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Red Carpet Awards: Pulse Influencer Awards 2022 Highlights & List of Winners

The Pulse Influencer Award is a platform for content creators to network and collaborates while also honoring regional talent. Following public nominations that resulted in the shortlisting of 10 candidates in each category, Pulse Kenya has revealed 26 winners of the Pulse Influencer Awards for this year.

List of Winners

1. Health & Fitness Influencer of the Year
Shiv Simani

2. Media Influencer of the Year
Natalie Githinji

3. Sports Influencer of the Year
Ferdinand Omanyala

4. Blogger Influencer of the Year
Edgar Obare

5. Food Influencer of the Year
Dennis Ombachi

6. Music Influencer of the Year
Nikita Kering

7. Travel & Leisure Influencer of the Year
Natalie Tewa

8. Business Influencer of the Year
Just Ivy

9. Fashion Influencer of the Year (Female)
Mercy Sande

10. Fashion Influencer of the Year (Male)
Lenana Kariba

11. Arts Influencer of the Year
Mini Cheps

12. Photography Influencer of the Year
Muma Pix

13. Comedy Influencer of the Year
Crazy Kennar

14. Acting Influencer of the Year (Female)
Jackie Matubia

15. Acting Influencer of the Year (Male)
Blessing Lung’aho

16. Beauty & Lifestyle Influencer of the Year
Joy Kendi

17. Dance Influencer of the Year
Ajib Gathoni

18. Tech Influencer of the Year
Daddie Marto

19. TikTok Influencer of the Year

20. LinkedIn Influencer of the Year
Joan the Career Coach

21. YouTube Influencer of the Year
TMI Podcast

22. Facebook Influencer of the Year
Beryl Itindi

23. Instagram Influencer of the Year
Murugi Munyi

24. Twitter Influencer of the Year
Edgar Wabwire

25. Podcast Influencer of the Year
TMI Podcast

26. Pan-Africa’s Most Innovative Influencer of the Year
Just Ivy

The top influencers in Kenya attended a gala event where the winners were given their prizes on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the Mövenpick Hotel & Residences.
In the Pan-African Category, Kenya was represented. Nominees were chosen from all of the Pulse operational markets for the opportunity to win the Positive Impact, Voice of Africa, Community, or Most Innovative Influencer of the Year awards.

The biggest victors of the evening were The TMI Podcast and Murugi Munyi, who took home three awards: YouTube Influencer of the Year, Podcast Influencer of the Year, and Instagram Influencer of the Year.

“I’d like to thank the Influencers because, without the job you do, this night would not have been possible,” said Wamuyu Kiragu, the MD of Pulse East Africa. It gives us great joy to provide a platform where your work is honored as well as the art and content you produce.
Even if you didn’t win, your work is still incredibly valuable, and I wish you the best of luck moving forward.

Ivy Mugo, Ms. “Just Ivy” won the Most Innovative Influencer award and was named Kenya’s Business Influencer of the Year for 2022.
Just after accepting the honor, she said in her speech: “Just Ivy When I decided two months ago that I wanted to give the voiceless in Africa, particularly when it comes to women and money, a voice, Africa was created.
To the content creators out there, I simply want to say that this company can pay and you can. I feel like it validates my journey.

The Pulse Influencer Awards were created by Pulse to give influencers a platform to be seen, honored, and acknowledged. They do this by bringing together active members of the online community, renowned and up-and-coming influencers, and the continent’s top companies.
Pulse, Africa’s most cutting-edge media organization, straddles the intersection of technology, journalism, and culture.

To support the influencer trend, which we observed gaining traction, the Pulse Influencer Awards were created. African digital influencers are becoming a key driver of the continent’s digital transformation. Influencers have a beneficial impact on the market by increasing engagement on social media platforms and promoting the areas they specialize in.

We requested nominations (and subsequently votes) for top influencers in a total of 25 categories, which represented the most well-liked themes, in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal.
This year’s event was proudly sponsored by Absa Bank, Xiaomi, Shop Zetu, Safari Beauty Spa, Little Cab, Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, Denri, AAR Healthcare and Mövenpick Hotel.

Content courtesy of Pulse Kenya, Capital FM Lifestyle & NFH

SAMA: South African Music Awards 2022 Full List Of Winners

The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) 2022 full list of winners was revealed on August 28 at the Sun City Superbowl in Rustenburg.

On August 27, the same location hosted the announcement of the first round of winners. Stogie T, A Reece, and Tshego performed on the second day of the awards show, which was hosted by Nandi Madida, Lawrence Maleka, Mpho Popps, Robot Boii, and Alphi Sipho Mkhwanazi. There was also an emotional homage to the late Riky Rick. Makhadzi, Takie Ndou, Shekinah, Musa Keys, Konke, Da Capo, and Lloyiso are a few more performers.

