The Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party for the 2016 Presidential elections, Nana Akufo-Addo has met and congratulated Ghanaian international Journalist, Jefferson Sackey for winning the prestigious Planet Africa Award this year alongside Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the legendary social activist Marcus Garvey and Canada’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, The Honourable Michael Coteau.
Nana Akufo-Addo who is on an official visit to Canada on a campaign mission took the opportunity to wish the Ghanaian Journalist well for projecting Ghana and Africa positively on the global stage.
Jefferson Sackey worked with Nana Akufo-Addo as a Media Relations Officer while he was Ghana’s Foreign Minister and travelled with him on high profile missions.
Earlier on Saturday, Jefferson Sackey and fifteen other recipients were presented with the 2015 Planet Africa Media laureate at a ceremony in the Canadian city of Toronto.
The ceremony brought together Ministers, Councilors, Mayors and a cross section of the African and Caribbean community in North America to recognize hard work, leadership and excellence.
In the official citation, Jefferson Sackey was awarded for ”being an innovative and creative individual who has raised the bar in the media industry and uses his platform to increase awareness regarding issues that affect society across Africa and beyond”
The Planet Africa laureate is Canada’s biggest awards for people of African descent established in 2004. The Awards program has identified and recognized hard work, excellence and professionalism, which produce role models, especially for young people.
The mission is to showcase deserving individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies that make a profound difference in the lives of people of African heritage globally.
Past recipients include Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Wole Soyinka, Olympic Gold Medalist, Daniel Igali, Nuclear Scientist, Dr. Sylvester Osamusali, movie and television star, Isaiah Washington and Legendary Singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, among other highly accomplished individuals and organizations.