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Nigeria: Premium Occasions Investigation Wins West African Journalism Award

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Mr Olufemi expressed gratitude to the Premium Occasions Centre for Investigative Journalism and to Premium Occasions crew members for the story.

A PREMIUM TIMES report on Nigeria’s defunct paper mills has bagged the perfect enterprise reporting class of the 2021 West African Media Excellence Awards (WAMECA) held in Accra, Ghana.

The story, printed final yr, was authored by Alfred Olufemi, a former staffer of PREMIUM TIMES who now engages in freelancing for native and worldwide platforms.

The successful entry dug deep into the moribund state of three paper mills, which specialists consider have the potentials to curb the extreme paper importation regime draining Nigeria’s foreign exchange.

It additionally uncovered how the privatization processes of the mills have failed woefully and touched on the non-wood options that may assist the revival of the mills and preserve forests sources, particularly for local weather change issues.

In accordance with one of many judges on the WAMECA panel, Joseph Warungu, Mr Olufemi’s entry stood out for its depth of analysis, glorious reporting and multimedia accompaniments.

Mr Olufemi, on the prize-giving ceremony on Friday, was honoured for the excellent reporting and was introduced a money prize and plague.

He additionally shared the stage with reporters from throughout West Africa, honoured in numerous classes. Enterprise Day’s Caleb Ojewale, Dataphyte’s Uthman Samad and TheCable’s Chinedu Asadu have been amongst the winners of the evening.

The organiser, Media Basis for West Africa, had earlier shortlisted 21 finalists from newsrooms throughout West African international locations for six classes of the awards. It said that that the finalists have been chosen from a pool of over 700 purposes.