#CITITRENDS S04 EP 25: The future of Work – Are you Ready?

Show Promos-3So, October 17 is the UN-designated International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the World bank organised a session to discuss Africa’s Youth and the Future of Work.

Being the moderator was incredible but I decided to piece together some of the really engaging discussions from the event into an episode of the show.

The discussion featured Kofi Dadzie, Co- founder of Rancard; Regina Honu, CEO of Soronko Solutions; Aswin Ravichandran, MD of MEST Ghana and Mrs. Joycelyn Mends-Ainoo of L’aine Services.

The group spoke candidly about the need for structural change in the educational structure and the little issue f ‘soft skills’

The Africa Region of the World Bank will mark it with a focus on:

#CITITRENDS S04 EP 23: MAde in Kumasi: Skills Development, Innovation and Knowledge Sharing with Yaw Adu-Gyamfi

Show Promos-8There has been a lot of chatter from the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi.

Chatter that centres on technology and growth and innovation.

There has also been a lot of chatter regarding the difficulties that technology entrepreneurs face. There has been a lot of conversation about how some of those problems can be solved.

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi is a co-founder of Centre for Social Innovations (CSI) and a man with extensive experience working directly with communities and young people, focusing on skills development, innovation and entrepreneurship.


He joined me to share insights from the research paper and much more.



#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.