AIPS award winner Francis Hema calls on Essikado Omanhene

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The International Sports Press (AIPS) Young Reporter of the Year, Francis Hema, paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Essikado, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, at his palace on Monday, June 20.

The Connect FM sports broadcaster was bestowed the honour during a ceremony on Sunday, June 12 in Qatar, where he came first ahead of other two candidates shortlisted for the enviable award.

Over 300 journalists across the globe competed for the award but Francis Hema had his special report on how a colt club (Pra Babies) in the Western Region traveled by sea for matches.

And as a sign of showing gratitude to the support offered him, Francis Hema, who doubles as a media officer for Sekondi Eleven Wise, presented the award to the Essikado Omanhene.

Speaking during the presentation, Francis Hema recounted how the journey started from having to compete with over 300 journalists across the globe to winning the award after being shortlisted among the final three.

Nana Kobina Nketsia, who was very proud and all excited, stated that it’s a big honor for the entire nation as he showed his colourful Ghana flag and advised that Francis Hema puts in the effort to keep the momentum.

“I am extremely happy for this honor, this is not for Essikado, this is not the Sekondi-Takoradi and Western Region but for the entire nation.

“You are no longer the Francis Hema of old, you’re now a beacon of hope for all the young ones so be measured in what you say and what you do.

“What’s next should always be the question,” Nana Kobina Nketsia V said.

Also adding his voice was the Connect FM Manager, Ransford Asare, who acknowledged Nana Kobina Nketsia for his continuous support in ensuring the station becomes the best in the Western Region.

Francis Hema was accompanied by his mother and some extended relatives as well as his colleagues at Connect FM(Media General) and some friends in the media.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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