I was 'forced' to be a member of GJA – Kwame Sefa Kayi

I was 'forced' to be a member of GJA – Kwame Sefa Kayi

Renowned Ghanaian broadcaster, Kwame Sefa Kayi, better known as Chairman General, has disclosed that the seeming dormancy of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), is due to leadership problem.

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I was 'forced' to be a member of GJA – Kwame Sefa Kayi speaks
Chairman Kwame Sefa Kayi, broadcaster

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According to Chairman General, executives of GJA previously were very vibrant and were catching young journalists into the association compared to now.

The respected broadcaster in an exclusive interview after winning the 2017 Journalist of the Year award said, he only joined the association under the influence of the then GJA Vice President, Madam Gifty Afenyi Dadzie.

Chairman Sefa Kayi explained that, based on his own experience in the past, he understands the plight of the “younger ones” who complain bitterly about the current state of the GJA.

“There was a certain vibrancy about the GJA several years ago that is not there today. I can understand the young ones because when I also entered or became a member of the association, I was much younger at the time and it was because the leadership at the time made a conscious effort to reach out to we the younger ones,” he said.

The 2017 Journalist of the Year added that the kind of leadership he witnessed under GJA years ago, appears to have given way to something else which is not working for the association.

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The journalist added that, “I think there was a deliberate effort on their path to do a catch them young campaign programme and so I was actually ‘forced’ by Gifty Afenyi Dadzie who was like I want to see you at the Press Center, come let me give you an ID card and at the time I was like GJA, these kinds of old men and women why do I have to join them? But they made themselves open and accessible. They spent time with us, they took an interest”

Kwame Sefa Kayi added that some executives of the GJA years ago used to pay working visit to their offices just to abreast themselves of issues confronting them.

“I was at Radio Gold at the time, Gifty Afenyi Dadzie, she was Vice-president then before she became President, she will just drive in and come and spend time with us younger journalists, just sit and talk about everything, but slowly she pulled us in. I will blame it on leadership. Pure and simple,” he said.

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