Twelve Ghanaians across different sectors have been named among a list of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) under 40, a global 100 list that identifies high achievers of African descent worldwide, pairing those based across the Diaspora with their counterparts inside Africa.
The MIPAD under 40 recognition comes as a global civil society initiative in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent and recognizes young people across 4 categories namely: Politics & Governance, Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture and Religious & Humanitarian.
Young Ghanaians who have been announced as part of the 2019
class of the global recognition include: Presidential Spokesperson, Eugene
Arhin in the Politics & Governance Category and Papa-Wassa Chiefy Ndoum of
Groupe Ndoum, Vice President of Marketing at DoorDash, Kofi Amoo-Gottfried &
Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager for Africa, Facebook in the Business &
The Media & Culture category which was announced at the
sidelines of the BET Awards in Los Angeles in June also features, Actress
Juliet Ibrahim, co-founder of Face2Face Africa, Sandra Appiah, Founder of
African Fashion Fund, Roberta Annan, Founder and Managing Director of Avance
Media, Prince Akpah, Global Youth Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs at the Office
of the President, Jake Obeng-Bediako, CEO of Core Hospitality Anita Ottenhof
and the Head of Music Marketing at Beats by Dre, Nana Adu Sarfo.
Other notable young Ghanaians who have received this honour
in the past include: Zanetor Rawlings, Virgil Abloh, Rebecca Acheampong, Nana
Appiah Mensah, Kow Essuman, Ashifi Gogo, Afua Osei and Peace Hyde
As a 2019 honouree of MIPAD, Prince Akpah, Founder & MD of Avance Media, an African PR & Rating firm with presence in 7 countries noted that; it is an honour to have the works of Avance Media recognized as part of this year’s ranking, and he is hopeful, the recognition will inspire more young people of African descent to pursue their dreams without looking back at their backgrounds.
According to Kamil Olufowobi, CEO of MIPAD, MIPAD media
& culture recognition in 2019 wouldn’t be complete without a special
commendation award for the Government of Ghana landmark marketing campaign,
Year of Return – Ghana 2019, targeting the Diaspora to mark the 400th year
anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arrival in the United States by
returning home to Ghana in the year 2019. All MIPAD Honorees past and current
of Ghanaian origin are celebrated within this group recognition.
Honourees are expected to be awarded at the sidelines of the
2019 United Nations General Assembly in New York.