Saturday, December 31, 2011

Recapping Mighty African's 2011! @mightyafrican

Wow, what a year it's been! 2011 has been pretty good to me. I haven't asked for much all my life and I sure did get a lot this year. Let's recap what happened, the highlights and lowlights.

- After loving the word vim during the Mzansi Mundial in which Ghana's Black Stars made a mark, I latched unto the word "more vim" for 2011. I even renamed my blog as a result. I shared the importance of the word vim in this post.

- I attended multiple Ghanaian churches in the Oakland/Bay Area. I wrote about my Lighthouse experience here. In fact, I attended the Ghanaian Church of Pentecost in Oakland more than the Stanford Catholic church or my California church -Abundant Life. I love my people.

- I had malaria again for the first time in 10 years and in the worst place possible, America. I had to break my promise never go to any American emergency room and it run up my medical insurance bill. And then I missed an interview because of it. Sigh.

- I had a spectacular 6th March weekend. I even crashed a Sierra Leonian outdooring party. Tutu pati! But then again, there's never a dull moment in my life. You can read about that weekend here and here. People mistook me for a Liverpool fan after they beat Manchester United and earned me my first top tweet. Yeah, I never walk alone.

- I had my first chance to address a Ghanaian crowd during the Bay Area Ghanaian independence party. I count it as maybe my first real public speaking engagement. Did I talk about me? No, I talked about other awesome Ghanaians to inspire the audience and give it more vim. I want to make sure I have more success stories to talk about in 2012. I didn't even have to talk about Kwame Nkrumah.


- With Museke and Barcamp Ghana earning me a job at Google, I could finally tell my parents all about them. So I dedicated many African songs to them and all inspirational African parents on Mothers' and Fathers' Day.

- After a long drawn out recruitment process, I landed my dream job - to work at Google. I was returning to the source of my vim to work for Google in Africa, based in Ghana. Ever since I heard it's the best company to work for in 2007, I've fancied working there. And it happened in the best way possible. Read it about that here. Before I even joined Google, I said they and Ghana were a match-made in vim-heaven ;-)

- I finally left Stanford. I never imagined spending almost 5 years there when I went to the Bay Area for my Masters in 2006, but the time I spent there helped me figure out which direction I wanted my career to go - entrepreneurship - while gaining valuable experiences.

- After 10 years in the USA, I returned home to Ghana. I abandoned my dream of going home with the US' money, the lure of creating impact in Ghana was too large. And I could make money doing it. The time had come.

- When I wrote this post praising Farida Bedwei, little did I know I will be honoured with her and the awesome Bright Simons on the same stage later in the year. I was honoured as one of 3 Ghanaians under 40 who had contributed greatly to Ghana. This really satisfied me, I felt it was apt recognition of little and big things I'd passionately done. Read about the Legacy & legacy IDEAs awards here.

- I had my heart broken twice. Well, my heart didn't really break, cos I didn't mourn or cry. But two ladies said no to my advances. Because I am extra positive, I keep on believing the time where I find a woman I adore who will say 'yes' to me will come. And I healed my regrets and relationship with my last girlfriend. Now, I have no worries in my life.

- I finally visited another African country for the first time. It was Uganda! It will always hold a special place in my heart. I didn't go there to see tourist sites, I went there to work and meet the people who live there. I left Kampala with 25 new contacts. Richard Nshuti Mayanja was home! I was even on a RadioCity program as the celebrity of the day :-) Thank you Museke.

- Kenya is not quite the home of Swahili (Tanzania is) and I 'safiried' to the Harambe home for a cultural safari. Yes, I went on a safari there too but only because Google paid for it. Better still, I met many friends of mine who were living in Nairobi. I went on two radio shows on Homeboyz Radio. :-). Museke at it again.

- I started building Museke.com right after MIT and launched it in early 2007. I knew I wanted to build the biggest African music website. Many people agree it is. And then we organized anAfrican music awards in New York (the first in North America), partnering with a US-based TV station to broadcast and web-stream it live . Yea, the Afrotainment MOAMAs.

- I visited South Africa for the first time as well, a year after I missed attending the Mzansi Mundial. No, I couldn't enter Soccer City Stadium and exorcise Ghana's demons. But, I did visit Cape Town, Hillbrow, and Soweto and saw Nelson Mandela's house. Next time, I would hopefully get to meet Madiba and sing in Soweto's streets. Yea, I was on radio again - UJ FM for the Museke Minute. I've been working on my radio voice. I attended a stand-up comedy show with various African comedians, including Basketmouth. I met Kabelo, singer of one my fave songs, High I go, after it.

- My alter-ego Ayooluwaato Eze returned to Nigeria. I visited Nigeria for the first time as well. I rode an okada for more than 20 minutes, saw many places I had heard about from Nigerian friends and music, and met many celebrities, including the Naija Boyz, Basketmouth, Genevieve Nnaji, Darey, Don Jazzy and Naeto C. Didn't get onto radio this time but might have my face on Studio 53 Extra somewhere.

- The best part about these visits is that I ate the local food everywhere! Matooke, kachumbari, ugali, nyama choma, pap and stew, borewors, eba, egusi stew, suya; yea, the life of a foodian! Edziban a? Dzidzi! Good belly news.

