The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Competition is the most prestigious and respected Award for journalists across the African Continent. Its objective is to reinforce the importance of the role of journalists in Africa's development and to reward, recognise and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines.
Finalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Competition were announced today by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the independent judging panel.
This year, the competition received over 1,600 entries - a record number - from 38 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese-speaking Africa.
Congratulations go to:
Adedayo Eriye Oketola, Saturday Punch, Nigeria
Aderonke Bello, naij.com, Nigeria
Ancillar Mangena, Forbes Africa, South Africa
Asha Ahmed Mwilu & Rashid Idi, Kenya Television Network, Kenya
Ati Metwaly, Al Ahram Weekly, Egypt
Bento Venâncio, Jornal Domingo, Mozambique
Bidossèssi Appolinaire Agoïnon, Office de Radiodiffusion et Télévision du Bénin, Benin
Cheboite Kigen, Daily Nation Newspaper, Kenya
Chika Oduah, Nigeria, Freelancer at African Media Initiative, Kenya
Cleófas Viagem, STV, Mozambique
Conan Daniel Businge & Gerald Tenywa, New Vision, Uganda
Coulibaly Zoumana, Le Patriote, Ivory Coast
Diana Neille, Richard Poplak, Shaun Swingler and Sumeya Gasa, Daily Maverick Chronicle, South Africa
Dominic Omondi, The Standard, Kenya
Eromo Egbejule, Freelancer at Ventures Africa, Nigeria
Faten Hayed, El Watan, Algeria
Fidelto Emidio Bata, STV, Mozambique
Folashade Adebayo, The Punch, Nigeria
Garreth van Niekerk, City Press, South Africa
Isaac Otidi Amuke, Commonwealth Writers, Kenya
James Oatway, The Sunday Times, South Africa
Jay Caboz, Forbes Africa, South Africa
Jean-Luc Emile, Teleplus, Mauritius
John Grobler, Namibia, and Fiona Macleod, Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, South Africa
Lawrence Seretse, The Botswana Gazette, Botswana
Mia Malan, Mail & Guardian, South Africa
Teresa Fuquiadi, Jornal Nova Gazeta, Angola
Veronica Narkwor Kwabla, Tv3 Network, Ghana
Veronica Onuchi, TVC News Africa, Nigeria
Yemisi Akinbobola, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu & Paul Bradshaw, IQ4News for Premium Times, Nigeria
The 20th African Journalist Awards 2015 were held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi to crown and celebrate the crème de la crème in different journalism fields across Africa.
On Saturday, October 10th 2015 we crowned Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou from Burkina Faso The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015.
Here he is pictured with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Deborah Rayner SVP International Newsgathering TV and Digital and Tim Jacobs CEO MultiChoice Africa.