John-Allan Namu, from Kenya, has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2009 Awards Ceremony.John-Allan, reporter for Kenya Television Network, won for his stories ‘In the shadow of the Mungiki’ and ‘Inside Story: Scars and Sufurias’, which were chosen from among 1665 entries from 38 nations across the African continent.John-Allan was one of 25 finalists at the Awards ceremony on Saturday evening and was a winner in two categories, the Television News Award and Television Features Award. This is a first in the history of the competition.The Awards, which rotate location each year in tribute to their pan-African credentials, returned to South Africa in 2009 and were held at a Gala ceremony hosted by CNN and MultiChoice at The International Convention Centre, Durban this evening, Saturday 18th July.Tony Maddox, Managing Director, CNN International and Nolo Letele, CEO, MultiChoice South Africa, presented John-Allan with the Award.John-Allan Namu said: “I feel immensely honoured. I never thought this would happen. This goes to show anyone from any walk of life can stand among giants.”Chairperson of the judging panel, Azubuike Ishiekwene, Executive Director, Punch Nigeria Limited said: “The reporter went beyond the surface, stripped the stereotype and combined sound, images and research to bring new insight and meaning to the story.
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