Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, communications and media consultant, editor and writer with over a decade’s experience working with multinational media companies across Africa.
He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of AfricaWeb, a role that includes managing the editorial department of GhanaWeb.com and setting the tone and editorial direction of subsidiary brands including CamerounWeb.com, TanzaniaWeb.com and MyNigeria.com.
He was formerly the editor of the New York-based Pan-African online portal, Face2FaceAfrica.com, and led its team of diverse writers to retell the African story from the African perspective.
As a journalist for over a decade starting from Ghana’s Information Services Department (ISD), the Ghana News Agency (GNA) and the University of Ghana’s campus radio station, Radio Univers, Ismail Akwei has garnered immense experience in all roles and facets of the media from reporter to editor-in-chief.
In his previous role as editor at GhanaWeb, he helped the online platform to maintain its top position in Ghana. With that experience, he became the pioneering editor of CameroonWeb.com which he nurtured to its current position as the topmost news site in Cameroon.
Ismail Akwei accepted a challenge and moved to the Republic of Congo where he developed an online strategy as a pioneering journalist for the newly launched Africanews. He got the new bilingual brand to be accepted continent-wide especially in Anglophone countries. He was also the pioneering presenter of Sci-Tech, a science and technology segment on Africanews TV’s flagship morning show, The Morning Call.
Face2Face Africa became the premier source of Pan-African history and culture stories as soon as Ismail Akwei joined the company as editor after leaving his senior journalist role at Africanews towards the end of 2017.
His innovative strategy gave the brand a competitive edge over other Pan-African news websites. Ismail Akwei is committed to transforming the African media landscape into a global and competitive brand that will be well-positioned to change the African narrative while projecting African values.
Ismail Akwei founded the Junior Journalists and Communicators Club (J2C2) in Ghana that grooms high school students to become citizen journalists and change agents in their communities. He is also a member of the Zongo Inspiration Team (ZIT), a non-profit that mentors underprivileged youth from under-served communities in Ghana to become responsible adults.
He has spoken on several panels and made presentations on topics including digital journalism, media freedom, fake news and the impact of blogging on journalism. In 2019, he was a panelist at the Media Foundation for West Africa’s WAMECA 2019 and the Ghana Bloggers Summit.
Ismail Akwei is dedicated to shaping the lives of African children and the youth to prepare them for the future. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Ghana and a diploma in Communication Studies from the African University College of Communications (AUCC).