Nigerian Breweries awards 7 outstanding journalists with N7m cash prizes

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L-R: Mr. Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Dr, Yemi Ogunbiyi, Chairman, Panel of Judges, NB Golden Pen Awards; Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi, representative of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Oluranti Adebule; Mr. Isioma Madike, NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year; Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President and Mr. Johan Doyer, Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, at the 9th Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Awards in Lagos on Friday.

The Nigerian Breweries Plc has rewarded seven outstanding Journalists with N7 million cash prize at the 9th edition of the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Award.

The 2017 Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Award was held on Friday night at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, and it was entitled: “Agriculture, Local Sourcing and Industrial Development”.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Johan Doyar, said the award which was launched in 2009, was to motivate and promote the practice of Journalism in Nigeria.

Doyar said that this year’s theme had a lot of potentials and also had the key source to development. “It is our hope and expectations that the media will draw attention to the sections of the economy to agriculture; it is important to acknowledge the role of the media in national development. “Nigeria is a land of talents and we believe in it passionately,” he said.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s Office, Mrs Yetunde Odejaye, commended the Nigerian breweries for its consistency in sustaining the award. AdebDangote urge Public Coop to monitor, report illegal truck driversule said that the award would promote objective news reporting and project Nigerian media as patriotic institutions. She also lauded the media for supporting the initiatives of Nigerian Breweries over the years.

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The guest speaker at the occasion, Mr. Ray Ekpu, thanked Nigerian Breweries for the initiative and called for soul-searching by the media who he urged to bridge the gap between training and practice.

Ekpu, a former Editor-in-Chief of the defunct Newswatch Magazine and Chairman of May Five Publications recalled that before crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in 1958, agriculture was the mainstay of the economy and produced food and prosperity for the nation.

He challenged the press to support the efforts to domesticate the Nigerian economy, maintaining that Nigerian Breweries has set a worthy example on how to grow agriculture and local industry.

The Chairman of the Panel of Judges, Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, said the entries for this year’s award were an improvement over the past years. He lauded the efforts of Nigerian Breweries at sustaining the award and commended the Nigerian media for its unrelenting efforts to set an agenda for the good of the Nigerian people.

The Nigerian Breweries Reporter of the Year cash prize of N2 Million, was given to Isioma Madike of The New Telegraph. Madike’s work ,“Shongan Farm: The dream of Zimbabwean White’’, an investigative piece, earned him the award.

The 2nd runner up for the Nigerian Breweries reporter of the year, Mr Caleb Ojewale of The Business Day was given N750,000, while the 1st runner up, Mr Arukaino Umukoro, of the Punch Newspapers went home with N1 million.

In the Photo journalist category, the overall winner, Olatunji Obasa also of the the Punch Newspapers got N1 Million; first runner up, Jubril Sulaimon, of The New Telegraph got N750,000, and second runner up, Toluwani Eniola of the The Punch Newspapers, got N500,000.

The winner of the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Report of the Year, Mojeed Alabi, of The New Telegraph, received N1 million. All the winners in all categories got an iPad and a Plaque, each.

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