AIPS Sport Media Awards 2019: Top ranked submissions in Africa

  • February 25, 2020


LAUSANNE, February 24, 2020 - Following the immense success of the second edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards, AIPS is honored to share the official ranking of the top submissions from each continent across the different categories, as an acknowledgment of sports media worldwide.

The Awards submissions included an inspiring level of journalistic content from across five continents, culminating in a celebration of storytelling excellence in Budapest on February 3, 2020.

The second edition of the AIPS Awards received an outstanding total of 1746 submissions from 125 nations around the globe. In submitting their work for consideration for the nine categories, colleagues from across the globe engaged in a dialogue of sporting journalism. Such dialogue is crucial in highlighting the importance of our profession and the need to invest in its culture and independence.

Read all about the winners of the inaugural AIPS Sport Media Awards 2019 here.

Below are the top submissions of the AIPS Sport Media Awards from AFRICA, ranked based on the votes of the international Awards jury.

*The list contains more than ten names in some categories due to ties in the 10th position.



1. Rabson Woodwell (Malawi), The incidents of football players dying on or off the pitch after collision or falling down keep inc - Nkhoma Synod Radio

2. Felix Peperipe Sohounde (Benin), Les gris-gris dans le football africain: vrai ou faux? - Radio Tokpa FM 104.3

3. John Mendy (Gambia), The tempting dose that leaves Africa's Women in Sport feeding from hand to mouth - West Africa Weekly Sports Digest

4. James Iboku (Nigeria), AFCON 2019 Teaser - Rize FM Radio, Warri, Nigeria

5. Wa Carlos Kouande (Côte d’Ivoire), Reportage CAN 2019 Avant Algerie vc Côte d'ivoire - Radio Yopougon 96.8 FM

5. Andualem Buta (Ethiopia), Yidnekachew Tessema & his disciples - Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, FM Addis 97.1

5. Elinam Tilda Acorlor (Ghana), Night Street Soccer in the Ho Municipality, Volta region, Ghana - GBC, Volta Star Radio.

5. Kamal Mahdi (Algeria) The Ball ambassador of peace - Radio Bahdja, Radio Algérienne

9. Bienvenu Elie Gbelo (Central African Republic), Crise en RCA: les Vétérans de Castors peuvent enfin jouer au Basket - Radio Ndeke Luka

9. Fridolin Wambobo (Central African Republic),Reportage Radio lors d'une finale du football pour la paix - Radio Guira FM



1. Mohamed Fliss (Tunisia), Youssef Msakni star de la Tunisie - Attesia TV  

2. Dominic Arkorful (Ghana), Books and boots community Champions League (Ghana,West Africa) - Dominic Arkorful, Nbsports

3. Drake Sentongo (Uganda), Celebrating a goal - Bukedde  

4. Drake Sentongo (Uganda), Ssekiboobo Netball Cup Tournament - Bukedde  

5. Justina Idoroyen (Nigeria), Portfolio of various sports events -

6. Cherif Cheick Haidara (Mali), Athlete Celebration, Yanick Moreira Celebrate, Agence Presse Mali

7. Kimara Singh (South Africa), University Sport South Africa Championship Week 2019 - UJ Sport

8. King Akuffo Afriyie (Ghana), Football the language that merges the able with the disable - SikaFotos  

9. Mussie Girmay (Ethiopia), Cross Country Championships Challenges - Hatricksport website

10. Mohamed Acheari (Morocco), Behind every win a strong woman - Morocco Media News





1. Oliver Ananda (Kenya), Gor mahia fc defender haron shakava - Sportpicha

2. Eric Njiru (Kenya), Young Kenyan boy photo gets Mesut Ozil attention -

3. Sila Kiplagat (Kenya), Soccer - Nation Media Group

4. Baye Niasse Ndiaye (Senegal), Balla Gaye humilie Modou Lo - Record

5. Christopher Maduewesi (Nigeria), Oyervwo Odivwri makes Girls 1500m look like an easy event - Making of Champions Ltd

6. Cheikh Tidiane Ndiaye (Senegal), Balla Gaye roue de coups et humilie Modou Lo - Les Echos

7. Adamu Seidu (Ghana), Amos Frimong in Action against Zesco -

8. Dominic Arkorful (Ghana), CAF in collabration with Books and Boots Academy Footbal, Project for the girl child - Dominic arkorful/Nbsports

9. Yaw Ansa-Asare (Ghana), Football - Skefotos

10. Wiseman Kuchera (Zimbabwe), Game Changing Tackle - Pachikoro



1. Omar Boudi (Algeria), Documentary on youth and stadiums in Algeria - Ways of expression Echorouk TV

2. Omar Boudi (Algeria), Documentaire sur les ecoles et academies de football en Algerie - Echorouk tv

3. Édith-Giscard Nono (Cameroon), Manifestations Algériennes entachées d'un drame en france - www.ç

