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Sammy Heywood Okine And Helga Gokah Get International Nomination From Congress Of African Journalists

Mr. Sammy Heywood Okine, popularly known in media circles as ‘General One’ has been nominated as Ghana Country Coordinator by the Congress of African Journalists (CAJ).

The ace sports and entertainment journalist with over 30 years experience will be assisted by Miss Helga Gokah of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.

Sammy Heywood Okine, a product of St. Augustine's College, Accra High School and the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has held many positions related to media duties.

He was former Deputy General Secretary of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), and former Public Relations Officer /Communications Director of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and Ghana Kickboxing Association (GKA).

He is Ghana Country Director of African Sports Media Network and Special Advisor to the Women In Sports Association (WISA) of Ghana.

He is Deputy Communications Director of the Ghana Olympic Committee in charge of social media. He made history as the only sports journalist from Ghana at the 2022 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan as the Press Attache of Team Ghana.

He also holds the position of Communications Director of the Ghana Breaking Federation. He has risen through the ranks from Reporter to Editor working for a number of media houses notably, Rex Image producers of Sports Coin and Business Ghana, Western Publications producers of Daily Guide, The Statesman, Sports World, P&P (People and Places)  Rainbow Sports among others.

He produced 'On The Ball' on GTV and 'Health Check' with S&S Media Concepts and the 'World Cup Soccer Fiesta' with MOFA Productions.

He is a motivational speaker, gym instructor and fitness coach.

Miss Gokah is former Sports Editor of The Tide Newspaper and currently a Presenter Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. She is a member of the SWAG Welfare Committee and has also been in the journalism field for 14 years.

According to Mr. Dela Ahiawor, Vice President in charge of West Africa for the Congress, Sammy and Helga are supposed to rally journalists in Ghana to join CAJ and lead in seeking the welfare and respect for journalists in Ghana.

The Congress has several members across the continent and the headquarters is located in Abuja, Nigeria.

By Elizabeth Alhassan

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