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Stonebwoy brings home 4th AFRIMA award



Stonebwoy has won his fourth All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at the just ended 2021 edition which was held at the Eko Hotel in Nigeria on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

The “Activate” hitmaker emerged winner in the “Best Artiste, Duo or Group, African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall” category for the fourth time, after winning it in the year 2015, 2018 and 2021.

Stonebwoy was nominated in the category alongside, A2 Di Fulani, Bebe Cool, EXQ, Mykey Shewa, Natty O, Patoranking, Rosa Ree  and Ruger.

See full list of winners below;

Regional categories

Best Female Artist in Central Africa

  • Anna Joyce (Angola)
  • Blanche Bailly (Cameroon)
  • Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon)
  • Edmazia Mayembe (Angola)
  • Eyango (Cameroon)
  • Mimi (Cameroon)
  • Rebo (DR Congo)
  • Perola (Angola)
  • Shan’L (Gabon) *WINNER
  • T’neeya (Cameroon)

Best Male Artiste in Central Africa

  • C4 Pedro (Angola)
  • Calema (Sao Tome and Principe)
  • Fally Ipupa (DR Congo) *WINNER
  • Ferre Gola (DR Congo)
  • GIMS (DR Congo)
  • Inoss’B (DR Congo)
  • Koffi Olomide (Congo Republic)
  • Locko (Cameroon)
  • Rui Orlando (Angola)
  • Salatiel & Rutshelle Guillaume (Cameroon)

Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa

  • Afrie (Uganda)
  • Karun ( Kenya)
  • Merry Zerabruk (Eritrea)
  • Nandy (Tanzania)
  • Nikita Kering (Kenya) *WINNER
  • Rema Namakula, DJ Harold & Chike (Uganda)
  • Rosa Ree (Tanzania)
  • Spiece Diana (Tanzania)
  • Xenia (Kenya)
  • Zuchu (Tanzania)

Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa

  • Bensoul (Kenya)
  • Darassa (Tanzania)
  • Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
  • Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) *WINNER
  • Harmonize (Tanzania)
  • Lij Mic (Ethiopia)
  • Meddy (Rwanda)
  • Nviiri The Storyteller (Kenya)
  • Rayvanny (Tanzania)
  • Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best Female Artist in North Africa

  • Abir (Morocco)
  • Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia)
  • Haidy Moussa (Egypt)
  • Jaylan (Morroco)
  • Latifa (Tunisia)
  • Manal (Morocco) *WINNER
  • Nada (Morocco)
  • Salma Rachid (Morocco)
  • Ruby (Egypt)
  • Samira Said (Egypt)

Best Male Artist in North Africa

    • Amr Diab (Egypt)
    • Dizzy Dros (Morocco) *WINNER
    • DJ Moh Green (Algeria)
    • Hamza El Fadly (Morocco)
    • Klay BBJ (Tunisia)
    • L7OR (Morocco)
    • Mohamed Ramadan ft. Maitre Gims (Egypt)
    • Muslim (Morocco)
    • Soolking (Algeria)
    • Zouhair Bahaoui (Morocco)

Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa

  • Blaq Diamond (South Africa) *WINNER
  • Casper Nyovest (South Africa)
  • DJ Tarico (Mozambique)
  • Focalistic (South Africa)
  • Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)
  • Major League DJz (South Africa)
  • Mapara A Jazz (South Africa)
  • Mi Casa (South Africa)
  • Mr JazziQ (South Africa)
  • Nasty C (South Africa)
  • Sun-El Musician (South Africa)

Best Male Artist in West Africa

  • Burna Boy ( Nigeria)
  • Davido (Nigeria)
  • Djodje (Cape Verde)
  • Iba One ( Mali) *WINNER
  • KiDi (Ghana)
  • MHD (Guinea)
  • Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
  • Stonebwoy (Ghana)
  • Wizkid (Nigeria)

Continental categories

African Fans’ Favourite

      • ‘Dieu Merci’ by Dadju ft. Tiskola
      • ‘Outside’ by Buju
      • ‘Gcina Impilo Yam’ by DJ Cleo
      • ‘Peru’ by Fireboy DML *WINNER
      • ‘Jennifer’ by Guchi
      • ‘Tigini’ by Kikimoteleba
      • ‘Jerusalema Remix’ by Master KG ft. Nomcebo Zikode and Burna Boy
      • ‘KPK’ by Rexxie ft. Mohbad


