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Hopewell Chin’ono, David Hundeyin, and the Feminist Coalition win African Journalism Prize

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Investigative journalists Hopewell Chin’ono, David Hundeyin, and gender advocacy group – Feminist Coalition (FemCo) are winners of the Garfield People Journalism Prize for Africa 2020 (PJPA).

  In its second year, the PJPA 2020 comes with a $3,000 reward for the selected journalists and $15,000 worth of strategic communications support to FemCo from Gatefield. This announcement was made by Adewunmi Emoruwa, the founder of the award on Monday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. 

Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono is the People Journalist for Africa 2020. “We selected Hopewell for his investigative reporting on the COVID-19 procurement corruption in Zimbabwe. This report stopped this corrupt activity and forced the sack of the country’s health minister.

“David Hundeyin is the People Journalist for Informed Commentary 2020. We selected David for his exposé on the draconian Infectious Diseases Bill under consideration by Nigeria’s House of Representatives during the COVID-19 lockdown. This report led to the withdrawal of this proposed legislation, which would have imperilled Nigerians’ fundamental human rights.

“The Feminist Coalition are the winners of the People Newsmaker for Social Justice Award. We selected FemCo for their exceptional leadership that rallied an unprecedented nationwide and global response against the injustice of police brutality in Nigeria.”

PJPA is a public service journalism initiative to recognise and reward journalists, citizen reporters, and social justice newsmakers in Africa. The 2019 award was won by investigative journalists; Fisayo Soyombo, and Kiki Mordi. A public presentation of the award will hold in May 2021 in a yet to be decided format.

About the winners

Hopewell Chin’ono 

Hopewell Chin’ono is a documentary filmmaker and international journalist with several years of experience in print and broadcast journalism. He was formerly at the BBC before returning to Zimbabwe to make his award-winning documentary “Pain in My Heart” which won the 2008 CNN African Journalist of the year award. He has received several awards and fellowships including the 2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Award and the Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Reporting in Africa, the Tutu Fellowship in African Leadership award for Oxford Business school, and the Nieman Fellowship. 

David Hundeyin

David Hundeyin is an international journalist with affiliations such as CNN Africa, Africa Report, Business Day, and TheScoopNG. David is a reporter for NewsWire Nigeria, where he made the groundbreaking report on the infectious disease bill. David’s work has helped bring other important stories to light and influence positive social outcomes. 

Feminist Coalition

The Feminist Coalition popularly called FemCo are a group of gender advocates who came together in July 2020 to advance women’s rights in Nigeria through different programs and initiatives. FemCo raised funds to provide food, water, masks, first aid kits, medical aid and legal aid to peaceful protesters during Nigeria’s anti-police brutality protests.

Members of the Feminist Coalition include Damilola Odufuwa, Odunayo Eweniyi, Layo Ogunbanwo, Ozzy Etomi, Ire Aderinokun, Karo Omu, Kiki Mordi, Laila Johnson-Salami, Obiageli Ofili Alintah, Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Jola Ayeye, Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, Tito Ovia, Feyikemi Abudu.

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Guber 2023: APC Youths Summon Akan Udofia

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…Warn Habitual Candidates To Stay Off

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A Coalition of All Progressives Congress Youth in Akwa Ibom State has called on billionaire oil magnate, Mr. Akanimo Udofia, to consider contesting for governorship of the State come 2023 on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Udofia is the CEO/Managing Director, Desicon Engineering Limited, an engineering, procurement and construction services company, one of the major service providers in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. He was rumoured recently to have joined partisan politics on the platform of APC.

The APC youth coalition, which is an amalgamation of major political youth groups in the main opposition party in the State, made this call last Sunday, during its inaugural meeting at Akwa Ibom Renaissance Secretariat, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Anthony Bassey, the leader of Akwa Ibom Renaissance, urged youths to close ranks and objectively weighed antecedents of every intending governorship aspirant against the collective dreams of Akwa Ibom people.

He said the era of use and dump politics is over as youths are determined to assert themselves and get involved in every aspect of state development from electioneering to governance, adding that the decision to call on Mr. Akanimo Udofia to contest the 2023 governorship election in the State was reflective of current expectations of Akwa Ibom youths.

Governor Udom Emmanuel (l) with Mr. Akanimo Udofia (m) and Senator Godswill Akpabio (r) during an award presentation ceremony in 2018.

A communique from the group, made available to The Guide Newspapers further strengthened this position, which was reached after a reassessment of the chances of the party and the desires of the younger generation to raise the ante of governance in the State and Nigeria as a whole come 2023 and beyond.

Giving reasons for its choice of Udofia, the group stated that “the State at this time is in dire need of a governor whom the people can look up from his past and current development drive and economic pursuits and connections within and around the Nation and the world and can easily attract industries, capital investment and strong capacity and ability to harness his personal resources and wealth of business acumen to the wealth and resources of the State for the general good of all irrespective of party lines, religious affinity, social status and inclinations; a detribalized Akwa Ibomite, a national and internationally known and recognized figure who could break even at any stage in the world for the good of the State.”

It continued that “after a thorough, painstaking soul search, we have come to the inescapable conclusion and we vouch for MR. AKANIMO UDOFIA as such a person that possesses all the earlier listed qualities, credibility and charisma that will give us victory with ease and will not be a disappointment to our great party and state come 2023.

“His aspiration will boost our chances and help to add quality and value to our primaries and general Elections come 2023. We hereby extend the call to our illustrious and distinguished son to contest the 2023 general election as Governor of Akwa Ibom state.”

Mr. Anthony Bassey, addressing representatives of APC youth groups in the State during the meeting at Akwa Ibom Renaissance Secretariat, Uyo, last Sunday.

The youth coalition acknowledged President Mohammed Buhari’s efforts to enhance APC’s political capital in the State through various appointments of party chieftains in his government, which sadly failed to bring about notable political gain to the party hence it admonished [federal political appointees] to harmoniously work together to foster the positive nest of political gains in Akwa Ibom State.

Furthermore, the group warned habitual governorship candidates in the party to take a break and embrace change, noting that from past contests they have tested their popularity and known their strength “we also have come to know in real political participation paradigm their strengths and weaknesses hence we appreciate all they have built for the party and their followers’ strength at each congresses and general elections notwithstanding.

“It is our earnest position that owing to their antecedents and precedents in past elections we note that if they continue to work together and see more of the party good and push forward an acceptable more credible, younger, youth friendly candidate and push same for presentation to the Akwa Ibom people, it will be very easy for our great party to take over government”. The group posited.

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