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Nigerian Newslive’s Patrick Egwu wins 2nd place Prize for Haller Prize for Development Journalism

Monday, 28 November 2016

Patrick Egwu


Nigerian Newslive’s writer and reporter, Patrick Egwu has won the second place prize for Haller Prize For Development Journalism 2016 on his article, ‘Digital Tech Improving Access to Education in Nigeria.’

This year’s Haller Prize for Development Journalism tagged ‘Inspiring a New Generation of African Journalists’ is the third edition since inception.

According to the organisers, picking clear cut winners was a tough task as the entries were all very good. “There were many insightful entries and the quality across the board was high, meaning that picking a winner was a difficult task, so thanks must also go to our judging panel.”

This year’s topic was “How best can digital technology empower development in Sub Saharan Africa? And where are the challenges?” Over110 applications; ranging from Nigeria to Kenya, to Ghana, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia were received in response.

Articles gave insight on the myriad challenges and opportunities of the Digital Revolution across Africa. From citizens using WhatsApp to communicate directly with town representatives to make sure infrastructure is improved in real time, to the many opportunities around learning skills and accessing services through digital tech.

All the submissions provided unique perspectives on the change and transformation associated with the fast-changing world of technology in Africa. We will be publishing the top three articles on African Arguments, a comment and analysis site of African current affairs and politics from inside the continent. It is hosted by the Royal African Society and run in partnership with The World Peace Foundation and International Africa Institute.

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