PHOTOS: Glitz as UNN student wins big at 5th Campus Journalism Awards in Abuja

NEWS DIGEST – Ms. Chinalurumogu Eze became the first student from a Southeast university to win the Youths Digest Campus Journalist of the Year award when Dr Abdulganiy Mutiu announced her as the winner on Saturday evening.

Dr Abdulganiy Mutiu and Mallam Yushau Shuaib of PRNigeria
Dr Abdulganiy Mutiu and Mallam Yushau Shuaib of PRNigeria

The third-year student of Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, beat out 23 other shortlisted campus journalists from Nigerian universities to emerge the 5th winner of the award.

Chinalurumogu needed to compete with finalists Zainab Yetunde Adam, who had just won the investigative journalist prize, and Abdullateef Abdullahi for the ultimate prize. According to the judges, the flamboyance of Chinalurumogu’s oral presentation at the Awards sealed her victory, assisting her emergence as the second female winner of the price.

The 5th Campus Journalism of the Year award attracted media dignitaries and elder statesmen, the foremost of which was the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Mr Femi Adesina
Mr Femi Adesina

Mr Adesina, the chairman of the occasion at the event, remarked that young journalists owe it to their country not to be used as instruments to propagate negative ills in society.

“But there are those who use journalism for all the things that are despicable,” Mr Adesina said.

Those despicable acts, he explained, include the publication of false stories, making malicious statements deliberately to pull down personalities, and resorting to blackmail.

“If they strive to become ethical journalists, they can never fail because ethics will guide them to stay on the positive part of the profession,” he added.

Director of Media Trust Limited, Mallam Mannir Dan-Ali, in his keynote speech on the “Role of Campus Journalists in Nation Building”, noted that the thin layers of unity in the country and the prevalence of insecurity in past years advises caution and responsibility in the use of social media to disseminate information.

Mallam Mannir Dan Ali
Mallam Mannir Dan Ali

While young journalists should be “consistent and persistent in reporting what is true,” Mallam Dan-Ali said they must also desist from using social media to instigate crisis.

Winners at the 2022 Campus Journalism Awards
The 2022 Campus Journalism Awards saw entries from over 300 students across the country, which were eventually filtered down to 23 participants by a screening committee that included Olanrewaju Oyedeji Dataphyte, Alfred Olufemi Punch Newspapers, Samad Uthman The Cable, Nafisat Bello PRNigeria and Damilola Olufemi Punch Newspapers.

The Judges at the morning workshop finally settled on three candidates after further scrutiny of the candidates’ reports, along with their performance at drills during the workshop.

The three finalists were tasked to give an impromptu talk during the Awards before the audience. The Judges—Dr Abdulganiy Mutiu, Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace, Usman Balarabe, Segun Michael Adeyemi and Lawal Bukar Maigana—adjudged that Miss Chinalurumogu Eze had performed best and was deserving of the 2022 Campus Journalist of the Year Award.

Before then, Miss Zainab Yetunde Adam had won the Alfred Olufemi Investigative Journalist of the Year award and received a N30,000 cash prize in doing so.

Ms. Zainab Yetunde Adam receiving her prize and award as the investigative reporter of the year 2022.
Ms. Zainab Yetunde Adam receiving her prize and award as the investigative reporter of the year 2022.

Other winners include:
● Salako Oluwatobiloba (News Reporter)
● Latinwo Gbolahan (Gender Equality)
● Adebayo Abdulrahman (Features)
● Abdulwasiu Olookoba (Editor)
● Oluwaferanmi Omoniyi (Sports)
● Monsuroh Abdulsemiu (Entertainment)
● Sunday Awosoro (Upcoming)
● UCJ UNIZIK (Campus Magazine)
● Oyeleye Temitope (Author)
● ACJ OAU (Pen Club)
● Oluwatosin Ologun (Broadcaster)

Danbatta, Mutairu honoured at Awards
Four Nigerians were honoured at the Campus Journalism Awards on Saturday for their contributions to the development of journalism and the society.

Prof Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice-chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, was recognised as the man who lead the transformation of the telecom sector since his appointment as EVC in 2015 and was awarded the “outstanding personality of the year (public sector).”

Dr Ibrahim Mutairu was awarded the “outstanding personality of the year (private sector)” for engaging a sizable number of young Nigerians in his business interests which cut across road construction and supplies.

Mrs Hadiza Umar, the Head of Corporate Communications at the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA and Dr Dahiru Bala, the Sokoto Branch Manager of the Bank of Industry, were recognised as Honorary Patrons.

One of the best moments at the awards was seen when 7-year-old Muhammadu Buhari, a namesake of the President, met with Mr Femi Adesina.

Organiser, Gidado Shuaib, who doubles as the Editor of the News Digest, says the Campus Journalism Awards will continue to encourage budding and credible journalists in the profession, in a world where anyone with social media can easily identify as a journalist.

“But what we are doing now is to pick out those who are acting professionally, recognise and award them,” he said.