Citizen TV Journalist Mashirima Kapombe Wins International Award

Citizen TV journalists Mashirima Kapombe and Doras Wangira on Thursday, October 15, won the Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards 2020.

The two beat Ugandan NBS TV anchor Daniel Sebakijje for the first place in the Multimedia Category.

Kapombe and Wangira were awarded Ksh.54,000 each for claiming the first position.

The two jointly did a story on a spike of Gender-Based Violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The former KTN journalist while taking to her Twitter page, said she was delighted after bagging the award and also commended her collegue Wangira who played a part in both of them winning.

“So honoured to win the first prize of the Merck And Mothers Foundation “Stay at Home” awards 2020, multimedia category jointly with Dorcas Wangira.

“Truly a candle loses nothing by lighting another. Dorcas insisted I participate, and here we are. Thank you!” Kapombe said.

Wangira on her part also congratulated Kapombe on jointly winning the award and emphasized on resilience and hope during the pandemic.

“So honoured to win the First Prize, Multimedia Category jointly with the inimitable Mashirima Kapombe.

“Stories of resilience at the time of this pandemic have given us hope and lifted the people who trust us with their stories,” she said.

Citizen TV news anchor Mashirima Kapombe. Photo/Courtesy

In their story that was aired on May 22, the two journalists highlighted a mother in Korogocho slums, Nairobi who suffered Gender-Based Violence as a result of hard economic times brought by Covid-19.

The 2020 theme of the awards was ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’ with the aim of separating facts from myths and misconceptions.

People Daily’s Evelyn Makena Gatobu came third in the Print Category, taking home Ksh.22,000.

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