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International Organization for Migration announces top jury for 2021 West and Central Africa Migration Journalism Award



International Organization for Migration announces top jury for 2021 West and Central Africa Migration Journalism Award

Prizes will be awarded to a maximum of eight winners (up to $ 1,250 each)

DAKAR, Senegal, October 15, 2021 / APO Group / –

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) (, the United Nations agency for migration, is proud to announce the prestigious panel of judges and president of the jury, founder and president of the APO group, Mr. Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, for the 2021 Prize for journalism on migration in West and Central Africa (

This journalist competition aims to promote quality reporting in West and Central Africa on topics related to migration, including environmental migration, reintegration of migrants, awareness of irregular migration and alternatives to migration. irregular in the region.

The list of judges is:

Ms. Fatma Samoura: FIFA Secretary General Mr. Christian Yoka: Africa Director of the French Development Agency (AFD) Mr. Filipe de Botton: Founder of the Portuguese Diaspora Council Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa: Nigerian politician and former member of the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives representing the Ikorodu constituency in Lagos State. Ms. Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala: Senior Vice President of Action / Vice President in charge of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Mr. Alpha Seydi Ba: IOM spokesperson and regional head of Media and Communication in West and Central Africa Ms. Hind Aissaoui Bennani: IOM Regional Migration, Environment and Climate Change Specialist for West and Central Africa Ms. Emily Cholette: IOM Project Manager for Migrants as Messengers Ms. Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba: Head of the External Engagement Unit of the West Africa Regional Office, UNHCR Mr. Selim Meddeb Hamrouni: Editor-in-Chief, UNHCR Regional Office for West and Central Africa Ms. Ramatoulaye Diene: Senegalese community radio journalist and member of the Network of Young Journalists on Migration Mr. Ibrahim Kargbo: A returning migrant, activist , musician, author-comp oser and actor Chairman Mr. Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard: Founder and Chairman of the APO Group

The competition, the submission of entries which ends today (October 15, 2021), aims to celebrate journalists who draw attention to the many facets of migration in West and Central Africa in French and English. . It focuses on promoting fair and balanced reporting on migration, including environmental migration, and raising awareness of safe migration and alternatives to irregular migration. It aims to honor, encourage and recognize the exceptional stories of the region that highlight migration from a variety of perspectives, including safe migration, migration and climate change, and the reintegration of return migrants.

Through this award, IOM encourages journalists to:

Present people with a truer and more comprehensive view of migration issues; Telling migration stories in a balanced and ethical way to help migrants make informed decisions; Share accurate information to help communities and families help migrants make informed choices; and, Share fair and balanced stories that help defend the dignity of migrants.

Prizes will be awarded to a maximum of eight winners (up to $ 1,250 each). The winning journalists will also receive a plaque of recognition and be invited to a virtual awards ceremony on November 10, 2021.

For more information or to submit your migration story by October 15, 2021, please visit:

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