Countrywise Communication launches 2nd edition of Harmattan Awards
By: Philip Tengzu
Countrywise Communication Ghana, an agricultural based Non-government Organisation, based in Tamale, in the Northern Region has launched the 2018 edition of the Harmattan Awards for Development Journalism for journalists promoting agriculture in the northern ecological zone.
It sought to encourage journalist and media practitioners in the Northern, Upper West and Upper East Regions to contribute to the development of the agricultural sector of the economy.
The awards scheme which started last was aimed to recognize and celibate the gallant journalists in the three regions of the north whose works were geared towards transforming the agricultural sector, improving the livelihoods of farmers and propelling national development.
It would be awarded to journalists in four categories, namely; radio, print/online, television and the local language in radio category.
Winners for the four categories would take home a laptop computer, a plaque and a citation while the first and second runners up would be given certificates of recognition.
In a message read on his behalf at the launch of the 2018 awards scheme in Wa over the weekend, the Executive Director, Countrywise Communication Ghana, Mr. Raymond Vuol echoed the need for journalists and actors in the media front to focus their energies on reporting on agricultural issues.
This, according to him, informed the institution of the awards scheme as a motivation to encourage them to play active role in that sector.
Mr. Vuol entreated all journalists and media practitioners to cease the opportunity to file their nomination to participate in the awards.
In his presentation on the scheme, Mr. Blessed Eduamoa Dadzi, of the Couuntrywise Communication Ghana, outlined the eligibility and selection criteria for the awards scheme, and identified originality and relevance as key components of the winning article.
For his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nuoyong Business Empire, a sponsor of the Harmattan Awards scheme, Mr. Stephen Mwinkaara, noted that every individual had the potential of impacting society irrespective of his or her geographical location.
“It doesn’t matter the location that you find yourself, I think you can still compete with anybody in the globe and don’t let your geographical location define what you can do, don’t let it limit you” he said.
Mr. Mwinkaara noted that his decision to sponsor the awards scheme was informed by the efforts of Countrywise Communication Ghana to project the story of the people of the north stating that “nobody can tell your story the way you tell it.”
The Countrywise Communication is a multimedia cooperate organization working towards promoting agriculture and rural development in northern Ghana.
This is done through the production of quality videos on best farming practices, translating videos into various local languages, using drama as tool for awareness creation as well as screening of videos in communities using the multimedia tricycle among others.