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Inaugural Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Graduation

  Feb 26, 2016

Over 80 participants of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Executive Training Program (BMIA) graduated on the 22nd of February 2016 at the Sankara Hotel in Nairobi Kenya. The ceremony, a culmination of a six-month spread modular program, tailor made to address the pertinent concerns of Africa’s business landscape, pooled over 80 journalists, who took part in the Kenyan chapter of the program.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. George Njenga, Dean Strathmore Business School said, “The fourth estate is the personification of journalism brought to life, a noble service that maps people’s livelihood and culture. Today we witness the end product of a refined group of journalists, eager to transform business reporting.”

Ms. Erana Stennett, Director of Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa challenged the participants to aggressively report on the effects of climate change, education, budgets and stock market trends which will inform the decisions of various partakers of information in the country. “We hope participants will consider this exposure to business and financial reporting as a life-long vocation to further the development, quality, accuracy and impact of the field in Africa. Bloomberg is proud to partner with eminent journalists and leading universities in Africa to make this program a possibility,” said Ms. Stennett.

Dr. Haron Mwangi, CEO, Media Council of Kenya applauded the program, focusing on the significant relevance of the program to the Kenyan market, in scope, depth and in filling the gaps of financial reporting.

The six-month program which is offered through modules is offered to journalists and mid-career professionals in business and civil society in order to strengthen their skills in capital markets and data analysis and enhance their knowledge in financial and economic reporting. The program is a core component of the BMIA, which aims to accelerate development of a globally competitive media and financial reporting industry as well as promote transparency, accountability and good governance in Africa.

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, with additional support from the Ford Foundation, the BMIA Executive Training Program brings together leading faculty from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and five other preeminent business and journalism schools in Africa, including: Rhodes University School of Journalism in South Africa; the University of Lagos Department of Mass Communication and Radio, and the Pan Atlantic University Lagos Business School in Nigeria; and Strathmore Business School and University of Nairobi, School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Kenya.

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