By SAMUEL ABULUDE, Lagos
LEADERSHIP Photojournalist, Kolawole Aliu came 1st runners-up at the photo category of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting.
Mr Aliu who has worked assiduously with nine newspapers and presently the Lagos Photojournalist of Leadership Newspaper got the honour for publishing a picture of a law enforcement officer being assaulted by Nigerians who feel aggrieved by the action of the officer. The award earned him a hundred thousand naira, a plaque and a two-terrabyte harddrive.
The award ceremony was held in Lagos at the weekend in the presence of the grand patron, Wole Soyinka and other dignitaries like Obi Ezekwesili, Femi Falana, Professor Ralph Akinfeleye, Ropo Sekoni, Ayo Obe and Jahman Anikulapo.
Ayodele Ojo of Sun Newspaper emerged winner in the photo category for his Law of Jackpot photo while Ayodele Adeniran got the second runner-up position.
In the print category of the 12th Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting, Adekunle Yusuf of The Nation came tops while Mojeed Alabi of New Telegraph and Chinwe Agbege of Business Day was the 1st-runner up and 2nd-runner up respectively.
While there was no winner in the Radio and TV category, Olufisayo Soyombo of The Cable won in the online category. The overall winner of the 2017 WSCIJ-Nigerian Investigative Reporter of the Year was Adekunle Yusuf for his write-up on Expose: How Curroption, Favouritism, Thrive in UNILORIN.
Obi Ezekwesili and Edetaen Ojo received honlurary awards. Mrs Ezekwesili in her remarks urged for the right of Nigerian citizens to be enforced by speaking out against injustice and corruption.
Professor Lai Oso. Chair of 2017 Judges Board remarked that this year was an improvement in the entries received and urged journalists to make use of clear data and statistics to buttress their features.
The grand patron, Professor Wole Soyinka who came later to the ceremony congratulated the awardees and remarked that Nigerian journalists had always been pacesetters and excellent in their works over the years urging for more support for the journalism profession.
Earlier, Footprints of David, a musical drama group showcased a piece on negative effect of law enforcement agencies, using Fela Kuti’s song. The dance group ended with a clarion call for the media to expose the corruption among the law enforcers.
Mr Kolawole Aliu who joined LEADERSHIP three years ago also got a humanity photo award organised by Chinese Community in Nigeria and UNESCO last July 2017.
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