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Cameroon teacher wins BBC Afrique Talents competition

Category: World Service

Date: 13.07.2006
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BBC Afrique, the BBC's French for Africa service, has awarded Cameroon teacher Daniel Ndongbou first prize in its BBC Afrique Talents competition.


Daniel will receive one million CFA Francs for his radio feature on Cameroon female bus drivers.


He beat more than a hundred budding radio journalists invited to produce a radio feature on a subject of their choice.


There are only a dozen female bus drivers in Cameroon and Daniel's report explores how they continue to attract controversial attention.


Daniel, who also had a feature shortlisted in BBC Afrique Talents in 2001, teaches in the city of Yaoundé in Cameroon.


He said: "I am delighted. It is such an honour to have my work recognised by the BBC.


"I have loved radio since I was a child because my father listened to it all the time."


Organiser of the competition, BBC Afrique senior producer Estelle Cornado, was joined on the judging panel by BBC producer Maimouna Jallow, Cameroonian writer Luc Bassong and Chadian playwright Nocky Djedanoum.


Estelle Cornado said: "Daniel was selected as the winner because his report was original, lively and well-crafted.


"We were equally impressed by the high quality and the originality of subjects submitted by all the participants and struck by their sincerity and audacity - there are lots of very talented radio programme makers out there."


The second prize went to Richard Pituwa, a journalist from Bunia in the DR Congo who won a minidisk recorder.


His report looked at difficulties faced by young people who return their weapons after the civil war.


The third prize of a solar radio went to Alice Bafiala who has a degree in journalism from the University of Kinshasa, DR Congo.


She focused on pastors who target bus commuters.


The fourth prize winner of a short wave radio was awarded to Jocelyne Amoussou, a freelance journalist in Cotonou, Benin.


She produced a feature looking at the expense of funerals.


The fifth prize went to Marius Song from Yaoundé, Cameroon who also received a short wave radio.


She followed the lives of people who work in unofficial roles in public administrations in Cameroon.


Notes to Editors


BBC Afrique is the world's reference radio in francophone Africa and can be heard on FM in a dozen French-speaking African countries including Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali and DR Congo.


It can be accessed online at




Category: World Service

Date: 13.07.2006
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