Distinguished Journalists Selected for Class 2 of Prestigious Africa Leadership Initiative Media Fellowship Programme

2 December 2015

ALI press release 02-12Stellenbosch, 2 December 2015 – Twenty-four media professionals from three of Africa’s leading economies, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, were selected from prominent media houses for Class 2 of the prestigious Africa Leadership Initiative Media Fellowship Program. 

The twenty-four distinguished journalists, who were nominated for the two-year programme, will convene in South Africa for the first of four, four day seminars that will address changing  negative perspectives of Africa, as well as the influence of the media on the continent’s development.  Fellows will also consider the quality of financial journalism on the continent.  The programme will be moderated by Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief of City Press, and Derek Thomas, Founder and CEO of Letsema Holdings, individuals who are making positive changes in the media and leadership.

The Africa Leadership Initiative Media Fellow Programme is offered to journalists in senior leadership positions in government, media and civil society. Fellows selected for the programme receive seminars in leadership and financial journalism, access to post graduate studies, professional coaching, and management training. Fellows will examine values-based leadership in a changing Africa, the role of media and development, ethics, social justice, globalization, and the impact of financial journalism on investment and economic growth in Africa.

“Africa is on the rise, and with this robust growth comes opportunities for us as citizens to shape the continent’s narrative. I believe that through this Media Fellowship Programme we are well-placed to contribute to this positive change,” said Isaac Shongwe, the founder of the ALI programme.

“The ALI Media Fellowship Programme provides senior executives in media houses access to leadership development, a network of experienced senior journalists and peer-to-peer learning to continue their professional development and Improve the quality of their news coverage,” said Erana Stennet, Director, Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa.  “The media fellowship is an extension of the larger media initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to build capacity for business and financial journalism in Africa.”

This eminent group of journalists forms the second class of fellows selected earlier this year. The inaugural class of the ALI Media Fellowship Programme has taken part in two seminars that explored the role of media in defining Africa’s future. [2]


Fiona Musana, ALI Media Fellowship Programme Director,
Email Fiona or call  +27-78-082-8405

Notes to the Editor:

The Fellows chosen are listed below. Follow this link for more details on Class 2 of the ALI Media Fellowship Programme http://www.alimediafellowship.org/ali-media-fellows/class-2/

South Africa 

Fellows Organisation
Karl Gostner Primedia
Willington Ngwepe ICASA
Phakamisa Ndzamela Business Day Financial Mail
Phathiswa Magopeni eNCA
Antony Sguazzin Bloomberg News
Peter Ndoro SABC
‘KC’ Rottok Chesaina The African Professional
Sikonathi Mantshantsha Businessday Financial Mail


Fellows Organisation
Jacqueline Waweru Anchorage Ltd.
Reuben Kyama Freelance
Michael Arunga World Vision
Ruth Nesoba BBC
Ramah Nyang CCTV Africa
Lucy Kilalo Nation Media Group
Uduak Amimo Citizen TV (Royal Media Service)


Fellows Organisation
Theophilus Abbah Sunday Trust (Abuja)
Adesuwa Onyenokwe The Media
Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye Punch Nigeria Ltd
Oluwakemi Ajumobi Businessday Media Ltd
Fatima Hassan Nigeria Television Authority
Chidi Lemchi Businessday Media Ltd
Samson Omale Silverbird Communications
Medina Dauda Freelance Journalist
Danlami Nmodu Newsdiaryonline.com

[2] Class 1 ALI Media Fellows http://www.alimediafellowship.org/ali-media-fellows/class-1/

[3] The ALI Media Fellowship Programme aims to nurture and develop excellence in African financial journalism, with a focus on ethical leadership and social justice. Visit www.alimediafellowship.org for more details on this initiative.

The ALI Media Fellowship Programme is made possible through a partnership with Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, underwritten by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa is a pan-African program to build media capacity, convene international leaders and improve access to Information in order to advance transparency, accountability and governance on the continent.