2014 Winners and Finalists

Joseph Mathenge, Freelance for The Saturday Nation, Kenya

Winner: Overall Winner CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014

Winner: Mohamed Amin Photographic Award

Bio: News photographer and cameraman, Joseph Mathenge has built up an impressive CV. His vast experience, including 12 years with Nation Media Group has enabled him to develop excellent contacts in different spheres. He was a pioneer in digital photography, which he started using in 1998 and broke fresh ground with his many news scoops including getting rare photographs of Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela in 2000, covering the Kenyan elections and post-election violence in 2008 and the more recent Westgate terror attacks. The Media Council of Kenya awarded him Journalist of the Year, Camera Person of the Year and Photographer of the Year 2014.

Joseph’s story summary: "Images of Terror"

Joseph Mathenge was not deterred by the sound of gunfire, coming from the Westgate Shopping Mall. To be able to capture images in the midst of a terror attack, requires both skill and enormous bravery. The freelance Kenyan photojournalist displayed these attributes when he put his life on the line to record what were to become iconic images. His photographs show the security forces moving into the Westgate Shopping mall, when shoppers came under attack from terrorists in 2013.

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Bheki Makhubu, Swaziland

Winner: Press Freedom Award

Ferial Haffajee, Chairperson of the judging panel, summarises the thoughts of the judges, giving reasons why Bheki Makhubu is the recipient of the Press Freedom Award 2014.

Bheki Makhubu is in jail. Where a journalist should not be. One of far too many journalists on the continent. Bheki and his columnist and human rights lawyer colleague, Thulani Maseko, remain in jail facing sedition charges.

Their crime: They annoyed Swaziland’s chief justice after penning columns supporting a state clerk who was charged for trying to put right the system that allowed judicial officers to misuse public cars. Their jailing is part the continuum of Swaziland’s long tale abuse of civil rights and free expression.

Makhubu and Maseko were arrested in March, released and then re-detained after the chief justice’s intervention.

Africa’s remaining monarchy under King Mswati has a sorry history of jailing journalists who expose the many and varied abuses of power in the kingdom. A once vibrant pro-democracy movement is now largely exiled. Makhubu is the latest of the journalists who have faced serial jailing and charging. Many have left their country to work in the diaspora.

This editor of The Nation, Makhubu is a long-standing practitioner who is known for his fair hand and balanced reporting: even in circumstances where fairness and balance are tough acts. The Nation has become a talisman and assembly point, one of the last, in the fight for democracy in Swaziland.

Daniel Biaou Adje, ORTB, Benin

Winner: Francophone General News Award - Electronic Media

Bio: Daniel Biaou Adje is an experienced broadcast journalist, whose career began at Benin's national radio station, ORTB, in 1988. He was news editor for 10 years before being promoted to the position of Head of Programmes and Production in 2003. In 2006 he led a major project to overhaul the regional output of Radio Parakou, the station's regional feed. His many awards include runner up in the Francophone TV/Radio Award in 2009 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, and most recently 1st Prize in the Benin Press Awards Television category in 2012.

Daniel’s story summary: "Et pourtant, c'est lui qui avait raison"

Daniel tells the story of Dr Babadjidé, a revolutionary veterinarian in Benin who was ostracized by his peers in the scientific community due to his proposed alternative method for breeding poultry and small cattle. The piece explains the farming technique La Maison du Paysan which unites breeds instead of the university-taught method of separating them. Dr Babadjidé fellow professionals saw the incredible results and his theory is now taught in universities and training is provided in various villages.

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Safia Berkouk, El Watan, Algeria

Winner: Francophone General News Award – Print

Bio: Specialising in the subject of economics, Safia Berkouk, began her career as a journalist in 2001 as a staff writer for daily newspaper, Initiatives. In 2003 she moved to Le Jeune Indépendant, to be the economics correspondent, a role that she continued when she moved to Head of Economics Section at daily newspaper Le Midi Libre. And in her current position at the daily newspaper El Watan, she also writes for the economics supplement. Between 2001 and 2008 she regularly contributed to Agence algérienne d'information (Algerian News Agency) which is a private press agency specialising in economic and social news.

