Manasseh Azure Recounts How He Rejected A Sponsored Trip To The U.S

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Manasseh Azure Awuni, 2011 Ghana Journalist of the Year [Image via Facebook/Manasseh Azure Awuni]

Ghanaian journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has shared a fascinating story of how he rejected a sponsored trip to the United States of America after he was named the 2011 Ghana Journalist of the Year.

His trip to the U.S was part of the prize package for winning the Journalist of the Year. Manasseh, however, had a meeting with the sponsor, Unilever Ghana Limited, to halt the arrangement for the trip.

According to him, he presented a list of things that he needed them to buy for him to enhance his career, instead of funding his trip to the U.S. He revealed that Unilever Ghana accepted his proposal.

Manasseah Azure Awuni in front of the White House in the United States of America [Image via Facebook/Manasseh Azure Awuni]

Two years after rejecting a sponsored trip to the U.S, he got nominated by the US Embassy in Accra for the International Visitor Leadership Programme on Investigative Journalism, which took him on a learning tour to five states and some of the best newsrooms in the United States.

“Sometimes it pays to be stubborn and not conform to the norm. Above all, it pays to get your priorities right, especially when you’re a young person. Some things that would cost you an arm and a leg today will come to you for free at the right time,” Manasseh said.

Read the full story below:

“At about this time, one blistering afternoon in 2012, I was on my way to Uniliver Ghana Limited in Tema with my friend, Abubakar Ibrahim. I had won the Journalist of the Year, and Uniliver, which sponsored the award, was to facilitate and pay for my trip to the United States. But I was going to object to the long-standing arrangement of flying the Journalist of the Year to the United States. I had with me a list of equipment and things I wanted them to buy for me to enhance my career instead of travelling.

“What if they don’t agree to your proposal?” Abu asked me.

“Then they should keep their package. I’m not going to America,” I said. And I meant it.

At the time, the only trip I had made outside Ghana was when MTN sponsored me to South Africa when I won the Most Promising Young Journalist of the Year in 2011.

Unilever agreed to my proposal. Two years later, the US Embassy in Accra nominated me for the International Visitor Leadership Programme on Investigative Journalism. It took me on a learning tour to five states and some of the best newsrooms in the United States.

Sometimes it pays to be stubborn and not conform to the norm. Above all, it pays to get your priorities right, especially when you’re a young person. Some things that would cost you an arm and a leg today will come to you for free at the right time.

Have the patience to wait!”

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source: kuulpeeps.com

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