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NB to reward journalists with N2m, other prizes at golden pen awards

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Media Relations Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Chukwuemeka Aniukwu (left); Corporate Affairs Adviser, Kufre Ekanem, and Corporate Communications and Brands PR Manager, Patrick Olowokere, at the kick-off of the 2018 NB Golden Pen Award in Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

The Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc will be rewarding journalists with cash prizes of up to N2 million and other gift items at this year’s 10th edition of its Golden Pen Reporter of the year awards.

It stated this yesterday during a press conference as part of its commitment to media excellence to honour journalists who abide by the ethics of the profession.

Corporate Affairs Adviser, Kufre Ekanem, said the Golden Pen Awards has impacted the role of the press in the socio-economic development of the country.

Ekanem said the company decided to direct the attention of the Nigerian media to agriculture, local sourcing and industrial development to make the country achieve its full potential as a self reliant and developed country with a diversified economic base.

Entries for the awards opened yesterday and will end on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Ekanem enjoined journalists to enter for the awards with reports published in 2017 and focusing on agriculture, local sourcing and industrial development to avail them of the opportunity of the award, saying journalists are allowed a maximum of three entries each.

All entries should be sent to TPT International via goldenpenawards@tptinternational.com or the corporate address on PR Place, 6/8 Bola Ogunsanya Crescent, Magodo GRA, Shangisha in Lagos.

He added that the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year will get a cash prize of N2 million and a gift item; while the first and second runners up will get N1 million N750,000 respectively.

In the photojournalist category, the overall winner will receive N1 million and a gift item while the first and second runners up will be rewarded with N750,000 and N500,000 respectively just as the winner of the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Report of the Year will receive N1 million and a gift.

He said since inception of the ceremony, the award has produced nine grand prizewinners in the Journalist of the Year category, six grand prize winners in the Photo Journalist of the Year category and four others in the Report of the Year category, including several runners up in the three categories.

“Looking back over the last nine editions, we are happy that the initiative has continued to help improve the quality of journalism in Nigeria going by the quality of entries we receive every year as attested to by our independent panel of judges and stakeholders in the Nigerian media who have been part of the awards over the years,” he said.

Speaking, winner of the 2017 Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Report of the Year, Mojeed Alabi, expressed appreciation to the company for recognising journalists and rewarding excellence in the media.


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