Album of the Year

  • Aya by Aya Nakamura (Mali)
  • Twice As Tall by Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • A Better Time by Davido (Nigeria)
  • Tokooos II by Fally Ipupa (DRC)
  • Mon Empire by Iba One (Mali) *WINNER
  • Mansa by MHD (Guinea)
  • Fleur Froide by Tayc (Cameroon)
  • Celia by Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
  • Made In Lagos by Wizkid (Nigeria)

Artist of the Year

  • Aya Nakamura (Mali)
  • Blaq Diamond (South Africa)
  • Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Davido (Nigeria)
  • Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
  • Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
  • Focalistic (South Africa)
  • Makhadzi (South Africa)
  • MHD (Guinea)
  • Omah Lay (Nigeria)
  • Wizkid (Nigeria) *WINNER

Best African Acts in the Diaspora (Female)

  • Abir ( Morocco/US)
  • Aya Nakamura (Mali/France)
  • Ms Banks (Nigeria/ UK)
  • Naomi Achu (Cameroon/ US) *WINNER
  • Nata (Sierra Leone/ US)
  • Rimon (Eritrea/ Netherlands)
  • Shaybo (Nigeria/UK)

Best African Collaboration

  • ‘Cash App’ by Bella Shmurda ft. Zlatan and Lincoln (Nigeria)
  • ‘Kua Buaru’ by Calema ft. Pérola, Soraia Ramos and Manecas Costa (Sao Tome and Principe,Angola, Cape Verde & Giunea Bissau)
  • ‘Waah’ by Diamond Platnumz ft. Koffi Olomide (Tanzania and DR Congo)
  • ‘Yaba Buluku (Remix)’ by DJ Tarico ft. Burnaboy, Preck and Nelson (Mozambique and Nigeria)
  • ‘Ke Star (Remix)’ by Focalistic & Davido ft. Vigro Deep (South Africa & Nigeria)
  • ‘Forever (Remix)’ by Gyakie ft. Omah Lay (Ghana and Nigeria)
  • ‘Feeling’ by Ladipoe ft. Buju (Nigeria)
  • ‘Ya habibi’ by Mohamed Ramadan ft. Maitre Gim (Egypt and DR Congo)
  • ‘Number One’ by Nandy ft. Joeboy (Tanzania and Nigeria)
  • ‘Où est le mariage’ by Shan’L ft. Fally Ipupa (Gabon and DR Congo)
  • ‘Essence’ by Wizkid ft. Tems (Nigeria) *WINNER

Best African DJ

  • DJ Moh Green (Algeria)
  • Black Coffee(South Africa)
  • DJ Cuppy (Nigeria)
  • DJ Impossible (Angola)
  • DJ Kaywise (Nigeria)
  • DJ Mix Premier (Ivory Coast)
  • DJ Sinyorita (Tanzania) *WINNER
  • DJ Sly (Ghana)
  • DJ Spinall (Nigeria)
  • Major League DJz (South Africa)

Best Artist, Duo or Band

  • Ajebo Hustlers ft. Omah Lay (Nigeria)
  • B2C (Kampala Boys) ft. Lutalo (Uganda)
  • Blaq Diamond (South Africa)
  • Calema ft. Pérola, Soraia Ramos & Manecas Costa (Sao Tome and Principe)
  • Cavemen (Nigeria)
  • Chelsy & Nsoki (Angola)
  • Mi Casa (South Africa)
  • Sauti Sol ft. Bensoul, Nviiri The Storyteller, Xenia & NHP *WINNER
  • The Isomers (Nigeria)
  • Toofan (Togo)

Best African Rapper or Lyricist

  • A-Q (Nigeria)
  • Dip Doundou Guiss (Senegal)
  • Elow’n (Ivory Coast) *WINNER
  • Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)
  • Ko-C (Cameroon)
  • Ladipoe (Nigeria)
  • Nasty C (South Africa)
  • Nata (Sierra Leone)
  • Sarkodie (Ghana)
  • Vector (Nigeria)

