Did you know that in December 2015 Foreign Policy magazine named Anas one of 2015’s leading global thinkers, an honour previously granted to the likes of Barack Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Pope Benedict XVI, and Malala Yousafzai? Do you also know that in March 2016, Anas was invited by Harvard Law School as a keynote speaker to share his experiences as an international undercover journalist creating change on the continent of Africa in 2016? And did you know that Anas is an Alumnus of University of Ghana and a resident of the popular all-male hall Commonwealth Hall of the University?
Well, these and many other reasons are why the Vandals dont joke with their own Anas Aremeyaw Anas whose latest work Number 12 has led to the resignation of 3-term Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi over abuse of office and corruption.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist whose motto is “name, shame and jail”, and is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal; very few people had seen his face until an “unmasking” during a BBC interview in November 2015 — and this was a prosthetic.
Recently Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong who attempted to unmask him put out pictures of a Brazilian model and other unknown person who denied being Anas and threatened him with suits.
ANAS specializes in print media and documentary, focusing on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.
Anas has won critical acclaim for his work advocating for basic human rights such as the right to not be held in human slavery or servitude and for his work exposing corruption. His investigative works have won him worldwide acclaim, including President Barack Obama highlighting his virtues in a speech during a 2009 visit to Ghana:
“An independent press. A vibrant private sector. A civil society. Those are the things that give life to democracy. We see that spirit in courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to report the truth.” Anas has won more than 17 international awards for his investigative work. He was polled as the fifth most influential Ghanaian in 2011 by e.tv Ghana, and named one of the “Most Influential Africans of the Year” by New African magazine in December 2014, no doubt the Vandals, as past and present students of the Commonwealth Hall are proud of him.