Chymamusique won the top prizes, including Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year, in addition to Best Dance Album.

Zakes Bantwini, who just revealed he will be hanging up his microphone, won two prizes for his mega hit “Osama” in the categories of Best Collaboration and SAMRO Highest Radio Airplay Composer.

After winning the award for Best Classical/Instrumental Album, Khanyisile Mthetwa was named the White Star Newcomer of the Year. The Best Kwaito Album and Best Duo/Group awards have officially been given to Reece Madlisa and Zuma. With his album B4Now, Blxckie won Best Hip Hop Album.

When Haksul Muziq triumphed against stiff opposition to win the SAMPRA Artist of the Year award, fans were in awe. The TECNO Music Video of the Year award went to Makhadzi’s Ghanama featuring Prince Benza, and the TECNO Record of the Year award went to Musa Keys’ Vula Mlomo.

The first-ever TikTok Viral Song of the Year award went to “uMlando” by 9umba, Mdoovar, and Toss.

Jimmy Dludlu, Joe Nina, and McCoy Mrubata received the Lifetime Achievement Awards in recognition of their outstanding bodies of work throughout their careers and services to the business. Black Coffee received the International Achiever Award for his accomplishments outside of South Africa.

According to RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi, “our 28th installment has unquestionably set the highest bar for live awards events.” “We appreciate the efforts of our hosts, Nandi Madida and Lawrence Maleka, as well as all the speakers and performers who made this a memorable evening.
We are pleased of each and every winner for 2022 because they upheld the standard that had been set. We enjoyed our time in Sun City much and hope to return there in 2023.


Below is the full list of day 1 and 2 SAMAs winners:

Album of the Year

  • Musique – Chymamusique
  • African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician
  • Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini
  • It’s All You – Brian Temba
  • When House Was House – Mobi Dixon

Best Duo or Group of the Year

  • Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma
  • Elephant In The Room – Watershed
  • Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir
  • Pangaea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone
  • Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala

Best Female Artist of the Year

  • ‘Platinumb Heart Open’ – Msaki
  • ‘African Bird’ – Khanyisile Mthetwa
  • ‘Nkulunkulu’ – Kamo Mphela
  • ‘Trailblazer’ – Reign Afrika
  • ‘Trouble In Paradise’ – Shekhinah

Best Male Artist of the Year

  • ‘Musique’ – Chymamusique
  • ‘African Electronic Dance Music’ – Sun-El Musician
  • ‘Ghetto King’ – Zakes Bantwini
  • ‘It’s All You’ – Brian Temba
  • ‘When House Was House’ – Mobi Dixon

White Star Newcomer of the Year

  • Khanyisile Mthetwa – ‘African Bird’
  • Thapelo Lekoane – ‘Tapestry’
  • 25K – ‘Pheli Makaveli
  • Ncebakazi Msomi – ‘The 34th Psalm’
  • Botanist Mr Lamington – ‘The Shift’

Best Hip Hop Album

  • B4NOW – Blxckie
  • Father Of Zen – Kid X
  • Pheli Makaveli – 25K
  • Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: Mixtape – A-Reece
  • Logan – Emtee

Best Collaboration

  • ‘Osama’ – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango
  • ‘Imali’ – Karyendasoul and Zakes Bantwini ft. Nana Atta
  • ‘Wamuhle’ – Njelic and Boohle feat. De Mthuda, Da Muziqal Chef
  • ‘Zwivhuya’ – Makhadzi ft. Joe Delinger
  • ‘No Rainbow’ – Msaki feat. Da Capo

Best Amapiano Album

  • Notumato – Young Stunna
  • Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela
  • Auti eSharp – Mas Musiq
  • Kwa Kwa – Mellow and Sleazy
  • President Ya Strata – Focalistic

TECNO Record of the Year (ROTY)

  • Vula Mlomo – Musa Keys ft. Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi
  • Abalele – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku
  • Adiwele – Young Stunna ft. Kabza De Small
  • Asibe Happy – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku
  • Banyana – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU ft. Daliwonga, Sir Trill and Kabza De Small
  • Black And White – Nasty C and Ari Lennox
  • I’m With You – Matthew Mole
  • Osama – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango
  • Phakade Lami – Nomfundo ft. Sha Sha and Ami Faku
  • Umsebenzi Wethu – Busta 929 and Mpura ft. Zuma, Mr Jazziq, Lady Du and Reece Madlisa

TECNO Music Video of the Year (MVOTY)

