Photo: Myself(left) and Segun Adeoye, Young Journalist 2007 in the office at TELL, May 1, 2008.
SEGUN ADEOYE EMERGES WINNER, YOUNG JOURNALIST AWARDS Thursday 27th March 2008, Segun Adeoye of Tell Magazine emerged as the young Journalist for the year 2007. This was made known at the award presentation ceremony of the 2nd Young Journalist Awards held at the Conference hall, LTV ground, Agindingbi, Ikeja, Lagos . Segun Adeoye, who topped the scoring sheet from the results received from the panel of judges, carted home the star prize of a brand new Laptop computer and an award plaque. The stories that won him the award are attached. Speaking at the award presentation, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin, Sunday Editor of the Nation Newspaper who was Chair of the Award presentation ceremony said “the Young Journalist Awards is to encourage young journalists to take their job more seriously.” Mr. Deji Elumoye, NUJ Lagos council Vice Chairman stood in for the council Chairman as Guest of honour. Other special guests at the ceremony included Ms. Joke Kujenya, Mr. Chido Onumah, Mr. Lanre Arogundade amongst a host of other journalists. According to Mr. Kingsley Obom-Egbulem, a member of the panel of judges, “the reports by the entrants were really very challenging and of very high standard”. Other prizes awarded at the ceremony included a multi-purpose Ericsson phone, presented to Toyosi Ogunseye of News star Newspaper; 1st runner up and a digital camera to Rafiu Ajakaye of Daily Independent Newspaper; 2nd runner up as well as consolation prizes to other nominees. The Young Journalist Awards is an initiative of Media Career Services (MCS), a media training and research organization devoted to promoting excellence in media practice in Nigeria . The 2nd Young Journalist Awards was supported by Posterity Media Nigeria, Journalist Against AIDS, JAAIDS, Nigeria , International Press Centre, IPC, and an anonymous donor. Media Career Services, which has over the years organized several trainings for the development of journalists in the country, is the publisher of STOP PRESS; the career moulding newsletter for journalists in Nigeria , amongst other journalism career enhancing publications.
Graduate of University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Chief Editor, Goal.com Nigeria edition. Former Online Editor and West African Correspondent based in Ghana for TELL Magazine, Lagos. Alumnus International Institute of Journalism (INWENT), Berlin; Reuters Foundation and Agence France Presse (AFP) Foundation. Photographs published in USAToday, BBC Focus on Africa magazine, AllAfrica.com, The Guardian, ThisDay, The Punch, Showbiz and Daily Graphic (Ghana). Photos exhibited in Krakow, Poland. Nominee Journalist of the year at The Future Awards, Nigeria 2010.