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Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announce the winners of Merck Foundation “ More Than a Mother” 2021 media recognition awards

The theme of the awards was: Raising awareness about Infertility Prevention, Breaking Infertility Stigma, and Empowering Girls and Women through Education
ACCRA, Ghana, January 12, 2022/ — Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in partnership with African First Ladies announced the winners of Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards “More Than a Mother” 2021. The awards were announced by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother together with African First Ladies, who are also the Ambassadors of ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’. The theme of the awards was: Raising awareness about Infertility Prevention, Breaking Infertility Stigma, and Empowering Girls and Women through Education.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation celebrated the winners saying “I am extremely proud and pleased to announce the winners of Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards ‘More Than a Mother’ 2021. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the African First Ladies for their consistent support as Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother. I appreciate all the efforts put in by the African Media Fraternity who became the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness about sensitive social and cultural issues such as Infertility stigma and girl education action, in the past year. I have always emphasized the prominent role of media as I strongly believe that both media and art have the capacity and ability to create a culture shift in our communities in a cost-effective way. I welcome all the winners to be members of our Merck Foundation Alumni and work closely with us to support and empower women and girls at all levels.”

Merck Foundation received a great response from African journalists in the form of several excellent entries. The ‘Merck Foundation More Than A Mother’ Awards Committee introduced second and third positions in order to select more than one winner for different categories. The awards committee also announced Special Awards, to acknowledge the high quality of work received in more than one category by the same applicant and this to encourage their passion and dedication towards this noble cause.

Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, said, “I am very happy with the work showcased by all our winners; hence it gives me immense joy to announce that Merck Foundation is additionally rewarding the winners by providing them with one year access to an online educational training program called ‘MasterClass’. The MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet. I encourage all the winners to be ‘Merck Foundation More Than A Mother Advocate’ to further raise awareness about infertility, eliminate the stigma around it and support girl education. I also welcome them as valuable members of ‘Merck Foundation Alumni’.

She further added, “I would also like to announce the Call for Applications for the Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards ‘More Than a Mother’ 2022. I am looking forward to the entries from the Media Fraternity across Africa this year to write meaningful and influencing stories and reports to raise awareness and sensitize our communities about Infertility Prevention, Breaking Infertility Stigma, Empowering Girls & Women through Education. We shall soon share details on these awards for the upcoming year, 2022.”  

Here is the list of Award Winners:

Here are the winners from West African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of The Gambia, H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW; The First Lady of Ghana, H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO; The First Lady of Liberia, H.E. CLAR MARIE WEAH; and The First Lady of Nigeria, H.E. Dr. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI:

WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES

PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS:

FIRST Position:

Dzifa Tetteh Tay, The SpectatorGHANAOjoma Akor, Daily Trust NewspaperNIGERIA
SECOND Position:

Jonathan Donkor, Ghanaian TimesGHANAEfia Akese, The MirrorGHANA
THIRD Position:

Yaw Asirifi-Twum, Freelance JournalistGHANA
ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS:

FIRST Position:

Never Garmah Lomo, Newspublictrust.comLIBERIAZadok Kwame Gyes, Daily Graphic / Graphic OnlineGHANA
SECOND Position:

Neta Kris Abiana Parsram And Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah, Multimedia Group LimitedGHANABenedicta Gyimaah Folley, Ghanaian TimesGHANA
THIRD Position:

Agnes Opoku Sarong, New Times CorporationGHANABukola Afeni, Newsdayonline.comNIGERIA
RADIO CATEGORY WINNERS:

FIRST Position:

Nyadror Adanuti Nelson, Diamond FMTamale (Northern Region)GHANA
SECOND Position:

Never Garmah Lomo, Newspublictrust.comLIBERIA
MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY WINNERS:

FIRST Position:

Alieu Ceesay, QTV GambiaThe GAMBIA
SECOND Position:

Akua Oforiwa Darko, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GHANA
THIRD Position:

Beatrice Senadju, Ghana Broadasting CorporationGHANA
Winners from Southern African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Namibia, H.E. MONICA GEINGOS; The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA; The First Lady of Zimbabwe, H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA:

SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES

PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS:

FIRST Position:

Sonja, Freelance Journalist at The Namibian NewspaperNAMIBIAMoses Mugugunyeki, The StandardZIMBABWE
SECOND Position:

Memory Kutengule Chatonda, Weekend NationMALAWI
THIRD Position:

Isaac Salima, Times GroupMALAWI
ONLINE CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Shireen Van Wyk, Freelance JournalistNAMIBIATendai Rupapa, The HeraldZIMBABWEJohn Manzongo, The Herald NewspaperZIMBABWEGracious Mugovera, The PatriotZIMBABWE
SECOND Position:

June Shimuoshili, Unwrap.OnlineNAMIBIACatherine Murombedzi Nee Mwauyakufa, The ObserverZIMBABWE
THIRD Position:

Eva Hatontola Chanda, Radio Christian VoiceZAMBIA
RADIO CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Prudence Chibale Siabana, Radio PhoenixZAMBIA
SECOND Position:

Janet MtaliTrans World Radio, MALAWI
MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Alepher kasongo, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation- MBCMALAWI
SECOND Position:

Brenard Mwanza, Luntha televisionMALAWI
Here are the winners from East African Countries:

EAST AFRICAN COUNTRIES

PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS:

FIRST Position:

Christina Mwakangale, The GuardianTANZANIA
ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS:

FIRST Position:

Bridges Mugala, 2includeeveryone.blogspot.comKENYAVeronica Romwald Mremamatukionamaisha.blogspot.comTANZANIA
RADIO CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Adam Gabriel Hhando, CG FM RadioTANZANIAVictor Moturi, Pamoja FMKENYA
SECOND Position:

Jumbe Benjamin, KFM RADIO (Nation Media Group – Uganda)UGANDA
THIRD Position:

Mercy Tyra Murengu, Atoo Sifa Fm-Kakuma, Stringer for Voice of AmericaKENYA
MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY WINNERS:

FIRST Position:

Walter Mwesigye, NTV UgandaUGANDAZainab Mohammed, TV47 KenyaKENYA
SECOND Position:

Elizabeth Kadzo GungaRoyal Media Services (Citizen TV), KENYAAnne NjoguStandard Media Group, KENYA
Here are the winners from African French Speaking Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE; The First Lady of Central African Republic, H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA; The First Lady of Democratic Republic of the Congo, H.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI:

AFRICAN FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES

PRINT CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Issa Moussa, Niger TimesNIGERIradukunda, Journal Le Renouveau du BurundiBURUNDI
SECOND Position:

Donat Muemba, Jua MagazineDRC
ONLINE CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter HebdoNIGERBahwa Ferdinand, Le Journal AfricaBURUNDIAmbrosine Mêmèdé Azododassi, Savoir News AgencyTOGO
SECOND Position:

Bréhima Traore, Alert-mali.comMALINgwa Keziah Fela, Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) YaoundeCAMEROON
RADIO CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Schella Claudicia Yemengali, Radio CentrafriqueCARNdayishimiye Cyriaque, Radio TV BuntuBURUNDIMagendero Benigne, RTV Buntu BuyeBURUNDI
SECOND Position:

Stephane Kokanzo, Radio CentrafriqueCAR
THIRD Position:

Innocent Ndihokubwayo, Radio Tv BuntuBURUNDI
MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Donat Muemba, Jua Services / Jua Magazine, DRCMatthias Kabuya TshilumbaRadio Télévision Débout Kasaï (RTDK) Mbuji-Mayi, DRCJean Népomuscène IrambonaRadio-TV Buntu, BURUNDI
Here are the Special Award Winners

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

Cassien Tribunal Aungane, Diplomacy & Development DRCJessy NZENGU, lualabamaprovince.comDRCJean-Bosco NtaconayigizE, Radio TV BuntuBURUNDIAhmed Bello, Savoirnews.netCAMEROONMaurice Tuninahazimana, Radio TV BuntuBURUNDI
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