- I met one of my role models Ory Okolloh, the founder of Ushahidi. It was mostly because she worked for the same company as me, Google. If you watch her TED video and listen to Patrick Awuah, you'll see how they think about Africa. That's why I admire them greatly.



- I visited Tamale and Ho for the first time in my life. Yes, Barcamps took me there. Ghanaians should see Ghana more. Accra is choking. We should do all we can to ensure Ghanaians can be successful everywhere in Ghana.

- I visited Cape Coast again, for the very first Barcamp there, my first in Ghana outside Accra. The passion and interest there inspired me. I visited Takoradi again to see how my blog post about its growth compared with what was happening on the ground.

- We ended up organizing five Barcamps, starting with Kumasi and ending in Accra on December 17. Since we started 2008, we've had 11. Yea, building a movement of Ghanaian change makers, doers and entrepreneurs. Major shoutout to CITI FM for hosting us on radio again. I even read two of my poems on its Writers' Project show.

2011 saw a lot of successes on many fronts. I believe 2012 will be even better. I want to chalk these successes with you. When we do so, Africa will be a much better place and so will the world.

Happy New Year from the MIghTy African!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rounding up the year with Barcamp Ghana 2011 #bcghana

Why do we have Barcamps in Ghana? Because we know we can do it and we want to support each other to do it.

What is it? Build the Ghana we want. More vim. Participate in Barcamp Ghana on Saturday at our venue - Kofi Annan ICT Center or online through the hashtag #bcghana.




BarCamp Ghana 2011 is a free networking forum to bring people together for a day of discussion, demonstrations and dialogue about Ghana, and beyond. BarCamp Ghana 2011 will take place on December 17, 2011 at the Kofi Annan ICT Centre. The theme is “Establishing Partnerships to transform dreams into action-based projects: Lessons from Mentors”. This Barcamp will concentrate on sharing, inspiring and creating stories about building partnership with attendeant mentorship to create successful Ghanaian made projects and businesses.


The BarCamp Ghana team has successfully organized 10 BarCamps in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Cape Coast, Tamale and Ho, resulting in a network of Ghanaian doers, entrepreneurs and change makers. Barcamp Ghana 2011 will be organized by the GhanaThink Foundation, a youth-led Ghana and US-based NGO. Like all Barcamps, there will be user-generated sessions and discussions where attendees get to set the agenda and topics for the day. BarCamp Ghana 2011 will feature a speed mentoring session with mentors like Bernard Avle, Samuel Jonathan, Albert Ocran, Sheila Bartels-Sam, Lionel Dosoo, Leila Djansi, Carl Ashie, Kofi Dadzie, Alex Adjei-Bram, Nana Awere Damoah, Sefakor Gbewonyo, Alfred Cran-Mensah, amongst others.

Through this event, we seek to highlight the importance of appropriate partnerships and corporate engagements in ensuring the success of projects, spurring wealth creation and economic growth. Most prospective project managers and social innovators lack the know-how to establish  partnerships with pivotal stakeholders such as public regulation bodies, state revenue authorities, financial institutions, and the media. Without these crucial linkages, many promising projects meet their early demise to the detriment of our nation as a whole. BarCamp Ghana 2011 is geared towards helping to reverse this trend.

Register/RSVP today at the BarCamp Ghana eventbrite website. You may also contact the BarCamp Ghana team for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Ghana 2011 is sponsored by the Kofi Annan ICT Center, Mobile Web Ghana, GhanaThink Foundation, Fienipa Group, Spot One Global, and Nandimobile. Our media partners are ModernGhana.com, Citi 97.3 FM, and Radio Univers.

BarCamp Ghana -www.barcampghana.org – info at barcampghana.org




 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blog Action Day 2011 - How to prepare "#Waakye"

#BAD11 @blogactionday11

So folks are blogging with respect to Blog Action Day and the theme is food. How perfect! I am such a foodian, I love to eat. I am especially carnivorous too. But above all, I really love my Ghanaian food, especially waakye. I have used three levels of especially to introduce waakye so you can tell how special Waakye is to me. In my estimation, it's the best food in the whole wide world. It doesn't matter that if it's not gotten to Afghanistan or the North Pole yet, it's the best. You know why? Because it sells out faster than any other meal in the world. Ask a Ghanaian or a waakye lover and they will tell you.

So in honour of Blog Action Day about food - I want to help spread waakye all around the globe. Thanks to the great folks at Nududu.com and Fienipa.com, I am giving you three ways in which you can make waakye. Thank me later and say "na gode" while you are at it for introducing you to "waakye and kyinkaafa".


All 3 versions use the same basic ingredients: rice, salt, black-eyed peas, water, oil, onion, baking soda, with a couple of variations.

METHODS
1) Waakye in a rice cooker
For this version put into a rice cooker: a 15.5 oz can of black-eyed peas, drained and lightly rinsed (this is about 1 and 1/2 cups), a cup of white rice (wash first if necessary), 1/2 to 1 of teaspoon baking soda (a full teaspoon will make it a little darker), a half teaspoon of salt (or to taste), a tablespoon of vegetable oil (like peanut or canola), a half cup of chopped onion, and 2 cups of water. Stir, cover, and cook. That's all there is to it! It cooks in about 30 minutes without burning.

