Entries Now Open: Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) 2022 lsu Elihle Awards for African Journalists.

Application Deadline: May 13th, 2022

Isu Elihle” is an isiZulu phrase and could be translated into English as a beautiful, great or simply a neat solution. The Isu Elihle Awards were launched in 2016 by MMA with the support of Save the Children
International, the Swedish International Development Agency and Media Network on Child Rights Development (MNCRD) based in Zambia.

The awards seek to contribute to a change in attitudes and behaviors of opinion and decision-makers and citizens across the country and continent from the premise that the media frames debates in society and carries enormous influence and, therefore, ability to drive positive change. This year marks six years since these Awards were launched.

These Awards aim to encourage journalist to highlight issues that are faced by children in the continent. Journalist from more than twenty countries have applied in the previous years and diverse issues about children have been raised. This shows that these awards have gained a lot of traction within the continent. We encourage journalist to submit their unique story ideas within the started time frame.

MMA’s awards seek to give children a voice and highlight the status of children in our continent. Journalists are encouraged to submit their story ideas and these can be targeted at any mainstream news medium such as TV, Radio or Online. The top six story ideas will then be selected during an online Awards ceremony in June. 


  • Journalists behind these ideas will each receive guaranteed financial support of ZAR 10 000.
  • MMA will also offer support to the finalists to develop their concepts.
  • The final stories will be ranked and the final cash prizes will be awarded.


Winner CategoriesApproximate Cash prize *
Overall winnerR25 000
First runner upR15 000
Second runner upR10 000
Mandy Rossouw CategoryBetween R10 000 and R25 000

Isu Elihle Awards Timeline 2022

Story idea submission1 April  – 13 May6 Weeks
1st round adjudication16 May – 16 June 4 Weeks
Finalists announcement16 June – 6 August 3 Weeks
Finalists produce and publish stories19 August  – 20 October  8 Weeks
Announce final winnersNovember

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) 2022 lsu Elihle Awards

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