Building peace in the minds of men and women

World Press Freedom Day 2017

Thu, 4 May - 11:15 to 12:45

Parallel Session 9

Nana Kofi Acquah

Award-winning photojournalist (Ghana)

Nana Kofi Acquah is a Ghanaian journalist, photographer, poet, painter, blogger and activist known for championing women's rights in Africa; and also influencing and challenging perceptions on Africa mainly through photography.
In 1997, he joined Atlantic FM, University of Cape Coast as a Radio Presenter. This was where he got introduced to journalism, and upon graduation, he joined Skyy Power FM in Takoradi. He is still a member of the Ghana Journalists Association.
In 2008, Nana became the West African Regional Coordinator for the African Voices Project; a Dutch-funded project that recruited and trained citizen journalists on how to report using a Nokia N73. 
Nana is part of Everyday Africa, an "Instagram feed that delivers fresh, insightful images daily that counter the crippling stereotypes that have long defined an entire continent’s image from the outside". Nana's personal Instagram account(@africashowboy) has close to a hundred thousand followers.
Nana is a recipient of the Tim Hetherington Foundation and World Press Photo Fellowship for his work. 
In 2016, his photo was part of the ten images presented in a handmade book as a gift from Instagram to the Pope at the Vatican; and he was recently listed by Shutterstock as one of the 100 photographers worth following on Instagram.
He lives in Accra with the love of his life, Gloria and their three children and 2 dogs.