Nairobi, KENYA: Baraka FM was an envy of many in the just concluded FAWE KENYA ‘NIA YANGU’ Awards after their senior journalist based in Nairobi scooped top accolades.
Albert Mwangeka beat out stiff competition nationally in the radio category and emerged 1st Runners Up with his exclusive feature that touched on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation FGM in Narok County.
“I thank the Baraka FM management team and colleagues for your unending support especially when it comes to production, airing and publication of development features,” said an elated Mwangeka.
Other Coast based journalists whose stars shone bright during the awards were Vincent Ali of Sheki FM (formerly of Baraka FM); was the winner in the radio category with his story which highlighted on boda boda operators impregnating young girls in Kilifi County.
Asha Bekidusa of Radio Citizen and Ruth Keah Kadide were also feted during the event which took place in Nairobi on Thursday.
Judges commended Baraka FM and other Coastal stations on their consistency in production of development features.
They said that there was a need for more media houses to embrace such stories, because they directly touched on issues that touch members of the society at grass root level.
“We were looking for stories that had fresh angles that championed gender empowerment,’” explained Stephen Ndegwa who was a judge in the competition.
Shiphrah Gichaga Vice Chairperson Forum for African Women Educationalists FAWE in Kenya, called on the media to give priority on coverage of gender equality as a way of achieving inclusivity in the society.
This is the first FAWE Award that aimed at honoring exemplary journalists in Kenya who cover issues on Adolescents Sexual and reproductive Health.
Winners walked away with trophies, certificates and cash prizes.