Former TV3 staff, Veronica Narkwor Kwabla has been shortlisted for the 2016 CNN Multichoice African Journalist award out of over 1,600 entries from 38 countries across the continent including French and Portuguese speaking countries.
Narkwor who has won several honours both domestically and internationally joins 38 other finalists for the prestigious continental award scheduled to come off in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2016.
She is the only Ghanaian nominated for the award this year and would join all the finalists at an all-expense paid four day program of workshops, media forums and networking in South Africa before the final awards night.
Below is the list of the final 38 from 14 countries:
Veronica Narkwor Kwabla, Tv3 Network, Ghana
Adedayo Eriye Oketola, Saturday Punch, Nigeria
Aderonke Bello, naij.com, Nigeria
Ancillar Mangena, Forbes Africa, South Africa
Asha Ahmed Mwilu & Rashid Idi, Kenya Television Network, Kenya
Ati Metwaly, Al Ahram Weekly, Egypt
Bento Venâncio, Jornal Domingo, Mozambique
Bidossèssi Appolinaire Agoïnon, Office de Radiodiffusion et Télévision du Bénin, Benin
Cheboite Kigen, Daily Nation Newspaper, Kenya
Chika Oduah, Nigeria, Freelancer at African Media Initiative, Kenya
Cleófas Viagem, STV, Mozambique
Conan Daniel Businge & Gerald Tenywa, New Vision, Uganda
Coulibaly Zoumana, Le Patriote, Ivory Coast
Diana Neille, Richard Poplak, Shaun Swingler and Sumeya Gasa, Daily Maverick Chronicle, South Africa
Dominic Omondi, The Standard, Kenya
Eromo Egbejule, Freelancer at Ventures Africa, Nigeria
Faten Hayed, El Watan, Algeria
Fidelto Emidio Bata, STV, Mozambique
Folashade Adebayo, The Punch, Nigeria
Garreth van Niekerk, City Press, South Africa
Isaac Otidi Amuke, Commonwealth Writers, Kenya
James Oatway, The Sunday Times, South Africa
Jay Caboz, Forbes Africa, South Africa
Jean-Luc Emile, Teleplus, Mauritius
John Grobler, Namibia, and Fiona Macleod, Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, South Africa
Lawrence Seretse, The Botswana Gazette, Botswana
Mia Malan, Mail & Guardian, South Africa
Teresa Fuquiadi, Jornal Nova Gazeta, Angola
Veronica Onuchi, TVC News Africa, Nigeria
Yemisi Akinbobola, Ogechi Ekeanyanwu & Paul Bradshaw, IQ4News for Premium Times, Nigeria
The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 competition is open to African professional journalists, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa 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) whose primary audience are based in Africa.
Entries were published or broadcast in 2015 for the following awards:
Culture Award; Ecobank Economics & Business Award; Mohamed Amin Photographic Award; African Development Bank Environment Award; Press Freedom Award; The Maggie Eales Young Journalist Award; MSD Health & Medical Award; Sport Reporting Award; News Impact Award; Francophone general news awards; Portuguese language general news awards; GE Energy & Infrastructure Award; Features Award; and Dow Technology & Innovation Award.
By Martin Asiedu-Dartey with files from CNN.com|3news.com|Ghana