Category: World Service
BBC Afrique, the BBC's French for Africa service, has awarded Cameroon teacher
Daniel Ndongbou first prize in its BBC Afrique Talents competition.
will receive one million CFA Francs for his radio feature on Cameroon female bus
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
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.
have loved radio since I was a child because my father listened to it all the
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.
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 bbcafrique.com.