Profile of our facilitators: Stopping Human Rights Abuse and Corruption Project

The project, “Leveraging the power of data and digital tools to Stop Human Rights Abuse – An iWatch, CHRAJ and Police Collaboration”, will train and empower journalists with data and digital tools to find and report on cases involving human rights abuses and corruption. The launch is set to take place at the Yiri Lodge, University of Ghana on Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 at 9:30 am prompt. Below are the profile of our facilitators;

Mawuli Tsikata

Mawuli Tsikata is a Digital Media Strategist and Data Journalist with several years of experience.

He was until December 2018, the New Media Manager at Citi FM and CitiTV in charge of the digital presence of the media house.

His leadership spurred the station on to win many awards in the Social and Digital Media space. He is credited with the revolutionary use of social media by the station which forced the Ghanaian media industry to follow. He has managed respected local and multinational brand accounts on social media and has conducted trainings for several organizations.

Mawuli is a director of iJourno Africa, the pan-African data journalism organization that trains student journalists in Ghana and Kenya. He was a key member of the Ghana Decides team that for the first time, made the coverage of Ghana’s General Elections on social media an important part of bringing information closer to the doorstep of Ghanaians.

Mawuli Tsikata is also the Lead Pastor at Grace Centre, a thriving and vibrant church of young professionals in Accra.

Prince Appiah

Profile of our facilitators-Human Rights Abuse and Corruption Project.

Prince Appiah is a passionate journalist who specialises in human interest stories.

In 2014, he received training in Human Rights Reporting by the DW Akademie, which compelled him to interlace human rights in most of his stories.

And in 2017, he was selected as finalist for the Thomson Reuters Young Journalist Award on his story that explores the human rights issues of sexual minorities in Ghana.

In 2018, his cross border story dubbed Desert Tomatoes, also explored the human rights abuses, extortion and trade irregularities that Ghanaian tomato traders go through in the quest to import fresh tomatoes from Burkina Faso to Ghana.

The ECOWAS as a result of the story met the leadership of both parties and has drawn a roadmap that has compelled the Burkinabe authorities to strengthen security measures to address the problems.

Prince was adjudged the 2018 Ashanti Region Overall Best Journalist of the Year at the Ghana Journalists Association Regional Awards.

In July this year, he won the 2019 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leader in Agriculture Journalism Award in USA.

Manasseh Azure Awuni

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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