The Africa Report became the first media organisation to win three prizes simultaneously at the Diageo Africa Business Reporting awards, held in London on Thursday 28 June.
The competition was fierce with organisations such as the BBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNBC and Forbes Africa all vying for prizes.
The Africa Report won in the Best Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Feature with "Is Google good for Africa?" by Gemma Ware, which beat competitors Justin Purefoy, Diane McCarthy, Jessica Ellis, and Isha Sesay (CNN African Voices, South Africa), and Hejuan Zhao (Caixin Century Magazine, China). It also took Best Infrastructure Feature with Nicholas Norbrook's "Releasing the Floodgates of Finance", over Wanjohi Kabukuru of (African Business, Kenya) and David McKenzie and Fabien Muhire of (CNN Marketplace Africa, Kenya).
The pièce de resistance though is Media of the Year. The Africa Report beat African Business (London) and Smart Farmer (Kenya) in the finals. This is the third time The Africa Report has won Media of the Year. It took the award for two consecutive years in 2006 and 2007.
The selection and vetting of articles and media organisations for eligibility, led by journalistic luminaries such as Reuters's former Head of Africa Reporting, is both rigorous and scrupulously objective. The judges, who have made distinguished contributions to journalism, public institutions and commerce, were : Ms. Zeinab Badawi, BBC International news broadcaster; Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank's Africa Region; Mr. Stephen King, Partner at The Omidyar Foundation; Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, former CEO of New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD); Baroness Shriti Vadera, G20 Advisor and former UK government minister in the Cabinet Office, Business Department and Department for International Development; and Mr. Paul Walsh (Chair), CEO of Diageo.