Business and Financial Times Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Kizito Cudjoe, has bagged two major awards at the maiden Ashanti Regional chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) awards ceremony, in Kumasi.
For his pursuit, producing compelling stories relating to the country’s nascent oil and gas industry, Mr. Cudjoe was adjudged the Best Reporter in the Oil and Gas category. He was also recognized for his sterling writings on culture and tourism in the Region which earned him the Tourism and Culture award, on the night of celebration.
The award in the Tourism and Culture category, in particular, makes it the second time his outstanding work in this field is being recognized after the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) awarded him the Ashanti Regional 2016 Tourism Correspondent of the Year, for the print category.
Other journalists in the Region were also honoured for their outstanding work in various fields including Health, Business, and SME, Agriculture, Investigative Reporting, Photo Journalism, Television features among others.
In all, 22 journalists, with only one female, were recognised in the awards ceremony which was organized under the theme “The Media’s Mandate in Fostering Sustainable Environmental Sanitation.”
Multimedia journalist with Luv FM, in Kumasi, Mr. Prince Appiah won the Best Journalist Award in addition to three other awards he picked on the night of the celebration.
Other award winners include Mr. Nana Asenso Mensah, of Multimedia (Luv FM), who took the award for Investigative Reporting, Mr. Emmanuel Baah, of the Daily Graphic won Photojournalist of the Year, Mr. Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor also of the Daily Graphic picked the Education and Entertainment awards.
Ms. Beatrice Spio-Garbrah of TV3 won the Best in Health and HIV-AIDS reporting while Mr. Ivan Korshie Heathcote Fumador of the EIB Network, a visually impaired practitioner who had picked up two awards earlier, was also given a citation for his resilience and hard work.
Special awards were presented to some individuals for their pioneering roles and support in the development of journalism in the Region.
They included the Editor of the Pioneer, Mr. Johnson Gyampoh; the Regional Manager of Ghana News Agency, Mrs. Elisabeth Kankam-Boadu; the Deputy Editor of the Ghanaian Chronicle, Mr. Sebastian R. Freiku; the Northern Bureau Chief of the Media General, Mr. Kofi Adu Domfeh, and the News Editor at both the Nhyira FM and the Luv FM, Mr. Saeed Ali Yaqub.