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Eyram Bashan Hosts ‘Starr Woman Show’ On Starr 103.5FM

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Formerly Mary-Ann Eyram Acolatse, here is the metamorphosed award winning Eyram BASHAN, one of Ghana’s most respected Female Media icons celebrated for her pioneering and revolutionary media practice as Show Host, Journalist, Producer, Editor and Media Business Strategist. The versatile bubbly screen diva is also an accomplished Fashionpreneur, Activist, Life Coach, Public Speaker and Kingdom Zealot!

She has worked in various business leadership roles as Senior News Anchor and Show Host, News Editor, Managing News Editor and Director for News and Current Affairs, Communication Specialist Consultant, Trainer and Coach in successfully establishing, restructuring and managing high performing news operations and products across the country.

Eyram has built an enviable track record as one of few outstanding master architects of Ghana’s media landscape – through her works with Ghana’s major news brands TV, Radio and Online including TV3, Joy News and Metro TV. A face and voice Ghanaians have doted on since coming live on the national screens in 2001 on TV3 news, Eyram held her own on breakfast shows, current affairs talk programs, and a host of public appearances through Metro TV, Joy News, etc.

As a journalist she has covered many landmark cases and events in the country, interviewed many of the known and powerful faces that ever walked through Ghana’s corridors of power! She is known skin deep as witty, smart, tough, outspoken and highly professional Journalist and covered major international news assignments including UN Climate Change Conferences.

She has remained a charming but strong force over the years with her switch to the less visible but powerful backstage role of masterminding media programming. Arguably her most admired professional stronghold is in leading strategic coverage of national elections over the years! From covering elections as a reporter in conflict and hard-to-reach spots, anchoring elections coverage on TV, through to setting up complex operational machinery to deliver flawless multimedia coverage of elections, leading teams of over 1000 journalists, programmers, producers, creative, technical etc. spread across the entire country. Indeed Eyram’s track record shows a commanding height in this space of media operations.

She built and led Metro TV’s revolutionary coverage of elections 2008, she did same with Multimedia Broadcasting in 2012 when she set up Ghana’s first and Multitv’s 24 hour digital news channel – Joy News and delivered another notch higher with leading the new media brand EIB Network in the coverage of 2016 elections to the admiration of many.

An audacious risk-taker and builder, Eyram’s peculiar knack for innovation and delivering superior value to audiences, advertisers and investors continues to make her a highly sought after Mediapreneur who helps rescue ailing media operations or establish competitive ones.

Notorious for her addiction to perfection which makes her a hard-to -please task master, Eyram is unapologetic about her high sense of integrity, professional excellence and ethics. Competitive to the core, she exhibits a tough but humane approach to hiring and developing competitive and well-motivated talents to deliver high value inspired by global bench marks.

She basks in the glory of her mentees as trophies of her sterling leadership in a daunting but rewarding male dominated role driving and inspiring excellence in journalism practice.

Many journalists she mentored who survived her hard knuckle-cracking coaching have won national and international awards for ground breaking journalism including GJA Journalist of the Year Award and CNN Africa Awards.

Her excellent grasp of communication & news media organizational strategy also earned her top consultancy jobs where she has spent over 10years coaching, researching and consulting for large local and international organizations such as IDEG, B4FA, WHO, E4A, Kettering Foundation, etc.

She also has international experience in her practice as stringer for BBC Africa Service, Media Research Scholar as American Public Journalism Fellow and a host of others. She also worked in the public sector managing the communications strategy that propped the State’s Private Sector Development and Presidential Special Initiative.

Eyram Bashan holds an Executive MBA in Marketing from the University of Ghana Business School, MA Journalism from Cardiff University on Chevening Scholarship and BA English and Law at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She has also benefited from various local and international fellowships such as the Kettering Foundation’s Public Journalism Fellowship in the US.

The proud Chevening Scholar mentors media professionals and wannabes, provides expert experience as a visiting media practitioner-trainer for selected tertiary institutions, runs communication, empowerment and career coaching programs for the youth, women, organizations and vulnerable members of the society.

