In May 24th this year, we gave you the news of those who had been shortlisted among the 34 finalists at the Awards Ceremony. This was on Saturday 21st July, at a Gala ceremony hosted by CNN and Multichoice at Auditorium Hall, Government Complex Convention Centre, Lusaka, Zambia.
And now,Tom Mboya and Evanson Nyaga, from Kenya, have clinched the prize for their work ‘African Tribe in India’, which aired on Citizen TV, Kenya, and was chosen from among 1799 entries from 42 nations across the African continent.
The work tells the story of an African tribe in India, long forgotten and little known about, based in Karnataka, Southern India.
Apart from them, Gerald Tenywa of the Saturday Vision, Uganda won the Environmental Award for his title ‘Concrete Graves Threaten environment’. John Muchangi Njiru of The Star, Kenya won the HIV/AIDS Reporting Award for his piece ‘Inside the Life of Nairobi Male Sex Workers’. The Sports Award was bagged by Waihiga Mwaura and Jepitha Mwai Mwangi of Citizen TV, Kenya for their captivating piece ‘Maasai Cricket Warriors’.
In the Television News Bulletion Award category (TV5), Nimrod Taabu Mwagamoyo and Charles Kinyua Kariuki NTV Kenya won. Their title was ‘Pokot Water Challenges’. The Judge’s citation was, “This piece is in many ways a simple story of a water hole in remote Kenya, in which we realize that a simple commodity – water – is a matter of life and death for the men, women, children and livestock in the region. What made this story a winner was how the pictures, audio and storytelling were all woven together, to bring the dirty Barpello water hole to the rooms of television audiences, and to highlight the ingenuity that is being found to avoid drinking the contaminated water.”
Also, among those who were awarded certificates of Commendation were: Stephen Ssenkaaba, New Vision, Uganda; Nelson Wesonga, Daily Monitor, Uganda; Edward Echwalu, Freelance for the Observer, Uganda.
Joel Kibazo, a Member of the judging panel, journalist and media consultant said: “This story introduced the viewer to something new, an African tribe in India few know about. The journalist took the viewer with him to India, and the village to speak to the tribe members. An all round detailed story that was well told.”
Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President for CNN Worldwide in charge of International News gathering, said “The men and women who enter these awards have become part of a community of excellence, representing the very best in journalism and maintaining the highest standards of journalistic integrity. Their resourcefulness and bravery in pursuing the story has my deepest admiration.”
Collins Khumalo, CEO MultiChoice South Africa said: “We salute the finalists and the winners of the 2012 awards. These journalists give a voice to Africa and help to make that voice heard around the world. We encourage journalists from around the African continent to continue to tell the stories of Africa – who knows, your story might be celebrated at the 2013 awards.”
Nico Meyer, CEO MultiChoice Africa, said: “Each year we are amazed at the growing number of entries we receive for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award and we continue to marvel at the growing quality of entries – a great indication of the talent and skills pool in the continent. All tonight’s winners should be very proud of their achievements and we wish them well as they advance to a higher level of global influence. The selfless nature of the trade often displayed in the work done by our journalistic community is once again to be commended and honoured. As MultiChoice we are committed to the empowerment of Africa’s communities, and telling stories of their lives to raise awareness of their plight is commendable. We salute all journalists and tonight’s winners for their contribution to the development of open and democratic societies, creating future hope for generations to come.”
The evening also recognised Enenche Akogwu and Zakariya Isa as this year’s recipients of the Free Press Africa Award, for their work in Nigeria. Zakariya, a cameraman for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), was killed in October 2011, and Enenche, a news reporter with Channels Television, was shot and killed, having covered the Kano bomb blast in January this year.
The CNN MultiChoice competition is now in its 17th year. The Awards’ 34 finalists from 12 countries enjoyed an all expenses paid five day programme of workshops, media forums, networking and had the opportunity to see some of the sights of Zambia.