Safia’s story summary: "Pourquoi l'impôt rebute les Algériens"

In this story, Safia highlights the issues within Algeria’s tax system. Through her investigation, she explains the problems of inheriting the tax system from France and that tax evasion, informal markets, corruption and incompetence are all prevalent. Safia describes that although the general feeling amongst citizens is that they are overtaxed, they are still willing to pay if the current system is improved.

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Sean Christie, Freelance for The Mail & Guardian, South Africa

Winner: Coca-Cola Economics & Business Award

Bio: Freelance journalist and author, Sean Christie, currently contributes to an array of local and international titles, including Mail&Guardian, Landbouweekblad, Business Day and The Red Bulletin. His career as a journalist has seen him work as environmental correspondent at the Climate Change Partnership in 2011 and he was Commended for his environmental writing at the CNN African Journalist Awards in 2012. He has worked as foreign policy correspondent, a news reporter, researcher, copywriter and has also taught at the University of Cape Town.

Sean’s story summary: "Zimbabwe’s forests are going up in smoke"

Sean Christie probes the claim that Chinese demand has revived Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry for the good, and whether the rise of contract farming as well as the land reform process has been beneficial to small-scale farms. His thorough research reveals that the situation for Zimbabwe’s farmers is much more complex. In addition to the nation’s food crops suffering as a result of the tobacco production, there’s an environmental disaster brewing. The curing process looks likely to cause major deforestation as electricity and coal prove expensive fuel supplies.

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Obinna Emelike, Business Day, Nigeria

Winner: Culture Award

Bio: Specialising in tourism and travel writing, Obinna Emelike, has worked at Business Day in Nigeria since 2005. Describing himself as a ‘world explorer', Obinna has honed his writing and reporting skills gaining advanced certificates from the School of Media Communications at the Pan-African University in Lagos, as well as several certificates from the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism. His awards include: recipient of Tourism Reporting Seal of Honour - Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (2011).

Obinna’s story summary: "The roads between us… A journey across Nigeria"

This lively and engaging travel adventure takes the reader across Nigeria to the Kano Walls. Negotiating the four-day journey, and ensuring that they do not look like tourists in Boko Haram territory, the journalist and his fellow traveller set off. All goes well until they arrive in Kofar Mata, the traditional dye pits, instead of the walls. Even though they don’t find their chosen destination, they learn about the fascinating heritage of the ancient indigo dye pits, but also how this legacy is in danger of disappearing.

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Anne Mawathe & Rashid Ibrahim, Citizen TV, Kenya

Winner: News Impact Award

Bio: Kenyan features producer, Anne Mawathe currently works for Royal Media Services, Citizen TV. In addition to producing a weekly segmented feature ‘Strength of a Woman', her key assignments have covered major national and international news events such as the 2012 US Elections, 2013 Kenyan Elections and Nelson Mandela's funeral. Prior to joining Citizen TV, Anne worked as a producer and presenter for the BBC where she produced and presented the African Debate. Her work to date has won her several awards including Kenyan Union of Journalists (KUJ) Features Journalist of the Year in 2003.

Having graduated from the East African School of Media Studies TV/Video production in 2004, Rashid Ibrahim has forged a career for himself working as a cameraman, locations editor and director of photography. Since January 2013 he has worked as a cameraman for Royal Media Services and prior to that he worked for the Office of the Prime Minister at Artful Eyes Productions. His camera work has seen him tackle a diverse range of genres from entertainment to corporate as well as news work.

