The Celebrity Blogger
At 32 years of age, Ameyaw Debrah is already a mainstay in the journalism and social media sectors in Ghana, he garners the kind of respect in this field more akin to a veteran over his half age . His potential shone through early when he won the award for best publishing student whilst studying at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2005.
The award provided a platform for Debrah to work with Ovation International Magazine whilst striking an agreement with the NSS (National Service Scheme) doing his national service. After his service he stayed on at Ovation and began contributing to the Star Newspaper as a columnist.
In 2007 Debrah became the entertainment editor for Ghanaweb and was in this position until 2009 when he decided to create his own website. Since its inception the sit has gone from strength to strength and has solidified Debrah as among the top celebrity/entertainment news bloggers in Ghana. His work has taken him all over the world to cover events where he has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and beyond such as Kofi Annan, Belle Rose, Trey Songz, Amber Rose, Ludacris, Coptic, Wyclef, Mario. He has gained recognition from the Ghanaian diaspora in the UK when he was nominated for a GUBA in 2012
Debrah has also been active in the television industry in Ghana. He contributes to Star Gist, an entertainment segment on AfricaMagic show that airs on the satellite channel DSTV, as a Skype correspondent. He also shares entertainment news Ghana. on EbonyLife TV an entertainment segment show which also airs on DSTV station.
In 2013 he won the Ghana Social Media Awards for Best Showbiz and Entertainment Blog; and the City People Entertainment Awards for Best Blogger or online reporter (Ghana).
Debrah has turned the dream that manifested at University into reality and continues to be a positive personality in Ghana,He is a Malta Guinness Ambassador deal for the Africa Rising Campaign and also created another campaign, his own called my Ghana campaign in which he invites his readers to create one minute videos discussing relevant issues in Ghana
A definite pioneer in his field, Ameyaw Debrah, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!
Me Firi Ghana recently caught up with the celebrity blogger himself far a brief interview, see below for how it went;
MFG: What made you want to start your very own website: ameyawdebrah.com?
AD: It was actually a joke. my friend offered to get me my own domain and host for me so we jokingly said lets call it ameyawdebrah.com but once I started providing content on it, it caught on and I stuck with it to build it.
MFG: You seem like a thick-skinned person, even in the face of criticisms or unwanted attention. How do you personally deal with pressures that come with being in the spotlight yourself?
AD: I’m naturally a shy person so I surprise myself with how I’m able to cope with the public attention – good or bad. I have a good sense of humour so I use that to escape some of the criticism and I’ am my own worst critic, so people can hardly bring me down. I try to be cheerful when people give me attention and I’m a pleasant person so I just wear a smile, give a handshake or a hug and I’m done. Lol
MFG:D o you still get starstruck when interviewing celebrities?
I no longer have any nervousness when I meet or interview celebs (well it depends on the celebrity lol). Most of the time I worry more about what to ask in order to make my interviews stand out and interesting.
MFG: What do you like the most about being a Ghanaian?
AD: I like being a Ghanaian because I find myself in a unique space that is constantly growing with global trends, and I’m particularly happy to be seen as contributing to some of these trends.
MFG: In the past you introduced an Iphone app ‘AmeyawBuzz’; in 2012, you formed ‘The Ameyaw Debrah talent hunt’. Now in 2014, is there anything you are definitely aiming to accomplish, that we should be in the lookout for?
AD: This year ameyawdebrah.com is 5 years and I’m innovating with new ideas to celebrate people who have been with me along the journey. I plan to have new and more exciting apps to embody the work I do and new technologies. I want to form new partnerships, travel more and see what is happening particularly in other countries of Africa. I have launched the myghanacampaign calling for people to send in short videos sharing their stories about Ghana. I plan to reward about 10 of the best stories by the end of the year.
Myriam Osei (@Angelpeacejoy)