NEWS DIGEST – The Youths Digest Magazine has presented Certificates of Excellence to winners of the Campus Journalism Awards (CJA) at a ceremony in Abuja.
The award ceremony was chaired by the Spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina while the Publisher of Premium Times Newspaper, Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi as the Guest Speaker.
The Editor of Youths Digest magazine, Gidado Yushau Shuaib said that the award was instituted to encourage young journalists to spread message of love, peace and harmony through their communication skills.
Gidado said: “The award is aimed at acknowledging, recognising, celebrating and motivating student journalists, young writers, press clubs and campus media outlets.
“The inaugural CJA honours outstanding campus journalists, student writers and media publications from tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The award categories include Upcoming Writer, Entertainment Writer, Sports Writer, News Reporter, Gender Equality, Broadcaster, Photo-Journalist and Videographer.
“Others are: Essayist, Pen Club, Author, Social Media Influencer, Investigative Journalist, Features Writer, Syndicated Writer, Editor and Magazine of the Year. Meanwhile we also have special recognition awards to distinguished personalities who have contributed immensely to the promotion and development of Campus Journalism in Nigeria.”
The Editor disclosed that before the selection process, entries for nominations were opened to students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The nominations for the awards must have been published either in print or online between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The Entry and Participation were free for all students.
According to him “The Award Committee received over 100 entries that were thoroughly assessed for accuracy, clarity, originality, creativity and the unique styles of delivery. The Committee also considered excellence in artistic presentations that enhance or augment the nominations. After the first screening process, 30 nominations were picked as finalists before the eventual winners were selected. The Committee endeavors in reassigning some nominations to most appropriate categories, especially where there are more nominees on particular categories.
“The award ceremony was preceded with a Campus Journalism Workshop deliberately organised to train, educate and interact with the finalists and award winners. Similarly, a special panel selected the Campus Journalist of the Year from the list of winners after a writing contest.
“While the Award Committee is wholly responsible for the selections of the winners, in this contest we are all winners and no losers. We hope that subsequent Campus Journalism Awards will provide additional incentives like scholarship, internship opportunities and automatic jobs for award recipients,” he concluded.
Winner: Fatima Usman Abdullahi ABU Zaria
She has written and published articles on youths and campus life. Most of her articles appeared in the official blog of her department in the university.
Born on April 4, 1994, Fatima Usman Abdullahi is a student of Mass Communication Department, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Fatima belongs to National Association of Social Science Students (Nasss), Mass Communication Student Association (Macosa) and Association of Muslim Students Communicators (Amsco) where she plays prominent roles in their publicity activities.
The recipient for the Entertainment Reporter of the Year has covered and written reports and articles social events, especially musical, movies, lifestyles and fashion.
Born on August 18, Akor Janet O is a student of the Department of Mass communication, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko,Ondo State. She is a member of National Association of Mass communication students and is a Course representative.
Entry: Top Film Festivals in the World by Janet Akor
The writer is an Editor of a Campus publication that has keen interest in sports and entertainments. Through his contributions, his magazine has won Best Sports Media Publication.
Born on July 1, 1998, Temitope Akinmoladun is a student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology, Akure. He is Editor-in-chief/CEO, Marvel Media, PRO FUTA Debate Club and Social media manager, ENACTUS-FUTA. He has also won some campus awards including Best Sports media award.
Entry: Marvel Media
News Reporter (Online)
Winner: Alao Abiodun Joshua, UI, Ibadan
As a News Reporter, his reports are well-researched, well-written and thought-provoking and in-depth with strong narratives.
Born on April 4, 1994, Alao Abiodun Joshua is a student of Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan. He is a member of Union of Campus Journalists, NUESA Press Organization and Voice of Managers. He is also Editor-in-chief of TheOwl media. He has won some awards including “Pressman of the year”, Faculty of Education and Grand prize of Hammid Ibrahim Photo Contest on Environmental Issues.
