The West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) is an initiative by the Media Foundation for West Africa to promote media excellence in the sub-region.
WAMECA is a two-part event: a Conference and an Awards ceremony for journalists.
The Conference brings together about 500 participants made up of key personalities, organisations (local, regional and international), media practitioners, academia, activists and civil society organisations to reflect on the challenges and changing trends in the areas of free expression, media development and access to information, and to develop strategies in tackling these challenges. It also features representatives from governments, ECOWAS, the diplomatic community and development partners as well as all the national partners of the MFWA from all 16 countries across West Africa.
The Awards, on the other hand, are to reward and inspire journalism excellence in West Africa as well as honour West African journalists who have produced compelling works which have had significant impact on society.
This year’s event will be held on October 22, 2022, in Accra – Ghana under the theme: Media and Women Empowerment in Africa
This has been necessitated by the growing number of legislation that tends to strengthen state control over the use of the internet, online communication outlets and digital media platforms including social media platforms. The Conference participants will also explore the impact misinformation is having on journalism in Africa and how public trust in the media can be sustained and boosted.
The Awards Ceremony will be held on the same day as the Conference, Friday, October 22, 2022.