4. Seyram Kudahe (Togo), La Capoeira, de retour à la terre natale - New World TV / Sport

5. Apio Gloria Nicole (Uganda), Coordinator slum soccer - Press

6. Cheikh Diop (Senegal), Documentaire sur Sadio Mané - E-media

7. Seyram Kudahe (Togo), Swallows: Le sport l'education et la culture - New World TV / Sport

7. Mphatso Malidadi (Malawi), The economic value of dilapidated Kamuzu Stadium to small scale businesses Times Group

7. Tandakha Ndiaye (Senegal), Special Olympics au Senegal - Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise RTS

7. Mohamed Ali Bougma (Morocco), Qatari, the match - Al kass Sport Channel



1. Gounou Ikilirou Séro (Benin), Diane Beldose l'arc-en-ciel de parakou - ORTB (Office de Radiodiffusion et télévision du Bénin)

2. Michelle Katami Guda (Kenya), Benson Gicharu, the olympian boxer turned painter - Kenya Television Network

3. Hassan El Basri (Morocco), The story of a hero fondling football despite his handicap - Télé Maroc

4. Austin Okon-Akpan (Nigeria), Power of Sports - Using Canoeing, Rowing to impact Lives - Channel Television

5. Wanjiku Mwenda (Kenya), The hero behind Eliud Kipchoge - K24 TV

6. Joab James Apopo (Kenya), Beyond football - Mediamax Network Limited - K24TV

7. Jeff Kinyanjui (Kenya), Former Kenyan boxer Benson Gicharu turns into painting and coaching after retirement - Africa News

8. Alieu Ceesay (The Gambia), Coach Bonu Johnson: A Coach per excellence - QTV

9. Baboucarr Sey (The Gambia), Tribute to Gina Bass – QTV - Gambia

10. Sayon Kourouma (Guinea), Yacouba Gnagna Barry, le crack - CIS Médias

10. Sayon Kourouma (Guinea), Mohamed Bobo CAMARA, buteur providentiel - CIS Médias 10. Aisha Nassanga (Uganda), Salute to a legend, Arthur Blick Junior - Next Media Uganda (NBS TV)





1. Bawuah Juliet (Ghana), In the fist of a young talent: the 'Mayweather' story - TV3 Network (Ghana)

2. Maher Mezahi (Algeria), How Algerian football fans helped topple a dictator - Copa 90

3. Oluwagbenga Salu (Nigeria), Little Heroes - The Little Heroes

4. Nahed Ali (Sudan), Amal - Blue Nile Channel - Sudan

5. Debola Adebanjo (Nigeria), Nigerian footballers; Living in fear of kidnappers - BBC Sport Africa

6. Clifford Ndubi (Kenya), Scramming on the rocks CapeMedia - TV47

7. Joab James Apopo (Kenya), When hope is in short supply: children hang onto boxing for survival in slums - Mediamax Network Limited - K24TV

8. Clifford Ndubi (Kenya), Boxing on the wheels - CapeMedia-TV47

9. Angela Akua Asante (Ghana), We are TITANS: The importance of recognizing journalists and opening the way for equality among YRs - TITA Productions

10. Mouayed Skander (Libya), Tripoli stadium is telling the story of its bitter situation after being neglected for years - Libya Alahrar TV



1. Tolu Olasoji (Nigeria), African footballers stranded around the world with crushed dreams - Al Jazeera Media Network

2. Sulayman Bah (The Gambia), From a farmer battling to make ends meet to a King of Arena – The meteoric rise of a local to a champ - Foroyaa Newspaper

3. Maher Mezahi (Algeria), What does an AFCON final mean to Algeria? - New Frame

4. Omar Jarju (The Gambia), Street beggar by day, para-athlete by night: Gambia’s 1st female Paralympian battles to survive - The Chronicle

5. Emmanuel Ayamga (Ghana), May 9: Hearts, Kotoko and the rivalry that triggered Africa’s worst sporting tragedy -

6. Clarisse Sih (Cameroon), Cameroon star Gaelle Enganamouit launches girls only football academy - AIPS

7. John Vigah (Ghana), When the light dims, and the boots hung - Ghanaian Times

7. Rodgers Eshitemi (Kenya), Sports-Volleyball: Malkia Strikers star wins cancer battle, returns to the courts stronger - The Standard Media Group

