Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper, The PUNCH, reaffirmed its leadership position in the country’s media industry as it clinched the Newspaper of the Year Award at the 2016 edition of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence.

The Editor of The PUNCH, Mr. Martin Ayankola, was also named as the Editor of the Year at the annual awards, which held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos on Sunday.

The PUNCH edged out other newspapers, which contended for the coveted Newspaper of the Year award by riding on its record 20 nominations across 12 categories.

The newspaper had also won both awards in the 2015 edition of DAME.

The PUNCH Cartoonist, Bennet Omeke, won in the editorial cartoon category with his entry titled: ‘Entry and Exit’, published in The PUNCH of May 20, 2015, ahead of Azeez Ozi-Sanni of The Nation and Albert Ohams of Ministerial Screening.

Folashade Adebayo of The PUNCH won the prize for Conflict-sensitive reporting with her story entitled, ‘Insurgency: Killings, maimings rob North-East of school teachers.’

A Sub-Assistant Editor with the Saturday PUNCH, Mr. Dayo Oketola; and a correspondent of the same publication, Gbenro Adeoye, were runners up.

Eric Dumo of Saturday PUNCH won in the sports reporting category with his story, ‘Hooliganism: The dark side of Nigeria’s football league,’ published on November 14, 2015 edition of Saturday PUNCH.

Motunrayo Joel of Sunday PUNCH won the prize for investigating reporting with her story: ‘Ovum trading: Inside Nigeria’s multimillion naira human egg business,’ ahead of Tobi Aworinde, also of Sunday PUNCH, and Fisayo Soyombo of The Cable.

Tolu Ogunlesi, an ex-columnist with The PUNCH, won the prize for informed commentary with his article: ‘Saving Lagosians of Badia East,’ published in The PUNCH of October 26, 2015. He won the award ahead of Henry Boyo of The PUNCH and Gbenga Omotoso of The Nation.

Nike Popoola of The PUNCH was a runner-up in the business reporting category won by Chikodi Okereocha of The Nation, with his March 16, 2015 story titled: ‘Devaluation: Harsh climate for manufacturers, workers.’

Ramon Oladimeji of The PUNCH was the first-runner up for the judicial reporting award, behind Joseph Jibuze of The Nation, who won the award with his story titled: ‘How to revive the judiciary. Oketola emerged the second-runner up in the category.

Daily Trust was adjudged the Child Friendly Medium for 2016, with The PUNCH, The Guardian and ThisDay as runners-up.

The DAME Life Time Achievement awards were conferred on Mr. Dan Agbese formerly of the New Nigerian Newspapers and Newswatch; and Mr. Kevin Ejiofor, formerly of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

The organisers of the DAME, stated, “In emerging The Newspaper of the Year, The PUNCH demonstrates its clear leadership.

“Aside from winning five gold medals or first-place positions in Conflict-sensitive Reporting, Informed Commentary, Investigative Reporting, Sports Reporting and Editorial Cartooning, The PUNCH has record 20 nominations in 12 of the 14 print journalism prizes on offer.

“It is a demonstration of its breadth of coverage, enterprise of its reporters, the diligence of its editors and the organisational seriousness attached to competitions such as DAME.”

Source:The Punch


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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