Kenyan sports journalists made a mark in the just concluded second edition of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Media Awards as their submissions came out top among other African sports journalists.
The 2019 edition received a total of 1746 submissions from 125 nations around the globe. The submissions were then classified into nine categories and were ranked according to the votes of the international Awards jury.
In the Photography Sports Action category, Sportpicha’s photographer Oliver Ananda came out top of the group, followed by Homeboyz radio and Switch TV sports show presenter Eric Njiru with his story titled “A young Kenyan Boy photo Mesur Ozil’s attention.” Sila Kiplangat from Nation Media settled for the third place.
Eric Njiru took a picture of a small boy going by the name Lawrence Masira herding cows in the streets of Nairobi in 2018 donning Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil’s jersey with a self-written inscription “Ozil 10”. With the help of social media, the picture went viral and attracted the attention of the German football superstar. In a great gesture, the former Real Madrid midfielder rewarded the young boy with gift hampers which included signed jerseys and boots.
In the Video Athlete Profile category, former SuperSport journalist Michelle Katami Guda came in second after she submitted her story on “Benson Gicharu, the olympian boxer turned painter.” K24’s Wanjiku Mwenda came in fifth with her story titled “The Hero Behind Eliud Kipchoge” with Nation Media Sports Correspondent Jeff Kinyanjui settling for the seventh place with his story titled; “Former Kenyan boxer Benson Gicharu turns into painting and coaching after retirement.”
In Video Short Feature category, TV47 journalist Clifford Ndumbi’s two stories titled “Scramming for the rocks” and Boxing on the Wheels settled for the sixth and eighth positions accordingly. K24 journalist Joab James Apopo’s feature titled “When hope is in short supply: children hang onto boxing for survival in slums” took the seventh position.
In writing the Best Colum category, Nation Media group journalist Samuel Gacharira came in 10th position with his story titled “Cairo trip that split Malkia Strikers and curious case of missing passport.” In Young Reporter Category, Milele FM sports news anchor Mercy Mmbone Siahi came in fifth with her story titled “Malaki: From chained refugee to unchained joy at Special Olympics World Games.”
AIPS recognizes the very best storytellers across all media platforms, from photography to video, from print to digital, from podcasts to sports blogs.