Straight Out of Ghana: A Still Beaming Knight-Bagehot Fellow

Emmanuel Dogbevi was part of the 2013-14 group.

This year’s Knight-Bagehot Fellows at Columbia University are, per usual, an impressive group. They include Bloomberg’s Justin Doom, the LA Times’ Tiffany Hsu and Fortune magazine’s Jeff Roberts.

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A few years ago, it was the honor of Ghanaian business journalist Emmanuel Dogbevi to be among this elite class. In a piece published this week on the website that he founded, ghanabusinessnews.com, Dogbevi calls the 2013-14 Fellowship the pinnacle of his 25-year career. And what a career!

From the top of colleague Emmanuel Odonkor’s write-up:

What would be your reaction if you were told that a middle school graduate whose education had been truncated would one day become a journalist whose exploits would add to Ghana’s pride?

The career of this globally recognized journalist has been a long, winding one, but he became the first Ghanaian to be awarded the most sought after journalism fellowship in the world, the Knight Bagehot (pronounced baje-t) Fellowship of Columbia University in the United States of America, making him the only Ghanaian and seventh from Africa on the list of close to 400 fellows in the 40 years of the Fellowship.

His first article on e-waste in Ghana, which was the first by any Ghanaian journalist on record, was published on June 15, 2007 by the Daily Graphic and subsequently on myjoyonline.com. The same article is published as a chapter in the first edition of a university textbook published by New York-based Cengage Learning, titled: Cross currents: Cultures, Communities, Technologies.

Due to economic hardship in Ghana in the early 1980s, Dogbevi’s mother was unable to afford to pay for his further education. As her son worked over the next few years as everything from a roofing tiles factory hand to chocolate drinks vendor, he read newspapers voraciously and wrote poetry. Read the full article here.

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