Media Release 

29 January 2023

JOHANNESBURG, 29 January 2023 – Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) together with UNICEF are thrilled to announce the 2022 Isu Elihle Awards finalists on the 31st  January 2023 at 5:00 pm (SAST). This year we have received over a hundred story ideas from sixteen African countries. Six journalists will be given an amazing opportunity to publish their child-centred stories.

We would like to invite journalists and the public to join us as we make this huge announcement.

Date: 31 January 2023

Time: 17:00 pm (SAST)

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For the past years the awards have contributed to a change in attitudes and behaviours of opinion and decision-makers and citizens across the country and continent from the premise that the media frames debates in society and carries enormous influence and, therefore, ability to drive positive change. MMA’s awards seek to give children a voice and highlight the status of children in our continent.

Journalists behind these ideas will each receive guaranteed financial support of ZAR 10 000, MMA will also offer support to the finalists to develop their concepts. The final stories will be ranked and the final cash prizes will be awarded as follows: ZAR 25 000 (Overall Winner); ZAR 15 000 (2nd place); ZAR 10 000 (Third Place).

For further information, please contact:

Phakamile Madonsela, Media Monitoring Africa, Tel: 011 788 1278,

About MMA

Media Monitoring Africa‘s vision is a responsible, quality media that enables an engaged and informed citizenry in Africa and across the world. MMA aims to promote the development of a free, fair, ethical and critical media culture in South Africa and the rest of the continent. To achieve MMA’s vision, the three key areas that MMA seeks to address through a human rights-based approach are: media ethics, media quality and media freedom.

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

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