New African wins awards: our editor Baffour Ankomah; deputy editor and editor of New African Woman Regina Jere-Malanda; columnist, Cameron Duodu; and photographer, Joseph Afrane, win awards for their estimable work, reports Tom Mbakwe.

Author:Mbakwe, Tom
Position:Original photos by Joseph Afrane - Awards

NEW AFRICAN BAGGED THREE gongs at this year's "Ghana Media Awards" organised by the UK-based Ghana Society. And our sister magazine, New African Woman, won this year's BEFFTA (Black, Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts) "Best Magazine Award".

At an impressive ceremony held in Luton, England, as part of the Ghana Society's "Annual Kente Dinner Dance and Ghana Media Awards", New Africans editor Baffour Ankomah won the "Best Magazine Editor" award, and the magazine's outstanding columnist, Cameron Duodu, was given the "Best Journalist" award.

Our photographer, Joseph Afrane, also won the "Best Media Photographer" award. It was in recognition of their good work over the past year.

The Ghana Society is a not-for-profit organisation, based in Luton, which encourages excellence in the Ghanaian-affiliated media in the UK, and aims to reward the hard work the media offers to Africans in the diaspora.

The BEFFTA Awards is a distinctly special awards ceremony honouring the best showbiz and entertainment personalities in the black and ethnic communities in the UK and globally. It is the first of its kind, rewarding under one roof, outstanding achievements and contributions from Africans, Caribbeans and Asians in entertainment, film, fashion, television and the arts.


This is the second year of the Ghana Society awards. According to the founder, Maria Lovell, new categories were included this year to cover more aspects of the work of the African media.

"The Ghana Society has its own panel of judges who preside over the selection and monitor the media houses over an eight-month period," Maria said. "We hope this event will strengthen the relations and bridge the gap between all the media houses and the communities they serve."


The Awards

The night though was overwhelmingly dominated by the Ghanaian-owned, London-based radio station, Rainbow Radio. They took away no less than eight awards in the following categories:

"Best Ghanaian Radio Station" (Rainbow Radio); "Best Radio Voice" (Kwaku Owusu...

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