Kenyan series Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers, which airs on the BBC World Service, has been nominated for the International Emmys in the News & Current Affairs category alongside other nominees from Brazil, Qatar, Russia, the Netherlands and UK.
The news was announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS), which recognises excellence in television produced outside of the US, as well as US primetime programmes produced in languages other than English.
Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers is a BBC investigation that was launched a month ago to investigate child trafficking in Kenya. It reveals the existence of a secretive but thriving illegal market for stolen babies.
According to the IATAS, the team infiltrated and exposed three prolific child trafficking networks that stretch from one of Nairobi’s poorest slums to one of Kenya’s biggest government hospitals.
Bruce Paisner, president and CEO of IATAS, said: “As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic and unrest in every place, access to reliable news is more crucial than ever. We salute the outstanding work and great courage of our nominees for reporting on difficult and sensitive matters, despite the global health crisis and many other obstacles thrown at them.”
The International Emmy winners will be recognised alongside their American news peers during an online ceremony on September 28.
Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, is set to receive the 2019 Médailles d’Honneur award at the MipTV conference and market.
Reed Midem, organiser of the event, said the award ceremony will take place on April 8 at the InterContinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France.
The award is given to senior executives who have contributed to the development of the international TV community and to the world of TV. Abudu, who is a member of the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences board, is one of the most prolific producers in Africa.
She launched EbonyLife TV in 2013 and has since produced a number of movies, including Fifty in 2015, The Wedding Party 2 in 2017 and Chief Daddy in 2018.
Abudu said: “I am thankful and overjoyed at the news of being one of the four recipients of the 2019 Médailles d’Honneur at MipTV. I am so excited and most grateful for this recognition of our work and, more than anything, that our stories are now making a difference across the globe.”
Abudu will be receiving her Médailles d’Honneur award in Cannes alongside three other 2019 recipients: US writer/showrunner Ilene Chaiken; Banijay Group chairman Stéphane Courbit; and Sky Vision MD Jane Millichip.