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Beyond the mic: Agnes Ntow’s rise to prominence in Ghana’s media landscape

Picture :Agnes Ntow, credit Matt Marian

“Lying on my bed listening to Room Service on YFM with Agnes Ntow…very soothing,” was a tweet from Lena, a social media user from Ghana.

To many radio listeners like Lena, Agnes Ntow was the voice they heard in the evening, accompanied by soothing R&B and love songs on Room Service. To another group, Ntow is a striking character from their favourite Akwaaba Magic series.

On the other hand, others recall her as the host of the fancy event they attended or the lady dancing alongside Burna Boy in M.anifest’s “Tomorrow” music video.

Over the years, Agnes Ntow has established herself as one of Ghana’s renowned and versatile media personalities. She has made a name for herself in various fields, including acting, radio, television, podcasting, and event hosting.

Before starting a career in Ghana, Agnes was the prominent voice on Passport to a World’s View, a radio show on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7 FM. She then expanded her horizons with the radio talk show My Mic Sounds Nice on Africa Radio Online.

Having relocated to Ghana, Ntow earned her first prime-time spot on Vibe FM, presenting Sunshine Café, the midday morning show. She then moved to YFM, which became her home for seven years.

During that time, she hosted the Y Lounge, The Big Breakfast Show every Saturday morning, and Boom Box, among others. Agnes was known for two prominent shows while she worked at YFM, including SKY Live, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project.

She was also renowned for Room Service, a late-night show centered on relationships and sex, which provided listeners with a safe space to discuss taboo topics.

A screen goddess, Agnes Ntow, entertained many on Viasat 1’s Jammin Spot six months into her hosting journey at Vibe FM. She doubled as the entertainment reporter on the station’s morning show, This Morning, before unveiling her self-produced show, The Love Is Show, on ETV Ghana.

Ntow is also an actress who debuted with the 2010 movie “Black Butterfly.” While Agnes might not be a known face in the African movie industry, the American-Ghanaian personality has been involved in diverse projects, showing a new side with each role. Recently, she featured in the Akwaaba Magic productions “Co-Habits” and “Dirty Laundry.”

Her latest project is the self-produced “The Love Is Show,” a television series that explores Africans’ love, dating, and relationship experiences. The dual-cast show takes viewers behind the scenes of some Africans’ love lives as they share their experiences on a common topic. These stories are then brought to life by the superb acting of another cast. For the Love Is Show, Agnes Ntow wears many hats as the host, producer, and actress whose character begins a self-love journey after a betrayal.

Following the show’s second season, Agnes Ntow caught up with GQ South Africa. She spoke about her acting career, some highlights of her radio career, and details of the show, which is available on YouTube and as a podcast on various streaming platforms.

GQ: How did your acting journey begin?

Agnes: In my junior year, I took an Introduction to Theater course, and for our final project, I had to reenact a scene from “Fences” by August Wilson, a renowned African-American playwright. My professor was impressed and asked if I had considered acting as a full-time career.

After telling him I did, he guided me and gave me the contact information of an agent at Stewart Talent Agency in Chicago, where I went to audition. This agent told me to build up my resume.

However, I was focused on graduating from university. So acting took a backseat because after graduating, I moved to Ghana. I did try and act full-time when I moved here but it doesn’t pay well to sustain oneself. Instead of having a sugar daddy, I had to do something solid for a constant income flow.

GQ: How did you feel when you did not get the role in Tinsel?

Agnes: I am never disappointed when I audition for a role, and I am not casted because I am constantly in the process of creating. When I didn’t get the role in Tinsel, I was not bothered because I was working on another televised production.

That is pretty much how it has always been. And I love being in a space where I can create and bring my ideas to life. I hold the power over how often I get to work instead of waiting for somebody else to employ me.

GQ: Aside from Tinsel, are there any other roles you auditioned for but did not get?

Agnes Ntow: Yes, there were roles I auditioned for but did not get. There was one in 2012, which I do not even remember. Then, I auditioned for Leila Djansi in 2014, and I think it was “Poisoned Bait.” I received two callbacks, and then that was it. Early last year, I auditioned for “An Easy-Going Woman,” a German-based production.

I didn’t get the lead role I auditioned for, but the director gave me a callback for a minor role. I auditioned for another role last year. I think it’s a film or series, but I didn’t hear back. I got callbacks, but I didn’t hear back from the director. So I’ll probably get in touch and ask what happened to that, because sometimes you may not get the role, and then sometimes it’s just that production has been put on hold, right? It’s one of those things.

GQ: How did you land the role of ‘Marie’ in Dirty Laundry?

Agnes: The production company (Ad-visors Films) I worked with to create this season of the Love Is Show was in production for that series. During a chat with the producer, he asked if I considered acting. I told him I was an actress, and he asked me to audition for the series. I auditioned and got the role of Marie. Ad-visors Films also produced “Co-Habits” and asked me to come in as a guest star.

GQ: What sparked your interest in creating content centered around love, sex, and relationships?

Agnes: I have always loved discussing these topics. As far as I can remember, I have always had a genuine interest in love and dating. I have always been the person who will pair or hook people up. I paired a dear friend up with a man we met one evening, and now they have been married for ten years, so it’s just my thing. But what sparked my interest in creating content centered around these topics was my time on Room Service as a presenter and producer. I just loved engaging with people on the radio. It’s the number one thing people deal with in Ghana and worldwide. It is what we yearn for, what we want the most, and what we have the most drama centered around.

Being on the radio and being able to discuss these topics with Ghanaians made me realize there was a whole lot more to say. And I thought of other ways of getting that message out. If there’s a radio version, let’s go ahead and do the televised version. So you are not only hearing the voices but also seeing these people.

GQ: You’re renowned for the radio segments “The Lick” and “Love Connections.” What was the feedback or response to these segments when they aired?

Agnes: For Love Connection, people enjoyed being paired up, going on free dates, and seeing what would transpire from those free dates. And for The Lick, we had over 60,000 listeners on Thursday nights. That was an exciting time. I created the segment out of my wanting to have more fun on the radio on Thursday nights. I wanted to go into your weekends, you know, on a lighter note. I did not have any idea it would take off as it did.

When I took the episodes and placed them online as a podcast, I had listeners from around the world tuning in. They engaged in our conversation, which was an eye-opening experience because I wasn’t expecting that.

I also loved that people would be able to recognize me when they hear my voice; they go, “Oh my God, you’re the one that has this show!” There was a time when I was at the South African airline checkout counter. I was getting ready to fly back to Chicago, and the lady saw my passport, but then she heard my voice and was just like, “You are…” and I was like, “How did you know?” And she responded with “I recognize your voice.” Being recognized in that way allows me to know the show was successful.

GQ: What is a memory from Room Service you cherish for life?

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