Ncube will today be in Kenya receive the accolade which recognises his contribution to modern-day journalism in Southern Africa.
The event will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Nation Media Group, one of Africa’s largest listed media companies.
“I am both humbled and honoured by this recognition from my peers on the African continent,” Ncube said yesterday. “This is clearly recognition of what my colleagues in Zimbabwe and South Africa have achieved over the past 20 years of our involvement in media. We achieved a lot in difficult circumstances. A lot more still needs to be done to strengthen media, empower the people and contribute to economic growth and democracy on the continent.”
Ncube is also the majority shareholder in South Africa’s weekly Mail &Guardian.
The recognition comes in a week when the African Media Initiative (AMI), which Ncube co-chairs with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, was launched in Nairobi.
The AMI is a Pan-African initiative aimed at addressing the factors that have militated against the growth of vibrant and sustainable media on the continent.
Zimbabwe is yet to open up its media space by establishing more newspapers and radio and television stations. — Staff Writer.