Best African Video

  • ‘Berna Reloaded’ by Flavour ft. Fally Ipupa & Diamond Platnumz. Director: Dammy Twitch
  • ‘Waah’ by Diamond Platnumz ft. Koffi Olomide. Director: Director Kenny
  • ‘Djodje’ by Bella. Director: Kwanda Lima
  • ‘Ya Habibi’ by Maitre Gims & Mohammed Ramadan. Director: Ya Habibi (Maitre Gims & Mohammed Ramadan)
  • ‘Kobolé’ by King Alasko. Director: Steven Awuku *WINNER
  • ‘Show Body’ by Kuami Eugene ft. Falz. Director: Rex
  • ‘Abule’ by Patoranking. Director: Prior Gold
  • ‘Nairobi’ by Bensoul ft. Sauti Sol, Nviiri the Storyteller, Mejja. Director: Roadman
  • ‘Paloma’ by Mr P ft. Singah. Director: Unlimited LA

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African RnB & Soul

  • Adekunle Gold ft. Lucky Daye – ‘Sinner’
  • Aya Nakamura ft. Stormzy – ‘Plus Jamais’
  • Djodje- ‘Tempo Sabi’
  • Elaine – ‘Right Now’
  • Gyakie ft. Omah Lay – ‘Forever’
  • Nikita Kering – ‘Ex’ *WINNER
  • Oxlade – ‘Ojuju’
  • Tems – ‘Damages’
  • T’neeya – ‘Dark Twisted Fantasy’
  • Wizkid ft. Tems – ‘Essence’

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall

  • A2 Di Fulani – ‘Te Tewto’
  • Bebe Cool – ‘Make a Wish’
  • EXQ ft. Tock Vibes – ‘Wakatemba’
  • Mykey Shewa – ‘Fendata’
  • Natty O – ‘Safe’
  • Patoranking – ‘Abule’
  • Rosa Ree – ‘That Gal’
  • Ruger – ‘Bounce’
  • Stonebwoy ft. Davido – ‘Activate’ *WINNER

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography

  • ‘Waah’ by Diamond Platnumz ft. Koffi Olomide
  • ‘Corner Der’ by DWP Academy, Dancegod Lloyd and AfroBeast
  • ‘Berna Reloaded’ by Flavour ft. Fally Ipupa and Diamond Platnumz *WINNER
  • ‘Ke Star (Remix)’ by Focalistic & Davido ft. Vigro Deep
  • ‘Meme’ by Innoss’B
  • ‘Kelebe’ by Rayvanny
  • ‘Mbote’ by ‘Rebo’
  • ‘Dancina’ by Yemi Alade
  • ‘Chara Dance’ by Safarel Obiang

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop

  • ‘Breathe’ by A-Q
  • Second Sermon by Blaq Sherif
  • ‘Bling’ by Blaqbonez ft. Amaarae and Buju
  • ‘Ye x4’ by Blxckie ft Nasty C
  • ‘Nokuthula’ by Cassper Nyovest ft. Busiswa and Legendary P
  • ‘History’ by Cheque ft. Fireboy DML *WINNER
  • President Du Rap publique’ by Ko-C
  • ‘Satan’ by Rosa Ree
  • ‘Early Momo’ by Vector ft. GoodGirl LA
  • ‘Sore (Remix) by Yaw TOG ft. Stormzy and Kwesi Arthur

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Rock

  • ‘Kelewele’ by Dark Suburb
  • ‘Peace in Limbe’ by Franck Biyong
  • ‘Structures’ by Rash Band *WINNER
  • ‘Furukazi’ by Tetu Shani
  • ‘Beat Time’ by The Isomers

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Contemporary

  • ‘Fada’ by Sooking
  • ‘Ngayi’ by Borgia ft. Jack Inga
  • ‘Running to You’ by Chike ft. Simi
  • ‘Regarde Moi’ by Ferre Gola
  • ‘Lie’ by Kizz Daniel
  • ‘Au Mariage de ma Gon’ by Locko
  • ‘Monalisa’ by Lojay and Sarz
  • ‘Ndoto’ by Majoos ft. Koffi Olomide *WINNER
  • ‘Atansiyo’ ft. Platini P
  • ‘Good Girl’ by Salatiel ft. Rutshelle Guillaume

