Entries for the 2018 edition are now open

Welcome

The 2018 edition of the Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards ceremony shall 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.

2017 Award categories and winners

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

Participation

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

Submissions for the 2018 edition are now open. Interested participants can submit their entries to embera@continental-re.com 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.

Personal

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.

Selection process

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.

Judges

The judges involved in selecting the 2017 winners were:

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, most recently as Director of Risk Management and Insurance for DLA Piper, a global law firm.

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.

Inga Thordar, Editor & Programming Director, CNN

Based at CNN International’s Europe/Africa and Middle East hub in London, Inga Thordar oversees CNN’s digital news output. She also manages and communicates the content flow of other digital units, including CNN International’s mobile app. Prior to joining CNN, she spent 15 years at the BBC.

William Wallis, African Affairs specialist, Financial Times

Mr Wallis joined the FT in 1998 as West African correspondent based in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to this, he had worked for the BBC and Reuters as an Africa-base correspondent. In his 23 years as a journalist, he has travelled and worked in more than 40 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Michael Wilson, Business & Finance Journalist (freelancer)

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

2016 edition

2016 AWARDS

The inaugural Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards were held at the Eden Blue Hotel in Mahé, Seyechelles on 21 April 2016.

Winners

Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalist of the Year – Ms Nike Popoola (Nigeria) – Read article
Best Re/Insurance Industry Feature Article – Mr Steve Mbogo (Kenya) – Read article
Best Re/Insurance Industry Analysis and Commentary – Mr Evans Boah-Mensah (Ghana) – Read article

Multimedia

Brochure

For media inquiries, please contact: embera@continental-re.com

FAQS

How do I qualify?

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.

What do I need to enter?

You have to provide an explanatory brief, which should be a short 250 words description of your work to give the judges the background and context to the project, and a brief personal profile and your best photo. You must also submit your published article or broadcast clip together with your name, media organisation and the date the article or clip was published or broadcasted. Your submission should specify the awards categories that you are entering for.

What is the maximum file size for my entry?

The maximum file size is 5 Mb. Please, use wetransfer.com if your application files exceeds it and add the link generated directly in the email that you will send over.

Can I enter the same project into more than one category?

No, you can only enter the same project in 1 category.