John Allan Namu Wins ICFJ International Award

John Allan Namu Wins ICFJ International Award

Former KTN investigative journalist, John-Allan Namu has been named the 2024 winner of the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award. The reporter and media entrepreneur from Kenya, together with Valeriya Yegoshyna (an investigative reporter from Ukraine) and Rana Sabbagh, (a renowned investigative editor from Jordan), are the recipients of the prestigious ICFJ Knight Trailblazer Award.

John-Allan Namu, a reporter and media entrepreneur, has almost 2 decades of experience in the journalism field. Through his courage and highly sought-after investigative skills, Namu has uncovered corruption at the highest levels and its harsh impacts on ordinary citizens.

The experienced journalist is the co-founder, CEO, and editorial director of Africa Uncensored, an investigative outlet, that tackles issues other local whistle-blowers and mainstream media often avoid – from government scandals to hard-core undercover criminals. Internationally, he exposes corruption, human rights abuses, and environmental issues across Africa. His impact has resulted in national debates leading to policy changes towards truth and justice.

“These brave journalists are risking everything to cover war and corruption in Ukraine, Jordan and Kenya.”

“We are so thankful for the work they do every day, unveiling truths on the battlefield and exposing government-wrongdoing. Knight is proud to support ICFJ in bringing their work to light and giving these amazing journalists the recognition they deserve.” said Jim Brady, Vice President of Journalism at the Knight Foundation

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) yesterday crowned the three for their exceptional courage, impact, and unwavering commitment to exposing vices in the community. The three journalists will be feated during the 40th Anniversary ICFJ Tribute to Journalists. The glamorous event will be held on November 14th, in Washington D.C.

John Allan Namu Wins ICFJ International Award
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Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation are social investors that support a more effective democracy by funding free expression and journalism, arts and culture in the community, and research in areas of media and democracy.

About ICFJ

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is an organization that supports a global network of journalists to provide trustworthy news. They have a membership of more than 177,000 journalists around the world.  Their mission is to free and strong societies to strengthen democratic ideals and spur change.

Thank You, Asanteni..

“Very grateful for this honor! Congratulations to Rana Sabbagh and Valeria Yegoshyna as well. To everyone that has supported my work and the work of African Uncensored, asanteni, this shines a light on the incredible work of my colleagues at African Uncensored”, stated Namu as he welcomed the award on his social media platforms.

Career Highlights

He is one of the most decorated journalists in the country.

  • Two-time Annual Journalism Excellence Awards in Kenya winner  (2015 and 2017).
  • CNN African Journalist of the Year in 2009.
  • Winner Global Shining Light Award and the Trace International Prize for Investigative Journalism in 2019.

Award Ceremony

The winners of the awards will be feted on November 14 at  ICFJ’s 40th Anniversary Tribute to Journalists slated to be held in Washington D.C.