PREMIUM TIMES Honors Reporters at Inaugural Award Ceremony

PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria’s leading investigative news platform, held its inaugural staff awards ceremony on Friday. The event, held in Abuja, was organized to reward and recognize employees for their hard work and determination over the past year. Musikilu Mojeed, editor-in-chief of PREMIUM TIMES, said the show is part of the company’s modest efforts to appreciate its staff. Mr. Mojeed, who paid tribute to his team, noted that staff members’ commitment to the newspaper’s ideals and indomitable spirit cannot be quantified in monetary and gift values. He challenged reporters and editors to do more in the new year and spread the newspaper’s cherished tradition of fact-based accountability journalism. Being the opening ceremony, only two award categories were awarded: “Reporter of the Year” and “Stories of the Year”. Idris Akinbajo, the paper’s managing editor, said management would introduce new award categories in the future. Yusuf Akinpeluformer head of the data office, won the ‘Reporter of the Year’ award. Having won 13 stories of the week and two stories of the month awards in 2021, the judges chose Mr. Akinpelu as the inaugural reporter of the year. Receiving the award, Mr. Akinpelu said the recognition, which comes with a cash prize of N250,000, meant a lot to him, adding: “It’s a shot in the arm for me to do more and continue telling stories.” great and impressive.” “That the award has come after taking a break from the platform shows the high level of respect for fairness and justice not only in the editorial process but also in the inner workings of the newspaper,” said Akinpelu, who now works for the BBC. “This is something that I think all media organizations should learn from.” Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Akinbajo said that the evaluation process was “very transparent and verifiable” and noted that “editors believe that it should be held accountable and seen to be done.” Meanwhile, the Story of the Year award was jointly won by two reporters who had the highest scores for overall stories of the months in 2021. The joint winners were Ameh Ejekwonyilo and Kemi Busari. The duo shared the N200,000 prize that came with the Story of the Year award. Mr. Busari’s story of how Nigerian security officials arbitrarily and extrajudicially killed citizens while enforcing curfew during the partial lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the winning entries. On the world stage, Mr. Busari’s report was shortlisted for the 2021 Fetisov Journalism Awards. Busari, while accepting the award, said he is “still trying to follow up so that the victims of these extrajudicial killings get justice.” He thanked his editors and everyone who supported him as he wrote the story, including sponsor the Center for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID). Before becoming the editor of Dubawa, an independent fact-checking center under the auspices of Premium Times sister organization CJID, Mr. Busari, a multiple award-winning reporter, was the Senate Correspondent for PREMIUM TIMES. . Meanwhile, the second winning entry was Mr. Ejekwonyilo’s months-long report on How Decrepit Court Facilities Make It Difficult to Administer Justice in Nigeria’s Capital. As the first major recognition for his journalistic work, Mr. Ejekwonyilo was “excited and overwhelmed” to have jointly won the award. He saluted “the tireless effort of Ade Adesomoju, my immediate boss, and the excellent tradition of PREMIUM TIMES of rewarding journalistic excellence.” He added that the award “will push me to tell more impactful stories that build accountability in Nigeria and the African continent.” advertisements Mr. Ejekwonyilo also dedicated “the award to my beloved mother, Rose-Ikponya Abah, whose enormous sacrifices helped me finish university, and to my late little sister, Ochanya Ogbanje, whose horrendous death at the hands of rapists in 2018, we are still haunted by.” just everyone. . I hope justice will be done soon.” Laureate Ameh Ejekwonyilo and Yusuf Akinpelu with a colleague Laureate Yusuf Akinpelu with Premium Times leaders Premium Times family Yusuf Akinpelu with Kabir Yusuf Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; PREMIUM TIMES Honors Reporters at Inaugural Award Ceremony