2) Every day waakye
Rinse and pick over a cup of black-eyed peas, then soak them for about 4 hours covered with water (or, if you're in a rush like I always seem to be, just bring them to a boil in a saucepan, let them boil for a couple of minutes, sit for an hour, drain off the water and add 2 1/2 fresh cups of water to the sauce pan, along with a teaspoon of baking soda, a cup of rice, the 1/2 cup chopped onion, a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring it to a boil, lower the heat to simmer and let it cook, covered, until the rice and beans are cooked. Watch out that it doesn't burn. It may need a little more water and stirring while it cooks.

3) Special Waakye
Rinse well and pick over a cup of black-eyed peas, then put them into a saucepan with 3 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda, bring it to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add the cup of rice, teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup chopped onion, and either another cup of water or a cup of coconut milk. In place of the vegetable oil, use a couple of tablespoons of coconut cream (from the top of a can of unsweetened coconut milk), and a sprinkling of a spice of your choice (e.g., thyme, oregano). Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cook, covered, until the rice and beans are tender, about half an hour. Check a few times to make sure it is not burning, and add more water if necessary.

Notes
3 different versions of waakye (pronounced "waatchy") the classic rice and "beans" dish from Northern Ghana:
1) a quick and easy version to make in an electric rice cooker,
2) an "every day" version, and
3) one that's a little fancier.
Culled from Fienipa.com via Betumi Blog

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Ugandan alter-ego

Ever since I went to Uganda for the first time, I have been imagining what my Ugandan alter-ego would be like. You might already know about my Nigerian alter-ego, Ayooluwaato Eze. No one has really told me I look like a Ugandan but given the similarities between Ghanaians and Ugandans, I could really pass for one. But then again, all Africans aren't the same so let me introduce you to Richard Nshuti Mayanja.

My father is from the famous Buganda kingdom. We speak Luganda and we are part of the proud Mayanja family. Yes, the same one the famous Ugandan musician Chameleon aka Joseph Mayanja is from. The name 'Mayanja' is as Ugandan as you can get. Unless you have a name that starts with two s's like Sserugo. My middle name is Nshuti because my mother is from Rwanda. Uganda and Rwanda have some really good relations as there are Kinyarwandas living in Uganda.

Now why am I called Richard? Because there are 256 Richards in Kampala alone. I must have met 10 of them while in Kampala. I think I only met 4 Ugandans who didn't have English/Christian first names. That was pretty crazy to me. Then again, Richard signifies riches. You know my friend Chameleon has renamed himself Chamillion or Cha100000? Million, mulitple zeros, riches. Mayanjas don't play and my family blessed me with a rich name like Richard so I could take care of my huge family in the future. Uganda is a very religious and conservative country. Hence, the Richard. If you visited Uganda and moved around a bit, you'll see how much Christianity is part of the Ugandan lifestyle.




I can't speak Luganda that well because my father is a diplomat and I didn't stay in Uganda too long to learn the language. My father is well travelled as per his job and he married a Rwandan too. My Kinyarwanda command is very bad as well but I can say a lot of words in Zulu, Shona, Hausa and I could make you think I was Tanzanian by my Swahili. We spent a lot of time in Kenya like most Ugandans because of the Last King of Scotland, Idi Amin. If all you know about Uganda is Idi Amin, you can stop reading here. Shame on you! So I grew up a bit in Kenya, but don't get it twisted, Uganda is the pearl of Africa and we carry East Africa. We are older than Kenya too.

Now, you must also know that the World Health Organization claims that Ugandans outdrink all other nations. 19.47 liters per year for per capita consumption in liters of pure alcohol. Like Juliana sang, "I am Ugandan", I am really Ugandan. Richard Mayanja loves to drink but he is not drunkard, he's in complete control of his alcohol consumption. I have been away from Uganda too long so I cannot even compete with the Mbabazis, Okellos and Sserugos who live there. But you see, us Ugandans, we channel our beer drinking skills into merrymaking and partying. If you visited Kampala, you would realize we can party with the best of them. Especially in Kabalagala, which our visitors leave without forgetting. Our party nature is reflected in our music, dancehall music reigns. Unlike Kenyans, we don't drink and then sit down, we drink and then dance. "Kyaba too much like that".

Like most Ugandans, I don't play with Matooke or my Kachumbari. I love to eat. For breakfast, I like to have watermelon, pineapple, and orange melon. You guessed right, these colours go well with the Ugandan flag. Matooke is made from plantain and we don't joke with our plantains. As such plantain chips are very popular with us too. When the whole world was infatuated with Barack Obama, we named some chapati after him. We made two worldwide phenonemons - chapati and Barack Obama - our own. Check out "Obama Chapati" Take-away. I am also a huge carnivore. I cannot eat a meal without some kind of meat. Like our elders say, "when the meat is gone, the meal is finished, eating is allowed to stop".

Kampala is built on 7 hills and the landscape is breathtaking. We have nice safaris and parks and all but our people are the best reason to tour Uganda. Ugandans are very friendly and happy people. It's not just a place to visit, it's a place to settle. That's why we are the best people to party with. If you are a social animal like me, you need to make it down to Kampala. And this maps onto the rest of Uganda. You must really visit Uganda because you haven't met a real Richard until you've been there.

