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Ameyaw Debrah, Berla Mundi, Davido, Wizkid and Sarkodie make list for 2017 Influential Young Africans



In its vision of recognising young achievers across the African continent, Africa Youth Awards has released its 2nd annual list of the 2017 100 Most Influential Young Africans.

The initiative has participation from over 140 countries globally.

Speaking about the list, Prince Akpah, President of Africa Youth Awards noted the exceptionality of this year’s list which he said has “an unprecedented gender representation of 45 women and 55 men, which he noted as a great move to inspire more young women in Africa and across the world to reach out for their dreams”.

He said the list was restricted to age limits between 15 and 36 and covered 28 countries on the continent with Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya leading with 19, 18, 10, 7 representatives respectively.

The list, compiled and approved by the awards jury, was made up of young Africans from across the globe after public nominations were received and reviewed.

The profiles of all 100 nominees were organised and published on in partnership with Avance Media, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, Global Skills Exchange, WatsUp TV,, All for Development and Lead Africa with the support of various media organisations across the continent.

Below is the full list in alphabetical order

  1. Achaleke Christian Leke

  2. Aigbe Omoregie

  3. AKA

  4. Akani Simbine

  5. Albert Kusi

  6. Ali Kiba

  7. Alloysius Attah

  8. Almaz Ayana

  9. Amel Bouchoucha

  10. Ameyaw Debrah

  11. Amr Sobhy

  12. Anta Babacar Ngom Bathily

  13. Asamoah Gyan

  14. Asma Khalifa

  15. Bashir Ahmad

  16. Berla Mundi

  17. Bonang Matheba

  18. Bongani Baloyi

  19. Boniface Mwangi

  20. Bosun Tijani

  21. Cassper Nyovest

  22. Caster Semenya

  23. Catherine Constantinides

  24. Mutoba Ngoma

  25. Cyprian Nyakundi

  26. Damien Mouzoun

  27. Damilola Oluwatoyinbo

  28. Davido

  29. Diamond Platnumz

  30. Diana Elizabeth Michael

  31. DJ Arafat

  32. DJ Zinhle

  33. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng

  34. Dr. Kelechi Anyikude

  35. Ehiz

  36. Ekow Mensah

  37. Elijah Amoo Addo

  38. Ellen Chilemba

  39. Eric Kinoti

  40. Flaviana Matata

  41. Francine Muyumba

  42. Frederick Bohasu

  43. Gakii Biriri

  44. Gigi Ibrahim

  45. Gwendolyne Halle

  46. Hlomela Bucwa

  47. Hon. Samaila Suleiman

  48. Ibtissam Tiskat

  49. Ilwad Elman

  50. Ines Boubakri

  51. Itumeleng Khune

  52. Jean Bosco Nzeyimana

  53. Jessica Francisca Colaço

  54. Jimi Tewe

  55. Johnson Sakaja

  56. Jokate Mwegelo

  57. Julius Malema

  58. Kansiime Anne

  59. Kelvin Doe

  60. Khoudia Diop

  61. Knight Ganje

  62. Larry Madowo

  63. Lilian Makoi

  64. Ludovic Biyong

  65. Maps Maponyane

  66. Mark Angel

  67. Mercy Johnson Okojie

  68. Mike Chilewe Jnr

  69. Millard Ayo

  70. Mumbi Ndungu

  71. Muna Onuzo-Iyanam

  72. Nana Diaby

  73. Nancy Sibo

  74. Nancy Sumari

  75. Nasty C

  76. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

  77. Randy Osae Bediako

  78. Riyad Mahrez

  79. Robtel Neajai Pailey

  80. Sadio Mane

  81. Salimatou Fatty

  82. Samson Itodo

  83. Sandile Shezi

  84. Sarkodie

  85. Shatta Wale

  86. Siyanda Mohutsiwa

  87. Sonia Mugabo

  88. Souhila Ben Lachhab

  89. Sylvia Kakyo

  90. Teacher Mpamire

  91. Tebogo Ditshego

  92. Thabo Msibi

  93. Toke Makinwa

  94. Tonye Rex Idaminabo

  95. Toyosi Akerele

  96. Uche Pedro

  97. Victoria Ibiwoye

  98. Wizkid

  99. Yasmin Mahfouz

  100. Yasmine El Baggari

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Who wins Ghana Music Awards ‘Unsung Category’



This year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Unsung Category promises to be the most exciting edition yet, as Closeup toothpaste, the iconic youth brand, partners Charterhouse to provide a more rewarding and exciting experience for underground acts seeking to break into mainstream music.

This great news was first revealed at the nominees’ announcement party, where the six finalists of the unsung category were unveiled. According to the Unilever Closeup Brand Team, “for years, Closeup has been giving people the confidence to get closer.

This year, the brand is giving young and upcoming artistes the chance to break barriers that hold them back and get closer to their dreams of making it big in showbiz. The Unsung category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is a natural platform for us to achieve this. So with this partnership, Closeup is essentially giving young people a chance to break the barrier into main stream music.

According to Charterhouse, this partnership is greatly desired as it will enable a richer experience for participants. The Unsung acts will have the unique opportunity to put up their best acts before a 10,000+ audience at the Nominees Jam, to win public votes. This will show live on TV3, Ghana Music Awards facebook page, and the Closeup facebook page.

The winner will have a performance slot at music’s biggest night, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards night, showing live on TV3 in Ghana, across Africa on DSTV, and across the world on social media live. For the first time ever in the history of the award, the Unsung category will receive a special Awards Plaque sponsored by Closeup, and a performance slot on Closeup music activation platforms.

It is no surprise that the Unsung Category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is catching the eye of corporate Ghana. The success stories of past winners is a testimonial to the program’s relevance, and its ability to help underground acts break the barrier into main stream music.

MzVee won the 1st edition with an exceptional performance; Dark Suburb won the 2nd edition by selling their uniqueness; Adomaa won the 3rd edition fighting equally talented artistes; and Kuami Eugene won the 4th edition with dexterity. Clearly these names have broken the barrier into main stream music, and soon, a new act will join the Unsung hall of fame.

So who amongst the six talented and ambitious nominees will win the number 1 spot? Will it be Kelvin Boy with his dancehall stamp? Dope Nation with their urban rap swag? Dhat Gyal with her Afro Pop appeal? Royal Chris with his anointed gospel tunes? Real MC with his locally blended hip-hop swag? Or O’Bkay with his contemporary rap feel? These nominees are literally one step away from breaking the barrier into main stream, and come Friday the 23rd of March at the Jubliee Park in Cape Coast, each artiste will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate to Ghanaians why he/she deserves a spot on Ghana’s most coveted music platform. Till then, the one question worthy of asking, is who will be number 1?

As always, the public has a say in pushing the right talent through. The public is thus encouraged to have their say by voting for the best Unsung Act by visiting their social media pages, Charterhouse media pages, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages for instructions. The public is also notified about live event shows on Closeup, Charterhouse, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages.

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