Several journalists and guests attending last weekend?s Ghana Journalists? Association (GJA?s)awards ceremony were left stranded at the Banquet Hall of the State House when they were refused entry simply because President John Dramani Mahama had arrived for the function.

JournalistsThe security details were not in the mood to listen to any explanation, probably due to the recent
alleged attempt by lone gunman, Charles Antwi, to gun down the president at the latter?s Ringway
church.

The president?s security details, led by a certain Col Annan, were not ready to accept any explanation by the stranded journalists and other guests, including sponsors and award winners, until a message was sent to the Communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, who came to their rescue.

By then the programme was getting to an end.

The GJA president, Affail Monney, who came out and saw his dejected colleagues and the award
winners, could not even speak for them, in a manner that suggested that he was in support of the appalling conduct of the security agents.

In all, 26 journalists were awarded, with Multimedia’s Seth Kwame Boateng adjudged the 2014
GJA/Prof. PAV Ansah Journalist of the Year. He also won other awards on features on television (?I shake I walk?) and features on radio (Joy FM) ? (?Bloody Land?).

?God has been indeed good. I am grateful to God. It is a miracle?..I didn?t dream a day like this will come,? Seth said.

Other award winners were Bokpe – GJA Komla Dumor Most Promising Young Journalist Award; Gabriel Ahiabor (DailyGraphic) – (Energy self-sufficiency: Village of Dadekokpe) as well as Agriculture ? (Watermelon not just water and sugar): Abdul Moomen (GTV) -Human rights ? (Killing the spirit of children) Wendy Laryea (TV3) ? Education – (The waiting isover) and Digital journalism -(From floor to desk); Rebecca Awuah (GBC) ? Arts and Tourism; Elvis Darko (The Finder) ? Courts and crime (One woman, two husbands); Mabel Aku Baneseh (Daily Graphic) ? Anti-corruption ? (Rot at National Service Scheme) and Daniel Nanor (Chronicle) ? Environment: (Galamsey).

Others were Kwetey Nartey (Joy FM) – Investigative Reporting (Red light beats) and Narcotics – (Narcotic school boys); Jamila Akweley (Daily Guide) – Liquid gold best food ever; Zadok K. Gyesi (Daily Graphic) Small and Medium Enterprise (Unnoticed gold mining); Samuel Adadi Akapule (GNA)
Della Rusell Ocloo (Daily Graphic) – Sanitation -(Ongoing battle with Zinginshor) and David Andoh
(Myjoyonline) ? Photography ? (Two motorbikes in head-on collision)

The rest were Kafui Kaney (GNA) – Rural reporting – Child labour – (Kids abandon school); Alberto Mario Noretti (Ghanaian Times) – Rural reporting ? (Dabi dabi where no one dies); Doreen Hammond (Daily Graphic) – Education (print) – (The state of libraries); Samuel Kyei Boateng (Daily Graphic) – News(print); Ayele Ayittey (TV Africa) – Disability (Who learns sign language);
Nii A. Klu (GBC Obonu) Best Ga programme; Nana Konadu Agyemang (Taxis as hearse);
Moses Dotse Aklorbortu (Daily Graphic) ? (Oil and gas (Oil rigs beg for decommissioning); Felix Klutse (Business Day) ? (Indigenous banks); Benedict Owusu (Joy FM) – Sports (Age cheating)
and Rebecca Ekpe (GBC ) -Local governance.

Source : Daily Guide

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