A total of 40 aspiring journalists from 12 African countries received training under the Young African Media Fellowship (YAMF) organized by YALI TV and the US Mission to the African Union.
Fellows participated in a 4-week virtual training including seminars, guest lectures and classes from April 14, 2022 to May 14, 2022.
The overarching objective of the event is to improve media practice on the African continent; stimulate youth participation in the future of the media industry and influence economic investments in the media landscape.
The organizers ended the training with a summit at BlueCrest University College in Accra on June 23, 2022.
The African Young Media Summit (YAMS) focused on “The Media Industry as an Investment Opportunity in Africa”.
The summit hosted four plenary sessions, and on the panel were bigwigs in the communications space such as Akwasi Awua Ababio, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President; Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, Executive Director, NTSS Ghana; Naa Korkoi Essah, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Communications and Digitization; Joana Mansa Otoo, PR, National Commission for Culture.
The others are Phillip Acquaye, Head of Department – Department of Mass Communication, – BlueCrest University; Kwame AA Opoku, CEO, Reset Global People; Sena Sena, filmmaker; Jeremiah Egyabeng, CEO, Digitrust Ghana; Harriet Nartey, broadcast journalist, PanAfrican TV; Stephen Tetteh Charway, blogger; Siita Sofo Hissan, President, AfCFTA Young Entrepreneurs Federation (AfYEF); Alfred Ocansey, broadcast journalist, media general; Woode Maya, digital content creator; and Richmond Perkins Asante, Director, Techcoba Africa, among others.
The Summit was to be the main African platform for strategic dialogues on new media technologies, digital transformations in communication, media entrepreneurship and investment across the continent.
The next phase of the fellowship is planned to welcome the second cohort, which will focus on agriculture, entrepreneurship and innovation, with plans underway to develop a media center and media fund to foster creativity and l innovation among young people in the media industry.
Among the 40 fellows who were chosen for the rigorous four-week training are Sinazo Novukela (South Africa), Ibrahim Angaangmeni Alhassan (Ghana), Ukamaka Perpetua Okoye (Nigeria), Lawrence Yeboah Gyan (Ghana), Naldo Arnaldo Baptista (Mozambique ), Wendy Omanga Adhiambo (Kenya), David Ifeanyi Mkpume (Nigeria), Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi (Nigeria) and Bonas Fotio Fopa (Cameroon).
The others are Prince Asare (Ghana), Sah Terence Animbom (Cameroon), Kofi Ivk Asante (Ghana), Nji Nelson Chefor (Cameroon), Dolly Kafui Armah (Ghana), Victoria Agyemang (Ghana), Nonhlanganiso Nomsa Nkosi (Eswatini), Chigoziem Ruth Torty (Nigeria), Truth Osumareton Egbe (Nigeria), Wofai Samuel Igbo (Nigeria), Emmanuel Tawiah Forson (Ghana), Emmanuel Raphael Samani (Ghana), Calvin Anye Mbamuzaang (Cameroon) and Niyi Sunday Oyedeji (Nigeria).
The others are Mainimo Etienne Mengnjo (Cameroon), Joseph Bill Danquah (Ghana), Chansiline Nanze (Cameroon), Allen Oyaoze Abu (Nigeria), Naa Korkoi Essah (Ghana), Akalambi Clare Enjoh (Cameroon), Abraham Wandabwa Wangama (Kenya) , Melinda Kirwa (Kenya), Andy Dankyi Oppong (Ghana), Gifty Hodey Manye (Ghana), Mouleka Boulanga Fouty (Gabon), Berihu Gereziher (Ethiopia), Michael Kofi Kenetey (Ghana), Saum Esendi Idd (Kenya), Moses Baridapdoo Nwilo (Nigeria), Richmond Botwe (Ghana) and Dennis Sarpong (Ghana).