The ceremony will hold on Sunday in Abeokuta.
About 17 investigative journalists shortlisted for the annual Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism will gather in Abeokuta, Ogun State, for the ceremony to be held on Sunday.
Two PREMIUM TIMES journalists will compete with 15 other finalists at the 2012 edition of the award.
Idris Akinbajo, the Head of Investigations of PREMIUM TIMES and Ini Ekott, the Head of the Political Desk were shortlisted by the award panel headed by Lai Oso, a professor and Dean of the Lagos State School of Communication, organisers said.
Organisers of the award said the finalists include “six winning works, six runners-up and four commendations after three weeks of assessment and a one-day scores collation session held on Tuesday 27 November in Lagos.”
The WSCIJ-Nigeria Investigative Journalist of the Year 2012, which is the merit prize for the best outstanding work across all the categories, will also be awarded at the event.
“The winners are journalists whom the board have adjudged to demonstrate journalistic courage, individual creativity and public benefit in their report on public or corporate corruption, human rights violation, and or, the failure of regulatory agencies,” a statement by the Coordinator of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, WSCIJ, Motunrayo Alaka, said.
The finalists will go home with the prestigious award plaque, cash and kind prizes and certificates of commendation.
The other nominees are Anthony Akaeze – Newswatch, Seun Akioye – Nigerian Compass, Tobore Ovuore – National Mirror, Muyiwa Lucas – Tell, Abimbola Thomas – The Guardian, Eunice Ayo-Aderele – Punch, Yinka Adeparusi – National Mirror, Erapi Gabriel – The Sun, Olatunji Obasa – Punch, Asukwo Etim – Business Day, Arukaino Umokoro – Tell, Seun Okinbaloye – Channels, Albert Chigozie Ohams –The Sun, Ayodeji Adeyemi – Tell, and Theophilus Abbah – Daily Trust.
Mr. Akinbajo, the current Acting Managing Editor of PREMIUM TIMES, is the current holder of the WSCIJ-Nigeria Investigative Journalist of the Year.
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