Losses of the Year:
Too many to count. For a second consecutive year under Covid, deaths still featured in our conversations, very painful ones. 2021 opened with the death of beloved Ghanaian photographer Emmanuel Bobbie (Bob Pixel) and ended with the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Some notable losses were Nana Kwame Ampadu (the King of Highlife) and Prince Philip of the United Kingdom. Everyone experienced a close loss. May the departed souls rest in perfect peace.
Most Significant Event of the Year:
The emergence (because we are still not sure if he was elected or agreed on by consensus) of the first Speaker of the Fourth Republic from the party which is not the ruling party (the party of the President). This event was to influence a lot that happened during the year. The Right Honourable Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, a colossus of Parliament. If you have any issues, ASK Bagbin.
Sikamanians of the Year:
Our Parliamentarians. They really ‘collected their names’!
Yɛ-Wɔ-Kromer of the Year:
The Hon Henry Quartey, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central Constituency and the Greater Accra Regional Minister. His appointment was not an Administrative Error. He hit the ground running and achieved some tangible feats. He was visible, involved and on point. For 2021, we shall remember him for Zongo Junction and Agbogbloshie and for how he galvanised leaders from all sides to support his agenda to make Accra work. Minister, more vim!
Most Popular Sikamanian:
General Mosquito. His performance at the Election Petition at the Supreme Court was a key highlight. The mosquito really got under the skin of the elephant during the year under review.
Marketing Personality of the Year:
Kwaku Appea and all his other variants.
Photographer of the Year:
This can only go to Bob Pixel (Emmanuel Bobbie) whose loss in 2021 hit us all. Bob had carried Ghana to the world through his lens. We miss you, Bobbie.
SHS of the Year:
Keta SHS, for reaching the Finals of the National Science and Maths Quiz, and inspiring us all. Dzo Lali, Now or Never!
Seetay Waa Moment of the Year:
Decision of the Legal Team of the Defendants in the Election Petition case not to call witnesses, effectively ensuring that the Electoral Commissioner wasn’t cross-examined by the venerable Tsatsu. It was an “Oh!” Moment.
“Sɛ Asa” Moment of the year (an event that finally happened after a long time of expectation or postponements or uncertainty):
Finally, after years of practicing prime democracy, and after various episodes that had us covering our faces with our palms, we proudly have a Parliament we can be ashamed off.
Ajeeeiii! Moment of the Year:
New MPs fighting in Parliament as they elect new Speaker, whilst the entire world watched us not only wash our dirty linen in public but actually use palm oil instead of water.
DaySpringer of the Year:
Prof Dr Soo Bandu. He wrote a thesis for his honorary doctorate degree, a first. It was such a seminal achievement that the Trinity International University of Ambassadors (TIUA) had to clear the air on the trinity of awards. Of Lions and Frogs.
Iconic Covid-19 Picture of the Year:
Archbishop Duncan-Williams double mask at the funeral service for late President JJ Rawlings. Responding to enquiries, the Papa stated: “Any atmosphere that is not prayer and Holy Ghost saturated, I will use my double mask and that has nothing to do with the faith, that just has to do with common sense. For the bible says, ‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can imagine,’ that word imagine means ‘think’ and it is common sense, so use your head.” Word!
NSMQ Contestant of the Year:
General Mosquito of Zuza Senior High School fame.
Word of the Year:
Damparised. To be ‘damparised’ is to feel the effects of IGP Dr Dampare. Your eye top go clear!
Speech of the Year:
Culture of Silence speech by Sam Jonah, MBE. It sure caused some non-silence in many quarters.
Highlife Flyer of the Year:
Abi you know. Fly in style, Bath in the Clouds. Tutubrofo!
Withdrawal of the Year:
Termination of withdrawal or Withdrawal of termination…when the termination of an appointment was subsequently terminated even before the ink on the earlier terminating tool had evaporated. This was also the Administrative Error of the Year. Kudos, Adwoa One!
Outdooring of the Year:
Twitter’s announcement that its Africa office will be in Ghana. Not all cousins and in-laws were happy.
Community Project of the Year:
Dikan Center, a photo library to be built in Ghana. Being championed by Paul Ninson. Via the Humans of New York page, more than a $1 million was raised to support this vision. And the news put both Paul and Ghana in the hearts and minds of many across the world. Dikan!
Wedding of the Year:
Obuasi Wedding – #RichBens2021. The name of the suburb where the wedding took place was a message in itself: Brahabebome.
Password of the Year:
Hawa Koomson’s Sea Locking Key.
Press Release of the Year: Buckingham Palace press statement, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. ENDS
Surprise International News of the Year:
Taliban Takeover of Afganistan. Took a few weeks to take us back two decades.
Football Club of the Year:
Hasaacas Ladies Football Club. Finalists at the first CAF Women’s Champions League. Winners of the Women’s Premier League, FA Cup and WAFU Zone B. Doooooooooo!
Sports Personality of the Year:
This is jointly awarded to Carlos Ahenkorah (for Athletics, specifically one-man relay) and Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif (for Boxing). They both made Ghana proud and have been selected to join our Olympics team.
Olympic Club of the Year:
Parliament House. Play dey demma eye top this year paa. They showed dexterity in sporting disciplines. They sprinted, they jumped, they boxed, they fenced, they fell, they did gymnastics, they played rugby, they did American football, they threw volleyballs, they did dancing chairs, they did it all.
Fight of the Year:
Too many to count! But the Awards committee will give this to the many fights that happened on the floor of Parliament and the tango between the Majority Caucus and the Speaker. In a way, the Speaker was a good promoter of the year too.
Standing Fans of the Year:
Ghanaian Celebrities. Aka GH Celebs. They had to stand with a lot of their folks who got Damparised as well as Poloed.
