By: Erica Arthur
RADIO AND TV presenter Vanessa Gyan is the only Ghanaian nominated in this year’s Women4Africa Awards in the United Kingdom.
The presenter, who is the only daughter of the late Kiki Gyan of Osibisa fame and the host of Live from the Capital on Live 91.9FM, was nominated in the ‘Woman in Media’ category.The 7th edition of the annual awards themed ‘The Royal Edition’ is scheduled for Saturday May 19, 2018 in Kensington, London.
Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, Ms Gyan said she was nominated due to her hard work in the media industry in both Ghana and the international scene. She also expressed her excitement about the nomination and especially being the only Ghanaian given the recognition.
“I am really excited because due to the global recognition, not just of Vanessa Gyan but my efforts in the Industry with ‘The Sincerely Vee Show’ and ‘The Sincerely Vee Foundation.’ With each I continue to raise awareness to greater causes such as maternal health, while giving individuals the platform to inspire through their own journey.”
Ms Gyan also encouraged the younger generation to always be themselves, she said “Aspire to only be you, you can be inspired by others. Be inspired by Vanessa Gyan but don’t aspire to be the next Vanessa. Be confident, bold and above all be authentic as you can.Always use the voice you have and work hard.”
Sincerely Vee Foundation is an extension of ‘The Sincerely, Vee’ show and founded by Radio and TV Host, Vanessa Gyan. It aims to raise awareness and make a difference/impact by dedicating their time on one specific need that the organisation feels lacks attention.
Women4africa is a United Kingdom registered organisation focused on celebrating and empowering Africa and its women by supporting and celebrating their role in their communities via conferences, supporting education and Awarding prestigious awards, recognitions and special honours on such women identified and nominated by the public. It was birthed from a 20-year desire and passion to see women honoured and appreciated in a celebratory way. Overtime, African women have often been portrayed as victims of poverty, violence, and conflict, amongst other disasters.
Beyond advocating and engaging them to fight against these negativities, it is equally important to highlight that African women are also ‘agents of positive change’ in their communities.
Africa has over 53 countries and a large number of women who are unique and different in their own individual ways. Women of all walks of life tend to face a lot of challenges in today’s society.
However, many African women have been great examples of success worldwide promoting peace in conflict-inflicted areas and contributing to the increased resources in their nations.