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The Africa Radio Awards
The Africa Radio Awards

John Robbie and Pheladi Gwangwa from Radio Talk 702 winner of the Africa Radio Award for Station of the Year

Winners announced at star-studded celebration


In Pictures: BBC Africa Radio Awards ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya

The South African radio station, 702 Talk Radio has won Station of the Year in the first ever BBC Africa Radio Awards, hosted by the BBC's popular presenter Komla Dumor. The award was accepted by John Robbie and Pheladi Gwangwa (pictured above).

Ghana's Citi FM and Joy FM, Kenya's Capital FM and KBC, South Africa's Radio 786 and Uganda's Radio Pacis were also winners in a night of star-studded celebration which included live performances from Nigerian rapper 2Face Idibia, South African vocalist Thandiswa Mazwai and Kenyan newcomer Valerie Kimani.

The Awards were held at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi in Kenya tonight, Saturday 26 May and highlights can be seen and heard across Africa via the BBC's radio programmes in English and Swahili, the international news and information channel BBC World and the music channel MTV base. The winners are:

Another chance to hear the live coverage of the inaugural BBC Africa Radio Awards gala in Nairobi, Kenya. Joseph Warungu presents the star-studded occasion

Radio Station of the Year: 702 Talk Radio - South Africa

A confident and professional station which uses its immense resources to change people's lives through broadcasting and community activities. Especially impressed with the range of on-air initiatives including hosting a live debate with political parties before elections, hosting and organising the press conference to quiz Vice President Jacob Zuma the day after his acquittal on rape charges, hosting a celebrity party for the Oscar winning film Totsi and unveiling the FIFA World Cup at a special ceremony.

New Radio Station of the Year: Radio Pacis - Uganda

The Radio Pacis team with their Africa Radio Award
A fine example of what a community radio station based outside the capital can do. Based in Arua in Uganda's West Nile district, it may have a small staff and modest resources but it still addresses challenging local issues including providing advice on medical and health problems and debating matters of local interest alongside local and national news. It has some problems with sound quality but the judges are convinced Radio Pacis contributes significantly to knowledge and development in the area.

News Journalist of the Year: Esther Mbondo, KBC, Kenya

Esther Mbondo with her Award
Campaigning journalism at its best. She exposed the scandal of children abandoned at Nairobi's Kenyatta Hospital by parents who cannot afford to pay for their care. Esther brought the story to life by following the case of a little girl brought in after an accident at school. She is there for weeks before her mother is finally tracked down to a Nairobi slum and mother and child are re-united.

Sports Journalist of the Year: James Wokabi, Capital FM, Kenya

James Wokabi makes his acceptance speech
Singled out for his versatility and knowledge, James reports, presents and produces on a wide range of sports from boxing and football to track and athletics. The judges were especially impressed with a riveting discussion between marathon-running legends Haile Gebreselassie from Ethiopia and Paul Tergat from Kenyan. Also a well crafted radio feature on Tegla Leroupe's efforts to promote peace in West Pokot through sport.

Local On-Air Campaign of the Year: Matilda Asante, Joy FM, Ghana

Matilda Asante
The judges recognised the sensitive way Matilda covered the shocking story of an eight year old girl who was raped by an elderly relative. It was so brutal the girl was severely injured and needed extensive surgery. The story brought the plight of child rape to the nation's attention and resulted in criminal charges in this specific case. It also raised $10,000 towards the cost of the child's treatment and demonstrated Joy FM as a campaigning and socially responsible station.

Interactive/ Talk Show of the Year:
The Citi Breakfast Show hosted by Bernard Avle, Citi FM, Ghana

Bernard Alve and Samuel Attah-Mensah with their Award
This show successfully mixes studio guests, outside broadcasts, phone-ins and text messages to ensure it is tapping into the stories the local community want to hear. Bernard Avle has a questioning, out-going personality which gets to the heart of issues in a fun and informative way. He often takes his listeners' complaints direct to those responsible and nothing is taboo with everything from free condoms and sexual harassment to Kwame Nkrumah's legacy coming under scrutiny.

Young Broadcaster of the Year: Qaanitaah Dramat, Radio 786, South Africa

Qaanitaah Dramat
The judges describe her as an extremely lively broadcaster who is clearly ambitious to succeed and Qaanitaah's entry demonstrated her skills in letting the story speak for its self. She spoke in depth to a reformed criminal who confesses his past exploits to her and talks movingly about his childhood, his time in prison and the impact of his crimes on the people around him.

Listen to the winning entries
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