by Adeniyi Abdul
The ceremony for the 2012 edition of the CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year was held this weekend in Zambia with Kenyans Tom Mboya and Evanson Nyaga clinching the top prize. Mboya and Evanson were named overall winners for their work ‘African Tribe in India’, which aired on Citizen TV, Kenya and tells the story of an African tribe in India, long forgotten and little known about, based in Karnataka, Southern India.
The awards, which hold in different locations each year were hosted by CNN and MultiChoice at Auditorium Hall, Government Complex Convention Centre, Lusaka, Zambia and broadcast live on ZNBC. Speaking on the award, Mboya said, “Journalism is a profession that allows you to go in, and then bring out what the world needs to know. It is humbling that the Father Lord has brought us this.”
Enenche Akogwu and Zakariya Isa were also honoured with this year’s Free Press Africa Award. Isa was a cameraman for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and was killed in October 2011 by members of the Boko Haram sect in Maiduguri, while Akogwu was a news reporter with Channels Television, who was shot in Kano bomb blast in January this year.
Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president for CNN Worldwide in charge of International Newsgathering, 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.”
Nigerians, Tunde Akingbade, for The Guardian on Sunday and Peter Nkanga, Idris Akinbajo, Elor Nkereuwem and Musikilu Mojeed for Next on Sunday, Nigeria also received special Commendation Awards, for excellent work and participated in the finalists’ program in Lusaka. Others include Stephen Ssenkaaba, New Vision, Uganda; Nelson Wesonga, Daily Monitor, Uganda; 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.
Winners in other individual categories are as follows;
- Arts & Culture Award: Andrew Mulenga, freelance for The Post Newspaper, Zambia for ‘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 for ‘Leasing Scams: A Dummy’s Guide’
- The Coca-Cola Company Economics and Business Award: Joy Summers, Carte Blanche, South Africa for ‘Central Rand Gold’
- Environment Award: Gerald Tenywa, Saturday Vision, Uganda for ‘Concrete Graves Threaten Environment’
- Francophone General News Awards – Print: Manar Attiya, Ahram Hebdo, Egypt for ‘Profession: Semer La Terreur’
- Francophone General News Awards – TV/Radio: Najlae Benmbarek, 2M TV, Morocco for ‘Devoir de Memoire’
- Free Press Africa Award: Enenche Akogwu and Zakariya Isa.
- The HIV/AIDS Reporting Award: John Muchangi Njiru, The Star, Kenya for Inside the Life of Nairobi Male Sex Workers’
- Mohamed Amin Photographic Award: Antoine de Ras, The Star, South Africa for ‘Pulse of the People’
- MSD Health & Medical Award: Megan Small and Clive Mtshai, 3rd Degree, e.tv, South Africa for ‘Elephant Woman’
- Portuguese Language General News Award – Print: Isabel João, Novo Jornal, Angola for ‘A Vida Nas Cadeias (Descida Ao Inferno)’
- Portuguese Language General News Award – TV/Radio: Arsénio Henriques Cossa, Soico – STV, Mozambique for ‘Garimpo: A Vida Pelo Ouro’
- Print General News Award: Adriaan Basson and Piet Rampedi, City Press, South Africa for ‘Series on Julius Malema’
- Radio General News Award: Joshua Anny, Joy FM, Ghana for ‘Squatter’s Paradise’
- Sport Award: Waihiga Mwaura and Jepitha Mwai Mwangi, Citizen TV, Kenya for ‘Maasai Cricket Warriors’
- Television Features Award (TV60): Tom Mboya and Evanson Nyaga, Citizen TV, Kenya for ‘African Tribe in India’
- Television News Bulletin Award (TV5): Nimrod Taabu Mwagamoyo and Charles Kinyua Kariuki NTV Kenya for ‘Pokot Water Challenges’
- Tourism Award: Ahaoma Kanu, National Daily newspaper, Nigeria for ‘Badagry: A Walk Through the Slave Route’