Journalists from across Africa have until the February 29, 2016 to submit their entries for the inaugural pan-African reinsurance Journalism Awards.

Dr Femi Oyetunji, Group MD/CEO of Continental Reinsurance said the media needs to be recognized for its contribution to the growth of the insurance and re-insurance sectors.

“The insurance and reinsurance sector has a valuable role to play in Africa’s economic growth and development and we want to recognise the respected contribution of the media to the sector’s growth,” he said.

Continental Reinsurance Plc launched the pan-African Journalism Awards to develop re/insurance reporting in Africa and to encourage journalists to develop their knowledge on the sector and importantly to recognise the outstanding work of journalists from across Africa.

Each entrant must submit their published article together with their name, media organisation, the date the article was published, their brief profile and photo, together with a 250-word motivation for writing their editorial article.

“The awards are an extension of our continued commitment to the advancement of excellence in the industry,” says Oyetunji.

The four Award categories are Best re/insurance feature article; Best re/insurance news reporting; Best re/insurance industry analysis and commentary and Pan-African reinsurance journalist of the year award, to be awarded at a ceremony in the Seychelles in April 2016.

An international judging panel comprising industry experts and academics in journalism will judge the Continental Reinsurance Journalism Awards entries according to the quality of information and how it contributes to raising awareness of the insurance and reinsurance sector in Africa.