So next time you meet Richard Nshuti Mayanja, that will be me. And I'm not on Facebook. I normally check some other guy's facebook to stalk all the pretty Ugandan girls from time to time. Ugandan girls are well endowed. Don't let what you saw in that Jangu music video fool you. You can catch always me here on this blog. Because kyaba too much. Richard Nshuti Mayanja says "I am Ugandan".

Mighty African goes to Uganda! #tugende!

I never imagined that the first ever African country I would spend a night in would be Uganda. Yes, the Mighty African had never even been to Togo or Burkina Faso or found himself in Nigeria. Thanks to my job, I was able to finally show off the few Luganda words I had learnt from Ugandan friends while stationed in the USA. I visited Kampala for four days in September. Before I went to Kampala, I didn't know anyone there that I had met. All the folks I had been in touch with were musicians and a couple of journalists. I left Kampala with 25 new phone numbers! I asked my Ugandan friends et al on Facebook what I should do before I left Uganda (Kampala) and I tried to go through with some of their suggestions. I had every intention of getting stories to tell so let's recount the Mighty African experiences.

I must preface the Ugandan debut by saying I had a little stop over at the Nairobi airport. I arrived at the Entebbe airport September 6th and we were driven to Kampala. The airport looked about Kotoka's size and the road from Entebbe to Kampala looked like quite the busy street. I hadn't imagined Uganda's major airport will be that far from Kampala. I realized quickly that Ugandans drove on the wrong side of the road. Erm, I mean the left side of the road, not the right. British colony. Not that Ghana is an American colony but you get the point. Apart from having the steering wheel on the right hand side, cars in Uganda aren't very different from Ghana. Except you couldn't tell taxicabs as easily. And then they call urvans or trotros 'taxis' and call taxis 'cabs'.

One thing I realised was the heavy presence of soldiers and policemen on the roads idling. Turns out Ugandans had been rioting (against Yoweri Museveni) so the security forces were on alert. You might remember the famous 'Walk to Work' protests. We had to be checked (airport style) before we entered the Sheraton Hotel, as well as other buildings. I didn't enjoy that but I hope Ugandans don't get used to this at all. Mr. Museveni must stop asking if Ugandans want "another rap" and focus on serving the Ugandan people so as to stop the rioting. I was joking Ugandan food is quite light compared to Ghanaian food so after eating, they still have energy to hit the streets and demonstrate. Give Ghanaians fufu, kenkey and tuo zaafi and you are sure to keep them chillaxing after such heavy meals. It's the secret to Ghana's safety and relative peace.

I can count the number of hours I slept in Kampala over those 4 nights. Kampala is apparently the party capital of Africa. As I saw in the September 9 Daily Monitor edition, "Kampalans make up silly reasons to party". There's a strong case there from what I saw. I hit up places like Boda Boda, Rouge, Cayenne, etc. I was invited to Cayenne by Rachel K, a musician. There, I run into Cindy Sanyu (a popular Ugandan singer) who I had been trying to get in touch with. I loved the Centenary Park area which houses multiple bars that churn great music, and fits the beer-drinking and merry-making Kampala public. I was invited to the Heights to a journalists meet-up by a Ugandan blogger I had met on Twitter @RosebellK. Before that I had met up with another young female Ugandan changemaker who I also met on Twitter @mbabazi_AN. She happened to run YoungAchieversUg which I have kept tabs on for a while ever since I accepted its Facebook Friend request.

I was invited by Cindy's former Blu3 mate Lilian Mbabazi to be on a radio show in Kampala - RadioCity 97FM. The show was called 'Celeb of the Day'. But you know I am no celebrity. I don't want the popularity, I want to be as anonymous as they come. What another name can be as anonymous as "Mighty African"? Lilian interviewed me about various things while she played my selection of 10 top songs (all African). I love how Ugandan bars and clubs played music from all over Africa. I didn't hear any Ghanaian music but I heard a lot of Cabo Snoop's Windeck and Prakatatumba. That made Angola's Roberto Saudades very happy (more to come on Roberto). Hey, some Ugandan friends said Windeck was the most popular African song of 2010. Ugandans did seem to know a lot of Ghanaian movie stars. I got asked many times if Jackie Appiah was my wife (humph!) or sister. A couple of people asked me about Stephen Appiah, which is lovely, because the Black Stars of Ghana are beloved.

One person I really wanted to meet in Kampala was Afrotainment Museke Awards winner Maurice Kirya. He's so awesome that he even attended G-Uganda which is Google's flagship event in Uganda. That's how forward thinking he is. One of my biggest regrets from leaving Kampala was not taking a picture with him alongside not eating 'Rolex' aka rolled eggs. I did speak to Maurice at the Google event though. G-Uganda was awesome! It brought together many Ugandan developers, entrepreneurs, business people, etc. More importantly, it networked many young Ugandan entrepreneurs and change makers and I got the chance to meet most of them. I loved how attendees latched onto an Android game app built by these guys called 'Matatu' which is a very popular Ugandan game.

