PUNCH wins News­pa­per of the Year, six oth­ers at NMMA

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Tunde Ajaja and Je­suse­gun Alagbe

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

The Nation.

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.

•Fo­larin

•Ogun­fuwa

•Ajaja

•Obasa

•Alagbe

•Ade­lakun

Photo: Sa­heed Olug­bon

•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.

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