Celebrating our own – 4 Nigerian Journalists in historic win at the 2015 CMAJ Awards

L-R: Umukoro and Asu with their awards (source: The Punch)

This is impressive stuff. Amidst the desert dunes of downs in the country, news like this one points to an oasis.

Four Nigerian journalists were declared winners in the prestigious CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist Awards for 2015. That was the first time four winners will emerge from the same country.

It was also the first time a newspaper in Nigeria would win two prizes at the same time during the awards.

These wonderful and award-winning quartet are Adewale Emosu of Tribune, who won in the Culture Award category with the story, ‘Bahia: Even in Brazil, African heritage lives on’; Ibanga Isine of Premium Times, who emerged winner in the News Impact Award with the story, ‘Investigation: Massacre in Gboko: Soldiers at Dangote Factory kill 7; company, govt abandon victims’ families; Arukaino Umukoro of The Punch, who emerged winner in the Sports Reporting Award with the story, ‘Monuments of waste: Nigeria’s white elephant stadiums’; and Femi Asu,also of The Punch, won the Ecobank Economics and Business Award with his entry, ‘Small business in death thrills as power supply worsens.’

It brings more joy to note that these journalists won in their respective categories with investigative entries that addressed issues, gave a human face to some of the torrid challenges faced by their fellow compatriots, and that sought interventionist redress in each of the case raised.

Femi’s story for example, written last year December, revealed the debilitating effects poor power supply has on millions of Nigerians who depend on electricity to eke out a living and create jobs for others, as they continue to fork out large sums of money to fuel generators.

The CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist Competition is the most prestigious and respected award for journalists across the African continent. This year’s event took place in Nairobi, Kenya.


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