Yesterday (7 December 2017) I had the opportunity to have a sit-down with African HipHop Foundation CEO Nana Yaw Obiri Yeboah (Nana Amaniapong II) at the Rainbow Towers hotel in Harare about the Africa HipHop Awards. Also present at the sit-down was Kirk from Enthuse Mag and Mumhanzi. Lady K, who is the Zimbabwean director for the Africa HipHop Awards facilitated this sit-down.
It would be remiss of me to continue without mentioning the African HipHop Foundation CEO’s credentials as most might want to know.
- Nana Yeboah is the co-founder of Platinum-Events-Productions Africa (which has operations in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Malawi). Platinum Events Africa is responsible for hosting the Miss Zambia beauty pageant as well as the Uganda Music Awards.
- He is also the brand manager of MobileContent.Com Ltd.
- He is also setting up the MOZO TV channel, which is to be launched in Zambia soon. MOZO is an acronym for Music Of Zambian Origin.
- He also dabbles in film production under the Africa FILM Casting CLUB.
- Last but not least he is the chief of Kenyase, Ghana. Nana means King, confirming his royal lineage.
How’s that for credentials?
What is The African HipHop Awards About?
The AHA platform is a stage set to recognize the industry players, from the song idea conception through to the musician at the studio helped by the producer down to the loyal fan who plays the music by the promotion made by the marketer and DJs.
It is seeks to shine the list on all pillars of African Hip-Hop (i.e. DJing, MCing, Breakdancing and Graffiti). Each country involved with the awards will have a team monitoring the local Hip-Hop in their country to make sure that the nomination process is as legitimate as possible.
In this respect the Africa Hip Hop Foundation is the body responsible for this, functioning throughout the year.
The 26 categories for the awards will be:
- Best Album of the Year
- Best Apparel
- Best Arts/ Graphics on Cover
- Best Collaboration
- Best Compliment Act
- Best Dance Group/Dancer
- Best Disc Jockey
- Best Featured Act
- Best Female Rapper
- Best Graffiti Artist
- Best Lyricist
- Best Male Rapper
- Best Newcomer
- Best Presenter/Blogger/Journalist
- Best Producer of the Year
- Best Radio/TV Show Program
- Best Rapper Vernacular/Non-English
- Best Rapper
- Best Single of the Year
- Best Spoken Word Artiste/Piece
- Best Urban Gospel (Male & Female)
- Best Video
- Community Empowerment Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- The Academia Merit Award
- The Diaspora Merit Award
For more information on the categories you can go to the official Africa HipHop Awards website here.