Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Three Nigerians Win CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards

Three Nigerian journalists have won in various categories at this year’s CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the year award ceremony which was held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

They were Yemisi Akinbobola and Ogechi Ekeanyanwu of Premium Times who were joint winners of the CNN Multichoice African Journalist Sport Reporting Award with Paul Bradshaw. Their story titled: ‘Follow the Money: Who extracts the value of Nigerian footballers’ was about the plight of aspiring footballers in Nigeria, who become victims of unscrupulous agents who exploit them with the promises of brilliant future careers in Europe, but then abandon them, left to fend for themselves in foreign lands.
Ogechi Ekeanyanwu and Yemisi Akinbobola
The other was Nigerian freelance journalist for African Media Initiative, Kenya; Chika Oduah, won the ‘Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award’ for the report titled ‘The App That Saved 1,000 Children’.

Some other Nigerian writers that received commendations at the ceremony were Adedayo Eriye Oketola of Saturday Punch in the ‘GE Energy & Infrastructure Award’ category; Folashade Adebayo of The Punch in the ‘Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award’ category and TVC News Africa’s Veronica Onuchi in the ‘Health & Medical Award’ category.

The biggest prize of the night was carted away by two Kenya journalists, Asha Ahmed Mwilu and Rashid Idi, who work for Kenya Television Network. 

The duo shared the overall ‘CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year’ Award for their combined work ‘Terror Crossing’ which was chosen from record number of 1,637 entries spanning 38 countries across the African continent.

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