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It’s the CNN Multichoice African Journalist 2013 Awards Shortlist | 3 Nigerians Make the Cut



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Congratulations to all the journalists who made the short list for the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2013! You’re making Africa proud.

This short list of journalists, who have made a difference to their countries with their work, were announced today by the chairperson of the independent judging panel, Ferial Haffajee.

In this 18th edition, entries were received from 42 countries across Africa and here is the list of  the 27 finalists from 11 countries, who made the cut:

  • 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 strapping 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.”


  1. Gistyinka Blog

    July 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Nigeria journalist are good and gudluck to the person that won the awards later in the years.. But you guys are all winners.

  2. Ebuka

    July 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Very proud of Tolu Ogunlesi. Good stuff!

  3. chizzy

    July 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Looking forward 2 dat

  4. Aquarian

    July 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Toyosi Ogunleye, you’ve done it again, best luck to you all.

  5. Abasiama

    July 16, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Congrats Tolu. I’m very proud of you.

  6. Foluke

    July 16, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Tolu again?? Now that’s wow! Thumbs up!

  7. Soraya

    July 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Good to see Nigerian journalists on this list but problem is, Nigerian journalism is boring and dead and not what it used to be. I can’t pick up newspapers these days in Nigeria without seeing them littered with such poor language- bad spellings, awkward syntax and poor use of structure and tenses. Journalistic investigation is very poor these days also- I wish newspapers could send more money hiring proper writers instead of the half-baked bread we get from Nigerian universities these days *sigh* just saying!

    • madman

      July 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      well said.

  8. Pachie

    July 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Go Kenya

  9. Solomon Seymore

    July 18, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I hope the day is near when African journalists are free to report situations as they are without fear or retaliation and persecution. For more information visit:- Nigerian newspaper

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