The Cable News Network (CNN) on Sunday recognized the contributions of murdered Channels Television’s reporter, Enenche Akogwu and Zakariya Isa of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) to journalism in Africa.
Both journalists died while covering the violence in Northern Nigeria and were both this year’s recipients of the Free Press Africa Award, for their work in Nigeria.
Zakariya, a cameraman for the NTA, was killed in October 2011, and Enenche, a news reporter with Channels Television, was shot and killed, having covered the Kano bomb blast in January this year.
Tom Mboya and Evanson Nyaga, from Kenya, were awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Awards Ceremony.
Tom and Evanson, won for their work ‘African Tribe in India’, which aired on Citizen TV, Kenya and was chosen from among 1799 entries from 42 nations across the African continent.
The work tells the story of an African tribe in India, long forgotten and little known about, based in Karnataka, Southern India.
The CNN MultiChoice competition is now in its 17th year. The sponsors include: A24 Media; African Development Bank (AfDB); The Coca-Cola Company; Ecobank; Ericsson; Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka; IPP Media, Tanzania; MSD; Nokia; SuperSport; and UNICEF.
The Awards’ 34 finalists from 12 countries enjoyed an all expenses paid five day programme of workshops, media forums, networking and had the opportunity to see some of the sights of Zambia.