Accra, Ghana//-Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, the Editor-In-Chief of African Eye Report, a leading Pan-African economic, business, banking and finance, mining, and energy news website, has emerged the ultimate winner of  2021 Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ)-Flamingo Awards.

He won the ultimate award in a row in 2019 and 2021. The awards did not come on in 2020 due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

He beat stiff competition to win the overall Best Economic and Financial Journalist of the Year at the seventh edition of the IFEJ-Flamingo Awards held in Accra.

Mr. Kunateh’s award-winning article titled: “Difficult Time For Health Financing System In Ghana”, which won the overall award cleverly demonstrated how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the country’s economy, particularly the health sector, and what measures were put in place to overcome the crises.

He also won Best in Natural Resources with an article titled-” Responsible Mining: Where Does Ghana Stand?” For his prize, Mr. Kunateh took home a TV, a citation, and a plaque.

Prizes

He took home a plaque, a citation, Macbook donated by the World Bank. Mr. Kunateh will also undertake an all-expenses-paid trip to the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings in April this year, courtesy of the World Bank.

Speaking after being crowned the Overall Business and Financial Journalist of the Year 2021, Mr. Kunateh advised his journalists to always do research before writing their stories.

According to him, researching on topics before writing will enable them to understand the topics very well thereby producing good stories.

He also used the opportunity to thank the management of IFEJ and juries of the awards for good done.

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Other potential winners

They are- Edward Adjei-Frimpong of the B&FT, Mrs. Ama Achiaa Amankwah Baafi of Graphic Business;  Emmanuel Bruce of Graphic Business; and Kingsley Asare of the Ghanaian Times.

The winners were- Maclean Kwofie of Graphic Business who won the Business/Manufacturing category. While Edward Adjei Frimpong of B&FT won three awards.

The five-member Jury under the chairmanship of Professor John Gatsi, a renowned economist, said 36 total entries were received for all nine categories, but only seven categories qualified for awards.

The theme for the awards ceremony is “The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Business Resilience and Recovery in the Ghanaian economy” .

The Guest Speaker is Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, a Medical Practitioner and a writer on social issues.

Instructively, the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) was formed in 1990 to help develop the skills of journalists in business and financial reporting.

One of the objectives of the institute is to advance the study, development, and application of improved financial and economic communication methods through appropriate hands-on approaches and platforms.

Over the past years, the Institute had lived up to this objective and positioned itself as an effective organisation that provides and promotes cooperation, common understanding, and exchange of ideas in the field of economic and financial journalism.

This objective enabled members of the Institute to attend various workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions with captains of industry and commence as well as with government and non-governmental organisations on various aspects of the economy.

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