The Jury


Jury members will assess entries based on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Strength of the environmental component of the report, especially in the context of economic and social development
  • Newsworthiness
  • Quality of writing, editing and language
  • Originality
  • Objectivity
  • Impact of the report and its benefit to public understanding
  • Extent of research undertaken
  • Relevance to local and/or regional communities in Africa


Diran Onifade News and Current Affairs anchor and Manager, Nigerian Television Authority

A Knight Science Journalism Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Leaders-In-Development Fellow of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, he is President of the African Federation of Science Journalists and former Vice President of the World Federation of Science Journalists, WFSJ.

He was the pioneer coordinator of WFSJ’s mentoring programme for science journalists in anglophone Africa.

Stanis Nkdundiye Member of the Steering Committee of the Federation of African Journalists and Secretary General of the Union of Press Professionals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (DRC)

He is also President of the Association of Journalist Trade Unions of Central Africa, based in Brazzaville.

Currently a freelance journalist, Stanis previously worked as Science and Economics Correspondent with Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise.

Prior to this, he was Editor of the Kinshasa-based daily L'Avenir and Editor in Chief of the Demain le Congo newspaper.

Dr. Sunday Augustine Leonard Special (Scientific) Assistant to the Chief Scientist of UNEP

His works cuts across all UNEP priority activities including Climate Change, Ecosystem Management, Harmful Substances (Chemical & Wastes), Environmental Governance, Resource Efficiency, and Disasters and Conflicts.

Prior to joining UNEP, he worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Greenwich at Medway, United Kingdom, where he conducted research on industrial waste treatment, fate of chemical pollutants in the environment, carbon sequestration, and reuse options for industrial wastes.

Dr. Leonard has won several awards including the prestigious Dorothy Hodgkins Postgraduate Award, the UCL Graduate School Fellowship, and the UK Natural Environment Research Council award. He has published several papers in international peer-reviewed journals on hazardous waste characterization and treatment, fate of chemical pollutants in the environment, and reuse options for industrial wastes.

Amie Joof Journalist, Activist, and the Executive Director of the Inter-African Network for Women, Media, Gender and Development based in Senegal

She has more than 35 years of experience in media, communications, gender and children’s rights issues.

A former radio producer, she spearheaded the establishment of adult education radio programming, radio listening groups and women’s community radio stations for development programming at Radio Gambia now part of Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS).

Amie Joof worked as Secretary General of the West Africa Women’s Association (an ECOWAS institution), Director of the African Women’s Media Center (AWMC) of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) before moving on to head FAMEDEV.