2020 submissions now open

Welcome

Continental Reinsurance Plc has announced the opening of submissions for its 2020 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the Journalism Awards target business journalists from Anglophone and Francophone countries in Africa and aims to recognize and acknowledge the good work of media on the continent. Interested candidates are invited to submit entries online from 2nd September to 30th November  2019 via https://www.continental-re.com/awards/

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.

2019 Award Categories and Winners

  • Best Re/Insurance Print Article and Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalist of the Year

Winner: Mr Patrick Alushula (Kenya) – Read article here –

  • Best Re/Insurance Online Article

Winner: Ms Katya Stead (South Africa) – Read article here

  • Best Re/Insurance French Article

Winner: Ms Sara Bar-rhout (Morocco) – Read article here

 

Read the 2019 Awards Brochure

Participation

Submission can be either a published article (print or online)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. Only 1 article can be entered for each category. Submit entry via https://www.continental-re.com/awards/

Submissions

 

Explanatory Brief

A 100-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

Submission can be either a published article or (print or online),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.

The categories in the 2020 awards are:

  1. Best Re/Insurance Print Article [English]
  2. Best Re/Insurance Broadcast (TV/Radio) Article [English]
  3. Best Re/Insurance Online Article [English]
  4. Best Re/Insurance French article [Print, Broadcast or Online]

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 2020 winners are:

Michael Wilson, Business & Finance Journalist

Mr. Wilson joined Sky TV at its inception in 1989 and for over 20 years he was a main anchor for 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.

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 and a member of the Council of Women In Africa WIA. Ms. Nadia was the Chair of the PanAfrican Re/Insurance Journalism Awards2018 judging panel.

Kenneth Igbomor, Market News Editor (West Africa), CNBC Africa 

Kenneth Igbomor is a seasoned financial journalist and business news television producer and is currently the Market news editor for CNBC Africa, where he heads the West Africa editorial team. He is also a development economist previously working as a financial planner in the insurance industry in Nigeria. He remains an ‘unrepentant optimist’ about development outcomes in Africa.

Gareth Stokes, Founder, Stokes Media Group

Gareth is a professional freelance journalist and writer who specialises in the financial services industry. Based in South Africa, his work has been published in magazines and newspapers including Daily Mail & The Guardian, Financial Mail, FA News, FIA Insight and others. He is the author of a basic guide to stock market investing and the co-author of ‘Short Term Insurance in South Africa 2016’.  Gareth currently writes on risk management and insurance topics and contributes as a reporter to Commercial Risk Africa. An outstanding financial/ insurance writer, Gareth won the Pan African Journalist of the Year award in 2017 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards and Special Award in 2018.

Dr. Jared Obuya, Communications Lecturer, Moi University

Dr Jared Obuya is an experienced journalist, having worked with several Kenyan media houses (Standard Group and Nation Media Group) as well as international news organizations including BBC – in various editorial capacities. He has also been a correspondent and member of the Paris-based press freedom organization, Reporters Without Borders and Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ). He has been on the panel of judges of the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards administered by the Media Council of Kenya, and the East African Media Awards administered by the East African Community (EAC). Currently, Dr. Obuya is a lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies, School of Information Sciences, Moi University.

Shiamdass Appanah, Insurance Industry Expert

Shiamdass has over 40 years’ experience in the Africa’s insurance industry. He’s skilled in Reinsurance Programme structuring, designing risk finance vehicles, and Captive Insurance. He’s the Founding Partner and Director/Consultant,former CEO and former Chairman of Reinsurance Solutions Group companies in Mauritius, Kenya, Cote D’Ivoire and London, UK. Previously, he held positions of CEO and Director of Guardrisk Insurance, a major Cell-Captive Insurance provider, and Regional Director in Nairobi of African Reinsurance Corporation.  He is a Chartered Insurance Broker and has an MBA from Cass Business School.

Previous Editions

2018 AWARDS

  • Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalist of the Year
  • Winner: : Mr Odimegwu Onwumere (Nigeria) – Read article here
  • Best Re/Insurance Industry Analysis and Commentary
  • Winner: Ms Adenike Poopola (Nigeria) – Read article here
  • Best Re/Insurance Industry Feature Article
  • Winner: Mr Otiato Guguyu (Uganda) – Read article here

 

2018 MEDIA

Media coverage

Winners of 2018 pan-African re/insurance journalism awards announced
CEOs gather in Namib desert
Pan-African re/insurance journalism awards 2018
Press Releases

1st press release – Awards now open
2nd press release – Announcing the judges
3rd press release – Announcing the prizes
4th press release – Announcing the winners

 

Multimedia
Watch the 2018 Journalism Awards Video
Read the 2018 Awards brochure

2017 AWARDS

The 2017 Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards  Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar, Senegal

Press Releases

Multimedia

Brochure

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

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.