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Freelance Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, was on Saturday night, adjudged the 2011 Journalist of the Year at the 17th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards held at the Banquet Hall, State House.

Azure Awuni, who stood tall among his peers, swept three awards on the night - Best Report in Feature Writing (Print), Best Report In Sanitation and Best Report on TV News to crown the year under review as the best in the inky fraternity.

A graduate of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, an emotional Manasseh, who recently completed the University of Ghana School of Communication studies, was appreciative of the efforts of his father in seeing to it that he was given the best of education.

“People used to ask me, ‘Manasseh, what’s your secret?’…the secret is God; this is all the handiwork of God…I want to say thank you to my father (for the gift of education) who is unable to be here; I know he is watching on T.V…I used to be ashamed of my father when I was a kid…my father was a night watchman (and I didn’t want people to know I was related to him), but he did all he could to give me education…I want to tell all parents that poverty is no excuse (to shirk your responsibilities) not to give your children the best of education…,” he said after he received his award.

A little over thirty awards were handed to journalists (both the electronic and print) and to media houses who excelled during the year under review. The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation had six of its journalist taking home various awards.

Runners-up in some categories were also congratulated for their work.

Themed "Giving Credence To Elections And Democratic Stability: The Role Of The Journalist", the 17th GJA Awards was chaired by Professor Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Director, Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana.

The Guest Speaker for the night, His Eminence Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, President Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, who described journalists as prophets, urged them to unite the country with their reportage and not divide with bias reporting that would open ethnic cracks.

His Eminence Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, President Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican
Below is the full list of award winners:

Journalist of the Year
Manasseh Azure Awuni

Best Report in Feature Writing (Print)
Manasseh Azure Awuni(Freelance) & Doreen Hammond

Best News Reporting Radio
Dominic Hlodze (GBC)

Best Report in Social Security
Michael Oti (Metro TV)

Best Feature for Radio
Neslon Nyado (Diamond FM)

Best Report on Water
Edmund Smith Asante – Ghana Business News

Best Report on Human Rights with Focus on Children
Albert Oppong Ansah (GNA)

Best Report on Arts, Entertainment and Domestic Tourism
Akua Oforiwaa Darko

Best Report on Health
Richard Bright Addo (Net2)

Best Report on SMEs
Shirley Asiedu Addo (Daily Graphic)

Best Report on Agric
Features Desk - TV Africa

Best Newspaper Layout and Design
The Finder

Best Report on Sanitation
Manasseh Awuni Azure

Best Report on Anti-Corruption
Emmanuel K. Dogbevi (Ghana Business News)

Best Report on Development Journalism for furthering the MDGs
Nelson (Diamond FM)

Best Report on Oil and Gas Sector
Albert Futukor (GNA)

Best Report on HIV AIDS
Kweku Owusu Peprah (Joy FM)

Kwadwo Baah Wiredu Best Report in Business & Finance & Economic Reporting
Emilia Anim Abbey (Business Guide)

Best Report on the Environment
Emilia Anim Abbey (Business Guide)

Best in Investigative Reporting
Moses Dotse Aklorbortu (Daily Graphic)

Best Report in Education (Print)
Sepenyo Dzokoto (GNA)

Best News Report for Print
Dzifa Emma Tetteh (Ghanaian Times)

Best Report on TV News
Manasseh Awuni Azure

Best Feature on Radio
Diamond FM

Best Feature on TV
Sarah Ofori (GTV)

Best Report on Telecommunication
Samuel Nii Narku Dowuona

Best Media House for Democracy and Peace Building

Best Radio TV programme (Akan)
Radio Peace 88.9 Winneba

Best Radio TV Programme (Ga)
Negbe Nyeshe (Obonu FM)

Best Rural Reporting:
Isaac Kaledzi (Tomefa Island)

Best Report on the disabled:
Jamila Akweley (Daily Guide)

Best Report on Sports:
Rosemary Baisie GBC)

Best in Parliamentary Reporting:
Emmanuel Adu Gyamera (Daily Graphic)

Best in Photo Journalism:
Geofrey Buttah (Ghanaian Times)

Best in Political Reporting:
Kofi Enchill (The Heritage)

Best Report on Science:

Honorary Award
Fiifi Nettey
Source: Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

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