4 Nigerian Journalists Win ICFJ/UN Prizes For Outstanding Reports [2018]

Four Nigerian journalists have been awarded prizes of $1,750 by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the United Nations Foundation for their outstanding coverage of conflict, flooding and desertification.

Three of the journalists: Ochiaka Ugwu of People’s Daily Newspapers, Babatunde Okunlola from Royal FM and Kelechukwu Iruoma of Ripples Nigeria won $1,000, $500 and $250 cash prizes, respectively.

Ochiaka Ugwu won first place for his story: “The People Whose Soil is Turning to Trash” while Okunlola won second place with an in-depth radio report titled, “Illorin: The Place Called Away”. According to ICFJ, Okunlola’s “radio broadcast focused on massive dump sites, a side effect of population growth, and the resulting damage to the general environment and public health”.

Third place winner, Iruoma, used photos, charts and videos for his multimedia story on the Benue region. Published by Ripples Nigeria, the story detailed how the area could experience food shortages in the future as climate change in the form of floods and limited rainfall hit major food production.

Vanessa Offiong of Daily Trust won ‘Honourable Mention’ for her story: “When Antenatal is a Luxury: The IDP Story”. The story examined the high cost and low availability of care for pregnant women living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

They were among the 40 Nigerian journalists who participated in a six-month training programme on Enhancing Climate and Migration Reporting at Washington, D.C.

ICFJ said as part of a story competition for programme participants, a panel of judges recognised the four journalists for their outstanding coverage.

The journalists’ organisation said these cadre of newly trained journalists from across Nigeria had reached millions of readers and listeners with stories on climate and migration issues affecting their communities.

ICFJ said the 40 journalists produced more than 50 stories on topics such as migration linked to conflict, flooding and desertification, and the resulting impact on health and economic security.

According to ICFJ:

“The stories were part of a programme to bolster coverage of these critical topics in a part of the world deeply influenced by them.

They worked with environmental and population experts, as well as top media trainers from Africa and beyond.

The training, both virtual and in-person courses, focused on better understanding climate issues, learning data-driven tools and strengthening multimedia storytelling techniques.

Ugwu’s impressive story incorporated the voices of struggling farmers to examine the harsh impact of desertification on communities.

Due to the land, residents are forced to leave because the soil can no longer sustain the farming practices.”

The programme encouraged Nigerian journalists to produce compelling stories on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 10 and 13. These SDGs aimed to “reduce inequality within and among countries” and to “combat climate change and its impact” by 2030.

ICFJ said other participants produced stories on topics such as health care in camps for displaced people, conflicts between farmers and herdsmen and the relation to migration.

The others are land degradation as a result of illegal gold mining, increases in annual flooding and population movements that stem from oil spills.

Yagazie Emezi Wins 2018 Getty Images Creative Bursary Award

Nigerian documentary photographer, Yagazie Emezi, has been awarded the Inaugural Creative Bursary Award by Getty Images.

The 26-year-old is among the six recipients selected by an industry-leading panel of the international photo curating platform to get amounts between $2,000 and $5,000.

Yagazie Emezi

Other recipients include Neema Githere from Kenya; Oriana Koren, Jeremy Dennis, Donavon Smallwood and Tara Sellios from the United States of America.

Yagazie Emezi came in joint second place with Neema Githere for a prize sum of $3,000.

In the words of Yagazie Emezi on receiving the Creative Bursary Award:

“Ready for the challenge and looking forward to seeing how we make use of this opportunity to tell more of our necessary stories.”

She began her journey as a self-taught photographer in early 2015 and has since been commissioned by Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Refinery29, Everyday Projects, and UNFPA.

The Vlogger and a graduate of Cultural Anthropology and African Studies from the University of New Mexico came into limelight for her continuous project ‘Another Tale by Moonlight’.

She returned to Lagos from the United States of America (USA) in 2014, to ‘document life in Nigeria as it truly is’.

Emezi has worked on several projects including ‘Felaberation’ and the Lagos Fashion Week.

In 2017, Yagazie Emezi was a participant in the World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa and is a contributor to Everyday Africa.

Getty Images Inaugural Creative Bursary Awards was established in October 2017, to support emerging photographers, who must be under 30 or have been pursuing professional photography for less than three years.

