Continental Re Announces Judges for Pan African Re/Insurance Awards 2018


Continental Reinsurance Plc, has announced the judging panel for its third Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards to be held at Swakopmund, Namibia.

According to the Pan African Reinsurance firm, Nadia Mensah-Acogny, Journalist, with Shelter Afrique, will be the chairperson for the independent Judging Panel.

The company,said others to work with him are Tony Van Niekerk, Editor of South Africa’s Cover Magazine; Afif Ben Yedder, Founder, IC Publications; Michael Wilson, Business and Finance Journalist and Julia Graham, Technical Director, Airmic.

Continental Re in a statement made available to Nigerian THISDAY, said the Awards are currently open for submissions to both English and French-speaking journalists covering the re/insurance sector in Africa.
It said deadline for submissions of entries is January 31st, 2018.

Commenting on this year’s award, Group Managing Director of Continental Re, Dr. Femi Oyetunji, said: “We are glad to bring on board, a panel of insurance media experts to assess entries submitted by journalists from across the continent. We believe these awards will inspire business journalists to cover issues related to the sector and improve overall quality of reporting.”

He said the judging criteria, will focus on how the entries have raised awareness and understanding of the re/insurance sector and displayed integrity in covering the sector.

He said: “They will also be judged according to how participating journalists have sourced new data or analysed existing data to make it relevant to regional, national and local audiences; effectively analysed a current news story or other noteworthy insurance issue as well as used, analysed and presented statistics to investigate a particular issue in the re/insurance sector.

According to him, the judges will independently evaluate all the submitted entries and select winners for the under listed three categories for the third Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards: Journalist of the Year, Best Analysis & Commentary and Best Feature article, who will be announced at the Continental Reinsurance CEO Summit scheduled to take place between 12 – 13 April 2018 in Swakopmund, Namibia.

He said Continental Reinsurance, initiated the awards in 2015 to recognise and acknowledge the good work of journalists who have made outstanding contributions in reporting about the Re/Insurance sector African media.