West Africa Media Excellence Awards 2019: List of Finalists

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has announced the list of finalists for the 2019 edition of the prestigious West Africa Media Excellence Awards (WAMECA 2019).

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 19, at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana and will host the Chairperson of the Information Regulator of South Africa and Former African Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, as guest of honour.

The 2019 West Africa Media Excellence Awards received 724 entries from over 15 countries in West Africa. The 5-member Jury of the Awards after a thorough review of the entries shortlisted 21 finalists from six countries.

The shortlisted finalists for WAMECA 2019 are:

Seriba Kone, Lepointsur.com, Cote D’Ivoire

Edward Adeti, Starr FM, Ghana

Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayo, Frontpage Africa, Liberia

Sama Tounwendsida Hugues Richard, L’Observeteur Paala, Burkina Faso,

Cletus Umoh Ukpong, PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria

Beryl Ernestina Richter, Joy News, Ghana

Mame Diomma Dramé, Ouestaf News, Senegal

Odinaka Kennis Anudu, Business Day, Nigeria

Sawadogo Delwendé Elza Sandrine Clothilde, L’Economiste Du Faso, Burkina Faso

Timothy Ngnenbe, Graphic Online, Ghana

Tobore Ovuorie, The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria

Seth Kwame Boateng, Joy News, Ghana

Joseph Haro, Sidwaya, Burkina Faso

Kunle Adebajo, ICIR, Nigeria

Nabil Ahmed Rufai, GHOne TV, Ghana

Tunde Ajaja, Punch, Nigeria

Tagnan Rodrigue Arnaud, Mutations, Burkina Faso

Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, ICIJ/Cenozo, Ghana

Aneta Chineye Felix, Nigeria, TV360 Nigeria

Justice Baidoo, Joy News, Ghana

Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah, Joy News, Ghana

The winners for the various categories including the West African Journalist of the Year will be announced at the Awards event on the 19th of October, 2019.

All finalists will receive a Certificate of Merit. Ultimate winners will receive plaques, certificates and cash prizes.

All 21 finalists will also be inducted as fellows of the MFWA’s Journalism for Change Network and will be offered regular training opportunities both locally and internationally to enhance their capacity to influence positive change in society through journalism.

West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA 2019) is supported by Facebook, MTN-Ghana, the US Embassy in Ghana, Access Now, DW Akademie, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Stanbic Bank and Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel. The event is also supported by over 50 media partners across West Africa.

For more details on the event, visit www.mfwa.org/wameca.

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