A total of 27 finalists from 11 countries will head to Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, on Saturday 12 October, for a final face-to-face to see who will take home the prestigious crown of the 2013 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year.
The finalists were announced last week by South African-born Ferial Haffajee, chairperson of the media competition’s judging panel.
Here they are:
Gifty Andoh Appiah, Joy News TV, Ghana
Rebekah Awuah, GBC 24, Ghana
Domingos Bento, Seminário Novo Jornal, Angola
Thomas Otieno Bwire, Pamoja FM, Kibera, Kenya
Axcel Micael Chenney, Le Défi Média Group, Mauritius
Florence Dallu, Freelance for Koch FM, Kenya
Nicola de Chaud, Freelance for Carte Blanche, South Africa
Adrian de Kock, The Star, South Africa
Ibrahima-Benjamin Diagne, Radio Futurs Médias (RFM), Senegal
Msindisi Fengu & Yandisa Monakali, Daily Dispatch, South Africa
Selma Inocência, Rede de Comunicação Miramar, Mozambique
Geoff Iyatse, The Guardian, Nigeria
Thanduxolo Jika & Media 24 Investigations Team, Media 24, South Africa
Judy Jeptum Kosgei & Mauritius Oduor, Citizen TV, Kenya
Lucas Ledwaba, City Press, South Africa
Lázaro Mabunda, O País, Mozambique
Carol Natukunda, New Vision, Uganda
Amon Ngabo, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, Uganda
Tolu Ogunlesi, Freelance for Ventures Africa, Nigeria
Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Sunday Punch, Nigeria
Brenda Okoth, The Star, Kenya
Nassima Oulebsir, El Watan, Algeria Passant Rabie, Egypt Today, Egypt
Roseline Wangui & Wambui Kurema, NTV, Kenya
The award ceremony will be set alight by Isha Sesay, host of CNN International’s ‘NewsCenter’.
Haffajee said in a statement: “African journalists, as represented by our entries, have risen to the challenge of 2012. The big stories were well-covered. The small stories were not forgotten.
“We commend the dedication of journalists who are very much part of a rising Africa with rising professionalism, increased appetite for tough and investigative journalism, an eye
on those left behind and a deep commitment to telling good stories across many mediums.”