  • Ghanama – Makhadzi ft. Prince Benza
  • Indlovu – DJ Zinhle ft. Loyiso
  • Izolo – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU ft. Mpura, Daliwonga and Visca
  • Jola – De Mthuda ft. Sino Msolo and Da Muziqal Chef
  • LiYoshona (Main Mix) – Kwiish SA ft. Njelic, MalumNator and De Mthuda
  • Mmapula – Busta 929 ft. Mzu M
  • Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela
  • Phakade Lami – Nomfundo Moh ft. Sha Sha and Ami Faku
  • Summer Yo Muthi – Blaq Diamond
  • Yini Sdakwa – ThackzinDJ, Tee Jay and Sir Trill ft. Dlala Thukzin, Nkosazana Daughter, Rascoe Kaos, Moscow and Mpura

SAMPRA Artist of the Year (AOTY)

  • Haksul MUZIQ
  • AfroToniQ
  • A-Reece
  • Brandon Dhludhlu
  • Emtee
  • Jennifer Zamudio
  • Makhadzi
  • Millie Ngwalangwala
  • Musa Keys
  • Rodger KB

TikTok Most Viral Song of the Year are:

  • ‘uMlando’ – 9umba & TOSS & Mdoovar
  • ‘Trigger’ – DJ Karri
  • ‘Abo Mvelo’ – Daliwonga ft. Mellow & Sleazy & M.J.
  • ‘Sisonke’ – Thozi ft. Khanyisa, Sphokuhle & Pd Jokes
  • ‘Nkao Tempela’ – Ch’cco & Mellow & Sleazy
  • ‘Bakwa Lah’ – Major League DJz & Nvcho & Mathandos
  • ‘Phakade Lami’ – Nomfundo Moh
  • ‘Banyana’ – DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU
  • ‘Adiwele’ – Young Stunna ft. Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa
  • ‘Big Flexa’ – Costa Titch

Samro Highest Radio Airplay Composers Award

  • Osama – Zakes Bantwini

CAPASSO Most Streamed Song of the Year

  • ‘Abalele’ –  Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku

International Achiever Award

  • Black Coffee

Lifetime Achiever Award

  • Joe Nina
  • Jimmy Dludlu
  • McCoy Mrubata

Best Adult Contemporary Album

  • Platinumb Heart Open – Msaki
  • Tapestry – Thapelo Lekoane
  • Where The Light Gets In – Pat McCay
  • Elephant In The Room – Watershed
  • Brother – Jacob Swann

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

  • African Bird – Khanyisile Mthetwa
  • Pangaea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone
  • It Takes Three – Charl Du Plessis Trio
  • Afrikaans – Scheppel
  • Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

  • Cwaka – Mandisi Dyantyis
  • Thetha Mama – The One Who Sings
  • Camagu – Ntando
  • 2020 – Joe Nina
  • The Red Stoep – Nomfusi

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

  • Volume – Die Heuwels Fantasties
  • Al Die Ysters – Jan Jan Jan
  • Sangoma Sandilands and Jou Pa Se Posse Maanskyn – Neil Sandilands
  • Twintigeenentwintig – Jennifer Zamudio
  • Woorde – Jodi Jantjies

Best Traditional Album

  • Tshihwilili Tshanga – Dr Mercy Masakona Madzivhandila
  • Dlozified – Mkhanyakude
  • Dziya Fhirtana – Vha Venda Cultural Group
  • Mathotse – Tau Sebata
  • Hantam Kerfees – Klipwerf

Best Reggae Album

  • Trailblazer – Reign Afrika
  • He Crowned I Emperor – Skeleton Blazer
  • Hard To Believe – Ras Canly
  • The Shift – Botanist Mr Lamington
  • Ngatanngwe – Red I Scorch

Best Jazz Album

  • History In A Frame – Jimmy Dludlu
  • At This Point In Time Voices in Volumes – Herbie Tsoaeli
  • Music From My People – Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane
  • Revision – Steve Dyer
  • Quiet Please – McCoy Mrubata

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

  • Sacrificial Worship (Live) – Pulane Maphari
  • My Heart To Him – Thabelo
  • Denga – Kingdmusic
  • Find Me Singing – Lauren Cullen
  • The 34th Psalm – Ncebakazi Msomi

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

  • Vela Nkosi – Jumbo
  • In the Beginning – Paul K
  • Heaven’s Scroll – Puleng March
  • The Great Revival – Takie Ndou
  • Shrubs of Chronicle (Live) – Zaza

Best African Indigenous Faith Music Album

  • Similapha Nkosi – NUZ Voices Of Joy
  • Ba Bosiu – Isaac and The Mighty Messengers
  • Re Kopa Go Wena Ramasedi – JTG Gospel Choir
  • Ore Etele Mohloeki – The Harmony Singers Artist Development
  • Swi Lava Yeso – Zion Iskhalanga Academy

