Time to nominate for Percy Qoboza Award!

Folks: It is time to solicit nominations for the annual Percy Qoboza Award honoring  to honor groundbreaking, and sometimes life-threatening, work done by foreign journalists covering the Diaspora.

The award is named for Percy Peter Tshidiso Qoboza, editor of The World newspaper in Soweto, South Africa, whose powerful columns ranged from coverage of the 1976 Soweto riots to the tragic horror of apartheid and the white minority government’s treatment of millions of black Africans.  During his tenure, The World became the most read newspaper by South Africa’s black population. He died at 50.

The Qoboza is “awarded to a foreign journalist who has done extraordinary work – while overcoming tremendous obstacles – that contributes to the enrichment, understanding or advancement of people or issues in the African Diaspora.” Please send your suggestions to Rochelle and Jeff simultaneously ASAP. We will count up votes, send a top three list back to you and see if we can’t reach consensus by week’s end!

Thanks, Rochelle (rochelleriley@aol.com and Jeff ( jeffreypballou@gmail.com).

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