The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), ONE, and the Elliott family, honors an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people's voices and improve their well-being.
2019 Award Winner
Dorcas Wangira is a journalist passionate about telling science and human interest stories.
She is a Features reporter working with Citizen Television, Kenya’s leading TV network. She previously worked as a Special Projects reporter and news correspondent for KTN NEWS, Kenya’s only 24-hour news network.
Wangira believes in the power of the human spirit and amplifying the voices of those often left behind and at the fringes of society. She produces Your Story, a weekly segment that airs every Sunday on Citizen TV Prime Time News. Her work explores complex science and social issues in a simple way, putting a human face to every story.
Her winning report, “The App and The Cut,” ran on KTN News in June 2018. In this 25-minute feature, Wangira traveled to communities where girls are forced to undergo the illegal procedure. Wangira tells their stories of helplessness alongside the tale of five high school girls who invented an app to help girls facing the surgery seek help and find rescue centers.
Follow Dorcas at @DeWangira.
2018 Award Winner
2017 Award Winner
In 2015, Juma was among the four Dag Hammarskjold U.N. Fellows worldwide selected to cover the U.N. General Assembly in New York for three months, where she reported on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mercy won the award for her story "Teen Mums of Kwale".
Follow Mercy at @MercyJuma_.