She currently is championing a national advocacy for women empowerment and social inclusion with focus on women entrepreneurs with disabilities. She speaks on various issues ranging from leadership, business strategy, women empowerment, governance, entrepreneurship, career development among others at Conferences etc.

The Starr Woman Show, hosted by Eyram Bashan, begins on Sunday 4th August 2018 and every day on Starr 103.5FM at 3pm. This weekly show will be an hour of deep conversation between seasoned women around the world. These conversations are geared towards changing the narrative and national reforms for the benefit of women and the social ecosystem.

Make a date with Eyram Bashan and the Starr Woman on Sunday 4th August and every Sunday at 3pm on Starr 103.5 FM

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Ohemaa Mercy Out With ‘His Glory’, This Friday, June 25

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Ahead of the unveiling of her concert, ‘Tehillah’, Ohemaa Mercy Ministries and Soul Brother Records have readied the new single for award-winning gospel minstrel, Ohemaa Mercy.

‘His Glory’ comes after the impressive showing of her previous single, ‘He Lives In Me’ which featured VGMA ‘Male Vocalist of the Year, MOG Music.

The song garnered massive recognition across the country, an ode to the influence of Ohemaa Mercy, considering the fact that, she’s been away from active music production for a while.

Produced by Shadrack Yawson, also known as Sha’, ‘His Glory’, has Ohemaa Mercy sing about the magnificence of God.

Sang in both English and the local language, Twi, Ohemaa belts out her quintessential notes to offer glory to God.

The new single will be released on all digital platforms tomorrow, Friday, June 25, 2021.

Ohemaa Mercy, with a career spanning a period of almost 20 years, has released six (6) albums, starting from 2004. She has won multiple awards and has shared the stage with renowned international artistes such as Andrae Crouch, Israel Houghton, Don Moen, Darwin Hobbs, Juanita Bynum, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond among others.

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VGMA: A Decade Of Empowering Artistes And Transforming The Music Industry

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When telecommunication giant, Vodafone Ghana took over as the title sponsor of the Ghana Music Awards, observers as well as industry people were not sure how long the union would last

However, given that the union is in its 10th year, it is safe to say the mutual respect between Vodafone Ghana and organisers of the Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse has waxed stronger yielding many fruits for the partners, Ghanaian musicians and the entertainment industry at large.

Vodafone has delicately nurtured the union and fulfilled its financial obligations for the yearly VGMAs to celebrate deserving Ghanaian and African musicians.

Since assuming the reigns of the VGMAs, the awards celebration has been characterized by innovation, creative concepts and unique programmes designed to empower Ghanaian artistes, enhance their craft and project them onto the world stage.

From Vodafone powering seminars where professionals with requisite knowledge share insights for the artistes to make compelling music, get abreast with technical side of the business such as royalties, copyright and protocols for sampling to general investment tips to avoid squandering wealth, it’s clear the telco giant is keen for artiste empowerment which is integral for the transformation of the music industry.

National Dialogue On Music     

One of such initiatives is the VGMA Music Summit, which has become one of highlights of the celebrations. The Summit forms part of efforts to foster a national broad-based conversation towards the growth of the local industry. It is a stakeholder engagement, drawing on musicians, managers, music producers, distributors, promoters and others. With Ghana’s music industry still facing the phenomenon of artistes unable to fully commercially live off their craft because of a poor ecosystem, discussions focused on the route to redemption. A communique which captures the insights and recommendation is presented to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts.

Bridging The Music Gap

In bridging the gap that exists between the art and academia, the organizers created the VGMA in Schools project. The project seeks to work with schools, offering students interested in a career in music, an opportunity to dialogue with professionals. Artistes including Camidoh, Epixode and Kuami Eugene are some artistes who have mounted the entertainment stages of various Senior High Schools, performing and engaging the animated students.

