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11TH MEDIA AWARD IN NIGERIA: Naija STANDARD Newspaper’s American Bureau, GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU WINS Nigeria’s Most Investigative Journalist in the Diaspora…Defeats Abby Phillips of New York TIMES, Tunde Agoi of AFP, Femi Oke of Reuters *Winning News story published May 30, 2016 titled ‘Trading LIFE for Kidney Sale …Indian Doctors on Highest Demand for Nigerian Kidneys at $300,000’ *Vanguard Media Limited Receives Online Newspaper of the Year *BOND FM is Best Radio Station of the Year, Asabeafrika is BLOG of the Year *Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State recognized as ‘Outstanding Performing Governor of the Year’ * Frank Odita honoured with LIFETime Achievement Award on Oustanding Contribution to Nigerian Security * Sir Shina Peters, Afro-juju ace receives Music LEGEND of the Year * HRH Mohammed Sani Halirv Dantoro honoured with ‘Most Inspiring Monarch of the Year’ * ‘ON Integrity, Media professionalism and Investigative journalism, Nigeria-American Press Association celebrate George Otumu as an excellent, distinguished and well deserved journalist’-Steve Franklin, President, NAPA BY TOPE OLAMIDE/STAFF WRITER, LAGOS

11TH MEDIA AWARD IN NIGERIA: Naija STANDARD Newspaper’s American Bureau, GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU WINS Nigeria’s Most Investigative Journalist in the Diaspora…Defeats Abby Phillips of New York TIMES, Tunde Agoi of AFP, Femi Oke...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ‘I Am in UNITED STATES on the Wings of Grace, Flying on GOD’s Word’-Nigeria’s Top Newscaster, Chudi Nwafo …’Nominated NEWSCASTER of the YEAR 2004 by the Nigeria Media Merit Award’ *Worked as News Reporter/Producer for Channels Television, DBN Television, Africa Independent Television and Raypower FM * ‘MUSIC is My Hobby, Playing Music as a Recording Artiste since 1980’ * ‘I Have a Passion for Preservation and Enhancement of God’s entire Creation’ *Performed LIVE at First National Convention of Ufuma Forum North America and the World Igbo Congress convention in Chicago * PLUS Evergeen moments with Raymond Elama (in charge of News) and the late Steve Kadiri (in charge of Radio), how he was in charge of Presentation on both Radio and Television BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ‘I Am in UNITED STATES on the Wings of Grace, Flying on GOD’s Word’-Nigeria’s Top Newscaster, Chudi Nwafo …’Nominated NEWSCASTER of the YEAR 2004 by the Nigeria Media Merit Award’...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD ABROAD: NIGERIAN AMERICAN, FOLASADE OLAYINKA BADERINWA becomes Most Famous Broadcaster on New York’s WABC Channel 7…Co-anchors weekday 5 p.m. editions of Eyewitness News alongside Diana Williams and 11pm news with Bill Ritter *Joined WABC in 2003 after a stint in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, where she anchored the news on WBAL-TV for nearly three years * How she survived multiple surgeries, months of recovery and physical therapy after been struck by a hit-and-run driver on July 23, 2004 while preparing a report *Born to a Nigerian (Yoruba) man and German mother. Her first name, ‘Folasade’, means ‘Honor confers a crown’ BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD ABROAD: NIGERIAN AMERICAN, FOLASADE OLAYINKA BADERINWA becomes Most Famous Broadcaster on New York’s WABC Channel 7…Co-anchors weekday 5 p.m. editions of Eyewitness News alongside Diana Williams and 11pm news...

TRENDING WORLDWIDE: Top NIGERIAN Journalists, Media Houses emerge Finalists in NIGERIA MEDIA NITE OUT AWARD 2017…Ceremony features 21 Media Award Categories, Set for Sunday, September 17 at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja by 3:00pm *Kunle Rasheed (City Rovers), Azuh Arinze (YES Magazine), 4 others compete for Editor of the Year * Nigeria Investigative Journalist of the Year in the Diaspora: Tunde Agoi (AFP), Abby Phillips (Washington Post), George Elijah Otumu (NAIJA Standard newspaper), Femi Oke (Aljazeera Television) * Asabeafrika, Naija.com, Belanaija, Juliablaise, 2 others in BLOG of the Year *Nigeria’s BEST Online Newspapers: Punchng.com, Sunnewsonline.com, Vanguardngr.com, Premiumtimesng.com, Thenationonlineng.net, Completesportsnigeria.com * “We will be history in the Nigerian Media Industry as a pacesesetter in rewarding the hardwork and selfless service of media professionals to humanity”-Sola Olugbemiro, Publisher, Ace Magazine, ceo of Solkem Nigeria Limited BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, ABUJA

TRENDING WORLDWIDE: Top NIGERIAN Journalists, Media Houses emerge Finalists in NIGERIA MEDIA NITE OUT AWARD 2017…Ceremony features 21 Media Award Categories, Set for Sunday, September 17 at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja by 3:00pm *Kunle...

