The Media Ministry Director of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Dr. Felix Klutse, received the “Best Feature Writer – Online” award at this year’s Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) media awards ceremony.
The event was held yesterday [29 October 2023] at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) and was graced by distinguished personalities, including Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi (Chairman, Peace Council and Chairperson for the event), Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi (General Secretary, The Church of Pentecost), Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (Minister of Information), H.E. Virginia Palmer (US Ambassador to Ghana), Mrs. Jean Mensah (Chairperson, Electoral Commission of Ghana and Keynote Speaker for the event), and Mr. Albert Dwumfour (GJA President).
Also in attendance were Mr. Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafour (Chairman, National Media Commission), COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah (Executive Director, Economic and Organized Crime Office) amd Apostle Dr. Dieudonne Komla Nuekpe (La Area Head and Executive Council Member, The Church of Pentecost).
Pastor Dr. Felix Klutse’s award-winning feature, “The Rising Threats Against Ghanaian Journalists,” highlights the challenges that journalists face in the pursuit of truth and the vital role they play in society, especially as the country gears up for another election season.
The award recognises the importance of his work and the significance of the critical issues highlighted in the write-up.
It is worth noting that this is the 19th award (including accolades from the US, UK, Kenya and Nigeria), received by Pastor Dr. Klutse in his glittering career which has span from 2002 through his call into full-time ministry in 2015 to date.
The GJA Awards provides a platform to recognise individuals and companies that contribute significantly to the growth and development of the industry while acknowledging the key functions within the industry that promote growth and sustainability.
The awards cover various categories, including Broadcast Journalism, Business and Financial Reporting, Environmental Journalism, Feature and Magazine Writing, Global and International Journalism, News Reporting, Online or Multi-Media Journalism, and Photojournalism.
Pastor Dr. Klutse was one of the 32 journalists and media houses awarded at the event.
For the second year running, Miss Francisca Enchil, a freelance journalist with Multumedia Group Limited, received the “Female Journalist of the Year” award, while Miss Neta Parsram, also of the Multimedia Group Limited, was honoured with the “Komla Dumor Most Promising Journalist of the Year” award.
The ultimate winner of the night was Mr Erastus Asare Donkor of Multimedia Group Limited who received the coveted “P.A.V. Ansah Journalist of the Year” award.
PROFILE OF DR FELIX KLUTSE
Dr. Felix Dela Klutse is an entrepreneur, a multiple award-winning business journalist with over 15 years’ experience and YALI Fellow, a signature programme of President Barack Obama. He was appointed an Advisory Board Member, as well as the Communications Director for YALI in 2016 where he worked closely with the US Department of State. He holds PhD in Media and Communication from University of Leeds (UK), MBA (Marketing Option) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing (First Class Honors) all from University of Ghana, as well as a Diploma in Journalism. Dr. Klutse is an alumnus of journalism and executive management courses at the International Institute for Journalism (Germany), Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA), Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (USA), Northwestern University in Illinois (USA) and Institute of Commercial Management (UK).
Until his call into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 2015, he was the founder and managing editor of the Business Day Newspaper (www.businessdayghana.com), Ghana’s most influential and respected business newspaper established in 2014 to offer incisive coverage of the country’s finance and economy, as well as international business news. Before establishing the publication, he was the Managing Editor of Ghana Business & Finance, an upscale monthly business magazine, which focuses on serving the information needs of Ghana’s top-tier media readership. He also worked at Daily Guide Newspaper as a Business Editor, The Independent Newspaper as Managing Editor, as well as The Statesman Newspaper, and Information Services Department as a News Reporter.
He has won 19 prestigious awards in journalism both in Ghana and abroad. In 2023, he received the Pan African Media Award in Nigeria in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the field of Journalism.
He was selected as a Fellow of President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Program (also known as Young African Leaders Initiative) in 2015. While in US, he interacted with President Obama and other prominent U.S. leaders in the fields of business, government, and the non-profit sector.
Dr. Klutse was adjudged the Best Business and Financial Journalist of the Year in 2017 and 2014 by the Institute of Economic and Financial Journalists, Ghana. The Ghana Journalists Association also awarded him the Best Business & Financial Journalist in 2015. He was also adjudged the Best Reporter in Agribusiness and the Best Reporter in Finance in 2014 by the Institute of Economic and Financial Journalists. In 2012, he was adjudged the Print Journalist during the maiden Gold Business Journalism Awards sponsored by World Bank and the Ghanaian business community.
In 2011, Dr. Klutse was the Winner of the 2011 Citi Journalistic Excellence Award, an elite program administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in the USA in collaboration with Citigroup, a global financial institution. He was the first Ghanaian journalist to have won the afore-mentioned award since its inception in 1982. In 2010, Dr. Klutse won the Best Business News Reporter in Africa during the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards held in London. Again, Dr. Klutse was the first Ghanaian journalist to have won the afore-mentioned award since its inception in 2003. He had covered several international assignments including the World Bank/IMF Annual General meetings in Washington DC, USA and interviewed several dignitaries.
He currently serves as the Media Ministry Pastor at the Headquarters of The Church of Pentecost and the resident minister for Mount Olives Worship Centre in the Odorkor Area of the Church.