7. Mphatso Malidadi (Malawi), Boxing their life to death: Risks Malawian boxers take - Daily Times

7. Mamadou Harouna Deme (Senegal), Le «petit talibé» de Dakar devenu cameraman au Caire à la CAN 2019 - Vox Populi




1. Kouagheu Josiane (Cameroon), Corruption in Cameroon, "a gangrene that kills football slowly" - Le Monde Afrique

2. Gowon Akpodonor (Nigeria), Hooliganism in Nigerian football: Whose benefit, who is to blame? - The Guardian Newspaper

2. Muftawu Nabila Abdulai (Ghana), Osei Palmer, the GFA Presidential aspirant who kicked against conflict of interest four years ago - Kwese TV

2. Aristo Dotse (Ghana), Opinion on Ghanaian football: How politics snatched defeat from the jaws of victory - Soccernet

5. Theophilus Kla Wesley Jr. (Liberia), Will placing the national team players on government payroll improve football in Liberia? - The Bush Chicken

5. Adzie Eric Eli (Ghana), Environmental consciousness in sports; The role of the media - Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

7. Osasu Obayiuwana (Nigeria), CAF Champions League blunder reflects deeply fractured leadership -

8. Nazim Bessol (Algeria), Dossier CAF: Ahmad au centre de plusieurs scandales - Botola

9. Kevin Mccallum (South Africa), Pirates a sports club synonymous with the history of Joburg -

10. Samuel Gacharira (Kenya), Cairo trip that split Malkia Strikers and curious case of missing passport - Nation Media Group



1. Hamza Ait Messaoud (Morocco), Football clubs in Morocco: a reality of three degrees - Sports management

2. Debola Adebanjo (Nigeria), Nigerian footballers; living in fear of kidnappers - BBC Sport Africa

3. Janine Anthony (Nigeria), What is wrong with having female commentators? - BBC SPORT AFRICA

4. Komi Agbeko Nicolas Louyah (Togo), The urban race, the motorsport engine in Togo - Stad'Afric

5. Daniel Sebakijje (Uganda), Driven by passsion - NBS Television Uganda

6. Kelvin Kimaili (Kenya), Baseball in Kenya - Citizen TV

7. Martin Moses (Kenya), State of Kenyan Sports - MMU Radio

8. Baboucarr Sey (Gambia), Qsports - QTV-Gambia

9. James Iboku (Nigeria), AFCON 2019 Teaser - Rize FM Radio

10. John Mendy (Gambia), Tall order for Africa's hopefuls after a Shambolic start - West Africa Democracy Radio



1. King Akuffo Afriyie (Ghana), Air dive, mud up - SikaFotos Ghana

2. Frank Darkwah (Ghana), Action photos - Frank Darkwah Ghana




1. Fiifi Anaman (Ghana), The blood and toil of our fathers: The making of an African football powerhouse - Medium

2. Clarisse Sih (Cameroon), Professional pride of a sweeper with a difference - AIPS

3. Solace Chukwu (Nigeria), African football has a 'victim' problem - TheSuperSub

4. Emmanuel Ayamga (Ghana), May 9: Hearts, Kotoko and the rivalry that triggered Africa’s worst sporting tragedy -

5. Mercy Mmbone Siahi (Kenya), Malaki: From chained refugee to unchained joy at Special Olympics World Games - Mercy Siahi

6. Lateef Abdul Sadick (Ghana), KWAME BONSU: The Lazarus- Like resurrection of Asante Kotoko’s midfield metronome -

7. Ayishatu Zakaria Ali (Ghana), The battle for a slot at GFA EXCO, history in the making -

7. Souhail Khmira (Tunisia), Champions League: Primeiro unhappy with conditions at Esperance - BBC Sport

7. Ijeoma Okigbo (Nigeria), Will African indigenous sports ever find their way to the Olympics? - AIPS Media

10. Hassan Abdulsalam (Nigeria), Relegation: how Remo stars failed again - Premium Times

10. Gildas Adimou Boko (Benin), Éliminatoires CAN 2019/Bénin-Togo: Le Bénin retrouve la compétition 9 ans après - Gilsport

10. Angela Akua Asante (Ghana), My cry to recognize journalists and push for equal opportunities among Young Reporters - Triple A Network (TITA blog)

10. Ndeye Fatou Diery Diagne (Senegal), Sport et grossesse, des exercices pour faciliter l’accouchement -

10. Tlotlo Kebinakgabo (Botswana), I was derailed by injuries- Amos - The Botswana Gazette Newspaper

10. Faith Myrel Kiai (Uganda), Baleke beats the odds to become boxing's poster girl - New Vision

10. Thathe Msimango (South Africa), Benni McCarthy: The South African idol that conquered Europe - The Tales of Two Halves

10. Aaron Mubanga (Zambia), Women football in Zambia, A pool of untapped potential - ZamFoot

10. Oumar Dit Boubacar Wane Ndongo (Senegal),Chronique: il était une fois au pays des pharaons - Blogspot


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