WAMECA calls for entries for 2018 awards

BY: Charles Andoh
Seth Kwame Boateng receiving an award during the maiden edition.
Seth Kwame Boateng receiving an award during the maiden edition.

The second edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) is slated for October 12 and 13, 2018 in Accra.

WAMECA is an initiative of the MFWA, and is meant to promote media excellence in the West African sub region.

In view of that journalists are, therefore, expected to file compelling stories or works they produced within 2017 to stand a chance of being awarded by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).

Their stories must have significant influence on society.


The application is opened to only West African journalists working with and for media organisation(s) based in West Africa.

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An Entry for the awards must have been published or broadcast between the period January 1 to December 31, 2017.

The categories for the awards are telecoms reporting, ICTs reporting, oil and gas reporting, banking and finance reporting, business and SMEs reporting, environmental reporting, SDGs reporting, investigative reporting, anti-corruption reporting, human rights reporting, health reporting, ECOWAS and regional integration reporting, photo journalism, and peace and security reporting.

The awards are opened to journalists from print, electronic and online media in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone countries in West Africa.

The deadline for the submission of the entries is June 30, 2018. Finalists for WAMECA 2018 Awards will be announced on September 11, 2018.

Interested applicants should upload published works via the entry form on the website: www.mfwa.org/wameca.

The entry should be an original work published through a media outlet in West Africa and must show date of publication/broadcast and the medium in which the work was published. Applicants may submit entries to a maximum of two categories. For each category, a maximum of two entries is permitted.


The conference will feature sessions on topical journalism issues and also provide opportunities for networking among journalists, editors, and experts from West Africa.

It will also deliberate on key challenges to media development and explore ways in which stakeholders can effectively support the media to promote good governance, regional integration and peace in West Africa.