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How An Engineer Became A Journalist; The Daniel Dadzie Story

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“I guess it was God’s plan, with a lot of help from my parents”, says Daniel, as he flashed one of the smiles, he has become known for on television.

The host of JoyPrime TV’s flagship morning show, Prime Morning, and the midday news on JoyNews TV, NewsToday, is responding to my query about how he transitioned from studying Geomatic Engineering in Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology to working as a full-time journalist.

“I get asked that lot to be honest”, he continued. “Funny enough it was a very easy choice to make. I even feel like I delayed the move.”

Considering his meteoric rise in the media landscape, one is tempted to agree with the broadcaster. For two years, Daniel dazzled Ghana as host of the award-winning Super Morning Show on Joy 99.7fm. He stepped into the enviable spot once occupied by the legendary Komla Dumor after only six months in the Multimedia Group but he soon became a natural part of the morning routine of millions across the country.

It therefore came as a shock to many when he announced his move from “Ghana’s favorite Morning Show” to JoyPrime after the management of Multimedia Group decided to rebrand the entertainment focused station to include current affairs content. Surely, these achievements suggest that he born to do this, right? Wrong.

It therefore came as a shock to many when he announced his move from “Ghana’s favorite Morning Show” to JoyPrime after the management of Multimedia Group decided to rebrand the entertainment focused station to include current affairs content.

“I was a little scared in the beginning. I didn’t have any immediate family member who showed interest in journalism. Conversations about careers hovered around engineering and law. It didn’t seem like an option to me until I first went to Skyy”.

Daniel is referring to Skyy Media Group, one of the leading
media houses in the Western Region where he worked for two and a half years
before moving to the Multimedia Group in Accra to work as a broadcast
journalist with JoyNews in June 2017. But his media journey began in 2008.

“I was a little scared in the beginning. I didn’t have any immediate family member who showed interest in journalism. Conversations about careers hovered around engineering and law. It didn’t seem like an option to me until I first went to Skyy”.
Daniel Dadzie in a shot with President Nana Akufo-Addo (Then Presidential Canditate for NPP)

“I was seventeen, fresh out of Mfantsipim School [which he always mentions with a fond smile] and I had no idea what to do with the fifteen months between secondary school and University.

Everyone I knew was teaching in a private basic school but I knew I wanted more. Because I was active in the Writers’ and Debaters’ Club as well as the Drama Wing of our Cultural Society back in school, I knew I wanted to do something which involved public speaking or meeting new people every day.”

“But it still did not occur to you to be a journalist?” I asked.

“No”, he said with a laugh, “at the time I wanted to be a receptionist in a corporate institution. “I thought it would be fun. Journalism was actually my mother’s idea. Come to think of it she never told me why”.

Whatever her reason was, Mrs. Rebecca Dadzie, now retired
Western Region Director at the Ghana Education Service, gave a remarkable hint.
The seventeen-year-old went to Skyy Media Group as an intern and immediately threw
himself into his duties, covering a wide range of events and telling stories
that impacted the city and region.

“Journalism was actually my mother’s idea. Come to think of it she never told me why”. Mrs. Rebecca Dadzie

“The highest point for me in that period was the 2008 election”, he said with a nostalgic tone, “I felt like I had the front row seat at the cinema. That election was very decisive because an incumbent lost. Also, because there were three rounds and the terrain were very tense.”

“I feel like that period set me on the path I am on today. I met great journalists like Seth Kwame Boateng, Philip Osei Bonsu, Kweku Temeng, Francis Abban, Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie for the very first time. I worked with some of them and learned from them. They made me want to pursue this job further.”

But he did not. After more than a year in the media, Daniel
opted for the College of Engineering in KNUST.

“I was making the safe choice. I was afraid I won’t make money as a journalist”, he laughed. “It wasn’t until National Service that I entertained the idea of the media again.”

And that the idea came from the most unlikely place.

“Well I was working at the Department of Urban Roads and I was running a private business with a few friends”, he began.

“I was a road construction engineer, spent most of my time supervising laborers who were patching potholes. But my boss at DUR, John Owusu Duah, kept suggesting I go into journalism.

Funny enough he did not know I had experience in the field, but he is someone I respect a lot and I began entertaining the thought of a return. My mother did not like the idea. But my dad did not mind. I think he felt I would not do this for long.”

