Joseph Kobla Wemakor

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Joseph Kobla Wemakor
Joseph Kobla Wemakor

Joseph Kobla Wemakor is a Ghanaian freelance journalist,youth leader, Sustainable Development Goals advocate, a trained climate change proponent and human rights activist. He is also the Deputy Head of Media and Communications of the Ghana Chapter of the PLO Lumumba Foundation and the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Greater Accra Regional Youth Network (GARYN). In line with his passion as a human rights advocate, he set up Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG). This is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) which seeks to end human rights abuse against women and children both within and out of Ghana.He has worked with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), UNFPA and others.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Human Rights Reporters Ghana[edit]

Human Rights Reporters Ghana is an NGO whose aim is to rid society of discrimination and advocate for human rights, especially for women and children.[7] The NGO embarked on a nationwide campaign to create awareness of the dangers of kidnapping,tramadol abuse and teenage pregnancy. As at 31 July 2019, 6,000 students in schools across Ghana had benefited from the sensitization exercise.[8]

Role in PLO Lumumba Foundation[edit]

The PLO Lumumba Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization that was registered in 1990 as a company limited by guarantee. It was established by Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, a Kenyan lawyer and human rights advocate, with the objective of helping make the academic dreams of brilliant but needy students become a reality. Joseph Wemakor became the Deputy Head of Media and Communications of the Ghana chapter of the foundation in February 2019.[7]

Climate change advocacy[edit]

In October 2019, he was part of 19 journalists who were selected from all over Africa to receive skills training and knowledge about climate change in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The training program was organized by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) in collaboration with the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA).[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

He was awarded for being the winner of the 2018 media competition on migration reporting.[9] At the Ghana Institute of Journalism, he was the most influential media personnel during the first edition of the Campus Clique Awards in April 2016.[10] In October 2019 he was awarded for a report he put together that gives insight into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This competition was in commemoration of the Ghana Institute of Journalism's 60th anniversary.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joseph Wemakor appointed to PLO Lumumba Foundation role".
  2. ^ "GIJ 60th Anniv. Media Contest: Human Rights Reporters' Joseph Wemakor wins prestigious SDGs award". The Ghana Guardian News. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Nineteen African Journalists build capacity on Climate Change". ghananewsagency.org. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Joseph Wemakor elected PRO of Greater Accra Regional Youth Network". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  5. ^ Quartey, Daniel (10 February 2019). "Ghanaian journalist gets top post at PLO Lumumba Foundation". Yen.com.gh - Ghana news. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  6. ^ 122108447901948 (24 December 2019). "Greater Accra Regional Youth Network holds first AGM". Graphic Online. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Joseph Wemakor appointed to PLO Lumumba Foundation role". 3news. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Ghana sinks with kidnappings; loses hope of finding the missing Takoradi girls - Joseph Wemakor". Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Joseph Wemakor adjudged winner of '2018 media competition on migration reporting'". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Joseph Wemakor adjudged GIJ's most influential student". tv3network.com. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  11. ^ "GIJ awards Joseph Wemakor". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 21 October 2019.