Ghanaian afropop singer-songwriter Noella Wiyaala will be receiving the Woman of the Decade Award at the 2020 Women’s Choice Awards Africa which has been scheduled to take place on October 2, in Accra, Ghana.
This award will be in recognition of her influence and contribution to the music industry among others.
Wiyaala is expected to be honoured alongside eight other remarkable women who have been engaging in outstanding works and creating impact in many industry spheres such as education, entrepreneurship, film and media.
They include; Joy FM’s veteran broadcaster Doreen Andoh, Theresa Ayoade, the CEO of Charterhouse Ghana, the body that is in charge of organising the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) and renowned actress Grace Omaboe.
Musicians up for awards at this year’s event are eShun and Sefa.
Women’s Choice Awards Africa is an initiative that identifies the efforts of women in their various fields and advocates for women’s rights.
Wiyaala whiles speaking about this award with ‘Music In Africa,’ she expressed her gratitude and made it known that she felt both privileged and humbled at the same time for the recognition.
“The Woman of the Decade honour means a lot to me because it recognises I have consistently stuck to the task of being ‘Wiyaala’.”
“’Wiyaala’ stands for recognising the talent God has given you, believing in yourself and being diligent in positively using that gift to make people feel happy or better about themselves. I thank the Women’s Choice Awards for acknowledging my work,” she said.
Wiyaala is a native of Funsi in the Upper West Region of the Republic of Ghana, and she is a two-time Ghana Music Awards winner and three-time AFRIMA awardee.
She is also a member of international female band which goes by the name ‘GRRRL.’
The musician has revealed a couple of times that starting her music career, she was greatly inspired by American pop icon Madonna.
Wiyaala who is a known activist for a number of causes has worked with various bodies to spread education and campaign on social issues such as child poverty, health and sanitation and child marriage.
In August 2020, she was named as a jury member of the Song Contest Against Child Labour, an initiative led by the European Union and the Ghana Employment and Social Protection programme.
The ‘Siiko‘ hitmaker admitted that when starting off her music career, she did not envision herself eventually becoming an activist, but as she went along and the fame made her an automatic role model in the society, she knew that with great success came great responsibilities, thus the neccessity for her to champion some societal causes.
“It was not something I set out to do. It rather happened by default because getting public attention brings expectations. But with that realisation, it gave me a vision of the person I wanted people to see, especially the young girls and boys who come from a similar background to mine.”
Other categories that were open for public nomination were; Journalist of the Year, Most Promising Corporate Lady of the Year, Woman CEO of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Discovery of the Year.
The Women’s Choice Awards Africa is organised by Global Ovations.
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