Tolu Ogunlesi, Toyosi Ogunseye, Msindisi Fengu and Yandisa Monakali win CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award
Two Nigerian Journalists Tolu Ogunlesi and Toyosi Ogunseye, won at CNN MultiChoice African Journalist which took place in Capetown, South Africa yesterday October 12th, 2013.
Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye of Sunday Punch in the UNICEF-sponsored Environment Category and Tolu Ogunlesi, a freelance journalist for Ventures Africa, Nigeria, in the Coca-Cola Company, Economics and Biz Awards category.
Tolu Ogunlesi’s story was an investigative report on the Eko Atlantic City.
Toyosi Ogunseye’s story, The Rich Also Cry, focused on pollution in an estate where gaseous metal had created very serious medical challenges.
The overall winner, South African’s, Msindisi Fengu and Yandisa Monakali, emerged for their piece on students’ hostel which looked like prison cells in South Africa. Last night’s colourful event, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, CTICC, was the 18th in the series of the yearly event.
Other freelance journalists who won awards were Noicola de Chaud, with a documentary in the Culture Category and Florence Dallu in the Radio General News Category.
The series investigated appalling conditions experienced by thousands of pupils in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, uncovering hygiene and safety risks in school hostels and lifting the lid on corruption within the education department.
“It’s a huge honor to win,” the pair said in a statement. “It means all the work we put in has been rewarded. It always feel good to be recognized by your fellow journalists. We’ll keep pushing this agenda.”
Ferial Haffajee, chair of the judging panel, said the top prize was tightly contested. “But we felt that ‘Hostels of shame’ had resonance across the continent. We live in an era of fast everything, so fast journalism is a big part of it. To find a piece of work where people took their weekends, took months to do it and told the story over some length is a real joy.”
The award carried a substantial cash prize, plus a visit to CNN Center in Atlanta to attend the three-week CNN Journalism Fellowship. All finalists received a cash prize, with category winners receiving a laptop and printer as well.
Fengu and Monakali were among 27 finalists from 11 countries who attended the Awards ceremony at the Cape Town International Convention Center Saturday as the culmination of a four day program of workshops, media forums, networking, and sightseeing.
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