“I was a road construction engineer, spent most of my time supervising laborers who were patching potholes.”

Perhaps his father, Nicholas Dadzie agreed because he had
also made a transition of his own. Mr. Dadzie was commercial manager of a state
owned Agric enterprise but at the height of his career, he stepped away to
start a farm.

“I really respect him for the choice. I think it reinforced my mentality that it does not matter what one does. Success depends more on your attitude than your circumstances.”

“My mother did not like the idea. But my dad, Nicholas Dadzie, did not mind. I think he felt I would not do this for long.”

In the two and half years following the decision to go back
the media, Daniel rose from a newsroom reporter to Deputy News Editor at Skyy
News. He also became host of the flagship English news bulletin and the only
evening political talk show in the run up to the 2016 election. It was no
wonder that his efforts caught the eye of management of Multimedia Group
Limited who recruited him soon after the elections.

In his time at Multimedia, Daniel has interviewed a host of dignitaries
including the former President John Agyekum Kufuor, ace investigative
journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and many others. In 2018, he picked up the RTP
Award for Radio Morning Show Host of the Year.

In his time at Multimedia, Daniel has interviewed a host of dignitaries including Shatta Wale
Daniel Dadzie in a shot with Anas

In 2019, Daniel worked with the BBC as an intern as part of a
training programme. During that short period, he made appearances on major
programmes like Focus on Africa and NewsDay.

“It is my best experience so far” he said. “Working side by side with the greats like Sophie Ikenye, Peter Okwoche, Bola Mosuro, Hassan Arouni, and our own Akwasi Sarpong was a dream come true. It made me feel like the journey has been worth it so far and there is still a lot more to strive for.”

The broadcaster’s friends call him a workaholic. But even the
stiffest people have to relax, don’t they?

“For me kicking back means Netflix and chill, by myself”, he said with that familiar twinkle. “I also like reading, and I try to spend some time on my faith. That’s about it for me.”

Contrary to rumors, Daniel insists he is single.

“Single and not really searching. I have a lot on my plate now with work and everything else.”

Perhaps the next time we talk to Daniel, his relationship status would have changed. We pray his faith eventually leads him into the arms of a woman! What is certain however is that next time the hardworking broadcaster would have more successes to share with us.

All the best Daniel!

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CHURCHED AND GIFTED: Nana Adwoa Sarkodie Announced Host Of Christian Reality Show Which Airs On TV3

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Ghanaian-English born Radio and Television personality, Nana Adwoa Bonsu Sarkodie-Mensah simply known as Nana Adwoa Sarkodie, has been announced as the official host of the newly outdoored Christian reality television show which airs every Sunday at 4pm on TV3 dubbed “Churched And Gifted”. Since the debut episode, the young articulate Journalist, presenter and producer lit the show up with her years of experience on TV and Radio.

The ground breaking show features an array of talents from singers, dancers, miming artiste, among others who are being equipped with the requisite talent business knowledge, industry insights and support to transform them into global stars. Each week comes with a theme where talents are given the opportunity to explore their gifts in the field of hip pop, contemporary gospel, praise, others. The winner of the show walks away with Ghs 10,000, record deal and other execiting prizes.

 
Born on the 10th of October, Nana Adwoa Sarkodie is a prolific inspirational speaker, amazing Corporate MC, presenter, producer and entrepreneur who is blazing trails in the fields of Media, Film and Motivational Speaking. She grew up in the United Kingdom where she had the most part of her education.

As an enthusiastic young lady, Nana Adwoa mostly combined school with work throughout her stay in London. Between 2008 to 2012, she worked as a Producer and Presenter at OBE TV, one of the first African Television networks set up in the UK.

In February 2012, she picked up the position of Marketing Associate at Vox Africa TV where she played a major role in business development and forming advertising leads. Despite only working at Vox Africa TV on a part time basis, she managed to pull in the most accounts and brought in the most revenue.

Nana Adwoa decided to wade back into the waters of TV once again, only this time moving to her homeland Ghana where she joined Metro Television as a Presenter / Producer from 2015 to 2017. She later joined the Citi family thus Citi TV & Citi FM from August 2017 until May 2020 where she presented and produced an array of shows including Sister Sister, Traffic Avenue, Entertainment Highlight, Saturday Live and 20/20 News.

