MTN Ghana on Friday night awarded media persons who had used space and time to tell the company’s story aptly and appropriately at its maiden media awards for 2021.
Media persons across the country were given the opportunity to enter into an award competition on four categories namely, print, online, radio and television.
With 13 awards up for grabs at the event including those in the named categories as well as overall best category, Samuel Dowuona of the Techgh24 online portal emerged as tops taking home items and educational stuff amounting to about 25, 000 cedis and plaque.
Sammy shrugged off competition from three others namely Samuel Tetteh who won at the Radio category, Francisca Arhin on the Television category and Ama Akyiaa Baafi who had taken home the title on the Print category.
Earlier, Mr Dowuona had taken the accolade for the best entry in the online category.
There were two runners up awards in each of the four categories with each taking home cash prizes and technology equipment for use.
MTN Ghana used the occasion to honor some of the media organisations in Ghana that had helped to tell its story over the past 25 years.
Georgia Asare Fiagbenu, Head of Corporate Communications at MTN Ghana, giving a background of its relationship said, ‘some of the media organisations have assisted in shaping its communications as well as supported its operations in the country for the past 25 years’.
Some of these organisations, she mentioned were the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), the Private Newspapers and Publishers Association of Ghana(PRINPAG) as well as the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).
The National Media Commission (NMC) and the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), she added had played tremendous roles that had deepened MTN’s collaboration with the media.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER:
Selorm Adadevoh, Chief Executive Officer for MTN commended the media for the exemplary roles and the partnership they have together with MTN nurtured.
He noted that the media awards was just a pat on the back of practitioners that his outfit cherishes what they do.
Mr Adadevoh said the media had been good advocates and worthy partners by sharing business ideas and information to MTN to enhance its business.
“I ask that you as practitioners and players in the media field continue to hold on to the values we so cherish as Ghanaians and help to shape the discussions in the country for its development”, Mr Adadevoh noted.
Head of the jury of the award competition and Communications Consultant, Nana Kwasi Gyan Appenteng proposed that MTN makes the media awards an annual event.
He also suggested a regional level based award competition with a national event such as last Saturday’s as a grand finale.
Professor Kwame Karikari, Board Chairman for Media Foundation For West Africa and Communications lecturer and consultant said the decision by MTN to award the media for the work they do was awesome.
He also urged practitioners to hold on to the standards and ethics as well as the professionalism that set journalism apart from other professions.