Razak El-Alawa gave himself wholly to journalism - GJA President

Accra, June 8, GNA - Mr Ronald Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has euogised the late Alhaji Razak El-Alawa, a veteran journalist, as someone who gave himself wholly to the Journalism profession.

“Alhaji, when he was alive devoted himself to anything related to Journalism. He demonstrated complete fidelity to the Association and was conspicuous at all its programmes,” he said.

The GJA President made the comments on Tuesday at the Book of Condolence opening ceremony for the Journalist in Accra.

Mr Monney said there was every cause to mourn the demise of the veteran Journalist because he left an indelible mark yet to be equaled.

He said El-Alawa was humble, professionally and ethically distinct and a huge national asset worth cherishing even after death.

The GJA president said the Association would brainstorm on ways to immortalise the name of Alhaji Razak El-Alawa.

Mr Kabral Blay-Amihere, former GJA President and former Chairman of the National Media Commission, said the late El-Alawa was one of the finest Journalists Ghana had produced.

He said the veteran Journalist served the nation well, was an influential figure, friendly and set the pace for many to follow.

The former GJA President urged the inky fraternity to emulate the exemplary attributes of El-Alawa in discharging their duties.

Alhaji Alhassan Abdulai, Deputy Coordinator of the Federation of Muslim Council of Ghana and a colleague of El-Alawa at Graphic Communications Group, described his friend as one who was steadfast in his journalistic work.

He said their friendship dated back to 1974 when they both worked together at the Editorial Department of Daily Graphic.

Alhaji said due to El-Alawa’s writing prowess, he soon won the attention and admiration of both his readers and superiors at work.

He thanked the leadership of GJA for the several ways they had honored members of the Association both dead or alive.

Alhaji Razak El-Alawa, was a columnist of the Daily Graphic and a record three-time winner of the GJA Journalist of the Year Award, having won the coveted prize in 1975, 1976 and 1978. He was also the runner-up in 1977.

His weekly column in Saturday's Daily Graphic titled "Reflections" was the favorite of many readers.

When Dr Hilla Limann assumed Presidency of the country, El-Alawa became one of the press secretaries at the Castle.

He was an old student of Konongo-Odumase Senior High School (KOSS) and later gained admission into the University of Ghana in 1967 for a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree programme in History.

In September 1974, he was posted to the Graphic Communications Group Limited [then known as Graphic Corporation] for his National Service after his post-graduate studies at the School of Communications Studies, University of Ghana.

He was appointed a Staff Writer at Daily Graphic in September 1975, and served as the Northern and Upper Regional correspondent of the newspaper.

Described as a true son of the Commonwealth Hall (Vandal City) of the University of Ghana, El-Alawa played an instrumental role in the affairs of the Old Vandals Association, rising to become President of the Association from July 2011 to July 2016.

As an undergraduate student, he was Editor of the “Echo”, a publication by the Commonwealth Hall.

El-Alawa returned to the Commonwealth Hall in 1973 as one of the pioneer students for the Post Graduate Diploma course in Communication Studies where he became the Editor-in-Chief of the Echo and also Secretary of the Junior Common Room (JCR).

As a Yoruba by birth, he played a key role in the affairs of the Yoruba community in Ghana and even though he lived almost all his life in Ghana, he never lost touch with his roots in Nigeria.

He died in Accra on Monday, May 3, 2021 at age 76.