334 African journalists join AIPS Sport Media Awards


Four Malawian sports journalists are among 334 African journalists who have submitted entries for this year’s AIPS Sport Media Awards.

AIPS released a list of the participants on Sunday, having received 377 submissions from Africa for the third edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards.

Times Group Sports Editor Mphatso Malidadi, former The Daily Times Peter Kanjere, The Nation’s Pledge Jali and Bright Kanyama of Zodiak Broadcasting Station are Malawian journalists participating in the awards.


According to, Africa has increased its participation by almost 20 percent with 34 countries represented.

“Africa broadens its participation presenting new countries—Burkina Faso, Namibia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan—to the international stage.

“This rewarding feedback comes after several AIPS initiatives that have been warmly welcomed by the African continent: the launch of the AIPS e-College, the AIPS World e-Conference, etc. Nigeria is the most represented country with 82 submissions in total,” the site reports.


The third edition of the AIPS Sport Media Awards amassed a record of 1871 submissions (in 34 different languages) coming from 129 countries.

“With all continents represented, this edition highlights the remarkable resilience and importance of sports journalism amid the coronavirus pandemic, touching on local and international stories that dominated headlines between October 2019 and November 2020,” the article reads.

Sports Writers Association of Malawi General Secretary Wesysylas Chirwa said local journalists should aim to participate in such awards to improve their work.

“It is good that we, as a country, we have representation in AIPS Sport Media Awards. There are several categories we need our members to participate in so that they should evaluate their work,” he said.

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