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ACBF 30th Anniversary Media Awards

04 Oct, 2021

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Union’s specialised agency on capacity building, invites journalists from all over the world to enter the ‘ACBF 30th Anniversary Media Awards’ competition.

ACBF would like to show its appreciation to journalists that have reported on the Foundation in the past 30 years. The competition will recognise articles published from 9 February 1991 to 30 September 2021 and will run from 4 October 2021 to 15 October 2021. The competition will run under the theme; ‘Africa capable of achieving its own development’

Competition Rules

a) The entries should have been published/broadcast by 30 September 2021, by a registered and/or authorized media house or carried on a website of a registered and/or authorized media house/agency and or news blog.

b) The entries to be submitted must focus on ACBF’s efforts to build capacity in Africa and highlight the theme “Africa Capable of Achieving Its Own Development!”

c) The competition is open to media practitioners all over the world.

d) The entries must be in any of the official/working languages of the African Union, i.e. French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili and Arabic.

e) Entries must be submitted as they were published/broadcast (newspapers, websites, magazines, audio, video or newsletters)

g) Submissions must be made with full contact details of the participant. In addition, the submission must include: Publication/Program where the article/news report/photograph appeared, title of work, web-link to publication/photograph, and Date of publication.

h) Entries will initially be screened and judged by the Adjudication Committee.

i) Winning entries will be submitted to the ACBF Management for due processes to be effected, in preparation of the Prize-Giving ceremony.

j) Best Reporters will be announced and receive their prizes on Wednesday 20 October 2020, during the virtual celebrations of the ACBF 30th Anniversary.

k) The winning prize for each category is USD 500.00 (Five Hundred United States Dollars), and a certificate signed by the Executive Secretary of ACBF.

l) The prizes will be paid directly to the winner.

m) ACBF reserves the right to not award a prize in any of the categories if the entries do not meet the competition requirements.

Competition Categories

(i) Print Journalism:

This may comprise features/articles published in newspapers, newsletters, website, magazines, Print, Blogs. Journalism submissions should have a minimum of 500 words.

(ii) Radio Journalism:

Only broadcast material with a minimum duration of one minute will be considered.

(iii) Television Journalism:

Only broadcast material with a minimum duration of one minute and a maximum duration of one hour will be considered.

(iv) Photojournalism:

Entries are expected to be captioned with a minimum of a single photo, a pictorial of up to 10 photos and an album of up to 20 photos.

Submission of Entries

Entries may be submitted to, with the subject: The ACBF 30th Anniversary Media Awards, no later than 15 October 2021, midnight – CAT. Submissions received after the deadline will be rejected.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana