Media Release 

12 May 2022

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and UNICEF are excited to announce that the applications for the lsu Elihle Awards 2022 have been extended to the 20th of May 2022 due to some journalists experiencing technical issues with their applications. Journalists across the continent are encouraged to submit their story ideas.

The phrase, Isu Elihle is isiZulu for “great idea”. As the name suggests its awards competition that encourages fresh thinking and innovative ideas for African journalists to come up with great story ideas on issues facing children. These awards also encourage journalists to hold to account those in power to address these issues.

These Awards aim to encourage fresh reporting, innovative approaches and insightful investigations that seek to give children a voice and elevate the status of the child all over Africa. Over the past six years these awards have gained a lot of traction across the continent as we have received applications from twenty countries.

 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).

Project coordinator Girlie Sibanda said, “these Awards have made a huge impact to storytelling as journalist are focusing more on telling the stories of an African child , we are looking forward to all the great ideas we are going to receive this year.”

Be creative, take a chance and enter now!

For more details, terms, and conditions as well as the Application Form visit the Isu Elihle Award’s website

For enquiries please contact:

Girlie Sibanda

011 788 1278