DEBRA MATABVU WINS THE 2020 APO GROUP AFRICAN WOMEN IN MEDIA AWARD

Ethel Chiwara Mupambwa. [PHOTO - COURTESY]
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Zimbabwean journalist Debra Matabvu is the winner of the 2020 APO Group African Women in Media Award. The award recognizes, celebrates and empowers African women in the media who support female entrepreneurship throughout the continent.  

Matabvu’s victory was announced at the sixth Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) virtual conference and awards.  The judging panel consisted of one hundred luminaries, with global icons such as Naomi Campbell joined by senior executives from major industries on the continent.  It was one of the largest and most influential panels of judges ever assembled for an African media award, reflecting the importance of recognizing gender equality in business and the media.


The jury voted on a shortlist of five finalists and chose Matabvu as the winner for her article:  “Ethel defies Gokwe myth.” The piece tells the story of Ethel Chiwara-Mupambwa who challenged the traditional rules of life in her community to become a successful businesswoman, and the founder of MoneyMart Finance. Matabvu received a USD2, 500 cash prize and she will also be invited to attend online courses from one of the most respected universities in the world. Matabvu is a news reporter at The Sunday Mail, a weekly newspaper owned by Zimbabwe Newspapers (Zimpapers). She joined the paper in 2014 and holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism and media studies from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe. She has also worked with Reuters and is a member of the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers 2020 women in news leadership accelerator programme. She is passionate about women, education and health issues.  “APO Group remains committed to shining a light on stories of hope and positivity  and to supporting the development of journalism throughout Africa,” said Nicolas Pompigne- Mognard, founder and chairman of APO Group

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