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Saturday,21 October, 2017
Issue 1316, (20 - 26 October 2016)

Ahram Weekly

The Weekly leading Africa

The Weekly leading Africa
The Weekly leading Africa
Al-Ahram Weekly

Egyptian journalist Ati Metwaly, the Ahram Online culture editor and Al-Ahram Weekly music critic, won the CNN African Journalist Award for 2016 at the gala award ceremony held at Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this week. Metwaly’s name had been announced among the 38 finalists from 14 countries on 18 July. She was the only Egyptian journalist who made it to the short list this year. 

Metwaly won the award for her article “Music against all odds” published in Al-Ahram Weekly in November 2015, about the human stories of the visually-impaired women who make up Egypt’s Al Nour wal Amal orchestra.

Metwaly started contributing to Al-Ahram Weekly in 2009, writing about the classical music scene in Egypt. A year later she joined the team of Ahram Online before its official launch. Metwaly was awarded the Cultural Leadership International grant from the British Council in Egypt in 2010. 

A graduate of the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University, 1997, she was raised in an artistic family and started her career in cultural journalism while still at university, writing for various publications like the Community Times magazine, Daily News Egypt, Al-Ahram Hebdo, The Art Review, Al-Ebdaa magazine, the UAE-based Contemporary Practices magazine, and the UK-based Asharq Al-Awsat and Majalla.  

Before joining Al-Ahram, Metwaly was the editorial director and one of three founders of The Art Review (2005-2008), the first English-language bi-monthly publication about arts in Egypt. 

The CNN African Journalist Awards were founded by Edward Boateng in 1995 and since then, they have expanded to include 14 categories aimed at recognising and encouraging talented journalists across the region.  

Other journalists from Egypt who won the CNN African Journalist Award include Passant Rabie (Sports Award, Egypt Today, 2013), Manar Attiya (Francophone General News Award, Al-Ahram Hebdo, 2012) and Lamia Hassan (Environmental Award, 2011), Ethar El-Katatney (Economics and Business Award, 2009).

We republish the winning article, which first appeared in Al-Ahram Weekly issue 1271, 19 November 2015

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