Mavis Okyere is a journalist based in Wa, Ghana. Mavis Okyere with eight years experience as a journalist with a Community Radio Station known as Radio Progress in the Upper West Region of Ghana She has helped to nurture up and coming Radio Presenters and reporters for Radio Progress. Working as the News Editor and Assistant Head of Programs, she passionately trains new interns and Reporters at Radio Progress as She herself started her journalism profession as an intern in 2011 at Radio Progress whiles in her third year at the Wa Campus of the University for Development Studies . Through her work as a Journalist there have been several interventions for deprived communities in the Upper West Region of Ghana without potable drinking, schools and furniture. Mavis Okyere received the Youth in Innovative Media Award received from the National Youth Authority in the Upper West Region as part of the Youth Achievers Awards held on the 3rd November, 2018 and third Best Journalist in the Upper West Region in Social Accountability reporting award from the Action for Sustainable Development (ASUDEV) on the 11th May, 2019 She is a 2019 Community Solutions Fellow, a Fellowship Program sponsored by the United States Department of State and IREX. As part of the Community Solutions fellowship she worked with the Voice of America in Washington DC from August 13th 2019 to November 29th, 2019.Through her time with the Voice of America She wrote new stories from Ghana, and other African Countries for the English to Africa Division of the Voice of America. Many of her stories are aired on Africa News Night, Day Break Africa, Nightline and South Sudan in Focus at the English to Africa Division of the Voice of America. She is currently using media to educate and advocate for people in the Wa Municipality stop the practice open defecation.
THE UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF) SAYS THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHOSE BIRTHS ARE OFFICIALLY REGISTERED HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY WORLDWIDE, BUT 166 MILLION UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE REMAIN UNREGISTERED.
Ghana’s information minister says a separatist group’s declaration of independence for a region on the country’s eastern border should be ignored. The Homeland Study Group Foundation has declared independence for an area the group calls Western Togoland. Mavis Okyere in Washington has more.