PUNCH wins Newspaper of the Year, six others at NMMA
The most widely read newspaper in Nigeria, The PUNCH, emerged the winner of the Newspaper of the Year award at the 27th edition of the Nigeria Media Merit Award, which held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on Sunday night.
The paper, which had won the award several times in the past, beat The Guardian and Daily Trust to the second and third place to clinch this year’s award.
Also, four reporters, a photojournalist and a columnist with PUNCH won in their respective categories.
A senior correspondent with The PUNCH, Samson Folarin, emerged winner in the Cecil King Memorial Prize for Print Journalist of the Year.
Folarin beat Femi Ibirogba of The Guardian and Innocent Duru of New Telegraph with his entry, ‘How fruits ripened with carbide kill Nigerians’.
Folarin was also a runner-up in the Alex Ibru Prize for the Investigative Reporter of the Year, which was won by Olugbenga Akinfenwa of The Guardian.
A correspondent with the weekend titles of PUNCH, Jesusegun Alagbe, won the
Union Bank Prize for Banking and Finance Reporter of the Year with his report, ‘Nigeria, where it’s easier for churches to obtain loans than small businesses’.
He defeated other nominees in the category – Collins Nweze of The Nation and Chijioke Nelson of The Guardian.
Alagbe was also nominated for the Buba Marwa Prize for Defence Reporter of the Year alongside Isioma Madike of New Telegraph.
However, no winner was named in the category as the judges said the entries did not meet some criteria.
Another correspondent with the weekend titles of PUNCH, Tunde Ajaja, won the Nigerian Ports Authority Prize for Maritime Reporter of the Year with his twopart story, ‘Once upon a goldmine: Pathetic fate of Nigeria’s burdened seaports’ and ‘Ports: Agencies make a mockery of presidential directive as chaos continues one year after’.
A senior correspondent with The PUNCH, Anna Okon, and Oluwakemi Dauda of The Nation were runners-up in the category.
A correspondent with The PUNCH, Ife Ogunfuwa, won the MTN Prize for Telecommunications Reporter of the Year with her entry, ‘Complaints as Ogun subscribers battle poor telecoms signals’.
She defeated Sunday Bello of New Telegraph and Samson
Akintaro, also of New Telegraph, to clinch the award.
PUNCH photojournalist, Olatunji Obasa, won the News Photographer of the Year award with his entry, ‘Hon. Boma good head, in face-off with an official of DSS’.
Another PUNCH photojournalist, Saheed Olugbon, had two nominations in the same category, to emerge as first and second runners-up.
A columnist with The PUNCH, Abimbola Adelakun, was winner in the Alade Odunewu Prize for the Columnist of the Year.
A PUNCH columnist, late Henry Boyo, and Micky Attah of The Nation, were runners-up in the category.
Also, Ade Adesomoju of The PUNCH was a runner-up in the Ernest Sissei Ikoli Prize for the Newspaper Reporter of the Year, won by Gboyega Alaka of The Nation.
A former Editor of The PUNCH, Martin Ayankola, was a runner-up in the Dele Giwa Prize for Editor of the Year award.
It was won by Abraham Ogbodo of The Guardian, while Nasiru Abubakar of Daily Trust was another runner-up.
The PUNCH was a runner-up in the Prize for Editorial Writing of the Year, which was won by
Also, a chief correspondent with The PUNCH, Nike Popoola, was a runner-up in the IGI Prize for Insurance Reporter of the Year award.
The category was won by Chijioke Jideofor of New Telegraph, while Rosemary Onuha of the Vanguard was also a runner-up.
Another correspondent of The PUNCH, Maureen Ihuamaduenyi, was a runner-up in the Aviation Industry Reporter of the Year award, which was won by Ifeoma Okeke of Business Day.
In the broadcast category at the award ceremony, the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria was crowned the NBC Prize for Radio Station of the Year.
Also, FRCN’S Chinelo Ozoalor emerged the Radio Reporter of the Year with her entry, ‘NECO – Paper leak Enugu.’
She defeated fellow FRCN reporters, Mary Fatile and John Obot, to win the award.
Oshin Bankole of Raypower won the Radio Presenter of the Year with her entry, ‘Repositioning local government councils for effective service delivery as from 2019’. She beat Oteri Omonigho of Lagos Radio 96.1FM and Tinu Omolabi of Eko FM to the award.
However, Oteri was named winner of George Bako Prize for Radio Broadcaster of the Year with his entry, ‘Dissecting the role of a regulator in the maritime industry.’
For Radio Production Reporter of the Year category, Akinsola Famakin of Metro FM beat Destiny Onyemihia of the Voice of Nigeria.
In the Radio Programme of the Year category, Ray Power’s Owoseni Idris defeated Onyemihia and Eko FM 89.7’s Jumoke Oyekunmi with his entry, ‘Hook up show’.
Channels TV emerged winner of the NBC Prize for Television Station of the Year. The station beat TVC News and the Nigerian Television Authority in the category.
Meanwhile, Temitope Badmus of TVC News won the Television Production of the Year award with her entry, ‘Farmers/herders clashes: Plight of IDPS in Benue State’.
She beat other TVC reporters, Adedoja Salam Adeniyi and Sharon Ijasan, to clinch the award.
Channels TV’S Seun Okinbaloye was named Television Programme Presenter of the Year for his entry, ‘Sunday Politics’. He beat TVC reporters Esther Omopariola and Bukola Samuel-wemimo to emerge winner.
TVC’S Mike Okwoche was named Television Newscaster of the Year, beating Channels TV’S Gimba Umar.
For the Cadbury Nigeria Plc Prize for Television Reporter of the Year, Deji Badamosi of TV 360 won the award, defeating TVC’S Agbebiyi Susanchris and AIT News’ Omhoudu Lovelyn.
The only nominee for the Television Drama of the Year, Wale Adenuga Productions’ Adewale Adenuga, won the award.
Giving a breakdown of the entries received, the Chairman, NMMA Panel of Assesors, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, said in the print category, there were 457 entrants, who submitted 671 entries across 39 categories.
In the Radio Category, he said there were 29 entrants who submitted 37 entries across the six categories; and in the television category, there were 34 entrants, who submitted 44 entries across the six categories.
According to him, the assessors were delighted that there was an increase in the number of entries, compared to the previous year.
However, he expressed worry that the quality of some of the entries received this year was poor, especially from the prism of investigative journalism.
He applauded the TY Danjuma Foundation for supporting the programme.
Meanwhile, Senator Daisy Danjuma, who represented her husband, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), applauded the programme as she called for the inclusion of Health Category in the awards.
Plaques and certificates of merit were presented to all winners.
Media leadership awards were also presented to a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba; an advertising guru and Chairman of Troyka Group, Dr Biodun Shobanjo; a life patron of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Mallam Isma’ila Isa Funtua; and a former Editor-in-chief of Daily Times, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu.
•L-R: Associate Director, Health Systems Consult Limited, Dr Tosin Kolade; Chief Executive Officer, Lifeworth HMO, Dr Raymond Osho; a former National President, Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria, Dr Adenike Olaniba; and a former National President, Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Dr Anthony Omolola, at the breakfast meeting organised for the Managing Director of Hospitals and Service Providers by Lifeworth HMO in Lagos... on Saturday.