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.

Audio: Interview with Ghana Captain, Asamoah Gyan

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Photo by Jonas Nyabor

There are times when people open up to you in ways you never quite expect them to. They say things that surprise, and even shock you, sometimes.

When the captain of the Ghana Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan joined me on the Traffic Avenue (on-air from 14.00 – 17.30 GMT every weekday), that was the feeling i got.

Here is the conversation as it happened.

Shades of you 

Elmina-35Deep in the recesses of my emotions

In a place where words fail

A place where logic holds no ground

I find a place where my mind rests easy

A place where liberation is true and freedom is gifted

A place where I find you


Laboured speech, quivering nerves

Sanctioned expression, unshackled courage

You peer into my self

Pry open my core

You Navigate the choppy waters of my darkness

And Liberate my burdened affection held down by the chains of grief

You allow me to dream

Dreams of hearty laughs and cozied hugs

Dreams of quickened heartbeats and spontaneous  spasms

Dreams of spending every waking moment with you


Staring into your face

Capturing every inch and detail

Every metre of flesh

Every millimetre of vessel

I laugh, I cry, I scream

You fill me

You do not complete my sentences

But you complete me

Why You?

Dark skies, faultless stars

nightly whistles and lovers moans

Noises of our night

Sounds of our moments

The aroma of your self

The freedom of your smile

The entrapment of your touch

The sturdiness of your passion

My sense of courage has eloped

Far into the distance with my faith

My desires are blank, it haunts me

Liberation it seeks, Salvation it desires

The fault lines in your gracious dreams

The inconsistency of your emotional awareness

The rough edges that frame your perfection

The busyness of your calming smile.

I want you.

Every fibre of my existence wants you

Every sentence i speak wreaks of my desire to have you

Every waking moment i spend wondering

Why you?

Love Reborn



The stars illuminate the dark skies through which I journey

There is peace here

A peace I have not known for many days

A peace that makes my heart heavy

My heart swells with an imbalance of raging emotion

A severe need to tell you

I truly love you.


The African sun stirs in the distance

The red turns orange and turns yellow and turns turquoise and turns blue and turns black

All in one graceful expression of self

There is a freedom here

A freedom that allows mortal men a glance into their souls

Here, I feel the freedom to tell you that I love you.


Words fail me now

There is a weightlessness in my being

Yet my beating heart finds ground

As I steal through the vast expanse of this wilderness of sky

These wings give me flight

I fly into a life uncharted

I fly into a life with you.


I am afraid

We all are

Yet when I look across the horizon

I see life reborn

I see clouds enjoined

I see the beacon flashing us home

I see a love i have known and trust

I see me and you.