By: Ajadi Sodiq
Politics Editor of Indy Press Organisation, Adebayo Abdulrahman on Friday, 3rd December 2022 emerged as the first runner–up in the BEST CONFLICT STORY category and also the winner in the BEST FACT-CHECK category of the Alfred Opubor Next Gen Campus Reporter Awards.
Mr. Adebayo was presented the awards at an event organized by The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), held at Treasure Suites Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja. The Next-Gen Campus Reporter Awards is an annual event aimed at celebrating distinguished Campus Journalists, in honour of the late Professor Alfred Opubor, a leading contributor to the field of journalism in Nigeria.
Mr. Adebayo clinched cash prizes worth N100,000 and N60,000, for his entries as The Best Conflict Story, and Best Fact-Check Story respectively.
Receiving the awards, Mr. Adebayo dedicated the awards to the unwavering support of his parents and friends. He noted that the recognition, following a thorough review of the total entries, will spur him to do more impactful stories which would offer solutions to pressing problems in the society.
“I am of the opinion that no one should seek validation from awards. However, winning these awards feel great and fulfilling. It is a call to write more impact-driven reports to drive accountability and aid development, especially at the grassroots “Mr. Abdulrahman said.
“I dedicate this to my parents and my friends who have always believed in my ability to get things done, with a special shout-out also to Indy Press, an organization that has been my home for over two years.”
Additionally, the incumbent News Editor, Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press, University of Ibadan, Tijani Abdulkabeer emerged second runner-up in the Best Health Reporting category, fetching an award equivalent in form.