Glusea brings to you the Top 20 richest Ghanaian Media Business persons
Known as the 4th estate of government, the Ghanaian media landscape has over the past two decades evolved not only as an avenue for engaging citizens but a lucrative business sector that has produced some successful entrepreneurs and business leaders in Ghana.
Even though we cannot evaluate the financial value of the industry in Ghana, Price Water-Coopers in 2020 valued the global entertainment and media market at over $2trillion which tells us the potential this industry described as one of the fastest growing industries has to make one a successful entrepreneur.
Even with tight regulations being witnessed currently in the media landscape, multiples of media ventures would continue to be established and for the records for entrepreneurs who wish to venture into the media business, we decided to research and name some of the most successful Ghanaian media entrepreneurs and leaders.
With the emergence of new media (blogging & vlogging), we can boldly predict that the narrative would not be the same in a few years from now as similar publications would feature individuals currently taking advantage of creating content and using the online space to spearhead their works.
The list below throws the spotlight on both leaders and entrepreneurs in the media space in Ghana who feature as the founders or managers of the biggest media establishments in Ghana who are rivalling thriving African media companies.
Top 20 Richest Ghanaian Media Business persons
Rev Anthony Cudjoe & Beatrice Agyemang Abbey – Media General
According to ghana.mom-rsf.org, Media General, one of the largest media conglomerates in Ghana is owned by The Cudjoes with renowned ICGC pastor Rev. Anthony Cudjoe as the executive director.
Media General’s rich and diversified portfolio of businesses includes TV3 Network Ltd, MG Radio (3FM, Onua FM, Connect FM), MG Digital (3news.com) and Adesa Productions Ltd.
Beatrice Agyemang Abbey serves as the Group CEO after previous roles in the company as a General Manager, a Managing News Editor, an anchor, a reporter and Senior Producer.
George Kwasi Twum – Multimedia Group
Multimedia Group Limited (MGL) was founded in 1995 by Kwasi Twum with one radio station – Joy 99.7Fm as the first private radio station licensed in Ghana. Over the years group has expanded into more radio & TV Channels, News Websites and a satellite network.
Notable media companies under the brand are, Adom FM, Asempa FM, Hitz FM, Luv FM, Adom TV, Joy News & myjoyonline.com.
Mr Kwasi Twum is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative, an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship Initiative and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Ghana, Legon and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
Nik Amarteifio & Samuel Attah Mensah – Omni Media Ltd
With Nik Amarteifio as the owner and Samuel Attah Mensah as the manager, Omni Media has evolved quickly to carve an excellent niche itself in the industry. With an exemplary leadership, their organisation operate Citi FM, Citi TV, Citi Newsroom and other news websites.
Mr Amarteifio is also the Chairman and majority shareholder of Dannex Limited, Starwin and Ayrton as Samuel Attah-Mensah ‘Sammens’ serves as the Managing Director of Omni Media.
Osei Kwame & Ernest Ofori Sarpong – Despite Media & U2
Osei Kwame is one of the successful media entrepreneurs who is credited to have revived the Ghanaian media landscape with the launch of Peace FM in 1999. Osei Kwame could quickly expand his media network to Okay FM, Neat FM, Hello FM and Peace FM Online and grouped them under the umbrella of Despite Group of Companies.
Through a partnership with Ernest Ofori Sarpong another successful entrepreneur in 2015, they co-founded United Television (UTV) which is the most watched free to air local channel in Ghana. They both own shares in Best Point Savings & Loans Limited in Ghana
Dr Kwaku Oteng – Angel Broadcasting Network
Dr Kwaku Oteng, a serial media entrepreneur is credited to have the largest conglomerate of radio stations in Ghana. Through his Angel Broadcasting Network, he owns Angel FM & Cheers FM radio franchise, Angel TV, Pure FM and several other media outlets.
He also owns a chain of businesses in Ghana’s herbal medicines, broadcasting, beverages and transport industries and a well-known philanthropist.
Edith Dankwa – Business & Financial Times Limited
Edith Dankwa is notably the most audacious woman in the media space having survived several decades of running the foremost business newspaper in Ghana. Under her leadership, her company organises the Ghana Economic Forum and hosts other business events across the country. Established in 1989 as a weekly publication the Business & Financial Times (B&FT) has grown to be a leader in the newspaper industry reporting on various issues of business and the economy.
Her outfit also manages the Business Times Africa Magazine (BT), Energy Today Magazine (ET) and the Business & Financial Times (B&FT) newspaper under her company umbrella, the Business and Financial Times Limited
Hon Kennedy Agyapong – Net2 Broadcasting
Top 20 Richest Ghanaian Media Persons
As one of the famous politicians in Ghana, Hon Kennedy Agyapong is also a revered entrepreneur whose investment in the media cannot be overlooked. His channels Oman FM, Net2 Television, Ash FM and Spice FM have played major roles in the political space in the country.
