Veronica Narkwor Kwabla of TV3 Network from Ghana has been shortlisted among other Journalists from Africa for the 2016 CNN Multichoice Africa Journalist awards.
The finalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Competition were announced by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the independent judging panel.
This year, the competition received 1637 entries (a record number) from 38 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa.
The 38 finalists from 14 countries are Veronica Narkwor Kwabla, Tv3 Network, Ghana; Veronica Onuchi, TVC News Africa, Nigeria; Yemisi Akinbobola, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu & Paul Bradshaw, IQ4News for Premium Times, Nigeria; Adedayo Eriye Oketola, Saturday Punch, Nigeria; Aderonke Bello, naij.com, Nigeria; Ancillar Mangena, Forbes Africa, South Africa; Asha Ahmed Mwilu & Rashid Idi, Kenya Television Network, Kenya; Ati Metwaly, Al Ahram Weekly, Egypt; Bento Venâncio, Jornal Domingo, Mozambique; and Bidossèssi Appolinaire Agoïnon, Office de Radiodiffusion et Télévision du Bénin, Benin.
The rest are Cheboite Kigen, Daily Nation Newspaper, Kenya; Chika Oduah, Nigeria, Freelancer at African Story Challenge, Media Initiative, Kenya; Cleófas Viagem, STV, Mozambique; Conan Daniel Businge & Gerald Tenywa, New Vision, Uganda; Coulibaly Zoumana, Le Patriote, Ivory Coast; Diana Neille, Richard Poplak, Shaun Swingler and Sumeya Gasa, Daily Maverick Chronicle, South Africa; Dominic Omondi, The Standard, Kenya; Eromo Egbejule, Freelancer at Ventures Africa, Nigeria.
Also includes Faten Hayed, El Watan, Algeria; Fidelto Emidio Bata, STV, Mozambique; Folashade Adebayo, The Punch, Nigeria; Garreth van Niekerk, City Press, South Africa; Isaac Otidi Amuke, Commonwealth Writers, Kenya; James Oatway, The Sunday Times, South Africa; Jay Caboz, Forbes Africa, South Africa ; Jean-Luc Emile, Teleplus, Mauritius ; John Grobler, Namibia, and Fiona Macleod, Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, South Africa; Lawrence Seretse, The Botswana Gazette, Botswana; Mia Malan, Mail & Guardian, South Africa; Teresa Fuquiadi, Jornal Nova Gazeta, Angola
The finalists will enjoy an all-expense paid four day programme of workshops, media forums and networking in Johannesburg, South Africa, culminating in a Gala Award Ceremony in October 2016.
Tony Maddox, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International said: “This year has seen a record number of entries for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, from a diverse array of countries across the continent. The passion which African journalists display for telling compelling and top class stories knows no bounds. Once more, CNN proudly continues its commitment to encouraging inspired journalistic excellence with these awards.”
Greg Beitchman, Vice President, Content Sales and Partnerships, CNN International: “The African Journalist Awards continues to maintain its place as the most prestigious Pan African journalist competition. CNN encourages, promotes and recognises excellence in journalism across all platforms, so we are particularly pleased to be able to support journalists who represent the continent’s thriving news industry in all its forms. With our MultiChoice partners, we look forward to yet another thrilling Awards ceremony celebrating the very best journalism Africa has to offer.”
Mark Rayner, CEO MultiChoice South Africa said: “We're excited to host the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards in South Africa this year and looking forward to see all the good work done by our journalists celebrated and recognised through these awards. Congratulations to all the finalists."
Tim Jacobs, CEO MultiChoice Africa, said: It is evident from this year’s entries that Africa has a vibrant media landscape which continues to develop in leaps and bounds. The finalists are to be applauded for their courage in covering some of the stories, many of which were in difficult circumstances. We are committed to increasing excellence in journalism and this initiative is close to our hearts, as it has helped unearth some of Africa’s greatest story tellers. Congratulations to all the finalists, we look forward to celebrating you at the awards.”