28 September – International Day for Universal Access to Information – Winners of Video Competition Announcement

Although the competition only ran from the 14th through the 20th of September, 3 Portuguese language, 2 French, 1 Sesotho and 43 English video clips were received and the level of creativity was outstanding. Entries were received from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


A panel of judges carefully watched the videos and evaluated them in terms of creativity, technical prowess and content. First place goes to Austin Ekwujuru from Nigeria. With 6 years experience in the non-profit sector, Austin uses the instrumentality of the access to information law to entrench transparency and accountability in Nigerian public institutions through championing grassroots’ accountability campaigns. Currently, he serves as the Chief Executive of Basic Rights Watch (BRW), an organization that promotes public accountability and community development through improving citizens’ access to public information, and enhancing active citizenry and participatory governance. Currently supporting the localization and implementation of the Open Government Partnership in Nigeria, Austin is also a fellow of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Open-Mind Young-Voices program, a ONE Champion, and delegate to the Continental Model-AU Summit 2018 amongst other awards. Follow him on Twitter @AustinEkwujuru

Second place was awarded to Jonathan Sulemane from Mozambique. Born on September 29, 1994, of Mozambican nationality, born in the province of Zambézia, he has a degree in political science. He is a trade unionist, a social activist, a member of the Quelimane municipal assembly as well as a researcher and a musician in the style of repeer as a way of social intervention. He is currently being trained in the 4 YOUTH LEADERS group, by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung foundation, (Mozambique-Maputo).

Third third place was awarded to Nobuhle Nyamanza from Zimbabwe. She is a young lady aged 35 and an Analytical Chemist by profession. She is a passionate trade unionist and the current secretary general for young workers under Zimbabwe Chemicals and Allied Workers Union (ZCPAWU) and a committee member in the Zimbabwe Industrial young workers structure

There were so many unique videos that the judges decided that the following special prizes also had to be awarded:
Most Artistic Entry - Dexter Phiri from Zambia
Most Authentic Entry - Henry Wanume from Uganda
Most Educational Entry - Hortencia Franco from Mozambique
Most Engaging - Banken Mtsiriza from Malawi
Best Namibian Entry - Rachel Nghimulitete
and last but not least, The One to Look Out For -  Jeff Simukoko from Zambia.


Our sincere gratitude to all those who used their creativity to respond to our call! And also to our wonderful panel of judges.

And last but not least, thanks to our colleagues in the African FES country offices who supported this initiative.

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