Rewarding Music With Purpose

Vodafone has also demonstrated commitment to supporting music with real dept and purpose. The telco introduced the Green Awards to celebrate artistes contributing and using music to drive awareness of the need to save the environment. This is in line with the Telco’s purpose-led agenda to promote a sustainable music industry, the company sought to significantly help minimise the insidious impact of the VGMA despite inevitable ecological footprints being left behind at its large music events. A number of eco-friendly initiatives including properly recycling plastics from the tonnes of waste the event produces and promoting e-ticketing were some of the initiatives introduced ahead of the pandemic.

Red Lounge Experience

Besides the glitz and glam of the red-carpet reception and awards ceremony, one key aspect of the celebration that patrons anticipate each year is Vodafone’s Red Lounge. The Red Lounge is a unique display set-up at the foyer of the event venue which provides a rich experience for all customers and stakeholders. The set-up also provides an opportunity for patrons of the event to interact with artistes on a personal level before the show begins and party continues after the show.
 
A Strong Online Presence For Artistes

Continuously committed to bringing value to Ghana’s music space, Vodafone Ghana has availed its new creation ‘Your Business Online’ to enable musicians and industry players to own a personal website. Designed by Vodafone Business, the platform provides all the elements required to build a special brand and grow one’s business online. The platform will create a digital space for artists and industry players to promote their works online. With as little as GHC99, experts will design, build and maintain your online presence – tailoring it exactly how artistes want it and helping them reach a much wider customer base.

The VGMA22, slated for June 25 and 26, 2021 sees Adina, KiDi, Diana Hamilton, Kuami Eugene, Medikal and Sarkodie battle it out for the Artiste of the Year   category.


From 2011 since Vodafone Ghana became title sponsor, the Artiste of the Year trophy has been lifted by VIP (2011) – Hiplife, Sarkodie (2012) – Hiplife/Hiphop, R2Bees (2013) – Hiplife/Highlife/Hiphop, Shatta Wale (2014) – Reggae/Dancehall, Stonebwoy (2015) – Reggae/Dancehall, EL (2016) – Hiplife/Hiphop, Joe Mettle (2017) – Gospel, Ebony (2018) – Dancehall/Afropop, No winner (2019) and Kuami Eugene (2020) – Highlife.

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Ghanaian Media Maven Peace Hyde Announced As Creator For Netflix’s First Africa Reality TV Series

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Multiple award-winning Media Maven, Peace Hyde, has added another remarkable feat to her already impressive list of accomplishments by being the Creator and Executive Producer of the first ever African Netflix Reality series, Young, Famous and African.

The British/Ghanaian who is a highly celebrated TV Host, Creator, Journalist, entrepreneur and Activist also serves as executive producer on the biggest reality TV show to hit the African continent. According to the stars who revealed their series tagline on their Instagram accounts today, the show promises to be an exciting access into the popular world of some of Africa’s top celebrities.

The Pan African super stars of the show include Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania, Annie Macaulay Idibia from Nigeria, Swanky Jerry from Nigeria and south African superstars Nadia Nakai, Khanyi Mbau, Andile Ncube and Naked DJ alongside an array of entertainment heavyweights.

Peace Hyde who started her media career in Ghana as the host of Friday Night Live on GH One and MTN Hitmaker has quickly risen to become one of Africa’s most successful media exports globally by creating and producing groundbreaking hit shows like the two leading flagship talk shows, Forbes Africa’s My Worst Day with Peace Hyde (3 seasons), the only show that speaks to Africa’s billionaires and Forbes Woman Africa’s Against the Odds (2 seasons) on the CNBC Africa channel on DSTV.

Named by CNN as Ghana’s media maven, Hyde’s work has been featured on CNN, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, Ebony, Fox News and many more. She was named to the United Nations Most Influential People of African Decent list 2018, 2019 and 2020 named as one of the 100 most influential young people in Africa.

The show is set for a global release to 190 countries and over 200 million subscribers.

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