Ghana media yet to wake up to Annan's Nobel Prize award

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghanaian media is yet to wake up to the news of Kofi Annan, Ghanaian-born UN Secretary General, being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
A day after the announcement was made, only the Daily Graphic, one of two state-owned daily newspapers, has carried the story.
The Ghanaian Times, the other state-owned daily, did not publish a single word about the issue.
It dwelt on the US-led attacks on Afghanistan.
The Graphic, however, treated Annan's Nobel Prize award as front-page lead story, carried a photograph of Annan and President John Agyekum Kufuor and the president's message to the UN boss but without any reaction.
In the electronic media, and particularly the radio, there was little enthusiasm as radio stations only carried the story in passing.
They concentrated on President Kufuor's first cabinet reshuffle, and analysis of that action.
The official response to the news was also very slow in coming.
Not until late Friday did the President's Office send Kufuor's message to Annan to the media.
"The Nobel Peace Prize award comes as an appreciation and recognition of your qualities as an eminent statesman and accomplished peacemaker," Kufuor wrote.
Earlier, former President Jerry Rawlings had spoken to Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the award.
He congratulated Annan for winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize, saying, that the Ghanaian born diplomat deserved the high award.
Rawlings whose government supported Annan's successful bid to become the UN boss, said Annan had not only proved the collective judgement of his supporters right, but also made Ghana proud.
"This illustrious son of Ghana has put our country and Africa on a high pedestal in global affairs once again," the former President said in an interview with GNA.
Monday, when all the private newspapers hit the news-stands, would determine whether Annan, who has been an international diplomat for most of his working life, is better known outside his homeland.

13 october 2001 11:12:00




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