Organiser of the awards, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Wednesday, shortlisted 21 journalists across five countries.
MFWA, in the official statement, noted that the foundation received 711 entries received from 14 countries in West Africa which were reviewed by a five-member jury.
The winners of the six categories of the awards will be drawn out of the 21 shortlisted and announced in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, on October 22.
The awards ceremony will be graced by media experts, high-level personalities and delegates from sub-regional bodies and civil society groups.
The event will host West Africa’s foremost media defence lawyer, Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria, as guest of honour. The renowned human rights lawyer will present the award to the overall best journalist in West Africa, the organisation stated.
Commenting on the nomination, Mr Olufemi, who currently freelances for local and international media organisations, said the regional recognition is a testament to the great efforts Nigerian journalists are putting into their works.
“This is also a call to put in much greater efforts,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.
Below is a list of those shortlisted for WAMECA Awards 2021:
SOW Daouda, Médi1 TV, Senegal
Chinedu Asadu, The Cable, Nigeria
Sawadogo Delvende Elza Sandrine Clotilde, L’Economiste du Faso, Burkina Faso
Caleb Ojewale, BusinessDay, Nigeria
Gideon Sarpong, iWatch Africa, Ghana
Chijioke Arinze Gideon, Ripples Nigeria, Nigeria
Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana
Niyi Oyedeji, The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Nigeria
Kingbewe Yao Hervé, Banouto, Benin
Olugbenga Adanikin, The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Nigeria
Ibrahima Olou Ndiaye, Ouestaf News, Senegal
Araba Koomson, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana
Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim, Edutorial, Nigeria
Hakeem Onapajo and Jelili Adebiyi, The Republic, Nigeria
Samad Uthman, Dataphyte, Nigeria
Seth Kwame Boateng, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana
Chikodi Okereocha, The Nation, Nigeria
Kwetey Nartey, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana
Alfred Olufemi, PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria
Jesusegun Alagbe, The Punch Newspapers, Nigeria
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