Malawi has scooped two of the four SADC media awards at the ongoing 35th summit of heads of state and government meeting being held in Gaborone, Botswana.
Botswana and South Africa shared the remaining two awards.
Bonnex Julius of Malawi’smedia giant, Times Group l emerged the victor in the Photojournalism category while Winston Mwale of Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) took the radio award.
Mwale scooped an award in the Radio catergory with his entry on cultural unity that the annual Kulamba Chewa ceremony brings on the people of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.
“I am excited because journalism is my calling and it had been recognised as contributing to regional intergration. I hope this award will serve as an encouragement to local journalists in Malawi to write on SADC issues,” Mwale told Nyasa Times in Gaborone.
And Julius won the award in the Photography Category with an entry depicting the railway line connecting Malawi and Mozambique that, when complete, will economically benefit the two countries.
The duo carted home US$2000 cash each and a certificate, courtesy of SADC.
SADC out going chairperson the President of Zimbabwe Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe confered the awards on Monday during the official opening of the summit
They will also get undisclosed additional gifts to be donated by the government of the republic of South Africa, SADC Head of Public Relation sLeefa Martin.
Martin said the victors were among a cadre of Journalists that had distinguished themselves by reporting of SADC issues.
“I have to publicly admit that this year’s adjudication and competition was very stiff because we had many entries of good quality,” she said.
In a one-page statement, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa said it is a proud moment for Malawi.
Nankhumwa is optimistic that the awards will encourage the winners to achieve more success in their future endearvours and will also inspire all of us to work harder in all our efforts to put Malawi on the international map for the good reasons as the two sons of the soil have done.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :