Popularly known as General One in media circles, Sammy Heywood Okine currently writes for the African Sports Media Network Incorporated in the USA (africansportsmonthly.com) and contributes to other websites such as moderghana.com, totalsportsghana.com, newsghana.com.gh and aipsmedia.com as the Ghana liaison officer for news from Ghana.
The former Deputy General Secretary of the Sports Writers of Ghana (SWAG) is well known for his diversity in sports reporting, writing and presenting story telling pictures of all sports.
His style of reporting on unknown rising stars and the lesser known sports seem to have been recognised by the organisers and patrons of the Ghana Sports Excellence Awards that has been running since 2014.
Sammy Heywood Okine who is Communications Director for the Millennium Marathon, Ghana Kick Boxing Association and the Women In Sports Association (WISA) believes Ghana Sports Journalists has more to do in terms of research and specialisation, because most of them only report on football, yet do not give news that can transform the nation or educate the public on sports that people want to know much about.
The General as he is known said he was happy with the recognition nomination and prayed for a successful event.
Other nominees in the category for Best Sports Reporter (Online) are Erasmus Kwao of Liquid Sports, Prince Dornu-Leiku of Eastside Boxing and Tophic Seinu of Ghana Soccernet.
Sammy Heywood Okine of African Sports Media Network has more experience and can do whatever many can do, but most cannot do what he does as a crusader of the lesser known sports.
Sammy Heywood Okine, founder of the Online Sports Journalists Union (OSJU) noted that journalism has changed worldwide with new trends and prayed that Ghanaian sports writers would change for the better.
The Producer of “On The Ball” a popular TV programme hinted that sports writers and broadcasters need to retrain to refresh their skills and talents as sports is always changing with new ideas, personalities and programmes.
Alex Owusu, Jury Executive of the awards said the Annual Ghana Sports Excellence Awards are designed to be all encompassing, rewarding outstanding Ghanaian athletes, volunteers, sports media, as well as sports administrators, and stakeholders, worldwide, without whom many sports would not be so successful.
The event is proudly powered by its founder Hallmark Plus, and supported by Black Entertainment, Fashion, Film & Television Awards (BEFFTA), ENYA Events Management (UK), Graphic Sports, among others.