Best Maskandi Album

  • Idaymani – Thokozani Langa
  • Ziyashisa – Makhamnandi
  • Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala
  • Phakathi Komhlane nembeleko – Udumakahle
  • Ivila Laselawini – Mzukulu

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Glow – Alice Phoebe Lou
  • City Of God and The Jungle Below – Daniel Baron
  • Night Speak – Lo-Ghost
  • Romance Was Born – Anna Wolf
  • Child’s Play – Alice Phoebe Lou

Best Rock Album

  • Partypocalypse – Springbok Nude Girls
  • Headlights Dream – Steve Louw
  • Revolution – Tim Parr
  • Ennui – Deity’s Muse
  • Sacred Sound – Albert Frost

Best R&B/Soul Album

  • It’s All You – Brian Temba
  • Real Talk – P.Postman
  • The Arrival – Melleng
  • Sour Milk – Joda Kgosi
  • It Is What It is – Mikhale Jones

Best Pop Album

  • Trouble In Paradise – Shekhinah
  • Souvenirs – Jeremy Loops
  • Motion – Tresor
  • A Journal – Bonj
  • Don’t Let Go – Jacky Carpede

Beste Pop Album

  • Niks Vergelyk – Posduif
  • Hier Waar Ek Nou Is – Juan Boucher
  • Prisma – Janie Bay
  • Rugsak – Elandrê
  • Roekeloos – Rita Li

Best Afro Pop Album

  • Amagama – Nomfundo Moh
  • iStiff – Mnqobi Yazo
  • New Faces To Old Problems – Bonga Kwana
  • Sukulila – Cici
  • Amalobolo – Aubrey Qwana

Best Produced Music Video

  • ‘When House Was House’ by Mobi Dixon feat. Mariechan and JNR SA – Mabi Ntuli and Shona
  • ‘Inhlupheko’ by Big Zulu – Edward (Gobi Beast) and Ofentse Mwase
  • ‘Playback’ by K.O. – Ted Magerman
  • ‘Mamezala’’ by Mafikizolo ft. Simmy – Dale Fortune
  • ‘Finessin’ by AKA – Mninizo Sitho and Nhlanhla

Best Engineered Album of the Year

  • It Takes Three by Charl Du Plessis Trio – Peter Auret
  • Candid by Moonga K – Greg Abrahams, Mike Zietsman and Vicente Espi
  • Ghetto King by Zakes Bantwini – Zakes Bantwini
  • Pheli Makaveli by 25K – Sibabalwe Andile Fiphaza
  • City Of God and The Jungle Below by Daniel Baron – Daniel Baron and Darryn Muller

Rest of Africa Award

  • ‘If Orange Was A Place’ – Tems (Nigeria)
  • ‘Son of A Tribe’ – Edgar Muzah (Zimbabwe)
  • ‘Karabo’’ – Malome Vector (Lesotho)
  • Boyfriend’ – Ckay (Nigeria)
  • ‘Love & Isolation’ – Tay Iwar (Nigeria)

Remix of the Year

  • Sun-El Musician, Azana and Da Capo – Uhuru by Sun-El Musician and Azana
  • Manyelo Dafro, Bassekou Kouyate and Da Capo – Ladon by Manyelo Dafro ft Basekou Kouyate
  • Lira and DJ Maphorisa – Feel Good by Lira
  • Da Capo – Mama by Josiah De Disciple and Boohle
  • DJ Cleo – Gcina Impilo Yam by Bucy Radebe

Best Kwaito Album

  • Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma
  • Don’t Lose Focus – Sukiri Papa
  • Let Dogs Lie Low – Simple Eugene
  • Kwaito Pallet – Shisaboy
  • Trip To Jozi – King Razo

Best Gqom Album

  • Umshunqo Reloaded – Dladla Mshunqisi
  • Khula – Bello No Gallo
  • Summer Banger – Dlala Thukzin
  • Best Of The Best – T-Man
  • The Journey – Slenda Da Dancing DJ

Best Dance Album

  • Musique – Chymamusique
  • Muzika – Miza
  • Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini
  • When House Was House – Mobi Dixon
  • African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician

Chairman’s Award

  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Best Selling Artist

  • Notumato by Young Stunner

Content Courtesy of The SA Music Awards, Music In Africa & NFH

Her Network Announces The 2021 Nominees For Her 5th Annual Woman Of The Year Awards

Her Network has unveiled the official nominees for the 2021 Her Network Woman of the Year (HNWOTY) Awards as it returns to celebrate the fifth year of her annual award ceremony. Her Network Woman of the Year Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional women who have made a significant impact in their community, network, or workplace.

