The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is calling for submissions for the 2020 edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA).

WAMECA 2020 is slated for November 13-14 in Accra, Ghana and will focus on the theme: The Future of Journalism in Africa.

The Awards are opened to journalists from print, electronic and online media in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone countries in West Africa. Applicants must be West African, working with and for a media organisation(s). The Entry for the Awards must have been published or broadcast between the period January 1 to December 31, 2019.

WAMECA 2020 will honour outstanding works of journalism in West Africa in the following categories:

Telecoms & ICT Reporting

ECOWAS and Regional Reporting

Business and SMEs Reporting

Anti-Corruption Reporting

Investigative Reporting

Environmental Reporting

SDGs Reporting

Oil and Gas reporting

Human Rights Reporting

Health Reporting

The deadline for the submission of entries is on September 30, 2020 at 17.00 GMT. Finalists for WAMECA 2020 Awards will be announced on the first week of November.

The entry should be an original work published through a media outlet in West Africa and must show date of publication/broadcast and the medium in which the work was published. Applicants may submit entries to a maximum of two categories. For each category, a maximum of two entries is permitted.

Winners for the awards will be announced at the West Africa Media Excellence Awards on November 14 at Alisa Hotel where the ceremony will be held. The Conference will feature sessions on topical journalism issues and also provide opportunities for networking among journalists, editors, and experts from West Africa.

Below are the important dates:

Deadline for submission of entries:  September 30

Assessment of entries and selection of finalists: October 5- 30

Announcement of finalists: First Week of November

Conference: November 13

Awards Night: November 14

For more information, email us at [email protected] or call the MFWA on +233 302 -555327

WAMECA is an initiative of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to promote media excellence in the sub region.


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