PREMIUM TIMES investigation wins West African journalism award

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A PREMIUM TIMES picture on Nigeria’s defunct paper mills has bagged the obliging alternate reporting class of the 2021 West African Media Excellence Awards (WAMECA) held in Accra, Ghana.

The memoir, printed closing year, was once authored by Alfred Olufemi, a former staffer of PREMIUM TIMES who now engages in freelancing for local and worldwide platforms.

The winning entry dug deep into the moribund impart of three paper mills, which experts factor in bear the potentials to curb the excessive paper importation regime draining Nigeria’s forex.

It also exposed how the privatization processes of the mills bear failed woefully and touched on the non-wood that you may also judge of decisions that can perhaps presumably support the revival of the mills and conserve forests sources, specifically for local climate alternate issues.

Based on one in all the judges on the WAMECA panel, Joseph Warungu, Mr Olufemi’s entry stood out for its depth of look at, advantageous reporting and multimedia accompaniments.

Mr Olufemi, on the prize-giving ceremony on Friday, was once honoured for the outstanding reporting and was once presented a money prize and plague.

Mr Alfred Olufemi receiving his award

He also shared the stage with newshounds from sincere by West Africa, honoured in relatively about a categories. Industry Day’s Caleb Ojewale, Dataphyte’s Uthman Samad and TheCable’s Chinedu Asadu were amongst the winners of the evening.

The organiser, Media Foundation for West Africa, had earlier shortlisted 21 finalists from newsrooms sincere by West African nations for six categories of the awards. It acknowledged that that the finalists were chosen from a pool of over 700 applications.

Talking after the award ceremony, an happy Mr Olufemi expressed profound gratitude to the Top class Events Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) for funding the memoir and to the Top class Events team contributors, Cletus Ukpong and Kabiru Yusuf for his or her contributions to the share.

“It’s by no methodology a one-man’s expose. It’s a collaborative effort and that gave the memoir an advantageous treatment. They’re the right kind winners, in case you query me.”

He also spoke on the observe of journalism in Nigeria and the African continent, declaring that the bar of accuracy, fairness and balance ought to by no methodology be reduced.

“We’re confronted by a plethora of challenges in the Nigerian media, ranging from censorship to financials, ownership and what bear we,” he mentioned. “Nonetheless all of those ought to no longer deter us from public carrier, which ethical journalism is all about. The basic guidelines ought to no longer be sacrificed.”


“I’m orderly enraged for my friend, Samad, who emerged as the obliging journalist of the year. And likewise for various ace Nigerian journalists who were shortlisted. It’s a testament to the incontrovertible fact that there are newshounds working assiduously, towards all odds, specifically under this repressive Buhari regime, to churn out factual journalism.”

Till he left PREMIUM TIMES this year, Mr Olufemi, a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, roved Nigeria’s North-Central states, retaining the gap for one the most important investigative journalism platform on the African continent.

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