Radio Waa’s Salifu Wononuo has again been awarded for development journalism in agriculture for radio category in the just ended Harmattan Awards held in the Savannah Region. This has been the second time in a row that his works have been recognized by organizsers of the Harmattan Awards for development journalism.
He won the first runner-up position, radio category for the year under review 2019, having secured same award for the 2018 season.
Wononuo is among the few journalists that have passion in reporting on issues concerning agriculture/agribusiness and Science in Ghana, especially in the Upper West Region. He believes it is this passion that has earned him the first runner-up position in the second and third editions of the Harmattan Awards being organised every year for journalists in northern Ghana.
Meanwhile, Joyce Kankam Kolamong, a felmale broadcast journalist with GBC Radio Savannah in the Northern Region, won the overall best journalist in the radio category at the third edition of the awards. This is the first time Madam Joyce Kankam is appearing on the awards scheme since it started in 2017.
Kolamong also emerged first runner up in the television category after Joy News correspondent in the Upper East Region Albert Sore took the overall best journalist in that category. Baba Kamil of TV Africa won the Second runner-up position for the television category.
The Northern Regional Editor of the Business and Financial Times, Samuel Sam was adjudged overall best journalist for print category. First runner-up spot went to Mohammed Fugu, a Daily Graphic reporter in the Northern Region.Two emerged as winners for the second runner-up position; Yahaya Masahudu, a correspondent for The Finder newspaper and Mark Smith, a broadcast journalist with GBC Radio Upper West.
A total of fourteen (14) jounalists were shorlisted across the five Regions of the North with nine (9) journalists winning awards in various categories.
The event held in Damongo, the Savannah Regional Capital, was organised by Countrywise Communication in partnership with the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council under the theme “the Role of the Media in discovering the Agricultural Potentials”.
The Executive director of Countrywise Communication Raymond Voul said the Harmattan Awards for Development Journalism is an annual awards scheme aimed at honouring hardworking and self-motivated development journalists practicing in the Savannah zone of Ghana. “It is targeting professionals who are very passionate about reporting on the challenges and prospects that exist in the field of the agricultural value chain in Ghana “, he said.