CNN MultiChoice 2014 African Journalist Award winners announced

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 Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge has been awarded the overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year at the 2014 Awards ceremony held at Mlimani City Conference Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 18 October 2014. His winning work ‘Images of Terror’ documents the experience by Westgate Mall shoppers in Kenya, when the mall was attacked by gunmen in September 2013. ‘Images of Terror’ appeared in The Standard, a daily Kenyan newspaper, and was selected out of entries from 38 African countries.

 Mathenge said: “It’s a great honour, and I’m humbled to receive this award. All finalists who are here deserve this award. I hope it will motivate men, women and children of goodwill all over the world to fight terrorism. Memories fade with time, but pictures don’t. We felt it necessary to capture each and every moment so that generations to come may see the horror.”

As the top winner, Mathenge receives a cash prize and a three-week visit to CNN Centre in Atlanta to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship. All finalists receive a cash prize and an iPad Air, with runner-ups receiving an iPad mini.

Winners in the individual competition categories are:

Culture Award: Obinna Emelike, Business Day, Nigeria
 Title: ‘The roads between us…..a journey across Nigeria’

Coca-Cola Economics and Business Award: Sean Christie, Freelance for Landbouweekblad and The Mail & Guardian, South Africa
 Title: ‘Zimbabwe's Forests Go Up in Smoke’

Environment Award: Patrick Mayoyo, Daily Nation, Kenya
 Title: ‘Ice on the Equator’

Francophone General News Award for Print Media: Safia Berkouk, El Watan, Algeria
 Title: ‘Pourquoi l'impôt rebute les Algériens’

Francophone General News Award for Electronic Media: Daniel Biaou Adje, ORTB Benin
 Title: ‘Et pourtant, c'est lui qui avait raison’

Press Freedom Award: Bheki Makhubu, Swaziland

 Mohamed Amin Photographic Award: Joseph Mathenge, Freelance for the Saturday Nation, Kenya
 Title: ‘Images of Terror’

MSD Health and Medical Award: Olatunji Olalade, The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria
 Title: ‘This marriage will kill me – Tragedy of Nigeria's child brides’

Portuguese Language General News Award for Print: Bento Venâncio, Jornal Domingo, Mozambique
 Title: ‘Corrupção no Património do Estado (série de cinco reportagens de investigação, publicada em diferentes datas)’

Portuguese Language General News Award for TV / Radio: Brito Simango, Televisão de Moçambique, Mozambique
 Title: ‘Xibejani’ (Rinoceronte), Caça furtiva do elefante arruina o Parque’ Transfronteriço do Grande Limpopo.

Sport Reporting Award: Evelyn Watta, sportsnewsarena.com, Kenya
 Title: ‘Inside Senegal’s mythical Wrestling heritage’

GE Energy and Infrastructure Award: Joy Summers and Susan Comrie, M-Net Carte Blanche, South Africa
 Title: “Game of Geysers part 1 and 2”

News Impact Award: Anne Mawathe and Rashid Ibrahim, Citizen TV, Kenya
 Title: ‘Veiled Injustice’

Nico Meyer, CEO MultiChoice Africa, said: “Congratulations to all the 2014 winners, we are proud to recognise your excellence in journalism and to reward you for your courage in telling stories that would have otherwise remained untold. We believe the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards has had a profound effect on the African media landscape and as MultiChoice Africa we remain committed to recognising excellence in journalism throughout Africa. We applaud all the nominees and winners for contributing to Africa’s growth and success.”

Imtiaz Patel, Group CEO of MultiChoice South Africa added: “I would like to thank all of the journalists who have entered this competition and in doing so have helped further develop this award as a platform for excellence in journalism. Your dedication and commitment to tell stories that reflect the reality of our world is very encouraging. A special congratulation to the winners announced tonight. Your work echoes a great future for the role of the journalists and serves to further strengthen the role of the media in Africa. You are indeed all winners and an inspiration to us all – you have made us very proud.”

Source: Screen Africa 19 October 2014