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.

Winners Of 2017 Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA)

Winners have emerged at the 2017 Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA), held at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

Winners Of 2017 Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA)

Nigerian Tribune won the Prize for Editorial Writing of the Year; Sulaimon Olanrewaju won the Coca-Cola Prize for Brand and Marketing Reporter of the Year, and the MTN Prize for Telecommunications Reporter of the Year; and Yejide Gbenga-Ogundare won the Saraki Prize for Agriculture Reporter of the Year.

  • Vanguard Newspapers had its Senior Health Correspondent, Mrs. Chioma Obinna as winner of the 9mobile Most Innovative Reporter of the Year Award.
    She clinched the award with her entry entitled: “National Hospital Where Death is Cheap.”
  • Channels Television has won the Best Television Station Of The Year award – for a record 12th time.
  • The PUNCH won the Newspaper of the Year award.

Eric Dumo was named winner in the Corporate Social Responsibility category with his story titled: “I have sold everything including my wedding ring to stay alive.”

Arukaino Umukoro, emerged winner in the Defence Reporter category with his entry titled: “Our Police their servants: How Nigeria’s VIPs use officers, others as domestic servants.”

Ozioma Ubabukoh, clinched the Notore Prize for Environment Reporter of the Year prize, with the story titled: “How apps help motorists to navigate Lagos’ chaotic traffic.”

New Telegraph’s Head of Investigation desk, Mr. Isioma Madike, won in two categories of both the Energy and Entertainment Reporter of the Year.

The Aviation Editor, Wole Shadare, won the Aviation Reporter of the Year with his entry; “White elephant airport.”

The newspaper’s Group Political Editor, Mr. Felix Nwaneri, was declared the winner of the Lateef Jakande Prize for the Political Reporter of the Year with his entry entitled; “A Federation of Unequal,” while the Assistant Editor, Oluwatosin Omoniyi was named the Female Reporter of the Year with her two-part story; “Dustbin Estate: Paradise of filth.”

Similarly, the newspaper’s Property Editor, Mr. Dayo Ayeyemi, was declared the winner of the Real Estate/Construction category with his story titled: “Faulty foundations: The Unanswered Questions.”

Also, New Telegraph’s Finance Editor, Mr. Abdulwahab Isa won the former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola Prize for Culture and Tradition with his story titled: “Zuma Rock: A monstrous Home of Mysteries.”

Mojeed Alabi, won the Education Reporter of the Year award with his entry, “Ivory towers of fraud.”

  • Alhaji Lateef Jakande received the Distinguished Leadership Award; Eminent Media Icon was awarded to Dr. Alex Ibru; Distinguished Leadership Award went to Founder of Punch Newspapers, Late Chief Olu Aboderin, while Legendary Doyen of Nigeria Media was awarded to Late Dr. Ismail Babatunde Jose.

Professor Wole Soyinka Wins 2017 The Europe Theatre Prize

Professor Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, has won the 2017 The Europe Theatre Prize award.

Announcing the award, the General Secretary, The Europe Theatre Prize, Alessandro Martinez, said Professor Wole Soyinka won the Special Prize category of the award for his consistency “as a proponent of an ideal bridge between Europe and Africa in a deeply delicate period for the present and the future of our continent.”

Professor Wole Soyinka was praised for his deep commitment to combining at the highest level his own cultural political experience with those of others in different climes for peace and civil co-existence among peoples of the world.

Asked whether the prize has anything to do with the collaborative work he has been undertaking with Italian and other European authorities over the Immigration issue, Professor Wole Soyinka explained that the two events have nothing to do with each other.

In his words of Professor Wole Soyinka:

“No. But it is true that I shall take the opportunity to advance some initiatives in which I’ve been involved, which happen to be largely in Italy. For instance, I’ll be attending a meeting with one of our principal collaborators in Milan before heading back. We’ve been on this for a number of years, you know. Africans – and mostly Nigerians – have been dying in droves – either through drowning in Mediterranean or perishing in the midst of the vastness of the Sahara – en route Libya mostly. Some have been butchered by the forces of Daesh – the so-called ISIS along the coast of embarkation.

