By: Aduwo, Ayodele
Indy Press Politics Editor, Adebayo Abdulrahman, has been shortlisted in two categories, Best Conflict Story and Best Fact-check Story, in the 2022 Alfred Opubor Next-Gen Campus Reporter Awards.
The Next-Gen Campus Reporter Awards is named after the late Professor Alfred Opubor, in honour of his leading contributions to journalism.
Announcing the shortlist on Friday, 25th November, through CAMPUS REPORTER, a platform created by The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), a five-person panel of judges deemed Mr. Adebayo’s body of works suitable, from other twenty-five outstanding entries which were selected as best across nine competitive award categories.
Mr. Adebayo was shortlisted for his body of works, “Beyond Numbers (I): Distraught Family, Scheduled Wedding….Victims Of Owo Massacre” a conflict report, and, another, a fact-check story titled “No, Buhari Did Not Lift 10.5 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In Two Years.”
Speaking with Indy Press, Adebayo Abdulrahman relished happiness over the shortlist, while appreciating that his contributions were well noted and could be considered significant.
“Getting nominated for two different categories is something I’m proud of. It shows that people somewhere believe the work I do is important. It is also a reminder that the work I do is not only important but that I do it well” he said.
Dedicating his victory to individuals who supported and trusted his path, Mr. Adebayo also prized his appreciation to Indy Press, a local media outlet at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria for committing his interest as a campus journalist forward.
“I would dedicate this victory to people who have always believed in me, especially to my IndyPress family” he further said.
For the ultimate winners, runners-up would be announced on Friday, 2nd December at the Treasure Suites Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja.