Bra Sefa nie,
Writing articles on our elections, commenting on our elections on your show and stating your preferred candidates and openly stating that “I will vote for a particular party or candidate”. How will that writing or comment appear unbiased?. Without professional touch, the art of gathering and dissemination of news can be done by anybody. However, because of the nature of listeners, viewers, and readers who consume information we put out, it is important that professionals should be there to critically assess, evaluate and scrutinize before they are sent out for public consumption.
Yea, I have critically scrutinized Kwami Sefa’s attitude on his show last Friday, that release of strong emotion and wild outburst of anger and frustration. In a country like Ghana where politicians have turned media organizations as organs of propaganda, it is becoming extremely difficult to distinguish professional journalists from a praise singer. Objectivity, fairness, accuracy and balance are the principal journalistic principles. What happened inside the studios of Peace FM last Friday did not surprise me at all. After watching the video, my respect for the young lawyer increased substantially. I cured my inner feeling with Bob Marley’s I SHOT THE SHERIFF
“Sheriff John Brown always hated me,
For what, I don’t know:
Every time I plant a seed,
He said kill it before it grow –
He said kill them before they grow.”
The reactionary forces want to kill the divine seed before it grows. The young lawyer and communication officer of the NDC displayed maturity and showed the world that he has fully developed and honed the skills essential to effective leadership. His strength is – He explored and discovered what his abilities are and how to apply them. When Sefa Kaye started his outburst, Sammy handled his emotions appropriately and confidently managed Kwame to the admiration of many. Bob said:
Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town, yeah!
All of a sudden I saw sheriff John Brown
Aiming to shoot me down,
So I shot – I shot – I shot him down and I say:
If I am guilty I will pay.
(I shot the sheriff,)
But I say (But I didn’t shoot any deputy),
I didn’t shoot any deputy (oh, no-oh), oh no!
(I shot the sheriff.) I did!
But I didn’t shoot any deputy. Oh! (Oo-oo-ooh)
There is a pressing need for intelligent executives who are able to deal effectively with today’s challenges and demands and thank God for blessing the NDC that powerful brain.
Reflexes had got the better of me And what is to be must be:
Every day the bucket a-go a well,.One day the bottom a-go drop out, One day the bottom a-go drop out…sayeth Bob Nesta Marley
Kwami Sefa Kaye is among the senior journalists in the system. Some of us have huge respect for him and his platform in spite of all the biases he exhibits on his platform. But, must we be worried? Sammy Awuku said on his platform that he [Kwami] gave them financial support and helped them acquire some motorbikes for their 2016 campaign. He was among those who were contracted to prepare the independence square for Nana’s inauguration. But as senior journalist, we expect him to communicate on an equal basis and avoid patronizing people. By treating people as your equal and equal to each other you will build trust and respect. I didn’t expect that behavior from Kwami. Kwami’s attitude towards some members of the NDC is getting increasingly disturbing. He is frequently miserable and will appeal to him to do his best to be genuinely friendly, upbeat and positive with the NDC communicators however irritating they may sound to him on his shows. Few people want to be around someone who is frequently miserable.
To leave the space for Kwami to operate unchallenged is not a good decision. The decision to explain himself and participate fully was a wise move. In opposition, you have to tolerate some of these anti-opposition moves. Take advantage of the small time allotted you to explain your issues and tell your story. The Ghanaian voter has become too sophisticated for these little funny mind games. They will always frustrate us with these empty threats and mental harassment. To get anywhere, we must stand out in our interaction with the public. We should always seek to find our voices to distinguish ourselves as unique, with invaluable, rare talents and abilities. The NPP bias journalists have started breathing heavily on the young lawyer and doing everything possible to weaken the young. They can’t attack the substance of Sammy’s work so NPP propaganda machines in the media smear, manipulate and invent false narratives driven by their well funded political agenda. The louder the attack, the closer we are to the truth. Sammy’s exploits and demeanor confirm that common assertion that just like wisdom, maturity may not automatically level up with age. We going to see and experience the worse form of what we witnessing. Both state and some privately owned media take to the extremes in their political reportage. Good journalism is that which presents vigorously checked facts and allows a reader, viewer or listener to make own judgment, without a reporter or presenter inserting partisan individual opinion which rather than inform, biases the news consumer.
Source: Ohenenana Obonti Krow