7th December, 2010
The award presentation ceremony of the Fifth Wole Soyinka Award for InvestigativeÂ Reporting holds on Thursday 9 December, 2010 at the Agip Recital Hall of the MUSONÂ Centre, by 5 p.m.
This year, the event, which will be chaired by the Minister of Information,Â Professor Dora Akunyili, plans to reward the works of seven Nigerian journalists inÂ print, broadcast (Radio and TV), photojournalism, online journalism and climateÂ change reporting and, for the first time, the local government category.
The award win will include a cash prize, aÂ lap top, one year internet access and anÂ all expense paid international exposure opportunity.
Two runners-up in each of the categories will also receive certificates ofÂ commendation.
Apart from the merit awards, there would be two honorary awards; lifetime award forÂ journalistic excellence and anti corruption defender award and six service award forÂ five serving judges and support organizations.
The life time award for journalistic excellence will be given to Dr. Doyin AbiolaÂ and the Anti-corruption Defender Award, which is done in collaboration with otherÂ civil society organisations, will be presented post-humously to Chief Gani FawehinmiÂ and received on behalf of his family by his wife Mrs. Ganiyat Fawehinmi.
The award event day bears particular significance as it is the world anti corruptionÂ day.
Guests expected at the event include: Mr. Berend Jan Ronhaar, the NetherlandsÂ Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Bob Dewar, British High Commissioner to Nigeria; Ms.Â Linda Nwoke, the BBC World Service Trust Country Director; Professor Yemi Osinbajo,Â SAN, and Justice Bunmi Oyewole among others.
The award programme is supported with funding from the Royal Netherlands Embassy,Â the Lagos State Ministry of Environment andÂ support from the British Embassy,Â Z-Mirage lights and sound, sunset cafÃ©, Marthas DÃ©cor and a number of media houses.
The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting which was first held in October,Â 2005 to encourage the development of an investigative tradition in the NigerianÂ media through rigorous scrutiny of human rights violations, regulatory failures andÂ corruption in the public and corporate departments of the nationâ€™s life has so farÂ rewarded 19 journalists who are called â€˜Soyinka Laureates.â€™
A judges board comprising nine top local and international professionals withÂ impeccable character and integrity will select winners for the award.