Best Artist, Duo or Group In African Electro

  • ‘Natural Love’ by Wally Seck
  • ‘Siyathandana’ by Casper Nyovest ft. Abidhoza
  • ‘Xola Moya Wam’ by Nomcebo Zikode ft. Master KG
  • ‘Yaba Buluku(Remix)’ by DJ Tarico ft. Burnaboy, Preck and Nelson
  • ‘Nkulunkulu’ by Kamo Mphela
  • ‘Murahu’ by Makhadzi ft. Mr Brown *WINNER
  • ‘Coming’ by Naira Marley ft. Busiswa
  • ‘Ke Star (Remix)’ by Focalistic & Davido ft. Vigro Deep
  • ‘Addicted’ by Niniola
  • ‘John Vuli Gate’ by Mapara A Jazz ft. Ntosh Gazi and Colano

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Pop

  • ‘Yacht’ by Abir
  • ‘Cash App’ by Bella Shmurda ft. Zlatan and Lincoln
  • ‘SummerYoMuthi’ by Blaq Diamond
  • ‘LA Patronne’ by Djelykaba Bintou
  • ‘Education’ by Iba One ft. Oumou Sangare *WINNER
  • ‘Show Me’ by Joeboy
  • ‘Touch It’ by KiDi
  • ‘Au Mariage de ma Go’ by Locko
  • ‘In My Maserati (Remix)’ by Olakira ft. Davido
  • ‘Godly’ by Omah Lay
  • ‘Bounce’ by Rema

Best Female Artiste in African Inspirational Music

  • Ada Ehi (Nigeria)
  • Afrie (Uganda)
  • Eden (Ivory Coast)
  • Kamo Mphela (South Africa)
  • Montess (Cameroon)
  • Nata (Sierra Leone)
  • Shanah Manjeru (Kenya) *WINNER
  • Ruth Asong (Cameroon)
  • Diana Hamilton (Ghana)
  • Kelly Khumalo (South Africa)

Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music

  • Ali Mukhwana (Kenya)
  • Ashs The Best (Senegal)
  • Azaya (Guinea)
  • Blaq Diamond (South Africa)
  • Ferre Gola (DR Congo)
  • Iba One (Mali) *WINNER
  • Icha Kavons (DR Congo)
  • Icha Kavons (Cameroon)
  • Patoranking (Nigeria)
  • Sjava (South Africa)
  • TZY Panchak (Cameroon)

Breakout Artist of the Year

  • Aveiro Djess (Cameroon)
  • Bells Shmurda (Nigeria)
  • Blaq Diamond (South Africa)
  • Djelykaba Bintou (Guinea) *WINNER
  • Focalistic (South Africa)
  • Omah Lay (Nigeria)
  • Remy Adan (Ivory Coast)
  • Tems (Nigeria)
  • Yaw Tog (Ghana)
  • Zochu (Tanzania)

Most Promising African Artist

  • Ayra Starr (Nigeria)
  • Blxckie (South Africa)
  • Buju (Nigeria)
  • Ckay (Nigeria)
  • El Grande Toto (Morocco) *WINNER
  • Iss 814 (Senegal)
  • Lojay (Nigeria)
  • Rebo (DR Congo)
  • Ruger (Nigeria)
  • Xenia Manasseh (Kenya)

Producer of the Year

  • Blaq Dimond (South Africa)
  • DJ Tarico (Mozambique)
  • Kolber Prod (Ivory Coast)
  • Legendury Beatz (Nigeria) *WINNER
  • Lizer Classic (Tanzania)
  • Napji (Nigeria)
  • Olakira (Nigeria)
  • P Prime (Nigeria)
  • Telz (Nigeria)
  • Vigro Deep (South Africa)

