Three students from Mount Kenya University have won a prize to visit BBC Headquarters in London after beating off stiff competition from twenty-two other university journalism schools in TV’s Top Story show.
The three had braved weeks of various journalism challenges which culminated in a Grand Final at the Museum of Nariobi.
Their winning story focused on corruption in the water industry. They tracked down the water vendors who admitted paying water officials to cut off local water supplies so that people were forced to buy jerricans of water from them at inflated prices.
At a glitzy Awards show at the Museum one of the winners Ken Njenga said that taking part in the Top Story competition had changed his perspective about journalism:
“I never knew that it was possible for a guy like me from the village without a parent to emerge on top. We thank our lecturers, mentors and judges who believed in us”.
Njenga’s Mount Kenya team beat the university I partner with –Multimedia- into second place, with Kisii University third and Maseno University fourth.
Top Story is supported by the European Journalism Centre and is hosted by senior Kenyan journalist Joseph Warungu and his Africa On Air production team.
Warungu told me that Top Story is developing a new generation of young African journalists and is growing in popularity. He said the next series will see some forty universities competing for the Top Story prize.