This year, Her Network Woman of the Year continues to celebrate outstanding women who have persisted and thrived while making a positive impact in their community, networks, or workplace, despite the challenges and consequences of the Coronavirus global pandemic, which has changed the dynamics of our daily lives. The theme for this year’s celebration, “Thrive”, represents the strength and dedication these women have shown in making a difference over the last year, while the globe attempts to find a balance in the middle of all the chaos.

The founder, Nkem Onwudiwe, speaking on the theme for this year, said, “The last year and counting has shaken us to our core and challenged us to dig deeper and find meaning in and through our chosen field of work. The theme for this year “Thrive” is a reminder to me and every woman that my platform inspires, to continue to thrive regardless of the social or economic situation and regardless of the virus which keeps mutating and disrupting life as we know it.

The Her Network Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony & Networking Night is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, December 29th, 2021

The nominees, selected from a large pool of outstanding women, represent various sectors and industries like Journalism, Healthcare, Education, Community Service, and more.

The Nominees for the Her Network Woman of the Year Awards 2021 are:

  1. Ifedayo Agoro
  2. Ibironke Yekini
  3. Bukky Asehinde
  4. Mariam Lawani


  1. Oluwabukunmi Oyebisi Adeaga-Ilori
  2. Osas Ighodaro
  3. Roseline Afije (Liquorose)
  4. Simi


  1. Motunrayo Fatoke
  2. Funmi Ilori
  3. Adenike Akinsemolu


  1. Tito Ovia
  2. Vivian Nwakah
  3. Toyin Ajayi
  4. Yetunde Ayo-Oyalowo


  1. Roseline Adewuyi
  2. Ruqoyah Ogunbiyi
  3. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi
  4. Rinu Oduala


  1. Oluwadamilola Akintewe
  2. Karimot Odebode
  3. Peace Ayo
  4. Blessing Akpan

Community Service

  1. Timileyin Edwin
  2. Chisom Ogbummuo
  3. Dr Cassandra Akinde


  1. Jumoke Dada
  2. Ada Osakwe
  3. Sandra Aguebor
  4. Damilola Muyiwa Olokesusi


  1. Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti
  2. Eloho Omame
  3. Solape Akinpelu
  4. Inemesit Dike MCIArb


  1. Sandra Ezekwesili
  2. Bilkisu Labaran
  3. Adeola Fayehun
  4. Kikelomo atanda-owo

About Her Network
Her Network is a Global Inspirational and Lifestyle Platform created to inspire and encourage all women to stand in their greatness and set real-life examples by living their truth. Her Network Woman of the Year Awards 2021 is currently being supported by Pulse NG, YNaija, Aforevo TV, and more.

Content courtesy of Novva Media Press & Nairobi Fashion Hub 

Azziad Nasenya Nominated For American People’s Choice Awards As  African Social Star Of 2021

Azziad Nasenya has been nominated in the African Social Star category of America’s E! People’s Choice Awards, 2021, The People’s Choice Awards is American awards show, recognizing people in entertainment, voted online by the public, and fans.

The 21-year-old content creator, radio presenter, actress, and social media bigwig has snagged a People’s Choice Award nod in the African Social Star 2021 category, against other huge African social media stars, Azziad is the only Kenyan and East African among the eight nominees.

Announcing the news on her Instagram, her excitement was palpable, imploring her 1.3 million followers to vote for her.

“We have been nominated. I am humbled and grateful. I thank God and all of you guys for supporting me throughout this whole journey. The support is overwhelming. My people on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are doing the most. Thank You!” she poised.

She is pitted against renowned names like Zimbabwe’s Tyra Chikocho, Nigeria’s Falz and The Oddity, South Africa’s Bouimelo ‘Boity’ Thulo, Lasizwe Dambuza,  Mihlali Ndamase, and Witney Ramabulana, worth noting, Nasenya is the only Kenyan and East African to be nominated.

Official voting online and Twitter opened on October 27, and it will go until November 17. The nominees will earn 25 points from this.

“The nominee who receives the highest number of valid votes in each category, as determined by the Administrator and as described above, will be deemed the potential winner of the category,” E! People posted on their website.

The Gala for the 2021 E! People’s Choice Award will air on NBC and E! Simultaneously on December 7 at 9 p.m from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California.

voting is open from October 27 and runs through November 17 and one can vote 25 times per category, per day.

In 2020 the category was won by Comedian Elsa Majimbo. The 19-year-old was battling with the likes of Sho Madjozi, Karl Kugelmann, Dimma Umeh, Wian, Lydia Forson, Thuso Mbedu, and Zozi Tunzi for the prestigious award.