The would-be migrants were separated – Muslims on one side, ‘unbelievers’ on the other. The latter were mowed down in cold blood. The scandal over Libyan slave camps – it’s not new, it’s only finally burst through the surface to international attention. This is what I was referring to in the recent edition of my INTERVENTIONS series – GREEN CARDS, GREEN GODS – when I advised those brainless commentators to re-direct their energies at the dehumanization of their own countrymen and women – including arbitrary executions and enslavement in Libya. Until recently, the Libyan atrocities were overshadowed by the more dramatic losses and rescue missions in the Mediterranean.

You may recall that the first of the very first special series of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival – titled THE BLACK IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BLUE – devoted special attention to the global affliction. We produced a special publication of poetry and images on the theme of – MIGRATIONS. That is, a number of African and Italian writers were invited to contribute poems on the theme of Migrations, and a publication emerged – both in English and Italian – with illustrations. The work is still current in Italy, especially at Book Fairs. That’s how lines from my own contribution ended up embossed on the gravestones of some Nigerians in far-off Catania.

The bodies were washed up on the island, not far from Lampedusa and Sicily. I happened to have been collaborating on that twenty-first century global challenge with the Mayor of nearby Palermo, in Sicily – where I am Honorary Citizen by the way – in case that interests you! The Mayor, Orlando Leolucca has been at the forefront of a campaign to ensure humane treatment for migrants – as a fundamental responsibility of civilized peoples.

So, we have some of our humanity interred on the remote island of Catania – which they never heard of in their lifetime. Their bodies were fished out of the sea– or washed up, I forget now – and the authorities felt that they should be given a decent burial. It was a most neighbourly act, I felt. Something that deeply rebukes us here over the value we place on human lives. Especially these days. These voluntary undertakers were total strangers to the victims, yet they took the trouble to give their deaths a dignity – and a meaning for the rest of us. They took the trouble to invite an Italy based Nigerian performer to the ceremony. They searched for some Nigerian words to inscribe as their epitaphs. They laid flowers on their coffins and their city dignitaries honoured their departing with their presence. I was very moved to find that they had themselves fastened on lines from my poem MIGRANT to usher them into the other world.

At least, they have found peace. The project on which I am currently collaborating with Italian institutions has to do with the living, needless to say, ensuring that others are saved from such a miserable end. Trying to staunch the death flow of black bodies into the Mediterranean and rescue their desert counterparts from the enslavement trap of Libya. It is a responsibility that belongs primarily to African nations and their leadership, but that responsibility must be shared by the destination states, a responsibility that humanists like the Mayor Leolucca accept and tackle in various ways – both symbolic and material. That’s where culture and the arts come in. One flows into the other. Following on our initiative here in Lagos, Palermo, which is the current culture capital of Europe, has adopted the issue of Migrations as the core motif for her year of designation and is planning a number of manifestations in that direction. So are quite a number of European cities, including Venice.

Right now, however, I am simply going to pick up a prize. I’ll be joined by young Wole Oguntokun, one of the most energetic of the new generation theatre directors – he was nominated to do an onstage interview with me as part of the conferment events. I am sure we’ll be touching on the issue of migrations.”

Former winners of The Europe Theatre Prize award include Vaclav Havel, one of the most important European writers, and a former president of the Czech Republic.

The Europe Theatre Prize, which was established in 1986 as a pilot project of the European Commission under the Presidency of Jacques Delors, is awarded to personalities of theatrical institutions that “have contributed to the realization of cultural events that promote understanding and exchange of knowledge between peoples.”

According to Alessandro Martinez, the award ceremony of The Europe Theatre Prize, right from its inception, has become a privileged meeting.

In his words:

“As a matter of fact, on the occasion of the last award ceremony, there were participants coming from more than fifty countries in the world and about 400 journalists and theatre critics from Europe and other parts of the world.”

Winners Of 2017 Wole Soyinka Award For Investigative Reporting (WSAIR)

Winners have emerged at the 12th edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR) at the NECA House, Alausa, Lagos.

Adekunle Yusuf of The Nation Newspaper emerged the Investigative Journalist of the year at the 12th edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR).

