Heads of media-based Partner Organisations of the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania have approved names of three journalists chosen to contest for the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011 within the framework of EJAT.
Chairman of EJAT Organising Committee Kajubi Mukajanga named the nominees as Edda Sanga, who is manager of the media outlets of the School of Journalism at the University of Dar es Salaam, Fili Karashani, a veteran journalist and trainer in Tanzania and Hamis Ben Kiko, one of the most prolific radio presenters in the country.
Mukajanga who is Media Council of Tanzania Executive Secretary told journalists that the nominees were selected by a panel of five highly respected experts in the media under the chairmanship of Theophil Makunga the acting Executive Director of Mwananchi Communications Limited.
Other judges were Joyce Mhaville the Managing Director of ITV/Radio One, Jenerali Ulimwengu the Chairman of the Board of Raia Mwema Newspapers, Lilian Kallaghe a veteran journalist and human rights activist and Hamis Mzee Editor at the MCT.
According to Mukajanga, the winner out of the three will be announced and awarded on March 30, this year in a prize giving ceremony which will also be used to award winners of the various categories of the EJAT 2011.
The winner of the Life Time Award will receive a certificate, a trophy and 10m/-. MCT said President Jakaya Kikwete will be the guest of honour at the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) 2011 Gala Night on March 30.
Mukajanga said Edda Sanga who worked as a radio broadcaster for over three decades was still active as a manager of media outlets of the School of Journalism at the University of Dar es Salaam. She is a mentor, imparting knowledge and skills to students of journalism and media studies. She has also fought for the rights and advancement of women journalists.
Fili Karashani is synonymous with journalism in Tanzania. He started writing for Target and Lengo newspapers of the Christian Council of Tanzania, then the Nation Media Group in Nairobi, Kenya before leaving for studies at the University of Dar es Salaam after which he joined Daily News. He taught at the Tanzania School of Journalism, worked for Inter Press Service and is founding editor of Business Times and The Guardian. He has trained a number of senior and upcoming journalists.
Hamis Ben Kiko is rated as one of the most prolific radio presenters in the country. Among the assignments he covered is the Kagera war where he displayed a highly captivating and professional reportage. He currently runs a radio talk show in Tabora.
Mukajanga mentioned the media partners’ organisations of EJAT as Tanzania Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) the lead partner, Media Institute of Southern Africa- Tanzania Chapter (MISA-Tan), Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA), Tanzania Sports Writers Association (TASWA), Association of Journalists against HIV/AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) and Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania (JET).
Other partners are Media Owners Association of Tanzania (MOAT), Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), Tanzania Science Journalists Association (TASJA) and the Tanzania Media Fund (TMF).
In January this year MCT unveiled names of the nominees for this year’s Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT).
Kajubi Mukajanga, EJAT 2011 Organising Committee Chairman and MCT Executive Secretary said the committee received 772 journalists’ works, out of which 71 were short listed, for the awards.
Mkajanga explained that out of 71 works, 40 come from print media, 10 from television and 21 from radio.