Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ghana most irreverent journalist celebrates birthday.

He is Ghana’s most irreverent journalist, according to former Information Minister Oboshie Sai-Coffie. Not many people would be that much happy to be referred to in such terms, but not Ato.

It has become his trademark and the least opportunity he gets on air, he uses it. His commentary on issues especially in the newspapers could be both pleasant and unpleasant depending on which of the colours you believe in.

Ato Dadzie turned 33 a week ago today. Days before his birthday, he has been telling his colleagues at Joy Fm of his admiration for plasma television.He got his dream for a plasma television come through when his colleagues surprised him by presenting to him a brand new plasma television. Led by morning show host Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah,they interrupted the newspaper review segment, which, arguably, is one of the high points of the show and asked him to repeat what he hard earlier wished for himself. He said he wanted Plasma Tv and suddenly and to Ato’s own surprise, Kojo announced to him that he’s got his wish fulfilled.

He said the morning show team got in touch with some friends who willingly contributed money to get him the television.One of them lawyer Ace Ankomah, incidentally, was the first to wish Ato a ‘happy birthday’ on his Facebook page.

Ato made some few remarks and admitted it was an experience and an equally humbling experience. He requested for American gospel artiste Don Meon’s ‘When It’s All Been Said and Done.’

He also got Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, one of Ghana’s most celebrated journalists, to play ‘happy birthday’ for him from his saxophone.

Later in the afternoon, a lunch party was thrown for him by Efua Houadjeto of Image Consortium,

and he invited 15 of his friends to eat, drink and sing ‘happy birthday’ to him. The voices that sang happy birthday for him were really tawdry.

Prior to the cutting of the birthday, Ato was in his elements and got everybody laughing. First was the announcement that the television is

‘pay per view.’ He got everybody cracking with laughter. When Freddy, one of his best buddies, got him a card, he decided to read the content to the hearing of everyone.

The card was not plasma television but, hey, he was glad he got it anyway.Even before the meals could be served, each guest was handed out a warm hotel to clean the hands before either tucking the fingers or spoon into the slices of chicken and octopus that later followed.The rice and beef sauce was great as those who ate that said. I settled for rice and fish sauce and I must confess it was tasteful as well. I had a great lunch and though lot more of the food was latter brought in; everyone had had a good time. The wine was great. The cake was also wonderful.

The lunch was hosted at Foodies, owned by Peggy Azumah-Nelson, wife of Ghanaian legendary boxer Azumah Nelson. Her place is a perfect hideout for a romantic date.

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