Manasseh Azure Awuni was born in Bongo in the Upper East Region of Ghana in 1985 but grew up in Kete- Krachi, where his father worked as a night watchman. He is the second of eleven children of his parents. Growing up under difficult conditions, he rose above the odds of deprivation, poverty and hopelessness to become a role model for many Ghanaian youth and a voice for the oppressed and downtrodden.
Manasseh Azure Awuni is a Senior Broadcast Journalist with Joy 99.7FM in Accra, Ghana. He is one of Ghana's foremost investigative journalist and a staunch anti- corruption crusader.
A product of Kete- Krachi Senior High School, Manasseh Azure Awuni graduated from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. He went ahead to read a Masters of Arts degree in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana. Before joining Joy FM in November 2012, Manasseh worked as a freelance journalist, focusing on rural reporting and reports that highlighted the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the society.
He is a recipient of many awards in recognition of his outstanding performance in Journalism. In 2010, the Ghana Journalists Association adjudged him the most Promising Young Journalist of the year.
He was awarded the overall Best Journalist of the year 2011, Ghana Journalist Association Most Promising Journalist of the year 2010, National Youth Achievers Award for Media Excellence 2012, Overall Winner of Ideas of Ghanaian Achievers Under 40, 2012, Ghana Journalist Association Best Anti-Corruption Reporter 2013, Ghana Journalist Association Best Radio News Reporter 2013, Ghana Journalist Best TV News Reporter 2011 and Ghana Journalist Association Best TV News Reporter 2012.
Manasseh Azure speaks his mind without fear or favour. He has taken the side of the downtrodden while being fair to the oppressors in his line of duty.
Story by: Priscilla Nako Tetteh (Diploma 1a)