Chiiief is a dynamic Ghanaian award-winning creative brand with a repertoire of talents in broadcast journalism, digital media and experience gathered in public speaking, screen/voice and stage acting, screen/stage writing, activism and thought leadership. He is best known for his role as “King George” in Ghanaian drama series – YOLO.
EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION
Born Ohene Twum Sakyi (later Desmond Ohene Twum Danso Sakyi), on January 9th in Osu, a suburb of Accra, in the early 90s – Chiiief holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the School of Creative Arts, UEW, with Playwriting as his area of specialty.
2009 – 2013 (Skyy Digital, Radio Midas, SENCDRAC)
His 10 year timeline of TV & Radio exposure includes hosting and producing youth-oriented shows on various platforms such as “Teen Sports” and “Teen Talk” (2009) on Skyy Digital TV, a local start-up which broke into the digital terrestrial broadcasting space early in Ghana with local content (now First Digital) as well as anchoring “Opinion Wave”(2013) on the now defunct Radio Midas, an online radio station, while working at the Special Educational Needs, Counselling and Drama therapy Centre (SENCDRAC), a non-governmental organization which aims at helping children with learning disabilities through drama therapy. He also worked as a stringer at Joy Publications, publishers of The Gossip, The New Ghanaian and My Joy newspapers owned by his father.
2013 – to date (PHD Ghana, SOTiVi, Pave Ghana, YOLO)
In July 2013, Chiiief joined PHD Ghana’s cohort of summer interns to pioneer “SOTiVi”, an innovative social TV vignette series which he hosted and scripted. The SOTIVI series which is Ghana’s first stand-alone social TV series focused on telling positive happenings on social media from the back to the front i.e. on TV first, and then uploaded onto YouTube and shared via Facebook and Twitter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYRSbuqqMEc). He quickly stepped up to take the roles of assistant producer and content curator from social media and other online sources.
Chiiief went on to work on various aspects of digital media and broadcast media for PHD Ghana and liaised with media strategists at PHD to provide solutions for various social media marketing campaigns that required the use of influencers, as a contract staff till 2016.
He then moved on to take up acting and writing roles at Farmhouse Productions – a reputable local TV production firm, working part-time on popular youth TV series “YOLO” (2015 – 2019) where he played “King George” a fan-favorite character which won him many fans across the diaspora and accolades alike – including the 2017 GMA best supporting actor in a drama series award after beating off stellar competition from Blossom Chukwujeku and many others. The role embodied the effects of constant peer influence and the urge to belong in young males during the torrid times of adolescence.
Chiiief currently heads Pave Ghana – a media, thought-leadership, content and talent management agency, which he founded in 2014. Pave has since worked with several social media influencers and artistes for brands such as SAB Miller, Farmhouse, FanMilk Ghana, PHD Ghana and WeChat. Pave further diversified with the creation of its record label; Pave Music (2016) having signed its first artiste. Pave has produced two podcasts, namely; “Lend Me Your Ears” (December 2019) geared towards adolescent reproductive health & peer influence related issues. “The Perception Party” (2018); the entertainment issue-oriented podcast, the latter released earlier this year.
As an Adolescent Reproductive Health Ambassador and a Peer Influencer, Chiiief has given talks on ARSH issues, Leadership and Talent related topics at numerous primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across Ghana including Ashesi University, University of Cape Coast, University of Education, Winneba, Akosombo International School, Aburi Girls High School, Ola Girls High School, Mawuko Girls High School, Keta Secondary School, Serwaa Nyarko High School to mention few. Chiiief hosted the 2017 Adolescent Reproductive Health Week which was attended by the Second Lady of Ghana, H.E Samira Bawumia, and a plethora of Ashanti Regional Chiefs, administrative and health executives in Kumasi.
He has gone on to start an Adolescent Reproductive Health & Peer influence outreach dubbed “Lend Me Your Ears” to equip young people with information on career, personal care, mental, sexual/adolescent reproductive health and gender issues amongst many others, while paying attention to their core emotional and physical needs, with emphasis on the girl child.
