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The Guardian wins DAME’s photography, child-friendly awards



Winner of DAME 24th Action Photography, Ayodele Adeniran of The Guardian (right) being presented certificate by one of the special guests, Victoria Ihonde at the ceremony in Lagos …yesterday

The Guardian, at the weekend in Lagos, won two of the awards up for grabs at the grand finale of the 24th edition of the Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME).

Specifically, the newspaper won the Action Photography and the UNICEF Prize for Child Friendly Media categories. The Guardian was nominated in the Ogun State Prize for the Newspaper of the Year and the Nigerian Guild of Editors Award for the Editor of the Year categories. It got nominated in four categories and won two.

Ayodele Adeniran won the Action Photography category with his entry, Parental Care, published in The Guardian of September 14, 2014, beating the entry from The Punch by Olatunji Obasa, Commotion at the National Assembly. The Child Friendly Media award is a corporate prize The Guardian won for consistently reporting child-friendly issues, ahead of Daily Trust and The Punch. Adeniran got a plaque and cheque for his effort while The Guardian got a complete computer desktop setup for its feat.

The Punch won the Newspaper of the Year Award while its Editor; Martin Ayankola, was declared Editor of the Year.
Two distinguished Nigerians, Dr. Doyin Abiola, in the Journalism and Media Education field and Senator Akin Odunsi in the Marketing Communication field, were honoured with the DAME Lifetime Award.

Earlier, the chief host of the award, Mr. Lanre Idowu, in his welcome address titled ‘There is a lot wrong with Nigerian Journalism’, stated: “Today’s ceremony provides opportunity to speak truthfully to ourselves for the greater glory of our industry, and our country. A lot is wrong with Nigerian journalism. Reporting is troubled.
“Framing is obviously a challenge. Most of the stories lacked depth. A detailed report has been put together on it and will form part of our deliberations at the next edition of Widening the pools of excellence, our annual retraining workshop for the media.”

In spite of this, to Idowu, it does not remove from the fact that the night was one for celebration of excellence in the Nigerian media today.”

Also, the Senior Crime Reporter of The Guardian, Sunday Odita, was among Africans in the security circle who were honoured at this year’s Security Watch Africa (SWA) Award in Houston, Texas.
The event was well attended by leaders and police officers from Nigeria, The Gambia, Ghana and South Africa. Odita, who was nominated for the award in August 2015, was selected as “The Most Outstanding Crime Reporter in Nigeria in 2015”.

Another reporter, Adeyemi Adepetun, has been honoured with the ‘ICT Editor of The Year’ by ICT Watch Network, organisers of the yearly Africa Digital Forum and Awards. According to the organisers of the award, which was held on Sunday in Lagos, the decision to pick The Guardian was based on the outcome of an assessment of a team of experts.

Coordinator of ICT Watch Network, Tayo Adewusi, described Adepetun as a person vast and dynamic in the reportage of the industry.

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