2013 Winners and Finalists

Msindisi Fengu & Yandisa Monakali, Daily Dispatch, South Africa

Winner: Overall Winner CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013

Winner: Print General News Award

Bio Msindisi Fengu: 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 Yandisa Monakali: 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.

Story summary: "Investigation, School Hostels of Shame"

The Daily Dispatch investigated the atrocious conditions that thousands of pupils in the Eastern Cape have been subjected to, whilst supposedly under the care of the education system. The twelve-part series, uncovered hygiene and safety risks in school hostels as well as lifting the lid on shocking levels of corruption. Msindisi Fengu and Yandisa Monakali’s hard work resulted in the suspension of an education department official and government pledge for R13m budget to improve the situation.

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Parts 3 & 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Parts 9 to 12

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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, Joy News TV, Ghana

Winner: Television News Bulletin Award

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.

Story summary: "Public toilets in perspective"

In her report Gifty Andoh Appiah highlights the appalling state of public toilets in Ghana. She doesn’t shy away from an unpleasant subject. She spends a night with residents to show the audience uncomfortable images, and offers the perspective of an elderly resident to thoroughly depict the health risks posed by the lack of sanitation. The report was a timely reminder to the political elite as it aired just prior to the elections at the end of 2012.

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Axcel Micael Chenney, Le Défi Média Group, Mauritius

Winner: Francophone General News Award - Electronic

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.

Story summary: "Archives Criminelles: Rajen Sabapathee, la chute d'un héros"

Rajen Sabapathee: A fallen hero. Axcel’s entry tells the story of a well-known bodybuilder and former Mr Mauritius who was found guilty of drug trafficking, escaped from Bastille prison in 1999 and was killed whilst on the run. Axcel re-examines the circumstances of Sabapathee’s death, interviews witnesses, and professionals in charge of the case, to discover if foul play was involved. His story also reflects on the political ramifications of this tragic event.

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Florence Dallu, Freelance for Koch FM, Kenya

Winner: Radio General News Award

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.

Story summary: "Children in sex survival"

Florence uncovers the shocking reality of how young children are exploited through sex work in Korogocho slums. A difficult subject to report on, she uses empathetic storytelling and powerful sound bites in this radio piece. She transports her audience right into the heart of the slum where these girls face desperation and hopelessness on a daily basis, as they are forced to sell their bodies.

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Nicola de Chaud, Freelance for Carte Blanche, South Africa

Winner: Culture Award

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.

Story summary: "Michaela de Prince"

An inspirational story of human triumph is at the heart of this compelling TV report. Nicola, allows her subject, Michaela de Prince, to take us on an emotional journey. De Prince was orphaned as a result of the civil war in Sierra Leone but she never let her dream of becoming a prima ballerina die. With the support of her adoptive family she returns to Africa as both a dancer and a role model.

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Adrian de Kock, The Star, South Africa

Winner: Mohamed Amin Photographic Award

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.

Story summary: "The Jump that started it all"

The enormous skill in identifying and capturing the moment on camera is ably demonstrated by Adrian’s photographs. He found himself in a chaotic situation when thousands of students, desperate to get into the University of Johannesburg, triggered a violent stampede. His split second decision-making delivered an arresting series of images which, within minutes, were being viewed across the globe.

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Selma Inocência, Rede de Comunicação Miramar, Mozambique

Winner: Portuguese Language Television General News Award

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.

Story summary: "Guerra de Espaço"

Turf Wars. Selma Inocência journeys into Chemba, in the province of Sofala, in search of first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by those who live in close proximity with the local fauna. Her story illustrates her own quest to understand just what it is like to cope with the uncertainty and danger of dealing with dangerous animals as part of a daily routine and being in regular competition with animals for water, food and space.

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Thanduxolo Jika & Media 24 Investigations Team, Media24, South Africa

Winner:  Digital Platform Award

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.

Story summary: "'Faces of Marikana: The stories of the victims of the Lonmin tragedy"

The horrific massacre at Marikana dominated international headlines in 2012. Thanduxolo and Media 24’s investigations team challenged the official story, exposing the detail behind the tragedy in this Digital Platform entry. Travelling hundreds of miles to distant villages they tracked down the families of the victims to give these people a much-needed voice. They used maps, timelines, photographic images and video technology to build a comprehensive story of the shocking events, and invited their audience to interact, contributing their own thoughts and opinions.