Adekunle Yusuf emerged the winner of the print category and the award for his story – Exposed: How corruption, favouritism thrive in UNILORIN, published in The Nation Newspaper. Adekunle is a second time winner, as he won the award in 2015. His story is an uncovering of over four years of hidden corruption cases in the University of Ilorin. The piece, Nyanya blasts: victims’ agonies live on, saw Mojeed Alabi of New Telegraph emerging as the runner-up while Chinwe Agbeze of Businessday was commended for her story, Cheese Balls Company where slavery goes on.

Soyombo Olufisayo, a third time winner of the award, with a story published on The Cable, Undercover: in Borno, children are dying at IDP camps, foodstuffs are ‘disappearing’ at SEMA store, won the online category. Premium TimesKemi Busari emerged the runner-up for the piece, Investigation: corruption, extortion reign at Nigeria Immigration passport office. Ebere Ndukwu of Ripples Nigeria on the other hand, was commended for his work, Investigation: Aregbesola and the scam called Opon-Imo.

For the photo category, Ayodele Ojo, a 2016 runner-up, won for his photo, Law of jackboot published in Daily Sun Newspaper. VIO being molested by hoodlums for trying to arrest a traffic offender, a picture published in Leadership Newspaper made Kolawole Aliu the runner-up. Ayodele Adeniran of The Guardian Newspaper was commended for his entry, Tragedy as another three-storey building collapses in Lagos.

Local rice: the bitter, sweet side of an economy driven by women by Ujorha Tadaferua of Daily Trust Newspaper won the newly introduced Special prize for Agriculture and Food Security. Abdulazeez Musa, of Oxfam Nigeria, explained that the partnership with the WSCIJ would help journalists highlight the real issues affecting agriculture and food security in Nigeria.

The winners got cash prizes of Two Hundred Thousand Naira, award plaque, two terra-byte hard drives, certificate of commendation and will proceed on an international study tour in 2018. Meanwhile, editorial cartoon, television and radio categories failed to produce winners.

For the honorary awards, Edetaen Ojo, received the Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence for his leadership of issues that enshrine freedom of expression, including his significant contribution towards the passage and implementation of the Freedom of Information Act in Nigeria. In his acceptance remark, Ojo said he felt honoured to receive the award by his peers who have been involved in the struggle for freedom of information with him. He is the eleventh recipient of the award.

Obiageli Ezekwesili, was conferred the Anti-Corruption Defender Award. Fondly referred to as ‘Madam due process’, Ezekwesili is the ninth recipient of the award. Accepting the award, she said journalists are in a noble profession that is explicitly enshrined in the constitution. She enjoined everyone to assume the office of the citizen and hold government accountable so that officers in elective positions would have no excuse but perform.

In his remark, Wole Soyinka congratulated the winners, adding that the Nigerian media is considered one of the foremost and most interesting all over the world. While also applauding the award recipients, Lai Oso, the Chair, 2017 Judges Board, observed that going by the entries, much needs be done in the continuous education of journalists. He affirmed that mere feature stories are not necessarily synonymous to investigative stories.

In her statement on the brutality of citizens by state security agents in commemoration of the world anti-corruption and human right days, Motunrayo Alaka, the Coordinator of the WSCIJ, noted that the centre has since inception supported investigations on the brutality of armed security agents on Nigerians. She reeled out investigative stories ranging from extra-judicial killings, to torture of Nigerians, done by some of the centre’s Soyinka Laureates. She then called on the government to put an end to the ‘rain of terror’ on citizens by those with the constitutional mandate of protecting them.

The 2017 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR) had Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature and grand patron of the centre; Femi Falana, lawyer and human rights activist; Michel Deelen, Deputy Ambassador to the Kingdom of Netherlands; Abdulazeez Musa, Head, Influencing and Public Engagement, Oxfam in Nigeria; and Nneka Ijeoma, Manager Policy Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria, among others in attendance.

Held first in October 2005, to develop investigative tradition among journalists, the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR) has produced 83 finalists, 41 Soyinka laureates, 28 runner-ups, 16 commended works and 18 honorary awards so far.