Manasseh Azure Awuni, Facilitator- The Human Rights Abuse & Corruption Project

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Manasseh Azure Awuni (Ghana) – is an investigative journalist specialised in corruption investigations, especially grand corruption in government procurement. His 2017 investigation into shady sanitation contracts in Ghana led to the cancellation of a $74million contract. That story won him the Best Anti-Corruption reporter at the 2018 West Africa Media Excellence Award as well as the overall Best Journalist for West Africa in the second edition of the awards organised by the Media Foundation for West Africa. He won the Ghana Journalists’ Association’s most promising journalist in 2011 and Overall Best Journalist in 2012. Three persons are currently serving 6, 12 and 25 years jail terms as a result of Manasseh’s works. Manasseh’s latest investigation, “Contracts For Sale” led to the suspension of the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana’s Public Procurement Authority, Adjenim Boateng Adjei.

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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