Luckson Sikananu scoops 2017 Partners Guide Young Zambian Business Journalist of the Year

Posted by Online Editor on Fri 17 November, 2017

Luckson Sikananu a 23 year old Mass Communications student at the University of Zambia and intern at Transparency International, originally from Mongu has won the 2017 Partners Guide Young Zambian Business Journalist of the Year Competition. 

Sikananu, who wrote about what the private sector can do to encourage women and youths in to agriculture in a topic provided by MUSIKA, one of the competition's sponsors beat off stiff competition from Logic Lukwanda, a 29 year old journalist at Hot FM, who scooped the broadcast category. 

The competition was designed by the Partners Guide Magazine to encourage greater quality and quantity content about business, economics and developmental issues in the Zambian media as a way of fostering national development.  

The competition was aimed at commentators aged between 18-29 who had a passion for commentating on business issues and 10 finalists were selected, who attended a week long intensive journalism training course hosted at the Embassy of Sweden in Lusaka and delivered by trainers from Zambia, South Africa, Kenya and the UK and included several guest talks from leading figures in industry to enable the finalist to gain a greater insight in to different industries, their opportunities and their challenges. 

On the week's training, contestant Fatima Mawele, a 19 year old Mass Communications student from Mumbwa said, "this has been the most productive week of my life. Through the people I have met this week, I have learned that Zambia has so much potential to develop if the media was used as a tool to inform and educate people on things that matter in life."

Following the week's training, a final competition was held at the offices of deVere Zambia where contestants selected topics from a pot that were provided by the previous week's guest speakers and the finalists were given the day to complete an 800 word print article or 5 minute broadcast piece. 

Following the final, entries were delivered anonymously to a panel of five expert panel judges who decided by one point that Sikananu should take the 2017 crown. 

The decision was announced on Wednesday 15th November at an Awards Ceremony at Taj Pamodzi, officiated by Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Hon Kampamba Mulenga in the absence of the Vice President, Her Honour Inonge Wina. 

The Partners Guide also launched the pgzambia.com website at the same event as part of their 10th birthday celebrations. 

Sikananu will next year travel to Sweden to visit Swedish media houses as well as Swedish business with a presence in Zambia as part of his prize. 

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Sikananu receiving his certificate from Hon Kampamba Mulenga

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