The 2022 P.A.V Ansah Journalist of the Year, Erastus Asare Donkor, has said he’s deeply humbled for the honour done him at the 27th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards.
Mr Donkor, who is a journalist with JoyFM, JoyNews and Luv FM, all subsidiaries of The Multimedia Group, was crowned at the event which took place on Sunday at the Accra International Conference Centre.
He has been consistent in his work producing comprehensive reports in recent times on the devastating effects of illegal mining that have ignited national conversations.
In the citation, the GJA commended Mr Asare for his significant contributions to national development.
“You demonstrated outstanding quality in journalism standards in the year 2022, capping it with the three-part destruction-for-gold documentary. In that work, you exposed the greed and some characters behind the wanton destruction of the environment. There is no doubt that you served your country in this way, bringing attention to a menace threatening to consume the nation. For your sterling journalistic work and the boldness you exhibited in the discharge of a cardinal duty in the interest of the nation, the Ghana Journalists Association is proud to honour you with the PAV Ansah Journalist of the Year Award.”
Aside from winning the ultimate award on the night, Mr Asare Donkor, an Assisting News Editor, also received an award for the Best Reporter on Illegal Mining. The award was for his exceptional reports and documentaries on ‘galamsey’ and its effects on the country’s human and natural resources.
Speaking at the event, Mr Donkor thanked his colleagues “who sacrifice their lives every day with me” and the team at The Multimedia Group for the support.
“I stand before you today deeply honoured and proudly humble to receive this national award for investigative journalism. It is a recognition not just of my work but a testament to the power of responsible journalism in our society. For too long we have witnessed the devastating effects of irresponsible mining in Ghana, a nation rich in natural resources and even richer in potential.”
“Our investigation driven by a commitment to truth and justice has uncovered the harsh reality of illegal mining…The legacy of irresponsible mining, is not environmental degradation, it is a tale of shattered dreams, lost livelihoods and lives forever scarred. We as journalists bear a profound responsibility to be the voice of the voiceless, and shine lights on shadows that threaten our nation’s future,” Mr Donkor said.
Erastus Asare Donkor’s other awards
A fortnight ago, Asare Donkor also received the PAV Ansah Communication Award at the 2023 EMY Africa Awards. The PAV Ansah Communicator Award recognises a communication professional who is an opinion leader with the most positive outreach, and an inspirator with the most influence.
Mr Asare Donkor pitched the award for his investigative report “Destruction for Gold” on the devastation caused by illegal mining [galamsey] in the country.
Erastus has won many awards in his sterling media career with Ghana’s leading media conglomerate, the Multimedia Group Limited.
In July this year, he was awarded with the Environmental Sustainability Personality of the Year by the Department of Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The honour was in appreciation of his consistent dedication and commitment to protecting Ghana’s natural environment through his work.
Also in June of 2023, his exceptional journalism in reporting human rights, environment and irresponsible mining, was recognised by the Ashanti Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
In June 2023, he was also shortlisted for an international recognition by the Covering Climate Now Journalism Award. This was also for his “Destruction For Gold” documentary.
In October 2022, when the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) at its Annual Marketing Performance Awards in Accra recognised the Multimedia Group Limited for its quality of work demonstrated over the years, it also honoured Erastus Asare Donkor for the same ‘Destruction for Gold’ documentary.
Other Multimedia awards
The Multimedia Group grabbed seven more awards on the night.
Collincia Ayifa was awarded Student Journalist, while Ghana’s most authoritative news analysis show, Newsfile, also won an award.
Again, Emma Davis took home the Business and Economic Reporter of the year.
Also, Emmanuel Dzivenu won the award for Disability reporting and Neta Kris Abiana Parsram won the Komla Dumor Most Promising Journalist of the Year award.
Lastly, Francisca Enchil won the Female Journalist of the Year award while Eric Mensah-Ayettey, formerly of MyJoyOnline, took home the Columnist of the Year award.