Ghanaian freelance investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, was last night adjudged the overall best journalist for West Africa at the fourth edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA).
He took to his Facebook page to write:
Out of 740 entries from 13 West African countries, the judges (from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire) settled on the #JoyNews investigative documentary “Grounded Wheels”.
It won the Best Report on Anti-Corruption and the Overall Best in West Africa at the 2020 West Africa Media Excellence Awards.
It’s the second time I have won the ultimate prize in three years.
“’Grounded Wheels’, which won the anti-corruption category, is a powerful exposition of public waste and the impact it has on ordinary people in Ghana,” said Joseph Warungu, a former head of the BBC African News and Current Affairs Department.
Mr. Warungu added, “The film is beautifully crafted and well-balanced, and like any good investigation, has credible documents to support the claims it makes. The work is very well done and the story has a good pace.
“Now this is outstanding television journalism grounded in professionalism,” he said.
I thank my family for enduring the sacrifices, especially my wife, whose birthday I forgot while investigating this story. (I will never forget that day.)
I’m indebted to The Multimedia Group for their support on this story, especially Joojo Cobbinah, for the additional footage. (Joojo was a finalist in the Human Rights category.)
The Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul; and the Deputy Finance Minister, Kwaku Kwarteng helped me to get access to do some of the filming when it was very difficult to get access. I’m grateful to them.
To you all who believe in me and those who bear me up in prayers, I say God bless you.