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Monday, 23 July 2012

CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 winners announced

Evanson Nyaga and Tom Mboya, from Kenya, have been awarded the top prize at this year's CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Awards Ceremony which took place on Saturday, 21 July 2012, in Zambia.

They both won for their work 'African Tribe in India', which aired on Citizen TV, Kenya and was chosen from among 1 799 entries from 42 nations across the African continent. Their work tells the story of an African tribe in India, long forgotten and little known about, based in Karnataka, Southern India.

Tom and Evanson were among the 34 finalists at the awards ceremony and were winners in the category 'Television Features Award (TV60).'

The awards, which rotate location each year in tribute to their pan-African credentials, were hosted by CNN and MultiChoice at Auditorium Hall, Government Complex Convention Centre, Lusaka, Zambia and broadcast live on ZNBC.

The evening also recognised Enenche Akogwu and Zakariya Isa as this year's recipients of the Free Press Africa Award, for their work in Nigeria. Isa, a cameraman for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), was killed in October 2011, and Akogwu, a news reporter with Channels Television, was shot and killed, having covered the Kano bomb blast in January this year.

Again this year the Judges highlighted some excellent work and awarded certificates of Commendation to ten journalists. These journalists participated in the finalists' programme in Lusaka and received a cash prize, a Nokia 800 Lumia and a Certificate of Commendation from Nigeria includes: Peter Nkanga, Idris Akinbajo, Elor Nkereuwem, Musikilu Mojeed, Next on Sunday, Tunde Akingbade, Freelance for the Guardian on Sunday, Peter Nkanga, Next on Sunday.

Other winners in the continent are: Stephen Ssenkaaba, New Vision, Nelson Wesonga, Daily Monitor and Edward Echwalu, Freelance for the Observer - from Uganda, Teresa Sofia Fortes, A Semana, Cabo Verde
Ramusel Alves De Carvalho Da Graca, Televisao Sao-Tomense, São Tomé and Príncipe.

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