Get to Know the 2016 Finalists!


Judith Atim

Judith Atim is a Ugandan Journalist currently working with 93.3 KFM/ Monitor Publications Ltd in Kampala, where she has been employed for the last four years. She is an Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the premier professional exchange program of the US Department of State.She is also a third year student of Mass Communication at the Islamic University in Uganda-Kampala Campus.

In October 2016, she won The Uganda Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Media Awards for the radio feature category.  Her winning story focused on the challenges rural communities face in accessing clean and safe water.

In April 2016, she was nominated for the African Centre for Media Excellence in Uganda awards in the categories of business, politics, and Justice, Law and Order Sector as well as the overall Nile Breweries Excellence in Journalism Award. In November 2015, she received the Global Media Enterprise Award for Best Radio News Anchor- English category. She was voted by students of media studies from several universities and institutions in Uganda for being an inspiration to many.



Abdallah Bakari Nassoro is a correspondent of The Guardian a Tanzanian local daily newspaper based in Mtwara region with experience of 14 years in journalism field. He is second year student of Open University of Tanzania (OUT) pursuing Bachelor of Art in Mass Communication, after obtaining a diploma in journalism from Royal College of Tanzania in 2009.

In different times he had worked with Mwananchi, The Citizen and Mwanaspoti, Mtazania and Majira newspapers as staff correspondent. In 2010 he was selected to join quality programme for correspondent offered by Media Focus on Africa in Collaboration with Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF)

In 2013 he was elected to be executive secretary of Mtwara region Press Club (MTPC) and later hired to offer training to students pursuing advance certificate in journalism course at Musoma Utalii College in Lindi campus for three years. During his seven years of working in print media he succeeded to achieve five awards

In 2015, He received the Excellence in Journalism Award in Agriculture reporting issued by Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute and in 2011, was awarded the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania in the Photojournalism Category and Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania of the Print Media in AIDS/HIV category issued by Media Council of Tanzania (MCT). Again in 2011, he received the Award in Couples HIV counseling and Testing Media Writing Competition issued by Association of Journalists Against Aids of Tanzania (AJAAT).



Louise Ferreira is a writer and journalist who has been working in the industry for six years, including two years as a news reporter at Beeld newspaper in Johannesburg. She’s been freelancing full-time for the last three years, and is a regular contributor to both print and online publications, including Mail & Guardian, Women24, Marie Claire, Taalgenoot and Netwerk24. Her focus is on topics related to feminism and gender, although she does a variety of word-related work, including research, editing and translation. An expat Capetonian in love with the City of Gold, she is devoted to her cats, Stoffel and Mia.

Isu Elihle Awards Launched and Finalists Announced!

On Monday, 8 November 2016, South African based media watchdog, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), in partnership with Media Network on Child Rights and Development (MNCRD) in Zambia, and Save the Children International (SCI) launched the inaugural Isu Elihle Awards at Google South Africa in Byranston, Johannesburg.

The awards have invested ZAR100 000 into child-centred journalism and seek to encourage fresh reporting, innovative angles and insightful investigations that seek to give children a voice and elevate the status of the child in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Speaking at the launch, Joe Thloloe, Director in the Press Council of South Arica, explained, “Isu Elihle is isiZulu and could be translated into English as a beautiful, great or simply a neat solution.” He added how the awards, “…couldn’t have been conceived at a better time than this when the young are again asserting themselves through uprisings like #FeesMustFall and others…These awards also strike at many other stereotypes and seeks to ignite a revolution in its own right.”

The top three finalists who submitted their story ideas between 5 October to 3 November and who were selected amongst an impressive 48 entries by a panel of adjudicators were announced during the ceremony. They are:

Abdallah Bakari Nassoro (Tanzania)

The Guardian Correspondent

Topic: Domestic work and child violence in Tanzania


Judith Atim (Uganda)

The Monitor News Anchor/Reporter

Topic: Access to justice by children in conflict with the law in Uganda



Louise Ferreira (South Africa)

Freelance journalist

Topic: Sex education in schools “What children don’t know will hurt them”


Each finalist will receive a sum of ZAR 17 000 in financial support to develop their ideas into publishable material. Their published stories will then be ranked and each stands a chance to win: ZAR 25 000 (Overall Winner), ZAR 15 000 (Second place) and ZAR 10 000 (Third place). The rankings will be announced early next year once all the journalists have completed their stories.

Farida Bascha of Save the Children Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, who joined the ceremony together with the finalists from East Africa in dual celebrations in Nairobi via Google Hangouts, congratulated the finalists, “We look forward to collaborating with you on your stories which we know will go a long in advancing the rights of child.”

MMA Isu Elihle Coordinator, George Kalu said, “We have been so encouraged by the imaginative response and quality of entries submitted that we are looking to see how we can support some of the other highly commended entries.” William Bird, Director at MMA added, “We will contact those journalists shortly as we must use this opportunity to ensure that we can expand the impact of the awards to reflect on the various issues affecting children on the continent, these awards encourage and inspire, and we are thrilled to have launched them”.