Another young Nigerian makes us proud!
Segun Adeoye, a reporter with Tell Magazine has emerged as the winner of the Nigeria Young Journalist of the Year 2007. He beat ten other colleagues to win the first prize, a Laptop computer and a plaque. Ogunseye Toyosi of NewsStar weekly Newspaper, the first runner-up got a multimedia telephone while Rafiu Ajakaye of Daily Independent, the second runner up got a digital camera. The award five-man panel of judges described Adeoyeâ€™s article as masterpieces that covered various issues of public interest. â€œWithout an iota of doubt, Adeoye is a genius among young journalists in Nigeriaâ€ the Chairman of the award ceremony held last Thursday, March 27, Lekan Otufodunrin stated.
The Young Journalist Awards is an initiative of Media Career Services (MCS), a media training and research organization devoted to promoting excellence in media practice in Nigeria. The 2nd Young Journalist Awards was supported by Posterity Media Nigeria, Journalists Against AIDS, JAAIDS, Nigeria , International Press Centre, IPC, Ericsson, and an anonymous donor.
Media Career Services, which has over the years organized several trainings for the development of journalists in the country, is the publisher of STOP PRESS; the career moulding newsletter for journalists in Nigeria , amongst other journalism career enhancing publications.
Segun’s citation at the award follows:
It is not often that history repeats itself but once in a while it does. Today is one of such occasion.
For the second time, a brilliant and excellent young journalist from the stable of Tell Magazine, Nigeriaâ€™s unarguably leading weekly magazine, Segun Adeoye, is emerging as the winner of The Young Journalist Award. Adeoye like his predecessor from Tell Magazine, Adesina Oyetayo has written various reports that can be described as masterpieces. Among them are Life in filth which describes life in Makoko, a Lagos slum, as a life of Splendor in filth, The genius among us that highlights the role parents play in ensuring that geniuses are not lost and A deadly short of breath on life of asthma suffers. Without any iota of doubt, as attested to by our judges, Adeoye like the title of one of his reports is a genius among young journalists in Nigeria.
Editors are not known to be very generous with commendation for their reporters, but the letter of nomination by one of Adeoyeâ€™s boss, Olu Ojewale, Associate Editor of Tell speaks volume of the stuff our winner of today is made of. Ojewale wrote: “Although he is young in the field of journalism, he has demonstrated great and unflagging interest in the profession which marks him out among his peers as a resourceful and dedicated journalist. He brings his dedication and commitment to bear by producing clean copies for publication . He has a good command of English, written and spoken. One of his assets is perhaps his capacity for hard work.” Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Segun Adeoye:
(a) Member of press club, A/C Unity Secondary School, Akoko Ondo `1990 â€“ 1995;
(b) Editor â€“in-chief, (News Secretary) News Committee, Evangelical Christian Union , OAU, 1le â€“Ife Osun State, 2001-2002;
(b) Member, Guild of Editors, Association of Campus Journalists, ACJ, OAU, Ile-Ife, 2002 â€“ 2003;
(c) Pioneer Deputy Editor â€“in- Chief (Editorial) The Megaphone News Agency OAU, Ile-Ife, 2003 â€“ 2003;
(d) Reporter, Tell Magazine , 2005 â€“ Date.