About 30 great women in media have been celebrated for their outstanding achievements and great impact in various fields of Media Communications in Africa at the maiden African Media Honours held at the MultiChoice Ghana office.
The event held on December 15, 2021, was under the theme ‘Progressive Portrayal: Celebrating Power House Women in Media’ and was powered by AFRIMASS NETWORK in collaboration with GUINNESS GHANA LIMITED.
Speaking at the event, the founder and Director of AFRIMASS NETWORK, Sir Raymond Smith explained that Africa Media Honours is an initiative to work with partners and stakeholders to be a driving force to accelerate and transform the media, entertainment, and advertising industry to be more representative, progressive, and equal in their portrayal of women.
The Africa Media Honours is a platform that recognizes outstanding, top-tier African Women who have worked or worked in various sectors of Media Communication.
“The Africa Media Honours is a day where 30 Outstanding Women excelling and making a great impact in various fields of media communications are acknowledged and their stories shared so as to inspire the next generation of ambitious and impact-conscious women in media.
“Our tagline, Celebrating Powerhouse Women in Media Communications; salutes and recognizes women who are making an impact in the media enterprise from Entertainment, Content Creation, Advertising, Media Management, Media Marketing, Media Sales Professions, Media Studies from Freelancers, Bloggers, Traditional and Digital Practitioners to Corporate Professionals and other forms of Media Practice.
This theme for the maiden Africa Media Honours seeks to explore deeper conversations as an initiative to work with partners and stakeholders to be a driving force to accelerate and transform the media, entertainment, and advertising industry and to be more representative, progressive in the portrayal of women.
It focuses on the importance of diversity in industries and partnerships to support the creation of work that is truly progressive in its depiction and portrayal of women in Advertising, Media, and the Entertainment Industry.
“It focuses on the importance of diversity in industries and partnerships to support the creation of work that is truly progressive in its depiction and portrayal of women in Advertising, Media, and the Entertainment Industry”, he emphasized.
Mr Smith also called for women in the media space to step up for greatness to be recognized adding that “Progressive Portrayal, we trigger conversations and that is the essence of tonight”.
MD of Guinness Ghana limited, Madam Helene Weesie revealed that women’s development is a priority to Guinness Ghana.
She explained further that it is the reason the company gives 6 months maternity leave to its female staff as well as one-month paternity leave to the Male staff to enable them to support their wives.
“We are the company that gives 6 months maternity to mothers and 1-month paternity to fathers so that they can have time to take care of their family “, the Guinness MD stressed.
She however indicated that the company wants to employ more women but they are not availing themselves of the opportunity.
She, therefore, called on women to make themselves available maintaining that “lets our women feel confident and step forward for the job”.
Later Oheneyere Gifty Anti -OGA and Madam Shamima Muslim all of whom received the awards, also touched on the need for women to be supported to be able to break the glass ceiling.
Full list of award winners below.
Africa Media Honours
2021 Media Excellence Honourees List
- Dizfa Bampoh- Ghana
Managing News Editor – Media General
- Beatrice Agyemang- Ghana
CEO Media General
- Afia Pokuaa (Vim Lady)- Ghana
Program Director- Despite Media
- Nana Hemaa Adwoa Awindor- Ghana
CEO Premier Productions / TV- Host Greeting from Abroad
- Shamima Muslim Alhassan- Ghana
Convener, Alliance for Women in Media Africa
- Akua Owusu-Nartey- Ghana
Regional MD Ogilvy Africa
- Nana Ama Mcbrown- Ghana
Brand Ambassador/ TV Host- Despite Media Group
- Adjoa Yeboah Agyei- Ghana
Broadcast Journalist – Despite Media Group
- Bithia Awuku- Asante- Ghana
General Manager – Carat Ghana
- Emily Nyarko- Ghana
Channel Manager –JOY PRIME TV /TV Content Production
- Jessica Opare – Saforo-Ghana
Programs Manager – Citi TV/Citi FM
- Emefa Apawu- Ghana
Host of Joy FM /News Nite and the Probe on Joy News
- Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde – Nigeria
Actress / Film Producer
- Angela Emuwa – Nigeria
Chairperson of The Punch Newspaper
- Stephanie Busari – Nigeria
Journalist /Editor, CNN Worldwide
- Maupe Ogun Yusuf – Nigeria
- Bonang Matheba – South Africa
Television Presenter/ Radio Personality – South African
- Devi Sankaree Govender – South Africa
Investigative Journalist – South African
- Antia Erskine – Ghana
MD- Anita Erskine Media
- Julie Gichuru – Kenya
Independent Director, Acumen Communication Limited
- 22. Shirley Acquaah Harrison – Ghana
CEO- Kwikbrand Ltd
- Peace Hyde
Forbes Africa – Head Digital Media & Partnership – South Africa
Special Recognition – Life Time Empowerment & Achievement Honourees
- Professor. Audrey Gadzekpo
Dean, School of Information & Communication Studies, University of Ghana Legon
- Helene Weesie
Managing Director Guinness Ghana Breweries at Diageo
- Emma Morrison
Gold Fields Ghana Regional -Head Corporate Affairs & Media Personality
- Esther Cobbah
Founder of Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa)
- Dr. Edith Dankwa
CEO- BFT- Business Financial Times
- Ohenyere Gifty Anti
CEO- GDA Media (Stand Point)
7.Ms. Janet Quartey
Former Mirror News Editor
- Mosunmola Abudu