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Continental Re unveils judges for awards


Group Managing Director/CEO of Continental Reinsurance, Dr. Femi Oyetunji

Continental Reinsurance Plc has introduced the panel of judges for the 2019 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism awards, chaired by Michael Wilson, a seasoned freelance business and finance journalist.

“Wilson joined Sky TV at its inception in 1989 and for over 20 years he was the main anchor for Sky’s coverage of major business events. Since leaving Sky, he has broadcast for the BBC, ITV, Fox News, Al-Jazeera and Arise Networks, a global television service aimed at Africa.”

Other judges include Nadia Mensah-Acogny, a Forbes Afrique journalist, who was the chair of the 2018 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards; and Kenneth Igbomor, Market News Editor, CNBC West Africa.

The company added that the 2019 edition would see entry of new judges namely Gareth Stokes, a professional freelance finance journalist, who won the Pan African Journalist of the Year award in 2017 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards and Special Award in 2018.

Also, Dr. Jared Obuya, an experienced journalist who has worked with several Kenyan and international news organisations and currently a communications lecturer at Moi University and Shiamdass Appannah, an African insurance market expert.

Appannah is the founding partner and director/consultant; a former chief executive officer and a former chairman of Reinsurance Solutions Group in Mauritius, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire and London, the United Kingdom.

The Group Managing Director of Continental Reinsurance Plc, Dr. Femi Oyetunji, said: “This year, we bring together a highly experienced panel of judges to adjudicate the submissions.

We hope that their expertise will inspire more journalists to improve their writing in matters on insurance in Africa to ensure accurate reporting of insurance topics.”

According to the statement, the awards are currently open for submissions to both English and French-speaking print, broadcast and online journalists covering the re/insurance sector in Africa.

Deadline for submissions of entries is November 30, 2018, and interested journalists are required to enter one article per category.The 2019 Award categories are – Pan-African Re/Insurance Journalist of the Year, Best Re/Insurance Print Article, Best Re/Insurance Broadcast (TV/Radio) Article and the new award, Best Re/Insurance Online Article,” it stated.

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