The Wole Soyinka Center For Investigative Journalism presented awards of excellence to three outstanding female journalists who have been making notable marks in the journalism field.
At the award ceremony which held on Friday, November 24 in central business district (CBD), GRA, Ikeja, the center presented this award to 3 outstanding journalists who were part of its female reporters leadership fellowship programme.
The leadership fellowship programme supported by the Free Press Unlimited was created to empower journalists with valuable skills and also to create opportunities that help them to prepare for the highest leadership roles in their various stations.
The enlightening programme included a three day training, three month mentorship as well as leadership and fellowship projects spanning over 6 months.
At the highlight of the event, cash awards were presented to the 3 outstanding women; second runner up, Bunmi Yekinni, a reporter from radio 1; first runner up, Juliana Francis, a crime reporter from New telegraph newspapers and the overall winner, Olufunke Fayemi from Voice of Nigeria (VON).
Motunrayo Alaka the programme director of the center said in her speech at the event
“The media itself has its own challenges and one of these is gender issues. This is not a woman takeover initiative but to address the imbalance in leadership In the media”.
In her speech, veteran broadcaster Bimbo Oloyede advised these amazing women to remain outstanding journalists and continue to act as role models to younger generations.
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