Edutorial Reporter Shortlisted for Inaugural Lekan Otufodunrin Journalists Award 2021

By Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim

Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim, a reporter with the Edutorial magazine has been shortlisted for the first edition of the Lekan Otufodunrin Journalists’ Award 2021.

This was disclosed by Shehu Olayinka, social media manager with the ICIR on twitter, 1st May, 2021.

According to Shehu Olayinka, the organiser of the initiative, five entries were selected out of the 61 entries received from 20 tertiary institutions across Nigeria.

“The successful applicants were selected from 61 entries submitted by student journalists from various institutions across Nigeria,” he said.

“The Lekan Otufodurin Journalists’ Award is glad to announce that five journalists have been named as finalists for the inaugural edition of the award.”

The five successful applicants were selected from 61 entries submitted by students journalists from various institutions across Nigeria.”

Olayinka explained that: “The first-prize winner of this inaugural award will receive N70,000, second prize winner will bag N50,000, and third prize will receive N30,000. There are other cash prizes for other winners.” 

The winning entries were said to have been first published or broadcast from January 1st, 2020 to January 31st, 2021.

The statement further added that “The award winner will be announced on May 9th, 2021, as part of the birthday celebration of Lekan Otufodurin.”

Mr Ibrahim expressed his happiness for being on the nomination list.

“Alhamdu lilLah, I am elated to be shortlisted for the inaugural edition of Lekan Otufodunrin  journalists award 2021 alongside 4 other finalists out of the 61 entries received from across Nigeria.”

Recall that  Edutorial reported to you last year that Mr. Ibrahim was shortlisted for the annual Youths Digest Journalism Awards 2020 and also got selected for the African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) 2020,   South Africa.

Other finalists include, Fasilat Oluwuyi, Mohammed Yakubu, Odeyinka Oluwatobi and Ibrahim Kegbegbe Taofeek, 

Winning entries

1. Mohammed Yakubu: Evicted By Guns: How Niger State Residents Lose Homes, Families To Violent Crimes, Kidnappings | HumAngle

2. Muhammad Ibrahim: INVESTIGATION: How Nigerian State Governments Poorly Interacted with Citizens via Emails During COVID-19 Pandemic, Despite ICT Advancement – Abuja Business Reports

3. Fasilat Oluwuyi: Between Waters and Fishes: How water pollution set lingering crisis for Ogun fishermen – Platform Times

4. Ibrahim Kegbegbe Taofeek: Lekki Conservation Centre: Protecting Wildlife, Mangrove Forest From Urban Threat (Daily Trust)

5. Oluwatobi Odeyinka: INVESTIGATION: Agency diverts boreholes to ex-head of state’s residence, lawmaker’s farm, while community drinks from stream -Premium times

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