Leading pan African reinsurer Continental Rehas honoured winners of its 2020 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards at a virtual awards ceremony on 27 May.
In the fifth edition of these prestigious awards, five winners were picked from 77 entries that were submitted by business reporters from 15 French and English-countries.
The winners were:
|Future Talent Award||Dominic Omondi (The Standard Group, Kenya)|
|Best Re/insurance Print Article||Isaac Khisa (The Independent, Uganda)|
|Best Re/insurance Online Article||David Njagi, a freelance journalist from Kenya|
|Best Re/insurance Broadcast Article||Destiny Onyemihia (Voice of Nigeria, Nigeria)|
|Best Re/insurance French Article – print/online/broadcast.||Joel Assoko (Jeune Afrique Media Group, France)|
Continental Reinsurance grants a cash prize of $2,000 for the Future Talent Award; $1,000 for the category winners; and $500 for the 1st and 2nd runner-up positions. All the winners will receive mentorship on re/insurance reporting.
‘‘We hope that these awards inspire you to cover issues related to re/insurance and improve the overall quality of reporting,” said Dr Femi Oyetunji, group CEO of Continental Re during the virtual awards event. Dr Oyetunji added: “We will continue to support and build capacity for journalists so they can contribute to the development of the re/insurance industry in Africa.’’
The 15 countries whose journalists participated in the contest were: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Malawi, Zambia and Namibia (Anglophone). Francophone countries represented were Morocco, Cameroon and Benin.
‘‘Even though we’ve seen the number of entries double over the years, we wish to encourage more female participants to enter for future awards,’’ said Dr Oyetunji.
All entries were evaluated by an independent judging panel consisting of international experts in insurance and journalism.
Continental Re is a composite private pan-African reinsurer that has been operating on the continent for more than 30 years writing business in more than 50 countries across Africa. Established in 1985, Continental Re provides support to over 200 insurance companies in Africa with its main offices in Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Botswana.