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3 Nigerian journalists rule African Media Award, emerge finalists in development news reporting

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3 Nigerian journalists rule African Media Award, emerge finalists in development news reporting

Jennifer S. Kuwanta

Three Nigerian journalists, out of 19 others from five African countries, have emerged as finalists in the Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) award.

Acting Executive Director, AMDF Sekyen Dadik, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the journalists are selected for in-depth news writing on issue-based development stories.

Dadik said Judges for the 2022 AMDF Journalists of the Year Award, led by Mr Joseph Edegbo, Managing Editor of Africa Prime News, said they received entries from Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia.

According to him, the finalists are Alexander Okere of the Punch Newspapers, Janet Ogundepo, also of the Punch Newspapers, and Sunday Isuwa Leadership Newspaper.

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He said, ”the finalists have demonstrated professional skills in their stories by going deep in writing issue-based development stories.”

He also said an Honorary Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence would be presented to distinguished media veteran Yunusa Aliyu of the Newage Network Limited, Kaduna, for his contribution to promoting development journalism in Nigeria.

The AMDF Journalist of the Year Award was first introduced in 2016 to promote the culture of in-depth development journalism in the African media space.

He said the emergent winner would be announced during the 2022 Africa Conference on Development Journalism (ACDJ2022), to hold online on Dec. 7.

The annual conference brings journalists and other media stakeholders to exchange ideas to address current and emerging issues facing development journalism.

He added that the award is to create a community of learning that will support the growth of Development Journalism in Africa.

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