CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Asha Ahmed Mwilu, Rashid Idi win top prize

Asha Ahmed Mwilu and Rashid Idi from Kenya take home the top prize as winners of CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016.

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Kenyan journalists Asha Ahmed Mwilu and Rashid Idi have won this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 awards ceremony.

Mwilu and Idi shared the coveted prize, ‘CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year’ Award for their combined work ‘Terror Crossing’ which is an in-depth investigative documentary about security at the Kenya-Somali border in Mandera county. 

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".

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Sport Reporting Award - Joel Kibazo, Media and Public Affairs Consultant - Yemisi Akinbobola, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu & Paul Bradshaw

 

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.

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Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award - Dow - Chika Oduah, Nigeria

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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.

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News Impact Award - Asha Ahmed Mwilu and Rashid Idi

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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.

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The Maggie Eales Young Journalist Award- Ancillar Mangena, Forbes Africa, South Africa

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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

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