I deem it a great opportunity to celebrate this woman. When I was growing up, I always listened to her songs and even after so many years, this woman still looks young, strong and beautiful. As a Gospel musician, it’s no surprise that she has a very good voice which is able to catch the attention of people to her songs. One distinctive feature about her is the fact that she is always smiling and this reveals her dimples anytime you see her.
This week’s edition of Celebrations with Ebenezer Narh Affum would focus on the young, strong and beautiful Diana Hopeson who was once the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana. Mrs. Diana Hopeson is a Missionary, Recording and Performing Artiste with nine (9) albums. She has traveled extensively as a Minstrel and an Itinerant Minister of Music and a Conference Speaker. As a Lausanne ARTs Catalyst at Large, her Mission is to help enlighten church leaders to embrace Artistic Christians for ministries in the church and world mission.
Diana Hopeson was born in Accra to Mr. Francis Arhin and Hannah Amoo and she happens to be the last of seven children. In the field of education, she attended Winneba Secondary School. After completion, she gained admission to the University of Ghana where she read Theatre Arts. She also attended a Needs Assessment Class at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
She holds an Advanced International Certificate Course of IP Panorama Multimedia Contents of the Korean Intellectual Property Office(KIPO) World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korean Invention Promotion association (KIPA). Diana participated in the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development (CLDP) IP Programs in Africa and she is also a graduate of the Christian Leaders Institute as well as Youth with a Mission (YWAM)’s College of Arts and Sports of the University of the Nations (UofN), Kona-Hawaii, USA and the University of Education Winneba (UEW) in Guidance and Counseling.
From March 2016 to date, she has been the CEO of GHMusic Publishing and Management. She is a Board Member of the Ghana Music Rights Owners Society of Ghana (GHAMRO) and has been instrumental in making policies for the creative industry especially Music. She has also been a guest Minister at the Fountain Gate Chapel, Accra since 2010 and a Patron for the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) Ghana.
In March 2003, she was a Conference Speaker for the US Commercial Law Division Program (CLDP) in Tanzania and in February 2010, she was part Dr. Anton Philipszaal & Lucent Dance Theater in Netherlands.
Diana Hopeson was also with Youth with a Mission based in Tema between October 2003 and June 2007. Since 2016, she has been the Leader of Youth With A Mission. From October 2007 to November 2011, she was the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana .She has been a Contributor to the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) I & II, Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda (GSGDA) intermittently from 2003 to 2013. She was also a Committee Member of Ghana National Intellectual Property Policy Committee in July 2010.
She has been the Deputy Director – Centre For Peace and reconciliation (CPR), (CPR)/Reconciliation Alliance Consult (RAC) since 2009. She has also been a Board Member of the – Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) since 2000. Between 2011 and 2014, she was a Board Member of the National Theatre of Ghana. From 2009 to 2010, Diana Hopeson was Chairman of the Interim Management Board of Copyright Owners Society of Ghana (COSGA).
For about nine years, she was the Worship Leader of the Miracle Life Gospel Center-Tema. She was a Conference Speaker, Workshop on the Practical Approaches to IP Utilization and Protection in Africa in March 2013 which was held in Tanzania. Diana Hopeson was also a Conference Speaker at the International Musicians Union Congress held in Estonia in November 2011.
She was in South Africa in October 2010 for Lausanne Cape Town 2010, Congress for World Evangelism as a Group Leader and also in Paris, France in 2007 for a working visit to RFI, SACEM, SESAC sponsored by the French Embassy. Diana Hopeson was in Cote d’Ivoire in September 2003 for Market for the Performing Arts (MASA) and later in 2008, she performed at Afromusiques Festival. She was in South Africa in 1997 for the Association of Evangelicals Conference.
Diana won the best gospel music award from Entertainment Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ECRAG) in 1993, she also won the Best Personality and Best Female Artiste in 1997 and 1998 respectively by the King Women in Creative Industry and David’s Awards in Ghana. She has other award to her credit. She has been invited to be a Judge at the following events; University Gospel choir of the year (UGCY) Ghana 2015,Coca-Cola Hit Single Competition, Amazing Kid Program 2014,etc.
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