Celebrate game changers when they’re alive - Minister

By: Delali Sika
Togbe Afede game changers Exclusive Men of the Year awards
Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State was the Man of the Year at the EMY Awards

Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku, has advised that men who are game changers be celebrated well enough before they go to their maker.

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Speaking at the third edition of the Exclusive Men of The Year (EMY) Awards, which was held on Saturday, August 18, at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, the Minister said, “We need to appreciate our men who are doing so great to put smiles on the faces of the people in our society, those who go out of their way to challenge the norm and impact lives positively should be applauded before they die. Again, let the ones coming learn that there is honour in being a game changer.”

Madam Afeku also assured the organisers of the Awards of the support of the Ministry. “My ministry is proud to be associated with such an initiative, be rest assured that we are solidly behind you. Long live our men, long live EMY Awards,” she said.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku

The star-studded Exclusive Men of the Year event, which seeks to celebrate distinguished men and women in Ghana and across the continent who have distinguished themselves and impacted society, was well organised.

Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede was crowned the overall Man of the Year.  

Other awardees were former Presidential Candidate of the CPP, Ivor Greenstreet who won the Man of the Year – Courage; Mike Amon-Kwafo, Man of the Year –Communications & Events Development; Nicholas Bortey, Man of the Year-Technology and Dr Moses De-Gaulle Dogbatsey, Man of the Year- Health.

Former CPP Presidential Candidate, Ivor Greenstreet was presented his award by boxing legend, Azumah Nelson

Also awarded were Kofi Amoa-Abban, Man of the Year-Oil & Gas; Kweku Bediako of Chocolate Clothing won the Fashion Designer of the Year; Okyeame Kwame emerged Man of the Year-Style; Kuami Eugene won Discovery of the Year and Stonebwoy won the Man of the Year-Entertainment while boxer Isaac Dogboe won the Man of the Year-Sports award.

The special Woman of the Year award went to Dr Mrs Grace Amey-Obeng, Founder and CEO, FC Group of Companies and Prof. J.H. Kwabena Nketia was given the Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the country.


Mrs Grace Amey-Obeng receives her award from Madam Ellen Hagan of L'aine Services


In attendance were former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, MUSIGA President Obour, boxing legend Prof Azumah Nelson, broadcaster Abeiku Santana, actresses Salma Mumin, Roselyn Ngissah, Nana Adwoa Awindor, Cartel Big Jay of Praye fame and many others.

There were performances from Trigmatic, Daddy Lumba and Nigerian singer Simi.

Trigmatic set the tone for the main performances and his use of the live band was exceptional as he took patrons through his songs like Sika Nti, Gye Nyame and I Be man.

Trigmatic

Simi also got the patrons on their feet with her song Joromi among others.

Highlife legend, Daddy Lumba, who was awarded Icon of the Year for his consistency in the music industry proved why he is still in so much demand as he performed some of his biggest hits like Yentie Obiaa, Enko Den and Sika Asem which kept almost everyone on their feet.

Nigerian singer, Simi

Daddy Lumba

In his address, CEO of the EMY Africa Awards, Kojo Soboh, said the platform is one that looks at bringing out the best in men in society.

“This is one award scheme that wants to motivate men, both young and old, that they can be more than just men. It serves, as an avenue for men to move out of their comfort zone and become agents of change.

“It is one that has come stay; our men are doing well and changing things in society, this is something that cannot be an event that will be swept under the carpet. We should note that this has come to stay.”

The Exclusive Men of the Year awards was hosted by radio personality, Nathaniel Attoh with the Red Carpet hosting duties falling on actress and TV presenter, Selly Galley-Fiawoo.

Nathaniel Attoh was host of the event

Selly Gally-Fiawoo was Red Carpet host