Erasmus Kwaw, the Managing Editor of Liquid Sports Ghana, has graduated with a Diploma in Development Journalism (DJ) at the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) at New Delhi, India.
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Sports Anchor and his colleagues were taken through various modules in Communication Development, Development Journalism, Investigative Journalism, Media Ethics, Economic Development and Globalisation, New Media and a special course on Indian culture dubbed, “Discovering India.”
The graduates were thought by accomplished journalists and communication specialists from around the world. They included former Executive Producer of CNN Linda Roth who took the participants through the rudiments of Investigative Journalism, accomplished Indian communication development specialist Dr. Sunetra Narayan and Dr. Anubuti Yadav.
Mr. Kwaw was the only Ghanaian among a diverse and accomplished group of media, public relations, communication and journalism scholars from 17 countries who were selected as part of the 70th batch of the DJ programme.
The participants undertook an extensive tour of India, exposing them to the country’s soft power and potentials. Among others, they toured the world famous Taj Mahal, Red Fort Varanasi; the Indian state broadcaster Doordashan TV; Russian media outfit Sputnik News; taking part in a UNICEF organised Press Conference on Water and Sanitation in New Dehli and participating in an international child rights conference at Amity University, Gwalior.
The 24 participants are drawn from Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Mr. Kwaw has over 14 years’ experience in media, public relations, communication and journalism in a career that has seen him work in various capacities at Citi FM, Skyy Power FM, the Ghana Athletics Association, Ghana Olympic Committee, British Council. ETV Ghana, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, and more.
Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Ghana based website Liquid Sports Ghana which specializes in sports for development causes. Liquid Sports Ghana are the organises of the annual Liquid Sports Ghana Awards and the awe inspiring school’s mentorship programme “Making it Happen” which was last held at the Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Mr. Kwaw is the 65th Ghanaian to have attended the course which is sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
“I want to thank the almighty God for giving me this grace and the High of Commission of India for selecting me to attend this once in a life time experience in India. I also want to thank the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) for their hospitality and impacting my life with so much experiences and knowledge. My appreciation goes to my father Mr. Wallace Kwaw, my entire family, friends, colleagues and all who supported me all throughout this period,” Erasmus Kwaw said.
“The course has broadened my world view and made me understand the dynamics of our planet, communication-wise, economically, culturally, in journalism and a lot more than I bargained for.
IIMC has reportedly trained around 1,573 journalists and communicators from more than 125 countries in its Development Journalism programme till now.
The IIMC is always ranked first in the top five journalism schools out of hundreds of communication and journalism colleges/programs in India. It offers Post Graduate Diploma programmes in different streams of journalism and PR/Advertising.