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 policy analyst and media practitioner with close to a decade of experience in policy, data and investigative journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon is the Ghana Hub Lead of Sustainable Ocean Alliance. He is a 2020/21 Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence, Italy and 2020/21 Open Internet For Democracy Leader. Gideon is also currently a Visiting Scholar/Reuters Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK.
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