Kenya’s freelance photojournalist Joseph Mathenge is the Overall winner of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award 2014. Mr Mathenge scooped the award for the photos he took at the Westgate Shopping Mall last year September when Al Shabaab terrorists attacked and killed more than 60 people.

He was praised for the intriguing photos that captured the extent of the terror that was brought upon by the terrorists. Some of his photos were published by the Daily Nation. He was among the first photojournalists to arrive at the Shopping Mall on September 21 last year and was able to take initial photos of the deadly attack.

The photographer was announced on Saturday evening at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam graced by Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete. Mr Mathenge also won the Mohammed Amin Photographic Award for his exceptional photos. Four other Kenyans were also announced winners in other categories.

Former Daily Nation Deputy News Editor Patrick Mayoyo won the Environment Award for the story ‘Ice on the Equator’ published in the DN2. Sports writer Evelyn Watta won in the sports category while Citizen TV’s Anne Mawathe and Rashid Ibrahim won the News Impact Award.

Other winners were Mr Obinna Emelike from Nigeria, who took home the Culture Award, The Press Freedom Award was won by jailed Mr Bheki Makhubu from Swaziland. His award was received by his wife. The MSD Health & Medical Award was scooped b yOlatunji Olalade from Nigeria. (DAILY NATION)


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