How Blaise Compaoré’s greed inspired CNN/Multichoice Award Winner


Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou: 2015 African Journalist of the Year
At the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, in Nairobi, Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou, a Burkina Faso journalist and a finalists at the 20th edition of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist Awards did not expect to win anything in Kenya venue of the 20th edition of the awards.
“I came to Kenya to improve my English and learn Swahili,” he said after he was named winner in the Francophone General News Award – Print.
Standing at about six foot, seven inches, Sanou’s height was as visible as his work, titled “Room 143”. His story of how Burkina Faso’s parliamentary protest led to the ouster of former president, Blaise Compaore who had ruled for 27 years. It was a captivating and intriguing which had a lesson or two for African leaders.
His feature story also took readers back to the night when members of parliament attempted to win sufficient support to extend Compaore’s term against the people’s wishes.
The title, was drawn from a room Sanou took at a hotel close to the action and that room was number ‘143′. “I feel so lucky to be named CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of Year,” he said in his improved English language.
“My story was about power and how people can fight against it – I’m so proud that the story has been told and will now be remembered. I want to share my prize with all those who work at L’Observateur Paalga,” said Sanou.
Sanou was presented the biggest prize of the night by President of The Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta; Tim Jacobs, CEO MultiChoice Africa and Deborah Rayner, SVP International Newsgathering TV and Digital, CNN International.
Chairperson of the judging panel, Ferial Haffajee, said: “Room 143 was a work of enterprise. Burkina Faso’s parliamentary protest saw Blaise Campaore leave his seat …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper