The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has officially launched the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) - an event that seeks to promote and reward media excellence.
The launch took place on Wednesday August 2, 2017 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana.
WAMECA was officially launched by Ghana's Minister for Business Development, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal. Hon. Awal is a journalist by training, former managing director of Ghana's biggest newspaper organisations, Graphic Communications Group Limited and currently the publisher of one of Ghana's leading newspapers, The Finder.
The minister highlighted the importance of the media, noting that "society cannot progress without quality and result-oriented journalism".
He commended the MFWA initiative to bring media stakeholders together to discuss the future of journalism in West Africa, in addition to awarding journalists who have published compelling stories that are impacting society positively.
The maiden edition of WAMECA would be held in Accra Ghana on the 27th and 28th October 2017.
Executive Director of MFWA, Sulemana Braimah said it was important to celebrate media practitioners, whose works continue to transform societies in West Africa, hence the media excellence awards.
"WAMECA seeks to promote excellent journalism and inspire media practitioners researching and publishing compelling stories to make the world a better place," Mr. Braimah explained.
The WAMECA event has already attracted a number of corporate organisations who are committed to supporting journalism excellence in West Africa. Such corporate organisations include: one of Ghana's leading banks, Stanbic Bank; Ghana's telecom giants, MTN and Vodafone; and Ghana Chamber of Bulk oil Distributors.
Officials of Stanbic Bank present a cheque to MFWA Executive Director, Sulemana Braimah. MFWA Executive Director receiving a cheque for WAMECA from MTN. MFWA staff during the launch of WAMECA