Two out of the three Nigerian nominees for the finals of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards which held in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday, won awards in their respective categories.
The two winners are Sunday Punch Editor, Toyosi Ogunseye, who won in the UNICEF-sponsored Environment Category and Tolu Ogunlesi, a freelance journalist for Ventures Africa, Nigeria, who won in the Coca-Cola Company, Economics and Biz Awards category. Ogunlesi’s story was an investigative report on the Eko Atlantic City. He dedicated the awards to the millions of down-troden people in Nigeria and around the world.
Ogunseye’s story, The rich also cry, focused on pollution in an estate where gaseous metal had created very serious medical challenges.
The third nominee from Nigeria, Geoff Iyatse, who works for The Guardian was defeated by Ogunlesi.
The overall winners are South Africans, Msindisi Fengu and Yandisa Monakali and their story was on a students’ hostel which looked like prison cells in South Africa.
The 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 awads were Noicola de Chaud, won with a documentary in the Culture category and Florence Dallu in the Radio General News category.
All the 16 winners were selected from over 1,400 entries.
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