Anne and Rashid’s story summary: "Veiled Justice"

This compelling television feature reveals the appalling reality for young rape victims in Wajir, and the consequences of that defilement in later life. In some cases girls as young as six are left traumatised, stigmatised and ultimately isolated from the norms of society. Anne Mawathe highlights Amina’s story, as she tells of her suffering at the hands of her stepfather. But her report also exposes how this community still uses the Maslah system, where a council of male elders decides on the punishment or compensation to fit the crime.

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Patrick Mayoyo, Daily Nation, Kenya

Winner: Environment Award

Bio: Patrick previously worked as deputy news editor at the Nation Media Group. He has also worked as a correspondent for the Voice of America English to Africa Service and the London based journal, Africa Analysis. His strong background in print journalism and his understanding of the issues facing East Africa, has seen him awarded Bureau Chief of the Year in 2005 as well as winning the Social and Environmental Responsibility World Journalism Prize in 2007. He is also 2014 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) awards overall winner.

Patrick’s story summary: "Ice on the equator may soon be relegated to history books"

As the ice caps sitting atop Mount Kilimanjaro start melting, Patrick Mayoyo looks at the likely consequences on the livelihoods of the local inhabitants. As well as the devastating environmental hazards that the warming climate could have as the ice starts melting, he’s identified that there’s also a chance that tourism could be affected. It’s a bleak picture painted by experts and local communities as they see the environment changing dramatically as a result of climate change.

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Olatunji Ololade, The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria

Winner: MSD Health and Medical Award

Bio: Assistant editor of Nigeria's The Nation newspaper, Olatunji is an investigative journalist who specialises in undercover reportage, development and internet journalism as well as academic research. As a newspaper columnist, blogger and reporter he has covered local and international stories. His weekly column ‘Reality Bites' is a regular feature in The Nation newspaper. His many awards include Ernest Sisei Ikoli Prize for Newspaper Reporter of the Year, Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA-2012); Winner of Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution Category, Rotary International Humanitarian Reporting Awards (HRA 2013); and 2013 Diamond Award for Media Excellence Prize for Best Political Reporting.

Olatunji’s story summary: "'This marriage will kill me' - Tragedy of Nigeria's child brides"

Olatunji Ololade takes an in-depth look at the trauma suffered by Nigeria’s child brides. As well as often being married to men decades older, they are also brutally circumcised. This practice can cause severe medical complications. This, combined with the fact that many have bodies too young to cope with childbirth, means that they are left enduring lifelong, excruciating pain. These girls are also often betrayed by their families, finding themselves ostracised and forced into desperate situations to survive.

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Brito Simango, Televisão de Moçambique, Moçambique

Winner: Portuguese Language General News Award – Electronic media

Bio: In 1994, while he was still at school, Brito Simango, began his career as a sports correspondent on Mozambique radio. He expanded his areas of expertise to politics and economics and has worked since 2012 as a presenter of the main news programme on Mozambique's public television. Major reports he has worked on include on the unlawful hunting of elephants and the indiscriminate slaughter of the rhinoceros in Mozambique and South Africa. He also reports on economics in the ports and railways sector, and is editor of the hourly news programme. In 2013 he won the Vodacom-SNJ Journalism Prize and also was named winner of SADC Journalism Competition for regional integration.

Brito’s story summary: "`` Xibejani ´´( Rinoceronte ), Caça Furtiva Do Elefante Arruina O Parque Transfronteriço Do Grande Limpopo."

Limpopo National Park in Mozambique links up with the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Gonzarezhou Park in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, poaching in the area has increased, Brito’s TV report explains, with the highly valued rhinoceros horn being their main target. He details the many animals that have died as a result and rangers have been brought in to stop the problem, leading to the poachers obtaining more powerful guns. These conflicts have had an impact on the important tourist industry in the region. South Africans and Mozambicans are involved in the poaching and the two countries are working together to protect the animals and encourage tourism which has been in decline Brito says.