The winner has received recognitions and awards on gender related issues through her writings and special reports. She has also been very passionate about women and children.
Born on June 30, 1995, Jameelah Yusuf Abdussalam is a student in the Faculty of law, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto. She is a member of Pen Press UDUS, and attended Citizens Training organized by the British Council. Some of the position she held include: Editor-in-chief of Pen Press UDUS, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Muslim Students Society, Principal Editor Pen Press and Public Relation officer MSSN in the University
The winner has covered events and produced great pictures of young ones, the future leaders of tomorrow in actions. The story-telling pictures are captivating and occasionally emotional.
Born on May 12, 1982, Yusuf Ovajimo Mohammed, is a graduate of Computer Science from Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State. He is currently a Student in the Department of Journalism, International Institute of Journalism Abuja. He is a member of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). He is a Professional Photographer and currently Personal photographer to the Wife of the President, (H.E. Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari) and serving with her Media Team office, ASO ROCK
The winner is an outstanding Videographer who has shot and edited footage for movies and documentaries as he is involved in the production and post-production. He has also provided subtitle to Kannywood movies and musicals
Born on March 11, 1983 Muhammad Sabo Usman is a student of Faculty of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano (BUK). An active member of Mass Communication Student Association (MACOSA), is amember of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) and a recipient of “Most influential Personality on Campus ” award from MACOSA 2015.
Entry: Kannywood Musical Translation
Winner: Ibrahim Adeyemi, UDUS, Sokoto
The winner has proven himself as young essayist with some of his unique satiric writings, especially as a literary genre which have been published in major national dailies and online media. He is also a humour merchant
Born on August 26, 1996, Ibrahim Adeyemi is in the Department of Modern European Languages and Linguistics (English Unit), Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. He is President National Association of Campus Journalists, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto Chapter. He was a winner of NACJ AWARD for the Best Poet of the Year 2016/2017 and also winner of El-Critica Writing Contest (Winner) 2016/2017
The winner is a Campus Press Association which has the most effective and engaging media platforms that are well coordinated by the body. Apart from its blog, it is also active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The winner is the Press Club of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta, MAPOLY which is a student-controlled news association that has been in existence since 1995. It is also the official news agency/association registered in the Polytechnic. Its President Ifedayo O. Ogunyemi was born on September 7, 1993. A student of Department of Mass Communication, he is National Publicity Secretary of National Union of Campus Journalists (NUCJ).
Winner: Ekere Goodluck, Covenant University, Ota
The winner is a self-published author, whose recent book “The Force of Positive Thinking” is well-received as a manual for life transformation thoughts that will propel youths towards positive actions and a life of purposefulness.
Born on March 23, 1996, Ekere Goodluck is a student in the Department of Business Administration, Covenant University. He is Vice-president Covenant University Business Administration Student Association CUBASA, Editor-in-Chief CREF Magazine and PRO of Decoration Unit.
Entry: The Force of Positive Thinking
Social Media Influencer
Winner: Adnan Mukhtar Adam, North-West, Kano
The winner has been very active on the social media, especially on the Facebook where he demonstrates his skills and prowess for mass mobilisation as an advocate on anti-corruption and good governance campaigns.
Born on October 9, 1992, Adnan Mukhtar Adam is a student of Islamic Studies Department, North-West University Kano and was Secretary General of Student Council of the University. Through his social media interface, he was granted audience by top public functionaries in the Executive and legislative arms of government.
The winner has deeply investigated and reported issues of interest, especially on wrong doings that require adequate attentions. He is fearless in reporting issues objectively and professionally.
Born on January 29, 1997 Adejumo Kabir Adeniyi is a student of Department of
English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. A member of Students Representative Council, he was actively involved in the hosting of some campus events. He is the Founder, Newsrack Platform and presently a Campus Reporter/Trainee of Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism. Currently the PRO of National Association of Nigerian Campus Editors, he has received some campus awards.
