WAMECA 2023: List of Finalists

The Media Foundation for West Africa is pleased to announce the list finalists for the 2023 edition of the prestigious West Africa Media Excellence Awards (WAMECA 2023)

The finalists were selected by a 3-member jury made up of distinguished and experienced media experts in Africa after a thorough review and assessment of the stories submitted by the journalists. This year, the Awards received 825 entries from 15 West African countries. The entries were filed by journalists from about 402 media organisations in the West Africa region.

The ultimate winners will be announced at the Awards event on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the World Trade Centre, Accra, Ghana. The event will be graced by media experts, high-level personalities and delegates from sub-regional bodies and civil society groups.

Below is the list of finalists for WAMECA 2022:

Edineia de Jesus Fernandes de Barros, Record Tv Cabo Verde, Cape Verde

Destiny Abanyem Onyemihia, Voice of Nigeria, Nigeria

Francisca Enchill, Joy News/Corruption Watch, Ghana

Elza Sandrine Sawadogo, L’Economiste du Faso, Burkina Faso

Gbenga Salau, The Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria

Erastus Asare Donkor, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana

Godfrey George Allaputa, PUNCH Nigeria Limited, Nigeria

Edisângela Semedo Tavares, Jornal Expresso das Ilhas, Cape Verde

Komla Adom, TV3, Ghana

Muhammed Akinyemi, HumAngle Media, Nigeria

Mahamadi Sebogo, Sidwaya, Burkina Faso

Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah, Multimedia Group Limited, Ghana

Abdulwasiu Olokooba, Sahara Reporters, Nigeria

Yusuf Akinpelu and Kabir Yusuf, Premium Times, Nigeria

Emmanuel Ayamga, Pulse Ghana, Ghana

Taiwo Alimi, The Nation Newspapers, Nigeria

All 17 finalists will receive a Certificate of Merit. Ultimate winners will receive plaques, certificates and cash prizes.

West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA 2023) is supported by the US Embassy in Ghana, OXFAM, West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network (WADEMOS), MTN-Ghana, and Stanbic Bank Ghana. The event is also supported by about 50 media partners across West Africa.

For more details on the event, contact Abigail Larbi-Odei (+233244867074) and Kwaku Krobea Asante (+233249484528) for media interviews.