10 Journalists Honoured at Nestle Nigeria Awards

Sunday December 12,2021

Odutayo Odusanya

It was a rare moment of joy for the journalists who triumphed at the maiden Nestlé Nigeria Media Awards in Lagos on Saturday.
The event which had six categories of awards with 3 winners tied to each saw 3 journalists cleared 11 of the prizes while 7 others jostle to have the rest of the 7 prizes.
The categories include,
Best Story in Nutrition and Affordable Food Solutions,
Best story in Environmental Sustainability,
Best Story in Community Development
Best Story in Women Empowerment. Best Story in Youth Empowerment and Development
Best Photo Story Category.

A cross section of some of the jubilant awardees

Chris Onuoha of Vanguard Newspaper stole the show when he was nominated in all the categories except in the photo category. He was 2nd runner up twice on Nutrition and Affordable Food Solutions and Community Development categories. Twice again as 1st runner up in Youth Empowerment and Development and Environmental Sustainability. He later won the Women Empowerment category where Ijeoma Ukazu of The Daily Newswave and Bonny Amadi were 1st and 2nd runner up respectively.

Chris Onuoha

Ijeoma Ukazu won the Community Development category with Publisher of Newsloungeng.com, Odutayo Odusanya taking the 1st Runner up position. Ijeoma Ukazu also won the Environmental Sustainability category and took the 1st runner up position in Women Development category.
Bonny Amadi of Pilot Newspaper got 3 positions as 2nd runner up in Environmental Sustainability, Women Development and Youth Empowerment and Development respectively.

Royal Ibeh of Leadership Newspaper won the Youth Empowerment and Development category while Moses Emorieken of The Nation Newspaper won the Nutrition and Affordable Food Solutions category and Temitope Obayendo of Pharmanews won the 1st runner up position.
In the photo category, Temitope Aina of The Sun Newspaper won the category, while Olatunji Obasa of PUNCH Newspaper and Sesan Awobiye of Momentous Image were 1st and 2nd runner up respectively.
Speaking at the event, the Corporate and Public Affairs Director, Mrs Victoria Uwadoka described the event as celebration for all present. “This is about you, especially all that have been chosen to be here today. There are two things that we believe and cherish in Nestlé, Individuals/ family and community development.”
Uwadoka urged members of the fourth estate of the realm to always do research and involve experts in their reportage so as to give a rich and meaningful backgrounds to press releases availed them by corporate brands.
She pointed out that some of the entries submitted were mere press releases sent to them but not rewritten by such reporters. She urged reporters to give depth to such press statements to push the frontiers of knowledge.

One of the juries of the Nestle Awards, Dr Chioma Ewan Nwachukwu explained that ability of the writer to sway the mind of the reader with its content was one of the factors used in picking winners of the maiden event.

In response to the avalanche of awards, Mr Chris Onuoha who was practically mesmerised with 5 tablets in his stable thanked the organisers for their commitment and resilience to see journalists achieve their goals.

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