Washington, December 12 2016 — A U.S-based Ghanaian writer and media practitioner, Alhassan Y. Ahmad Alwaiz, has been selected for recognition by the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) during this year’s UNCA Awards which will take place in New York on Friday, December 16.
Alhassan’s essay is titled: “Deadly Voyages and the UN Race against the Tide” –a passionately moving narrative, first published in the Berlin-based AfricaNewsAnalysis. The essay highlights the dangers of illegal migration and what the United Nations has been doing to address it.
Alhassan is dedicating this award to the President-Elect of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for showing Ghanaians and the world what hope and patience can achieve; His Excellency President John
Dramani Mahama, for showing courage and grace in accepting defeat –at a time when it’s needed most, and the good people of Ghana for keeping the peace during and after the elections.
He also dedicate the award to Musah Ibrahim Musah, Editor-in-Chief at AfricaNewsAnalysis, his mentor and guide who walked “him through the plank of international media practice”.
The special dinner and awards night, which will be held at Cipriani 55 Wall Street, New York, is also to celebrate the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon‘s final year of service to the U.N. The U.N Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio will be the recipient of the 2016 UNCA Global Citizen of the year award for his work on addressing the global effects of climate change.
The gala will be attended by UN Ambassadors, high-level officials, Hollywood celebrities, humanitarians, corporate and cultural organizations, international media organizations, and journalists from around the world.
Alhassan is an international affairs analyst and a regular guest on the Voice of America’s weekly talk show “Lest Talk”. A few days before Ghana’s 2012 general elections, he appeared on the Voice of America with the US-based Ghanaian lecturer at the American University, Prof. George Ayyittey, for a pre-election analysis.
He was the North America Editor and United Nations Correspondent for AfricaNewsAnalysis for about three years, while working as Diplomatic Affairs Editor for the New York-based magazine, Applause Africa. He then moved to Arise TV as a Producer.
Two years ago, he was honored by the Seoul (South Korea)-based HWPL as International Peace Ambassador. He was also a Julius Nyerere (Junior) Research Fellow, named after former president of Tanzania, at the Washington DC-based think tank, The Africa Society, where the late Prof. Ali Mazrui was an honorary board member for years until his death.
Alhassan took advanced writing through the AAP (Advanced Academic Program) of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Advanced Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, and has been a continuing student of advanced International Relations at the Georgetown University’s Edmond Walsh School of Foreign Service–where he has been working to consolidate grounds for a “sandwiched” (joint) Masters and Phd program at the same school in due course. Alhassan has also been trained and certified on various thematic areas in International Diplomacy (International law, International migration, globalization, et al) at the Washington-based World Affairs Council (WAC). He also took several research courses at the Library of Congress, and he is currently taking a self-paced certificate course in International Environmental Law and Policy, being offered online through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
The writer has also been trained and certified by the World Bank Institute (on climate change policy options to increase green growth), and has earned three certificate from the United Nations on decision making process at the U.N. He has interviewed (and had a Q & A sessions with) a number of global political and business leaders such as President John Dramani Mahama, Ex-President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Managing Director of IMF Christian Laggard, Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and U.S. Civil Rights Leader Jesse Jackson.
Alhassan is currently consulting for a number of entities among which is the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea, on behalf of whom he recently led a team of communication and business consultants in a presentation before senior administration officials of the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) –where he made a strong case for increased aid to the (Ebola-ravaged) Republic of Guinea at this post-recovery stage. He speaks five international languages such as English, advanced Arabic, native Hausa, conversational German, and basic Spanish.