AIPS Sport Media Awards 2020: top ranked submissions in Africa

  • April 01, 2021
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LAUSANNE, April 1, 2021 - Following the immense success of the third edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards, AIPS is honoured to share the official ranking of the top submissions from each continent across the different categories, as an acknowledgment of sports media worldwide.

The Awards submissions included an inspiring level of journalistic content from across five continents, culminating in a hybrid digital ceremony of storytelling excellence in Vigevano on March 22, 2021.

The third edition of the AIPS Awards received an outstanding total of 1871 submissions from 129 nations around the globe. In submitting their work for consideration for the nine categories, colleagues from across the globe engaged in a dialogue that is crucial in highlighting the importance of our profession and the need to invest in its culture and independence.

COVID SPECIAL MENTION As was the case during the awards ceremony on March 22, the best COVID-19-related submissions in each continent will be published next week, in recognition of the entries that interpret the difficulties of sport during the pandemic across all categories.

Read all about the winners of the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2020 here.

Below are the top submissions of the AIPS Sport Media Awards from AFRICA.

*The list may contain more than 10 submissions because of ties after the vote.

1. Youssouph Bodian (Senegal), In the den of the dragons from Deny where Rugby is a springboard to go from the street to raising the national flag at the top level - Radio Futurs Médias (RFM Dakar)
2. Timothy Olobulu (Kenya), How Olympic bound ‘Ghetto Girl’ Christine Ongare overcame pregnancy at 12 years to become the first Kenyan woman to win a Commonwealth Games medal in boxing - Capital FM Kenya
3. Vuyo Macoba (South Africa), Documentary: FIFA World Cup 10-year South Africa Anniversary - Power 987
4. Alain Muhirwa (Burundi), The place of women in decision-making bodies within sports federations in Burundi - Buja FM
4. Koffi Franck Nunyama (Togo), Arbitration in Togo: The crisis of confidence - Radio Sport FM Lome
6. David Oku (Nigeria), Trax Sports – Flo/FM 94.9 Umuahia
7. Bright Kanyama (Malawi), Enabling spaces in sports for all persons - Zodiak Broadcasting Station
8. Bienvenu Elie Gbelo (Central African Republic), When football makes prison rebels’reconcile - Radio Ndeke Luka
9. Elinam Tilda Acorlor (Ghana), State of Sanitation in some Sporting Facilities in the Volta region of Ghana. - GBC Volta Star Radio-Ho
9. Gaone Pearl Kerileng (Botswana), Co-host and executive Producer - Gabz FM, Botswana
9. Laetitia Ehunza Dembo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Backstage of the jungle fight - Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise
9. Wa Carlos Kouande (Ivory Coast), Inauguration Stade d'Ebimpe - Reportage Carlos Arlos Kouande - Radio Yopougon 96.8 FM

1. Gordwin Odhiambo (Kenya), Distant ballet lessons at the Kibera slum in Nairobi - AFP
2. Badreddine Tnani (Tunisia), Rafael Nadal: Masters Paris Bercy 2019 -
3. Arnaud Bocco (Togo), Portfolio: Ball, sports gloves and some Togo fans -
4. Helge Schutz (Namibia), Namibian sport photos - The Namibian
5. Dominic Arkorful (Ghana), The pitch invader - Awal Suleman - Twitter Ekow3d Works
6. Tielman van Lill (Namibia), Namibian sport in action - Republikein Newspaper
7. Mehdi Jebalia (Tunisia), Hand | CAN-2020 Egypt on the top of Africa, the disillusion of Tunisia -
8. Erick Barasa (Kenya), From ring to canvas - The Star Kenya
9. Mussie Girmay (Ethiopia), After the Ethiopian Premier League is officially cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. and Endemic - Hatricksport website

1. Johan Orton (South Africa), Bow to your King - Caxton media – Noordwester
2. Yaw Ansa-Asare (Ghana), Boxing - Skefotos
3. Sila Kiplagat (Kenya), Sports and Covid-19 - Nation Media Group
4. King Afriyie Akuffo (Ghana), Swim flex - Sikafotos
5. Helge Schutz (Namibia), Supreme effort - The Namibian
6. Johnson Were (Uganda), Motocross needs autonomy - Daily New Vision Newspaper
7. Johan Orton (South Africa), Touchdown satisfaction - Caxton Media
8. Rogers Ndegwa (Kenya), At all cost - Mediamax Limited Network, People Daily Newspaper
9. Dominic Arkorful (Ghana), Clearing the bar in full flight - Twitter Ekow3DWorks/NbSports
10. Djelika Guindo (Mali), Friendly match / U17 vs Etoiles du Mandé: The saving gesture of Seyba Cissé - Le Sportif-228

