Yesterday’s just concluded CNN/Multichoice Africa Journalist of the Year awards presented 19 talented African journalists with awards in various categories ranging from Business to HIV/AIDS reporting.
Held in the Victoria Hall of the Serena Conference Center in Kampala, dignitaries present included President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
Among yesterday’s winners were Pelu Awofeso of Next Newspapers, Nigeria, Emmanuel Mayah of the Sun Newspaper, Nigeria, Roseline Wangui and Charles Kariuki from Kenya (TV News bulletin ), Lucas Ledwaba from South Africa (HIV/AIDS), Alexandre Lebel Liboudo from Ivory Coast (Francophone General News, Print ), Kassim Mohammed from Kenya (Radio General News ), Francis Mugo Mwangi and Kaara Wainana of Kenya (Economic and Business), Boniface Mwangi of Kenya (Photography), Leon Ssenyange of Uganda (Sports) and Sebastiao Vemba from Angola (Portuguese General News), Halima Kisule of Uganda (Environment), Kofi Akpabli from Ghana (Arts and Culture), Najlae Bembarek of Morocco (Francophone General News), Teresa Chirwa of Malawi (Health and Medical), the Dispatch Online Team from South Africa (Digital Journalism), and Mustafa Haji Abdinur of Somalia (Free press) among others.
CNN/Multichoice presented awards in the following categories:
- Arts & Culture Award
- Digital Journalism Award * NEW*
- Economics & Business Award
- Environment Award
- Free Press Africa Award
- The HIV/AIDS Reporting 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
- Tourism Award
- Francophone General News Awards
- Portuguese Language General News Award
From these category winners, the judges chose the overall winner – The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010. This year’s African Journalist of the year was Sam Rogers, an executive producer at Third Degree, South Africa for her story, “Curse of the Nobody People.” Rogers had earlier won the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year award in 2001 with Jacques Pauw.
This year’s awards received more than 2,000 entries from 975 journalists in more than 40 African countries.
All finalists received a cash prize and each category winner received a laptop and printer. The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 received an additional cash prize and was awarded a trip to the CNN Center in Atlanta.