VON Reporter Wins OFAB-Nigeria Media Award for Best Radio

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By Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

Voice of Nigeria Agriculture Correspondent Ene Okwanihe has emerged Best Radio Reporter in the 6th Edition of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Nigeria Media Awards, in Abuja Nigeria’s capital
Over the years in Nigeria, Genetically modified organisms has been a confusing topic for farmers, consumers and even some professionals.

This is because they probably don’t understand what it is really about as there are a lot of myth and misunderstanding and misconceptions surrounding it.

In a bid to demystify misconceptions and bring the importance of agricultural biotechnology to the growth of the sector and the country’s economy to the fore, OFAB-Nigeria partnered with the media.

And the media has been supportive in the quest for better understanding of Agricultural biotechnology.

Speaking at the event, the Country Coordinator, OFAB-Nigeria, Dr. Rose Gidado said the award seeks to recognize outstanding journalist involved in the coverage of agricultural biotechnology in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“It also celebrates and promotes innovative best practices in agriculture biotechnology and other Agri-technologies that address challenges of food insecurity, climate change and sustainable development”

Dr. Gidado noted that for the past 6 years the award has continued to recognize outstanding journalist in its 10 operating African countries and Nigeria has performed credibly well in the past, winning the maiden edition on the continent.

Dr. Gidado appealed to the media to take advantage of the award to showcase the professionalism and the skill of the Nigerian Media.

She stated that OFAB-Nigeria chapter is leading other chapters on the continent and the Nigeria media forms a major part of the success story which she said she hopes Nigeria would return to winning on the continent soonest.

The awards were given in three categories namely; Best TV, Best Radio and Best Print.

The award for Best Radio reporter went to Voice of Nigeria Agriculture Correspondent Ene Okwanihe while the award for Best Print went to Chibuzor Emejo of the Daily independence
The Award for best TV and overall Best went to Viewer Television reporter, Dorcas Bello
The award which is the 6th of its kind is celebrated annually across the ten OFAB host countries in Africa namely, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda and Nigeria.

The winners will be representing Nigeria at the continental level of the OFAB Africa awards coming up soon in one of the OFAB host countries.

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