As the popular saying goes, ‘There is something in a name,’ and for Robert Niin Arday
Clegg, who is a multiple awardwinning lawyer and media personality, his name has
obviously brought ‘something good’ to him and the Ghanaian media space.
For close to a decadeandahalf, Robert has hosted multiple prizewinning shows and it
appears that whatever he touches turns to gold and why not? His name, Robert,
according to Wikipedia, means ‘bright with glory’. Other sources also say the name is of
German origin and it stands for ‘fame’ and ‘shining’. His surname, Clegg, is also said to
be the name of a hill in Lancashire, England, originally known as Clague.
Hills point to the top and it is not surprising that Mr Clegg has been rising to the top ever
since he appeared on the Ghanaian media scene in the late 1990s.
Interestingly, his middle name Nii, is a Ga name that connects with royalty and elegance.
Meet the man in person and all one will see is overflowing confidence and classiness.
These and other qualities are what Robert brings to Starr 103.5 FM, as the host of the
station’s flagship programme, the “Morning Starr,” which hits the airwaves from 5:55am to
10:00am Monday to Friday.
There is no doubt that Robert knows his craft as a broadcaster and a pinsharp
interviewer. While he worked with the Multimedia Group as a presenter of PM Express on
Multi TV between2010 and 2012, he was adjudged the Television Current Affairs Show
Host of the Year 2012 by the Radio and Television Personalities (RTP) Awards in
This was for the dexterity with which he moderated discussions of national and
international importance with former Presidents, including John Kufuor (Ghana), Sam
Nujoma (Namibia), as well as Anas Aremeyaw Anas, international awardwinning
journalist, Jareth Merz of the Hollywood production, “Passion of the Christ” fame, Azumah
Nelson (member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of
Fame), among many other top personalities.
Again, as production owner and presenter of ‘Inside Out With Nii Arday Clegg’ on GTV
between 2006 and 2010, the show was nominated by the Chartered Institute of Marketing
Ghana (C.I.M.G.) for Programme of the Year 2009 and 2010 for his excellent interviews
with prominent personalities, including Prof. Henrietta MensahBonsu, the U.N. Secretary-
General’s Deputy Special Representative in Liberia and Dr. Kwadwo AfariGyan, former
Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
Robert appeared on the media scene in the late ‘90s, when he worked at Radio Univers,
the University of Ghana campus radio. Even as an upandcoming broadcaster at Radio
Gold, Network Broadcasting Company Limited, Accra between 2000 and 2006, Robert
was nominated for the Radio Presenter of the Year 2002 Award, having gained national
prominence for interviewing former President Jerry John Rawlings, then VicePresident
Prof. John Evans AttaMills (the late former President of Ghana), then Member of
Parliament John Mahama (current President of Ghana), Emmanuel BobAkitani, the main
opposition candidate in the Togolese presidential elections of 2003 and 2005.
The eloquent broadcaster has on numerous occasions made guest appearances on radio
and television, where he shared his perspectives on the review of Ghana’s constitution,
issues of criminal justice and the activities and conduct of statutory bodies.
In sports, he was a part of the Metro TV Ghana panel that analysed the Africa Cup of
Nations of 2008, the UEFA Champions League Grand Finale of the 2008/9 season and
the FIFA World Cup Finals 2010 held in South Africa live on television and was part of the
was among the top 1% of a class of 400 students
Indeed, he made the ViceChancellor’s Honours List for attaining a Grade Point Average
of 3.96/4.00 in one semester.
In Achimota School, where he got his General Certificate of Education (GCE) O’ and A’
Levels in 1993 & 1995 respectively, he won the Ayi Kwei Armah Prize for Prose,
LiteratureinEnglish (1995, Upper Six).
Robert is a solid sportsman with some enviable achievements in hockey, including
Captain, Achimota School Hockey Team (199495, Sixth Form), Goal King, InterSchools
Zonal Hockey Competition with 4 goals in 3 matches (1995, Upper Six), the Most
Outstanding Hockey Player Award, (199495 Academic Year, Sixth Form) and twice
selected as a member of the Greater Accra Regional Hockey Team (1993 & 1995).
In the tracks, Robert was also a good runner, winning the InterHouses 4×100metre
finals (1995, Upper Six).
The effable and brilliant lawyer and broadcaster is a loving family man, married to
beautiful Mabel with whom he has two sons, David and Samuel.
He enjoys informally teaching students of law. He says jollof rice with fried plantain and
chicken will get him excited any day, any time; and if you wish to buy him an apparel as a
present, ask him about the colour to choose,” because I don’t have a favourite colour – it
depends on my mood and what item we are dealing with”.