HumAngle’s Investigations Editor, ‘Kunle Adebajo, has emerged first runner-up in the Education Reporting category of the 2020 Diamond Awards for Media Excellence.
This was announced on Saturday at a ceremony held in Lekki, Lagos.
Published in March 2019, Adebajo’s entry, Injustice in the Ivory Tower, is a three-part investigative report of how non-payment of salaries and pension, inadequate funding, and administrative recklessness brought untold hardship to teachers of the Tai Solarin College of Education in Ogun State.
Ibrahim Adeyemi and Niyi Oyedeji were also nominated in the category respectively, for their reports about N-Power ghost workers in Sokoto State and the plights of out-of-school children in Osun State.
DAME is one of the oldest journalism awards in Nigeria, having made its debut in March 1992.
According to the organisers, the award was established “to encourage media professionalism by rewarding talent and enterprise”.
“Aside from honouring individuals and organisations with career-boosting recognitions, the awards provide media scholars and professionals, policy formulators, and regulators with the welcome annual feedback on the state of media practice,” they noted.
This year, 39 journalists were nominated across 15 categories “after two rounds of screening by the panel of judges drawn from practice and the academia”.
Adebajo, an outstanding journalist, is also a finalist for the 2020 Isu Elihle journalism awards.