The AAP's Media Capacity Building Project (MCBP) recently awarded Media Fellowships to nine African journalist.
The following five journalist were selected from more than 30 applicants to win AAP Media Fellowships. Along with training and networking opportunities, the fellowships included sponsorship for the five journalists to join the We Have Faith climate justice caravan to Durban and to stay and report from there on COP17.
Audrey Wabwire, 26, from Nairobi, Kenya
Audrey has been working in journalism for 11 years and is currently a producer for radio production house Well Told Story Limited. She has previously worked as a news reporter with Radio Waumini and as a writer for the Africa Media Service and was accepted into the Aga Khan Foundation’s Young Development Professionals Program in 2009-2010. Audrey has benefitted from a number of professional workshops including the East for South project workshop and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association workshop.
Lily is the founding member of the Ethiopian Environmental Journalists Association as well as children’s charity the Light for Generation Association. She is currently working for The Citizen in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania under an exchange program sponsored by the Norwegian government. Lily has previously worked with the Addis Ababa HIV/AIDS prevention control Office, The Reporter newspaper and fashion magazines. She also worked with BBC correspondent Mohammed Ado in Ethiopia and as a translator for BBC correspondent Amber Henshaw.
Tina has been working as a journalist since 2009 when she undertook a traineeship with the Federal Radio Cooperation of Nigeria (FRCN). She has since worked with the Nigeria Television Authority as a field reporter and as a production assistant on a marine documentary series. Now, she has returned to the FRCN where she reports on maritime and environmental issues. Tina is a member of the Nigeria Federation of Science Journalists, the New Science Journalism Project and also freelances with CNN iRreport.
Bernice has been a reporter and broadcaster for Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) since 2006 and previously worked with Radio Television Siantou and at the Cameroon Tribune. She has been involved in environmental awareness activities and youth empowerment throughout her career. She is a member of youth NGO Sans Frontier with which she has worked on community education and environmental awareness raising campaigns and is also a member of the Cameroon English Speaking Journalists association.
Youssouph is a correspondent for Future Radio Media in Fatick, Senegal. He has previously worked with Radio Senegal, RTS Ziguinchor (radio) and Le Soleil, a Senegalese daily newspaper. Youssouph also contributed to the creation of the news-blog DakarBondyBlog. He has been involved in various environmental activities including a two-year teaching position in liaison with WWF, marine preservation and protection campaigns and climate change-related activities. He will next year undertake a Masters in Environmental Health at CESTI.
The following four journalists were selected from the MCBP's pool of trainees. The were sponsored to attend and report on COP17.
Emmanuel Wongibe, Cameroon
Emmanuel has worked as a broadcast journalist for 25 years and is currently Director of Cooperation and public relations and Deputy Editor-in-Chief for TV magazines. He has been a field producer and correspondent for CNN and Deutsche Welle as well as a host of other broadcasters. He began covering environmental issues in the early 1990s and has worked as a journalism trainer on these issues. Emmanuel’s environmental reporting has been recognised by numerous organisations and in 2004 he received the US Ambassador’s Excellence Award in ‘recognition of his extraordinary efforts and personal commitment to enhancing the skills of journalists and advancing democracy and human rights in Cameroon’.
Erick Kabendera, Tanzania
Erick is a Tanzanian freelance journalist who specialises on science and development issues. Last year he spent part of his seven month-Tanzania Media Fund Fellowship for Rural Reporting writing on how changes in climate patterns were affecting small-scale farmers in rural Tanzania. He was a winner of the David AstorJournalism Award in 2009, which saw him posted to UK newspapers The Independent and The Times for three months. He has also won several awards for science reporting and in 2008 spent three months at the United Nations’ Headquarters after winning the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Fellowship for Journalism, where he reported on African development issues including climate change. Erick has served as news editor for Tanzania’s The Guardian newspaper and science and education features writer for The Citizen. His articles have also appeared in IPS Africa, The Africa Report,Africa Confidential, The New African and The Times of London.
Ben Nessir Chokri, Tunisia
A journalist for 26 years, Ben began covering environmental issues in 1991. His environmental reporting has been recognised by numerous organisations and has seen him receive a number of awards as well as become a university lecturer on environmental journalism. Ben used to run the European service of Saudi Arabia’s Ryadh Radio and was head of the Tunisian Foreign Promotion Agency. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Courrier de Tunisieand La Presse daily newspapers
Francis Tuffour, Ghana
A graduate of the University of Ghana, the Ghana Institute of Journalism and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (Environmental Management Studies), Francis has reported extensively on environment and climate change issues. He is the founder of the Ghana Institute of Journalism branch of the Federation of Environmental Journalists. Francis has won numerous awards for his reportage including Ghana’s Best Crime and Court Reporting for 2011, Best Journalist – Print Reporting in 2010 and Best Journalist – Finance and Economic Reporting in 2006. He was also awarded the Ziem Yaan-Tol Media Award by the UN Population Fund in 2006 for his reporting on population, reproductive health and gender issues.