2013 Winners and Finalists

Msindisi Fengu & Yandisa Monakali, South Africa

Winner: Overall Winner CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013

Winner: Print General News Award
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Bio: With over five years' experience working in communications and media, Msindisi Fengu is currently a senior journalist at Daily Dispatch where he has specialised in exposing and reporting on injustices since joining in 2009. He has also worked on special community focussed projects, Dispatch Crusaders, Trash busters and Parking Pirates, and has reported on the EastCapeLive online desk. His work was commended in the 2012 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards and recently won the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism with Yandisa Monakali.

Bio: Award-winning photographer Yandisa Monakali's arresting images have won him plaudits among his contemporaries – the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism with Msindisi Fengu, and the Lee Jeans Advertising Photography Campaign in 2008. He is currently the photographer in the Strategic Communications Department at Johannesburg University. Prior to this he was a photographer with the Daily Dispatch, Die Volksblad, City Press and he had an internship with Die Beeld. He has covered a number of major events ranging from the FIFA World Cup in 2010 to the ANC Centenary celebrations in 2012.

Woubshet Taye, Ethiopia

Winner: Free Press Africa Award

Bio: Woubshet Taye is imprisoned in Ethiopia, after being sentenced under anti-terrorism laws. He was convicted for his work as the deputy editor of the Awramba Times. Sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, earlier this year he was moved to a facility far from his family.

Judge's Citation: "This year, sadly, the judges had too much choice in a category we hoped would diminish as the continent of Africa grows and takes her rightful place at the table of nations. But there are still too many hot spots where the media is not free. In the final assessment, we have decided to make the award to Woubshet Taye. Mr. Taye, who is imprisoned in Ethiopia after being sentenced under anti-terrorism laws, was convicted for his work as the deputy editor of the Awramba Times. Ethiopia is a jewel in the African crown for its beauty, its people, its history and, most recently, for its astounding growth rates. It is our view that journalists like Mr. Taye should be out of prison and working to build the prosperity and the freedom of a new Ethiopia."

Gifty Andoh Appiah, Ghana

Winner: Television News Bulletin Award
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Bio: Ghanaian news anchor and broadcast journalist Gifty Andoh Appiah has worked at Multimedia Group since May 2012, and during that time she has conducted some high profile interviews including former Presidents of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffour. Other key assignments have seen her reporting on the visits to Ghana of Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Governor General of Canada, Rt. Hon. David Johnston. She also regularly contributes features for myjoyonline.com, ghanaweb.com and modernghana.com.


Axcel Micael Chenney, Mauritius

Winner: Francophone General News Award - Electronic Media
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Bio: Axcel Chenney started his career in 2002 at Radio One in Mauritius, where he worked as a journalist presenting newscasts and debates, as well as interviewing high-profile guests, and eventually progressed to become an editor at this radio station in 2009. Since 2011 he has worked as a Media Trainer for the Défi Media Group, as well as being the creator and director of the "Archives Criminelles" investigative series for Télé Plus. Among his most prominent journalistic pieces was an undercover investigation into the controversial issue of Civil Service recruitment, which eventually led to a public apology by a Member of Mauritius' Assemblée Nationale.

Florence Dallu, Kenya

Winner: Radio General News Award
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Bio: Kenyan radio host, Florence Dallu, has over 10 years' experience in broadcast, print and online media. In her current position with the international media development organisation, Internews Network, she is responsible for outreach and communication with Koch FM. Her previous roles have seen her specialise in TV, with KBC and as a writer with The Standard Newspaper. She is also a fellow for the International Planned Parenthood Federation IPPF and has worked for the United Nations Information Center as a radio presenter.


Nicola de Chaud, South Africa

Winner: Culture
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Bio: Nicola de Chaud is a seasoned television producer who set up her own production company in 2004 with Odette Schwegler. They produce a diverse range of programming from drama to investigative journalism and documentaries. She began her television career as a script editor with SABC in 1988 and now Nicola is involved in all aspects of production from scripting to editing and directing. Nicola is no stranger to the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards and was the recipient of the 2007 Television News Features Award and was highly commended in the same category in 2009.

