The Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards 2013 are already attracting high-quality entries from the best journalists around the world. The Awards celebrate their ten-year anniversary in 2013 and will once again showcase
the most influential and innovative journalism from and about Africa.

All journalists, writers, photographers, reporters and media houses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. In order to provide every opportunity for submissions, we have extended the final date for entries to
22 March 2013.

Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, today issued the final call for entries to the tenthannual Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards. The Awards recognise the achievements of business journalists
reporting on the continent and provide a prestigious forum for international recognition of their work.

As a long-term investor in Africa, Diageo believes that improving the quantity and quality of business reporting can play a significant role in generating business interest and increasing inward investment in Africa.As
a result, these awards were launched in 2004 as a practical way of raising awareness of economic opportunity in Africa and to celebrat eexcellent business journalism.

In 2013, ten years on from the Awards’ inception, Africa’s profile as a business and investment destination is higher than ever. This is reflected in the fact that the Awards have continued to grow year on year and, in 2012, attracted more than 1000 entries from 27 countries.

The Awards are open to all journalists reporting on Africa, in any medium, and of any nationality. Submissions are accepted in English and in French.Entries will be reviewed by a high-profile judging panel – further details
will be announced soon. The shortlisted finalists from each category will be flown to London for the Gala Ceremony in July. Winners will each receive £500 and a specially commissioned sculpture.

The Awards are free to enter and the open period for entries has been extended to 22 March. Submissions are welcomedfor the following categories:

· *Best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) feature*

· *Best Finance feature*

· *Best Infrastructure feature*

· *Best Agribusiness/Environment feature*

· *Best Tourism feature*

· *Best Business News story*

· *Best Business feature *

· *Best Newcomer*

· *Media of the Year*

· *Journalist of the Year*

Nick Blazquez, President, Diageo Africa, Turkey, Russia & Eastern Europe,commented,“We look forward to celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards. At Diageo, we are honoured to have seen the Awards grow over the past decade from a relatively small beginning into an international event, which receives more than 1000 entries.I am particularly pleased with the number of different countries that are represented at the awards, which demonstrates the increased prominence of African business reporting, both across the continent and around the world.In this celebratory year, our judging panel will be looking for submissions that are insightful, balanced and ground-breaking, and which bring a fresh perspective to bear on business issues.”

Paul Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Diageo plcand chair of the judging panel, said, “Confidence in Africa as an investment destination is growing and the media play a key role in defining the world’s perceptions of the
continent as a good place to do business. As a long-term investor in Africa, Diageo continues to be an advocate for economic development, better business environments and greater flows of trade.”

The closing date for entries is Friday 22 March 2013. Finalists will be announced on Tuesday 7 May 2013. The Awards Ceremony will be held in Central London on Thursday 11 July 2012. There are no entry fees.

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Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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