Ghanaian freelance investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, has been adjudged as the Overall Best Journalist in West Africa at the fourth edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA).
His investigative documentary titled “Grounded Wheels” won the best report in the anti-corruption category and was adjudged the overall best from a total of 740 entries received from 13 countries.
The documentary was produced and aired on JoyNews in February 2019.
The documentary is about different sets of vehicles that had been imported by the government of Ghana and abandoned for various procurement infractions and over-pricing.
Mr Azure Awuni has won the ultimate prize twice in the four-year history of the awards.
In 2018, his “Robbing the Assemblies” investigative documentary was adjudged the best anti-corruption report and it earned him the overall best award.
At the first edition of the award in 2017, he was adjudged the best investigative reporter.
The five-member judging panel for this year’s awards was drawn from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.
Winners were presented with plaques, certificates and cash prizes. They would enjoy training opportunities from the Media Foundation for West Africa, organisers of the awards.
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