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Former GJA President lauds Herbert Mensah for contribution

Former President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Kabral Blay-Amihere has praised Ghanaian businessman and philanthropist Herbert Mensah for his foresight and contribution to the growth and development of journalism in Ghana.

Mr Kabral Blay Amihere who also served as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone between 2001-2009 said it was sponsorship from private businessmen in Ghana like Herbert Mensah in the early ’90s which helped propel independent journalism in Ghana through its best journalist award scheme.

He was speaking during the Ghana Journalists Association’s commemoration of its 70th anniversary on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

”The GJA has come a long way. When I joined the GJA in the 80’s it was dangerous to be a journalist in Ghana. Before I became President of the GJA in 1993, the government had completely hijacked the GJA and it’s best journalist award scheme” the former GJA President revealed.

”The government at the time selected their favourite journalists for awards. We had no offices and no private support”.

Kabral Blay-Amihere recollected the timely intervention of private individuals who came along to sponsor the GJA and help it to grow independently.

”I have to acknowledge and thank Herbert Mensah without whose support and sponsorship we couldn’t have freed ourselves from government control in those days. We also had support from Sam Jonah and Amakye Dede in those early days. We thank them for their support when we needed it most to develop and grow journalism in Ghana.”

He also praised President J.A Kufuor for providing the International Press Centre to the GJA.

The commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the GJA also involved the cutting of anniversary cake and reflections on the history and relevance of the GJA by some distinguished personalities including Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, head of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), as Guest Speaker.

Other key speakers at the event also included Dr G.T. Anim, the first Ghanaian General Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

Source: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Online

Herbert Mensah Praises Sponsors Ahead of Three Nation Rugby Competition

July 24 2019, Accra, Ghana.  The President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Herbert Mensah, has singled out sponsors of Ghana Rugby competitions ahead of a three-nation West Africa rugby tournament for praise.

The three-nation rugby tournament will take place at the Nduom Stadium in Elmina, Central Region, between Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast. This is part of a new rugby game format spearheaded by World Rugby.

In a video broadcast ( https://youtu.be/C1J9evW8PM8) ahead of the tournament, Mensah said, ”You’ve heard me say it many many times that sport is big business. And we indulge in a game of rugby that requires massive amounts of money invested for development, for training, for medicare, for feeding and nutrition, for branding, for our very presence.”
He added, ”We at Ghana Rugby, even without state support, have managed to maintain a reasonably special relationship with sponsors. It is something we’ve cultivated over the period”.

Why Competition 

Herbert Mensah explained the importance of competitions in attracting sponsorship to the game and the need for constant competitions for Ghana Rugby to be able to aspire to participate in international rugby tournaments and Olympic Games.

”Without competition, rugby in Ghana or anywhere cannot attract sponsorships to sustain the World Rugby standards of the game”. 

He continued,  ”And without the sponsorship, we cannot have competitions. So as we embark on this tournament with Ivory Coast and Nigeria I will like to reach out and thank our special sponsors who are making it possible”.

Thanking Sponsors

He named the Pan African Equipment Group, Interplast, GB brand of Gino food products, Sunda International and KEDA Ceramics as well as Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, owner of the Nduom private sports stadium who all make it possible through their various sponsorship packages for Ghana rugby to participate in these tournaments and aspire to the Olympics.

 The Ghana Rugby President encouraged other private companies in Ghana to join the sponsoring group to develop the Game of Rugby in Ghana.

Ghana is going backwards…

Ghana is going backwards because we have no succession plans in many aspects of life and because we are stuck in the past (like England and 1966).

Once in power (sports/politics) we assume an uncalled for arrogance and stomp over the beliefs and dreams of those who put us there!

Unless we experience pain we NEVER change!

As a result, the same mediocrity which has plagued Ghana like an almost incurable virus still exists.

It seems the only solution is to use banned substances like DDT to purge the virus.

___ Herbert Mensah ___

Ghana Rugby President, Herbert Mensah remembers Komla Dumor his close pal

The President of Ghana Rugby, Herbert Mensah has remembered Komla Dumor – a close friend of his – on what would have been his 46th birthday with this clip that was recorded in Accra after Komla’s tragic passing in 2014.

Komla Afeke Dumor (3 October 1972 – 18 January 2014) was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa. Dumor died on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a cardiac arrest, having been on air the day before.

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