Anas Aremeyaw Anas has been retained as the Most Influential Young Ghanaian for 2016 in a ranking poll organised by the reputed rating establishment Avance Media.

Anas, the globally renowned investigative journalist, who is also the CEO of Tiger Eye PI has been endorsed as a great source of inspiration for the second year in a row for his impactful works in Leadership and personal pursuit to make the world a better place through investigative journalism.

Public votes which drew participation from over 80 countries across the world also endorsed Ameyaw Debrah, West Han United’s Dede Ayew, Valley View University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Daniel Kwame Bediako and Sammy Awuku, National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party among the top 5 Most Influential Young Ghanaians for 2016 respectively.

Zenator Rawlings newly sworn in Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle also got voted as the most influential young female in the list.

Below are the Young Ghanaians voted as the Most Influential in their respective categories:

1. Business – Mike Nyinaku – Beige Group, CEO
2. Entertainment – Sarkodie
3. Law & Governance – Sammy Awuku, NPP Youth Organiser
4. Leadership & Civil Society – Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Investigative Journalist
5. Lifestyle – Ameyaw Debrah, Blogger
6. Media – Nana Aba Anamoah, GhOne TV
7. Personal Development & Academia – Prof Daniel Kwame Bediako – Valley View University, Vice Chancellor
8. Science & Technology – Nana Opoku Prempeh-Agyeman – Asoriba, CEO
9. Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Dr Byrite Asamoah, Vodafone Healthline
10. Sports – Dede Ayew, West Ham United F.C.

MD of Avance Media, Prince Akpah extended his appreciation to all who participated in the polling process and encouraged young Ghanaians to take a clue from the lifestyle and inspiration stories of these young achievers who are defining youthfulness in Ghana and beyond.

Below is the Official 2016 Ranking of 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians

1. Anas Aremeyaw Anas (Investigative Journalist)
2. Ameyaw Debrah (Blogger)
3. Dede Ayew (Footballer)
4. Prof. Daniel Kwame Bediako (Valley View University)
5. Sammy Awuku (Politician)
6. Dr. Byrite Asamoah (Vodafone Healthline)
7. Sarkodie (Musician)
8. Nana Opoku Prempeh-Agyeman (Asoriba)
9. Zanetor Rawlings (Politician)
10. Nana Aba Anamoah (GhOne TV)
11. Abraham Attah (Actor)
12. Bernard Avle (Citi FM)
13. Asamoah Gyan (Footballer)
14. Irbard Ibrahim (Security Consultant)
15. Mike Nyinaku (Beige Group)
16. Tonyi Senayah (Horseman Shoes)
17. Ernest Bediako (Words on the Street Global)
18. Randy Osae Bediako (Kharis Group)
19. Dr. William Okyere-Frempong (The HuD Group)
20. Beryl Agyekum (Echohouse Ghana Limited)
21. Berla Mundi (GhOne TV)
22. Kwadwo Nkansah (Actor)
23. Albert Kusi (LEC Foundation)
24. Farida Bedwei (Logiciel)
25. Shatta Wale (Musician)
26. Ato Ulzen Appiah (GhanaThink Foundation)
27. Bright Simons (mPedigree)
28. Francis-Xavier Sosu (Lawyer)
29. Jessica Opare Saforo (Citi FM)
30. Kwamena Hazel jnr. (Photographer)
31. Jeremiah Buabeng (Buabeng Communications)
32. Regina Agyare (Soronko Foundation)
33. Claudia Lumor (Glitz Africa)
34. William Senyo (Impact Hub Accra)
35. Derrydean Dadzie (DreamOval)
36. Baba Rahman (Footballer)
37. Gary Al-Smith (Multimedia Group)
38. Isaac Dogboe (Boxer)
39. Jerry Adjorlolo (MC)
40. Alloysius Attah (Farmerline)
41. Kow Essuman (Lawyer)
42. Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah (Zoweh Global Consult)
43. Kwabena Danso (Booomers International)
44. Kobby Blay (Blogger)
45. Nana Akwasi Awuah (Occupy Ghana)
46. Yvonne Nelson (Actress)
47. John Armah (Orios Group)
48. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (Politician)
49. Jeffrey Schllup (Footballer)
50. Yawa Hansen Quao (Leading Ladies Network)

The 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians ranking is an initiative of Avance Media in partnership with Reputation Poll, EOD Partners, Jagari Designs, CELBMD Africa, My Naija Naira, Dream Ambassadors Foundation GH, iCare Hub Africa, Global Skills Exchange, Core Foundation and Project Know Thyself International.

Published On: January 12th, 2017 / Categories: News /

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist born in the late 1970s. He specializes in print media and documentary and is politically non-aligned focusing on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in sub-Saharan Africa. Anas' motto is "name, shame and jail", and he is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal. Very few people had seen his face (until an "unmasking" during a BBC interview in November 2015 —which revealed yet another prosthetic).

Anas has won more than 50 international and local awards for his work advocating basic human rights, such as the right to not be held in human slavery and for his work exposing corruption. His investigative works have won him worldwide acclaim, including President Barack Obama highlighting him in a speech during a 2009 visit to Ghana: "An independent press”, a vibrant private sector, a civil society….those are the things that give life to democracy. We see that spirit in courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to report the truth.”

Anas hail from Bimbilla in Northern Ghana and grew up in Burma Camp, a military barracks in Accra. He attended the Christian Methodist Secondary School and Ghana Institute of Journalism where he got his first diploma before studying his first degree at the University of Ghana. He later attended the Faculty of Law and the Ghana Law School.

After university he turned down an opportunity to work as a reporter for the Ghanaian Times newspaper, instead choosing to join The Crusading Guide newspaper in 1998. The editor of the newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr, had just been released from jail in the same year. Anas later became co-publisher of The New Crusading Guide, and subsequently opened his own production and investigation company, Tiger Eye PI Media, in 2008.

Anas has collaborated widely with Al-Jazeera and the BBC, among other international clients. In 2017 he started The Tiger Eye Foundation as a media non- profit and 501c3, in the USA and Ghana, that uses a dynamic set of initiatives to promote and elevate the standards in journalism. The foundation educates and supports journalists through hands-on investigative journalism workshops, multimedia boot camps, investigative productions, broadcasts and community outreach programs. Anas was called to the Bar in 2013, and since then has mostly defended himself in court.

In December 2015 Foreign Policy magazine named Anas one of 2015's leading global thinkers, an honour previously granted to the likes of Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, and Malala Yousafzai. He is consistently invited to talk on his work at gatherings all around the world and in March 2016, Anas was invited by Harvard Law School as a keynote speaker to share his experiences creating change on the continent of Africa. In 2016 Anas had an award named after him by the Press Foundation in Ghana. The founder of the press foundation Mr Listowel Yesu Bukarson said: "This award was named after the world-renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to aid journalists to climb to the highest apogee in their chosen profession". 'Chameleon’ by Ryan Mullins, a documentary about Anas's life and work, was premiered at the 2014 IDFA festival in Amsterdam.

In the period from October to December 2016, Anas made his first foray into public life, outside of the world of investigative journalism, as a powerful advocate for peace in his "Anas4Peace" multimedia campaign, using Ghanaian celebrities to advocate for peace during the Ghana election period.

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