I knew about the motorbike phenomenon in Uganda mostly due to Maurice Kirya's award winning Boda Boda song. These 'motors' are locally called 'Boda Bodas'. One night, some of my new friends and I visited a bar called 'Boda Boda' where an awesome live band was playing. The band sang many African classics and I regretted going there late. Afterwards, we packed ourselves into a cab, it was me, 4 other ladies and the taxi driver. You can guess what happened next. The car broke down about 70% of the way towards our destination and the ladies decided we will not be paying the taxi driver. I didn't say a word and saved my money. That's where we saw some boda bodas close by and then I got onto one. I switched places with the driver and had a Kodak moment.
One another particular night, I rode a Boda Boda past the Boda Boda club while singing a song called Boda Boda. No bother. The motorbiker transported the helmetless me and my friend George to Kabalagala and the whole time I was scared of what might happen when he tried to swerve multiple pot-holes. Kabalagala apparently is a tourist attraction in Kampala for partying but it also has a lot of prostitutes etc. Every friend who had some knowledge of Kampala told me to visit the place. It rained a bit while I was there but it was surely jumping. Word on the street is Ugandans drink more than Kenyans, and though I find that hard to believe, they do love drinking.

Kampala is known to be the pothole capital of Africa (also up for debate). Kampala didn't look more advanced than Accra but it did have some bigger malls or supermarkets. This is apparently due to the influence of Kenya. I did spot a mall that had South Africa's Shoprite and Game Stores too. These developments could also answer why Kampala has a more bustling nightlife than Accra. Accra has worse traffic though. I didn't get to see too much of Kampala, especially the living spaces. I went to a party at Makerere University so didn't see much there and didn't visit any other houses. I wish I had seen more neighbourhoods.

Just like in Ghana, the mobile telecommunication companies rule Uganda. Their billboards are all over. I decided to get an Airtel chip and local phone number to show I was really in Uganda and not just passing by. I did pass by but I tried to act like I was not a guest. I took an active interest in practicing my little Luganda and learning more. Lilian Mbabazi was impressed and told me "Kyaba too much". This is a local term that means "you are too much". I also learnt "tugende" which means "let's go!". This is a time where we are encouraging African youth to take charge everywhere and I needed a Ugandan rallying cry. #Tugende! It's always the "vim" that is speaking. I think within the 4 days I was in Kampala, I said "tugende" 256 times.

Ugandans and Ghanaians have a lot in common. We are all happy and friendly people. When a lady wouldn't give in to my friend's advances at some club we went to, I started a long conversation with the words "I heard Ugandan women are very friendly". We ended up leaving this bar with she and her friend and we have some business plans together. Jolly good news I tell you! Africa is diverse but some things are quite similar amongst us. I felt at home in Kampala. The people there made me feel that way when I allowed them. Akwagala! Bulungi! Mukwano! These terms may not be right but I am just expressing my Ugandan love. Though my time in Uganda was limited in Kampala, I didn't regret that. I didn't go to the Pearl of Africa to see tourist sites, I went there to meet and live with the people. That's the way to African unity. That's the MightyAfrican way.

Afrotainment Museke Online Africa Music Awards Winners ceremony!


One of Museke's proudest moments!

DR Congo crooner Fally Ipupa, Senegal’s Viviane Ndour and Didier Awadi were the top winners at the 2011 Afrotainment Museke Online African Music Awards that took place on September 24 in New York City. The ceremony happened amidst cheers and proud celebrations from fans of African music and African musicians alike. Afrotainment’s studios were given a makeover in preparation for the event that will certainly have left a great impression on all involved. Benin’s very own Angelique Kidjo, gave an impromptu acapella performance following her acceptance of her award. Kidjo was recipient of the Afrotainment MOAMA 2011’s Lifetime Achievement Award - her first ever, which she said she was glad that it was an award bestowed upon her by fellow Africans.


The show was hosted by Afrotainment presenters, Zimbabwe’s Farai Gundan - who was dressed by Nigerian haute couture designer Alphadi - and Zambia’s Tivo Shikapwashya. The red carpet ceremony was hosted by Sophy Aiida where she interviewed various African musicians and other dignitaries. She also interviewed various sponsors and guests during the awards ceremony. All of this was broadcasted live on Afrotainment Channels 667 and 751 on Dish Networrk in North America and also streamed live on awards.afrotainment.us, moamas.com and museke.com.


The evening’s performances were by award winners Viviane Ndour and Fally Ipupa, as well as by Ghana’s Blitz the Ambassador, Rwanda’s Iyadede, Cameroun’s Les Nubians, and the Washington DC-based Les Belles d’Afrique. Performances of the evening were highly collaborative in spirit: Fally Ipupa was joined by Iyadede on stage as he sang his hit song Chaise Electrique and then by Les Belles d’Afrique as he performed his club banger, Sexy Dance. Blitz the Ambassador also joined Les Nubians on stage while they were performing their set.