Nasenya’s social media presence has grown tremendously since she blew up early last year, with her viral dance to Femi One and Mejja’s Utawezana hit. She has since gone on to host YouTube shows, bag major endorsements, and become an on-air personality.

You Can Vote For Azziad Nasenya Here 


Oscars 2021: Viola Davis most nominated Black actress with ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ nod

Viola Davis says Black stories ‘deserve to be told’

LOS ANGELES – This year, Viola Davis became the Oscars’ most nominated Black female actor ever when she landed her fourth nomination, this one for her lead role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Who is Viola Davis?

Davis won an Academy Award for her appearance in the 2016 film “Fences,” a role she originated in a 2001 Broadway revival that landed her a Tony Award. The Oscar win made her the first Black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting.

She won her Emmy in 2015 for her role in “How To Get Away With Murder,” and she has another Tony win for her role in “King Hedley II.”

Along the way, her impassioned acceptance speeches have been some of the most potent thunderbolts of inspiration in the wider fight for diversity, beamed out to the unrepresented and the overlooked everywhere.

The 55-year-old actress has been a mainstay on screens big and small and is more often getting cast front and center, with her roles in “How to Get Away With Murder” and the 2018 film “Widows.”

Davis also has a production company, JuVee Productions, with her husband, the actor Julius Tennon. She told the Associated Press in 2019 her goal is to normalize people of color on the screen.

“We’re not social statements. We’re not mythical creatures all the time … you can literally put pen to paper and write a great story that includes people of color, and it could actually sell,” she said.

Davis the most nominated Black woman in Oscars history along with her “Fences” nod, she was also nominated for best actress for 2011’s “The Help” and best-supporting actress for 2008’s “Doubt.”

If she won Sunday, she would have been the second Black woman crowned the best actress in Oscars history. Just once before has a Black woman (Halle Berry in 2002 for “Monster’s Ball”) won the best actress?

What is “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” about?
The film, based on an August Wilson play, is set around a recording session in 1920’s Chicago as a blues band awaits the arrival of Ma Rainey. The movie also includes the final performance from actor Chadwick Boseman, who died last year of cancer.

Content courtesy of ABC 7Chicago & Nairobi fashion hub 

5th Glitz Ghana Women Of The Year Honours awards 2020

Glitz Africa has awarded some 11 women and the Ghana Health Service in the 5th edition of it’s Ghana Women Of The Year Honours.

The award recognizes women in various industries who use their position, expertise, and influence to inspire others to make a difference while empowering other women.

Recipients of this year’s honours were selected by a competent board of achievers who used objective criteria to determine the list of deserving women in different fields.

The Gala came off at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra at 7 pm on Saturday, September 25, 2020.

The event which was hosted bilingual broadcaster, Anita Erskine was streamed live on Glitz Africa YouTube channel and on partner media station.


Performers who thrilled attendees were at the ceremony were young poet Nakeeyat Sam Dramani, musicians Akwaboah, Efya and MOG.

This year’s event featured a campaign which promotes sexual consent running with the hashtags: #ISaidNo #NoConsentNoSex . This was promoted with influencers to sensitise the public about the effects of rape in the society.

Below are receivers of the 5th annual Ghana Women of the Year Honours :

Frema Osei-Opare –  Governance

Elsie Addo Awadzi – Corporate Personality

Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson – Excellence in Education

Dr. Afua Asabea Asare – Excellence in Public Service

Beatrice Agyemang – Excellence in Media

Rev. Dr. Gifty Akushika Lamptey – Excellence in Business

Ethel Delali Cofie – Excellence in Technology

Nana Ama McBrown – Excellence in Creative Arts

Berla Addardey – Young Star

Judge Prof. Akua Kuenyehia – Lifetime Achievement

Bozoma Saint John – Woman of the Year Diaspora

Ghana Health Service –  Honourary Recognition

Special Guests of Honour at the event were Konadu Agyeman Rawlings and Gender Minister, Cynthia Mamle Morrison and media personality and talent manager Frema Adunyame.

Glitz Africa is a high-end celebrity, lifestyle and fashion brand which puts the spotlight on the life of contemporary Africa in their quarterly magazines.

They are known for organising shows such as Ghana Women of the Year Honours  Glitz Style Awards which celebrates African creativity and style and Glitz Africa Fashion Week to provide a platform for established and upcoming fashion designers to showcase their works to an international audience.

