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The Pan-African Re/Insurance journalism awards 2018

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Ceremony to be held in April 2018 in Namibia.
Sponsored by Continental Reinsurance, the Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards recognise the outstanding work of journalists on re/insurance from across the continent. Successful candidates have to demonstrate how their articles have raised awareness and understanding of the re/insurance sector in Africa.
The awards are an extension of Continental Reinsurance’s continued commitment to the advancement of excellence in the industry. The Pan-African Re/Insurance Awards were launched in April 2015.

  • Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalist of the Year
    2017 Winner: Mr Gareth Stokes (South Africa) – Read article here
  • Best Re/Insurance Industry Analysis and Commentary
    2017 Winner: Ms Josiane Kouagheu (Cameroon) – Read article here
  • Best Re/Insurance Industry Feature Article
    2017 Winner: Mr Isaac Khisa (Uganda) – Read article here

Submission can be either a published article or a broadcasted radio/television clip in English or French. The review period is the 12 months leading up to the submission deadline date. Entrants have to be based in an African country.
Submissions for the 2018 edition are now open. Interested participants can submit their entries to before the submission deadline, 31 January 2018.
Contributions have to be sent together with the following information:
Explanatory Brief
A 250-words motivation note explaining the reason for creating the article/clip.
Include your name, media organisation, the publishing/broadcasting date, a brief profile and a photo.
Award Categories
Your submission should specify the award categories that you are entering for.
An international judging panel comprising industry experts and academics in journalism will review and select the winner entries.
The judging panel will evaluate all submitted material according to the quality of information and how it contributes to raising awareness of the insurance and reinsurance sector in Africa.
The judges involved in selecting the 2018 winners are:
Afif Ben Yedder, Founder, IC Publications
Mr Ben Yedder was previously Executive Director at Jeune Afrique. In 1974, he founded IC Publications, one of the world’s leading sources of analysis and debate on African political and economic issues, reaching over 2.6 million loyal readers in more than 100 countries.
Julia Graham, Technical Director, Airmic
Ms Graham has been a risk and insurance professional for over 40 years. Her two main professional appointments before joining Airmic, the UK association of risk and insurance professionals, were with insurer RSA, where she was Head of emerging risk, compliance and insurance and with global law firm DLA Piper as Director of Risk Management and Insurance. Ms Graham is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager and a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute.
Nadia Mensah-Acogny, Journalist, Forbes Afrique
Ms Mensah-Acogny is a journalist and columnist at Forbes Afrique, where she is the author of the annual “100 Most Influential Women in Africa” report. She has over 30 years of experience as a communications expert and is the co-founder of Acosphere, a business consultancy. Ms Mensah-Acogny is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Africa Centre in London. Ms Mensah-Acogny is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Africa Centre in London and a member of the Council of Women In Africa WIA.
Tony van Niekerk, Editor, Cover Publications
Tony van Niekerk is the owner/ editor of COVER Publications, a B2B publisher specialising in financial services on the African continent for the past 30 years. Tony held positions as a senior executive in the insurance industry for 14 years before joining the media roller coaster 12 years ago.
Michael Wilson, Business & Finance Journalist
Mr Wilson joined Sky TV at its inception in 1989 and for over 20 years he anchored nearly all of Sky’s coverage of major business events. Since leaving Sky, he has broadcast for the BBC, ITV, Fox News, Al-Jazeera and Arise Networks, a global television service aimed at Africa.
Kenneth Igbomor, Market News Editor (West Africa), CNBC Africa
Kenneth is a seasoned financial journalist and business news television producer and is currently the Market news editor for CNBC Africa, where he heads the West Africa editorial team. He is also a development economist who has had a stint as a financial planner in the insurance industry in Nigeria. He remains an unrepentant optimist about development outcomes in Africa.

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