The annual $40,000 Bursary will enable them to realise commercial photographic projects.

For the selection of the winners, participants were asked to submit a project proposal and visual brief in support of their creative idea. Awardees were selected from the pool of entries.

Odinaka Anudu & Temple Asaju Win 2017 MAN Reporters Of The Year Award

Odinaka Anudu and Temple Asaju have won the 2017 Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Reporters of the Year award at the 2018 MAN annual media luncheon held in Ikeja, Lagos. Anudu retained the award which he also won in 2016.

Odinaka Anudu won the newspaper category, while Temple Asaju of Channels TV emerged winner in the television category.

According to MAN, Anudu’s stories, submitted through a competitive process, were considered most incisive and in-depth, meeting all the criteria set by judges. Further stating that his in-depth reporting and analysis of relevant issues in the manufacturing sector stood out among his colleagues.

Frank Jacobs, president of MAN, said Anudu also won the award for going an extra mile to do in-depth reporting and analyses of issues and policies affecting the manufacturing sector, adding that he placed key manufacturing challenges on the front burner of public discourse.

Odinaka Anudu, BusinessDay’s editorial analyst, heads the Industry and SMEs desks, supervising a widely-read section produced every Monday called ‘Start-Up Digest’. He has won a number of local and international journalism awards, fellowships and grants.

Last year, he was nominated by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, for a fully-funded investigation in Guateng.

Anudu is an economist, philosopher, public speaker and former school teacher. He was trained by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on Trade Negotiation and was formerly the secretary-general of the National Drug Abuse Control Association. He has received several training programmes in journalism, locally and internally. He has two books to his credit, ‘Top-Class English for Schools and Colleges’ (2009) and ‘Drug Abuse and Our Future: Who Will Bell the Cat?’ (2010).

Winners Of 2017 Lagos PR Industry Gala and Awards (LaPRIGA)

Winners have emerged at the 2017 Lagos PR Industry Gala and Awards (LaPRIGA) held at Four Point by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Lagos Chapter has named Founder/CEO of BHM, Ayeni Adekunle, as the PR Practitioner of the year 2017.

According to the Chairman, NIPR Lagos State Chapter, Olusegun McMedal, the award is in recognition of Ayeni’s sterling contributions to the PR practice in Nigeria, especially for his firm’s leadership in innovation and creation of value for the ecosystem with launch of the Nigeria PR Report: the first and only annual report chronicling development, collating data, monitoring trends, perceptions, challenges and prospects in Public Relations industry in Africa’s biggest market.

BHM was also responsible for the development of the first PR mobile application in Nigeria, BHM App. Described as a complete resource for the media and marketing communications industry, BHM app serves as a reservoir of information for clients, agencies and the PR industry as a whole.

In addition to Ayeni’s recognition, BHM was also awarded Best Agency To Work, and Agency of the Year 2017. The selection of BHM according to the organisers was based on the result of a survey of agency employees which scored BHM high on a wide range of parameters, ranging from integrity of senior management, quality of professional development, creativity, empowerment and risk-taking, staff welfare, mobility, retention and emolument.

TPT International was conferred with the ‘Corporate Practitioner of Excellence 2017’ award. This is in recognition of its “innovative, excellent, professional and creative” approach to campaigns and contribution to the growth of PR practice in the past two decades.

Nkechi Ali-Balogun, FNIPR, the Principal Consultant, Chief Executive Officer of the NECCI Limited and the Founder of NECCI Public Relations Roundtable was conferred with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”. According to the NIPR, the award was given in recognition of her role as a leading public relations practiotioner and strategist, as well as being the first female chairman of the Lagos branch of the Institute.
Nine corporate brands including Chevron, Promasidor, MTN, Firstbank, Airtel, and Dufil were also awarded with the 2017 Lagos PR Industry Gala and Awards (LaPRIGA) Award for their extraordinary acts of giving, sharing and loving, which has made demonstrable difference in host communities and in the lives of specific persons.

The second edition of the Lagos PR Industry Gala and Awards (LaPRIGA) is themed “celebration of success” with the aim of recognizing excellence in communication professionals, corporate and public organisations in the industry in order to boost professionalism and more investment in the practice.

Ayeni Adekunle was represented at the award ceremony by Moruff Adenekan, General Manager, BHM and Femi Falodun, COO ID Africa – the Digital Agency founded by Ayeni Adekunle. In a pre-recorded video, which was played at the event, Ayeni apologized for not being physically present to personally receive the award and expressed his gratitude to the organizers.

He further said:

“…this award is for everybody that has ever worked at BHM, I take all the credit all the time for what we are doing but from our first staff ever to all the interns that have joined us today, the entire management team and everyone that has worked, are currently working and that will work here in future, it is because of you that we’re able to say- we’re building a company that will surely go global…”

Ayeni Adekunle is a graduate of Microbiology from the University of Ibadan. Before founding BHM, Ayeni was a journalist at Encomium, The Punch, Thisday, and The Africa Report. Ayeni has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and workshops around the world where he teaches on new media, entrepreneurship, youth culture, public relations, and entertainment. He is also founder of Nigeria’s premiere entertainment newspaper – Nigerian Entertainment Today NETng, as well as the umbrella entertainment conference for Nigeria’s creative sector – Nigerian Entertainment Conference.

Ayeni is a member of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK (CIPR).

Winners Of 2017 Lagos Advertising And Ideas Festival (LAIF) Awards

Winners have emerged at the 2017 Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF) awards aimed at rewarding and recognising creative excellence.

Noah’s Ark Communications Limited emerged the overall best creative agency at the Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF).

The 10-year-old agency won the much-coveted prize, Grand Prix for “Lost”, its much-acclaimed commercial for Airtel, thus making history as the only agency in Nigeria, for now, to win the LAIF Grand Prix back-to-back.

The jury of the Lagos Advertising & Ideas Festival (LAIF) adjudged Airtel’s Lost Television Commercial as the best advertising campaign in 2017.

Noah’s Ark Communications Limited in addition to the Grand Prix, won six gold medals, nine silver and seven bronze medals.

Noah’s Ark Communications Limited submitted 60 entries, out of which 54 were shortlisted and 24 of the entries eventually won the awards. With its performance at the 2017 edition of LAIF, Noah’s Ark has set the record of winning two out of the four grand prix that have ever been awarded in the 12 years existence of LAIF Awards.

Aside clinching the grand prix at LAIF, the Lost TVC won a Gold in Telecom services sub category under Film; another Gold in Film Craft in the same category; and bronze in Best Use of Music under the Film and Film craft sub categories.

Noah’s Ark Communications Limited had earlier won gold at the recently concluded Epica Award in Brussel, Germany with its Airtel “Lost” spot. The ad was also shortlisted among the 20 funniest ads of 2017 in the current edition of the globally acclaimed advertising magazine, Adweek.

X3M, a five year-old agency, led by Steve Babaeko, finished second runners-up, behind Noah’s Ark and DDB, winning a total of 20 medals: nine gold, five silver and six bronze medals.

7even Interactive, established in 2014, had a total medal haul of 16: four  gold medals, five silver medals and seven bronze medals.

9mobile won 13 awards, a record feat.

The awards presented in several top categories comprised seven gold, three silver and three bronze. The awards included Gold in Radio – Corporate Image, for the jingle that heralded the launch of 9mobile’s new brand identity unveil in July; and Gold in Radio Craft – Best Use of Music, also in acknowledgement of the successful new brand identity launch. 9mobile also won Gold in Digital Craft, for its Cloud 9 Independence Day campaign, and Gold for Easyblaze Hand press campaign.

The telco’s flagship pan-African literary prize, 9mobile Prize for Literature clinched the remaining three gold awards for the short film, “CLOSED”. The awards comprised Gold in Film Craft – Best Production and Art Direction; Gold in Film – Corporate Image; and Gold in Film – Promotions Editing.

Mr. Lanre Adisa, the MD/Chief Creative Officer of Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, described the achievement as a symbolic milestone, noting that the success would not have happened without the support of clients who were willing to accept market-changing creative ideas.

Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF), a brain child of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) seeks to recognize creative excellence, quality of creative craft and to promote the spirit of healthy competition amongst creative agencies while applying global best practices.