Our brethren, Abiodun Jamiu and Abdulrasheed Hammad, were awarded winners of the ICIR Investigative Journalism award held at UCJ UI Dinner/Awards/Handover ceremony yesterday.
The ICIR Annual Award for Data/Investigative Journalism is presented to all certified campus journalists in Nigeria tertiary institutions by the Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ibadan, in collaboration with the International Center for Investigative Reporting and National Union of Campus Journalists.
Abiodun Jamiu and Abdulrasheed Hammad, were announced as winners at the ceremony held at the University of Ibadan on Saturday, 23rd October, 2021. At the end of the event, Abiodun Jamiu, the president of the National Association of Campus Journalists, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, won the first prize, while Abdulrasheed Hammad, the Editor-in-Chief of Pen Press, won the prize of second runner-up.
In a report, Jamiu said, “I feel elated. I still can’t believe it,” he said. “And it’s just the world telling me to do more. This is a testament to the fact that consistency pays.”
“I am super excited for being among the winners of the ICIR Investigative/ Data Journalism award,” he said. “I give thanks to Almighty Allah for bagging this award” Hammad added.
The grand winner will take home a cash prize of N120, 000 plus other benefits, while the first runner-up and the second runner-up will receive a sum of N80, 000 and N50, 000 respectively with other benefits, according to the organiser.
During the award nomination stage, five members of campus journalists were shortlisted for the ICIR Annual Award for Data/Investigative Journalism in Nigeria. Abdulrasheed Hammad and Abiodun Jamiu are members UDUS campus journalists association. Other three journalists who made the list are Abdulwaheed Sofiullahi, Oluwatobi Odeyinka and Mohammed Awwal Ibrahim.