For the teaming masses of listeners of Citi FM's Eyewitness News, that broadcasts from Monday to Friday at 5:30pm prompt, we have come to fall in love with not the just the station and even the host, but even the supporting lady newscasters, who read out the news on this viral program.
For years, Richard Sky, held the forte, till his passion for Law, took him from us, as he is now based in the UK, practicing Law and schooling, we are told. But since he left a few years ago, the far younger and seeming calmer host, Umaru Sanda has held on very well, as he has made a name for himself, for his bold questions as well.
Few seconds to 5:30pm, many are eager to tune in their radio dials, to 93.7fm, just to catch the latest news updates and breaking news for the day and of course, the in-depth news analyses and interview bit, that follows right after the news.
So it has been surprising that, for many of the ardent listeners on the show, our darling, Umaru Sanda Amadu, has been missing in action, for some few days now and many have been wondering, has he left the station, has he travelled or some are even asking, has he been replaced?
Currently, the Eyewitness News is hosted by Lawyer and Journalist, Selorm Adonoo, and for at least two days or so, he has been holding the forte well as well. But here is why, Umaru Sanda is not there, as here are all the details, I chanced on.
Umaru Sanda and Lawyer Adonoo
The host of Eyewitness News on Citi FM, Umaru Sanda Amadu has left for Abidjan, the capital of Cote d’Ivoire to take part in a Sustainable Development Reporting Course, the training programme is being organized by the Africa Development Bank Group (AfDB) with facilitation from the Thompson Reuters Foundation.
The 3-day training would see Umaru Sanda and his 29 other colleague journalists drawn from the African continent undergo intensive training in development journalism.
“The Course is a response to the need to build the capacity of African journalists and will focus on increasing the role of the media in development” the invitation by AfDB’s Editorial and Media Relations Manager, Nafissatou Diouf stated.
Umaru Sanda Amadu, who won the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards in 2017 as the Best Reporter in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been passionate in his coverage of SDG Goal 6 which focuses on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the country.
He is a member of the Media Coalition Against Open Defecation (M-CODE) and has previously won the WASH Media Awards organized in Stockholm, Sweden in 2014.
In 2018, the co-anchor of the CitiNewsroom on Citi TV was selected by the US Embassy in Accra as an International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) fellow where he joined about 50 other journalists from around the globe on a 3-week training in the United States of America.
Umaru Sanda Amadu has been with the Adabraka based Citi FM/Citi TV since 2010 where he has been involved in news production and anchoring as well as the production of award winning documentaries.
Just this year, some personnel of the Ghana Police Service on January 1 verbally abused Citi TV journalist, Umaru Sanda Amadu whom they accosted in traffic, in what appears to be deliberate profiling by the police who were in a patrol pick up, the journalist’s car was singled out and subjected to a thorough search.
The visibly angry group of policemen insisted they were searching for weapons and drugs in his car. Umaru Sanda Amadu captured the bizarre scene on his mobile phone, as seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mnBeRwRwGc&feature=emb_title, which went viral and may have spiraled her already fast rising fame, into another limelight.
The Policeman who led the alleged assault
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