By Josephine Akaerr
APO Group, the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy, have shortlisted five journalists to win the APO Group African Women in Media Award 2020.
The award recognizes, celebrates, and empowers African women in the media who support female entrepreneurship throughout the continent.
The judging panel for the APO Group African Women in Media Award 2020 consists of 100 luminaries, with global icons such as Naomi Campbell joined by senior executives from every major industry on the continent, from Visa to Hilton; Facebook to FIFA; and Uber to LEGO!
This is the largest and most influential panel of judges ever assembled for an African media award, and it reflects the importance of recognizing gender equality in business and the media.
The 2020 APO Group African Women in Media Award finalists are (sorted out by last name in alphabetical order):
Cécile Ambatinda – Cameroon
“Recycling tyres to create works of art”
Sharon Kantengwa – Rwanda
“How one woman is leveraging renewable energy to lift other women”
Debra Musanyare Matabvu – Zimbabwe
“Ethel defies Gokwe myth”
Esther Oluka – Uganda
Marcia Zali – South Africa
“A technology company founded by a woman is helping small-holder farmers survive lockdown”
The APO Group African Women in Media Award is part of APO Group’s commitment to supporting the development of journalism on the continent.
The award is open to African female journalists whose stories were broadcast or published between 1st January and 31st October 2020. The stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest, and community impact.
The winning journalist will be announced at the 6th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum’s (AWIEF) Virtual Conference and Awards, hosted from 2nd – 3rd December 2020, with the theme ‘Reimagining Business & Rebuilding Better.’
The winning African female journalist will be bestowed with a US$2,500 cash prize, and online courses from one of the most respected international universities.
AWIEF is a prestigious annual event that sees global thought leaders, industry experts, policymakers, academics, development organizations and investors gather to connect, network, share, collaborate and transact in a combined effort to boost Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem for women.
Founder and Chairman of APO Group Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard said, “Our truly exceptional judging panel has helped us make the APO Group African Women in Media Award the biggest and most prestigious journalism prize in Africa. The APO Group African Women in Media Award is part of our commitment to supporting the development of journalism on the continent and we are extremely excited for the opportunity to highlight the work of African female journalists sharing the stories of women entrepreneurs in Africa.”