INSPIRATIONAL: BRITISH Born NIGERIAN Broadcaster, FEMI OKE is QUEEN of Aljazeera Television…Graduates from Birmingham University, had Bachelor’s degree in English literature and language, hosts ‘The Stream on Al Jazeera English’ *Started Journalism at 14 years as then Junior Reporter with UK’s First Talk Radio station London Broadcasting Company *Earlier presents BBC’s flagship Educational Science Programme ‘Science In Action’ *Worked for GMTV, London Weekend Television, Men & Motors and Carlton Television * Joined CNN in 1999, worked for NINE years as a former anchor for International’s World Weather service at the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

INSPIRATIONAL: BRITISH Born NIGERIAN Broadcaster, FEMI OKE is QUEEN of Aljazeera Television…Graduates from Birmingham University, had Bachelor’s degree in English literature and language, hosts ‘The Stream on Al Jazeera English’ *Started...

SHOCKING IN FOREIGN PRESS: ‘BUHARI has been gone for MEDICAL CARE for months, YAR’ADUA DIED of KIDNEY and HEART problems in office’-WASHINGTON Post Newspaper …This is Incumbent Nigerian President Second Medical Leave to Britain *GOVT released First Photo of Buhari since he left Nigeria BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, ABUJA

SHOCKING IN FOREIGN PRESS: ‘BUHARI has been gone for MEDICAL CARE for months, YAR’ADUA DIED of KIDNEY and HEART problems in office’-WASHINGTON Post Newspaper …This is Incumbent Nigerian President Second Medical Leave...

BREAKING NEWS: ‘I Was the First NIGERIAN Journalist to have Interviewed FOUR former African Presidents and Mama Sarah, Grand Mother of Barack Obama in Kenya’-Dr Raphael James, Director General at Center for Research, Information Management and Media Development *Won over 100 Awards across the world for his selfless service to Humanity *Written 77 Books, published 21 with 56 unpublished *Since 2008 donated over 22, 000 books to schools in Nigeria and Ghana *Operates an Intellectual Library with 47,000 books *Empowers Nigerian widows on Free Skill Acquisition, Publishes The National Biographer Magazine *Founder of largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 35, 000 photos *His Unforgettable Media roles in Abia State Government * “In 5 years from now, I should have established a Zoo that will contain domestic and wild animals’-Dr Raphael BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

BREAKING NEWS: ‘I Was the First NIGERIAN Journalist to have Interviewed FOUR former African Presidents and Mama Sarah, Grand Mother of Barack Obama in Kenya’-Dr Raphael James, Director General at Center for Research, Information...

NIGERIA MEDIA NITE OUT AWARD 2017: Abby Phillips of Washington Post, Femi Oke Aljazeera TV, Tunde Agoe AFP, George Elijah Otumu Naija Standard Newspaper emerge MEDIA FINALISTS …For Nigerian Most Outstanding Investigative Journalist in the Diaspora *Red Carpet ceremony slated for Sunday, September 17 at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja by 3:00pm * 11th Glamorous Edition to Attract African Celebrities across the world *100 entries considered from around the globe * “ We are stepping up this year. There will be lots of surprises and part of it is where this event will take place this year”-Sola Olugbemiro, ceo of Solkem Communications BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, ABUJA

NIGERIA MEDIA NITE OUT AWARD 2017: Abby Phillips of Washington Post, Femi Oke Aljazeera TV, Tunde Agoe AFP, George Elijah Otumu Naija Standard Newspaper emerge MEDIA FINALISTS …For Nigerian Most Outstanding Investigative Journalist in...

EXCLUSIVE: ‘SECRETS behind My Relocation to United States of AMERICA’-Victor AYARA, Nigeria’s ace Broadcaster, former News Anchor, Silverbird Television …Says: ‘I’m not going to return to mainstream Journalism anytime soon, studying for my Masters of Science degree’ *Confess: ‘Music is my FIRST LOVE. I formed an American band called ‘Ima Kulture’, a 13 piece-collection as an outlet for me and the other members share the rich musical culture of Africa to a non-African audience’ * Successfully function as compere in high-profile events and social functions for companies such as Total, Chevron, Techno Oil, British Airways *Winner: Newscaster of The Year at the Nigerian Media Merit Award in 2010 *Feel free to reach him at: victorayarameetingpoint@gmail.com BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

EXCLUSIVE: ‘SECRETS behind My Relocation to United States of AMERICA’-Victor AYARA, Nigeria’s ace Broadcaster, former News Anchor, Silverbird Television …Says: ‘I’m not going to return to mainstream Journalism...

EX-CHAIRMAN, EDITORIAL BOARD VANGUARD NEWSPAPER BREAKS SILENCE: ‘Professionalism discarded in Nigerian Guild of Editors”-Ikeddy ISIGUZO, famous journalist, Editor-in-Chief/MD, The Oracle Today newspaper …Says: ‘Beyond soliciting for money to organise conventions, money that is never accounted for, the Guild leadership would visit politicians who patronise the peculiar skills’ *’Nigerian Media Performance is Pathetic, Peripatetic and Opaque’ * ‘Democracy without a free press is what the civilian administrations want’ * ‘Nigerian Union of Journalists, Nigerian Guild of Editors have fallen into too much familiarity with politicians’ *Lament: ‘I had watched years of the Guild declining to unacceptable standards of leadership for its members’ *PLUS How Credibility can be brought to Online Journalism in Nigeria BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

EX-CHAIRMAN, EDITORIAL BOARD VANGUARD NEWSPAPER BREAKS SILENCE: ‘Professionalism discarded in Nigerian Guild of Editors”-Ikeddy ISIGUZO, famous journalist, Editor-in-Chief/MD, The Oracle Today newspaper …Says: ‘Beyond...