1. Bawuah Juliet (Ghana), Pursuit in passion in kids' gloves: Prince 'The Buzz' Larbie takes early steps to greatness - Tv3 Network
2. Sayon Kourouma (Guinea), Watap, a supporter like no other - CIS Médias
3. Wakhisi Moses Isaiah (Kenya), The master story of Eliud Kipchoge - Standard Media Group KTN News
4. David Oku (Nigeria), Samuel Chukwueze - Nigeria and Villareal CF footballer - Flo-FM 94.9 Umuahia
4. Sophy Okello (Kenya), The Kenyan Petr Cech - Brian Bwire - The Process Child Foundation - Kenya
6. Vaylen Kirtley (South Africa), Makhaya Ntini opens up about racism in cricket - SABC
7. Sandrine Zougouri (Burkina Faso), Clément Pitroipa le Pit du Faso foot - Bf1
8. Sam Mbonu (Nigeria), Chronicle of players of Nigerian descent who made it to the NFL through the 2020 NFL Draft - SportsfileWithSam
9. Yisa Azeez Asipita (Nigeria), Player combined clips - Osklean FA
10. Christian Chibueze (Ghana), Exclusive Interview with tennis star Joseph Narcel Battah - Eze

1. Celestine Karoney (Kenya), Rwandan genocide: How football saved my life - BBC Africa
2. Omar Boudi (Algeria), Football Ambassadors - Omar Boudi and Zoheir Boudi /New Vision prod/Echorouk TV Algeria
2. Lance Santos (South Africa), Waves for change - TRT World
4. Idah Waringa (Kenya), The football con - Nation Media Group
5. Mohamed Elgazar (Egypt), Qatar 2022… A journey of fantasy - Al Watan Newspaper
6. Vaylen Kirtley (South Africa), #Undaunted - SABC
7. Chris Migwambo (Kenya), A twist within - Switch TV
8. Seydi Saikou (Senegal), Local football and COVID: When the actors pay for the pots they didn’t break - Emedia Invest Group
8. Mamadou Cellou Tata Diallo (Guinea), The Guinean Classico - RTG
10. Franck Ghislain Onguene (Cameroon), Sport Business Africa - HTV Cameroon
10. Nkululeko Nkewu (South Africa), Football Agents | Junior Khanye & Benedict Tso Vilakazi reveal their stories - iDiskiTV

1. Juliet Mafua (Nigeria), Dambe: the Nigerian combat sport with worldwide aspirations - British Broadcasting Corporation
2. Bright Yaw Ofosu Larbi (Ghana), The tale of Abu Imoro - Media General Gh Ltd
3. Rene-Victoria Ekounga (Cameroon), Joel Ndzana, footballer-shoemaker - Canal+ International
4. Joab James Apopo (Kenya), Human rights and sports - Are human rights abused in sports? - Mediamax Network Limited - K24TV
5. Sayon Kourouma (Guinea), Star of Guinea, life after the accident - CIS Médias
5. Bawuah Juliet (Ghana), Football behind bars - TV3 Network
5. Oluwagbenga Salu (Nigeria), Osimhen: back to the beginning - The Guardian Newspaper, Lagos
8. Michelle Katami Guda (Kenya), Why aren't there more African female golfers? - BBC Sport Africa
8. Ridwan Yusuf (Nigeria), Nigerian teenage female boxer Olalekan Opeyemi speaks on Olympic dreams - AllNews Nigeria
8. Olivia Nakate (Uganda), Female athletes and menstruation periods - Urban tv
8. Idah Waringa (Kenya), Blades of hope: From a double amputation to a world record - Nation Media Group
8. Claudia Ekai (Kenya), Mathare slums to the world! - Premier League World
8. Daniel Yeboah (Ghana), A day in the life of a phobian - Media General (Tv3 Ghana)

1. Hiam Salih (Sudan), Sports City: Corruption, trespassing and violations - Remuntada
2. Elias Makori (Kenya), Behind the scenes in the making of a Shujaa on the streets of Vienna - Nation Media Group
3. Baboucarr Fallaboweh (Gambia), “Back way”: Gambian footballers in deadly travel to Europe -
4. Daniel Gallan (South Africa), Life-saving football in Rwanda genocide - New Frame
5. Emmanuel Ayamga (Ghana), ‘It’s your talent and Inshallah’ – The uncertainty of football in the Buduburam refugee camp - Pulse Ghana
6. Solace Chukwu (Nigeria), Egbo, the Nigerian coach from the Italian school who restored KF Tirana to the top of Albanian football - The SuperSub
7. Idrissa Sane (Senegal), COVID 19 - First death in Senegal: Pape Diouf, the sleep of a lion - L'Observateur
7. Craig Ray (South Africa), State of cricket capture in South Africa - Daily Maverick
8. Busisiwe Mokwena (South Africa), Hilton-Smith is proud of her legacy in women’s football - New Frame
9. Yanga Sibembe (South Africa), Touch, pause, engage: The women who keep the rugby maul rolling - Daily Maverick
9. Mehluli Sibanda (Zimbabwe), Visually impaired commentator gives mind-blowing blow-by-blow analysis -
9. Jeff Kinyanjui (Kenya), Uncovering match fixing in the Kenyan Premier League - Nation Media Group
9. Janine Anthony (Nigeria), Lack of pay saw me quit football for hairdressing - BBC Sport Africa
9. Ajibade Olusesan (Nigeria), Kidnapping: Nigerian football stars as endangered species - New Telegraph Newspapers Nigeria

