Ahaoma Kanu of NVS Wins CNN Award

Ahaoma Kanu Wins The Tourism Award At CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2012

Ahaoma Kanu, from Nigeria, has been awarded the Tourism Award, presented by CNN’s Errol Barnett, at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Awards ceremony.

Ahaoma, who works for National Daily Newspaper, Nigeria and is a regular contributor to NigeriaVillageSquare.com, won for his story ‘Badagry: A Walk Through the Slave Route’, which was chosen from among 1799 entries from 42 nations across the African continent.

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The TOURISM AWARD, presented by CNN’s Errol Barnett goes to Ahaoma Kanu National Daily Newspaper, Nigeria

The Awards, which rotate location each year in tribute to their pan-African credentials, were held at a Gala ceremony hosted by CNN and MultiChoice at Auditorium Hall, Government Complex Convention Centre, Lusaka, Zambia this evening, Saturday 21 July and were broadcast live on ZNBC.

Member of the judging panel, CNN Bureau Chief, South Africa, Kim Norgaard said: “Ahaoma Kanu tells a familiar story on the horrific slave trade museum at Badagry but with his writing he is able to bring the reader with him and experience this terrible place with him. Ahoama is not afraid to reveal his emotions and let the reader know when he could no longer keep the tears in. He doesn’t just want to observe this place but tries to experience what it was like to go through this place by asking to wear the chains. A lovely storyteller who brings an awful part of world history to light, and is able to convey the experience to his audience.”

Ahaoma said: “This Award gives me the challenge to go on. I feel my journalism career is just starting. To be on a global stage feels wonderful!”

The CNN MultiChoice competition is now in its 17th year. The prestigious 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.

Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President for CNN Worldwide in charge of International Newsgathering, said: “The men and women who enter these awards have become part of a community of excellence, representing the very best in journalism and maintaining the highest standards of journalistic integrity. Their resourcefulness and bravery in pursuing the story has my deepest admiration.”

Nico Meyer, CEO MultiChoice Africa, said: “Each year we are amazed at the growing number of entries we receive for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award and we continue to marvel at the growing quality of entries – a great indication of the talent and skills pool in the continent. All tonight’s winners should be very proud of their achievements and we wish them well as they advance to a higher level of global influence. The selfless nature of the trade often displayed in the work done by our journalistic community is once again to be commended and honoured. As MultiChoice we are committed to the empowerment of Africa’s communities, and telling stories of their lives to raise awareness of their plight is commendable. We salute all journalists and tonight’s winners for their contribution to the development of open and democratic societies, creating future hope for generations to come.”

Ways to Watch the African Journalist Awards:

Viewers across the continent and across the world will be able to watch the African Journalist Awards in the following ways:

  • M-Net will broadcast the ‘Highlights Programme’ of the Award Ceremony on AfricaMagic on Sunday 29 July
  • Broadcasters in 45 countries on the African continent will be transmitting the ‘Highlights Programme’ during August.
  • Internationally, the ‘Highlights Programme’ will be shown on OBE TV in the UK, The Africa Channel in the United States / UK and on RTP Africa.

The overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 wins a substantial cash prize, a visit to CNN Centre in Atlanta, to attend the three week CNN Journalism Fellowship, along with the prize awarded to all category winners, which consists of a laptop computer, printer, Nokia 800 Lumia and a cash prize.

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