Johnnie Hughes: Basking in the spotlight

By: Jayne Buckman-Owoo
Johnnie Hughes doing what he loves best
Johnnie Hughes doing what he loves best

Presenter Johnnie Beresford Hughes’ name may be all over the media space now; synonymous with dedication, professionalism and humour.

And he has every right to enjoy the limelight because the road to the top has been a long one and he has certainly paid his dues.

Currently a co-host of TV3’s morning show, New Day, and community rights advocacy programme, Community Connect as well as Speak Your Mind on 3FM, all part of the Media General family, Johnnie, 34, has 13 years experience in the media space and he has not been limited to one area but has made sure to try different things which has benefitted not only him but his listeners and viewers.

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He was inspired to take the media seriously after an encounter with ace broadcaster, Kwasi Kyei-Darkwa (KKD) in 2008.

He was the lead singer with a group known as BIB on TV3’s reality show, Bands Alive, when he met KKD who urged him on.

“He bought me books and suits, his level of generosity towards me has been amazing.

I really look up to him.

Another person I look up to is Kwaku Sakyi-Addo for his great interviewing skills.

My brothers, Rev. Mike Abossey and Ransford Abbosey also encouraged me to take up media work but KKD took it a notch higher,” he recalled.

After the encounter with KKD, Johnnie got right to work soon after and between 2010 and 2014, Johnnie worked with the Multiple Concepts Group, USAID, Johns Hopkins University and the Ghana Health Service to produce and air the health quiz programme, The Goodlife Game Show on then Viasat 1 Ghana (now Kwese Free Sports).

For the period that the quiz show ran, Johnnie also took up presenting duties on then Pravda Radio (now Vision 1 FM) as the morning show host in 2011.

Then there were stints as a presenter on entertainment show, The Rundown and TV Africa’s Daybreak.

Then Media General came calling and the story has been one success story after the other ending up with him on three major shows which are undoubtedly tiring but Johnnie is enjoying the roles he plays too much to allow himself to stress.

He told Showbiz a typical day for him starts as early as 3.30am when he wakes up.

“I say my prayers and have my morning devotion till about 4.am when I do some skipping and push-ups.

I take a cup of tea, take a shower and leave home at 5.00am for the office,” he said.