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Joy Summers & Susan Comrie, Mnet Carte Blanche, South Africa

Winner: GE Energy & Infrastructure Award

Bio: Joy Summers is an experienced television producer with a Diploma in Film and Video technology. She spent six years working on educational series and documentaries for Penguin Films as both editor and producer. In 1995 she joined a team of freelance producers working on the actuality and investigative programme on MNET, ‘Carte Blanche'. This show is one of South Africa's longest running television programmes. Her exacting standards and passion for storytelling have seen her receive many awards including the Business and Economics Award - CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Award 2012, Best documentary short - SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) and Best director (documentary short) – SAFTA 2013.

Susan currently works as a senior investigative journalist for Carte Blanche in South Africa. She joined in 2009 having previously worked as a freelance journalist for Daily Voice, Weekend Argus, Saturday Star and Marie Claire. Her broadcast investigations have exposed a number of high profile companies and individuals and have uncovered fraud, corruption and organised crime. Susan's work has been recognised with Runner-up Taco Kuiper Award 2014, Sanlam Financial Journalism Award 2014, and SAFTA Best Documentary Short and Best Director of a Documentary Short 2013.

Joy and Susan’s story summary: "Game of Geysers Part 1 & 2"

No stone was left unturned as the team from Carte Blanche conducted their investigation into finding those responsible for badly installed, leaking solar power heaters. They initially sought to understand why the company, which had won an 800 million Rand tender from Johannesburg’s City Power, was unable to install working systems. As they dug deeper more startling irregularities were uncovered. The tender had been granted on local content requirement, but after careful scientific analysis, hidden filming and photographic evidence it revealed that the tanks were Chinese imports.

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Bento Venâncio, Jornal Domingo, Moçambique

Winner: Portuguese Language General News Award - Print

Bio: Currently the editor of the Society section of the Sunday newspaper Domingo, in Mozambique, Bento Venâncio, has had a distinguished career in print journalism. He belongs to the state alumni association, which brings together international visitors in the USA and has represented Mozambique on various occasions at multimedia and similar forums. He has received several awards over the past decade including: MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) Prize for HIV/AIDS reporting in 2006 and 2008; International Journalism Prize in SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) and UNICEF Children's Rights Prize 2013.

Bento’s story summary: "Corrupçao no Patrimonio do Estado"

The journalist investigated the financial scandals in the State Treasury Department in Mozambique. His investigations were in-depth and the findings were alarming; uncovering that expensive state vehicles were being sold at very low prices to top civil servants. The investigation used governmental documents and interviews with key people to find that it was an organised corrupt practice from within the government and, when presented to the Minister of Finances, they announced that disciplinary action would take place. This resulted in the corrupt employees being fired and the selling of state vehicles was suspended.

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Evelyn Watta, Sportsnewsarena.com, Kenya

Winner: Sport Reporting Award

Bio: Evelyn has 14 years' experience working as a broadcast and online sports journalist. She was the Sports Editor of NTV Group in Kenya and is now a Senior Reporter/Subeditor at sportsnewsarena.com where she has been for the last three years. Career milestones include covering major sporting events from the Olympics, Africa Football Cup of Nations, African Athletics for newspapers (The Daily Nation, The Star), online publications, radio stations (Nation FM, Deutsche Welle) and television (NTV, Chinese TV).

Evelyn’s story summary:

Inside Senegal’s mythical wrestling heritage Evelyn transports the reader into the midst of a packed stadium with her fascinating article about the importance of wrestling in Senegal. She describes all the elements that go into making this hugely popular sport much more than just a test of physical strength. She explains how and why it has become a cult phenomenon in Senegal, giving a taste of the buzzing atmosphere. We hear about the intricate superstitions performed by the contestants, the personalities involved and the commercial aspect which has literally taken many from rags to riches.

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Vinayak Bhardwaj & Tabelo Timse, M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, Mail & Guardian, South Africa

Highly Commended: News Impact Award

Bio: Vinayak has recently taken up a new role as Programme Manager of the Freedom of Information and Freedom of Expression Programme for the Open Society Foundation, South Africa. Prior to this he worked as Advocacy Coordinator for the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism (amaBhungane) where the role included fighting for information rights for investigative journalists; coordinating legal challenges to existing legislation; parliamentary lobbying; and investigative reporting on state surveillance, health sector and state security services. Together with the amaBhungane team, he won the Taco Kuiper Award for Best Investigative Journalism South Africa (2013-2014).