The winner in this category, is not only a campus editor but has his reports and writings published in major online media in Nigeria.
Born on February 2, 1998, Olatunji Haleem is a student in the Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan. A member of Union of Campus Journalists, he was Vice President, Union of Campus Journalists and Editor-in-chief, Mellanby Hall Press Organisation, University of Ibadan (2017). He was a recipient of some awards in the university including Kenneth Mellanby Hall Pressman of the Year (2017); among others.
His news reports and opinion articles have appeared in mainstream and print media, especially in the Nation and Observer Newspapers
Born on September 11, 1998, Ekpali Joseph Saint is a student of the Department of Mass Communication, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and member of Nfcs. He is President Faculty of Art Catholic Students Association.
The winner is a syndicated writer whose articles have appeared in various media, especially in the major national dailies across the geopolitical zones.
Born on December 25, 1988, Aondover Eric Msughter obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano and is currently a Post-graduate student for Master of Science Degree in Mass Communication in the same University. He has published papers in both international and local journals and participated in several conferences and workshops on communication, media and journalism. Msughter is a prolific writer, with several publications to his credit (Books, Book Chapters and Articles).
The winner is an Editor-in-Chief of a bi- annual newspaper publication of a University which is in print and published by Department of Mass Communication. The newspaper is well proof-read and edited before publication.
Born on January 10, 1993, Oso Olasunkanmi Moses is a student in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin and a member of the Debate Club. He has participated and won prizes from Dabate Contests and emerging Semifinalist in Public Speaking at National University Debate Competition. He edits The UnilorinWatch, a print publication of University of Ilorin
Winning Entry: The UnilorinWatch
Winner: Olufemi Alfred, OAU, Ife
As the Editor of the Online campus news publication, he ensures materials for publication are thoroughly edited for originality, artistic worth, reader appeal, literary quality, and imagination.
Born on September 3, 1998, Olufemi Alfred is a student of Department of English language, Obafemi Awolowo University and member Association of Campus Journalists and held the position of Editor-in-chief, OAU KILONSHELE NEWS.
The magazine has a brilliant cover, with well-layout pages, in-depth stories and investigative reports that appeals to readers
Born on June 26, 1997, Tomori Uriel Idowu is of Department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin and Editor in Chief Union of Campus Journalists and Vice President National Association of Nigerian Campus Editors’ (NANCE). He is also Editor Aperture photography and Scoop magazine.
He has received certificates in Debate Contest, Photography Exhibition and Investigative journalism workshop.
Entry: Scoop Magazine
CampusConnect founded by Jennifer Chisom
This award is going to an online campus magazine that has attracted over 7000 active followers on the Social Media within a short period of its existence. The online magazine is not restricted to its immediate community but has wide readership as it attracts contributors and readers/visitors from various campuses.
Born on September 18, 1996, Jennifer Chisom is a student in the Department of
Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and is an active Member of Association of Mass Communication Students ASOMACS. Her opinion articles on youths and campus have appeared in major national dailies and online media.
The winner on this category emerged after a writing competitions for the winners and public presentation of the same at Media Workshop. A Panel of judges selected the winner
Dapo Olorunyomi who is the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Premium Times Newspapers, has shown keen interest in developing the skills of campus journalists in Nigeria. In the last one year he has visited many higher institutions in the country to train and mentor students on journalism and also created a dedicated website campusreporters.com for the same purpose. Some of the winners of the Campus Journalism Award (CJA) at today’s event are beneficiaries of his tutelages and supports.
Mallam Yusuf Alli is the Managing Editor Northern Operation of the Nation, the newspaper that has a dedicated weekly page for Campus journalism in Nigeria. He has served as a guardian and mentor to budding writers and campus journalists in improving their writing and investigative skills through motivations, moral and kind supports. He also plays an active role in the hosting of the Campus Journalism Award.