Samuel Agyemang who is also a news anchor and reporter at Metro Television, a private TV station in Ghana, was adjudged winner ahead of the BBC’s Broadcast Journalist Rob Walker.
The CBA made the announcement on June 2, 2011.
The CBA’s journalist of the year award sponsored by the Thomson Foundation, is for a television, radio or multimedia journalist who has shown exceptional journalistic achievement between September 2009 and August 2010.
The judges said: “We were hugely impressed by Samuel’s determination to get to the heart of the story – in difficult and challenging circumstances. His reporting had evident impact, brought clear results, and showed courage and a social conscience.”
They added, “We want to commend him on his investigative skill and encourage him to persevere in setting the highest standards of journalism.”
To ensure that award recipients receive maximum recognition in their home territories, Samuel Agyemang will receive the award at a CBA organized event in Ghana very soon.
Other award winners for the various categories were from from South Africa, Australia, UK, Mozambique and Kenya.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Televisao Independente de Mocambique were joint winners of the CBA-IBC Award for Innovative Engineering.
Samuel Agyemang is currently Ghana’s Journalist of the year.
Some international journalists, who are friends of Samuel, are already sending him congratulating messages on his Facebook page when he made the announcement.
Amongst them is CNN’s Matt Speiser who says “Not the least surprised.”
Peter Goodman, Business Editor Huffington Post also said “That is why we spent time to profile you” and Sophia Quereshi of Aljazera also saying “I knew it. Congrats.”
The United Nations South South News posted “Congratulations!!!! Well deserved!”
By Ekow Quandzie