The Business News Editor of the New Crusading Guide, Kwabena Adu Koranteng grabbed another prestigious award to his list of awards at the 4th Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial Journalists organised by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists. Mr Adu Koranteng won the Best in Development story for the second time. He took home a citation, a plaque and an ipad.
Speaking to the media after the ceremony, Mr Adu Koranteng thanked the almighty God for granting him favour and wisdom to develop quality stories that are recognised all over the world. He regarded the award as a challenge posed to him to go higher and perform better in 2018.
“ I plead with all of you to support me in my line of work and I promise not to disappoint anybody, The Sky is the limit and the battle is the Lord’s.” he stated.
Other journalists received awards for the various categories under the Flamingo Awards held on Friday, January 26, in Accra.
Mr Emmanuel Bruce of the Daily Graphic was adjudged the Best in Agribusiness Reporting, Mr Maxwell Akalaari Adombila of Graphic Business was the Best in Local Economy Reporting and Ms Francisca Dickson Arhin of GHOne TV won the Best in Business/Manufacturing Reporting.
The Best in Information and Communication Technology Reporting went to Mr Richard Annerquaye Abbey of the Business and Financial Times and Best in Tourism Reporting went to Ms Rebecca Awuah of Ghana Television.
Ms Jessica Acheampong of the Daily Graphic won the Best in Extractive Reporting whilst Felix Dela Klutse , editor of the Business Day Newspaper was adjudged the overall winner in the competitions.
Dr Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, the General Manager of Sustainability of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), pledged the continuous support for business and economic reporting.
He said GNPC was willing to collaborate with IFEJ to develop business and economic journalism.
Dr Maxwell Opoku Afari, the First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, said the importance of Financial Reporting could not be overlooked as it played a critical role in informing and educating stakeholders on new trends for socio-economic development.
Honorary awards were presented to Mr Daniel Otabil Koomson, Mr Kwami Ahiabenu, Professor John Gatsi, Mrs Philomena Johnson, and Madam Wendy Asiamah.
Mr Rayborn Bulley, the President of IFEJ, said the stories presented for the awards improved and this made it difficult for the panel to determine the winners of the various categories.
He expressed gratitude to sponsors and major stakeholders for the continuous support in empowering financial and economic journalists through IFEJ.
Professor Gatsi, who represented Mr Koomson, the Chairman of the Panel, said the panel received 31 entries and a five point criteria were used to determine the winners namely: Potential of the story or feature to generate public awareness and impact policy direction; The originality, creativity and initiative put into the story or feature; The quality of reportage; The language used; and The balance and fairness of the reportage.