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5 Kenyan journalists finalists in CNN MultiChoice awards

Cartoonist Paul Kelemba (Maddo) is among the finalists. Photo/ COURTESY MADD

Cartoonist Paul Kelemba (Maddo) is among the finalists. Photo/ COURTESY MADD

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – Five Kenyans have been selected as finalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Of The Year 2015 Competition which is now in its 20th year.

The finalists are Paul Kelemba alias ‘Maddo’ and Kiundu Waweru of the Standard on Saturday, George Oduor Otieno of Baraka FM, NTV’s Enock Sikolia and Charles Kariuki.

Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International Tony Maddox said this year’s competition received entries from 39 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.

“The quality and breadth of entries in this, its 20th, year is testament to the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards’ position as the most prestigious recognition for journalism across the continent. CNN is privileged to be involved in this important initiative to honour the outstanding work across multiple platforms, topics and journalistic disciplines. I salute the finalists for the great work that they have done and look forward to seeing their future achievements,” he stated.

He stated that finalists will now enjoy an all-expense paid four day programme of workshops, media forums and networking in Nairobi, culminating in a Gala Award Ceremony next month.

“The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards have for the past 20 years provided a voice for credible journalism. As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we can only commend the journalists for leaving no stone unturned in telling the important stories,” he said.

He revealed that in addition, winners from previous years will join this year’s finalists for a special evening to celebrate 20 years of the awards.

There are 31 finalists from 15 countries:

CNN International Vice President, Content Sales and Partnerships Greg Beitchman stated that this year’s ceremony promises to be a stellar moment in the long history of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.

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“A combination of the strong body of work to be showcased at the 2015 awards, the presence of a number of former winners, and the backdrop of the vibrant city of Nairobi will make for an evening that celebrates the very best of African journalism,” he stated.

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