Diageo reporting award: Names ofÂ finalist pickedThe best of African business journalism will go into the final of the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards, (DABRA) with the announcement of the shortlisted candidates across eleven
More than 750 entries were received from 20 countries across Africa and the rest of the world. Apanel of eminent judges will now select the winners of each category, who will be announced at a
gala ceremony in London in July, 2010.
The judging panel brings together global experts from the field of media, business, as well as Pan-African initiatives and organisations. The 2010 judges include: Dr Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group and Executive President of the African Business Roundtable, Mr. Paul Walsh (Chair), CEO of Diageo, Ms. Zeinab Badawi, International news broadcaster, Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bankâ€™s Africa Division and others.
Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President of the World Bank Africa Region, will present as the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.
Commenting on this yearâ€™s awards, Devlin Hainsworth, Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria said, â€˜These finalists represent those who are leading the way in creating a more balanced view of business reporting on Africa.. The shortlisted entrants have gone the extra mile in reporting the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Africa and have thoroughly investigated issues that matter to business communities locally, regionally and internationally.â€™
â€˜The record breaking number of entries from across the globe reflects the increase in business reporting on Africa in 2009/2010.
Also, the type of entries we have received also indicates a shift in the way that news is being delivered to audiences with many more entrants being online citizen journalists and bloggers. With over 750 entries this year, those shortlisted in their category should be immensely proud of their achievements and contribution to promoting a more accurate understanding of the business environment in Africa,â€™ continued Hainsworth.