The 23rd edition of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards ceremony came off last Saturday at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.
On a night where the very best of Ghanaian journalists and media houses converged, it could be said that the event met expectations.
The GJA was set up with principles of promoting the attainment of high professional standards, integrity and media accountability.
These, therefore, form the key criteria for selecting winners in each category when it comes to the GJA Awards.
Although the latest edition had no controversies, the awards has not always been so, especially when it comes to the overall Best Journalist of the Year award.
For instance, in 2016 when Peace FM’s Kwame Sefa Kayi won it, there were a lot of controversies with many suggesting he didn’t deserve it.
But there have been other editions too, where almost everyone agreed that the ultimate winners were well-deserved.
So, let’s take a look at times a well-deserved person won the GJA Best Journalist Award:
1. Bernard Avle – 2017
Of course the recent one held on Saturday where the host of the Citi Breakfast Show, Bernard Koku Avle, emerged as the Journalist of the Year had very less controversies.
The 37-year-old has been one of the trailblazers in the media industry in the last couple of years and he totally deserves the award.
2. Anas Aremeyaw Anas – 2015
Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas also scooped the Best Journalist of the Year award in 2015 amid very less controversy.
This was after he premiered his explosive investigative piece on Ghanaian judges and the corruption in the judicial system.
3. Seth Kwame Boateng – 2014
Multimedia journalist Seth Kwame Boateng is another person who thoroughly deserved his Best Journalist Award in 2014.
The Joy FM reporter did a series of documentaries that year, including one on the plight of remand prisoners in Ghana.
4. Mabel Aku Baneseh – 2013
In 2013, the Daily Graphic’s Mable Aku Baneseh won the GJA Best Journalist Award without stirring any controversy at all.
Although she worked in the print media, her impressive works were there for all to see and there was no doubt that she bettered any other journalist that year.
5. Maneseh Azzure Awuni – 2011
Maneseh Azzure Awuni has developed to become one of the leading journalists in the country, thanks to his numerous hard-hitting investigative pieces.
However, in 2011 he went on to win the GJA Best Journalist award as a freelance journalist. This was after he uncovered some rots concerning certain contracts signed by government.
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