Inoussa Maga, Joshua Masinde, Alain G. Lietbouo, Fidelis Zvomuya, Arison Mbuli Tamfu and Sandra Chao will be joining us in Kigali from 4-8 November. These young journalists will contribute to the media coverage of the conference with the top three winners announced at an awards ceremony during the week.
In total CTA received 108 entries to the competition, 79 of which were in English and 29 in French. The international judging panel noted the high standard of competition and admitted that it was challenging to determine the overall winners. They also found that several journalists highlighted new ICTs-for-agriculture initiatives in ACP countries making them a must-read.
For the first time this year, the CTA media competition did not select winners on a regional basis. Instead all journalists who entered competed against each other as a whole. Moreover, entries were only accepted in the form of print or online journalism.
About the finalists
Inoussa Maga from Burkina Faso is a professional journalist. Since March 2013, he has worked as an independent consultant. His aim is to approach journalism from a different angle, placing the focus on the opinions, feelings and know-how of the farmer. Inoussa is a member of GRAF and holds the position of Secretary General of the Association of Journalists of Burkina Faso and Agricultural Communicators ( ABJCA ) and Deputy Secretary General of the Network of Journalists for responsible and sustainable fisheries in Africa Western ( REJOPRAO). He also writes a blog, Googol Farmer (http://googolfarmer.wordpress.com/)
Joshua Masinde comes from Kenya where heworksas a business and economic affairs journalist for theDaily Nation, the leading newspaper in East and Central Africa. Hisinterests include but are not limited to the financial markets, agriculture, the stock market, the economy, the banking sector, foreign exchange, enterprise and personal finance.
Alain G. Lietbouo is young online journalist from Cameroun. Since 2011, he has worked as a content manager at CYNOMEDIA, editor of the online newspapers, journalducameroun.com, journaldutchad.com. journaldebrazza. com, journaldugabon.com, and journadebangui.com. He is also a correspondent for the central Africa African daily online newspaper afrik.com.
Fidelis Zvomuya is from Zimbabwe. He began his career in 2000 with the BBC. In 2003, he moved to South Africa, where he joined Caxton Magazines as a senior health journalist. He helped in the setting up of a health and environment desk and went on to become the companys environment and agriculture editor for five magazines and one daily newspaper. He has also worked for several media houses in Zimbabwe and Swaziland and covered issues on environment, agriculture and climate change. From Caxton, Fidelis has moved to Agriconnect Communication Media, where he is the editor responsible for, agriculture, environment and development issues. He is also founding editor of an online media house Africa Green Media.
Arison Mbuli Tamfu from Cameroun currently works as African Correspondent for MALAYSIA MSME News Network, an online news portal. He has also been reporting for the News Network since 2012. In addition, he is the Cameroonian-based Editor for Cameroonjournal, a daily online publication based in the USA. Prior to joining MSME News Network and Cameroonjournal he worked with Equinoxe TV and Radio as Editor-in-Chief of the English service.
Sandra Chao is a Kenyan based science journalist currently working with the Nation Media Group. She is accredited by the Media council of Kenya and is currently attached to the Africa review desk (africareview.com). Sandra is passionate about reporting stories on health, agriculture, environment, science and technology with a bias in human interest pieces.
CTA wishes all its finalists good luck and a productive experience at the ICT4Ag international conference.