Adrian de Kock, South Africa

Winner: Mohamed Amin Photographic Award
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Bio: Photojournalist Adrian de Kock started out as a graphic designer working for the Pretoria News but quickly moved into photography when he began assisting at some major sports events including the surfing competitions, Mr Price Pro and Billabong Pro. Specialising in sports photography he has toured Africa extensively covering major events including the FIFA 2010 World Cup and the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. Adrian currently works at The Star, Johannesburg as picture desk administrator and senior photographer.


Selma Inocência, Mozambique

Winner: Portuguese Language Television General News Award
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Bio: Selma began working in television in 2006 with independent production companies. She has been working for TV Miramar since 2009 as a writer and presenter of news programmes. Her work has garnered several awards, such as the SNJ/VODACOM award for Best News Programme in Mozambique in 2010, the 2010 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Portuguese language Award and Honourable Mentions in 2011 and 2012 for the SNJ/VODACOM award.


Thanduxolo Jika & Media 24 Investigations Team, South Africa

Winner: Digital Platform Award
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Bio: Award-winning senior investigations journalist at Media24, Thanduxolo Jika has notched up a considerable number of honours. He was runner-up in the 2010 Taco Kuiper Awards & the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards; winner of the national Vodacom 2010 Journalism Award features category for his exposé of the xenophobic attacks on Somalis in the Eastern Cape, and a member of the team which won the 2013 Standard Bank Sikuvile Award. He has previously worked for the Daily Dispatch as journalist and an assistant news editor in the Eastern Cape.

The rest of the team from City Press, Media 24 Investigations and Graphics24 on this project were Lucas Ledwaba, Loyiso Sidimba, Sipho Masondo, Lucky Mxumalo, Sizwe sama Yende, Nicki Gules, Athandiwe Saba, Andrew Trench and Rudi Louw. Both Thanduxolo and Lucas Ledwaba are previous CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards finalists.

Lázaro Mabunda, Mozambique

Winner: Portuguese Language Print General News Award
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Bio: Lázaro is a graduate in Media Studies and Political Sciences and has worked as a journalist for over ten years in both broadcast and written platforms such as RDP África and STV, the sports weekly O Desportivo, the fax daily Vertical, as well as the weekly newspaper O País, where he has worked since 2005, initially as an investigative reporter, and presently holds the position of both journalist and Editor (Social pages). He is also a teacher of investigative journalism and electoral coverage. Lázaro has won several awards for his work, namely the Carlos Cardoso Award for Investigative journalism in both 2006 and 2008, and in 2011 the award for Journalism on Education organised by CADE, the Bronze medal at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards, and an Honourable Mention for the Aquino de Bragança Investigative Journalism Award.

Tolu Ogunlesi, Nigeria

Winner: The Coca-Cola Company Economics & Business
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Bio: Tolu is a freelance journalist and editor who contributes to a number of major publications including Tell Magazine, The Guardian (Lagos), Daily Independent, New Age, Forbes Africa, theguardian.co.uk, Financial Times and Business Day. He was also Arts Manager Nigeria for the British Council between 2011 and 2012. Having studied for an MA in creative writing at University of East Anglia in the UK, his work as a poet and fiction writer has been published in numerous anthologies. His many awards include: Winner of 2010 The Future Awards Journalist of the Year and winner of the Arts & Culture category in the 2009 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Nigeria

Winner: Environment Award
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Bio: Editor of The Punch newspaper in Lagos, Toyosi Ogunseye has been an investigative journalist since 2006. Prior to becoming editor she worked for Sunday Punch as both senior correspondent and news editor. She has specialised in crime on both a local and international level and also spent time studying to be a junior pathologist. She gained her MA in Media and Communications in 2010 and her awards include Nigerian Academy of Science Journalist of the Year 2013 and the MSD Health and Medical category of the 2011 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards.

