The finalists in the ever prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 have been announced!
Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the independent judging panel made this announcement earlier this morning. In its 20th year, the competition has highlighted the brilliant works of African journalists in various categories ranging from print to radio.
And this year two Ghanaian journalists have made it to the finalists stage!
Congratulations to both of them and good luck! Its great to see Ghanaian journalists being noticed for their exemplary work in journalism in Africa.
Another Ghanaian journalist who made it to the finalist stage in 2012 and won the prestigious award was Anny Osabutey . He was awarded for Best African Journalist in the Radio General News category. Other Ghanaians who have won in various categories over the years are Yasmin O Bedwei-Majdoub (1995) and Daniel Mensah Brande (1998), Manfred Mensah (2001), Loretta Vanderpuye (2002) Israel Laryea (2008) Anas Aremeyaw Anas (Runner-Up 2009) Kofi Akpabli (2010 & 2011) Portia Solomon (Highly Commended 2011) Gifty Andoh Appiah (2013) Rebekah Adwoa Awuah (Highly Commended 2013)
This year the competition received entries from 39 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.
There are 31 finalists from 15 countries. This is the complete lists of the finalists:
Fiifi Essilfie Anaman, Freelance for zonalsports.com Ghana.
Thomas Naadi Bitlegma, Viasat1, Ghana
Benedicta Asiimwe, Freelance for Daily Monitor, Uganda
Femi Asu, Punch Newspaper, Nigeria
Domingos Bento, redeangola.info, Angola
Sheriff Bojang Jnr, Freelance for West Africa Democracy Radio, Senegal
Ruth Butaumocho, The Herald, Zimbabwe
Ibrahima Diallo, Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise (RTS), Senegal
Adewale Olugbenga Emosu, tribuneonlineng.com, Nigeria
Chahinaz Samir Gheith, Freelance for Al-Ahram Hebdo, Egypt
Carla Gonçalves, A Nação, Cape Verde
Boldwill Hungwe, Zimbabwe Independent, Zimbabwe
Ibanga Isine, Premium Times Newspaper, Nigeria
Paul Kelemba, Freelance for The Standard on Saturday, Kenya
Deo Gratias Tchédé Kindoho, Radio Bénin, Benin
Julie Laurenz & Jacqueline Jayamaha, Freelance for e.tv, South Africa
Petride Mudoola, Freelance for Sunday Vision, Uganda
Abubakari Akida Mussa, Mtanzania Newspaper, Tanzania
Pedro Paxi Pereira Ndoma, TV Zimbo, Angola
George Oduor Otieno, Baraka FM, Kenya
Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou, L’Observateur Paalga, Burkina Faso
Enock Sikolia & Charles Kariuki, NTV, Kenya
Arison Tamfu, Cameroon Journal, Cameroon
Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, Blogger at ktravula.com, Nigeria
Arukaino Umukoro, Punch Newspaper, Nigeria
Bento Venâncio, Jornal Domingo, Mozambique
Herman Verwey, Beeld, South Africa
Kiundu Waweru, The Standard on Saturday, Kenya
Sarah Wild, Mail & Guardian, South Africa
The finalists will enjoy an all-expense paid four day programme of workshops, media forums and networking in Nairobi, Kenya, culminating in a Gala Award Ceremony in October 2015. In addition, winners from previous years will join this year’s finalists for a special evening to celebrate 20 years of the awards.
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