What’s popping everyone? My name is Kwaku Agyemang aka “KwakuOnAir,” and I’m a 3rd year RTA Media Production student here at Ryerson U. I’m excited to be a part of Ryerson’s 2018/19 Student Ambassador team and in the coming months, I will have the wonderful privilege of sharing my experiences as a Ryerson student. Through many forms I will be blogging, vlogging, and even podcasting in an effort to share great content with you and show you why we all love Ryerson.
For this first blog, I will be sharing more about who I am as an individual. One of the many wonderful things about being a Ryerson student is that you get to do and be a part of many things in school and outside of school. I like to think of myself as someone who’s very outgoing, driven, charismatic and goal-oriented. I wear a lot of different hats and to best break down my many lives, I will be using the following list to give more insight into who is KwakuOnAir.
- The Wasteman Podcast | Producer & Host
From left to right; Jaden Burton (host), DRAM (5x platinum and Grammy nominated recording artist), Kwaku Agyemang (host) and Dallas Sutton (host)
I host and produce a podcast called the Wasteman Podcast with a couple of my closest friends–Jaden Burton and Dallas Sutton. Wasteman is Toronto slang for any individual that is undesirable, repulsive and has destructive relationships. Now, the reason why we have chosen to name ourselves after this is because we are commentators of culture and we speak on Hip Hop, entertainment, sports, and politics. However, we aren’t experts so the disclaimer allows us to freely and comedically speak on these topics without any slander, unwarranted critiques and a moral compass. Our podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Since we’ve started, we’ve been able to interview various celebrities such as 5x platinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist DRAM.
- The Students Commission of Canada | Network Facilitator
From left to right; Peter Schiefke MP of the Canadian Government, Sharif Mahdy, Executive Director of The Students Commission and Kwaku Agyemang
I’m currently employed at The Students Commission of Canada, a national youth charity that is aimed at supporting young people and their ideas and putting them into action. We work with others to ensure the voices of young people are heard. My role involves many things from facilitating a weekly youth group, leading workshops, advocacy, grant writing, research, and policy development. I’ve been working here for five years, and it is an amazing organization that has allowed me to travel the country, gain skills in grant writing, lead important workshops and conversations and explore research opportunities. The Students Commission is a great space for young people who are passionate about advocacy and civic engagement. If you are interested in making meaningful change in your community, I definitely recommend connecting with us.
- Toronto Tastemakers | Co-founder and Curator
Kwaku Agyemang, moderating Toronto Film and Entertainment Industry Panel and Networking Event presented by Toronto Tastemakers
Last year I took a large step and co-founded an organization with my business partner, Sammy Adebisi, called Toronto Tastemakers. We are a creative incubator that supports creatives in the city with the necessary tools to excel in their field. We focus on curating live events, creative consulting, community initiatives and content production (short films, feature films, podcasting etc.). Personally, this has so far been an amazing venture click SEO because I am in a position that allows me to sort of play in a sandbox, test out new ideas, mentor young artists and be more entrepreneurial. Since launching our collective in October of 2017, we’ve hosted over 20 events, produced 4 films and consulted over 50 creative clients. For more info about our organization, check us out at torontotastemakers.com
I hope I’ve revealed a lot about the crazy life I live. To be honest, I think I’ve left one or two things out; however, my point in all of this is to encourage you to constantly think outside the box and explore many of the exciting opportunities that Ryerson will inspire you to pursue. I look forward to sharing more about myself and experience at Ryerson through this amazing platform. Until next time…