Destiny Onyemihia, a radio producer in Voice of Nigeria, has emerged overall winner at the Continental Journalism Awards on the African Union Charter recently held in Ghana.
He bagged the top prize for his story titled Agenda 2063: The Role of the Media.
Hosted by the Media Foundation for West Africa, the Continental Journalism Awards on the African Union Charter is a product of a consortium of 14 prominent civil society organisations working to advance the implementation of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG).
The Awards received over 500 entries from 33 African countries. After a thorough review of the entries, a 5-member committee of judges shortlisted 6 finalists from 4 countries. Voice of Nigeria’s Destiny Onyemihia emerged the winner
Destiny said he spent 5 months working on his award winning story which was inspired by the seeming lack of knowledge about the 2063 Agenda on the continent.
“I needed to tell a story about the Agenda and make people know what the AU is doing to move Africa forward and also create the need to ensure rights of journalists in Africa are also protected.
“Because you don’t expect vibrant media in a continent where journalists are being suppressed,” he said.
Destiny believes, if the media must play its role, the rights of journalists must not be trampled upon.
“You have to create the environment where we can tell this story and help project the agenda. All of these where brought into the story: Agenda 2063: The Role of the Media,” he said.
Destiny also advised journalists working on the continent.
In his words: “The job is not lucrative in Africa because journalists are poorly paid. But beyond all of our challenges, you need to keep pushing because at the end of the day its’s about the passion and desire for change regardless of what is happening.”
AGENDA 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. It is the African Union strategic framework that aims to deliver inclusive and sustainable development, continental and regional integration, democratic governance and peace and security amongst other issues.