At age 31, she became the CEO and Founder of Chopbox by Nas, a wholesome grocery packaging company providing students across the country with their basic needs. She also founded The Word By Nas, an inspirational media agency set up to imbibe great Christian values and teachings among young people especially in this era of social media nuisance.

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nana Adwoa successfully introduced Ghana to Instagram Live interview sessions where she’s hosted amazing personalities in the likes of Adjetey Anang, Diana Hamilton, Makosi Musambasi, Kwadwo Safo Jnr, Martha Ankomah, Kaywa, Attorney Juanita, Prospa Ochimana, Timothy Bentum, Kingz Kid, Joel Duncan-Williams and more.

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“I Did A COV¡D-19 Test; It Came Out Positive” – Naa Ashorkor Confirms Her Status

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Naa Ashorkor also known as Nisirine Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku; Ghanaian actor and a media personality who currently works at Asaase Radio, Accra, has become the latest Ghanaian broadcaster to succumb to Coronavirus. After testing positive for the virus, “the actor’s health is gradually being restored, following her doctor’s instructions, and currently self isolating at home”, according to a statement posted on her official Instagram account.

Admonishing Ghanaians on the state of the virus, Naa Ashorkor confirmed that, the global pandemic is real. She urged that, there is every need to observe the prescribed social distancing and good personal hygiene to prevent community spread.

“Hello Family, After not feeling “like myself”, on Thursday night , I did a Covid test and it came out positive. I am feeling okay, following my doctor’s instructions, and currently self isolating at home. The virus is real.

It is still out there. Don’t forget all the safety protocols. Wear your mask at all times. Wash your hands with soap under running water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Stay safe. Covid is still out there.” She posted on instgram

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Naa Ashorkor after publicly announcing her contract termination by the Multimedia Group Limited (MGL) where she hosted the Strong and Sassy and Rhythmz A-Z radio programmes on Joy FM, joined Asaase Radio in June to host “Between Hours” music radio show. The radio show interspersed with live listener interactions, games, sing-along sessions and according to her it is meant to put the target audiences at ease whilst ensuring they are prepped up for the rest of the day’s work.

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SuperSport Adds Ethiopian League To Its Portfolio Of Soccer Properties

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MultiChoice Group (MCG) is proud to announce that its subsidiary SuperSport has acquired exclusive rights to broadcast Ethiopian Premier League matches. This is an exciting opportunity to support Ethiopian football and its fans, and to affirm Multichoice Group’s commitment to investing in Ethiopia and across the African continent.

SuperSport adds Ethiopia to its portfolio of soccer properties, which includes the Zambian Premier League and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in South Africa, reaffirming MCG’s commitment to investment in sport across Africa.

The Ethiopian Premier League is the top association football division in Ethiopia, and comprises 16 clubs. Broadcasts of the Ethiopian Premier League will be carried across the entire territory of sub-Saharan Africa and the adjacent islands, where the appetite for soccer is substantial.

MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela emphasised the significance of the sport for the Group and what the deal means for Ethiopian football: “Through SuperSport, we are the leading broadcaster of sport in Africa, with our programming being viewed by millions of fans continent-wide. Sport is an integral part of our content offering and supporting the development of sport content makes sense for our business. This partnership will give the Ethiopian Premier League greater visibility, attracting fans from across the continent.”

Commenting on the agreement Ethiopian Premier League chairman, Lt. Fekade Mamo said “We recognise the importance of having the right partners on board to contribute in growing our league and to cultivate local talent. This is a significant step forward for the league, and will create a brighter future for players, the industry, and bring Ethiopian football closer to the world.”

This agreement is particularly exciting for MultiChoice and DStv Ethiopia, Director of Multichoice Ethiopia, Omar Bagersh added, “this is an important milestone for Ethiopian football and will substantially impact the football landscape in the country and create multiple economic spin -offs around football in one of the largest countries on the African continent”

MultiChoice Ethiopia CEO, Gelila G.Michael said, “This is an exciting addition on DStv, particularly for our customers in Ethiopia. We are eager to mobilize for this exciting task ahead and are underway to making every effort so that sports fans have easy access to our products and a seamless experience across the country.”

