Under a pall of controversy, Kofi Akordor, a columnist with the Daily Graphic has been crowned journalist of the year. He also won the columnist of the year award with “from my rooftop” column in the nation’s most popular daily.

I congratulate him and all the other award winners, especially those I consider to be friends – Peggy Ama Donkor (a former journalist of the year I admire so deeply who won a prize this year for her reports on domestic tourism), Maurice Quansah (sports), Charles Benoni Okine (communication and ICT), Anas Aremeyaw Anas (investigative reporting), Theophilus Yartey (business and economic reporting) and Victor Kwawukume (rural reporting).

And I will also congratulate myself and my friends at Joy FM for winning the breakfast show of the year award.

Going forward, I hope the GJA gets it act together so that future awards are given out with very little or no controversy – definitely nothing like what we saw this year.

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