Asha Ahmed Mwilu and Rashid Idi have been awarded the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Awards Ceremony earning them the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta with a cash prize and a tablet for all the finalists.
The two were picked from the record number 1637 entries spanning 38 countries across the African continent for their combined investigative documentary work titled ‘Terror Crossing’.
Mwilu and Idi’s ‘Terror Crossing’ is an in-depth investigative documentary about security at the Kenya-Somali border in Mandera county which was aired by Kenya Television Network in its investigative programme ‘The Lead’.
In their comment they said, “This is a dream come true to win this award for a story that we believe passionately in and one that we felt was important to tell the world, we are greatly overwhelmed by this accolade.”
On his speech Greg Beitchman VP Content Sales and Partnerships CNN International said: “Quality journalism has shone through once again at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. Congratulations to all of tonight’s finalists and winners, especially to the overall winners for their powerful reporting. We look forward to welcoming them at the CNN Journalism Fellowship.”
The chief executive of MultiChoice Africa, Tim Jacobs, also passed his congratulatory message to the winners, “Your unique way of storytelling has captured the hearts and minds of all Africans and those beyond our borders. The Awards have not only had a profound effect on the African media landscape but have also catapulted the winners into senior positions. As MultiChoice Africa we remain committed to recognising excellence in journalism throughout Africa. We applaud all the finalists and winners for continuing to tell Africa’s stories and contributing to Africa’s growth and success.”
The competition was once again supported by a range of prestigious sponsors Dow, Ecobank, GE, IPP Media and the World Health Organisation.