Digital Foundation Africa, a pan-African think tank focused on unlocking and shaping the continent’s digital future through research, policy and skill development and advocacy in advancing digitalization and digital technologies announces its maiden research dubbed “The West Africa Digital Competitiveness Index”.
The Index measures, access and rank which of the West Africans states is implementing, adopting while using good policies among other uses of digital services while mapping the growth of its digital development sectors for socio-economic transformations. Using about 10 variables from Mobile Money & Online transactions to Digital Infrastructure & Policy implementation in this maiden observatory study, Ghana leads the Anglophone West Africa while Cote D’Iovire the digital competitive Francophone West Africa with Cabo Verde leading Lusophone West Africa as the most digital competitive country whereas Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania are the worst digital competitive west African states.
The Ranking would guide ECOWAS states in their approach in the implementation and development of the digital sector hence translating into how citizens transact and use digital in their daily lives. After the release of the index, activities will be held to engage governments and other stakeholders per country to help in the direction and future of the digital sector. The West Africa edition is part of a bigger Pan-African Digital Index, the foundation intends to work from 2023.
Music sensation Black Sherif, GUBA Awards Founder, Dentaa Amoateng; Renowned Conference speaker, Dzigbordi K. Dosoo; Celebrated Photographers Twinsdntbeg, and Groundbreaking DJ Vyrusky have been named in the 2022 list of Top 50 Ghanaians Event Influencers in Africa.
They join other A-list stakeholders in Ghana’s growing event industry who have played a key role in sustaining the growth of the events industry while lacing it with innovation.
Rudy Kwakye of the Rave Media Group who has been a pivot to Afronation Ghana, the world’s biggest Afrobeats festival makes the list for the second year running. Some others that made the list for the second edition like the first include; Sarkodie, Theresa Ayoade (Charter House), Felix Adomako Mensah (Zion Felix), Jerry Adjorlolo (MC), Anita Erskine (MC) and Kuami Eugene.
DJ K Crakk, GHHyper, KiDi, KobbyKyei and Mr Drew made their debut on the list. Empire Entertainment’s Nat Kwabena Adisi and Kojo Soboh (EMY Africa) dropped were excluded in this year’s list as Richard Abbey Junior of Xodus Communications made it to the 2022 list.
The awardees were selected by an astute board and select panel after months of monitoring and fulfilling all stipulated conditions. They have shown leadership, resilience, zeal, and consistency despite the economic downturn.
They were spread across eight categories including Event Organizers, Event DJs, Conference Speakers, Master of Ceremonies, Event Bloggers, Event Entertainers, Event photographers, and Event Designers/Stylists.
This year’s batch of honours will highlight the influence of top game-changers in the events industry in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Other countries will follow in the subsequent years.
The “Top 50 Event Influencers” is a list compiled by Africa’s fastest-growing Pan African Business Solutions and Events company, ICS Africa Limited (Impact Concept and Solution Africa).
In partnership with leading PR, Research and Rating Organizations, Avance Media, the list recognizes, acknowledges, and honours event influencers across Africa for their independent contributions towards the development of the event space on the continent.
Below are the names and recipients of the 2022 Top 50 Ghanaian Event Influencers in Africa.
A. Top Influential Ghanaian Event Organizers:
1. Beryl Agyekum Ayaba (Echo House)
2. Theresa Ayoade (Charter House)
3. Nabil Alhassan (Event Factory)
4. Rudy Kwakye (Rave Media Group)
5. Abdul Abdullah (Culture Management Group)
6. Richard Abbey Jnr (Xodus Communications)
7. Dentaa Amoateng (GUBA)
8. Georgina Nettey (GeNET Services)
B. Top Influential Ghanaian Event DJs:
1) DJ Vyrusky
2) DJ Aroma
3) DJ K Crakk
4) DJ Sly King
5) DJ Mic Smith
C. Top Influential Ghanaian Conference Speakers:
1. Dzigbordi K. Dosoo
2. Albert Ocran
3. Amos Kevin Annan
4. Kwame A.A. Opoku
D. Top Influential Ghanaian Event Bloggers:
1. Eugene Nkansah (Nkonkonsa)
2 Aaron Safohene Afful (Ronnie is Everywhere)
3. Felix Adomako Mensah (Zion Felix)
4. Kobby Kyei (Kobby Kyei News)
5. Stephen Adotey Mingle (GH Hyper)
6. Ameyaw Kissi Debrah (Ameyaw Debrah)
E. Top Influential Ghanaian Master of Ceremonies:
1. Jerry Adjorlolo
2. George Bannerman
3. Berla Mundi
4. Kabutey The MC
5. Anita Erskine
6. Myster Pratt
F. Top Influential Ghanaian Event Entertainers
2. Kuami Eugene
6. Clemento Suarez
8. Black Sherif
10. Joe Mettle
11. Mr. Drew
G. Top Influential Ghanaian Event photographers:
1. Twinsdntbeg (Swag of Africa)
2. Robert Abban (Rob Photography)
3. Sadiq More (Hype Lens Africa)
4. Manuel Photography
H. Top Influential Ghanaian Event Designers / Stylists: