Group seeks The Guardian support to honour African journalists
Africa Global Media Award (AGMA) is hosting an inaugural yearly award to honour African journalists for their professionalism and contribution to a better society.
The Project Coordinator, West Africa, Suzzy Jacobs, who sought the support of The Guardian, during a visit to the Rutam House headquarters of the newspaper, yesterday, in Lagos, noted that journalists put a lot into building society, but, often regrettably, do not get the same quantum of backing from the people.
Represented by a member of the award organising team, Princess Joy Esamah, Jacobs observed: “AGMA is tasked with changing the narrative by making a significant and positive difference in the lives of all media practitioners in Africa through promoting, celebrating, enabling and empowering them as the mouthpiece of our great continent.”
She said the practitioners must be empowered and supported to tell African stories credibly.
Responding, the Editor of The Guardian, Alabi Williams, while lauding the initiative, implored the delegation to also explore building the capacity of journalists.
On his part, the Editor of the Sunday Guardian, Kabir Alabi Garba, advised the promoters on making the process credible, while Editor, Saturday Guardian, Chuks Nwanne, canvassed a true Pan-African panel of judges.