• January 11, 2019

With just 10 days to go until the inaugural AIPS Sport Media Awards ceremony on January 21 in Lausanne, AIPS is honoured to publish the Top Ten finalists from each continent. The Awards submissions included an inspiring level of journalistic content from across five continents, confirming that the quality of sports storytelling is present worldwide.

 The first edition of the AIPS Awards received an outstanding total of 1273 submissions from 119 nations around the globe. In submitting their work for consideration for the eight categories, colleagues from across the globe engaged in a dialogue of sporting excellence. Such dialogue is crucial in highlighting the importance of sport media and the need to invest in its culture and independence.

 The continental sections of AIPS have worked hard to ensure that they are duly represented in the Awards. Hence to further highlight the international reach and unique ties that the association has around the world, below are the Top 10 finalists, in alphabetical order, of the AIPS Sport Media Awards from AFRICA.


Amine Birouk, Film De La Coupe Du Monde Russie 2018,   Radio Mars (Morocco)

Ayouba Bigirimana, Women In Sports,   RTNB Burundi (Burundi)

Koffi Nunyama, Le Gris-Gris Dans Le Football,   Radio Sport FM Lome (Togo)

Leatile Mmutle, The Sad But Inspiring Story Of Phiona Mutesi,   Duma FM (Botswana)

Oluwashina Okeleji, The Sad Story Of Nigeria’s Femi Opabunmi,   BBC (Nigeria)

Timothy Olobulu, Nicholas Bett Tribute,   Capital FM (Kenya)

Wa Carlos Kouande, Interview Eddy Rabin (Diffusion Championnat Ivoirien Sur Canal+),   Radio Yopougon 96.8 FM (Côte D’ivoire)

Wilfred Mong, Sport City,   City FM (Nigeria)

Youssouph Bodian, Coupe Du Monde 2018: Le Retour Manqué Des Lions De La Téranga Du Sénégal,   Radio Futurs Médias (RFM) Dakar (Senegal)

Youssouph Bodian, Football Féminin Au Sénégal: "Ces Filles Qui Disputent La Balle Aux Garçons" (Women's Football In Senegal: "These Girls Who Play Ball With The Boys",   Radio Futurs Médias (RFM) Dakar (Senegal)



Akinbode Oguntuyi, Is It Time For Mourinho To Take A Break?, (Nigeria)

Akinbode Oguntuyi, Sad Ikeme News And The Hidden Consequences For Nigeria, (Nigeria)

Gideon Kofi Nyamekye, Stephen Appiah: The Meteoric Rise Of An Urchin To A Soccer Churchill, (Ghana)

Gildas Adimou Boko, Benin-Gambie U 20,   Gilsport (Benin)

James Oduor, "We Must Relive History" Gor Mahia Fans,   Wadau TV (Kenya)

James Oduor, Oti Father's Favorite Phrase,   Wadau TV (Kenya)

Owusu Ansah Doe, Alfowusu | The Best In Ghanaian Football Articles,   Alfowusu | The Best In Ghanaian Football Articles (Ghana)

Terence Wood, Arsène Wenger & The Vicissitudes Of Leadership,   Terence Wood (Ghana)

Terence Wood, The Beautiful Game: Deceptive Players, Gullible Supporters.,   Terence Wood (Ghana)

Yassine Maloumi, المونديال القطري… والطموح المغربي,   Echourouk Newspaper (Algeria)



Cheikh Tidiane Ndiaye, Lutte Sénégalaise,   Les Echos Media/ (Senegal)

Drake Sentongo, David vs Goliath,   New Vision (Uganda)

Drake Sentongo, Ssempijja Awangudde Eza Kaggwa Memorial,   Bukedde (Uganda)

Mohamed Fliss, Russia Final 2018,   Photosfliss (Tunisia)

Mohammed Benchrif, Rural Woman And Sports Practice, Book Of The Federation And Various Media. (Morocco)



Justina Idoroyen, Ist Moc Grand Prix,   New Telegraph Newspaper (Nigeria)

Justina Idoroyen, Marathon,   New Telegraph Newspaper (Nigeria)

Mussie Girmay, Ethiopia Primer League Challenges,   Hatricksport Website (Ethiopia)

Oliver Ananda, Sports; Harambee Stars Vs Zanzibar Cecafa Senior Challenge,   Citizen Digital (Kenya)

Oliver Ananda, Sports; National Amputee Football Team,   Sportpicha (Kenya)

Uwihanganye Hardi, Sports Photographer, (Rwanda)



Abreham Kibreab, Zenashe Getachew Astonishing Football History,   EBS TV (Ethiopia)

Ahmed Yamany, Rotation,   Rotation (Egypt)

Claudia Ekai, Up Close With Eliud Kipchoge Ahead Of World Record Attempt At The 2017 Berlin Marathon,   Kwese Sports TV (Kenya)

Daniel Addeh, Etienne Tanangue, Le Vétéran Des Pistes,   Stad'afric (Cameroon)

Daniel Sebakijje, Meet Kitty The Little Chess Genius,   NBS Television/VOA News (Uganda)

Debola Adebanjo, The 13-Year-Old Nigerian Serena,   BBC (Nigeria)

Debola Adebanjo, When Alex Iwobi Went To Lagos, Nigeria,   BBC (Nigeria)

