Eric Mensah-Ayettey, assisting editor at MyJoyOnline.com

An editor at MyJoyOnline.com, a subsidiary of The Multimedia Group, Eric Mensah-Ayettey has launched two books aimed at enhancing the writing skills of communication students and practitioners.

The books are ‘Eric’s Diary: A Guide to Writing Feature Articles Using The 5ws And H + M, O/R’ and ‘Eric’s Diary: Creatively writing with the 5Ws and H’.

At a launch at the Dzorwulu Campus of the Ghana Institute of Journalism on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the two books were officially outdoored for public patronage.

Delivering his speech, author of the insightful materials, Eric Mensah-Ayettey, expressed gratitude to God about the success of the initiative.

Flanked by his wife, Joy Awula Dede Sackey Ayettey, the communications practitioner for the past 25 years indicated that as a writer, he had identified the struggles many people go through in putting their thoughts into articulate expressions.

MyJoyOnline's Eric Mensah-Ayettey launches books to enhance writing skills
A guide to writing feature articles

According to him, even though a lot of people desire to also write, they find it difficult composing their thoughts and producing it into meaningful scripts.

Ericus, as affectionately called therefore said this compelled him to put together the two educative materials.

“Throughout the 25years I have worked as a communications practitioner, I have observed that most people have difficulty in writing. From simple official letters, through press statements, policy briefs, fact sheets, rejoinders, position papers, speeches to mention a few.

I realized that most people struggle to convey the meaning they have in mind, on paper. My real diagnosis is that many do not have a grasp of the rules of grammar. That’s mainly because they don’t read. Neither do they listen to good English”, he explained.

MyJoyOnline's Eric Mensah-Ayettey launches books to enhance writing skills
Creatively writing with the 5Ws and H

He continued: “This calls for more work to be done at the primary and secondary school levels. I urge teachers at these levels of our educational system, to evolve the right pedagogy methods to change this situation.

As a communications practitioner, I believe I can contribute to improve the situation by offering some guidance to all persons whose work involves writing. Secretaries, Administrators, Lawyers, Journalists, Public Relations Practitioners, Students of journalism and Public Relations, among others”.

Launching the books, the Anglican Bishop of Accra, Dr Daniel Sylvanus Mensah applauded the author for successfully publishing the two materials.

In his address, he underscored the relevance of books, and charged all persons to patronise the the two books accordingly.

“I have no doubt, that the objective of the book, which is, to contribute to existing literature on writing skills for both students and communications professionals, will be achieved. Indeed, as suggested by the author, I found it to be useful for persons whose work involves writing in any form, as well.

As Eric signs off on each of the articles, I wish to urge each and every one of us to let God Lead in all our endeavours. He will never forsake us”, he said.

On that note, he said, “I on behalf of the Anglican Communion and in my capacity as the Bishop of the Diocese of Accra, in the name of the Almighty God, hereby declare these books duly launched. May the Almighty God bless the hands of Eric and grant the heart desires of all those who support this worthy cause”.

MyJoyOnline's Eric Mensah-Ayettey launches books to enhance writing skills
Dr Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto at the launch on Tuesday, June 28

The launch was attended by students of journalism, journalists, public relations practitioners, media owners, media regulators, as well as the author’s family and friends.

Mr. Mensah-Ayettey added that he intends to use the proceeds from the sales of the books to further his education to enable him lecture at the university level.

MyJoyOnline's Eric Mensah-Ayettey launches books to enhance writing skills
A shot of the unveiling of the books at the event which was tagged ‘From Okaishie to the world’

About the Books

  1. Eric’s Diary: A Guide to Writing Feature Articles- Using The 5ws And H + M, O/R -312 pages

In this book, the author explained how the 5Ws and H in news writing, as well as his addition – M, O/ R (Who, What, When, Why, Where and How as well as Motive, Opinion/ Recommendation) are used to write educative, entertaining informative and promotional feature articles.

The title, Eric’s Diary: A Guide to Writing Feature Articles stemmed from the style adopted for writing those articles. The author commented on socio-politico-economic issues from his personal experiences. This enabled him to infuse traditional wisdom and local language to spice the write-up for readers’ enjoyment.

2. Eric’s Diary: Creatively writing with the 5Ws and H- 136 pages

In here, the reader is guided through the imaginative process deployed to produce the nine articles- five entertainment-related and four politico-socio-economic ones.

Using the 5Ws and H, the reader is let in on how the entertainment-related pieces were imagined, conceived and birthed as well as how the politically-inclined ones were narrated creatively.

About the Author

  • Eric Mensah-Ayettey is the CEO of CIRE Communications Services.
  • He is a Communications Consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the practice of Public Relations and Journalism.
  • An award-winning Journalist, Eric is currently an Editor at myjoyonline.com, a subsidiary of the Multimedia Group Limited.
  • Eric worked with Strategic Communications Africa (Stratcomm Africa) for over four years as Lead Communications Consultant.
  • Prior to that, he worked in various capacities at the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana.
  • Eric also rose through the ranks, from Reporter through Assistant Head of News to Head of News at Radio Gold 90.5 FM.
  • As a student Journalist, Eric had stints with the Ghana News Agency, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and the Graphic Communications Group Limited.
  • He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Affairs (UG), a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration (GIMPA), Diploma in Journalism and a Certificate in Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing (GIJ).
  • Eric is an Affiliate member of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana (IPR) and a member of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
  • Eric has attended Public Relations Conferences in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, UK as well as pursued a course in Office Procedures in New Delhi, India.
  • Ericus is married with three children.