KUNLE Adebajo, an Investigative Journalist with the ICIR, has emerged one of the winners of the maiden Alfred Opubo Campus Journalism.
Adebajo’s article, titled: ‘Nigerian tertiary institutions: An endangered species under the proposed 2018 budget’, was adjudged the best opinion piece out of four other opinion pieces that were considered for the award.
Just graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, Adebajo is currently working with the ICIR, while awaiting a call-up to the Nigerian Law School. He has won several student journalists, essay writing and public speaking awards, including Student Journalist of the Year, Most Outstanding Person in Student Journalism and the University of Ibadan Students’ Union Student Journalist of the Year.
In the other categories, Adejumo Kabir from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, went home with three awards: Most prolific contributor to the Campus Reporter website (with over 90 articles, Best Investigative Story and Best Male Campus Reporter.
Also, the Best Community Journalism Story award went to Okafor Chiamaka, from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. She was also adjudged the Best Female Campus Reporter.
In the school category, OAU emerged the most active campus.
The Alfred Opubo Campus Journalism Award, organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), is intended to reward student journalists from various tertiary institutions across the country, and motivate them to do more.
Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of Premium Times online newspaper (parent-body of PTCIJ), said the award was named after Alfred Opubo, the first professor of mass communication in Nigeria, in recognition of his scholarly contribution to journalism in the country.