Booker T. Washington once said,
“No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.”
This quote came to life on Friday, 20th May when individuals and organizations were acknowledged for their contribution to the literary works of Ghana at the Blogging Ghana #BloGHAwards16, which took place at the Chartered Institute of Bankers’ Hall in East Legon. The event marked the fourth edition of the Ghana Blogging & Social Media Awards, which focused on rewarding original content and storytelling.
Citi FM, Vodafone GH, Maukeni Padiki Kodjo and Ameyaw Debrah were the big winners of the night. Citi FM swept the ‘Best Twitter Account (Organizational)’ and ‘Media House with Best Social Media Presence’ awards while Vodafone GH clinched the ‘Best Facebook Page (Entity)’ and ‘Organization with Best Social Media Presence’ awards.
Ameyaw Debrah won awards for ‘Best Instagram’ and ‘Best Blogger of the Year’. Maukeni Padiki Kodjo took home the ‘Best Facebook Profile (Individual)’ and ‘Best Blog of the Year’ awards.
It was not only an awards night but also a night where participants were feted with delectable catered finger foods and delicious beverage from Wanjo Foods and Nescafé and their minds nourished with artistically spoken word delivery from Poetra Asantewaa and 100%. Cina Soul and Faith Bekoe treated the audience to classical Afro-fusion, jazz, and soul music performances.
The British High Commissioner to Ghana HE Mr. Jon Benjamin also gave a speech at the event. He spoke about how social media has evolved into a cheap form of communication, an alternative news source which has made everyone a social journalist; also a way of providing public information and responding to a crisis. He revealed how liberating social media has become to him and how it offers diplomats who have been traditionally seen as elitist and offer them the opportunity to have real discussions in real time, with real people.
He urged individuals in official positions to take time off their schedule and be responsive to their followers when asked questions. HE Jon Benjamin touched on how important social media can be to Ghana during its general elections. He hopes that social media can contribute to making sure the upcoming election campaign is about discussing issues and not just about people hurling abuse at each other on a personal basis. He encouraged social media users to act responsibly when using social media platforms. HE Jon Benjamin entreated participants to hold public officials and those in government accountable and draw their attention whenever they engage in any wrongdoing such as corruption.
He commended Ghana for embracing social media and how it is expanding exponentially and making a difference to the public debate and public discourse from the way people interact with politics. He commended Blogging Ghana for being at the forefront of the revolution of social media.
The awards ceremony commenced with 2eweboys.com, an online blog that educates, informs and entertains readers through their articles, short stories, and interviews, winning the ‘Best New Blog’ for the year 2015/2016. Tonaton.com, an online marketing platform, won the ‘Best Organizational Blog’ award. The ‘Best Emerging Niche‘ award, a new category which was introduced this year went to Screwlife.com, a satire, and parody website. The controversial reggae-dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, won the ‘Artiste with the Best Social Media Presence’.
The ‘Best YouTube Channel (Artiste)’ went to award winning Ghanaian hip-hop and hip life recording artiste Sarkodie. Popular sex educator and Ghanaian women’s rights leader Akumaa Mama Zimbi won the ‘Best YouTube Channel (Individual)’ category. The ‘Public Official with Best Social Media Presence’ award went to Ghana’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur.
Gloria Buckman, founder of PlanIT Ghana, the company responsible for the impeccable décor was surprised with a ‘Special Award for Services to Ghana’s Blogging and Social Media Community’. Broadcast Journalist Nana Aba Anamoah won the ‘Best Twitter Profile (Individual)’ award. Kwame Gyan’s blog post (Innitfo) No Rɛba ooo) won the ‘Best Post of 2015’.
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Sponsors of #BloGHAwards16 were threesixtyGh, AuntieOboshie, Google, Teamblackimage Studio, Ghanyobi Mante, Magic Unlimited, PlanIt Ghana Events, US Embassy Ghana, TV3 Neworks, Nescafè, Kawa Moka, Wanjo Foods, Now Available Africa, The Chartered Institute of Bankers (Ghana), Accra We Dey, 3FM 92.7 and Black Bamboo Photography.
All in all, it was a great evening celebrating storytelling and content creation and it was our pleasure to be part of #BloGHAwards16. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Author: Desmond ‘Pappy’ Tawiah.
Photographer: Mina Nana Yaa