Some radio presenters outside the Greater Accra Region are doing marvelously well but have not been in the limelight. A presenter of that ilk is Owuraku Asamoah who is known in private life as Emmanuel Asamoah.
Owuraku has been working with Somanya – based Rite 90.1 FM since 2004 as a talk show host with no professional journalistic background. “I grew up in Koforidua from Christ Preparatory to Church of Christ Mission to Saint Peter’s Anglican to Koforidua Secondary Technical School then to Kumasi Polytechnic to do Civil Engineering but spent the first nine years of my life in Asesewa, the capital of Upper Manya. In short, I am a Civil Engineer doing radio and I have no regrets,” he told Flex newspaper.
Owuraku added that he feels ‘paid’ and fulfilled when he is able to impact what he has onto others and to bring relief and development to lives in the rural setting. In August 2012, The George Atkins Communications awarded him in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Farm Radio International which took him to Arusha, Tanzania through Kenya and at the same time attended an AGRA conference with Kofi Annan.
“Twice, I have been in Berlin to cover the Fruit Logistica and a documentary I did for the trip when I met Ghana’s Ambassador to Germany won my station an award for promoting rural enterprise this year,” Owuraku added. He has also managed Rite FM which according to him is the best Radio Station in the Eastern region for more than three years and won several awards in their focus.
Aside all these feats, Owuraku Asamoah has done developmental journalism where with support from STAR Ghana, hosted a political debate for about four constituencies in the 2012 general elections, has done work on maternal health and just finished with another on education and has been able to push ten basic schools in Yilo Krobo to move from zero percent zone in their current BECE.
On the Morning Ride, which he hosts, they have pushed for roads to be constructed, water sent to those without water, people who hitherto did not have electricity now have it and markets have been constructed for certain communities in the region. “We have prodded the police to get criminals arrested to make the place safe for all,” he noted.
“I am happy when people call to tell me there’s a problem somewhere and they want me to address it. Well, I now have a new job with Rite FM as a Programs Director which I am trying to get used to with the passage of time. I have gotten to where I am in life because of God and my family and some great friends and I am ever grateful to anyone who has been a part of my success story,” he concluded.
Owuraku is undoubtedly one of the best morning show presenters in the Eastern Region and his contributions to the communities he serves tell it all. Tune in to the Morning Ride every weekday from 7am to 10am and get into the world of Owuraku Asamoah. His name is Asamoah – Owuraku Asamoah!!!