Egypt’s Ati Metwaly won the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 in Culture on Saturday, beating 38 finalists from 14 countries.
Editor of the Arts and Culture section of Egypt’s state-owned Ahram Online, Metwaly’s award came in recognition of her interview with visually-impaired girls and women from Egypt’s Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra. The interview, dubbed “Music Against All Odds,” was published in Ahram Online’s sister publication Al Ahram Weekly in 2015.
Metwaly was the only journalist from Egypt and one of two journalists from North Africa shortlisted for the award last July.
The gala award ceremony took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. Established in 1995, the award currently includes 14 categories with the objective of “reinforc(ing) the importance of the role of journalists in Africa’s development and to reward, recognize and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines.”