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Lázaro Mabunda, O País, Mozambique

Winner: Portuguese Language Print General News Award

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.

Story summary: "Negócio de luxo"

"A Luxury trade" investigates the resurgence of rhino poaching as a result of the growing demand for rhino horn across Asia, and the huge financial rewards. Lázaro painstakingly examines criminal proceedings records, and interviews National Park rangers and members of the police force. His dramatic findings unveil the extent to which some of the Mozambican Border Patrol Service are turning a blind eye to cross-border poaching expeditions of their citizens into South Africa, and supplying some of the weapons.

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Tolu Ogunlesi, Freelance for Ventures Africa, Nigeria

Winner: The Coca-Cola Company Economics & Business Award

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.

Story summary: "Eko Atlantic City: A Mammoth New Development On The Coastline Of Lagos"

The Lagos coastline is set to be transformed by the mammoth Eko Atlantic City development. As well as outlining the economic opportunities on the horizon, this report also highlights the potential challenges posed by the planned construction, and the vast gulf that exists between the city’s richest dwellers and the workers who are toiling to build the dream.

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Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Sunday Punch, Nigeria

Winner:  Environment Award

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.

Story summary: "The rich also cry"

In her quest to discover the true extent of the pollution from a steel works in Lagos, Toyosi carried out extensive background checks and sought the advice of medical experts in order to write this report. Her newspaper paid for independent medical tests for the residents of the upmarket neighbourhood who were suffering from some terrible side effects, which they believed were linked to the steel production nearby. These revealed high levels of metal toxicity and links to serious diseases. Thanks to her tireless investigation those suffering ill health were finally given a voice and the factory was closed.

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Brenda Okoth, The Star, Kenya

Winner: MSD Health & Medical Award

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.

Story summary: "Gender identity - The other sex"

To mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, Brenda, bravely and sensitively tackles a complex and controversial subject, which still remains on the margins of most societies. Her three-part series not only highlights the plight of those transgender Kenyans who live with the daily fear of hatred and discrimination but it dispels many myths associated with those whose sexual identity doesn’t conform to convention. She talks to individuals and experts to give a truly empathetic insight into the struggles experienced by transgender members of society.

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Nassima Oulebsir, El Watan, Algeria

Winner: Francophone General News Award – Print

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.

Story summary: "Enfants nés au maquis cherchent identité"

The children of the Maquis and their quest for identity. A section of Algerian society, has largely gone unnoticed. This story gives a voice to the children of guerrilla fighters from the “Guerre Salle” or “Dirty War” of the late 80s and 90s who, as a result of outmoded legislation and lack of political will, are stuck in a statutory limbo that does not recognise their existence as fully-fledged citizens. Nassima’s story examines both the legal, sociological and psychological implications of this reality, with the help of psychology and legal experts.

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Passant Rabie, Egypt Today, Egypt

Winner: Sport Award

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

Story summary: "And the fans play on"

Passant's story provides insight into the fervour and motivation behind a group of Egyptian football supporters. Tragedy struck 'the beautiful game' when 74 lives were lost as a result of fans and security forces clashing at a local football match in Port Said. Her article investigates the role of the Ultras Ahlawy, a group of hardcore fans who have been relentless in demanding justice for the dead. It shows that as well as being passionate about sport, they are as fanatical about their peaceful fight against injustice.

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Roseline Wangui & Wambui Kurema, NTV, Kenya

Winner: Television Features Award

Bio Roseline Wangui: 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 Wambui Kurema: 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.

Story summary: "Beads of bondage"

Roseline & Wambui’s story is a captivating and colourful glimpse into a community living in the remote northern regions of Kenya. Their television report exposes a shocking custom practised by the Samburus, where temporary marriage is forced on young girls between the ages of 9 and 14.

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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: MSD Health and Medical Award

Bio Judy Jeptum Kosgei: 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 Mauritius Oduor: 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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