Joy FM’s Seth Kwame Boateng sets himself apart from most broadcast journalists in Ghana in many ways. When it comes to his profession, he is a serial winner of many awards. He is a product of some of the respected educational institutions around the world from where among others, he holds three master’s degrees.
Again, Seth Kwame Boateng has developed a niche for himself as an outstanding broadcast journalist who uses features and documentaries to bring attention and solutions to the plaques that commonly affect society, and that was our attention when we drew closer to him in our Weekend Chat, the platform created by myghairwaves.com to interact with and celebrate outstanding broadcast journalists.
According to Seth Kwame Boateng, his background is what influences him to be extremely interested in the human-centered features and documentaries he normally does. His aim is that society will be better for others, even though he was not that fortunate.
“I am from a very poor home and I don’t want people to go through what I went through growing up”
“I feel I can use my stories to change lives and that is why I do these stories to change lives”, Seth exclusively told myghairwaves.com in the Weekend Chat.
And lives Seth has changed with his stories!
Among the many works of Seth Kwame Boateng is Locked and Forgotten, a documentary that brings to fore the plight of remand prisoners in Ghana. The airing of the documentary resulted in the Judicial Service of Ghana acting to release over 150 pre-trial detainees being kept in Ghana’s prisons at the time. It also draws the then sitting President of Ghana to visit the Prisons at the time, the first in Ghana’s history.
In 2017, Seth Kwame Boateng’s exposé titled Next To Die highlighted stunning avoidable maternal and child mortality arising from overcrowding at the Komfo Anokye Hospital and it drew instant reactions from all stakeholders. The publication of the documentary propelled the President of Ghana to visit the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to have a firsthand assessment of the situation and also his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo to lead a fundraising drive for the support of the Maternity Ward of the hospital.
Just last Friday, sod has been cut for work to begin on a Maternity and Child Block for the Komfo Anokye Hospital, after 47 years of its abandonment halfway. Such is the impact of Seth Kwame Boateng’s journalistic works.
Deadly Pets, Pains from Cursed Cells, Buying Life, Balls in Danger, Borrowed Manhood, Left to Rot, and Death Row are but few of Seth Kwame Boateng’s other award-winning documentaries.
Unlike daily news reportage and productions, features and documentaries take weeks and months to produce. Instinctively, myghairwaves.com asked Seth Kwame Boateng whether he sometimes gets worried that it takes quite a time for his stories to be heard compared to his other colleague broadcasters who are almost on the airwaves every day.
“I am not competing with anyone”
“We all have our strengths and interests. I am happy for what they produce, and they are also happy for me too”, he responded.
Seth Kwame Boateng’s journey with broadcasting started as a receptionist at Luv FM in Kumasi, where he did his National Service in 2007 after graduating from the University of Cape Coast. By dint of hard work and dedication to his job, he has worked his way to his present position as a senior broadcast journalist at the Multimedia Group and one of the highly respected journalists in Ghana.
That journey has seen him bagged many awards for his works. In 2017, Seth Kwame Boateng was adjudged the Best Journalist in West Africa by the Media Foundation for West Africa. He was also named the Exclusive Man of Year by the EMY Awards Africa. Again, he was honoured with the inaugural CIMG President’s Special Award the same year. Among many other awards, Seth was also adjudged the 2014 Ghana Journalist of the Year.
Your authoritative myghairwaves.com is proud of Seth Kwame Boateng and salutes him for his great works for society.
And what do you also think about Seth Kwame Boateng? Who is even your favourite radio or tv personality in Ghana? Hit the comment section below and let us know. We may end up having a chat with him or her this coming weekend.