THE MAN THAT REPRESENTS EXCELLENCE.. NII ARDAY CLEGG

THE MAN THAT REPRESENTS EXCELLENCE.. NII ARDAY CLEGG

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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

Ghana.

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”.

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