Each year, the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award is awarded to one outstanding woman Editor in the sub Saharan Africa region and in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) respectively. Laureates of the Award are first amongst their peers in inspiring and paving the way forward for the next generation of leaders.

The Award recognises an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom, and under her leadership, the contribution of her newspaper to society.

Congratulations to our 2017 Laureates, East African Editor in Chief Pamella Sittoni and Al Masry Al Youm Contributing Editor Karima Kamal. To learn more about Karima and Pamella, continue reading below.

Karima Kamal,
Coloumnist, Contributing Editor,
Al Masry Al Youm, Egypt

karima-kamal-pic-2Kamal is a leading voice in Egyptian media. Kamal was the top features writer on social affairs for the magazine  Sabah El Kheir and became  assistant chief editor for the magazine. She also served as the an editorial consultant  for the daily Badeel newspaper for which she ran a specialized  features page.

She is the author of several publications on personal status laws, women’s rights and the affairs of the Coptic community in Egypt and has been a  long term activist for citizen and women’s rights - a role she continues to play  as vice president of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.

She is a member of the National Council for Women Media, a member of the Committee at CAPAS, a member of  the Association of Documentary Film Makers, of the Housing Committee. Since 1972 she has been a member of  the Journalists Syndicate. Kamal received the Mostafa Amin prize for Journalism. She has a BA from the Faculty  of Arts, Cairo University.

Pamella Makotsi Sittoni, 
Editor  of  the  International  Desk,
Nation  Media  Group, Kenya


Pamella Sittoni leads the Nation Media Group’s coverage of international, African and regional affairs by staff in  Nairobi and three bureaus in the  region, as well as Correspondents across Africa. She has held the position for  five years.

Sittoni began her career at the Nation Media Group in Kenya as a reporter in 1993,and later worked as a sub-  editor, deputy chief sub-editor and  chief sub-editor. In 2003 she moved to the Standard Group, as Deputy  Managing Editor. In 2005, she was appointed Managing Editor of its  flagship daily, The Standard, becoming the  first woman Managing Editor of a daily newspaper in Kenya.

From 2006 to 2012, she worked as a Communication Specialist with the United Nations Children’s Fund  (UNICEF) Kenya, where she, among other tasks, led the agency’s engagement with Members of Parliament and  was charged with mobilising the media to keep children’s and women’s issues on the national and global agenda.

Sittoni holds a degree in literature and anthropology and a post-graduate diploma in communication from the  University of Nairobi, and a Master’s degree in New Media, Democracy and Governance, from the University of Leicester. She is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network through the Africa Leadership Initiative (East Africa).


Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye
Sunday Punch, Nigeria

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye has over 10 years experience as an investigative journalist on different beats like politics, crime, business, health and  environment.  Ogunseye, who is the first female editor in the over 40-year history Punch Newspaper, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper, is the  Editor of the Sunday title-Sunday Punch. 

Ogunseye, who is the 2014 Laureate of the African Women in News Leadership Award given by the World Association of Newspapers is tasked    with the responsibility of ensuring that Sunday Punch is the best paper in the country every Sunday. She also ensures that the reporters she works  with deliver at their optimum best in order to make the paper and its online platforms competitive and revenue-generating.

A 2014 Fellow of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, she is also an advocate for empowerment of young persons and  gives self development talks locally and internationally.  Apart from this, she is a guest lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism where teaches journalism students for free. She is skilled in media, communications and scientific research.

She holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, a Pgd in Print Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, a MSc in Media and Communication from the Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria and is currently studying for a PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. 

The 2014 winner of the Knight Investigative Journalism Award, journalism’s global premier prize, Ogunseye’s investigative reporting had in 2013 earned her the Nigerian Academy of Science Award Reporter of the Year.