Merck Foundation And African First Ladies Celebrate The Winners Of “Stay At Home” Media Awards To Raise Awareness About Coronavirus


By Josephine Akaerr

The philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany Merck Foundation has announced the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards for African Countries.

The theme of the awards was ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’ with the aim to separate facts from myths and misconceptions. The “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards were introduced in partnership with African First Ladies of Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Guinea Conakry, Burundi, Central African Republic (C.A.R.), Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, The Gambia, Liberia and Congo Brazzaville, Angola and Mozambique.

CEO of Merck Foundation Dr. Rasha Kelej emphasizes, “I am very proud of our winners. We received a tremendous response from African journalists in form of their entries. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive issues such as COVID-19, therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who frequently covered this topic in their countries”.

Here are the winners from Southern African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. Monica Chakwera; The First Lady of Namibia, H.E. Monica Geingos; The First Lady of Zimbabwe, H.E. Auxillia Mnangagwa:

Southern African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position:

Tendai Rupapa – The Herald, ZIMBABWE (US$500)

Keletso Thobega – Botswana Guardian & The Midweek Sun, BOTSWANA (US$500)

June Shimuoshili –, NAMIBIA (US$500)

Second Position:

Faith Mzungu-Vilakati – Daily News, ESWATINI (US$300)


Andrew Mambondiyani – The African Argument, ZIMBABWE (US$300)

Third Position:

Mercy Malikwa – MW Nation, MALAWI (US$200)

Print Category Winners:

First Position:

Adolf Kaure – Namibia Media Holdings, NAMIBIA (US$500)

Henry Sinyangwe – Zambia Daily Mail, ZAMBIA (US$500)

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