Brenda Okoth, Kenya

Winner: MSD Health & Medical Award
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Bio: With over five years' experience in print media, Brenda Okoth's career has seen her move from features writer at Eve and EveGirl magazine to her current position as deputy features editor at The Star newspaper. She was an instrumental member of the team that launched The Star, which is now the country's fastest-selling newspaper, and she leads a team of writers. Her day to day responsibilities include generating ideas, overseeing layout, editing and commissioning articles. She has a keen interest in championing human rights and through her work hopes to give a voice to those most in need.

Nassima Oulebsir, Algeria

Winner: Francophone General News Award – Print
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Bio: Nassima is a previous category winner in the 2008 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards and has been a journalist for the daily El Watan since 2009. She has worked as press journalist since 2001 for newspapers such as Le quotidien d'Algérie, La presse Initiative, and the Jeune Indépendant. Over the years she has been the recipient of several press awards, such as the International Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2007, awarded by the International Network of Young Journalists, the international Lorenzo Natali Award in 2008, awarded by the European Commission, and the regional UNICEF award (Middle East and North Africa region) for the defence of the Rights of Children, in 2011.

Passant Rabie, Egypt

Winner: Sport Award
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Bio: As a freelance journalist, Passant Rabie, covers current news and events, as well as producing analytical and investigative features for local and international publications. Her first role was as a reporter in 2007 for university publication, The Caravan, where she wrote stories in both English and Arabic. She joined Daily News Egypt as an intern before moving to Egypt Today and Egypt Business Today where she was able to focus her interest on areas such as human rights, women's rights, religion, investigative features and in-depth analysis of the country's current affairs. She was commended in the 2010 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.

Roseline Wangui & Wambui Kurema

Winners: Television Features Award
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Bio: Broadcast journalist, Roseline, joined Nation Media Group as a features reporter at NTV in 2000 and now, as senior features reporter she continues to gather news, research and write both news stories and features as well as editing and voicing feature scripts. Her many awards include: Winner (Health) Kenya Children Rights Media; UNESCO Red Ribbon Award, Best TV Journalist 2006 (HIV/AIDS); Commonwealth Broadcasting Awards (Highly Commended) 2005. Her work has been recognized in previous CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards having been highly commended in 2009 as well as being a winner in 2005 in the Arts & Culture category, and again in 2010 in the TV News Bulletin category.

Bio: At home behind the camera, Wambui Kurema, has carved out an impressive career for herself capturing stunning broadcast imagery. She currently works at NTV where her day-to-day role involves going out on assignment, on occasion taking on the role of a reporter, and bringing back relevant video footage, interviewing news sources and briefing the news desk. Prior to her current position, she worked at K24 as a camera person, reporting and video editing. During this time she also wrote business news scripts and voiced packages. She was honoured for her work earlier this year in the 2nd Annual Media council awards as winner of the Children and Youth Category.

Rebekah Adwoa Awuah, Ghana

Highly commended

Bio: She started out on a three month work placement in the news room of the Ghanaian Broadcasting Company in 2006 and since then, Rebekah Adwoa Awuah, has honed her journalistic skills to become news anchor and operations officer for GBC24, the organisation's rolling news channel. As well as developing exclusive stories and news features she is responsible for editing scripts and providing headlines. She also conducts live interviews with news makers. Rebecca is a member of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists, Ghana (IFEJ).

Domingos Bento, Angola

Highly commended

Bio: Originally educated in the area of Management and Accountancy, Domingos is a young journalist who began his career at Radio Despertar as well as the weekly A Capital, in Luanda in 2007. He has been a reporter for the weekly Novo Jornal Since 2009.




Thomas Otieno Bwire, Kenya

Highly commended

Bio: Since graduating with a diploma in Mass Communications, Thomas Bwire has gained both editorial and technical broadcast skills during attachments with Kenya Television Network. With social projects and radio broadcast at the heart of his work experience he has been working on a voluntary basis for a community radio station in Kibera, Pamoja 99 FM, since 2007. In his role as news editor he covers stories focussed on justice and health. He regularly attends specialist workshops and training courses, and recently travelled to Switzerland for a Human Rights Workshop as part of the UN Committee Against Torture.

