Ugandan Journalist Wins CNN Award


shop geneva; font-size: small;”>Tom Mboya and Evanson Nyaga’s “The African Tribe in India, order ” which aired on Kenya’s Citizen Television, sildenafil was selected from among 1,799 entries from 42 nations across the African continent on Saturday.

Mboya and Evanson, who were among 34 finalists for the top prize, also won the Television Features Award.

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“Journalism is a profession that allows you to go in and then bring out what the world needs to know. It is humbling that the Father Lord has brought us this,” said Mboya, a senior news anchor for Citizen TV.

Nyaga now works for CCTV Africa, according to his bio.

“This story introduced the viewer to something new, an African tribe in India few know about,” said Joel Kibazo, a journalist and member of the judging panel. “The journalist took the viewer with him to India and the village to speak to the tribe members. An all-round detailed story that was well told.”

Also recognized were Enenche Akogwu and Zakariya Isa with the Free Press Africa Award for their work in Nigeria.

Isa, a cameraman for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), was killed in October 2011, and Akogwu, a news reporter with Channels Television, was shot and killed, having covered the Kano bomb blast in January.

The awards, which are held in a different African location each year, were hosted by CNN and MultiChoice in Lusaka, Zambia, and broadcast live on ZNBC.

Presenting the top award were Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda; Nico Meyer, CEO MultiChoice Africa; and Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president for CNN Worldwide in charge of international newsgathering.

The awards were established in 1995 to encourage, promote and recognize excellence in African journalism.

New Vision’s Gerald Tenywa won the environment category award in recognition of an article on the impact of cement graves on soils, water and environment.


Tenywa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994, and went on to work at the Tropical Environment Foundation from 1995 to 2000.

He then joined the New Vision newspaper as a freelance Environment reporter, and has been a full-time staffer for this publication since 2004, where his role has evolved with the express purpose of increasing the visibility of environmental issues in the media.

From 2004 to 2007 Gerald also undertook postgraduate studies in Environmental journalism.

He has garnered several awards for his coverage of forest destruction, for communication and advocacy on Environment and for investigating pollution.

In 2008 he was the winner in the Environmental category at the Business Journalism Awards, and in 2009 he was Media Award winner under the ‘100 years for Nature Awards’ organised by Nature Uganda.

He was consecutive winner, in 2010 and 2011, of the Print Category of the Sustainable Tourism Awards organised by STAR-Uganda, a USAID project, and in 2011 he also won the Ozone Africa Media Award given by the United Nations Environment Programme.


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