Senegal dominated the award winners, led by the gorgeous Viviane Ndour, who finished with three awards - Female Artist of the Year, best music video for Sama Champion and Afro- rhythms song of the year for Fima Tollu. Fally Ipupa emerged as Artist of the year, as well as sharing the Best African collaboration award with Nigeria’s J. Martins for the still highly popular remix to the latter’s Jukpa banger, as well as Popular Song of the Year for his dance floor special, Sexy Dance. Nigeria also had a lot of winners, including 2Face Idibia for Male Artist of the year and P-Square as Group of the year. There were winners from every African sub-region, as well as the Diaspora, which fully celebrates African music. The full list of winners can be found at moamas.com.


Ato Ulzen-Appiah, CEO of Museke Inc, enthused; “We are all proud to honour the best of African music from last year and this was a big and monumental day in continuing to promote African music to music fans everywhere. We particularly enjoyed the collaborations and seeing various stakeholders in the African music industry network”.


Afrotainment’s Eric Noue spoke further on the success of the show; “We are excited about the fact that we were able to translate a vision into reality through an unprecedented show that was aired Live on TV nationwide in the US and in streaming worldwide on the internet. We also take this opportunity to thank our key sponsors: Western Union, Arik Air and Dish Network who decided to come along with us on this journey"


All in all, it was an evening enjoyed by all who attended, and it left many believing that the next Afrotainment Museke Online African Music Awards will only get bigger and better.


For more information regarding the MOAMAs, check out moamas.com and email awards at museke.com.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Afrotainment Museke Online African Music Awards performers!


Our favorite African music website, Museke.com is having one of its proudest moments this Saturday on the occasion of the Afrotainment Museke Online Africa Music Awards. Read the press release announcing the performers, etc below


Fally Ipupa and Viviane Ndour headline 2011 Afrotainment Museke Online African Music Awards performers!
…. Angelique Kidjo to win Lifetime Achievement Award

Afrotainment Family of Channels and Museke Inc have gone all out in ensuring that the first ever broadcasted Afrotainment Museke Online Africa Music Awards will be a mélange of African creativity. The event will fuse elements of dance, fashion and music in celebrating the best in African music, as chosen by the fans.

A Celebration of African Creativity
Rwandan-born Iyadede will join melodic Viviane Ndour of Senegal, Ghana’s own highly acclaimed wordsmith Blitz the Ambassador, Afropean sisters Les Nubians and the increasingly popular Congolese star Fally Ipupa will all be providing a soundtrack to the evening of Afroglam, which is guaranteed to leave an indelible mark on The Big Apple. African music superstar from Benin, Angelique Kidjo, will receive a Lifetime Achievement award for being a role model and inspiration for African musicians everywhere.
Recognising other elements of African creativity,
Afrotainement and Museke are excited to announce that Washington DC-based dance group Les Belles D’Afrique’s choreography will be ensuring that the audience will be transported back to the African continent through dance. African creativity is incomplete without fashion, and as such, Niger-born haute couture designer Alphadi will be dressing the hostesses of the evening.

Museke Inc’s Tumi Diseko is thrilled: “We’ve put in a lot of work to make sure this dream becomes a reality. Museke Inc is run by the African Music Fan for the African Music Fan. Together with Afrotainment, we’ve put together a show featuring some of the best talents to come out of the continent over the last two or three years. This awards platform has been used to acknowledge and publicly appreciate the talent nurtured on our continent”.

Eric Noue from Afrotainment said: "The entire Afrotainment team are excited about this opportunity to showcase some of the the Best in African Music which they are used to seeing on the Afrotainment Music channel on a daily basis and now the rest of the country can experience it in a Live Televised and streamed performance that is a premiere in North America."

The 2011Afrotainment Museke Online African Music Awards will be hosted at Afrotainment’s New York studios on September 24 and they will broadcast live to on the Afrotainment channels 751 and 667 on the Dish Network in the US and online from the http://awards.afrotainment.us and www.moamas.com websites. Fans of African music voted for their favourite artists at www.moamas.com, with a close on 18th September 2011.

For more information or interview requests contact awards at museke.com or enoue at afrotainment.us

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Afrotainment-Museke Online Africa Music Awards Nominees 2011

Below are the list of nominees for the Afrotainment-Museke Online Africa Music Awards Nominees 2011! The awards show will be held September 24 at the Afrotainment TV Studios in New York City. Vote today at www.moamas.com


General categoriesGenre Categories
Artiste of the year -
2Face Idibia -Nigeria
Fally Ipupa - DRC
Asa - Nigeria
Maurice Kirya - Uganda
Viviane Ndour - Senegal
Kidumu - Burundi
Professor - South Africa

Male artiste of the year -
2Face Idibia -Nigeria
Fally Ipupa - DRC
Maurice Kirya - Uganda
D’Banj - Nigeria
Professor - South Africa
DJ Arafat - Cote d’Ivoire
Kidumu - Burundi

Female artiste of the year -
Nneka - Nigeria
Asa - Nigeria
Viviane Ndour - Senegal
Juliana Kanyomozi - Uganda
Patience Dabany - Gabon
Angelique Kidjo - Benin
Neyma - Mozambique

Group of the year
Liquideep - South Africa
Freshlyground - South Africa
P-Square - Nigeria
Goodlyfe - Uganda
TearGas - South Africa
Toofan - Togo
P-Unit - Kenya

