She was nominated for her work on human rights, ranging from women's rights to lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
"This is a huge personal honour for me. To be recognised as a distinguished journalist is amazing," said Akumu.
With the award, Akumu took home US$500 (about Shs 1.3m) in cash. She will get an opportunity to work for UK's Guardian
newspaper for three months starting in June and become a career member of the David Astor Journalism Award Winners network. The first runner-up, also from The Observer
was Sulaiman Kakaire.
"In any competition, there is always the best and Akumu was the best and deserves it," Kakaire said.
Kakaire gets US$250 (Shs 700 000). Established in 2006, the David Astor Journalism Trust (DAJAT), which administers the award, operates in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The David Astor awards involve three-month work experience, attachments with newspapers in the UK or South Africa, followed by continuing long-term professional support.
Previous winners of the award include Raymond Baguma, of the New Vision
, Yasiin Mugerwa and Barbara Among of the Daily Monitor
and Daniel Edyegu. The trust is named offer the late David Astor, a distinguished editor of The Observer
newspaper in London from 1948 to 1975, who was a lifelong champion of African development, human rights and social justice causes.Source: Media Source Africa