Content courtesy of My Joy Online & Nairobi fashion hub

Wangari Maathai 100 Women of the Year 

Wangari Maathai was the first woman in Central and East Africa to earn a Ph.D., but she learned the ways of the world by planting trees. In 1977, she founded the Green Belt Movement to teach peasant women livelihoods while reforesting urban areas. That wholesome pursuit was seen as a threat by Kenya’s land-grabbing politicians, and in 2001, Maathai spent International Women’s Day in jail, where she often found herself.

But having found organic links between environmentalism, poverty reduction and democratic rights, she a year later won a Parliament seat with 98% of the vote. The Nobel Peace Prize followed in 2004. By the time of her death in 2011, Maathai had taken on palm-oil plantations in Southeast Asia, and her movement, with branches in 30 countries, had planted 50 million trees. —Karl Vick

This article is part of 100 Women of the Year, TIME’s list of the most influential women of the past century.

Here’s the full list of honorees:


1920 The Suffragists
1921 Emmy Noether
1922 Xiang Jingyu
1923 Bessie Smith
1924 Coco Chanel
1925 Margaret Sanger
1926 Aimee Semple McPherson
1927 Queen Soraya Tarzi
1928 Anna May Wong
1929 Virginia Woolf
1930 Martha Graham
1931 Maria Montessori
1932 Babe Didrikson
1933 Frances Perkins
1934 Mary McLeod Bethune
1935 Amelia Earhart
1936 Wallis Simpson
1937 Soong Mei-ling
1938 Frida Kahlo
1939 Billie Holiday
1940 Dorothea Lange
1941 Jane Fawcett and the Codebreakers
1942 The Resisters
1943 Virginia Hall
1944 Recy Taylor
1945 Chien-Shiung Wu
1946 Eva Perón
1947 Amrit Kaur
1948 Eleanor Roosevelt
1949 Simone de Beauvoir
1950 Margaret Chase Smith
1951 Lucille Ball
1952 Queen Elizabeth II
1953 Rosalind Franklin
1954 Marilyn Monroe
1955 The Bus Riders
1956 Golda Meir
1957 Irna Phillips
1958 China Machado
1959 Grace Hopper
1960 The Mirabal Sisters
1961 Rita Moreno
1962 Jacqueline Kennedy
1963 Rachel Carson
1964 Barbara Gittings
1965 Dolores Huerta
1966 Stephanie Kwolek
1967 Zenzile Miriam Makeba
1968 Aretha Franklin
1969 Marsha P. Johnson
1970 Gloria Steinem
1971 Angela Davis
1972 Patsy Takemoto Mink
1973 Jane Roe
1974 Lindy Boggs
1975 American Women
1976 Indira Gandhi
1977 Judith Heumann
1978 Lesley Brown
1979 Tu Youyou
1980 Anna Walentynowicz
1981 Nawal El Saadawi
1982 Margaret Thatcher
1983 Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
1984 bell hooks
1985 Wilma Mankiller
1986 Corazon Aquino
1987 Diana, Princess of Wales
1988 Florence Griffith Joyner
1989 Madonna
1990 Aung San Suu Kyi
1991 Anita Hill
1992 Sinead O’Connor
1993 Toni Morrison
1994 Joycelyn Elders
1995 Sadako Ogata
1996 Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1997 Ellen DeGeneres
1998 J.K. Rowling
1999 Madeleine Albright
2000 Sandra Day O’Connor
2001 Wangari Maathai
2002 The Whistleblowers
2003 Serena Williams
2004 Oprah Winfrey
2005 Melinda Gates
2006 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
2007 Lilly Ledbetter
2008 Michelle Obama
2009 Malala Yousafzai
2010 Nancy Pelosi
2011 Tawakkol Karman
2012 Pussy Riot
2013 Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi
2014 Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
2015 Angela Merkel
2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton
2017 The Silence Breakers
2018 Maria Ressa
2019 Greta Thunberg

This article originally appeared on Time Magazine 

British Model, Naomi Campbell Honored With The Global Advocacy Award In New York

British supermodel, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Naomi Campbell, was recently honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with the Global Advocacy Award at the 19th annual Greater New York Gala, which was held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at the New York Marriott Marquis, New York.

Campbell was recognized based on her global relief efforts which support homelessness, poverty, HIV/Aids, world hunger and equality for all people. While accepting her honor, the 49-year-old activist who donned a draping Zuhair Murad gown, complemented with Fred Leighton jewelry notes:

“ This journey that I am on gives me a sense of fulfillment. When I committed to doing this work, I was not aware of the difficult tasks ahead but I did realize one thing, I wanted to give back to communities of all various circumstances, all the things that I had to fight for in my own life – to be seen, to be heard, to be included, to be accepted and to be given hope when it seems there is none. ”

Also honored on the night was American actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth with the Ally for Equality Award and American actor and playwright, Jeremy O. Harris with the HRC Equality Award, among others.

