The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

Erick Kabendera

Photograph of Erick Kabendera

Erick is a freelance
journalist based in Dar es Salaam who writes for international and regional publications.

He mainly covers politics, trade, and the extractive industries, and regularly contributes to The EastAfrican, The Africa Report, and The Economist Intelligence Unit.

He has also written for British newspapers, including The Guardian, The Observer and The Independent, and the international news agency AFP.

Selected as the David Astor Award winner from Tanzania in 2009, he spent three months in London attached to The Independent and The Times.

In 2010, he did six months of rural development reporting under the Tanzania Media Fund fellowship programme.

He started as a features writer for The Citizen in 2004.  Awarded a Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellowship in 2008, he reported from the United Nations in New York for three months.

In 2009, he joined The Guardian in Dar es Salaam as a features writer, and later served as news editor, before going freelance in 2010.

He holds an Advanced Diploma in Journalism from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Postgraduate Diploma in management and development from Strathmore University in Kenya.

He is currently working towards a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

As a young boy, he dreamed of one day becoming a professional boxer but his mother never approved of the idea.  Nevertheless, he still competes in amateur boxing now in his spare time.

Twitter:  @kabsjourno