Mark Okraku who was unable to attend the highly attended event held on Saturday May 5th, was honoured for his contribution to ‘deejaying’ in Ghana.
In a brief ceremony held at the offices of the Multimedia Group, Mark received the Citation with joy and thanked the Ghana DJ Awards board for honoring him.
In his rather passionate acceptance speech, the Creative Arts Council President said, “I had nothing to show for my work as a DJ but I now have something to refer to and show to my children. My profound gratitude to the board and organizers of the Ghana DJ Awards for this prestigious honour and thanks to Device Tech Addiction and Kriss Coconut Milk for the prizes. I will use these products and give you feedback”, he added.
Those who are quite old and have followed music enertaiment would remember the great work Mark did when he was at Joy FM. He was one of the few DJs at that time.
Mark Okraku also played at Balm Tavern as a nightclub DJ. At the same time, he played at several parties, leaving a mark of excellence at each.
As programs manager at Hitz 103.9fm, Mark has powered the agenda of DJing, helped recruit top DJs including Ghana’s finest hypeman, Merqury Quaye, and facilitating the unearthing of unique talents through radio talent shows.
Mark Okraku-Mantey attended Datus Complex Schools (Bubuashie) and continued to St. Augustine College in the Central region. In his school days, he was the first student to be allowed to play as official Disc Jockey for St. Augustine College.
The Ghana DJ Awards was created to celebrate and appreciate the talents of Disc Jockeys (DJs) who promote Ghana music. The Awards is an exciting annual program designed to foster the development of the Ghana music industry by rewarding and celebrating Radio, Mobile and Club Disc Jockeys who have excelled in their fields of endeavour. It is, actually, the only national award scheme in Africa that appreciates and celebrates DJs for their work. It is also a platform that rewards veteran DJs who have blazed the trail in the music industry over the years.
The main objective is to recognize the electronic dance music scene and seeks to let the world know that the art of Disc Jockeying is a respected craft, with DJs playing a major role in the overall Music and Entertainment industry.
In 2012, the very first edition of the Ghana DJ Awards was conceived by Merqury Quaye, a DJ, music lover, renowned MC and radio show host. The very first edition was held at the National Theatre on 15th February 2012 and has been held annually since then.
READ FULL CITATION PRESENTED TO MARK OKRAKU MANTEY
As one of the pioneer crop of radio DJs from the mid nineteen eighties, you came to the game with an accomplished track record as a disc jockey on the club circuit dating back to your schooldays at St Augustine.
Your work with Joy FM prepared you for a glorious career as a music producer whose A listed artistes were at the vanguard of the hip-life revolution which has indeed provided jobs and succor for many people world-wide.
Your role in the creative arts cannot be understated as you used your keen understanding of music to mold and groom talent through your participation as a judge on numerous reality shows in the country. Indeed your candid opinions endeared you to many a viewer.
Today you still continue to groom and develop talent through your numerous roles as a media executive, television producer, talent manager, event organizer and creative arts consultant. It is no wonder that your contribution to the creative industries has been recognized by the state and you are currently the President of the Creative Arts Council of Ghana.
It is in recognition of these immense contributions to Ghana’s development through the Arts in general and the media in particular that the board of the Ghana DJ Awards 2018 acknowledges you as an inspiration in the creative arts in Ghana and confers on you the Lifetime Achievement Award today, Saturday, 5th May, 2018.