The daughter of two filmmakers, Efya Fara Fauzziea Awindor, known mononymously as Efya, has acting in her blood. If you ask the Ghanaian beauty what she does for a living she’ll tell you she’s an artist, a creative, and an actress. Still, it’s the sound she’s perfected as a singer and songwriter over the past eight years that have cemented her starpower. It has also garnered her awards like the City People Entertainment Award for Ghana Musician of the Year (Female) and Nollywood Movie Award for Best Music Soundtrack for “Flower Girl” in 2014, along with the Nigeria Entertainment Award for African Female Artist of the Year (Non Nigerian) in 2016.

Efya has studied it all—theatre, music and psychology at the University of Ghana, and film direction and editing at the National Film Television Institute. Influenced by jazz, soul and contemporary African sounds, she finds joy in connection and bringing people around the world together through her music; one of the reasons she has aspired to be a global artist.

Charity work has been another way she’s connected to the world. Following the example of her mother, who she describes as the definition of a powerful woman, “strong, dedicated to the cause, disciplined, focused, unintimidated,” Efya stayed dedicated to the cause of providing essential items like food and clothing to orphans in Ghana as an ambassador for AWAL’s Children of the Future Foundation. At the moment, she has her sights set on the empowerment of women, using her global platform to raise awareness for the issues close to her heart, and of course her upcoming album through Wizkid’s Starboy Entertainment. The only thing missing, is a name. “Still brainstorming titles,” Efya tells us. "Music is ready though.” As are we.

MUSICTeneille Craig