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By Henry Matovu & Yonah Ahabwe

Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) Mass Communication team has emerged overall winners of the inter-institutional media challenge awards night held November 27, at Kampala Serena Victoria Hall.

masscommThe Media Challenge Initiative is an organization that holds annual inter-institutional media challenges that involve several media training and practising institutions. This year’s event was sponsored by United Nations Women under the theme ‘the call for gender equality as a way to provide equal opportunities for the women’.

Eleven institutions took part in the competition, and they had to compete in categories such as news writing, reporting, and photography to portray the need to empower women.

The UCU team walked away with awards from several categories that included: best English news anchor (Joel Kwizera), best English sports reporter (Sapphira Nahabwe),

Best camera work (Adam Mayanja), Best English health reporter (Hope Mary Kihembo), best English technology reporter (Phillip Sentamu), and best English environment reporter (Yonah Ahabwe), among others.

UCU also won the overall prize again, the first time being in 2013, when the competition was introduced.

Other universities that took home awards home included Makerere University for best Luganda news team, St. Lawrence University for the best social media team, and Kampala University had the best political reporter.

The aim of the challenge is to enable the students to put theory into practice and get awarded as a way to encourage them to practice and become even better journalists.

Several media personalities also attended the event. A number of them were awarded in the different media categories like best live broadcast, best entertainment programme, and best talk show.

The fallen journalists were also celebrated. As a result, some of the awards were named after the late Bbale Francis (news anchor award), Rosemary award and the Danny Kyazze (Luganda news anchor award).

During the same event, a life time achievement award was issued to Joel Serunkuma Kibazo, a Ugandan born journalist based in England, who was one of the moderators for the second Ugandan Presidential debate, 2016.