1995 - 2008 Finalists and Winners


Finalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2008 Competition were announced today by Azubuike Ishiekwene, Chair of the independent judging panel. The competition, now in its 13th year, received a record number of entries from across Africa.

This year the competition received 1912 entries from 44 countries throughout the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.

There are 23 finalists from 14 countries:

  • Lucas Ajanaku, TELL Magazine, Nigeria
  • Barbara Angopa, NTV, Uganda
  • Deji Badmus, Channels Television, Nigeria
  • Marjorie Copeland, Freelance for Marie Claire, South Africa
  • Kennedy Gondwe, Freelance for Hone FM, Zambia
  • John Grobler, Freelance for The Namibian, Namibia
  • Israel Laryea, Joy FM, Ghana
  • Fernando Lima, Jornal Savana, Mozambique
  • Emmanuel Mayah, Sun Newspaper, Nigeria
  • Mwondoshah Mfanga, The Guardian, Tanzania
  • Richard Mgamba, Sunday Citizen Newspaper, Tanzania
  • Peter Moyo,, South Africa
  • Bamuturaki Musinguzi, The EastAfrican Newspaper, Uganda
  • Mutwiri Mutuota, Kenya Times, Kenya
  • Boniface Mwangi, The Standard , Kenya
  • Koumouréoua Issa Napon, Radio Télévision du Burkina, Burkina Faso
  • Evaline Ngono, Cameroun Radio Télévision, Cameroun
  • Daniel Nkrumah, Daily Graphic, Ghana
  • Godwin Nnanna, BusinessDay, Nigeria
  • Nassima Oulebsir, Le Jeune Indépendant, Algeria
  • Hopewell Rugoho-Chin'ono, Television International, for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Zimbabwe
  • Seyoum Tsehaye, Eritrea
  • Sasha Wales-Smith, Special Assignment, SABC, South Africa

The winners of the competition will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in The State Banquet Hall, Osu, Accra, Ghana on Saturday 19th July.

The hosts for the evening will be CNN correspondent Zain Verjee, joined on stage by popular Nigerian TV personality and talk show host, Soni Irabor.

Announcing the finalists, Azubuike Ishiekwene said: ""I have followed the CNN MultiChoice Awards for the past four years and watched them grow steadily to become the gold standard of excellence in journalism awards on the African continent, especially for young professionals who want to make a difference. Increasingly, the entries are speaking to the continent's needs, and the echoes are far-reaching."

The independent judging panel, chaired by Azubuike Ishiekwene, Executive Director, Punch Nigeria Limited, includes: Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in- Chief, Mail & Guardian, South Africa; Joel Kibazo, Journalist and Media Consultant; Arlindo Lopes, Secretary General of SABA - Southern African Broadcasting Association; Sophie Ly Sow, Regional Communications Officer for Oxfam / West Africa; Kim Norgaard, CNN's Johannesburg Bureau Chief; Brahima Ouedraogo, Senior Radio Reporter/Producer, Radio Nationale du Burkina and Anna Umbima, journalist and broadcaster. Filipe Correia de Sá, Senior Producer at BBC World Service was brought in to help judge the Portuguese speaking category.

The competition is held in partnership with MultiChoice, and in collaboration with The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The prestigious sponsors include: Celtel; Coca-Cola Africa; Ecobank; Ghana Tourist Board; Holiday Inn Accra; IPP Media, Tanzania; MIH Print Africa; Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD); Safebond Africa Ltd; Global Media Alliance and Camerapix.

Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International said: "Each year we see a healthy increase in entries for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards from a diverse array of countries across the continent. The quality and excellence of the work submitted continues to rise year on year, ensuring that the 2008 competition maintains its place as the most prestigious Pan African Awards for journalists".

Nolo Letele, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa said: "MultiChoice is once again proud to be partnering with CNN, to host this year's CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards. We believe the media is a catalyst in building democracies and has played a critical role in various challenges faced by nations in Africa. The quality of the entries to this year's awards has been very encouraging. We congratulate all the finalists and look forward to attending the event to be held in Ghana this year."

About the award:
The CNN African Journalist of the Year Award was founded in 1995 by Edward Boateng (formerly African Regional Director for Turner Broadcasting System Inc., CNN's parent company) and the late Mohamed Amin, to recognise and encourage excellence in journalism throughout Africa.

Note to Editors: Competition Criteria
The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2008 competition is open to African professional journalists (including, but not limited to, African freelancers), working on the continent for African owned media organisations that are headquartered on the continent of Africa that produce a printed publication or broadcast through an electronic medium (television broadcaster; radio station or website) primarily targeted at and received by an African audience.

Entries were published or broadcast in 2007 for the following awards:

Tourism Award; Arts & Culture, Economics and Business, Environment, Free Press Africa Award; MSD Health & Medical Award; The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Reporting in Africa; MIH Africa Print Africa Award - Best Feature in a Consumer Magazine; Mohamed Amin Photographic Award; Print Journalist Award; Radio - General News; Sport; Television - General News - Feature/Current Affairs; Television - General News - News Bulletin; Francophone General News - Print and Television and/or Radio and Portuguese Language General News - Print/ Photographic/Radio and TV

Issued: Thursday 15th May 2008

For further information please contact:
CNN International: Joel Brown +44 20 7693 0967
MultiChoice Africa: Caroline Creasy + 27 11 289 3081
MultiChoice South Africa: Marilyn Watson +27 11 289 3062