The fifth annual Harambee "Communicating Africa" award ceremony was held on October 18th in Rome, Italy. Videoclips produced by students were recognized with cash prizes offered by the Happy Child Foundation. This year’s winners include:
"Buongiorno Africa", Jolanda Virgilio and Lorenzo Ponte ", "We need Africa" created by Mario Finulli, Giancaomo Cocita and Filippo Quartu and "Per il futuro dell'Affrica si cominicia da piccoli " created by Paolo Brescia and Matteo Agostini."
The first annual Ngozi Award for journalists, in memory of Dr. Ngozi Agbim, co-founder of the Harambee USA Foundation, was also presented during the 2013 Harambee ceremony. The Ngozi Award recipients were Riccardo Barlaam, of Sole 24 Ore.com and creator of "Africa Times News" and Marco Trovato, reporter, photographer and coordinator of the "Africa” magazine. Both Mr. Barlam and Mr. Trovato are committed to disseminating an unbiased vision of Africa . The Award was presented by Maarten Van Aalderen, president of the Associazione della Stampa Estera.
“The recent events of Lampedusa remind us that problems are real and are not rooted in Afro-pessimism or Afro-optimism," recalled Trovato. "In Africa there are conflicts, instability, high levels of poverty. However, Africa is a continent of great vitality, it is young and vibrant. Many countries in Africa are experiencing growth and development at a very high rate. Although this reality brings with it severe problems (urban poverty and pollution, among others) it also brings positive energy. The slums are places of great creativity, centers of informal economy, and centers where the new social middle class is developing strongly." According to Trovato, “Africa breaks the schemes that we are accustomed to: it is a place with thousands of nuances, and we are the ones to try to catalog them somehow!”
The event was hosted by Barbara Carfagna, RAI journalist. Stephen Ogongo, journalist and university professor, was the guest speaker who provided a brief reflection on Africa and the media.
The Harambee "Communicating Africa" Award has enjoyed the patronage of the Ministry for Integration, Cecile Kyenge.
Click here to see the winner’s videoclips