Asha Ahmed Nwilu and Rashid Idi of Kenya Television Network, Kenya have emerged the overall winners of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2016.
They were awarded the top prize for their report ‘Terror Crossing’ aired on the Kenya Television Network. Their entry tops the list of 1000 entries and they clinched the top prize among 38 finalists from 15 countries across Africa.
The two Kenyans were presented with the award at a ceremony at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday night.
Winners of other award categories were also announced. GE Energy & Infrastructure award was won by Jay Caboz of Forbes Africa, South Africa. Sport Reporting Award was jointly won by Yemisi Akingbola, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu and Paul Bradshaw of the IQ4News for Premium Times. The Dow Technology and Innovation Award was won by Chika Oduah, a Nigerian Freelancer for African Media Initiative, Kenya.
Bidossessi Appolinaire Agoinon, Office de Radiodiffusion et Television du Benin, won the Francophone General News Award (Electronic), while Faten Hayes won in the Print category.
Ecobank Economic and Business Award was jointly won by Diana Neille, Richard Poplak, Shaun Swingler and Sumeya Gasa of the Daily Maverick Chronicle, South Africa. Mia Malan of the Mail and Guardian, South Africa won the Features Award category. In the Health and Medical category, Veronica Narkwor Kwabla of TV3 Network, Ghana emerged winner of the award.
For the Mohammed Amin Photography Award, James Oatway of the Sunday Times, South Africa emerged winner of the award. Bob Rugurika from Burundi won the Press Freedom Award. The Environment Award, News Impact Award and Culture Award were won by John Grobler from Namibia and Fiona Macleod; Asha Ahmed Nwilu and Rashid Idi of Kenya Television Network, Kenya; and Ati Metwaly of the Al Ahram Weekly, Egypt respectively.
For the Portugues Language General News Award (Electronic), Fidelto Emidio Bata of STV Mozambique emerged winner while Bento Venancio of the Journal Domingo, Mozambique won the Print category.
The Maggie Wales Young Journalist Award was won by Ancillar Mangena of Forbes Africa, South Africa.