Working as a reporter in the Mail&Guardian Centre for Investigative Journalism, Tabelo produces stories and analytical content which is used across the media outlet's online and social media platforms as well as in print. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, she worked as South African Correspondent for Agence France-Press writing hard news and feature articles which were distributed to, and published by, various international media outlets. She has a very strong print journalism background but in the past has also worked across a variety of disciplines contributing photography, audio clips and video footage for online articles.

Romão Brandão, Jornal OPAÍS, Angola

Highly Commended: Portuguese Language General News Award – Print

Bio: Romão currently works as a journalist for the weekly Angolan newspaper OPAÍS. He has gained his experience in print journalism working across a variety of publications and enjoys adapting to new challenges. He worked as reporter and assistant editor for Voz do Povo “The People's Voice” for a year before joining the weekly newspaper Angolense, where he worked as a staff writer for four years. He also wrote for the teenage magazine Bwé Dicas, where he spent two years before taking on his current role.

Ben Ezeamalu & Emmanuel Ogala, Premium Times, Nigeria

Highly Commended: GE Energy & Infrastructure Award

Bio: Head of Lagos operations and the Metro Desk at Premium Times in Nigeria, Ben's role is varied. As well as coordinating Lagos operations, generating news stories and ideas for the Lagos Metro he writes news and features, conducts interviews and carries out research. He also contributes to the New York Times generating stories for the West African Bureau and contributing to articles about Lagos. He has worked as news editor for Today's Telegraph; as a freelance reporter for The Guardian Newspapers, Daily Times Nigeria and Premium Times; and as features writer/acting Metro Editor for NEXT and NEXT on Sunday.

As Head of Digital Strategy at Premium Times in Nigeria, Emmanuel's role is to manage the newspaper's digital platforms. With a focus on breaking news and in-depth investigations, he combines his experience in journalism and multimedia systems to encourage interaction with the latest stories through social media. Before joining Premium Times, Emmanuel worked as a National Assembly correspondent and multimedia reporter for NEXT.

Christine Muthee & Oliver Oscar Ochanda, Media Development in Africa (MEDEVA), Kenya

Highly Commended: Sport Reporting Award

Bio: Christine is an experienced broadcast journalist currently working as a producer/director for Tazama! At MEDEVA (Media Development in Africa). She researches, produces and directs features that touch on social change, public accountability, democracy, good governance and advocacy. Prior to this she was involved in the environmental programme Project Green as assistant producer/story director and cameraperson. Christine was awarded Best TV Reporter for Humanitarian response to disasters at the UNFPA-KEMEP Awards.

Oliver works as a cameraman for Zuku TV's sports programme, ‘Setting the Pace', featuring Kenyan athletes. His strong background in broadcast production has seen him move from roles in communications and media liaison to hands-on experience behind the camera. He has worked on a number of different documentaries focussing on a wide variety of subjects from health to environmental issues in a variety of roles from newsgathering, reporting and scripting to television direction. He was awarded Winner of Best Cameraman at the Annual Media Excellence Awards Kawi Awards (2013).

Bob Koigi, Farmbizafrica.com, Kenya

Highly Commended: Environment Award

Bio: Seasoned journalist and communications specialist, Bob, has worked in broadcast, print and online media. His stories have covered business, technology, agriculture, environment and climate change. He is currently a senior reporter for the online news agency African Laughter, where he has worked since 2009. His awards include UN FAO Kenya Journalist of the Year in 2013 Media Awards and Best Journalist in East Africa in the Agriculture and Food Security Category of the East Africa Community (EAC) Media Awards (2012).