Chiiief worked with the UNDP through various persuasive skits to push the agenda of Women’s Political Participation as catalyst for Gender Equality, a successful campaign which saw a record 36 women being voted into parliament. Together with the NCCE and the 2018 Social Psychology and Theatre for Development Class from the Department of Theatre Arts, UEW, Chiiief led as an Environmental Health Ambassador to sensitize high school students in Winneba on good sanitation and patriotism through drama during their 2018 Citizenship Week and has created a budding campaign dubbed #WriteWellGhana to curb the usage of shorthand and promote creative writing amongst young people in Ghana.
In 2017, Chiiief’s play titled “You Raped Me” (YRM), a piece which presents the intricacies and ambiguities engulfing rape cases in modern times. The play was directed by 2 lecturers of the Department of Theatre Arts, UEW and in turn opened a dialogue about rape culture, prompting Clara Zink, a German journalist to do an article on the play https://www.deinekorrespondentin.de/schuldig-oder-nicht-schuldig/
In November 2018, Chiiief addressed participants at the USAID/YALI’s Positive Youth Development Training, where he elaborated on how donors such as USAID and partners can more effectively engage with young people, and effectively work with and leverage youth leadership networks and other youth structures.
Chiiief serves as PRO/Media Consultant for Christ Torch Foundation, an NGO that supports intelligent but needy students in Keta, a coastal town in the Volta Region of Ghana and The Learnscript Initiative an NGO which gives free training to young children in computer programming
Through his professional and social contributions, Chiiief has been recognized by major international and local institutions.
• 2016 – Ghana Movie Awards – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Award
• 2017 – SACOST Best Master of Ceremony Award.
• 2017 – Ss. Thomas More & John Fisher Youth Council Award (in acknowledgement of his contribution towards the successful celebration of the Youth Week as a Key Speaker and Guest of Honor)
• 2017 – National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) Award (in acknowledgement of his strides in the creative arts and as a positive youthful inspiration)
• 2017 – The Women’s Commissioner of the University of Education, Winneba, (WOCOM) Award (in acknowledgement of my contributions towards feminism and contribution towards the search and crowning of Miss UEW)
• 2018 – SCORAGH Award for (participation and contribution towards their 2018 World Aids Day)
• 2018 – USAID/YALI Citation for (speaking at the Positive Youth Development Training).
• 2018 – The University of Cape Coast Local NUGS Award for his contribution towards enforcing the vision of Youth Against Drug Abuse (YADA).
⦁ Teen Talk (2009 – 2015) Host, Writer, Co-Producer
⦁ Teen Sports (2009 -2010) Host, Writer, Producer
⦁ Opinion Wave (2013 -2014) Host, Writer, Producer
⦁ SOTIVI (2013 – 2016) Host, Writer, Co-Producer
⦁ YOLO (2015 – 2019) Actor, Co-Writer (Season 5 Ep. 1)
⦁ The Perception Party (2019 – ), Creator, Writer, Co-Producer
Creative Writing (Plays)
⦁ You Raped Me (2017)
⦁ Life Has No Manual (2017)
⦁ See Saul (2018)
⦁ UTUMWA (2019)
⦁ CMS– #TheNewBlack – Campaign Influencer Manager
⦁ SOTiVi/WeChat– #SoCoolAwards #SoCoolEleven – Campaign Influencer Manager
⦁ Achimota Mall – #AchimotaRC – Campaign Influencer Manager
⦁ FanMilk – #FuelYourDay – Lead Influencer
⦁ Royal King Cracker – Model
A selected list of events MC-d by Chiiief
• 2017 Adolescent Reproductive Health Week
• Launch of FanMaxx 2017
• Don’t Laugh, It’s Serious 2017
• Open Mic 2016/17
• Ground Up Chale – Party in the Park 2018
• Excellence Business Awards 2018
• Launch of USAID/NPC/FHI360 Social Intervention 2019
• Doue Ghana Fashion Show 2019
• Film Masterclass 2019
• Edu-Career Fair 2019