Stanbic steals the night as Paul Asare Ansah wins personality of the year


The 6th edition of the National Public Relations & Communication Awards came off in Accra with Stanbic Bank winning four awards with MTN following with three.

Stanbic Bank Ghana was adjudged the Best Promotional Event, Launch & Relaunch, PR Campaign of the year and the PR Organization of the year in the Financial Sector.

Telecom giants MTN came close on the heels winning the PR Organization of the year Telecommunications beating off stiff competition from Vodaphone and Airtel. They were also winners of Best in Crises and Issues Management as well as Non-for-Profit Communication.

The acting Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Paul Asare Ansah, APR was adjudged the PR Personality of the year 2016 by the Institute of Public Relations, (IPR) Ghana.

Other personality winners on the night were Internal Communicator of the year which went to Alex Lartey of Tigo Ghana and PR Discovery of the year went to Shirley Tony Kum of Vivo Energy.

The theme for the awards was ‘Deriving Values from Value’.

At its 6th PR and Communications Excellence Awards for 2016, the IPR said Paul Ansah’s immense experience and contributions as a PR practitioner for about 25years and his ascendancy to the high office of Chief Executive of one of Ghana’s most sensitive and profitable state-owned agencies has elevated the status of the PR profession in Ghana.

Paul Ansah, APR, is a seasoned communications expert and business administrator, and has established an enduring positive corporate image for GPHA in local and international business community.

His immense contribution to the development and growth of the maritime industry in the sub region culminated in the port of Tema being adjudged the best performing port in west and central Africa in 2014 by the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, the President of IPR, Madam Elaine Sam, APR said the excellence awards has earned considerable respect and therefore promised to maintain a higher standard of professionalism.

“The National IPR awards shall continue to remain competitive in scope and our winners shall continue to be PR practitioners and institutions which meet the high standards IPR has set and continues to strengthen,” she said.

GPHA won PR Organization of the year – Manufacturing & Industry, with Vivo Energy emerging with Best Community Relations.

Below are other winners on the night:
Best Content- Nestle Ghana,
Best In-House Team-Tigo Ghana,
Best Non-Profit communication- MTN
Best Social Media Communication-Mahogany Consult.

Best in Crises & Issues communication-MTN
Best promotional event-Stanbic Ghana,
Best in house Team-Tigo Ghana,
Digital & Social Media Communication-ECG,
PR Campaign of the year – Stanbic Bank

PR Organization of the year – Telecommunications was won by MTN,
PR Consultancy of the year-Global Media Alliance,
Newmont won PR Organization of the year – Extractive,
Stanbic won PR Organization of the year – Financial.

The National PR and Communications Excellence is an annual Awards opened to all parties involved in the use of PR and Communications; PR consultancies, free lancers, in house communications departments, Government and Non-Government agencies and media owners.

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