Leicester Student Wins International Press Award
University of Leicester student has been acclaimed African Journalist of the
Year 2003 and received first prize for Environmental reporting at a CNN award
ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Don Pedro was one of 13 finalists from nine African countries nominated for the
African Journalist of the Year Awards.
Ibiba, who is studying for a masters
degree in Mass Communications at the University, has worked as a journalist
covering environmental issues, politics and human rights on the Features Desk of
The Guardian, in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ibiba still writes a column for New
Age in Lagos, while pursuing postgraduate studies at Leicester.
CNN African Journalist of the Year Award is an annual event mounted by CNN
International, to honour journalists and broadcasters working for Africa-based
media organisations who have produced outstanding stories.
Every year twelve (this year 13 with the
inclusion of a prize for reporting on tourism sponsored by South African
Airways) journalists are chosen in a number of categories, including politics,
human rights, environment, tourism, business and sports.
commented: “Every finalist is already a
winner in one category, and for many it has been a way of getting critical
recognition for what is mostly lonely and often dangerous work.
My field has been reporting the environment, human rights and issues of
development in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger delta area.
1,000 entries were received from journalists from 32 African countries for the
awards event which is the most prestigious on the continent.
add to it all, the finalists had breakfast with Nelson Mandela at the five-star
Westcliffe Hotel in Johannesburg on Wednesday, June 18 and I was chosen to
present him with a media award.”
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