Winners in the individual competition categories were:
ARTS & CULTURE AWARD— Andrew Mulenga,Freelance for The Post Newspaper, Zambia. Title: ‘In Mali, The Kora Is No One-Night Stand, It Requires Commitment’
DIGITAL JOURNALISM AWARD—Demelza Bush, Craig McKune and Verashni Pillay, The Mail and Guardian Online, South Africa. Title: ‘Leasing Scams: A Dummy’s Guide’
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY ECONOMICS & BUSINESS AWARD. Title: Joy Summers, Carte Blanche, South Africa. Title: ‘Central Rand Gold’
ENVIRONMENT AWARD—Gerald Tenywa, Saturday Vision, Uganda. Title: ‘Concrete Graves Threaten Environment’
FRANCOPHONE GENERAL NEWS AWARD: PRINT—Manar Attiya, Ahram Hebdo, Egypt. Title: ‘Profession: Semer La Terreur’
FRANCOPHONE GENERAL NEWS AWARD: TV / RADIO—Najlae Benmbarek, 2M TV, Morocco. Title: ‘Devoir de Memoire’
FREE PRESS AFRICA AWARD—Enenche Akogwu and Zakariya Isa. Both lost their lives covering attacks and trying to get to the bottom of a story that has become a blot on a growing region and continent.
HIV/AIDS REPORTING AWARD— John Muchangi Njiru, The Star, Kenya. Title: Inside the Life of Nairobi Male Sex Workers’
MOHAMED AMIN PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARD—Antoine de Ras, The Star, South Africa. Title: ‘Pulse of the People’
MSD HEALTH & MEDICAL AWARD—Megan Small and Clive Mtshai, 3rd Degree, e.tv, South Africa. Title: ‘Elephant Woman’
PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE GENERAL NEWS AWARD (PRINT—Isabel João, Novo Jornal, Angola. Title: ‘A Vida Nas Cadeias (Descida Ao Inferno)’
PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE GENERAL NEWS AWARD TV (RADIO)—Arsénio Henriques Cossa, Soico – STV, Mozambique. Title: ‘Garimpo: A Vida Pelo Ouro’
PRINT GENERAL NEWS AWARD—Adriaan Basson and Piet Rampedi, City Press, South Africa. Title: ‘Series on Julius Malema’
RADIO GENERAL NEWS AWARD—Joshua Anny,Joy FM, Ghana. Title: ‘Squatter’s Paradise’
SPORT AWARD—Waihiga Mwaura and Jepitha Mwai Mwangi. Citizen TV, Kenya. Title: ‘Maasai Cricket Warriors’
TELEVISION FEATURES AWARD (TV60)—Tom Mboya and Evanson Nyaga, Citizen TV, Kenya. Title: ‘African Tribe in India’
TELEVISION NEWS BULLETIN AWARD (TV5)—Nimrod Taabu Mwagamoyo and Charles Kinyua Kariuki NTV Kenya. Title: ‘Pokot Water Challenges’
TOURISM AWARD—Ahaoma Kanu National Daily Newspaper, Nigeria. Title: ‘Badagry: A Walk Through the Slave Route’
This year the Judges highlighted some excellent work and awarded certificates of Commendation to ten journalists. These journalists participated in the finalists’ programme in Lusaka and received a cash prize, a Nokia 800 Lumia and a Certificate of Commendation:
Stephen Ssenkaaba, New Vision, Uganda
Nelson Wesonga, Daily Monitor, Uganda
Tunde Akingbade, Freelance for the Guardian on Sunday, Nigeria
Edward Echwalu, Freelance for the Observer, Uganda
Teresa Sofia Fortes, A Semana, Cabo Verde
Ramusel Alves De Carvalho Da Graca, Televisao Sao-Tomense, São Tomé and Príncipe
Peter Nkanga, Idris Akinbajo, Elor Nkereuwem, Musikilu Mojeed, Next on Sunday, Nigeria
Peter Nkanga, Next on Sunday, Nigeria
Viva East Africa, Viva Africa!