Tag: GUBA Awards 2012


Introducing Ameyaw Debrah..

The Celebrity Blogger

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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)

 

Me Firi Ghana scoops award at GUBA 2012!

Me Firi Ghana’s WAM Campaign wins ‘Best Charity Organisation’ at GUBA Awards 2012!

Last Saturday night marked another landmark event in the Ghana/UK social calendar – the annual Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards. Over the last couple of years, GUBA has built on its reputation as the must-attend event on the Ghana/UK social calendar, and as it had done so with its predecessors,  GUBA 2012 definitely lived up to expectations.

The brainchild of Ghanaian media personality Dentaa, GUBA awards rewards Ghanaians in the UK who have significantly contributed to their community. From businesses and entrepreneurs to fashion designers, music artists to community workers, GUBA recognises exceptional individuals and organisations of Ghanaian heritage.

Held at the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel in central London, the night was definitely one of glitz and glamour, and attending celebrities adding a touch of glam on the red carpet included Ghanaian rapper ASEM, Holby City star and GUBA patron Hugh Quarshie, footballers Fabrice Muamba and John Mensah, Ellen Thomas, Jeanette Kwakye and Jimmy Akinbola.

ITV newsreader Charlene White and TV host and radio presenter Henry Bonsu did an excellent job as hosts for the event, and overall the night was a resounding success. Providing entertainment for the night were Mista Silva, J Appiah, the Davidson Band and Eddie Kadie and Fabrice Muamba, who took to the stage to perform the azonto! A list of GUBA 2012 winners can be found here.

However, the highlight of the evening for me was when Me Firi Ghana’s WAM (What About Me) Campaign won the Best Charity Organisation. With 2012 being WAM’S third year running, the response we’ve received so far has been overwhelming, and we at Me Firi Ghana would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you who voted for us and for supporting what Me Firi Ghana stands for.

*As you all know Christmas for us at Me Firi Ghana means one thing – WAM Campaign!! This year’s WAM will be in Ghana from the December 20-30th 2012, so to those of you going back to the motherland during this period and want to help out, we’d love to hear from! Getting involved in WAM is an opportunity to give back to those less fortunate, so let’s come together to make a difference. We look forward to seeing you guys!*

For further info on WAM:

Website: www.wamcampaign.org

Follow Us : @WAMCampaign

Email: info@wamcampaign.org

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By Yaa Nyarko