The Media Foundation of West Africa (MFWA) invited over 300 guests to participate in the 2019 West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) under the theme “Social Media, Fake News and Elections in Africa.” The three-day event, which took place from October 17-19, featured renowned speakers from across the sub region who provided insight on key issues surrounding media and the future of journalism on the African continent.
The annual event began on October 17 with a two-day conference that included panel-style discussions on various topics revolving around media across the continent followed by an Awards Ceremony took place to celebrate and promote media excellence in West Africa.
Sama Tounwendsida Hugues Richard of Burkina Faso was named the 2019 West Africa Journalist of the Year for his impactful reporting of mental illness in Burkina Faso. Richard was one of 21 finalists selected for outstanding reporting in the sub region.
Check out photos from the event.