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Derrick Ashong is the Founder & CEO of AMP Global. Derrick, also known as “DNA”, is a pioneer in producing multi-platform interactive content for global audiences. A three-time Emmy nominee and Billboard-recognized hip hop songwriter, Derrick has hosted and produced his own shows including a radio show for Oprah and TV show for ABC/Disney. Derrick attended Harvard University for both his degrees and he was a founding member of the Harvard Black Alumni Society.

Derrick Ashong

Derrick Ashong

AMP Global Technologies (formerly Amp.It) is a blockchain-based video entertainment platform focused on content creation and content viewing. AMP Global is the platform behind the Take Back The Mic (TBTM) app, an interactive content and digital media platform that allows content producers to build a direct relationship with their audience and rewards viewers for their engagement. AMP lets content owners, such as upcoming artists and actors, know who's watching and why, thus redefining the Creative Economy through Blockchain Technology.



  • Founded 2015

  • Secured six-figure sponsorship with Africa’s biggest Telco MTN for “The Mic: Africa” Season 3

  • Completed $5.6M Series Seed raise at $15M post-money valuation (April 2022)

  • Aired two seasons of “The Mic: Africa” (Season 3 registration in progress)


  • 825M+ media impressions worldwide

  • Murex D'Or Award for International Innovative Media at the "Oscars of the Middle East" (2022)

  • Two Telly Awards (gold & silver) for “The Mic: Africa” opposite Netflix, Disney+, HBO (2021)

  • Established offices at in5 Media in Dubai’s Production City

  • Expansion of The Mic franchise to begin with “The Mic: MENA” (Middle East and North Africa)

  • Investors include MaC Venture Capital, Black Angel Tech Fund, Launch Africa Ventures, and Chanzo Capital, and Marc Byers (Former GM of Motown Records)

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