African Podcast and Voice Awards with Golden Stars

Voting is open for The African Podcast and Voice Awards

Social media is buzzing at the news of the announcement of the nominees for ‘The African Podcast and Voice (APVA) Awards’.

APVA, was founded on 30 September 2021, with the aim to provide support for the ever-growing community of African voice talent including: podcasters, voice-over artists, spoken word artists and poets. 

On the 11th of April 2022 APVA called for nominations for their 2022 awards. And on the 21st of June released the list of nominees for this years’ awards. Voting opened on 1 July and will close on 20 July 2022. 

Bidemi Adere, founder of APV says we shouldn’t have to wait for global recognition, but instead create opportunities for us to showcase our greatness. 

“It is time we tell African stories our own way, and not just tell them but celebrate every voice. The world is yet to grasp the beauty of our diversity and the audio industry has all of Africa’s beauty translated in sounds. If we don’t take control of this narrative no one will. If we don’t celebrate ourselves no one will”, she said. 

Tony Doe, the Nigeria Country Representative, adds,”People like being recognised for the good work they do. I’m one of them. I believe that work that’s being appreciated inspires more great work”.

APVA’s Creative Partner, Tolulope Kolade, is excited for these awards as they help African audio creatives get the well-deserved recognition for the efforts they have been putting into their craft. Tolulope also says this is a great way for podcasters to support each other and no doubt raises local and global awareness. 

“For the first time, we can identify many talents from different African countries making a difference in the continent’s audio space. The Awards put Africa on the map concerning podcasting and voiceover artists,” said Tolulope. 

Voting for the APVA Awards has been a great success and the team have reported over 20 000 votes counted already. 

The Podcast Sessions is proud to release the full list of podcast nominations:

Podcast of the Year

  • Adelle Onyango (Legally Clueless)
  • Nicole Engelbrecht (True Crime South Africa)
  • Lebo Lion (Lebo Lion Show)
  • JolaAyeye and FKAbudu (IsaidWhatIsaid)
  • ELI MWENDA and Oscar Koome Mbabu (Man Talk)

Diasporan Podcast of the Year

  • Hana Baba (The Stoop Podcast)
  • Agnes Appiah (Umami Conversations Podcast)
  • Vongai (Zim Excellence)
  • Joan Nwosu (IRISE Conversations with Joan)
  • Sambaza (Sambaza Podcast)

Rising Talent of the Year

  • Gracie Imo (Grow&Glow podcast)
  • Suzie Wokabi (The Suzie Wokabi Podcast)
  • Akumu Fiona/Claire Baker (The Yes Girls Podcast)
  • Opeyemi Sanusi  (Vybes Podcast)

Lifestyle and Entertainment

  • Taymesan (Tea with Tay_
  • MacG (Podcast and Chill with MacG)
  • Justina Odigie (Story time with Jae)
  • Rodney (The Young God Pod)
  • Bataung Qhotsokoane (MyDMs Podcast)


  • Tony Kibet (The Sandwich Podcast)
  • Adebayo Oduwole (What A Joke)


  • Kevin Mwachiro (Nipe Story)
  • Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane (The Cheeky Natives)
  • Faith Nwani (The Writer’s Sauce Podcast)
  • Samuel Olawoyin (Story of the gods)
  • Belinda Katumba (Can We Talk)

Non Fiction 

  • Kerllen Costa/Koketso Mookodi (Guardians of the River)
  • Kim Fox (Ehky Ya Masr (Tell Your Story Egypt) Podcast)
  • Eliot Moleba, Jedi Ramalapa, Neo Rakgajane (Sound Africa) 
  • Jaachmmá Anyatnw (Poemify) 


  • Nicole Engelbrecht (True Crime South Africa)
  • Kristin Miles (Law and Omen)
  • Deon Wiggett (My Only Story: Back to School)
  • Paul (ALIBI)
  • Wairi(Murder Cirū Podcast)   


  • Edmund Oris (Vibe With Edmund Oris)
  • Zarina Badhur/ Africa Sports Unified (ASU Sports Business Podcast)
  • Maher Abucheri (Third World Perspective)
  • Tyron Barnard (Hockey the Podcast)
  • Olamide O. Abe (Made In Africa Sports)

Society and Culture 

  • Dolly Akitoye and Isaac Kanye (Road to 30 Podcast
  • Muthoni Waigwa (Moments with Nderru)
  • Mona Muchemi (Afriwetu)
  • NIGEL (The Voice Knot Pod)
  • Chulu Chansa (Africana Woman with Chulu)


  • Futhwane Mtembu (The Eargasmic Sessions Radio Show)
  • Hafeestonova Onitilo (Cha Cha Music Review Podcast)
  • Osagie Alonge (A Music In Time Podcast)
  • DJ Tizz/Dr Empress Rose (Music Pulse)
  • The Madhouse Adult Entertainment Podcast (Gideon Nwani)


  • Kezia  (Young in love podcast)
  • Catherine Lukan (Lukan Catherine)
  • Candice Chirwa (What The Relationship Podcast)


  • Sesi Zamba (Oriire Africa)
  • Timothy Niwamanya (Cinema Red Pill)
  • “Rodney Omeokachie (The Young God Pod)
  • Afrika Design (Afrika Design)
  • This Audio Is Visual (This Audio Is Visual)

News and Current Affairs 

  • Africa Check (What’s Crap)
  • Titilope Fadare (Premium Times podcast)
  • Fredrick Bundala (The Outsiders)
  • Louisa Matu-Mureithi (GVA Legal Podcast) 


  • David Ewusi-Mensah (Green Living Chats podcast)
  • MC MARIOH P’ (The _vallaz_podcast)
  • Olatunbosun Jimoh (Inspirational vibes with jimjam)
  • Thomas Muriuki (Builders Haven podcast)
  • Gracie Imo (Grow&Glow podcast)

Career and Entrepreneurship 

  • O’Seye Oni (Origins Africa Podcast)
  • Zeze Oriaikhi-Sao (Third Culture Africans)
  • Chris & Martin (African Retooled)
  • Lebo Lion  (Lebo Lion Show)
  • Oluwapelumi Irinoye (The Hive Podcast)

Personal/ Self Development 

  • Kevin Kengei (Podvise)
  • Muthoni Waigwa (Moments with Nderru)
  • Samuel Kamande (Busy Being Born)
  • Gina Tigere (A 1000 Voices)
  • Queen Raffy (Queenraffyspacepodcast)

Science, Technology and Innovation 

  • The Root Of The Science Podcasts (Anne Linda)
  • Brenda Zikonda (Honeypot Chats)
  • Sheila Ochugboju ( Network of African Women Environmentalists NAWE) (Earth Reflections)
  • Ogechi Ekeanyanwu (Africa Science Focus)
  • Dr Melissa Omino (The Friendly Troll Podcast) 

Advocacy and Social Change 

  • Diana Sifuna (Diversity With Diana Podcast)
  • Chulu Chansa (Africana Woman with Chulu)
  • Janet Mbugua (My First Time Stories)
  • Chude Jideonwo (#WithChude)
  • Mercy Ajibade (Moments with BAM)

If any of your favs are on this list you can go to, click on the category, tick your podcast of choice and click vote. It’s that simple. Voting closes on the 20 July 2022

Winners will be announced on 25 September 2022 via the APVA Awards live stream.

ARTICLE BY: Karabo Maisela and Rutendo Nyamuda