NewsWireNGR Publisher, Journalist Mercy Abang was Tuesday night recognised by the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism along with other awardees at the 9th edition at the event.
The event that commenced at 5pm prompt with a drama presentation of excerpts of Wole Soyinka’s ‘The Beatification of Area Boy’, on Tuesday 9 December – the international day for anti-corruption and the eve of the world human rights day, was held at the NECA main hall, adjacent Afrika shrine, Agidingbi, Ikeja Lagos.
Mercy Abang was recognised for her work in Journalism and women reportage at the event held in Lagos state Nigeria while Francis Ebere took home the major award of the night, the Nigeria investigative journalist of the year 2014.
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Journalist from broadcast, print and online media platforms were recognised and awarded. Kelechi Emekalam of Television Continental won the award for TV Category.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability project, SERAP, won the award for National Anti-Corruption Defender Award, while Punch Newspaper Mr Ademola Osinubi won the Lifetime Award for Journalism Excellence.
Another Punch Newspaper Journalist, Mr Dumo Idaerefaa Eric, was awarded for Local Government category and Channels Television, Seun Okinbaloye was a runner up.
Mr. Ibanga Wilson Isine of Premium Times, an online Newspaper was a runner-up for Online category and Mr. Fisayo Soyombo won the category.
Ms Tobore Ovuorie of PremiumTimes won the award for Report Women category and Mr. Olatunji Ololade of The Nation Newspaper emerged winner for health category. For Editorial Cartoon Category is Mr. Femi Adedeji of Daily Independent Newspaper.
Apart from the regular award categories, this year event saw the WSCIJ in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy give an award to the best work highlighting the plight of girls and women in the report women category as well as present the VinMartin Ilo grant for the best work in the broadcast category.