Five South African journalists received category awards at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Forbes Africa won the Maggie Eales Wales Young Journalist Award. Introduced this year, the award is in memory of the late CNN executive and former journalist, Eales, who died in 2015. The ceremony was held on 16 October.
Jay Caboz, also from Forbes Africa, won the Energy and Infrastructure Award, while the Economic and Business Award was jointly won by Diana Neille, Richard Poplak, Shaun Swingler and Sumeya Gasa of the Daily Maverick Chronicle.
Mia Malan of the Mail and Guardian won the Features Award Category, while Sunday Times photographer James Oatway won the Mohammed Amin Photography Award.
The stars of the night were Kenyan duo Asha Ahmed Mwilu and Rashid Idi, who were named the overall winners.
They received the top prize for their report “Terror Crossing”, aired on the Kenya Television Network. It was an in-depth investigative documentary about security at the Kenya-Somali border in Mandera county.
Their entry topped the other 1 000 entries from 38 finalists from 15 African countries.
“We are overwhelmed by this accolade,” Mwilu and Idi told CNN. “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.”
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“Africa is an increasingly important part of the global story, and CNN reflects that,” said Tony Maddox, managing director of CNN International.
“We are committed to the African story, not just editorially, but also in terms of supporting its own journalistic enterprise through the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.”
Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO, congratulated the winners. “Thank you to each of you for telling the stories of Africa and its people to the world,” she said.
“We're proud to play a role in amplifying your voices and the voices of other journalists across the African continent.”
The winners will take part in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, in the US.
Source: South African Government News Agency and SouthAfrica.info reporter