|Kwame Sefa Kayi receiving his award|
The host of the popular Akan morning show on Peace FM, Kokrokoo, Mr
Kwame Sefa Kayi, has been adjudged the 2016 Best Journalist of the Year.
Additionally, Kokrokoo was adjudged the Best Morning Show.
For his prize as the best journalist, Mr Kayi, affectionately called
Chairman-General, will receive a three-bedroom house sponsored by Koans
Estate, the lead sponsor of the event, in Nsawam in the Eastern Region.
This is the first time a prize of that kind has been given to the best journalist.
Last year, the winner, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, received a brand-new Hyundai sports utility vehicle (SUV) as his prize.
Five journalists from different brands of the Graphic Communications
Group Limited (GCGL) also won awards at this year’s ceremony organised
by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
The company also won the Best Political Reporting Print Media House Award.
They were Seth J. Bokpe - Agriculture, Print Features, and Special
Award for the Fight Against Illegal Mining; Samuel Kyei-Boateng - Print
News Reporting; Zadok Kwame Gyesi - Online Features; Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa
Quansah - Crime & Court Reporting, and Dotse Koblah Aklorbortu - Oil
At the awards ceremony. on the theme: “Safe mining and environmental
protection: The role of the media”, the GJA applauded Mr Kayi for his
deep sense in upholding journalistic standards and ethical codes on his
The 47-year-old award winner, who has more than two decades’ experience
in media work, was also praised for his initiative of saving infants by
mobilising public support and resources to provide incubators for
hospitals and health facilities.
Other award winners were: Portia Gabor, TV3; John Vigah, Ghanaian
Times; Benedict Dankwa Owusu, Joy FM; Dominic Hlordzi, GBC; Samuel
Innocent Appiah, The Informer; David Andoh, Myjoyonline; Kwame Anum, TV
Africa; Dominic Andoh, Business & Financial Times; Latif Iddrisu,
Joy News; Peter Quao Adator, TV3; Umaru Sanda, Citi FM, and Kafui Kanyi,
The rest were Jamila Akweley Okerchiri, Daily Guide; Kojo Mensah
Abrompa, TV Africa; Alice Aryeetey, GH One TV; Ridwan Karim Dini Osman,
GH One TV; Kwami Sefa Kayi, New Day, TV3; Bernard Avle and team, Citi
FM; Good Evening Ghana, Metro TV; Nana Yaa Konadu, Peace FM, and GBC’s
Adult Education (Akan, Ga, Ewe, Dagbani, Hausa, Nzema).
Additionally, some journalists, media practitioners, as well as some
individuals and organisations, were honoured for their contributions
towards the fight against illegal mining.
They are Kojo Agyeman, Citi FM; Edem Srem, freelance journalist; Latif
Iddrisu, Joy News; Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi, TV3; Clara Mlano, GTV; Julius Yao
Petetsi, Ghanaian Times; Stephen Kweku Ofosu, Oman FM; Joyce Gyekye,
GBC; Godwin Arthur Mensah, GNA; Obrempong Yaw Ampofo, Citi FM
(Takoradi); and Seth J. Bokpe, Daily Graphic.
Some media organisations, including the GCGL, Kesmi FM in Tamale, Star
FM in Sunyani, Peace FM, UTV and GBC radio stations, were also honoured
for their contributions toward the development of the Ghanaian media
Delivering his address, the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin,
commended the Ghanaian media for their resolve to fight illegal mining.
He said the fight against illegal mining would not have yielded fruits
had it not been for the support and attention the media gave to it.
The Okyenhene, however, called on the authorities to properly look at
the mining sector, particularly small-scale mining, since the lack of
proper regulation would lead to illegal mining.
He said illegal mining was closely linked to the activities of
small-scale mining, adding that there was not much difference between
small-scale mining and illegal mining.
Osagyefuo Ofori Panin called on the Media Coalition Against Illegal
Mining and Operation Vanguard to intensify their activities to help end
illegal mining in the country.
He said because of his strong opposition to illegal mining, some
unscrupulous individuals had decided to tarnish his image by linking him
to the practice.
But he said the comments and publications made in that regard would not
deter him from speaking against illegal mining, adding that he had
never engaged in any illegal mining activities.
Delivering his remarks, the President of the GJA, Mr Affail Monney,
said the awards, apart from inspiring excellence in journalism, also
encouraged journalists to address critical national concerns such as
child labour, corruption, health and education.
Touching on the theme, he said “through this theme, the GJA seeks to
rally behind the media against illegal mining, which has become an
environmental menace in the country”.
“The GJA believes such a united resolve will help save our land and water bodies from destruction,” he said.
He, therefore, charged the various winners to let the awards inspire
them to join the crusade against illegal mining to halt the destruction
of the land and give a new lease of life to the environment.
Mr Monney, however, entreated journalists and media practitioners to
adhere to core principles and the ethical codes of the journalism
He said the association was in the process of drafting new codes of
ethics to match international standards and also hinted of a review of
the association’s constitution.