Malawi News photo-journalists win Sadc awards, ‘well-done’ says govt

Malawi News and Daily Times photojournalist Bonnex Julius Binali won an award in the Photo Water Category in the SADC Media Awards.

President Seretse Khama Ian Khama poses with winners of 2016 SADC Media awards, Malawi's Bonnex Julius Binali is on the far right

President Seretse Khama Ian Khama poses with winners of 2016 SADC Media awards, Malawi’s Bonnex Julius Binali is on the far right

 Bonnex Julius (l) pose for a photo with Fegus Lipenga

Bonnex Julius (l) pose for a photo with Fegus Lipenga

President Seretse Khama Ian Khama poses with winners of 2016 SADC Media awards, Malawi's Bonnex Julius Binali is on the far right..

President Seretse Khama Ian Khama poses with winners of 2016 SADC Media awards, Malawi’s Bonnex Julius Binali is on the far right..

The SADC Media Awards take place each year in the four categories of print, radio, photojournalism and television. The competition is open to all SADC national journalists.

President Khama of Botswana presented the award for suring the opening of SADC summit  which Binali got US 2,000 and a certificate signed by Khama.

Binali won in the water Photography Category with an entry depicting children paddling a canoe on Lake Malawi.

Reacting to his award an excited Binali thanked God for his success and advised fellow journalists to work hard to realize their dreams.

Said Binali: “I am thankful to God, my family, employers and workmates for the support and encouragement given to me in my work. It is not easy to make it in international competitions like these but with God everything is possible. It is even sweet considering that I also won last year in the General Photo Category.

“This will spur me to work even harder in my work not necessarily to win competitions but rather to contribute to the development of the media and nation at large in MalawiI urge others journalists in the country that they should be joining competitions like these.”

On his part Malawi foreign minister Francis  Kasaila congratulated Binali for making Malawi proud by raising its flag high among its peers.

“I am happy that he has done us proud considering only a few countries won. Government will surely and does recognise his success and celebrate together with him, his media house and family in this success,” said Kasaila.

Kasaila was delegated by President Mutharika to represent him at the 36th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government which is scheduled to conclude Wednesday afternoon.

The annual competition is open to journalists from all 15 SADC Member States and awards are conferred during the opening of the Heads of State and Government Summit each year. The awards are organised, managed and run by the SADC Secretariat in close collaboration with all 15 Member States with the aim of promoting regional integration.

Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati said in a statement that it is the expectation of President Peter Mutharika that the SADC awards will encourage  Binali and the media in general “to achieve more success in future endearvours and will also inspire all of us to work harder in all our efforts to put Malawi on the international map for good reasons as Mr. Binali has done.”

She added: “With hard work, integrity and patriotism, we are assured of achieving anything for ourselves and for our nation.”

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