CNN MultiChoice Journalist Award

Entries for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Awards close on Thursday 24 March 2016, the organisers have announced. 

The competition for African nationals based on the continent welcomes entries from journalists creating content targeting an African audience. Whether directly employed or freelancers, journalists working in the continent who have produced a story which has been made available as a printed publication or broadcast through an electronic medium television; radio or digital platform, are welcome to enter.

Journalists from across the continent still have a chance to send in their entries and participate at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Awards, but only if they send in their entries before 24 March.

The remarkable Zain Asher, a woman of many talents and titles at the CNN Newsroom and host of Marketplace Africa was in Nairobi, Kenya, to host the 2015 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.

The Oxford University graduate showed excitement and delight in being part of the ceremony and process.

“It is a wonderful platform for journalists who would otherwise not have visibility to showcase their skill set,” she said.

Here she is again urging you to enter for the this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Awards.


Last year’s winner Hyacinth Boowurosigue Sanou is enjoying his golden opportunity at the CNN Headquarters in Atlanta where he is receiving mentorship from veteran CNN anchors as part of CNN Journalism Fellowship that he received after emerging the ultimate winner of the 2015 competition. Burkinabé journalist Hyacinthe was awarded the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards ceremony.

His work, Nuit du 29 octobre à Azalaï : Nous étions à la chambre 143, appeared in Burkinabé daily print newspaper L'Observateur Paalga and was chosen from entries spanning 39 nations across the African continent. He shared a few pics while at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

"This could happen for you” says @HyacintheSanou while on CNN Journalism Fellowship Programme #AfricaJournoAwards.


"This could happen for you” says @HyacintheSanou while on CNN Journalism Fellowship Programme #AfricaJournoAwards

— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) March 14, 2016

Open to journalists working in any medium, this year the competition will recognise excellence in the following categories:

  • Culture Award
  • Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award
  • Ecobank Economics & Business Award
  • Features Award
  • Francophone General News Award – Electronic Media
  • GE Energy & Infrastructure Award
  • Mohamed Amin Photographic Award
  • MSD Health & Medical Award
  • News Impact Award
  • Portuguese Language General News Awards
  • Press Freedom Award
  • Sport Reporting Award
  • The African Development Bank Environment Award
  • The Maggie Eales Young Journalist Award

Finalists in the 2016 competition will participate in a finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony later in the year.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.

Once again this year, the competition has become even easier for journalists to enter, with submissions being made via the entry form website