By Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim
Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim, a multiple award-winning journalist and Adesola Ikulajolu an award-winning journalist both freelancing with Edutorial magazine have been shortlisted for the 2021 edition of the annual Youths Digest Campus Journalism Awards.
The announcement of the fourth edition finalists of the awards was contained in a statement released in Abuja by Youths Digest on News Digest online newspaper, on November 11, 2021.
This is the second time that the duo will be shortlisted for this annual event that celebrates outstanding campus journalists in Nigeria.
The various categories of the awards are: “Edirin Jerry-Wesley Best Student in Broadcasting Award”, “Upcoming Writer”, “Entertainment Writer”, “Sports Writer”, “News Reporter”, “Gender Equality Reporter”, “Broadcaster” and “Photo-journalist”.
Others are: “Penclub”, “Author (Book)”, “Social Media Influencer”, “Investigative Journalist”, “Features Writer”, “Editor”, “Print Magazine”, and “Campus Journalist of the Year”.
According to the head of the screening committee, Alfred Olufemi, the entries were graded based on merit but said some of those categories were very competitive.
“The quality of the entries received shows that journalism in the students’ space has gone beyond what we used to have in the past. Students did excellent reporting, investigations and insightful features.”
“The awardees for the Campus Journalism Awards will be announced at Hotel 2020, Wuye District, Abuja on Saturday 11th December 2021 by 3 pm prompt,” he said.
While the Editor of Youths Digest, Gidado Shuaib, added that the finalists will be provided with accommodation, feeding and stipends for local transport.
He also stated that Dayo Aiyetan, Executive Director, International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) will be the keynote speaker while Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, Former Minister of Education will be the Chairman of the Occasion, Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity will be the Special Guest of Honour, Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre and Chairman Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) will be the Chief Host.
Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim while reacting to making the list expressed his excitement and glorified the Almighty Allah.
“Alhamdu lilLah Just coming online to see this good news that I have been shortlisted for the annual Youths Digest Campus Journalism Awards 2021, again. This is the second time in a row I am making the youth digest journalism awards shortlist,” he said.
“This is the fifth time I will be shortlisted for a journalism award this year, 2021. This is an attestation of the truth in my reports. May Allah blesses it.” he added.
The theme for the 2021 CJA is “The Role of Media in Troubling Times”.