Song of the Year

  • ‘SummerYoMuthi’ by Blaq Diamond
  • ‘Fem’ by Davido
  • ‘Waah’ by Diamond Platnumz ft. Koffi Olomide
  • ‘Yaba Buluku(Remix)’ by DJ Tarico ft. Burnaboy, Preck and Nelson
  • ‘Ke Star (Remix)’ by Focalistic & Davido ft. Vigro Deep
  • ‘In My Maserati (Remix)’ by Olakira ft. Davido
  • ‘Infinity’ by Olamide ft. Omah Lay
  • ‘Abule’ by Patoranking
  • ‘Number One’ by Rayvanny ft. Zuchu
  • ‘Le Gout De’ by Remy Adan
  • ‘Essence’ by Wizkid ft. Tems *WINNER

Songwriter of the Year

  • Nikita Kering (Kenya)
  • Nasty C (South Africa)
  • Adekunle Gold, Lucky Daye and Marcel Akunwata (Nigeria)
  • Bensoul (Kenya)
  • Iba One (Mali) *WINNER
  • Kelly Khumalo (South Africa)
  • Tiwa Savage, Mystro and Vitoralli (Nigeria)
  • Fally Ipupa, Julio Masidi, The Guest and Dadju Nsungula (DR Congo)
  • Vector, BY LINX and GoodGirl LA (Nigeria)

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Onua FM/TV Captain Smart arrested over ‘unsavoury’ radio commentary



Controversial broadcaster, Blessed Godsbrain Smart popularly known as Captain Smart of Media General has been arrested over his commentary on radio. (more…)

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Yvonne Nelson wins GH¢500,000 defamation case against Mona Gucci



An Accra High Court has awarded Yvonne Nelson GH500,000 in a defamation case against Mona Gucci for malicious statements she made about the award-winning actress on Accra-based Neat Fm. (more…)

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Rock Dawuni speaks passionately against fan wars, calls for unity among Ghanaian musicians



Two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist, Rocky Dawuni has sent out a plea to Ghanaian musicians and their fans to focus less on ‘beef’ and more on collaboration to help grow the music industry. (more…)

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Global Citizen Reveals 117 Million Lives Benefited Three Years On From Commitments Announced At The Epic Mandela 100 Festival



To mark the third anniversary of the Mandela 100 festival, international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, has announced that over 12 million lives have been impacted this year across Africa, and the world, adding to the 105 million lives reported last year. Impact from commitments announced at Mandela 100 now totals over 117 million people having benefited from pledges made at the ground-breaking festival in 2018 – which brought together world leaders, philanthropists, and the private sector to make commitments towards achieving the UN’s Global Goals, to end extreme poverty and its systemic causes.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, more than $4.7 billion of the total $7.2 billion in funding announced during the Mandela 100 campaign have been disbursed and allocated to key organisations on the front line of ending extreme poverty, in all its forms, and to communities in need around the world.

Over 70,000 Global Citizens, artists, and global leaders came together at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 2nd December 2018, united behind one mission to honour the life of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year. The event commemorated the legacy of a man whose extraordinary vision for peace and equality still resonates today with the hearts and minds of Global Citizens across the world.

Hosts of the event included Trevor Noah, Sir Bob Geldof, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker, with ground breaking performances by Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, Ed Sheeran, Sho Madjozi, and more.

During the festival Global Citizen and partners announced 60 key pledges across Health, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Food Security, Agriculture, Environment, Education, Education, Finance and Innovation.

By 2020, more than 105 million lives had been impacted by the commitments announced as part of the Mandela 100 campaign in 2018. Now one year on, Global Citizen can announce that a further 12 million liveshave been impacted from delivery of these pledges. Through pledges made at the festival, interventions have been vast, urgent, and critical for communities experiencing the compounded effects of extreme poverty and COVID-19.

Pledges have resulted in accelerated action to end child marriage, and the delivery of antiretroviral therapeutics to more than 5.1 million South Africans; efforts are underway to map the spread of river blindness in Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, and computers and other educational equipment and facilities that enabled students to continue attending classes online during COVID-19.

