My first salary as a broadcaster was GHC90, says Aboagye-Wiafe

The host of Between Hours, Naa Ashorkor had a hearty chat with Emmanuel Aboagye-Wiafe, affectionately called Putuu, of Asaase 99.5 Accra about his broadcasting career

Emmanuel Aboagye-Wiafe, award-winning broadcaster and news coordinator at Asaase 99.5 Accra, has recounted his early years in broadcasting, adding that “at TV Africa I was taking GHC90 [as salary] and that was in 2005.”

After working as a flight attendant for years with the defunct Ghana Airways and earning in dollars, Putuu, as he is affectionately called, said: “It was a big blow and it made me realise that all is not rosy or smooth.”

“In fact, it affected me seriously. What helped me was that I grew up from a humble home and ghettos so I easily adapted,” Aboagye-Wiafe told the host of Between Hours Naa Ashorkor on Wednesday (13 July).

“Life was very comfortable when I was a flight attendant,” the host of Energy 101 on Asaase 99.5 Accra said. “I was earning salary at the end of every month and getting per diem occasionally.”

Being in the media space consistently for the past 17 years, the broadcaster said what has kept him going is “humility” and also being “focused” about the job.

Emmanuel Aboagye-Wiafe, the host of Energy 101 and news coordinator at Asaase 99.5 Accra
Emmanuel Aboagye-Wiafe, the host of Energy 101 and news coordinator at Asaase 99.5 Accra

“Focus on what you have to do at every moment,” Putuu said. “Don’t get distracted and always focusing on what you could have done. Have your trust in God and know that definitely something good will happen.”

Spiritual attacks in the media space

Asked whether spiritual attacks in the media space is real, Putuu said: “When I started journalism at GBC and being talented as I am, I rose fast at GBC and I became the envy of many.

“Having gone through what I went through I know it’s very real when we talk of spiritual attacks in the media space.”

According to him, “at that time (2005) when you are a reader, you don’t do any other thing, I was about opening a day once and all of a sudden I heard a sharp prick in my arm and all of a sudden it started oozing blood. At that time I didn’t think much into it. I was later admitted in the hospital, my mom sent me to prayers. In the course of the prayers, that was when I got to know that it was a spiritual attack which was meant to collapse me.”

He added: “So I was scared, at GBC we heard news of readers going blind all of a sudden. People losing their voices. So I had heard some of these stories already.”

“Being a broadcaster is an envy to many people, people want to appear on TV, people want the spotlight but they never get the chance, black magic is there. It’s real, so you need to focus on God and keep praying for divine protection,” Aboagye-Wiafe added.

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