Matthew Davies, a BBC correspondent, was named Journalist of the Year of the 2013 Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards at a ceremony held last night in London.
Sherelle Jacobs, a journalist for African Business magazine, took home the title of the Best Newcomer. African journalists performed badly at this year’s awards, handing over most of the winning titles to UK-based journalists. Only a few are from Nigeria.
In her keynote address, Lynne Featherstone, UK International Development Minister, hailed the media for playing an absolutely integral role in changing Africa’s image for the better, helping to turn the continent into one of the world’s most promising investment destinations.
Diageo’s Nick Blazquez said: “The story of Africa’s business and economic prospects will not only become more dynamic and diverse as we enter the next ten years of reporting, but will increasingly be told from an African perspective.”
The other winners are:
Best ICT Feature:
Africa’s healthcare technology revolution: Fiona Graham (BBC, UK)
Best Finance Feature:
Private Equity in Africa Ola Omoyele, Tunde Akodu and Olu Omoyele (ACM Insight, Nigeria)
Best Infrastructure Feature
Africa’s Infrastructure Boom: Will this time be different? Adam Green (This is Africa, UK)
Best Agribusiness/Environment feature
The E-Waste Menace in Ghana Thomas Naadi Bitegma (ETV Ghana, Ghana)
Best Tourism Feature
Revisiting Tinapa Anthony Akaeze (Broad Street Journal, Nigeria)
Best Business News Story
Guinea reignites $2.5bn mining tussle Tom Burgis, Helen Thomas and Misha Glenny (The Financial Times, UK)
Best Business Feature
Africa Calling William Wallis (The Financial Times, UK)
Media of the Year
African Business (UK)
Photo: BBC broadcasting journalist Matthew Davies. Credit: BBC.co.uk