Ghanaian YouTube Personality | Vlogger
Digital Media Influencer | Aeronautical Engineer | Philanthropist | Entrepreneur
Berthold Kobby Winkler Ackon, widely recognized as Wode Maya, is not just a Ghanaian YouTube personality, vlogger, digital media influencer, and aeronautical engineer—he is a catalyst for change. The moniker 'Wode Maya,' meaning 'My Mother' in Chinese, reflects his journey, his roots, and the profound influence of his experiences.
Hailing from Ahekofi in Kofikrom, Ghana, Wode Maya's educational pursuits led him to the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). His early life laid the foundation for a unique perspective that would later shape the narrative of an entire continent. Wode Maya embarked on his vlogging journey while still a student in China, sharing his experiences and breaking stereotypes. The turning point came when he left his job as an aeronautical engineer, choosing a path of storytelling that resonated globally. The Mandarin expression 'wǒ de mā ya' inspired his moniker, signifying "Oh, my mom!" His real estate venture, 'CHARLIEMAG Estate,' is a testament to his diverse entrepreneurial spirit.
In 2023, Wode Maya received global recognition, covering prestigious events like the World Economic Forum and the Munich Security Conference. His reach expanded beyond borders, cementing his status as one of Africa's Top and Most Influential YouTubers. Beyond the screen, Wode Maya's philanthropic endeavors stand out. His donation of $10,000 to transform a dumpsite into a park echoes his commitment to positive change. In 2021, he rallied support, raising $10,000 for the educational needs of 100 children, emphasizing the transformative power of collective action.
In February 2022, Wode Maya was honored with the Online Creator Of The Year award at the Entertainment Achievement Awards. His influence extends far beyond accolades, as he continues to redefine Africa's narrative.
Wode Maya's YouTube channel is a powerhouse with millions of subscribers, dismantling outdated stereotypes about Africa.
From technology and innovation to community development and wildlife conservation, his content showcases the continent's richness. Collaborating with organizations and governments, he advocates for tourism and investment in Africa, fostering economic development and cultural exchange. Wode Maya's impact isn't confined to YouTube; it extends to social media platforms like Instagram, where visual storytelling complements his narrative. His dedication to showcasing Africa's excellence and beauty serves as a beacon, challenging stereotypes and celebrating diverse cultures.
Wode Maya's journey wasn't without challenges. Initial resistance from his father due to humorous videos transformed into a powerful force for change. The loss of his father in 2017 became a poignant milestone, driving him to honor his mother and dedicate achievements to her.
As Wode Maya's influence grows, he remains steadfast in his mission—changing perceptions and uniting Africa. The accolades, awards, and global recognition are not just about him; they symbolize a collective triumph, a testament to the hunger for authentic narratives that celebrate the richness of cultures worldwide.
Africa's Cultural Ambassador: In the words of admirers, Wode Maya is more than a YouTuber; he is Africa's cultural ambassador, breaking barriers, uniting nations, and realizing the dream of leaders like Kwame Nkrumah. As he continues to evolve, Wode Maya exemplifies the power of storytelling to redefine a continent's narrative and inspire millions globally.
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