George Nii Armah Quaye has been sworn in as the new president of the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG).
This follows the election of new executive committee members by ATWAG on December 17, 2021. The Founder and CEO of Image Beareu, as well as the host of Showbiz A to Z on local radio network Joy FM, was sworn in together with other new executive committee members.
The event happened in a short handing over ceremony and new year party held on Saturday (Jan. 15) held at the Accra Tourist Information Centre, with members of the association and other arts stakeholders in attendance. The ceremony was conducted by Mr Prince Osisiadan, a Lawyer, who urged the members to be wary of defamatory stories that may land them in trouble.
Mr. George Quaye, who has over 14 years experience in the advertising, communications and PR, theatre, film, television and events fields, takes over from former president William Asiedu, a venerated journalist. The Vice-President position was won by freelance radio and television host Livingstone Lotsu, who took over from Francis Doku, General Manager of MGTV (TV3 and Onua TV) and arts writer with Graphic Showbiz.
Hagar Gyebuwaa Owusu of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation emerged as the Treasurer of the Association, with Rebekah Awuah taking over from arts and entertainment journalist, Reagan Odei Ofosu Osarfo (Nana Reagan) as secretary.
Fashion designer, Vera Adu-Amaning also took over from Mustapha Nii Okai Inusah, a writer with modernghana.com as the organiser. The Research Officer position for the next four years will be occupied by Stanley Awuku Wilson, a blogger with Ashaiman TV. Citi FM’s Kwame Dadzie handed over the baton to entertainment journalist, Gloria Akpene-Acquah aka MzGee as the Public Relations Officer.
Speaking at the ceremony, the new President of ATWAG, George Nii Armah Quaye promised he would do all things within his power to elevate the association from where the previous administration left off. He, therefore, urged the members to put all hands on deck to make sure they achieve their desired goals.
The out-going President, William Asiedu, in his address, recounted the hard work and dedication that went into building the association and admonished members to uphold the tenets of the profession and work towards making their work as arts and tourism writers more impactful.
The Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG) is an association of Ghanaian arts writers/journalists and media workers. ATWAG seeks to promote arts, tourism and culture reporting in Ghana while developing the professional capacity and the welfare of its members.
ATWAG is also aimed at promoting co-operation and collaboration among its members and players in the arts, tourism and culture value chain.