Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim, of Edutorial, Nigeria has been selected among the 21 finalists for the 2021 edition of the prestigious West Africa Media Excellence Awards (WAMECA 2021) by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).
This year’s event, the 5th edition, will be held on Friday, October 22, at the Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana and will be graced by media experts, high-level personalities and delegates from sub-regional bodies and civil society groups.
The event will host West Africa’s foremost media defence lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, as Guest of Honour. The renowned human rights lawyer will present the award to the overall best journalist in West Africa.
The 2021 West Africa Media Excellence Awards received 711 entries from 14 countries in West Africa. The five-member jury after a thorough review of the entries shortlisted 21 finalists from five countries.
The shortlisted finalists for WAMECA 2021 are:
SOW Daouda, Médi1 TV, Senegal
Chinedu Asadu, The Cable, Nigeria
Sawadogo Delvende Elza Sandrine Clotilde, L’Economiste du Faso, Burkina Faso
Caleb Ojewale, BusinessDay, Nigeria
Gideon Sarpong, iWatch Africa, Ghana
Chijioke Arinze Gideon, Ripples Nigeria, Nigeria
Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana
Niyi Oyedeji, The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Nigeria
Kingbewe Yao Hervé, Banouto, Benin
Olugbenga Adanikin, The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Nigeria
Ibrahima Olou Ndiaye, Ouestaf News, Senegal
Araba Koomson, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana
*Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim, Edutorial, Nigeria
Hakeem Onapajo and Jelili Adebiyi, The Republic, Nigeria
Samad Uthman, Dataphyte, Nigeria
Seth Kwame Boateng, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana
Chikodi Okereocha, The Nation, Nigeria
Kwetey Nartey, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana
Alfred Olufemi, PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria
Jesusegun Alagbe, The Punch Newspapers, Nigeria
The winners for the various categories including the West African Journalist of the Year will be announced at the Awards event.
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 2021) is supported by MTN-Ghana, the US Embassy in Ghana, US-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Open Society Institute for West Africa (OSIWA), and Stanbic Bank Ghana. The event is also supported by about 65 media partners across West Africa.