Dickson Ng'hily, The Guardian, Tanzania

Highly Commended:

Coca-Cola Economics & Business Award

Bio: Dickson combines his role as chief reporter and assistant IJ editor of The Guardian Limited with his job as part-time tutor at the Time School of Journalism (TSJ) formally known as Tanzania Institute of Media Education (TIME). As a journalist he helps write, review and edit stories for the paper, and as a tutor, he also shares those skills and expertise training his students in reporter techniques. In the past he's worked as business reporter for Citizen Daily, Senior Business Reporter for the Guardian Daily and as a reporter for The Procurement.

John Muchangi Njiru, The Star Newspaper, Kenya

Highly Commended: MSD Health and Medical Award

Bio: John is currently science editor for The Star newspaper where he has worked since 2007. He was instrumental in setting up a science desk for the newspaper and has launched pull-outs sections for the paper covering health, agriculture and environment. Before joining The Star he worked as science and development editor, and sub-editor for The People Daily in Kenya. He continues to hone his skills undertaking professional courses on climate change and the media. He has been category winner of the HIV/AIDS Reporting Award at CNN MultiChoice Africa Journalist of the Year Award 2012, and also UNFPA and KEMEP Reproductive Health Print Journalist of the Year (2010), Kenya.

Bayo Olupohunda, Columnist, Punch Newspaper, Nigeria

Highly Commended: Culture Award

Bio: Bayo is a teacher and writer whose writing interests span the arts, culture, education, social issues and development politics. He was a contributing writer for the Nigerian newspaper, The Guardian and until recently has worked as a columnist for Next Newspapers. His writings have been published in major Nigerian newspapers and the online journal, Nigerians in America. Bayo has also worked in education advocacy as the Project Coordinator in Education for Goethe Institut Lagos. He currently writes a weekly column for Nigerian newspaper, The Punch and teaches English Literature and Creative Writing in Whitesands School, Lagos.

Suy Kahofi, Freelance for West Africa Democracy Radio, Senegal

Highly Commended: Francophone General News Award – Electronic Media

Bio: Journalist, Suy Kahofi Jischvi has a strong background across broadcast, print and online. He started his career as a presenter and technician at Radio La Voix du N'zi (Dimbokro) as head of the sports section before moving to the women's magazine, Ahipkole International. He has worked as editor for the news website avenue225.com and since 2010 he has been a presenter for Source TV in Côte d'Ivoire, correspondent for Radio SUD FM Sénégal, producer and correspondent for West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) and contributor to RNW Africa. In 2013 he won Best Report on the fight against polio and for vaccination from ICFJ (International Center For Journalists) and the Association of African Health Journalists.

Paballo Thekiso, Saturday Star, South Africa

Highly Commended: Mohamed Amin Photographic Award

Bio: Paballo Thekiso started his professional photography career in 2004, working for media outlets and organisations such as the Independent Newspapers Group in South Africa, Agence France Press (AFP), Africa Interactive, UNAIDS, FAO and many more. He is a passionate photojournalist with a decade's worth of experience. During his free time, he writes feature stories and is involved in multimedia projects. Paballo was recently named the 2014 North West University National Press Club Photographer of the year and is currently the Chief Photographer for the Saturday Star newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ossène Ouattara, Infoduzanzan.com, Côte d'Ivoire

Highly Commended: Francophone General News Award – Print

Bio: Ossène began working as a journalist in 2010 for avenue225.com as the correspondent in Bondoukou in north eastern Côte d'Ivoire. In 2011 he started freelancing for Humaniterre, a magazine specialising in aid and sustainable development before founding his own web publication infoduzanzan.com. He has also worked as researcher for the UN experts monitoring the arms embargo in Côte d'Ivoire and has recently taken on a public relations role for a visual marketing and print agency. His awards include: winner, Ministry of Culture national essay competition (2012) and winner, best news article in Fraternité Matin: for an article on the 50th anniversary of Ivorian independence (2010).

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