“My goal is to inspire the next generation of women to become who they were destined to be. To be a part of the movement to change the narrative of Africa.”
Ivy is a woman of many talents and through these many attributes, it is her conviction that every woman is capable of the same and even much more. As one of our Producers Ivy comes with experience working as a Television Host/Reporter, Writer, Public Speaker, Associate Producer and Author. She is also the founder of African Woman on the Move, an initiative to promote positive stories of African women on the continent and in the diaspora. Since 2004 she has been an advocate for women, speaking on issues of empowerment and building a healthy self-esteem. She’s been a keynote speaker having spoken to thousands of young women touring schools and with non-profit organizations.
With her fashion background she continues to be a supporter of the African fashion industry, and has hosted various events in Canada and Ghana. In 2012, she was the International Media Liaison for Ghana Fashion & Design Week in Accra. Her lifestyle blog, Life With Ivy, was nominated in 2016 for Blog of the Year at the African Fashion Industry Awards in Toronto. Over the years, she has profiled a number of emerging African fashion designers at African Fashion Week Toronto and Ghana Fashion & Design Week.
Ivy has a BA in Fashion Design and Apparel Management from Ryerson University and a Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Michigan, USA.
Ivy has spent the last year as a Producer with Refined Creative where she produced two episodes of a documentary food series set to release later this year and was part of the production of the Accra episode of the CNN documentary series Sex and Love Around the World starring Christiane Amanpour.
Prior to that she spent three years as a freelance reporter with FEVA TV, Canada’s first 24-hour African television station. While there, she interviewed celebrities, athletes and notable people including Oscar-winning Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Actor/Producer Idris Elba, Comedian/Actress Leslie Jones, Actor/Producer Chris Rock, Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Musician Akon, Golden
Globe Nominated Actor, David Oyelowo, Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, Actress Adesua Etomi, Director Kemi Adetiba (The Wedding Party), Musician/Activist Emmanuel Jal, and more.
In 2013 Ivy was nominated for Host of the Year by the RTP Awards in Ghana for her work as Host and Roving Reporter on the documentary program, The Maternal Health Channel Television Series. Ivy continues to be an advocate for women’s maternal health since the show wrapped production. Because of her work on the series, she was a featured speaker at the New York Times & Tina Brown Media conference, Women in The World, as part of a panel discussion on issues of global maternal health. She started her career in broadcast media as a Reporter with TV Cogeco Niagara in Niagara Falls. She landed a coveted internship at NBC-affiliate station WDIV in Detroit, Michigan after she was in the final 10 of a traffic reporter search competition. Her hands-on experience at WDIV took her in the field covering real stories. She soon moved into freelancing for most of her career in broadcast media. Ivy has worked on a various programs including Out of The Blue (Michigan Television), Shop SunTV and as Associate Producer on ListenUp TV.
Ivy’s credits include, Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World (Accra Episode), Listen Up TV, The Maternal Health Channel Television Series, Hiplife the Movement (Currently in production), She was also commissioned to do a short documentary feature on photographer Eric Gyamfi covering an exhibit in Ghana.
Ivy is a stickler for detail and will hyperventilate at bad grammar, which explains her love-hate relationship with Twitter. As a food lover, she totally hates cooking!