It’s the part of the year when African journalists are recognized. The nominations for 2013 edition of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist are out. Among the nominees are two Ghanaian journalists, Gifty Andoh Appiah of Joy News TV and Rebekah Awuah of GBC 24.
The announcement was made by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the independent judging panel. The competition is now in its 18th year.
This year the competition received entries from 42 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.
There are 27 finalists from 11 countries:
- 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.”