SuperSport will produce the broadcasts, alongside the empowerment of local production staff. SuperSport’s holistic approach to developing local leagues has seen those leagues grow from strength to strength and the Ethiopian Premier League will no doubt benefit from having a partner of the stature and expertise of SuperSport as it looks to the future.

This announcement is the latest in a series of exciting developments which mark MCG’s investment in Ethiopia. Through DStv Ethiopia and the investment in local content such as the Ethiopian Premier League, Amharic language channels such as Zee Alem, Nick Jnr Amharic and local free-to-air channels, MultiChoice is developing a strong value proposition to deliver world -class, locally relevant content to audiences across Ethiopia.

“This is an important agreement for MCG, one which affirms our commitment to investing in Ethiopia and across Africa. We will continue to demonstrate our commitment to Ethiopia through the development of local skills and industries, and through exciting plans for content that speak to Ethiopians in their own voice. By continuing to invest in local markets across Africa we intend to create lasting value for local industries; and opportunities for local content creators; distribution of content in local languages and promotion of local talent,” added Mawela.

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The Jay Foley Story; A Journey Worth Celebrating [READ PROFILE]

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Media Personality and entrepreneur Jay Foley gained mainstream acclaim as host of the entertainment television channel 4syte TV, but not long before that, he had created footprints which continue to inspire people,

His creative journey started in primary school education at Bishop Bowers School where he was referred to by his colleagues and teachers as “the creative think tank”

He was greatly admired for his ability to come up with very creative ideas that could impact the entertainment industry as well as other extra-curricular activities.

Foley grew up in many communities, nurturing his talent and leading him to what he is today. His creative thinking process drew his interest in studying Visual Arts in one of Ghana’s premium colleges, Achimota Secondary School

Jay Foley established his first company RADIO ADVERTISING PEOPLE LIMITED. His company specialized in developing audio products for advertisers. It consisted of radio commercials and jingles, radio imaging among others. His company today is one of the most successful young businesses in Ghana today.

He also trained himself to become a professional voice talent and today, has become one of the sought-after voice talents in Ghana.

RADIO ADVERTISING PEOPLE LIMITED presented him with an opportunity to become the lead host of one of Ghana leading entertainment television channels, 4syte tv. Jay Foley became one of the best entertainment presenters of his time. He worked with 4syte tv for 10 years. This gave him an undoubtedly, strong and highly influential relevance in Ghana and the diaspora.

Through 4syte tv and his company, Jay was made the General Manager of YFM Ghana, another leading urban youthful radio station in Accra, Ghana. From YFM, Jay moved to establish another competitive urban radio station, LIVE FM where he stayed on for another 3 years and the Business Manager.

In 2012, Jay Foley became the 1st Ghanaian radio and tv personality to cover the European Music Awards in Germany. His outstanding coverage earned him among the top media personalities to interview top celebrities such as BUSTA RYMES, ERIC BENNET, KIM KARDASHIAN, AKON among others on and off the Red Carpet of the BET AWARDS in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Jay Foley’s engagement at the BET AWARDS created huge interest in Ghanaian journalist to follow suit in covering the BET AWARDS. He also became the brand ambassador for REMY MARTIN and Telco giants MTN.

In 2018, Foley was assigned by EIB NETWORK, owners of FIESTA TV, an entertainment digital satellite TV channel on one of Africa’s most patronized Satellite television platforms, DSTV, to upgrade the channels performance on DSTV to promote Ghanaian content across Africa. Jay Foley and his team have managed to elevate FIESTA Channel to become the only Ghanaian owned entertainment TV station to air across 48 African countries in Africa.

Currently, Jay Foley also hosts his radio show titled MUSIC BOX on HITZ103.9fm, which currently is the city’s most influential and widely listened to radio station. His latest role to host the morning show on JOY PRIME TV is clearly based on his years of experience in the showbiz space in and out of Ghana

In all of this, Jay Foley has dedicated time to filming the beautiful sights and sounds of Ghana in a special series titled, THE SKY MARSHALS. A 30-episode series that gives the viewer a realistic experience of the beautiful sights in Ghana.

In music, through his efforts, Jay has helped a lot of Ghanaian artistes gain mainstream appreciation in the music industry and across its borders. He continues to dedicate his life to inspiring, helping and motivating young people with his exploits. His guiding principle is, “it is possible if you believe.”

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