YRAP winners late arrival and jam-packed first day in Dar es Salaam

Published: 20 June 2011

The YRAP finalists with Joyce Mhaville, ITV managing director


The three winners of the Young Reporters Against Poverty competition arrived in Dar es Salaam just before midnight yesterday - tired and bleary eyed, it was straight to bed to re-charge the batteries for the following day.

And what a day it was.

Walking out into the early morning heat we were glad of the air-conditioned car that had been sent to collect us, and of our friendly driver Patrick who made sure we arrived at the EC Delegation on time.  We then met Emmanuel, the press and information officer who after giving a brief presentation of the EU mission’s work in Dar es Salaam and a basic vocabulary lesson in Swahili, showed us round the mission and introduced us to some of the people that make it all happen.

We were then whisked off to the IPP media centre for a guided tour of the facilities at ITV, Capital TV, Radio One and Capital Radio by ITV channel director Macharia Koigi.  The visit to the audio side of things was brought to a close by an inspirational talk with Joyce Mhaville (see photo), managing director of the television and radio channels and one of Tanzania’s only female MDs.

En route to the print section of IPP media, the Young Reporters were interviewed by Capital TV journalists and included in the national news at 9.30pm tonight…link to follow soon.

The YRAPers then visited the newsroom of the Guardian and Nipashe newspapers printed in English and Swahili respectively.  After a brief chat with the founding editor of the Guardian (almost 40 years earlier), we were shown out to the building where the large and noisy printing presses were housed.

All in all, a great day was had by all and I’m sure once the information has been digested, you will get an insight into the winners first thoughts of Tanzania and what was seen on their first day.

Watch this space and “asante sana” for reading…