Dr Kwabena Duffuor & Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray) – EIB Network
In 2014, former minister and entrepreneur, Dr Kwabena Duffuor partnered with media personality and entrepreneur to launch the Excellence in Broadcasting Network (EIB Network). EIB Network currently operates as a big media group with operations online, radio and television. The group owns and run Starr FM, Live FM, Kasapa FM, Ultimate Radio, Agoo FM, Abusua FM, Empire FM, GhOne TV and several news websites.
As one of the successful collaborations in the media landscape, both Dr Duffuor & Bola Ray have led the EIB Network to lead the industry.
Dr Kwame Kyei – Vision 1 & Light TV
Apart from being the chairman of the Asante Kotoko football club, Dr Kwame Kyei is notably known for his investments in the media. In 2006, he kick-started his media adventure with the launch of Light FM in Kumasi and has over the years added more channels such as Light Television, Vision 1 FM and Wisdom FM to the media scene.
Dr Kwame Kyei is an accomplished entrepreneur and corporate executive with over 25 years of experience in the Petroleum downstream sector. Dr Kyei is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Unity Group of Companies with its latest addition being Unity Air. The group has a workforce of about 4,000.
Dr Samuel Amo Tobbin – Atinka Media Village
As a newbie in the media industry, Dr Samuel Amo Tobbin took one of the boldest decisions to venture into the industry and has so far made a remarkable imprint for himself. Through his TV channel, Atinka TV, the group launched a dancing reality show, which is regarded as one of the most watched reality TV shows in the country. His other media channels include Atinka FM, Agyenkwa FM, Ahotor FM and Atinkaonline.
Dr Tobbin is the Executive Chairman of The Tobinco Group with over Twenty Five (25) years’ experience in managing businesses.
Top 20 Richest Ghanaian Media Persons
H.E. Edward Boateng – Global Media Alliance
With current accomplishments as an ambassador to China, H.E. Edward Boateng is the Founder and Chairman of media conglomerate Global media Alliance which owns and run the brands: YFM, Happy FM & ETV Ghana.
In 1998, Edward Boateng incorporated Global Media Alliance (GMA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a view to offering services like corporate communications, television production and media relations and event management. Currently, GMA is headquartered in Accra, Ghana with an office in Kenya and partners in Nigeria, UK, South Africa and Malaysia.
Kwasi Sainti Baffoe-Bonnie – Network Broadcasting Company
Mr Kwasi Sainti Baffoe-Bonnie’s venture in the media is notably one of the greatest contributions to political discourse in Ghana. With the affiliation to the current opposition NDC, his channels Radio Gold & Montie FM have contributed to the immensely the development of our media landscape.
Even though his company is currently facing multiple challenges of closure, his role as the founder of Network Broadcasting Company Limited is worth noting.
Stephen Boateng – Kessben FM Limited
Mr Stephen Boateng popularly known as Kwabena Kesse, is a successful entrepreneur and the sole shareholder of Kessben FM Limited, the company which runs Kessben TV, Aseda TV and Kessben FM.
He is also the Chief Executive Officer or Director of the Kessben Group of Companies and the Chancellor of the Kessben University College.
Richest Ghanaian Media Persons
Hon Wilson Arthur – Skyy Media Group
For the past 20 years, Wilson Arthur has led the Skyy Media Group to evolve as a local FM station based in Takoradi to national pride after venturing into the media industry with the passion to impact people’s lives.
Spotting an opportunity in 2006 when Ghana signed the international agreement to switch from analogue to digital television by 2015, the group applied for a license to operate a digital television infrastructure which was launched in February 2009.
As a politician, Hon Wilson has served as the District Chief Executive for Wassa East in the Western Region.
Top 10 Best African music stars to look out for in 2021
Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021. Glusea brings to you the top most 10 of the best musical talents to watch out this year 2021. The list includes upcoming musicians with great talents all accross Africa
Who are the top 10 best musicians in Africa in 2021?
African musical talents keep soaring higher every single year. It has been projected that in the next ten to fifteen years, The will be more Musicians from Africa making global impacts in the entertainment industry than America and Europe.
In this article, we bring to you Top 10 best African musicians taking their career to the next level in the year 2021. Keep reading to find out.
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Criteria for selecting the best African musicians was based on their current
Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021
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Elaine (South Africa)
Elaine is fast claiming her spot as one of the golden R&B voices from the continent.
In this era when many singers resort to auto tune, the 21-year-old stays true to her real voice.
