AWiM19 : Showcase

Event Details

Start Date

25 July 2019

End Date

27 July 2019




University of Nairobi, Kenya




Partners: African Union, Google News Initiative, Free Press Unlimited, Open Society Initiative for East Africa, AMWIK, Interruptr

Media Partners: Standard Media, Citizen, Metropol TV, Africa 24

Keynote Speakers: Biola Alabi, Lola Omolola and Dr. Dorothy Njoroge

MC: Adelle Onyango

The theme for AWiM19 was visibility, celebrating the expertise of women in media on crucial industry issues from women’s rights to technology and innovation. Two hundred and fifty-five delegates came from over 15 countries and 50 organisations to attend AWiM’s third conference in the beautiful city of Nairobi, Kenya. The conference kicked off with the posthumous award in memory of Hodan Nanalyeh, the late Somali-Canadian journalist who lost her life in the Al-Shabab attack. She was honoured for her courage and passion for changing narratives. She is credited with producing stories that portray the human side of Somalia via her Integration TV channel on Youtube. This award was received by Mr Mukhtar Ogle from the Executive Office of the Presidency, Kenya. Follow here to check out the sessions The 2-day event and dinner/awards night were captured throughout, follow here to see the videos and pictures from the conference/festival. To follow through on the sessions, testimonials, feedback and activities of the conference; follow the thread AWiM19 Conference and Pitch Zone Awards Check out these highlights put together by delegates and media partners Thanks to the generous support of the African Union and its partners GIZ and the International Organisation for Migration, the second Pitch Zone Awards celebrated five winners. The categories mirrored AGENDA 2063, namely: Women and free trade, Free trade sustainability, Free trade migration, Silencing the guns and Free movement of people in Africa. Each winner received $2,000 to produce the projects they had pitched to the judging panel Check out the awards ceremony! Read more about the winners and their projects


C.E.O & Co-founder, AWiM

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic, consultant and co-founder of African Women in Media (AWiM). AWiM’s vision is that one-day African women will have equal access to representation in media. Joint winner of the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (Sports Reporting), Yemisi ran her news website IQ4News between 2010-14.
Yemisi holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University, where she is a Senior Lecturer. She has published scholarly research on women’s rights, African feminism, and journalism and digital public spheres. She was Editorial Consultant for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 commemorative book titled “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys”, and currently hosts the book’s podcast.
She speaks regularly on issues relating to gender and media. In 2021 she was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential African Women.