAwards16 include: PlanIT Ghana, US Embassy Ghana, TV3, Now Available Africa, Nescafé (Gold Sponsors); Auntie Oboshie, Google, Black Bamboo Photography, Magic Unltd, Charlotte Privé, Kawa Moka, Wanjo Foods, 3FM, AccraWeDey, threesixtyGh, Ghanyobi, Team Black Image, Ashesi University and the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
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Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.