CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2015

Meet the independent judging panel for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2015

Considered one of the most prestigious awards in Africa, the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2015 gala will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday 10 October.

As seen in interviews conducted by DStv, the finalists are more than ready to face-off and prove themselves worthy of the final prize.

The fate of these finalists lie on the hands of the independent the judging panel, drawn from different countries in Africa. Here is a little more about them:

Ferial Haffajee - Editor-in-Chief, City Press, South Africa

Ferial Haffajee is the Chair of the judging panel. A regular radio and television commentator, her area of expertise include current affairs, media freedom and women's empowerment. She also regularly delivers lectures and sits on panels, in South Africa and in other countries.

Debo Adesina – Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Newspapers, Nigeria

Debo Adesina is Nigeria’s longest serving editor. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and has received Editor of the Year Award seven times. Additionally, he has been Awarded Outstanding Young person of the year and in 2006 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

Jean-Paul Gérouard - Editor-in-Chief, France Télévisions

Jean-Paul Gérouard is a seasoned broadcaster for the French public service TV group France Télévisions. He also develops and produces documentaries focusing on the African continent.

Fernando Gonçalves - Editor, Savana, Mozambique

Other than being an editor, Fernando Gonçalves is also the chairman of the Mozambique Chapter of the Media Institute of South Africa and a member of the Mozambique Media Rapid Response team, and the founding chairman of the Mozambican Editors’ Forum and the Southern African Editors’ Forum. 

Joel Kibazo – Director of Communications and External Relations at the African Development Bank Group

Joel Kibazo has his own Media Consultancy having previously worked as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs, and Spokesperson of the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has also worked for The Financial Times and the BBC.

Amadou Mahtar Ba - Co-Founder and Executive Chairman AllAfrica Global Media

From Senegal, Amadou Mahtar Ba is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council for the Future of journalism; advisory board member of the Reporting Developing Network Africa; a member of the Advisory Committee of the Knight International Journalism Fellowship as well as a member of the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE.

Wanja Njuguna - Senior Lecturer, Polytechnic of Namibia & CNN Journalist of the year 2000

Wanja Njuguna has taught print journalism courses across a range of subjects including: health, environment, science, business, tourism and investigative journalism.  She is also editor and writer for The Namibian and is called on for her expertise for media analysis on NBC (Nation Broadcasting Corporation).

David Ohito, Digital Editor, The Standard Media Group, Kenya

David Ohito is a writer, a cameraman and now a digital editor at the Standard Media Group. He is also Secretary for Programmes for the Kenya Editors’ Guild. He has been awarded the Media Council of Kenyan Free Press Award 2014.  He is also fellow of the Poynter Institute of Journalism in the US and a member of the World Editors Forum.

José Sebastião Paulo - Professor of Journalism, University Agostinho Neto, Angola

José Sebastião Paulo honed his skills at a variety of radio stations including Radio Ecclesia, Elikya Catholic Radio Station of Kinshasa and Radio Veritas of Asia in the Philippines. He has spent time as a correspondent for the Voice of America in the DR Congo and was the international correspondent for Vatican Radio. José combines his radio career with professional roles as media adviser and Professor of Journalism at Social Communication Department, University Agostinho Neto in Luanda.


Don't miss the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards as it airs on AfricaMagic World on Sunday 18 October at 18:00.