Tuesday, June 01, 2010

CNN Multichoice African Journalist Award Winners

Sam Rogers has been named African Journalist of the Year at the 2010 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.

The South African - who works as an Executive Producer of Factuals, Crime and Investigation Unit, for e.tv - won for her story "Curse of the Nobody People," which highlights the discrimination of albinos in Tanzania.

Journalists from across Africa have also been recognized with awards across 15 categories, including: Mohamed Amin Photographic Award, Television Features Award and The HIV/AIDS Reporting Award.

A ceremony - held in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday - was hosted by CNN International anchor Isha Sesay, and attended by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, along with other dignitaries from Africa, Europe and America.

The full list of winners follows:
  • ARTS & CULTURE AWARD - Kofi Akpabli, Freelance for Daily Graphic, Ghana
  • DIGITAL JOURNALISM AWARD - The Dispatch Online Team on behalf of 'The Daily Dispatch' in South Africa
  • ECONOMICS & BUSINESS AWARD - Kaari Wainaina and Francis Mugo Mwangi, NTV Nation Broadcasting Division, Kenya
  • ENVIRONMENT AWARD - Halima Abdallah Kisule, EastAfrican (Nation Media Group), Uganda
  • FRANCOPHONE GENERAL NEWS AWARD - Alexandre Lebel Ilboudo, Le Patriote, Cote D'Ivoire
  • FRANCOPHONE GENERAL NEWS AWARD - Najlae Benmbarek, 2M TV (Programme Grand Angle), Morocco
  • HIV/AIDS REPORTING IN AFRICA AWARD - Lucas Ledwaba, Freelance for DRUM, South Africa
  • MSD HEALTH & MEDICAL AWARD - Teresa Chirwa, Zodiak Broadcasting Station, Malawi
  • MOHAMED AMIN PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARD - Boniface Mwangi, Freelance for The Star, Kenya
  • PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE GENERAL NEWS AWARD - Sebastião Vemba, Novo Jornal, Angola
  • PRINT GENERAL NEWS AWARD - Emmanuel Mayah, Daily Sun, Nigeria
  • RADIO GENERAL NEWS AWARD - Kassim Mohamed, Star FM, Kenya
  • SPORT AWARD - Leon Ssenyange, NTV Uganda, Uganda
  • TELEVISION - GENERAL NEWS -- NEWS BULLETIN AWARD - Roseline Wangui, NTV Kenya; and Charles Kariuki, World Vision Kenya for NTV
  • TOURISM AWARD - Pelu Awofeso, Freelance for Next on Sunday, Nigeria
  • FREE PRESS AFRICA AWARD* - Mustafa Haji Abdinur, Radio Simba, Somalia
* The Award is also in recognition of all the journalists in Somalia who have put their lives at risk in telling the story. Nine journalists died during 2009 whilst fulfilling their professional duties:
  • - Abdulkhafar Abdulkadir Hasan, freelance
  • - Mohamed Amin Adan Abdulle, Radio Shabelle
  • - Hassan Zubeyr Haji Hassan, Al-Arabiya
  • - Mohamud Mohamed Yusuf, Radio IQK
  • - Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe, Radio Shabelle
  • - Nur Muse Hussein, Radio IQK
  • - Abdirisak Mohamed Warsame, Radio Shabelle
  • - Said Tahlil Ahmed, HornAfrik
  • - Hassan Mayow Hassan, Radio Shabelle

Judges also awarded Commendations in eight categories. These journalists received a cash prize and Certificates of Commendation:

  • Tsitsi Matope, Public Eye, Lesotho
  • Lamia Tagzout, El Watan, Algeria
  • Njaka Andriamahery, TV Plus Madagascar
  • Zipporah Karani, Kenya Television Newtork (KTN), Kenya
  • Sergio José Sitoe, Rede de Comuniação de Miramar, Mozambique
  • Thanduxolo Jika, Daily Dispatch, South Africa
  • Oarabile Mosikare, Botswana for Mail & Guardian, South Africa
  • Rose Ramsay, eNews, South Africa

A special edition of CNN International's 'Inside Africa'will feature highlights from the event and interviews with finalists and winners. The program airs June 5.

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