Biological Agent of the Year:
Book of the Year:
The UT Story: Humble Beginnings, by Captain Prince Kofi Amoabeng (Rtd) and George Bentum Essiaw. General Acheampong: The Life and Times of Ghana’s Head of State by Prof Baffour Agyeman-Duah was a significant release in 2021 as well.
Anticipated book of the Year:
Stolen Verdict – the Legon Letter
Dancer of the Year:
Fire. Wo nan noaa…
Silent Preacher of the Year:
The Security Expert Irbad. We miss his mobile pulpit.
Arrest of the Year:
The arrest of Osofo Bem Good. By the Dampari.
Damascus Experience of the Year:
Nana Agradaa’s transition to Evangelist Patricia Oduro Koranteng (pronounced as Vangelist Patricia)
National Security Guest of the Year: Caleb Kudah. He was accompanied by his close friend Zoe and was served tea and biscuit. He was About Town.
Police Case of the Year:
Quite a lot. From teenagers murdering an 11-year-old at Kasoa, to Ejura demonstrations and the death of Kaaka (Ibrahim Mohammed), the police had lots of cases that the public followed with keen interest and generated lots of discussions.
Double Track Institution of the Year:
Parliament. They run two shifts effectively, each shift with its own HouseMaster.
NGO of the Year:
Donation of the Year:
Ex-President Mahama’s donation to the victims of the Keta Tidal Wave.
Administrative Move of the Year:
Releasing a Blue internal memo via WhatsApp.
Bench Warrant of the Year:
Police vrs Francis Sosu
Musical Chairs Handover of the Year:
Domelevo’s Request for the Acting Auditor-General to be directed to hand over to him so he hands over back to the Acting Auditor-General after he Domelevo was asked to hand over to the Acting Auditor-General after 8 months of handing over to him. Phew!
Dining Hall Matter of the Year:
Wesley Girls’ High School Fasting saga wrt Moslem students
First Day at School Saga of the Year:
Achimota School vs Rastafarian students
Our Day of the Year:
Oswald’s Our Day. It all started with a Wishlist and Ghana Twitter responded to the Viral Wishlist shared by a work colleague of Oswald Gennuh’s mother. Oswald’s teacher, Mrs. Appiah, wasn’t left out of the fun!
Miss of the Year:
Seven A Living God
Demo of the Year:
The one-day sit-down strike by the trotro drivers, due to rising fuel prices. Massive impact, but clearly it couldn’t go beyond a day. Lockdown in 2020 taught us that many of us work from hand to mouth, ‘by day workers’.
Boys Abrɛ Minister of the Year:
Finance Minister, Sir White Oh-Atta. E tried to stop stop some things and levy some things but E opened up some tangoing which is still ongoing. E no be easy!
Boys Abrɛ Coach of the Year (Broni Category):
Ole Gunner Osha aka Ole Noko Noko
Boys Abrɛ Coach of the Year (Bibinii Category):
Bonfire Event of the Year:
Burning of Excavators found at Galamsey sites. This category is sponsored by PRESEC.
Killer of the Year:
Bill of the Year:
LGBTQI+ Bill, still in Parliament.
Hoax of the Year:
The Shattered Self Killing stunt. It featured quickly on the Dampariscometer. A close second is the not-so-pregnant self-kidnapped Taadi Madam.
Chief Technology Guru of the Year:
H.E. Digimia, Champion of Diginomics.
Boiling Beans Team of the Year:
Hearts of Oak. They won the League in the last season and struggled in the next season. Soon, they were calling for the sack of their hero coach.
Comeback of the Year:
The Return of Milo, with his Interpreter Nido.
Most Hardworking Minister:
The Hon AJ Kristo. She worked so hard just after her appointment that she had the rest of the year off on leave. Remember the termination of her termination of contract?
Mensah of the Family:
Se Lorm. For all the stress he gave his Family Head. The Awards Committee agrees with the Head of Family that Se Lorm be banned from the End of Year Family Party.
Consumer Complaint of the Year:
“I was offered only tea; no biscuits.”
Hashtag of the Year:
Flight of the Year:
The Trajectory of Callous Von Snatcher
Procurement of the Year:
Purchase or near-purchase of Russian Sputnik V vaccines via a middleman in the Middle East. We are still in the middle of what should happen to those who meddled with the middleman.
Diplomatic Paradox of the Year:
ECOWAS visiting Guinea coup-makers who had dethroned a President who extended his term limit, with a team that included a President who extended his term limit.
Song of the Year:
Washawashey, Waratushey. Fire…
Appointment of the Year:
The confirmation of Dr George Akuffo Dampare as Inspector-General of Police. As one, the entire nation said “Yes!” IGP Dampare is also awarded Sanitizer of the Year for sanitizing our 31st December nights.
Flyer Catcher of the Year:
Muntaka. For catching the callous snatcher.
Facebook Live of the Year:
The State of the Party Address by H.E. Olga, PhD
Photojournalist of the Year:
Kobby Blay, for his audiovisual reports from Keta SHS before, during and after the Finals of the National Science & Maths Quiz and also bringing us shots from Oswald’s Our Day. More vim, Kobby!
FPG of the Year:
Kwaku Appea. FPG – Facebook Prison Graduate
Chief Mischief Officer (CMO) of the Year:
Konkonsahemaa of the Year:
Duffuor Adjoa Cila
Male Writer of the Year:
Eben Ace (Ebenezer Ace Kojo Sarfsch)
Female Writer of the Year:
H.E. Olga, PhD
Male Journalist of the Year:
Female Journalist of the Year:
Mabel Aku Baneseh
Female Facebooker of the Year:
H.E. Olga, Phd
Male Facebooker of the Year:
Contributors: Dela Russel Ocloo, Kobina Ebow
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