GJA To Hold Memorial Service For Late Dr Godwin Aikins On Tuesday

GJA To Hold Memorial Service For Late Dr Godwin Aikins On Tuesday   The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) will hold a memorial service on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, for the late Dr Isaac Godwin Kweku Aikins, who was the first Ghanaian General Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

The memorial service will be held at 10am prompt at the Ghana International Press Centre in Accra.

Past and present staff of the GNA, members of the media fraternity, especially retired and senior journalists, are expected to attend the ceremony which will be held under strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

According to a release issued by the GJA, the family members of the late senior colleague will also be present.

“The National Executive of the GJA urges all sympathisers to endeavour to attend the ceremony” the release said. 

The late Dr Aikins, who was formerly known as Dr George Tutu Anim until he changed his name, died on October 2, 2020 at the age of 91.

After joining the GNA in 1958, he was appointed General Manager in 1961.   The late Dr Aikins rendered enormous service to the GJA. From 1962 to 1964, he served as the General Secretary of the Association of Ghanaian Journalists, which preceded the GJA.

Later, after joining UNESCO, he used his influence in the organization to support media development in Ghana.

In 2006, he served as Chairman of the GJA Media Awards Committee.   In August 2019, at the celebration of the GJA 70th anniversary at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, his family announced in his honour a sponsorship packagen for a GJA Award category on “Ethical Journalism” with a prize worth Ghc9,000 to mark his 90th birthday that year.

“Indeed, the GJA has lost an illustrious son who deserves a pride of place in the annals of the Association.” Portion of the release noted.    

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklinadonkoh@gmail.com 

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