CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNN) -- Richard M. Kavuma, from Uganda, has been awarded the top prize at this year's CNN MultiChoice African journalism awards ceremony.
Kavuma won for his series of articles on Uganda's performance on Millennium Development Goals.
Kavuma, who works for The Weekly Observer in Uganda won for his series of articles on his country's performance on Millennium Development Goals.
His work was chosen from 1670 entries coming from 40 nations across the African continent.
He was one of 26 finalists at the Awards ceremony on Saturday night and was the category winner in the MKO Abiola Print Journalist Award.
"In accepting this award, I dedicate it to my colleagues at The Weekly Observer in Uganda, and to my fellow journalists in Africa," Kavuma said after winning at the gala ceremony hosted by CNN and MultiChoice at the International Convention Center in Cape Town, South Africa.
"This is in recognition for journalism that strives to put people at the forefront. With this award, I give my renewed dedication to act as a voice for the voiceless."
Tony Maddox, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International, and Nolo Letele, Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice South Africa, presented Kavuma with the award.
"Once again these awards have highlighted the depth and strength of African journalism. These men and women have proven that they have the courage and determination to showcase Africa's stories to the world," Maddox said.
Chairperson of the judging panel, Joel Kibazo, said: "This was a truly impressive body of work, one the judges felt encapsulated many of the development issues and challenges that Africa continues to face today".
Eben Greyling, Chief Executive Office, MultiChoice Africa, said the high quality of work produced by the finalists showed a deep commitment to quality journalism in Africa.
"Journalists have clearly demonstrated their desire to ensure that their communities stay informed about the issues shaping their futures and have tackled many of the important issues which the continent is grappling with -- which is not always an easy task," Greyling said.
The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist awards are now in their twelfth year. E-mail to a friend
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