By: Awuradjoa Quansema Sam (Mz Raj)-Professional MC
We wake up to new and very inspiring trends in Events daily. Today, everyone wants to take their events (corporate or social) to a whole new level by renting budget-friendly but classy venues, breathtaking themes and décor, personalized stationery, professional ushering and waiting services, as well as Event Planners, who take the stress off individuals and institutions who seek to organize events by planning, executing and coordinating on their behalf. Additionally, we love to capture and preserve the memories of our special events for a life time; hence, hiring Professional Photographers. Photography, like Events Planning, is one profession which has, within a short time, gained so much grounds in Ghana with many professionals out there providing captivating still and motion picture photography….like my very own Pinhole Xpressions and the other known and highly professional photography Teams.
An integral aspect of Events which cannot be overlooked however, is the role of MCs or Emcees. The smooth running and overall success of any event rests solely on the Master/Mistress of Ceremony; a confirmation of the expression: “the MC makes or breaks an event.”
In recent times, there has been a proliferation of Professional MCs in Ghana; some being Wedding MCs, others Corporate MCs and a lot more, all-rounded. In my very short time of operation as a Professional MC, I have observed a greater number of male MCs, which makes the profession appear male-dominated. Very few Professional female MCs like me exist, but both genders are doing great on the mic. Most of these Ghanaian Professional MCs have adopted brand slogans such as The MC.Extraordinaire,The Emcee of Our Time,Your Official MC,The Man on the Mic and my humble self: The Versatile Emcee. Shout out to The MC Academy and all the wonderful people out there rocking the mic!
“Why should I pay someone just to talk?” As a Professional MC, this and many more are some questions I am confronted with, as some people are of the view that MCing is just about “talking” and sometimes, being comical. They would rather rely on a garrulous and funny relative or friend to officiate their event, especially, weddings.
MCing, contrary to some notions, is a very tough and challenging job and arguably, the most powerful position in any event. Apart from Talent (which is from above), one must exude a lot of confidence to be able to speak for hours in public, control an event and ensure the satisfaction of all guests and audience. Professional MCs are not just talkers and the art of MCing is a skill which must be nurtured. From my experience as a Professional MC, the role of MCs sometimes extend beyond on-the-day officiating to planning; especially in cases where Event Planners are not hired. A good MC makes a Great event, and as such we view and treat every event as our own and assist with or recommend vendors, the development of running order and even, the type of songs to be played by the DJ, all with the aim of ensuring a successful and memorable event.
It is gratifying however, to note that many Ghanaians are gradually beginning to appreciate the significance of Professional MCs to their events, and do not take chances by entrusting the officiating of their events to just anyone.
To the many others who are contemplating hiring me, Mz Raj or any Professional MC and just telling a friend to handle it; simply remember that you need a Professional MC as much as you need delicious food from a good caterer, beautiful decor from a professional stylist, flawless make-up from a Beauty Therapist and dazzling pictures from a Professional photographer.
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