Joy FM’s Seth Kwame Boateng has won the coveted ‘Journalist of the Year’ award at the 20th edition of the Ghana Journalists Association awards held in Accra on Saturday, August 15.
Boateng won the award with a ground breaking documentary on the state of prisons in Ghana. The revelations unraveled by the documentary got the President and the chief Justice to act on the conditions of the prisoners.
Before the ultimate award – GJA/PAV Ansah Journalist of the Year – Boateng also won the best TV and radio feature awards.
“Eight years ago, I prepared my speech. Every year, I rehearse the script. This afternoon, I picked it up and edited it. And here I am,” a highly elated Boateng, who used to be a receptionist, stated after receiving the award.
“God has been indeed good. I am grateful to God. It is a miracle… I didn’t dream a day like this will come.”
Other winners of the night were former journalist of the year Mabel Aku Banaseh and GBC’s Abdul Hayi Moomen.
Categories and winners:
GJA Komla Dumor Most Promising Journalist of the Year – Seth Kekeli Bokpe (Daily Graphic)
Arts and Tourism – Rebecca Awuah (GBC 24)
Court and Crime – Elvis Darko
Anti-corruption – Mabel Aku Banasseh
Education (Electronic) – Wendy Laryea (TV3)
Environment – Daniel Manor (Chronicle)
Investigative reporting – Kwetey Nartey (Joy FM)
Features (Print) – Jemila Oketchiri (Daily Guide)
Features (TV) – Seth Kwame Boateng (Multi-TV)
SME reporting – Zadok Kwame Gyesi (Daily Graphic)
MDG reporting – Samuel Adade (GNA)
Narcotics – Kwetey Nartey (Joy FM)
Sanitation Reporting – Dela Ocloo (Daily Graphic)
Digital Journalism – Wendy Laryea (TV3)
Photojournalism – David Andoh (Myjoyonline)
Science reporting – Gabriel Ahiagboh (Daily Graphic)
Poverty Alleviation – Joseph Opoku Gakpo (Joy FM)
Human Rights – Joseph Opoku Gakpo (Joy FM)
Agriculture reporting – Gabriel Ahiagboh (Daily Graphic)
Features (radio) – Seth Kwame Boateng (Joy FM)
Rural reporting (Child labour) – Kafui Kanyi (GNA)
Rural reporting (main category) – Alberto Mario (Ghanaian Times)
Human rights – Abdul Hayi Moomen (GBC 24)
Education – Doreen Hammond (Daily Graphic)
News (Print) – Samuel K Boateng (Daily Graphic)
Disability reporting – Ayeley Ayitey (TV Africa)
Ga reporting – Nii Adjeiklu (Obonu FM)
Health reporting – Nana Konadu Agyemang (Daily Graphic)
Oil and Gas reporting – Moses Akrobotu (Daily Graphic)
Business and Finance – Felix Klutse (Business Day)
Sports reporting – Benedict Owusu (Joy FM)
Local Governance – Rebecca Ekpe (GBC Radio)