Finalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Competition were announced yesterday by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the independent judging panel. The competition is now in its 18th year.
This year the competition received entries from 42 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.
There are 27 finalists from 11 countries:
- Gifty Andoh Appiah, Joy News TV, Ghana
- Rebekah Awuah, GBC 24, Ghana
- Domingos Bento, Seminário Novo Jornal, Angola
- Thomas Otieno Bwire, Pamoja FM, Kibera, Kenya
- Axcel Micael Chenney, Le Défi Média Group, Mauritius
- Florence Dallu, Freelance for Koch FM, Kenya
- Nicola de Chaud, Freelance for Carte Blanche, South Africa
- Adrian de Kock, The Star, South Africa
- Ibrahima-Benjamin Diagne, Radio Futurs Médias (RFM), Senegal
- Msindisi Fengu & Yandisa Monakali, Daily Dispatch, South Africa
- Selma Inocência, Rede de Comunicação Miramar, Mozambique
- Geoff Iyatse, The Guardian, Nigeria
- Thanduxolo Jika & Media 24 Investigations Team, Media 24, South Africa
- Judy Jeptum Kosgei & Mauritius Oduor, Citizen TV, Kenya
- Lucas Ledwaba, City Press, South Africa
- Lázaro Mabunda, O País, Mozambique
- Carol Natukunda, New Vision, Uganda
- Amon Ngabo, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, Uganda
- Tolu Ogunlesi, Freelance for Ventures Africa, Nigeria
- Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Sunday Punch, Nigeria
- Brenda Okoth, The Star, Kenya
- Nassima Oulebsir, El Watan, Algeria
- Passant Rabie, Egypt Today, Egypt
- Roseline Wangui & Wambui Kurema, NTV, Kenya
The winners of the competition will be announced at an Award Ceremony and Gala Evening in Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday 12 October.
The host for the evening is Isha Sesay, host of CNN International’s ‘NewsCenter’.
Announcing the finalists, chairperson of the independent judging panel Ferial Haffajee said: “A tough table of judges was often visibly impressed by the range of stories presented to us. African journalists, as represented by our entries, have risen to the challenge of 2012. The big stories were well-covered. The small stories were not forgotten. We commend the dedication of journalists who are very much part of a rising Africa with rising professionalism, increased appetite for tough and investigative journalism, an eye on those left behind and a deep commitment to telling good stories across many mediums.”
The independent judging panel, chaired by Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief, City Press, South Africa includes: Debo Adesina, Editor-in-Chief, The Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria; Betty Dindi, Managing Editor, Nation Media Group, Kenya; Jean-Paul Gérouard, Editor-in-Chief, France Télévisions ; Anton Harber, Professor of journalism & media studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Joel Kibazo, Journalist and Media Consultant; Arlindo Lopes, General Manager, Regulatory and Corporate, Angola and Mozambique, MultiChoice Africa Ltd; Arlindo Macedo, Journalist Rádio Nacional de Angola, (RNA); Amadou Mahtar Ba, CEO, African Media Initiative and Kim Norgaard, CNN Bureau Chief, South Africa
The competition is once again supported by The Coca-Cola Company; Ecobank; Ericsson; IPP Media, Tanzania; Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), UNICEF and A24 Media.
An all-expenses paid four day programme of workshops, media forums, networking has been set up for the finalists during the run up to the award ceremony on 12 October 2013.
Tony Maddox, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International said: “Now in its 18th year, the quality and excellence of the work submitted to the African Journalist Awards continues to rise year on year, ensuring that the 2013 competition maintains its place as the most prestigious Pan African Awards for journalists. CNN is proud to continue its commitment to fostering inspired journalistic excellence in African reporting.”
Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, said: “MultiChoice South Africa is proud to play a role in amplifying the voice of journalists across the African continent. We congratulate the finalists for telling the stories of Africa and its people to the world. We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town for the awards.”
Nico Meyer, CEO of MultiChoice Africa said:”MultiChoice Africa is especially proud to once again partner with CNN in hosting these prestigious Awards. We believe that these awards play a key role in encouraging excellence in media while sharing the great stories of the continent. Congratulations to the finalists of 2013, we look forward to hosting you in Cape Town in October to celebrate the best journalism Africa has to offer.”
Note to Editors: Competition Criteria
To enter the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 competition the journalist must have been an African national and have worked on the continent for African owned, or headquartered, media organisations that produced a printed publication or broadcast through an electronic medium (television broadcaster, radio station or website) primarily targeted at and received by an African audience.
Entries were published or broadcast in 2012 for the following awards:
Culture Award; The Coca-Cola Company Economics and Business Award; Digital Platform Award; Environment Award; Free Press Africa Award; Mohamed Amin Photographic Award; MSD Health & Medical Award; Print General News Award; Radio General News Award; Sport Award; Television Features Award; Television News Bulletin Award; Francophone General News Awards; Portuguese Language General News Award