thumb (6)Former Attorney-General Martin Amidu and journalists Manasseh Azure Awuni and Anas Aremeyaw Anas are to be awarded for their tireless campaign against corruption in the country.

Key civil society organizations and private companies as part of the awards ceremony are embarking on a march Tuesday in honour of the three.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), Centre of Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-corruption Coalition (GAC), Private Enterprises Foundation (PEF), Christian Council of Ghana with sponsorship from Star-Ghana are organizing the awards ceremony.

The organizers say the three have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to fighting corruption in the country.

Former A-G, Martin Amidu earned national respect for pursuing persons and institutions that received wrongful payments of large sums of money from the state under the guise of judgment debts or settlement agreements.

He went to the Supreme Court after he was sacked in dramatic circumstances following public claims that his efforts to prevent corruption in government were being thwarted by some unnamed ministers of state.

Mr. Amidu sought and obtained declarations that payments to international firms, Isofoton, Waterville, and businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome had no constitutional basis.

Joy FM’s Manasseh Azure Awuni through his investigative work, exposed widespread corruption and stealing at the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development (GYEEDA), Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital amongst others.

The revelations forced reform in some of the institutions and the cancellation of some contracts.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas, reputed for his undercover investigations, also shone light on cocoa smuggling, stealing at the Tema Port, amongst others. These individuals, the organizers say, deserve to be celebrated for fighting corruption which has become a cancerous tumor in Ghana. The awardees will receive citations at Tuesday’s event at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park.

Published On: October 20th, 2014 / Categories: News /

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist born in the late 1970s. He specializes in print media and documentary and is politically non-aligned focusing on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in sub-Saharan Africa. Anas' motto is "name, shame and jail", and he is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal. Very few people had seen his face (until an "unmasking" during a BBC interview in November 2015 —which revealed yet another prosthetic).

Anas has won more than 50 international and local awards for his work advocating basic human rights, such as the right to not be held in human slavery and for his work exposing corruption. His investigative works have won him worldwide acclaim, including President Barack Obama highlighting him in a speech during a 2009 visit to Ghana: "An independent press”, a vibrant private sector, a civil society….those are the things that give life to democracy. We see that spirit in courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to report the truth.”

Anas hail from Bimbilla in Northern Ghana and grew up in Burma Camp, a military barracks in Accra. He attended the Christian Methodist Secondary School and Ghana Institute of Journalism where he got his first diploma before studying his first degree at the University of Ghana. He later attended the Faculty of Law and the Ghana Law School.

After university he turned down an opportunity to work as a reporter for the Ghanaian Times newspaper, instead choosing to join The Crusading Guide newspaper in 1998. The editor of the newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr, had just been released from jail in the same year. Anas later became co-publisher of The New Crusading Guide, and subsequently opened his own production and investigation company, Tiger Eye PI Media, in 2008.

Anas has collaborated widely with Al-Jazeera and the BBC, among other international clients. In 2017 he started The Tiger Eye Foundation as a media non- profit and 501c3, in the USA and Ghana, that uses a dynamic set of initiatives to promote and elevate the standards in journalism. The foundation educates and supports journalists through hands-on investigative journalism workshops, multimedia boot camps, investigative productions, broadcasts and community outreach programs. Anas was called to the Bar in 2013, and since then has mostly defended himself in court.

In December 2015 Foreign Policy magazine named Anas one of 2015's leading global thinkers, an honour previously granted to the likes of Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, and Malala Yousafzai. He is consistently invited to talk on his work at gatherings all around the world and in March 2016, Anas was invited by Harvard Law School as a keynote speaker to share his experiences creating change on the continent of Africa. In 2016 Anas had an award named after him by the Press Foundation in Ghana. The founder of the press foundation Mr Listowel Yesu Bukarson said: "This award was named after the world-renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to aid journalists to climb to the highest apogee in their chosen profession". 'Chameleon’ by Ryan Mullins, a documentary about Anas's life and work, was premiered at the 2014 IDFA festival in Amsterdam.

In the period from October to December 2016, Anas made his first foray into public life, outside of the world of investigative journalism, as a powerful advocate for peace in his "Anas4Peace" multimedia campaign, using Ghanaian celebrities to advocate for peace during the Ghana election period.

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