She signed to US label Columbia records last August which should see her build on solid foundations.
Elaine captured fans with her authenticity and her 2019 song called You’re the One. This saw her become one of the most streamed artists in South Africa.
Her debut EP Elements was a powerful introduction showcasing her hypnotic voice, filled with memorable lyrics about love and relationships over trap-soul and R&B.
Elaine is one of the Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021
Fik Fameica (Uganda)
Fik Fameica, also known as Fresh Boy, is one of the most interesting rappers coming out of East Africa right now.
The rapper made his first appearance on the music scene in late 2017 with the single Kutama.
The 24-year-old steers away from typical mainstream Ugandan music and experiments with his sound that has been influenced by reggae.
Fik Fameica is breaking divisions and connecting with many young people through his music and has already scored collaborations with well known artists from across Africa, including Patoranking, Vanessa Mdee and Joeboy.
Gaz Mawete (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Gaz Mawete came onto the scene in 2018 with Olingi Nini, an easy, warm and melodic tune, and he rose to prominence in the world of Francophone music.
The Congolese dancer, who became known at home after taking part in talent contests, has collaborated with music royalty, including Fally Ipupa, who appeared on C’est Raté. Mawete also featured on Dadju’s album Poison ou Antidote.
Mawete has a launch pad for 2021 after being nominated last year in the Best African Act category at last year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.
Kabza De Small (South Africa)
Kabza De Small has made quite an impression since he first started releasing music in 2016.
The DJ and record producer is tagged the King of Amapiano, a genre originating in South Africa. His signature is melodic, energetic, welcoming and contagious music.
Kabza De Small has become a champion of a sound that crosses over into other African countries and is gaining acceptance across the world.
His influence can be heard in tracks recorded across the continent and that was recognized when he was nominated in MTV Europe’s Best African Act category last year.
Kabza Da Small is among the Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021
Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021
KiDi, part of a new generation of Ghanaian artists, had his breakthrough moment when his recording Sugar won album of the year at the 2020 Ghana music awards.
The singer’s youthful Afrobeats and Highlife sound makes his music accessible to people beyond Ghana’s borders.
In 2020, KiDi’s song Say Cheese, from his Blue EP, gained the musician international prominence after American singer Teddy Riley collaborated with him on the remix.
The 27-year-old has also collaborated with other West African artists, including Davido and Mr Eazi.
Kidi is among the Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021
Omah Lay (Nigeria)
Omah Lay caught our attention following the release of his song Bad Influence.
With his enchanting voice and well defined sound over a combination of Afrobeats, Afrofusion and soul, the fast rising artist has positioned himself as one to watch.
He is also leading the pack of new school artists from Nigeria and has worked with American singer and rapper 6lack.
Last year Omah Lay had a worrying few days after he was detained in Uganda for allegedly breaking coronavirus regulations, but a huge social media campaign for his release was testimony to his growing popularity.
Omoah Lay is one of the Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021
Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)
Sha Sha is a gifted singer with a soulful sound, which she debuted on her 2019 EP Blossom.
The Zimbabwean born singer’s stirring voice comes on strong over Amapiano sounds, which she opts for and this sets her apart.
Sha Sha was listed as one of the top 10 most streamed female artists on Spotify in South Africa in 2020 while her single Tender Love featuring DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small was listed as one of the most streamed songs.
Last year she also won Best New International Act at the BET Awards.
Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021
Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)
Soraia Ramos is among Top 10 Best Musicians in Africa 2021
With her sweet voice, Soraia Ramos is exploring themes of love and relationships with lyrics in Portuguese and sometimes Creole.
She has given kizomba a refreshing twist, sometimes infusing it with elements of hip-hop and R&B.
The Cape Verdean singer is currently making waves with her single O Nosso Amor jointly released with Calema as well as the remix of her single Bai with Lisandro.
On YouTube her music videos for both the original version of Bai and the remix have more than 15 million views.
Commanding attention with the release of her 2019 single Try Me, Tems is a Nigerian singer-songwriter on the rise.
Renowned for her powerful voice, her music is layered over an infectious sound accentuated with elements of soul, hip-hop and R&B.
There’s a certain freedom that comes with her lyrics emphasising that the artist is in control.
With the release of her EP For Broken Ears, Tems is building a fan base that stretches beyond Nigeria and the continent.
As an upcoming artist, Zuchu’s growth has been phenomenal.
The singer performs in Swahili and English and is fond of experimenting with the Tanzanian genre Bongo Flava. Last year saw the singer releasing her debut EP I Am Zuchu and she also signed to Diamond Platnumz’ record label WCB Wasafi.
According to the BoomPlay streaming app, her EP was the most played album in Tanzania in 2020, and her music videos have gathered millions of views on You Tube.
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