Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Diageo Africa Business
Africa Business Reporting Awards

Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, today announced the finalists in the 2012 Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards. The winners of the ten categories will be announced during the Awards ceremony in June.

The Awards, which were launched in 2004, recognise the fact that excellent business journalism plays an important role in promoting Africa as a destination for investment and supporting enterprise development. Moreover, Diageo believes that better and more accurate reporting helps to create a fair and responsible environment in which to do business.

Hundreds of entries were received from a record 27 countries across Africa and the rest of the world. A panel of eminent judges will now select the winners of each category. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony, which will be held in London on Thursday, 28 June 2012.

The finalists are (in no particular order):


BEST INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) FEATURE Herman Chinery Hesse Diane McCarthy (CNN African Voices, South Africa)

Is Google good for Africa? Gemma Ware (The Africa Report, France)

China’s Telecoms and Wireless Drums for Africa Hejuan Zhao (Caixin Century Magazine, China)   

BEST FINANCE FEATURE Unclaimed Assets Henry Githaiga (Citizen Business News, Kenya)

Mobile Banking Wanjohi Kabukuru (African Banker, Kenya)

Eco-Pesa Voucher Josephat Kioko (Baraka FM, Kenya)


BEST INFRASTRUCTURE FEATURE  Mombasa Port Causes Regional Anger Wanjohi Kabukuru (African Business, Kenya)

Kivu Gas David McKenzie and Fabien Muhire (CNN Marketplace Africa, Kenya)

Releasing the Floodgates of Finance Nicholas Norbrook (The Africa Report, France) 

BEST AGRIBUSINESS / ENVIRONMENT FEATURE Ghana’s Gold Anas Aremeyaw Anas (Al Jazeera, Ghana)

Farming Zimbabwe Richard Fenton-Smith and Martin Plaut (BBC Radio 4 Crossing Continents, UK)

Emerging Threats to East Africa Tourism and Natural Heritage Wycliffe Muga (East African Flyer, Kenya)   

BEST TOURISM FEATURE Rare Bird Found Edward Nyarko (Ghana Television News, Ghana)

South African commercial shows Nigeria still in search of global brand identity Ella-Marcelle Olamiju (National Mirror, Nigeria) East-3-Route Nadira Peer (CNBC Africa, South Africa)


BEST BUSINESS NEWS STORY South Sudan: land of opportunity, if you don’t mind risk Alexander Dziadosz (Reuters, UK)

Cashless Policy: Experts lament low awareness among artisans, market women Adedayo Oketola (Saturday Punch, Nigeria)

When donors are stoned, the poor pay price Frazer Potani (Africa News, Malawi) 

BEST BUSINESS FEATURE Business in Sierra Leone Robert McKenzie and Justin Rowlatt (Business Daily on BBC World Service, UK)

Why Kenya will find it hard to navigate through current economic storms in 2012 Christine Mungai (The East African, Kenya)

Rising from the Ashes: Rwanda’s Bold Vision for Development Jonathan Rosen (World Politics Review, USA)  

BEST NEWCOMER Ashlea Harvey (CNBC Africa, South Africa)

Drew Hinshaw (The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic; USA)

Eleanor Whitehead (This is Africa, UK)


MEDIA OF THE YEAR  African Business (UK)

Smart Farmer (Kenya)

The Africa Report (France)


JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Oliver August (The Economist, UK)

Robyn Curnow (CNN, South Africa)

Peter Guest (The Wall Street Journal, Wired; UK)

The winners will be decided by a prestigious international judging panel, which brings together experts from the field of media and business, as well as pan-African initiatives and organisations. The 2012 judges are:


Ms. Zeinab Badawi, International news broadcaster Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region  Mr. Stephen King, Partner at The Omidyar Foundation Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu, former CEO of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Baroness Shriti Vadera, G20 Advisor and former UK government minister in the Cabinet Office, Business Department and Department for International Development

Mr. Paul Walsh (Chair), CEO of Diageo


Commenting on this year’s awards, Nick Blazquez, President, Diageo Africa, said, “This year’s finalists represent the strength and diversity of African business journalism. This decade is rightly being recognised as Africa’s as investors and other observers understand in greater detail the risks and opportunities of doing business in the continent.

With entries this year received from a record-breaking 27 countries, we are pleased to see that investigative journalism on African business issues continues to develop and that an increasing number of outlets and reporters are covering the continent from a business perspective. Our finalists represent the best of business journalism on Africa and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the ceremony in June,” continued Blazquez.

About Diageo plc and Diageo Africa

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE).

Diageo Africa is primarily a beer and spirits company whose brands are sold in more than 40 countries in Africa. Diageo has a long established presence in Africa with the first recorded exports of Guinness to Sierra Leone in 1827. Guinness is a truly pan-regional premium beer brand brewed

in over 20 countries throughout the continent and is exported to many others. Diageo’s businesses also produce and sell a range of local beer brands including Tusker, Senator Keg, Premium Serengeti Lager, Meta, Harp and Bell. Diageo is also the leading premium spirits company in Africa, and its great brands include Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky, Smirnoff vodka, Baileys and Gilbeys gin.

Diageo Africa employs over 5,000 people accounting for one in four of Diageo’s workforce worldwide. In some key markets it has built its own in-market businesses with distribution access to trade channels, some of which have listings on local stock exchanges. In other markets, it will look to partner with a local business, through licensing brands or through third party distribution. All of these companies have active community investment programmes, covering initiatives in water, farming and rural value chains, health, education and other areas of value to the communities in which they operate across Africa.

Diageo has recently published its report on its business approach in Africa. You can download it at www.diageo.com/en-row/ourbusiness/ourregions/Pages/Diageo-Africa

As part of its ongoing commitment to the communities in which it operates, enriching lives and contributing to the UN Millennium Development Goal 7, Diageo Africa created the Water of Life programme to support projects that provide access to clean drinking water and advance environmental conservation. The programme, which was initiated in 2000, aims to benefit 5 million people by end of 2011, 8 million by 2015 and many thousands more through construction and maintenance of sites, improved sanitation and the empowerment of women. To date, Diageo has funded over 100 different water and sanitation projects, impacting over 4 million people in 15 different countries across the continent. Diageo works with international non-governmental organisations as well as local grass roots organisations to deliver water and sanitation through various types of technology including borehole construction, water filters, rainwater harvesting and watershed management. Diageo selects projects that, among other criteria, are community driven, include capacity building and training for the community, address sanitation issues and empower women.



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