Citizen TV Journalist – Dorcas Wangira – known for African Storytelling has been named the winner of the Michael Elliott Award.
The Kenyan Journalist was named the winner of the Michael Elliott Award for African Storytelling.
The news was made known by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) which is a nonprofit that supports the truth tellers.
The decision as the winner was reached by the Elliott family after the judges said that Dorcas Wangira African Storytelling stood out for its courageous reporting.
Part of the courageous report from Wangira Storytelling was publicizing the harm caused by female genital mutilation and the hope offered by five tech-savvy teenage girls. This was made known by the International Center for Journalist.
Among 218 contestants aiming for the prize, Dorcas the Kenyan journalist was selected.
Dorcas winning report, “The app and the cut,” ran on KTN News in June 2018.
The feature explains the stories of helplessness girls who are forced to undergo FGM alongside the tale of five high school girls. These girls invented an app to help girls who must face the surgery, to seek help and find rescue centres.
Dorcas will receive the Elliott award with an undisclosed cash prize at a reception in New York on May 21, 2019. After this, she would stay behind in U.S. newsroom to acquire new skills and share knowledge in an intensive, customized program run by ICFJ.
During her stay, she will complete a 2-week internship at The Economist headquarters in London. The aim is to help to deepen future reporting that engages and empowers Africans.
While responding to the win, Dorcas says she is deeply humbled and honoured to be the recipient of the 2019 Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.
“I appreciate everyone who has supported, encouraged and trusted me with our greatest currency in Africa story”, she added.