Call for Entries: 2020 Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism Opens

Entries are now open for the 2020 edition of the Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism.

Speaking on the call for entries, the Divisional Executive Director, Shared Services Division, FBNInsurance Limited, Festus Izevbizua, requested all Financial Journalists in both Print and electronic media in Nigeria to submit entries of their works published or broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2020 on or before February 28, 2021 when the entry closes.

This year the competition sees a re-introduction of two category awards in broadcasting covering two fields: Audio (traditional and online radio and podcasts) and Television/Video.

The broadcast categories are open to African financial journalists practising financial journalism on the continent. Journalists from outside South Africa can submit their broadcast stories for the Africa Growth Story topic only.

In addition to the African Growth Story, South African audio and TV/Video journalists can submit entries on any of the following topics:

Business and companies;
Financial Markets;
Consumer Financial Education

In 2013, Sanlam introduced the Africa Growth Story category, opening the competition to journalists from all African countries. Entries for this category must focus on the growth of the continent in terms of investment, infrastructure development, economic progress and related topics. Stories should reflect a continental outlook. Audio and TV/Video journalists based in Africa and whose work is broadcast on the continent are encouraged to submit their entries.

The special awards are:

o Best Newcomer;

o Lifetime Achievement; and

o Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.

The Special Awards recognise journalists selected at the discretion of the judging panel, following rigorous nomination and evaluation process.

For over four decades, the awards have been acknowledging the best financial journalism from journalists based in Africa.

The Awards attract widespread interest from journalists across the continent. In 2019, 105 journalists representing 55 media organisations submitted 113 entries. In the Africa Growth Story category, the competition received 32 entries from Botswana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa.

Information about the eligibility, criteria and entry submission process for the awards are available at:

FBNInsurance is a Limited Liability Company licensed to transact Life Insurance businesses. The company is a member of the Sanlam Group, a leading diversified, pan-African financial services group. FBNInsurance officially commenced operations on the 1st of September 2010. As a life insurance business, we provide coverage for Individual and Corporate Clients. We are the youngest start-up insurer in Nigeria with presence in strategic geographical locations across the country.

Our products help our customers enjoy the peace of mind that comes from managing the risks of everyday life. With us, they can save for a comfortable future and protect what matters to them. One of our primary objectives is to help people, businesses and communities get back on their feet when the unexpected happens. It is therefore our responsibility to make sure we are there for our customers both today and in the future.

Drawing from the knowledge, experience and technical expertise of the Sanlam Group, we intend to play a significant role in the development of the insurance industry in Nigeria. To achieve this, we are anchoring our operations on product innovation, efficient service delivery and prompt claim settlement.

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