VOA Africa journalists Jackson M'vunganyi and Arzouma Kompaore were named to the 2020 Top 10 D.C. award for Media and Film by the digital magazine AYOO Africa. M'vunganyi was also selected as the category’s “trailblazer,” commended “as an exceptional innovator that has been making an impact in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region during the last 12 months.”
M’vunganyi is a VOA English to Africa language team international broadcaster who co-hosts Up Front, an interactive, fast-paced, weekly radio program connecting youth in Africa and the United States. He talks to teens and young adults about trends, lifestyles, health, entertainment, and other issues touching their lives. M’vunganyi also hosts the weekly television entertainment show Red Carpet.
Kompaore is a multimedia reporter and producer with VOA’s French to Africa language team broadcasting to 22 francophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He is the producer of documentaries about hair braiding and trans-racial adoption and regularly reports from African film festivals, the Consumer Electronics Show, and the Oscars.
Both M'vunganyi and Kompaore were chosen for their proven creative record in media and for their entrepreneurship and social impact.
“I’m so proud of the accomplishments of these journalists and very gratified that an Africa-centric publication has rewarded their daily efforts and hard work,” said Africa Division Director Negussie Mengesha. “The Voice of America is a valuable source of news and information for audiences throughout sub-Saharan Africa.”
AYOO Africa is a digital media platform based in Washington D.C. that curates content from different local news sources through an online cultural magazine and community platform covering experiences from music, food, startups, artists, film, and events from across the globe.