Released this week, Global Citizen’s 2021 impact report highlights the latest disbursed commitments including:

  • USD $40 million has been spent by the Motsepe Foundation towards the provision of quality education, an increase of USD $20 million over the last 16 months. USD $50 million had been spent since 2018, contributing to the development and growth of agriculture and farming projects in traditional communities and poor rural and urban communities in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State and Northern Cape. The funding has been for tractors, farming equipment and implements, irrigation systems, the digging and construction of several hundreds of boreholes, the provision of water tanks and water storage facilities, as well as the provision of fertilisers, seeds and other agricultural and farming inputs.
  • The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Elma Foundation UK, UK Aid, Virgin Unite, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed US$105 million to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2023. Supported by the funding announced at Mandela 100, Sightsavers’ Accelerate programme has addressed neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma in 14 African countries, including Benin, Guinea-Bissau and Ethiopia. The program has delivered 7.4 million treatments for river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis and in the first quarter  of 2021, surgery activities were underway in 95 of the programme’s targeted 180 districts for the year, which has allowed for the treatment of 5,100 cases of trachoma.
  • Vodacom pledged ZAR 500 million (US$34.8 million) toward combating gender-based violence, teacher and learner digital literacy, and early childhood centers. In 2021 Vodacom’s Mandela 100 commitment has supported programmes that have had a profound  impact across key areas in gender, education, and literacy.
  • As a result of one of these programmes, more than 1,900 female farmers have been trained in relevant ICT skills to enable them to communicate with other farmers, access relevant products and services online, and ultimately provide them with access to economic opportunities by connecting them to potential buyers.
  • A Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) and website has provided victims of violence in South Africa with a source of support, by providing counselling, service referrals, and immediate response in the event of imminent danger, all free of charge.
  • Germany committed $72.4 million to support the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD).  Germany’s commitment helped support IFAD overall efforts, ensuring that from 2019 to 2021, 23.4 million people gained access to financial services, such as savings and credits, and almost 1.7 million hectares of land were brought under climate resilient practices. IFAD’s ongoing projects reached over 128 million people, surpassing the year’s goal of 120 million. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IFAD has repurposed $179 million in the form of 58 projects across 36 countries to help relieve the pandemic’s profound impacts thanks in part to funding announced at Mandela 100, in other partners. Recently in Eritrea, for instance, $1 million has been repurposed through the “Fisheries Resources Management Programme” to provide temporary cold storage to make sure those affected by COVID-19 were able to store their harvests.

Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Co-founder and Chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation said:
“We are pleased with the progress we’ve made relating to our Global Citizen Mandela 100 commitments despite the Covid-19 challenges. We are committed to contributing to improving the living conditions and standards of living of millions of people in South Africa, the rest of the African Continent and the world.”

Chebet Chikumbu, Global Citizen’s Africa Regional Director said:
“Despite the ongoing pandemic, we’ve been working closely with our partners to ensure funds are being dispersed to communities most in need in Africa and across the world. Over the next year, we will continue to deliver on the accountability tied to Mandela 100 campaign pledges made, helping millions of the world’s most vulnerable combat poverty daily, while mitigating the ongoing personal implications and economic impacts of COVID-19.”  ​​

Global Citizen remains committed to bring Nelson Mandela’s dream into reality by ending extreme poverty. In order to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals, including Global Citizen’s mission to end extreme poverty by 2030, we must end poverty in all its forms.

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Gyakie to sign-off 2021 with The Live Experience concert



The FLIP THE MUSIC star’s terrific run of form has been a performance worth commemorating, and with the year down to its final month, Gyakie is ready to sign-off with a memorable showdown.

Slated for December 19, which happens to fall on a Sunday – a week shy of Christmas Day, the Ballantine’s sponsored concert will have the ‘Forever’ singer give fans a buzz at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, 7pm prompt. Dubbed ‘’The Live Experience with Gyakie’’, the concert will be curated by the artist’s label, FLIP THE MUSIC and is tipped to be one for the books.

This year, Gyakie’s presence has been strong and unrelenting. She inked a deal with Sony Music Entertainment/RCA Records UK, threw in a sassy virtual performance at the MTV Base YouTube African Day concert, featured on BBC World Service’s ‘’Focus on Africa’’ and was the first female African artist to partner with digital streaming platform (DSP) giant, Spotify on their EQUAL music program which got a billboard slot at the Times Square in New York City.

