Asha Ahmed Mwilu and Rashid Idi from Kenya take home the top prize as winners of CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016.
The documentary was picked from a record number of 1,637 entries spanning 38 countries in Africa. 'Terror Crossing' was aired by Kenya Television Network in its investigative programme "The Lead".
“We are overwhelmed by this accolade. It is a dream come true to win the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award for a story that we believe passionately in and one that we felt was important to tell” said Mwilu and Idi upon receiving the award.
They received the award at a Gala Awards ceremony held at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award was presented to them by Yolisa Phahle, CEO of M-Net, and Greg Beitchman, VP, Content Sales and Partnerships, CNN International.
Mwilu and Idi, winners in the News Impact Award, were among 38 finalists from 15 countries who attended the Awards ceremony as the culmination of an all-expense paid four-day programme of workshops, media forums and networking in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Meanwhile, Yemisi Akinbobola, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu & Paul Bradshaw, IQ4News for Premium Times, Nigeria were joint winners of the Sport Reporting Award.
Tim Jacobs, CEO, MultiChoice Africa, said: “Congratulations to all the winners! Your unique way of storytelling has captured the hearts and minds of all Africans and those beyond our borders. The Awards have not only had a profound effect on the African media landscape but have catapulted winners into senior positions and success. As MultiChoice Africa, we remain committed to recognising excellence in journalism throughout Africa. We applaud all the finalists and winners for continuing to tell Africa’s stories and contributing to Africa’s growth and success.”
You can read the winners of the individual categories below;
ENVIRONMENT AWARD- John Grobler, Namibia, & Fiona Macleod, Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, South Africa
Title: ‘Caught in the crossfire: how cattle and Chinese mining interests are killing off Namibia’s black rhinos’
CULTURE AWARD: Ati Metwaly, Al Ahram Weekly, Egypt
Title: ‘Against all odds: Stories of the visually impaired women from Egypt's Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra’
DOW TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION REPORTING AWARD: Chika Oduah, Nigeria, Freelance for African Media Initiative, Kenya
Title: ‘The App That Saved 1,000 Children’
ECOBANK ECONOMICS & BUSINESS AWARD: Diana Neille, Richard Poplak, Shaun Swingler & Sumeya Gasa, Daily Maverick Chronicle, South Africa
Title: ‘Casualties of Cola: Outsourcing, Exploitation & the New Realities of Work’
FEATURES AWARD: Mia Malan, Mail & Guardian, South Africa
Title: ‘Diepsloot: Where men think it's their right to rape’
FRANCOPHONE GENERAL NEWS AWARD: Bidossèssi Appolinaire Agoïnon, Office de Radiodiffusion et Télévision du Bénin, Benin
Title: ‘Dogesi mi’
FRANCOPHONE GENERAL NEWS AWARD: Faten Hayed, El Watan, Algeria
Title: ‘L’Algérie, ma terre de djihad’
GE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD: Jay Caboz, Forbes Africa, South Africa
Title: ‘40 Years of Mozambique - The Dead Port that Rose Again’
MOHAMED AMIN PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARD: James Oatway, The Sunday Times, South Africa
Title: ‘The Killing of Emmanuel Sithole’
HEALTH & MEDICAL AWARD: Veronica Narkwor Kwabla, Tv3 Network, Ghana
Title: ‘Freetown Ebola Orphans’
NEWS IMPACT AWARD: Asha Ahmed Mwilu & Rashid Idi, Kenya Television Network, Kenya
Title: ‘Terror Crossing’
PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE GENERAL NEWS AWARD : Bento Venâncio, Jornal Domingo, Mozambique
Title: ‘Albinos em perigo’
PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE GENERAL NEWS AWARD : Fidelto Emidio Bata, STV, Mozambique
Title: ‘Bibliotecas esquecidas’
PRESS FREEDOM AWARD: Bob Rugurika, Burundi
SPORT REPORTING AWARD: Yemisi Akinbobola, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu & Paul Bradshaw, IQ4News for Premium Times, Nigeria
Title: ‘Follow the Money: Who extracts the value of Nigerian footballers?’
THE MAGGIE EALES YOUNG JOURNALIST AWARD: Ancillar Mangena, Forbes Africa, South Africa
Title: ‘Prophets of profit in the business of belief’