NTV Journalist Bags Prestigious Continental Award

  • Gabriel Kudaka, a reporter at both NTV and the Daily Nation, has won this year’s OFAB African Journalist Of The Year Award at an event held in Nairobi on November 21.

    The 2019 edition of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), which mainly focuses on acknowledging the works of media professionals in various agriculture and technology fields, settled on Kudaka after a unanimous decision by the judges.

    Kudaka won the award after battling it out with various journalists from different countries across the continent.

    Gabriel Kudaka and winners in other categories pose with organisers of the OFAB awards on November 21

    The award honours journalists covering stories in science and biotechnology with a focus on solutions for the African population.

    “Whenever I do a story, I'll ensure that I have the necessary input for the viewer for them to benefit from the whole content,” asserted Kudaka.

    In the event, Kudaka was flanked by colleagues and friends who broke into song and dance to celebrate the journalist’s achievement.

    On September 27, Kudaka came in second in the OFAB award for exemplary skills in scientific journalism, a category that was won by Verenardo Meeme (Kenya) while Ruth Kadide (Kenya) came in third.

    Gabriel Kudaka (centre) poses after coming in second for the exemplary skills in scientific journalism on September 27

    The organisers hailed the rising trend in science journalism terming it as the only way to enlighten Africans in embracing technology in agriculture.

    "Science, technology & innovation will be crucial in providing solutions to 21st-century societal challenges," remarked Moses Rugutt, the director-general of the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (Nacosti).