Citizen TV’s Dorcas Wangira is among 100 most influential young Africans


Citizen TV's Dorcas Wangira is among 100 most influential young Africans
Citizen TV journalist Dorcas Wangira when she received the prestigious Michael Elliot Award award form the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY | ICFJ

In Summary

Other Kenyans feted include:
  • Boniface Mwangi
  • Ogutu Okudo
  • Edith Kimani
  • Charlot Magayi
  • Victor Wanyama
  • Betty Kyalo
  • Timothy Kimani Ndegwa popularly known as Njugush

Dorcas Wangira, an award winning journalist at Citizen TV, has been announced as one of the 100 most influential young Africans in 2020.

Also Read: Dorcas Wangira wins prestigious Michael Elliott Award

She has been listed alongside 7 young ministers from across the continent as well as other journalists, CEOs, activists, sports personalities and artistes.

““I am deeply humbled to be honored as young, gifted and as an ambassador for Africa. Our continent is such a repository for excellence and achievement. My influence is quiet and is drawn from authentic storytelling. I believe that I am most effective when a story I tell brings change without necessarily having my name or on-air presence. Being able to document people’s lives, their experiences and writing a draft of our country’s history is a great responsibility and public service. I hope that in my line of work, I can inspire younger and aspiring journalists to stay true to their calling and to pursue excellence in their craft and let their work speak for them especially when they are silent,” Ms Wangira told Citizen Digital on Thursday.

The recognition for her outstanding contribution to development comes barely a month after she won the Merck Foundation “Stay at Home” Media Recognition award for 2020.

Other notable personalities on the 100 most influential young Africans 2020 list include Nancy Kacungira (BBC Africa journalist from Uganda); Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine (Ugandan politician) and Caster Semenya (South African athletics champion).

The seven ministers are Vera Esperança dos Santos Daves (Angola’s Finance Minister); Paula Ingabire (Rwanda’s ICT Minister); Wala’a Essam al-Boushi (Sudan’s Minister of Youth) and Emma Inamutila Theofelus (Namibia’s deputy ICT minister).

Nigeria recorded the highest number of young achievers followed by Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

Kenyans feted include:

  • Dorcas Wangira (Citizen TV journalist)
  • Boniface Mwangi (activist)
  • Ogutu Okudo (Country Manager SpringRock Group)
  • Edith Kimani (Deutsche Welle news anchor from Kenya)
  • Charlot Magayi (CEO and founder Mukuru Stoves)
  • Victor Wanyama (Kenyan professional footballer who plays for Montreal Impact)
  • Betty Kyalo (media personality)
  • Timothy Kimani Ndegwa popularly known as Njugush (comedian)

The criteria for selection included excellence in leadership and performance; personal accomplishments; commitment to sharing knowledge; breaking the status quo and being an accomplished young African.

Leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media and Africa Youth Awards said the 100 Most Influential Young Africans list for 2020 is the 5th since its inception.

“The 2020 list features young people pursuing various interests intended to put the name of the continent on the globe through selfless sacrifices and spirited leadership,” MD of Avance Media Prince Akpah said.

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