Political activist and Kufuor Foundation scholar, Kabu Nartey was over the weekend adjudged the 2018 Best Student Journalist at the 24th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards held at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, in Accra.
The former student leader makes history by becoming the first to win this newly created category at a ceremony which formed part of the GJA’s 70th Anniversary celebration.
He was among some 78 practicing journalists and veterans awarded for their exceptional role in national development through the pen and the microphone.
The activist was tipped as the choice for the award having consistently aired his views on political leadership through thought-provoking articles published weekly on 3news.com and other online media.
Kabu Nartey recently graduated from the Ghana Institute of Journalism with a first class honours. He also received two awards – the Best Student in Print Journalism and the Most Promising Student Journalist.
A month after graduating, he began a weekly publication on national issues in the country with a famous tagline ‘Patriotic Epistles with Kabu Nartey’. He has since written on very topical subjects advocating for good governance, patriotism and responsive leadership.
In an interview, Kabu Nartey said the recognition came as a surprise as he did not see it coming after his recent graduation, adding that “ it is a boost to my earnest search for inner patriotism for my beloved country”.
He acknowledged Akushika Acquaye of GTV for her mentorship when he first worked as an intern at the state broadcaster. Next were his lecturers at GIJ and his colleagues who shaped his dream in diverse ways.
The GJA Best Student Journalist award was introduced recently to inspire and motivate journalism and communications students across the country who are already impacting their society and nation through works.