BBS TV journalist scoops continental accolade promoting Visa-free movement in Africa

BBS Terefayina’s Culton Scovia Nakamya received her accolade from the African Union (AU) Commission Head of Communication, Ms. Wynne Musabayana at African Women in the Media awards ceremony at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. (PHOTO/Agencies)

KAMPALA – Enterprising and charismatic BBS Tv Reporter, Ms. Culton Scovia Nakamya, on, Saturday, July 27, scooped the African Passport and Free Movement of People accolade at the African Women in the Media awards ceremony at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya

The largest gathering of African Women in the Media (AWiM19) was in Kenyan capital on Thursday, July 25 through Saturday, July 27,  climaxing with an awards ceremony recognising outstanding efforts by female journalists in different fields.

The annual event whose aim is to impact positively the way media functions in relation to women drew hundreds of media, tech, eCommerce and blockchain professionals from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Burundi, Nigeria, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, U.S. Sweden and the U.K.

”Thank you African Union and IOM – UN Migration for giving me an opportunity to tell a story on Free movement of people in Africa. I believe together, we can have a visa Free continent,” said Nakamya in excitement.

Ms Nakamya extended special thanks to you to the AWiM co-founder, Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola and all the women in media providing a platform to share the message on free movement in Africa.

The former NTV Uganda correspondent for Luweero Triangle covered a number of stories for four years including the outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease in the region a couple of years back. She later crossed to the Buganda Kingdom owned BBS Terefayina in October 2018.

African Women in Media (AWiM) co-founder, Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola (far Left) in joined by other dignitaries to congratulate Mary Mwendwa for winning the pitch on Silencing the guns in the AWiM awards. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

During the opening ceremony at the University of Nairobi, Dr. Akinbobola paid tribute to the late Hodan Nalayeh, founder of Integration TV, who was killed in Somalia.

“I was fortunate to interview Hodan in March for our podcast Her Media Diary. She spoke to me about being a media entrepreneur, investing in yourself, and changing narratives about Africa and about African women,” Dr. Yemisi said.

African Union (AU) Commission Head of Communication, Ms. Wynne Musabayana, congratulated BBS Terefayina journalist for being an inspiration to young women in Media across Africa.

Dr. Akinbobola noted that the theme of the third edition of the AWiM conference was to showcase amazing work produced by African women working in various media industries from film to journalism, marketing and many more.

(L-R) Editor in Chief of South Sudan’s Juba Monitor, Ann Nimiriano and Advocacy Manager at Child iFoundation, Ms Agwang Aidah at the AWiM 2019 conference. (PHOTO/AWiM)

Advocacy Manager at Child iFoundation, Ms Agwang Aidah, joined other speakers at the three-day conference in Nairobi addressing topics such as gender gaps, film and innovation, the business of media, gender gaps and global movements, technology and independence of journalists.

Also read: Global conference kicks off in Kenya, draws hundreds of leading women in media

Other Award winners

Mary Mwendwa and Christabel Ligami (Kenya) won the Silencing the Guns Award and Free Trade Migration Award respectively. Mwendwa, a freelance journalist, was awarded for her efforts in writing about conflict and the inclusion of women in peace processes.

Ligami, who writes for Kenya’s Daily Nation and the EastAfrican newspapers, was recognised for her writing on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Zahara Tunda from Tanzania won the African Union (AU) Free Trade Sustainability Award.




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