Her feats haven’t been any less extravagant on the music aisle either. She enjoyed great success with her ‘Forever’ remix for-which debuted on UK’s official Top 20 Afrobeat chart. Gyakie also emerged as 3Music Awards’ ‘’Woman of the Year’’ winner, next to her two-time feature on Billboard’s ‘’Top Triller’’ chart. The biggest highlight of her year however was on the back of her ‘’SEED’’ EP’s streaming numbers – a total of over 11 million streams across all DSPs.

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Sarkodie, Local music rule as Spotify Wrapped reveals Ghana’s top albums, artists and more



As the countdown to 2022 starts, nothing can round off this incredible year better than Spotify Wrapped, which sums up what made 365 million Spotify users around the globe vibe throughout the year.

In 2021, the world slowly came out of its quarantine lifestyle to embrace the New Normal. While at it, Spotify entered Ghana’s space, in line with the rise of audio streaming in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Now, for the fifth year running, Spotify is unveiling the top artists, albums, songs and playlists through Wrapped. Spoiler alert: the Ghanaian music industry is in for a treat as local albums and artists topped the charts among Spotify users in the country!

In Ghana, Rap, Afropop, Afro dancehall and Azontobeats were among the top genres as nightclubs reopened and people got their groove on. Speaking of rap music, none other than “King Sark” claimed the most album plays with “No Pressure” — knocking WizKid‘s “Made in Lagos” and Justin Bieber‘s “Justice” down to second and third in the process.

Sarkodie again ruled the chart as the Ghanaian people’s favourite artist, ahead of Drake and Nigeria’s Burna Boy. King Promise completed the Top 10 as one of three Ghanaian artists listed in it.

Hots Hits Ghana — featuring tracks from Black Sherif, Kuami Eugene, and Wendy Shay among others — was the most streamed playlist. In the midst of the Grammy Awards nominations buzz, it’s fair to say that Ghanaians truly support their own.

Check out Spotify’s full 2021 Wrapped results for Ghana further below. Also, be on the lookout for additional details and exciting new features in the coming days around Spotify’s popular personalised Wrapped and Creator Wrapped experiences, which gives users a deep dive into the music that defined their year. Wrapped is also now available in shareable data-driven stories format.

Ghana’s top Spotify Wrapped lists for 2021

Most streamed artists in Ghana

  1. Sarkodie

  2. Drake

  3. Burna Boy

  4. Kwesi Arthur

  5. WizKid

  6. Joeboy

  7. DaVido

  8. Justin Bieber

  9. Kanye West

  10. King Promise

Most streamed female artist in Ghana

  1. Tems

  2. Gyakie

  3. Nicky Minaj

  4. Doja Cat

  5. Adele

  6. Rihanna

  7. Teni

  8. Beyoncé

  9. Tiwa Savage

  10. Ariana Grande

Most streamed tracks in Ghana

  1. Feeling, by LADIPOE

  2. Peru, by Fireboy DML

  3. Slow Down, by King Promise

  4. Second Sermon, by Black Sherif

  5. Baajo, by Kwesi Arthur

  6. Door, by Joeboy

  7. Coachella, by Sarkodie (feat. Kwesi Arthur)

  8. Understand, by Omah Lay

  9. Essence, by WizKid (feat. Tems)

  10. Sip (Alcohol), by Joeboy

Most streamed albums in Ghana

  1. “No Pressure”, by Sarkodie

  2. “Made in Lagos”, by WizKid

  3. “Justice”, by Justin Bieber

  4. “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake

  5. “Donda”, by Kanye West

  6. “Shoot for Stars Aim for the Moon” by Pop Smoke

  7. “Twice as Tall”, by Burna Boy

  8. “A Better Time” by DaVido

  9. “The Golden Boy” by KiDi

  10. “Somewhere between Beauty & Magic”, by Joeboy

Most streamed local artists in Ghana

  1. Sarkodie 

  2. Kwesi Arthur

  3. King Promise

  4. Stonebwoy 

  5. Shatta Wale

  6. KiDi 

  7. Kuami Eugene

  8. R2Bees 

  9. Darkovibes 

  10. Black Sherif

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