Édith-Giscard Nono, Eyong Enow La Vie D'un Footballeur Au Service Du Christ,   Çameditsport (Cameroon)

Kitaka Abel, Hussina, Ugandas Para-Olympic Swimmer,   Channel 44 TV (Uganda)

Mahop Ii Andre Jean Mirabeau, Dongmo La Reine Du Lancer,   Canal2international (Cameroon)

Mouayed Skander, The Story Of An Old Sports Fan Named "Hanoon",   الحنون يحمل سنوات عمره الثمانين، ومازل متيّما بحب نادي رفيق (Libya)Å

Wanjiku Mwenda, Single Amputee Footballer Turned Motivational Speaker,   Mediamax Network Limited (K24 TV) (Kenya)



Angela Akua Asante, Crd7 World Cup Documentary - A Positive Russian Experience,   Crd7 ( (Ghana)

Austin Okon-Akpan, Infrastructure Development In Nigeria,   Channels Television (Nigeria)

Bouchaib Brhadda, شباب رياضي و سياسة التهميش,   Ritaj Presse - OumaTV (Morocco)

Bright Yaw Ofosu Larbi, Super Gutter League - Football Played On Drainage Floors,   Tv3 Network Limited (Ghana)

Cellestine Olilo, The Penalty,   Nation Media Group (Kenya)

Christine Dzakah, Documentary On Player Profile And And Sports Story,   Ae Media (Kwese Sports Xtra) (Ghana)

Grace Mbabazi, Semwanga Shafiques Dreams Of Changing The Face Of Acholi Quarters,   NBS Television (Uganda)

Idah Kamau, Acakoro: From Grass To Grace,   Radio Africa Group Ltd - Bamba Sport TV (Kenya)

Omar Boudi, Le Danger Des Terrains En Gazon Synthétique (The Danger Of Artificial Grass Pitches),   Echorouk TV Algérie (Algeria)

Timothy Olobulu, Training With Champions – Rongai Athletics Club,   Capital FM (Kenya)



Abdul Abdallah, Dirty Goals In The Ugly Game,   The Citizen (Tanzania)

Cellestine Olilo, Former Street Girl Plays For The National Team,   Daily Nation (Kenya)

Daniel Nhakaniso, The Making Of Sables Coach Peter De Villiers,   The Standard (Zimbabwe)

Elias Makori, Mr President Walk The Talk, Save Our Long Suffering-Sports,   Daily Nation (Kenya)

Farayi Machamire, Football Lifts Gloom Off Mbare Flats,   Daily News (Zimbabwe)

Fiifi Anaman, Grand Ma Minka's Boy: The Story Of Akwasi Frimpong,   Business Insider Africa (Ghana)

Girmachew Kebede Mengesha, Abraham Mebratu: From Voice Of The Stadium To The Voice Leading The Ethiopian National Team,   Soccer Ethiopia (Ethiopia)

Idrissa Sane, Quatre Ans Apres Sa Naturalisation Française Hann S’est-Il «Kassé»,   L'observateur (Senegal)

Ololade Adewuyi, Forsaken Champions: Nigeria's Para Athletes Battle Penury,   The Guardian (Nigeria)

Oluwashina Okeleji, Victor Moses - The Asylum-Seeking Orphan Who Conquered The Premier League,   BBC - African Football (Nigeria)

Sulayman Bah, From Earning A Million In Football To A Fisherman –The Moving Inside Story Of Gambia’s Alasana Camar,   Foroyaa Newspaper (Gambia)



Abiy Wendifraw, The Making Of Elite Athletes,   Ethiopian Business Review (Ethiopia)

Angela Akua Asante, When Ghanaian Media Professionals Become Unofficial Ambassadors To Russia,   Joy Multimedia Ghana (Ghana)

Ihunanya Okoye, Nigeria Women Football : The Way Forward,   Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Freelancer (Nigeria)

Marelise Van Der Merwe, The Economy Of Sport - And 6 Gender Myths Stunting Growth,   Fin24 (South Africa)

Mohamed Fangar, يمة صلاح = الصيد البحري.. الفوسفاط = حقوق نقل البروميير ليغ.. صناعة السيارات = عشرة لاعبين (Salah’s Worth = Maritime Fishing Revenue), (Morocco)

Opeyemi Olus, Nigeria's Loss Is Bahrain's Gain,   Vanguard (Nigeria)

Opeyemi Olus, One Year After Rio 2016 Paralympics, Nigeria Is Failing Its Physically-Challenged Athletes,   Making Of Champions Limited (Nigeria)

Owusu Ansah Doe, A Tale Of Kwame Nkrumah, Ohene Djan And Real Republikans,   Alfowusu (Ghana)

Samuel Frimpong Kwarteng, Humpty Dumpty: Game Over For Nyantakyi, But Jury’s Still Out On Legacy, (Ghana)

Solace Chukwu, Why Did Africa's Five Fail At 2018 World Cup?,   Goal (Nigeria)

Thomas (Stak) Sottie, The ‘Silent Killer’ Of Ghana’s First Love [Football], (Ghana)


* The Number Of Submissions For The Continent Prevented Us From Compiling A Full Top 10

** More Than Ten Submissions Have Received An Equal Number Of Votes And Have Been Included In The Continent's Top Ten


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