A Senior Correspondent with The Nation newspaper, Seun Akioye, has emerged the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year. Seun’s work, “The rich envy us the way we live”, a feature on life in Dustbin Estate, a community in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State earned him the award as the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year, and the One Million Naira cash prize and an ipad.
At the well-attended event held at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Thursday, July 3, 2014, the MD/CEO of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr Nicolaas Vervelde applauded the Nigerian media for supporting the initiatives and aspirations of Nigerian Breweries over the years. He said the award was instituted by the company to recognise and reward professionalism and other ethical values in journalism in Nigeria. “It is gratifying to note that we are not only here to reaffirm our age old partnership with the Nigerian media but to celebrate these gentlemen of the journalism profession”.
The Chairman of the Jury, Dr. Yomi Ogunbiyi said the entries for this year’s award were an improvement over the last years. He praised the efforts of Nigerian Breweries at sustaining the award and commended the Nigerian media for its unrelenting desire to set an agenda for the good of the Nigerian people.
Other winners at the award include Joseph Undu of Daily Champion, who emerged the first runner up and Mojeed Alabi of New Telegraph, who won the second runner up in the Golden Pen Reporter of the Year Category. Raheem Akingbolu of This Day, emerged winner of the Nigeria Breweries Report of the Year with the story “Star: Beyond music in the bottle”. In the Golden Pen Photojournalist of the Year Category, Sulaiman Hussain of New Telegraph won Best Photojournalist of the Year. Stanley Ogidi of The Punch was first runner-up and Ayodele Ojo of Daily Sun was the second runner up.
This Year’s Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Award focused on Education and Youth Empowerment. The company said the choice of the themes was hinged on the fact that no country can lay claim to development and prosperity without giving adequate attention to the education and empowerment of its youth. The Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Award was launched six years ago to promote professionalism and objectivity of media reports in Nigeria.