Winners have emerged at the 2019 PwC Media Excellence Awards.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Media Excellence Awards celebrates and rewards excellence in business reporting in Nigeria. The competition is open to professional journalists on a full time employment or freelancers, working in Nigeria, who have produced a story that falls within the categories covered by the award and that is available on a platform whose primary audience is Nigeria.
The journalists selected in each category by the panel of judges are named the Journalist of the year in that category and receive a cash prize of 500,000 Naira.
Kelechukwu Iruoma, a freelance journalist, had the best entry in the Tax reporting category. Published in August, Iruoma’s report exposed how thugs forced traders in various markets across Rivers State to pay multiple illegal taxes and how this affected their businesses.
Bayo Akinloye, editor of Sahara Reporters, had the best entry in the SMEs reporting category. Titled “Still Loading”, Akinloye’s winning entry was published in December and had shed light on how ‘the curse of slow internet speed undermines investments and developments’ in Nigeria.
Oladeinde Olawoyin, a reporter with Premium Times, won the Capital Markets Reporting category with his report: “What Islamic finance products can do to Nigeria’s capital market, infrastructural growth.”
Businessday’s Isaac Anyaogu was declared winner of the Business and Economy Reporting category with his report: “Dying in instalment: How lead battery recyclers are poisoning Nigerians.”
The judges were on the lookout for well-organised research and insight, journalistic integrity, originality and resourcefulness, and relevance to the Nigerian situation.
Other shortlisted journalists for the 2019 PwC Media Excellence Awards were Femi Owolabi and Odogwu Emeka Odogwu in the Business and Economy Reporting category; Ayoade Olatokewa and Chijioke Nelson in the SMEs Reporting category; Gbenga Ogundare and Chinedu Asadu in the Tax Reporting category; and Teliat Sule and Oluseyi Awojulugbe in the Capital Market Reporting category.