1. Daniel Gallan (South Africa), South Africa World Cup win is a beacon of hope but it doesn’t change problems that still grip a nation - London Evening Standard
2. Maher Mezahi (Algeria), Why are there no African coaches in Europe’s top football leagues? - African Arguments
3. Solace Chukwu (Nigeria), Can an African team ever challenge for the World Cup again? - Goal
4. Adrian Ephraim (South Africa), Down to the detail - The unbearable whiteness of cricket - Eyewitness News
5. Samuel Gacharira (Kenya), Shame of FKF's 'joyriders' to Afcon tourney and new Sh240m scandal - Daily Nation
6. Nazim Bessol (Algeria), The eighth capital sin of Sid Ali Khaldi - Botola
7. Samuel Ouma (Kenya), It is easier for an elephant to climb a tree than an African team winning a World Cup - Pan African Visions
8. Monsurah Olatunji (Nigeria), Why Trans-female should not be allowed in competitive Women's Sport and way forward - Molatsportgist
9. Kodjo Mawuli Avuletey (Togo), Foot Togo; the little secrets of doping -
10. Okai Gyimah Edmund (Ghana), Fraudulent: Al Dhafra midfielder Benjamin Ayim caught in massive age cheating -
10. Olatunji Ololade (Nigeria), Fruitless dreams...Inside sports’ slave market - Sad, desperate lives of basketball, soccer players - The Nation Newspaper
10. Eric Dumo (Nigeria), The ‘Circus’ of Death - Sahara Reporters
10. Owusua Appiah-Fei (Ghana), The Aura around the African Woman in sports media - Pulse Ghana

1. Clarisse Sih (Cameroon), Karate Tai Sabaki, more than meets the eyes - Cameroon Radio Television
2. Kelvin Kimaili (Kenya), The chess deam - Citizen TV Kenya
3. Souleymane Diassy (Senegal), Rugby in Senegal - Let’s discover the youth of the oval ball in Yoff - Sétanal Média
3. Stephen Keter (Kenya), From Olympian to 'Mama Mboga' - National Television Kenya (NTV)
5. Chidiebere Anugwolu (Nigeria), Covid19 lockdown: Nigerian Chess Master - Oladapo Adu - His plight and victory of his four months - Nigeria Info FM 92.3
6. Bright Kanyama (Malawi), Enabling Spaces in Sports for All Persons - Zodiak Broadcasting Station
7. Geoffrey Oiruria (Kenya), Saved by football - KTN News
8. Olivia Nakate (Uganda), Female athletes and menstruation periods - Urban tv
9. Ogu Onyinyechi (Nigeria), Averting another tragedy in the NPFL and agege alarmed at spate of insecurity - Galaxy Television
9. Tatenda Gondo (Zimbabwe), Journey to and after the Rio Olympic Games with mighty warriors coach Shadreck Mlaudzi - Youtube
9. Clarisse Uwimana (Rwanda), I officiated a game when I was pregnant | My husband wasn't know our child| I can officiate Rayon - B&B-Umwezi
9. Mihret Tesfaye (Ethiopia), The inspiring journey of a young African footballer - Bisrat FM 101.1 Radio

1. Sila Kiplagat (Kenya), What it takes to save a shot - Nation Media Group
2. King Afriyie Akuffo (Ghana), Freestyle roar - Sikafotos
3. Frank Darkwah (Ghana), 2020 Gusa Games - Frank Darkwah (442gh)
4. Mary Eshun (Ghana), Champ Dive - Mary Afua

1. Farai Shawn Matiashe (Zimbabwe), Rugby saves school girls from child marriage in rural Zimbabwe - Thomson Reuters Foundation
2. Tolu Olasoji (Nigeria), Mending broken Nigerian talent - Mail and Guardian
3. Merit Jay Abaianyam (Nigeria), The worst moment of my life: How sportspersons raised their voices against police brutality in Niger - Kelviano Media
4. Lorenz Köhler (South Africa), Inside Africa's biggest club: The Al Ahly dynasty - Kick Off Magazine
5. Omar Chraibi (Morocco), Casablanca in the time of corona, a city that breathes the “oxygen” of football despite pandemic restrictions - Assahifa
5. Yanga Sibembe (South Africa), From Sterkspruit to Belarus: The story of Bambanani Mbane - Daily Maverick
5. Habonimana Fleurette (Burundi), The incredible story of « Maman Les Lierres » (78 years old), heart and mind in the football club of Burundi -
8. Caristan Isseri A Maben (Cameroon), Youssoufa Moukoko. The teenager who burns all the steps - Quotidien Le Jour
8. Fiifi Anaman (Ghana), The Mfum Myth: Inside the story of the shot that tore through a goal net - Medium
10. Samuel Gacharira (Kenya), Barrack Ochieng: From grisly accident to reunion with game that changed his life - Daily Nation
10. Tokelo Martin Mokhesi (South Africa), Exclusive: SA Duo Madiba and Sebati sets Turkey alight - FARPost
10. Alusine Rehme Wilson (Sierra Leone), Tamba twins brightening the Scorpions corner - CAFOnline
10. Omar Jarju (Gambia), A small Gambian farming village that produces Africa’s top football referee - The Chronicle


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