First Lady presents Merck Foundation Media awards to journalists

GBC’s Doreen Ampofo and Akua Oforiwaa Darko are among 12 Ghanaian Journalists, who have received certificates and medals for the Merck Foundation “Stay At Home” and “More than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards competition, in Accra.

The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, presented the awardees with their certificates.

They include; an Editor of the Ghana News Agency, Albert Futukpor, and a Senior Editor, Lydia Kukua Asamoah, who won the first and second awards in the Online Category from Ghana in the competitive media awards programme organized by Merck Foundation in partnership with the First Lady of Ghana.

Other winners are: Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu Agyemang of the Ghanaian Times, who won the first prize in the print category, Grace Hammoah Asare of TV3, first prize in Multimedia, while Joynews’Nana Yaw Gyimah Mensah and Wendy Laryea of TV3 won the second prize. Among winners of the Merck “More Than a mother” award, were Jonathan Donkor of Ghanaian Times, first prize in Print, Zadok Kwame Gyesi of Daily Graphic.

The rest were: Esi Benewaa Otoo of TV3, and Dzifa Tetteh of Ghanaian Times. The Stay at Home award was instituted during the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, to raise awareness and sensitize communities on how to stay safe and keep physically and mentally healthy during the Coronavirus lockdown.

On the other hand, the More than a Mother media award was established to raise awareness about infertility prevention, breaking infertility stigma, and empowering girls and women through education. Aside from the certificate and medals, the journalists were presented cash prizes ranging from $500 to $300 by Merck Foundation.


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