On September 25 2018, I received a mail from West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) organized by Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) that I have been shortlisted for the 2018 edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Awards, head-quartered in Accra, the capital of Ghana. A high-quality portrait picture of me was demanded to be used as display photo in line with my name in the list of finalists for the awards that was made public on Monday, October 1. I sent it.
I was one of the 18 journalists from across Africa who made it to finalists after a thorough review of the entries by three-member panel of judges. According to them, this year 2018, the competition received over 600 entries from 12 countries across West Africa from both Francophone and Anglophone countries. See the URL: http://www.mfwa.org/west-africa-media-excellence-awards-2018-list-of-finalists/
I was awarded a Certificate of Merit on Anti-corruption category of the awards held at the Swiss Hotel in Accra on October 13 2018. This is the second time I was to make it to finalist in this awards that started last year. In that year, I was also shortlisted in the Anti-corruption category in the competition that the judges said received more than 400 entries from 12 countries across West Africa. There were 15 finalists on this list of that year. See the URL: http://www.mfwa.org/west-africa-media-excellence-awards-list-of-finalists/
In the same line, I was nominated in The African Fact-checking Awards 2018, head-quartered in South-Africa going to be held later in the year. According to a press release on their website on October 6 2018, they received over 150 entries from more than 20 countries, from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Egypt to South Africa and Zimbabwe. I was among 11 professional journalists who made it to finalists in the ‘Best fact-check’ category. It was my article published on a website I founded at ooreporters.com with the title “Fairy Tale That Land Across Nigeria Belongs To Fulani” that got me thus far. See the URL: https://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/the-african-fact-checking-awards/
I’m grateful to all of you: family members, friends and well-wishers who, through direct and indirect contributions to me fostered in bringing me to this stage of my writing career. I thank the management of The Nigerian Voice that gave me a platform to express myself for over a decade with them. In all, I thank my Chi, all the ancestral spirits that I’m connected to by Blood, Spirit and Mind. May I continue to impact positively on the society, and more awards to me. Ihia! Ise!! Ase!!!
Odimegwu Onwumere is a multiple-awards winning journalist based in Rivers State.
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