Otec, my Genesis in Media
-Reminiscing Feb 25, 2006
4:30pm this date (falling on the scheduled Saturday) I was behind the microphone on the first private radio station in Ashanti, Oppong Twumasi Electrical Company (Otec) FM, 102.9Mhz, with the maiden edition of the much publicised educational advocacy show, “Learning Matters”.
With my spectacled Spoken English trainer at Medianet cum lecturer of English at the Christian Service University College, Mr. Adade Yeboah-Asuamah (Uncle Tony), as my guest, it was intriguing how listeners from far and near texted to the programme as they enjoyed the ‘Common Errors in English’ edition of the show.
The practical approach to the on-air delivery by us, both privileged with teaching, writing and public speaking backgrounds, was the gateway to hosting Prof. R. K. Nkum (then Dean of Physical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) on ‘Perceptions in Science’ which led to discussing of the eclipse of the sun experienced in Ghana and the controversial subject of whether or not Apostle Kwadwo Safo Kantanka was into invention or reingineering as challenged by then vice chancellor Andam.
“Learning Matters” has stood the test of time as the inspiration behind many educational advocacy publications that have sparked debates and influenced key educational policies and programmes in Ghana.
On this 15th anniversary (having moved on via various electronic, print and online media platforms to become a media consultant/investigative advocacy journalist) my message to media practitioners and followers is “Research thoroughly, ask provoking questions, follow up, get problems solved without fear or favour”.
Author: Osei Kuffour (Editor OK)