The 2022 African Podcast and Voice Awards (APVA) winners were announced on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
The 2022 award ceremony, held as a virtual event, had 42 award categories.
APVA, Africa’s first audio industry award, aims to celebrate and appreciate the continent’s unique voices in different categories, including the APVA legacy, podcast, voice-over, and spoken word.
During the ceremony, seven Naija Podhub community members won their respective categories, with four winning an additional free podcast production.
Rafiat Akinwande (Queen Raffy’s Space podcast) won the best podcast for personal/self-development ahead of Kevin Kengei (Podvise), Muthoni Waigwa (Moments With Nderru), Samuel Kamande (Busy Being Born), and Gina Tigere (A 1000 Voices).
Grace Imo’s Grow & Glow podcast was awarded the best in the Education category over David Ewusi-Mensah’s Green Living Chats podcast, MC Marioh P’s The Vallaz podcast, Olatunbosun Jimoh’s Inspirational Vibes With Jimjam and Thomas Muriuki’s Builders Haven podcast.
In the relationship category, Young In Love podcast by Kezia Vilawa came victorious against Lukan Catherine podcast and What The Relationship podcast by Lukan Catherine and Candice Chirwa, respectively.
Cha Cha Music Review podcast by Hafeestonova Onitilo won the best in music category ahead of Eargasmic Sessions Radio Show by Futhwane Mtembu, A Music In Time podcast by Osagie Alonge, Music Pulse by DJ Tizz/Emperor Rose, and The Madhouse Adult Entertainment podcast by Gideon Nwani.
AFCON 2021 dedicated podcast series, Made In Africa Sports podcast, by Nigerian sports journalist, Olamide Abe, saw off competition from a fellow community member and social media influencer, Edmund Oris (Vibe With Edmund Oris podcast), Asu Sports Business podcasts by Goal Africa’s head of operations, Zarina Badhur (South Africa), Third World Perspective by Maher Abucheri (Kenya), and Hockey The Podcast by Tyron Barnard (South Africa).
Rodney Omeokachie’s Young God podcast earned multiple nominations in Lifestyle/Entertainment and Arts, but only won the former category.
Losing the Arts category to This Audio Is Visual podcast, the Young God podcast edged Tea With Tay podcast, Podcast, And Chill With MacG, Story Time With Jae, and my DMs podcast to emerge as the best Lifestyle/Entertainment podcast.
What A Joke podcast by Adebayo Oduwole won the best podcast in comedy against his sole competitor, The Sandwich Podcast by Tony Kibet.
“The win was quite emotional for me, not only because I won but because almost everyone who was nominated in our community also won,” said Rafiat Akinwande, community manager of Naija Podhub.
The APVA awards launched on the 11th of April 2022, making it the first of its kind in Africa, intend that excellent and underserved podcasters, spoken-word, and voice artists are given due recognition for their work.
The premiere virtual award ceremony, which received over 2000 nominations and 70,000 votes from over 20 countries in its first edition, was one of the most anticipated events in the audio industry.
The award is aimed to acknowledge, highlight, and celebrate the achievements of African voice talents and audio-creatives at all levels in their chosen field of endeavor for the world to see.
The winners received their virtual award package containing assets like APVA digital award seal, personalized certificate, podcast/show planner, media kits, design templates and APVA Award themed issue designed to help them build trust and establish authority with their audience effectively.
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