in South Africa.
Radio Westâ€™s Fred Mugira made Uganda proud in winning the tourism award at the CNN Multichoice African Journalist Award 2009 held in Durban, South Africa over the weekend.
Mugira won the award for his revealing but light-hearted piece, â€œRiding boda boda in Ugandaâ€.
â€œIt is a great honour to win this award and it will spur me on to greater things,â€ Mugira said after the awards.
Mugira is Radio Westâ€™s news editor but his winning entry was published in South Africaâ€™s Guardian & Mail online edition.
Kenyan journalist John-Allan Namu scooped two category awards and the overall CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Award on a night to celebrate African journalism.
In accepting the Television Feature Award for his piece, â€œIn the Shadow of the Mungiki,â€ Namu said he wished he had won for a more uplifting story.
The awards, which were launched in 1995, have grown in stature and are becoming the standard by which journalists on the continent are measured.
Other notable winners were Beauregard Tromp for his piece on the xenophobic violence that swept across South Africa earlier this year.
Kenyaâ€™s Violet Otundiâ€™s TV piece depicting the breakdown of the sewer system in Embakassi, Nairobi, won her a medal.
Otundi dedicated her award to her sister who had been buried hours earlier.
Radio West editor wins CNN award