By Abdikadir Sugow
NAIROBI, KENYA: Standard Group journalists scooped most of the media awards presented on Friday night to coincide with this year’s World press freedom day.
The annual journalism excellence awards organized by the Media Council of Kenya identify, acknowledge, inspire, support and promote media excellence in the country.
The award categories include Information and Communication Technologies, gender, environment, sports, tourism, arts and culture, television, photography, cartoonist, business, good governance and health.
Nyambega Gisesa, a reporter with The Standard newspaper won five trophies including the overall journalist of the year award. Other categories he scooped were journalist of the year (print), young journalist of the year (print), business and good governance reporting awards.
Other reporters from Standard who won were Jevans Nyabiage (Business Category), Brigitte Chemweno (gender print), Angel Katusia (gender broadcast), Grace Wekesa (art and culture), Thomas Mukoya scooped the photographer of the year and Michael Munene won the cartoonist of the year.
Asha Mwilu and Denis Onsarigo both won journalist of the year in broadcast category while Mashirima Kapombe won the young journalist of the year also in broadcast.
Standard Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Sam Shollei, congratulated the winners of the Media Council of Kenya’s Annul Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA).
Out of the 618 entries for this year awards, 39 were won including a life time award which went to the retired journalist, Hillary Ng'weno. A colleague, Joe Kadhi was present to collect the award on his behalf.
Present at the colorful event were Shollei, the Constitution Implementation Commission (CIC) chairman, Charles Nyachae, Media Council of Kenya chairman, Joseph Odindo, UNDP Country Director, Maria Threase amongst others.
Nyachae said the media’s oversight role is critical in ensuring the Constitution of Kenya 2010 is fully implemented.
He said journalists should inculcate the culture of constitutionalism, and always be watchdog of the society as the country look ahead to implement crucial laws particularly the devolution system of governance.