#CITITRENDS S04 EP 22: Building a digital reading culture + Q3 Technology Review

Show Promos-6What a quarter this has been!

So many gadgets, so many product announcements, so much drama and yet, so much more.

On the show this week we did a review of the technology space for the quarter just gone by and what a session it was.

Annie Nyamekye Dumashie (@dumashie3), Gagblezu Rebecca (@GagblezuR), and Lady Omega Hammond (@Loanah)  from Women Techmakers – Accra were on hand to guide us through some of the biggest topics of the period.

David Risher, CEO and co-founder of Worldreader, such a lovely guy.

He joined me to talk about the future of digital reading and books and publishers and everything else in between.

Take a listen to the show.


Philip Ashon, Host of Citi Trends, wins Eva Lokko ICT Journalist of the Year 2018

DSC_3773Citi FM’s Philip Ashon has been adjudged the winner of the Eva Lokko ICT Journalist of the year at the MOBEX Africa Innovation Awards.

The award is in recognition of Mr Ashon’s contribution to technology literacy and African excellence in technology innovation.

Organized under the theme, ‘Recognizing excellence in technology innovation’, the maiden awards ceremony was organised by Coasters Company Limited.

The recognition is one of five special awards that were handed out on the night. They included the MIA Rising Star Award which went to Frank Darko creator of the water bicycle, Innovation Pacesetter (Female) which went to Valentina Mintah, Innovation Pacesetter (Male) which went to Moses Baiden of MarginsGroup, and Judges award for Excellence which went to Patrick Awuah Jnr.

DSC_3941-2In an interview, Philip Ashon noted that, “Citi Trends has contributed to the expansion of the technology conversation in Ghana and opened avenues for young Ghanaian technology entrepreneurs to showcase their solutions to the world.”

“With the power of radio to reach a national audience and the internet to reach a global one, CitiTrends has improved the overall digital literacy levels in Ghana by highlighting the local impact of the latest trends in global technology innovation,” he added.

“This mission of education and empowerment sits at the very heart of what Citi FM as a station stands for.”

The judging panel included: Dorothy K. Gordon, Ghanaian technology activist and development specialist; Dr. Ayorkor Korsah, Head of Computer Science Department; Prof. Nii Quaynor Nii Quaynor, scientist and engineer; and Estelle Akofio-Sowah, CSquared Ghana Country Manager and former Google Ghana country manager.

DSC_3995Speaking after picking up the award, Mr Ashon dedicated the award to his wife Doreen Ashon and Daughter, Nissi.

“A big thank you to the staff and management of Omni Media Citi FM especially our leader Samuel Attah Mensah for his belief and guidance. Many thanks to my parents, Enimil and Sarah Ashon and my siblings.”

The award comes after Mr Ashon guided his team to be nominated for the World Summit Award 2015 as the best and most innovative solution in Media & News from Ghana.

The nomination, according to the Awards committee, represented the show’s efforts at pushing digital literacy and represented the best digital education entry from the West African country.

CitiTrends, currently in its 4th year, is the pioneer technology radio show in Ghana that brings both the global and local technology conversation to the people of Ghana.

The producers of the show are Jeffrey Owurako Sarpong and Farida Shaibu.

#CITITRENDS S04 EP 21: When Tech Meets Animation and Art + Apple: A New Phase or Losing its Way

Show PromosBright Tetteh Ackwerh.

Total awesomeness in human form.

He joined me on the show to talk generally about art and how technology has liberated him to explore various ways through which to express himself.

He touched on a number of issues like the equipment he uses and what beginners can invest in as well. He also spoke openly about opportunities in the sector and how young people can take advantage of them.

Maximus Ametorgoh joined me to speak about the iPhone XR, Xs and XS Max ; plus other releases by the Cupertino based company.

Lots to look forward to in this episode, so enjoy.

#CITITRENDS S04 EP 20: Nokia 7 Plus – A Real Contender with Emmanuel Ossai, the Business Manager, West Africa for HMD Global Oy

Show Promos-2For a long time in my life, the only mobile device that was worth having a dream about was Nokia. For some people it still is.

Years later, HMD Global Oy, the home of Nokia phones has brought the giant back to life.

We had the pleasure of playing around with the current flagship Nokia 7plus for a couple of days and I can’t help but say it has been refreshing to see this device. 

Emmanuel Ossai, the Business Manager, West Africa for HMD Global Oy joined me to talk about the device and the idea behind the new line of devices.

#CITITRENDS S04 EP 19: Accelerating development through STEM & Social Media Week Accra 2018

Show PromosThere is a lot of chatter about reimagining education along the ‘Science Technology Engineering Mathematics’ trajectory and rightfully so. It appears that is the way to go.

Some have argued for Arts to be made a strong feature in this as well.

At the end of the day though, what matters is the growth of a transformation-minded population of people.

It was these issues and many others that we discussed the show this week with Peter Asare-Nuamah, who is currently pursuing PhD in Governance and Regional Integration at the Pan African University, Cameroon and Gameli Adzaho who is focused on ‘shaping Africa and shaping youth’ as he curates Global Lab Network.

The folks from Social Media Week Accra also joined me to chat about the upcoming event which happens September 10-14, 2018 at the Accra Mall.

Enjoy the show.