New Artiste
Cabo Snoop - Angola
Diamond - Tanzania
Ice Prince - Nigeria
Jay Ghartey - Ghana
Mo’Cheddah - Nigeria
L-Tido - South Africa
Wizkid - Nigeria

Best album -
Fabrics of the heart - Liquideep - South Africa
Beautiful Imperfection - Asa - Nigeria
Radio Africa - Freshlyground - South Africa
Progress - VIP - Ghana
African Revolution - Tiken Jah Fakoly - Cote d’Ivoire
MI2 - MI - Nigeria
Presidents d’Afrique - Didier Awadi - Senegal

Most popular song -
Jukpa remix - J Martins/Fally Ipupa - Nigeria
Oleku - Ice Prince - Nigeria
Sexy Dance - Fally Ipupa - DRC
E no easy - P-Square - Nigeria
African Girls - Castro/Asamoah Gyan - Ghana
Ce magik - Toofan - Togo
Windeck - Cabo Snoop - Angola

Best music video
Bang it all - Paul G - Angola
Moza girl - Dama do Bling - Mozambique
Sama champion - Viviane Ndour - Senegal
Only Me - 2Face - Nigeria
Chicken to Change - Freshlyground - South Africa
My lady - Jay Ghartey - Ghana
Stars fall Down - Parlotones - South Africa

Best African Collabo
Jukpa remix - J Martins/Fally Ipupa - Nigeria/DRC
Toi et ta vie - Yvonne/Dama Do Bling - Kenya/Mozambique
12500 Volts - Dibi Dobo/DJ Arafat/Kamnouze - Benin/Cote d’Ivoire
Bang it all - Paul G/Akon - Angola/Senegal
Kiss your hand remix - R2Bees/Wande Coal - Ghana/Nigeria
Songa mbele - Alpha/AY - Rwanda/Tanzania
Nwa Baby remix - Flavour Nabania/Asem/Stone - Nigeria/Ghana

Record of the year -
Only Me - 2Face - Nigeria
One day - Eldee - Nigeria
Ayamaah - Morale - South Africa
Dans mon rêve - Didier Awadi - Senegal
I will sing - Maurice Kirya - Uganda
7 wonders - Bkay & Kazz - Zimbabwe
Bayi yoon - Daara J Family - Senegal

Voter’s choice
Ma preferee - Omar B - Togo
Landale beat - Kibistone - DRC
So Pwaa - CPWaa - Tanzania
Dancehall Attitude - Lord Kemy - Guinea
Feel me - Rachel K - Uganda
In my head - Jon Germain - Ghana
So in Love - Moh Dediouf - Senegal

Audio producer -
Don Jazzy - Nigeria
Bebe Philip - Cote d’Ivoire
Hermy B - Tanzania
Ulopa - Kenya
RKay - Kenya
37mph - South Africa
Killbeatz - Ghana

Video director -
Clarence Peters - Nigeria
Adam Juma - Tanzania
Ogopa Video - Kenya
Gorilla Films - South Africa
Gelongal - Senegal
DJ Marcel - Mozambique
Jeff Attiogbe - Togo

DJ of the year -
DJ Edu - Nigeria
DJ Black - Ghana
DJ MixmasterBrown - Nigeria
DJ Fully Focus - Kenya
DJ Waxxy - Nigeria
Eric Soul - Rwanda
DJ Fresh - South Africa

West Africa song
Oleku - Ice Prince - Nigeria
Ce Magik - Toofan - Togo
Kiss your hand - R2Bees - Ghana
E no easy - P-Square - Nigeria
Fima tollu - Viviane Ndour - Senegal
Jukpa remix - J Martins - Nigeria
African girls - Castro - Ghana

North Africa
Ya Ana ya ya Mefish - Tamer Hosny - Egypt
Nzour Nabra - Jalal El Hamdaoui - Algeria
Jokko - Ahmed Soultan - Morocco
Be winner - Fnaire ft Samira Said - Morocco
Whowa - Oum - Morocco
Laayoune Ayniya - Douzi - Morocco
Sahbi - Cheb Bilal - Algeria

Central Africa -
Sexy dance - Fally Ipupa - DRC
Ça La - Lady Ponce - Cameroun
Six millions y’a ba souci - Papa Wemba - DRC
Zazou - Ferre Gola - DRC
On vous connais - Patience Dabany - Gabon
Sango - Idylle Mamba - Central African Republic
Nakozanga - Lokua Kanza - DRC

East Africa
Nitafanya - Kidumu - Burundi
Kare - P-Unit - Kenya
Songa mbele - Alpha - Rwanda
Mbagala - Diamond - Tanzania
Gaarsiiya - Ikraan Caraale - Somalia
Haturudi nyuma - Juliana K - Uganda
Kasepiki - Bebe Cool - Uganda

Southern Africa -
Windeck - Cabo Snoop - Angola
Kapiiripiiri - JK - Zambia
Fire is low - Freshlyground - South Africa
Mhlomo Wami - TearGas - South Africa
Jezebel - Professor - South Africa
Ilusao - Neyma - Mozambique
Happy song - Fisherman - South Africa

