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 to promote good governance, regional integration and peace in West Africa. 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.
There will also be representatives from governments, ECOWAS, the diplomatic community and development partners as well as all the national partners of 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 from November 13-14 2020, in Accra – Ghana under the theme: The Future of Journalism in Africa.
Participants will deep-dive into what journalism might look like in the future, taking into account the changes that have taken place over the period with COVID-19 pandemic. Variety of other issues such as media finance and sustainability, ownership, press freedom, innovation and others will be explored.
The Awards Ceremony will be on Saturday, November 14, 2020.