Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, the Editor-In-Chief of African Eye Report, a leading Pan-African ICT, economy, business, banking and finance, and energy news website, has received the prizes of Overall Business and Financial Journalist of the Year 2021.
The World Bank which is the headline sponsor of annual Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) Flamingo award presented a brand new MacBook Pro device to him as part of the sponsorship. He had earlier received a washing machine from Melcom Ghana, plaques, and citations.
Mr Ankiilu Kunateh who won the ultimate award in a row in 2019 and 2021 was supposed to attend the annual IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings but could not go due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
But the Bank assured that it would sponsor him to attend the world’s largest gathering of policy-makers, business leaders, civil society organizations, among others, when the crises of the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war are over.
Kennedy Fosu, External and Corporate Relations Officer of World Bank’s Western and Central Africa Region who presented the latest MacBook Pro to the ultimate winner on behalf of the World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Pierre Frank Laporte congratulated Mr Ankiilu Kunateh on winning the overall awards in a row.
Receiving the prize, Mr Ankiilu Kunateh said the MacBook Pro device would enhance his journalistic work.
The winners were- Maclean Kwofie of Graphic Business who won Business/Manufacturing category. Edward Adjei Frimpong of B&FT won three awards, while Kingsley Asare of Ghanaian Times won the Financial category.
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”.
Mr Ankiilu Kunateh’s award winning articles
Mr Ankiilu Kunateh’s award winning articles 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 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?”
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 co-operation, 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 commerce as well as with government and non-governmental organisations on various aspects of the economy.