Diaspora song
Zambezi - Tinashe - Zimbabwe
Voce me da - Clarisse Albrecht - Cameroun
Rebound Chick - Nelson Freitas - Cape Verde
Bien plus fort que mes mots - Kaysha - DRC
Kilimanjaro - Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes) - Zimbabwe
My love - Tolumide - Nigeria
Zamounda - La Selesao - DRC

Hip hop song -
Oleku - Ice Prince - Nigeria
Show dem - Jr - South Africa
Ten over ten - Naeto C - Nigeria
Get on the dancefloor - D-Black
Karaboss - GPro - Mozambique
Dans mon rêve - Didier Awadi - Senegal
We rollin - L-Tido - South Africa

R&B/Soul -
Holla at ya boy - Wizkid - Nigeria
Kele Kele Love - Tiwa Savage - Nigeria
Haturudi Nyuma - Juliana K - Uganda
Mbagala - Diamond - Tanzania
Wrong for you - Loyiso - South Africa
Remember - Bracket - Nigeria
Je la veux - Singuila - Central African Republic

Zouk/Kizomba song -
Bien plus fort que mes mots - Kaysha - DRC
Ilusao - Neyma ft Grace Evora - Mozambique
Rebound Chick - Nelson Freitas - Cape Verde
Vai dar bum - Ary - Angola
Proibido - Djodje - Cape Verde
Injusta - Yola Semedo - Angola
Amour a 2, amour a vie - Sergeo Polo - Cameroun

Religious/Gospel song -
Kupe De Kalle - Daddy Owen - Kenya
Baba - Sonnie Badu - Ghana
Papa God Ooh - MOG - Kenya
A e phetehe thato ya hao - Kabelo Eric - Botswana
Kiatu Kivue - Rose Muhando/Anastasia Mukabwa - Tanzania
Covenant song - Rebecca & Uche - Nigeria
Uyahalalela - Benjamin Dube - South Africa

Dancehall song -
Heart attack (Vuvuzela) - Goodlyfe - Uganda
Plantain boy - Timaya - Nigeria
Kasepiki - Bebe Cool - Uganda
Musarova Bigman - Winky D - Zimbabwe
Data - Proff - Kenya
Potential remix - General Ozzy - Zambia
Sweet mistake - Samini - Ghana

Reggae song -
African reggae fever - Rocky Dawuni - Ghana
Marley - Youssou Ndour - Senegal
Je dis non - Tiken Jah Fakoly - Ivory Coast
Jokko - Ahmed Soultan - Morocco
Clueless - Jah Seed - Zimbabwe
Sex message - Jay Arr - Sierra Leone
Viva Africa - Nneka - Nigeria

Alternative song -
Mikono kwenye hewa - Muthoni - Kenya
Something about you - Liquideep - South Africa
Zambezi - Tinashe - Zimbabwe
Ha- He (Makmende) - Just A Band - Kenya
Jezebel - Professor - South Africa
Let’s fall in love again - DJ Kent - South Africa
Black Girl White Boy - Ludik - Namibia

Afro-pop -
Songa mbele - Alpha - Rwanda
E no easy - P-Square - Nigeria
African girls - Castro - Ghana
Mr. Endowed - D’Banj - Nigeria
Implication - 2Face Idibia - Nigeria
Shoga - Shaa - Tanzania
Chokoza - Avril & Marya - Kenya

Afro hip-hop song -
Kare - P-Unit - Kenya
Aha ye de - Nana Boroo - Ghana
Mhlobo Wami - TearGas - South Africa
Independence Cha cha - Baloji - DRC
Kama si sisi - Juliani - Kenya
Mkono mmoja - Chege & Temba - Tanzania
Away - VIP - Ghana

Acoustic song -
Mnine da rua ma mim - Cordas do Sol - Cape Verde
Boda boda - Maurice Kirya - Uganda
Samahani - Dobet Gnahore - Cote d’Ivoire
Prayer to the Saint of the Broken Hearted - Somi - Rwanda
Nhi Ngugu Haladza - Tania Tome - Mozambique
Deeqa - Aar Maanta - Somalia
Nakozanga - Lokua Kanza - DRC

Afro-fusion -
Be my man - Asa - Nigeria
Move on up - Angelique Kidjo - Benin
Fire is low - Freshlyground - South Africa
Voce me da - Clarisse Albrecht - Cameroun
Ma Jolie - Abd Al Malik - DRC
Did I? - Lagbaja - Nigeria
Saka Manje - Audius - Zimbabwe

Afro-rhyhtms song -
Ta sair male - Puto Portugues - Angola
Sexy Dance - Fally Ipupa - DRC
Six Million ya ba souci - Papa Wemba - DRC
Ça La - Lady Ponce - Cameroon
Fima Tollu - Viviane Ndour - Senegal
Magnaraha zah - Tence Mena - Madagascar
Xitchuketa Marrabenta - Stewart Sukuma - Mozambique

Tribal House song -
Windeck - Cabo Snoop - Angola
Ce Magik - Toofan - Togo
Djéssimidjéka - DJ Arafat - Ivory Coast
Zamounda - La Selesao - DRC
Kupe De Kalle - Daddy Owen - Kenya
Happy song - DJ Fisherman - South Africa
Zekete Zekete - Anges d’Afrik - DRC




































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