Ibrahima-Benjamin Diagne, Senegal

Highly commended

Bio: Ibrahima-Benjamin began his career as a press journalist for the daily newspaper Le Populaire, and from 2000 to 2005 he worked mainly for the Wal Fadjri Media Group as a press and radio journalist. From 2004 to 2007 he worked as a correspondent and commentator on African Media for the French radio station RFI. For a period of five years, until 2010, he was also a director at Disso FM. At present he works as a journalist and commentator for Radio Futurs Médias.


Geoff Iyatse, Nigeria

Highly commended

Bio: Business reporter, Geoff Iyatse, embarked on his career in 2008 as real estate correspondent with Stockswatch Newspaper in Lagos. In his current position, as business reporter with The Guardian Newspaper Limited, he files reports as well as sub-editing. Since 2007, Geoff has contributed a number of opinion pieces to a variety of Nigerian publications including Niger Delta Today, Vanguard Viewpoint and Niger Delta Standard, Daily Independent and The Guardian. These articles have covered a range of topics from the plight of the Niger Delta to the governing powers in Nigeria.

Judy Jeptum Kosgei & Mauritius Oduor

Highly commended

Bio: Features reporter, Judy Kosgei, has worked for Citizen TV Kenya since 2011. She combines her researching and writing skills with her specialisation in human interest stories to produce some compelling reports that have seen pick up the KEMEP Media Award 2010, the Media Council of Kenya Awards in both 2012 and again in 2013, most recently in the Arts and Culture section. Prior to her role at Citizen TV, Judy worked for KTN and Radio Maisha as a field reporter where she was responsible for coming up with news ideas, voicing and scripting packages, as well as conducting interviews.

Bio: Since graduating with a diploma in film and video production, Mauritius Oduor, has become an award-winning cameraman. He currently works at Citizen TV Kenya, which he joined in 2007. His assignments have included covering the Operation Linda Nchi in Somalia, a coordinated military campaign to track down Al-Shabaab militants who had been involved in kidnapping foreign tourists and aid workers. In 2012 he was awarded the Media Council of Kenya Award for Best Cameraman and this year the same organisation honoured him with a certificate of excellence for his TV broadcast work.

Carol Natukunda, Uganda

Highly commended

Bio: Carol Natukunda has been working at Sunday Vision as senior writer since 2012. She's tasked with providing well-researched investigative features as well as working as contributing editor for Sunday Xtra, the publication's social and lifestyle pull-out. Prior to this she started her journalism career as an intern at the New Vision newspaper in 2005 and in 2010 began working as a correspondent for UNESCO Courier, an online publication which provides a platform for dialogue between cultures and a forum for international debate. Her honours include the Population and Development Journalism Award by UNFPA and Population Secretariat in 2012 and 2008 Africa Education Journalism Award from the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

Lucas Ledwaba, South Africa

Highly commended

Bio: Features and investigations journalist with The Sowetan, Lucas Ledwaba, is also a previous category winner in the 2010 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. He started out his career as a journalist with the Sunday Times in 1996 progressing to bureau chief, Northern Province (Limpopo). He's worked for Sunday World as a features writer and columnist, Storm News Agency and City Press, Sunday Sun, ITWeb Daily website, ThisDay and DRUM magazine. His other awards include PICA Public Interest Writer of the Year 2010 and Sikuvile Standard Bank Award for Feature Writing 2013.

Amon Ngabo, Uganda

Highly commended

Bio: Ugandan broadcast journalist, Amon Ngabo, has worked at UBC since 2010. In his role as a sports reporter Amon files daily features on a number of features, documentaries and bulletins across a range of different disciplines. With a background firmly rooted in sport, his first broadcast position was as sports reporter for Campus FM in Kampala. From here he joined UBC as a freelance journalist specialising in human interest stories before moving to his current position within the sports team. In the past he has written features for Ivory magazine and Insight magazine. Multi-skilled, Amon is able to operate a camera as well as presenting his reports.

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