Media General’s Grace Hammoah Asare and Wendy Laryea have been awarded by the Merck Foundation for their excellent reportage on staying safe in the height of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The two were awarded under the Merck Foundation’s Stay at Home Media Awards to raise awareness about coronavirus.
The theme of the awards was ‘Raising Awareness on How to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’ with the aim to separate facts from myths and misconceptions.
The two female journalists beat competition from other journalists from across Africa to emerge winners in the multimedia category.
The list of the winners was released Friday, October 16 ahead of the Foundation’s annual conference scheduled for later this month.
Grace Hammoah Asare, who placed first, is expected to receive $500 while Wendy Laryea takes home $300 for placing second.
Announcing the winners, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Merck Foundation Dr. Rasha Kelej said: “I am very proud of our winners from Ghana and Nigeria who helped to educate the communities about COVID 19 through their exceptional work by frequently covering this topic in their respective countries. I have always believed that Media can play a very important role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues such as Coronavirus global pandemic. Big congratulations to all the winners”.
Other winners included GNA’s Albert Futukpor and Lydia Kukua Asamoah, The Spectator’s Tekyiwaa Ampadu Agyeman and Multimedia’s Nana Yaw Gyimah Mensah.
The awards are in partnership with the First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and her Nigerian counterpart, Dr. Aisha Muhammad Buhari.