About Naomi Campbell

One of the five original supermodels, Naomi Campbell was born in London and caught her break when she was 15 years old. She has graced the covers of more than 500 magazines during her career and has been featured in campaigns for Burberry, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, and Valentino.

She was the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, French Vogue and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. The runway was her domain as she showcased the collections of top designers, including Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior, and Versace.

Additionally, Campbell has appeared in countless TV shows, music videos and films, including  “The Cosby Show,”  “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,”  Madonna’s  “Erotica ”  Bob Marley’s ” Is This Love ”  and Michael Jackson ” In The Closet. ” Campbell is also responsible for an incredible amount of fundraising and charity work in South Africa and across the globe. She began charity work with Nelson Mandela in 1993, and in 1997 he named her “Honorary Granddaughter” for endless activism.

In 2005, she established Fashion For Relief and hosted its first charity fashion show to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Since its conception in 2005, Fashion For Relief has presented shows in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai, and Dar es Salaam, and has raised millions of dollars for various causes.
Naomi Campbell executive produced and appeared as a supermodel coach on Oxygen’s acclaimed series “The Face," in the USA, which aired in winter 2012. In her role as executive producer, Campbell brought in key fashion designers, photographers, publications, products, and contest partners, and created unique, real-life opportunities for the contestants.

UK series of "The Face" launched in September 2013 and airs throughout the Autumn on Sky Living. “The Face” has been announced for Australia, filming begins in the winter of 2013.

Advanced conversations are underway to take “The Face” to other territories across the world.

Naomi Campbell continues to be a formidable force in the world of fashion and has used her success to establish herself as an entrepreneur whilst always helping others in need through her charity work.

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NAACP Image Awards Winners list 2020 

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans by a group including W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, Moorfield Storey and Ida B. Wells.

It was a celebration of black excellence Saturday night at the 51st NAACP Image Awards.

Hosted by “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson, the ceremony aired live Saturday night on BET from the Pasadena Civic Center Auditorium in California.

NAACP President and Chief Executive Officer Derrick Johnson presented music and fashion star, business entrepreneur and philanthropist Rihanna with the President’s Award which is given in recognition of a special achievement and distinguished public service.

“Thank you to the NAACP for all of your efforts to ensure equality for our communities,” Rihanna said in accepting the award. “Thank you for celebrating our strength and tenacity. We’ve been denied opportunities since the beginning of time. Still, we prevail. so I’m honored. Imagine what we can do together. Thank you for this honor.”

US Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-Georgia), who celebrated his 80th birthday on Friday, was recognized with the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

Lewis is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and accepted his award via a special video he submitted.

Here’s a list of winners:

Entertainer of the Year


Television Categories

Outstanding Comedy Series

“black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson — “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Deon Cole — “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin — “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series

“Greenleaf” (OWN)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Omari Hardwick — “Power” (Starz)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Harold Perrineau — “Claws” (TNT)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Lynn Whitfield — “Greenleaf” (OWN)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

“When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Jharrel Jerome — “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Niecy Nash — “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

“Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series/Game Show

“Rhythm + Flow” (Netflix)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

“Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Family Reunion” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

Marsai Martin — “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) — Individual or Ensemble

Jada Pinkett Smith — “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) — Individual or Ensemble

Steve Harvey — “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC)

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series

Kelly Rowland — “American Soul” (BET Networks)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross — “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Angela Bassett — “9-1-1” (FOX)

Motion Picture Categories 

Outstanding Motion Picture

“Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Michael B. Jordan — “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Lupita Nyong’o — “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Jamie Foxx — “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Marsai Martin — “Little” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Marsai Martin — “Little” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

“Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)

James Earl Jones — “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios)

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List of Oscars winners 2018 

Below is the full list of Oscars Nominees and Winners 2018 at the 90th Academy Awards 

1. Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
2. Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER
3. Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
4. Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
5. Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

1. Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
2. Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
3. Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
4. Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
5. Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

1. “A Fantastic Woman” *WINNER
2. “The Insult”
3. “Loveless”
4. “On Body and Soul”
5. “The Square”

1. “Edith + Eddie”
2. “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” *WINNER
3. “Heroin(e)”
4. “Knife Skills”
5. “Traffic Stop”

1. “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
2. “Faces Places”
3. “Icarus” *WINNER
4. “Last Men in Aleppo”
5. “Strong Island”

1. “Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
2. “Mystery of Love,” “Call Me by Your Name”
3. “Remember Me,” “Coco” *WINNER
4. “Stand Up For Something,” “Marshall”
5. “This is Me,” “Greatest Showman”

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