Zimbabwean journalists have been urged to submit their stories next year for the CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the year awards, a prestigious competition that rewards outstanding scribes from across the continent.
Zimbabwe had no representative at the just-ended event which saw Fatuma Noor, a Kenyan journalist for The Star scooping the top award for this year.
The event was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on Saturday. Noor also scooped the Print General News Award.
Kim Noorgard, one of the judges of this year’s awards told NewsDay that a total of 1 600 entries had been received from across Africa this year and that the quality of stories had improved.
He added that they had received a few entries from Zimbabwean journalists as compared to previous years which saw journalists such as Alpha Media Holdings’ Dumisani Muleya, Hopewell Rugoho- Chin’ono, Tsvangirai Mukwazhi, and Walter Marwizi being rewarded for their hard work.
Joel Kibazo, Chairman of the judges was impressed by the quality of the stories.
“These are journalists that are determined to go the extra mile in telling their home audiences the story, showing courage and strength,” said Kibazo.
Collins Khumalo, Multichoice Africa president said Multichoice’s partnership with CNN in hosting the journalist awards was a reflection of their commitment to the development of media in Africa.
“Our involvement reiterates our commitment to highlight the important role of journalists in Africa’s development and to reward, recognise and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines,” said Khumalo.
The CNN African Journalist of the Year Competition was founded in 1995 and the first ceremony took place in Ghana in 1995. Johannesburg was the venue of the Awards from 1997 to 2004.
Since then, the awards have been held in Kenya, Mozambique, Ghana and Uganda but this year they were taken back to South Africa.
The awards were well attended by various journalists, CNN representatives and Multichoice executives from across Africa.
Economics & Business Award: Sylvia Chebet and Kimani Githae (Citizen TV, Kenya)
Print General News Award: Fatuma Noor (The Star, Kenya)
Radio General News Award: Melini Moses (SABC, South Africa)
TV News Bulletin Award: Farouk Kayondo (UBC, Uganda)
Portuguese General News Award: Selma Marivate (TV Miramar, Mozambique)
Mohamed Amin Photographic Award: Norman Katende (New Vision, Uganda)
HIV and Aids Reporting Award: Beryl Ooro (K24, Kenya)
Tourism Award: Benon Herbet Oluka (Daily Monitor, Uganda)
Francophone General News Award: Claudine Efoa Atohoun (ORTB, Benin)
MSD Health & Medical Award: Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye (Sunday Punch, Nigeria)
Television Features Award: Lindile Mpanza (e.tv, South Africa)
Sport Award: Kamau Mutunga (DN2 Magazine, Daily Nation, Kenya)
Digital Journalism Award: Dispatch Online Team (Daily Dispatch, South Africa)
Environment Award: Lamia Hassan (Business Today, Egypt)
Arts and Culture Award: Kofi Akpabli (Daily Graphic, Ghana)
Free Press Africa Award: Mahamud Abdi Jama (Waaheen, Somalia)
CNN Multichoice African Journalist 2011 Award: Fatuma Noor (The Star, Kenya)