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Ghanaians didn’t accept me – Wode Maya shares journey on becoming one of the most Influential YouTubers in Africa

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Nine years ago, if anyone had told Berthold Winkler, popularly known as Wode Maya, that he’d be one of the top YouTubers in Africa, he would have called bluff.

However, it is the year 2021, and Wode Maya has over 860,000 subscribers on YouTube, a feat, any Ghanaian is yet to achieve.

In a recent interview with Ameyaw Debrah, Wode Maya shares his journey and reveals that when he arrived in Ghana from China to take this YouTube thing to another level, Ghanaians were not very welcoming.

According to him, although he had made quite an impact in China with his very first videos, when the time came for him to move back to Ghana to focus on creating content in the motherland, nobody paid him any attention.

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“I was making so much impact in China. But China was not for me. I decided to move to Africa. I came to Ghana and people in Ghana felt like who are you? We don’t know you. I was not recognised in Ghana,” he tells Ameyaw Debrah.

Wode Maya explains that his project titled “Africa to the world” came about as a result of the unwelcoming nature of Ghanaians. This is because he felt he needed to think Africa if Ghanaians were not going to accept him.

“My project was “Africa to the world”… and I was like if Ghana is not going to accept me as their own, I need to think Africa. I did all my videos in Ghana but it’s now that people are watching,” he shared.

When asked if Ghanaians have accepted him now, he said;

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“I think so, but I feel like it’s because of the name that I’m making now.”

“We should always see people as one of our own. We shouldn’t wait for the person to be successful before we start celebrating the person,” he added.

Watch full interview below;

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GHANA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS USA TO HONOR PRINCE BRIGHT, DELORIS FRIMPONG MANSO (DELAY), JAY Q, MC PAPA LINKS, DJ E LOVE, DJ PRINCE PAUL FSRDJ & DOREEN ANDOH AT 2024 EVENT

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GHANA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS USA

The Ghana Entertainment Awards USA is proud to announce that it will be honoring seven outstanding individuals in the Ghanaian entertainment industry at this year’s event. The 2024 awards ceremony, scheduled for July 6th at the Merkin Hall Theatre, Kauffman Music Center in New York, will recognize the significant contributions of ace musician Prince Bright of Buk-Bak fame, renowned TV and radio host Deloris Frimpong Manso, popularly known as Delay, celebrated music producer & sound engineer Jay Q, ace radio broadcaster Doreen Andoh, and US-based Ghanaian talents MC Papa Links, DJ E Love, and DJ Prince Paul.

Prince Bright, known for his influential role in the music duo Buk-Bak, has been a pivotal figure in the Ghanaian music scene for decades. His contributions have helped shape the sound and direction of modern Ghanaian music.

Delay, a household name in Ghana, has made remarkable strides as a TV and radio host. Her impactful interviews and shows have set new standards in the media industry, making her one of the most respected and influential media personalities in the country.

Jay Q, a legendary music producer and sound engineer, has been instrumental in producing some of Ghana’s biggest hits. His innovative production techniques and dedication to quality have earned him a place among the elite in the music production field.

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Doreen Andoh, a highly esteemed radio broadcaster, has been a trailblazer in the media industry for over 2 decades. Her compelling voice and engaging style have captivated audiences for years, earning her a distinguished place in Ghanaian media.

MC Papa Links, DJ E Love, and DJ Prince Paul FSRDJ have each made significant impacts in the entertainment scenes within the Ghanaian diaspora in the US. Their contributions to music and entertainment have fostered a vibrant cultural exchange and brought Ghanaian music to a broader audience.

The Ghana Entertainment Awards USA is thrilled to honor these extraordinary talents for their exceptional contributions to the Ghanaian entertainment industry. Their dedication and hard work have not only elevated their respective fields but also inspired countless others.

Tickets to the event can be purchased now via https://bit.ly/GEAWARDS. Voting is currently underway, so fans and supporters are encouraged to participate in the process by visitingwww.ghentawards.com/vote.

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About GEA USA: The Ghana Entertainment Awards USA was established to showcase the achievements of Ghanaian creatives and entertainers who excel in their fields both in Ghana and the diaspora. The event brings together industry professionals and fans to celebrate the rich culture and talents of Ghana.

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GEA USA Press Office Accra Email: [email protected]

For more information, follow GEA USA on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @geawardsusa.

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I’ll choose foreign passport over PhD and Law degree combined – Wayoosi

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Kumawood actor, Joseph Osei, professionally known as Wayoosi has weighed in on the debate regarding the value of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees versus the benefits of acquiring a foreign passport.

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25th TGMA: It took less than a week for Stonebwoy’s stagecraft – Efua Sutherland

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The creative director responsible for Stonebwoy’s remarkable performance at the  25th Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA), Elizabeth Efua Sutherland has revealed that the awe-inspiring stagecraft was completed in under a week. (more…)

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TGMAs 2024: The victory of ‘my sound engineer, brother’ is mine also – Piesie Esther on losing to Nacee

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Renowned Ghanaian gospel musician, Piesie Esther, has expressed no disappointment whatsoever about losing the Gospel Artiste of the Year award to her colleague, Nacee at the recent Telecel Ghana Music Awards (TGMA). (more…)

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We will acquire a special TV channel for creative arts events – Mahama

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The former president and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has promised to create a dedicated television channel for the creative arts industry if he wins the 2024 election.  (more…)

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Don’t compete, learn from Nollywood –Michael Uchegbu to GH filmmakers

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Renowned Nollywood actor, Michael Uchegbu has called on stakeholders in the Ghanaian film industry to shift their focus from competing with Nollywood and instead concentrate on establishing a unique identity. (more…)

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