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BREAKING NEWS: Youngest Former Sunday PUNCH Newspaper Female Editor, OLUWATOYOSI OGUNSEYE Appointed Head of BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION WEST AFRICA…Resumes work January 2018, Edit news report in Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin English and Yoruba languages *Celebrated as FIRST FEMALE EDITOR in the 45 year history of Punch Newspaper Existence * WON over 30 Awards, Was first Nigerian to win the prestigious Knight International Journalism Award * She is a fellow of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative * Currently sits on the board of the World Editors Forum *Received Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at University of Lagos, Holds Masters degree in Media and Communications from Pan-Atlantic University * Studying for PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester *Media AWARDS: CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards 2011 and 2013, Nigerian Academy of Science Journalist of the Year 2013, The Future Awards Africa 2013, Child-Friendly Reporter of the Year by the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence * “It is a huge honour to be appointed Head of West of Africa for the BBC. I’m excited about this new role and I look forward to working with BBC’s amazing journalists in the region. I have no doubt that we will continue to produce the quality journalism that our audiences love us for”-TOYOSI BY IYANU OPEMIPO/REPORTER, ABUJA

BREAKING NEWS: Youngest Former Sunday PUNCH Newspaper Female Editor, OLUWATOYOSI OGUNSEYE Appointed Head of BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION WEST AFRICA…Resumes work January 2018, Edit news report in Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin English and Yoruba...

AFTER 7 YEARS OF MARRIAGE: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA Deputy Editor-in-Chief, PETER EJIOFOR Celebrates, WIFE (Hannah) Delivers Quadruplets (4 BOYS) …Says: ‘I Have Always Hold unto the Omnipotence, Sovereignty and Miraculous Power of God over all situations’ * Several Medical Doctors report had said we were medically healthy, and that nothing was wrong with us’ * ‘When God says YES, No circumstance or anyone can say NO’ * Quadruplets delivered at 9.24am, being nursed in incubators at Crystal Specialist Hospital, Akonwonjo, Lagos BY RACHAEL AKARE/MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT, LAGOS

AFTER 7 YEARS OF MARRIAGE: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA Deputy Editor-in-Chief, PETER EJIOFOR Celebrates, WIFE (Hannah) Delivers Quadruplets (4 BOYS) …Says: ‘I Have Always Hold unto the Omnipotence, Sovereignty and Miraculous Power of...

5TH YEAR MEDIA ANNIVERSARY: NIGERIA’S Foremost HUMAN RIGHTS AMAZON, DR JOE OKEI ODUMAKIN Wins NAIJA STANDARD Newspaper ‘Person of the YEAR 2017’…Receives International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State *ATIKU ABUBAKAR, Nigeria’s Former Vice President, BOLA AHMED TINUBU, National Leader of All Progressives Congress are ‘NAIJA STANDARD Most Iconic Politicians of the Year’ *Lagos State Governor, AKINWUNMI AMBODE is Naija Standard Newspaper Most Performing/Entrepreneurial Governor of the Year 2017 in Nigeria’ * NIGERIA’S Most Famous EDITORS of the Year 2017: SAM OMATSEYE, MARTINS OLOJA, SIMON KOLAWOLE *NIGERIA’S Genius, OYINLOLA OLUWATOBI Emerges ‘Most Creative Technology Expert in Diaspora’ *IKECHI UKO, DR RAPHAEL JAMES, WALE OJO-LANRE, AKILE OF DALLAS become ‘Nigeria’s Leading Cultural Ambassador of the Year in Diaspora’ #QUOTE: ‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’-Marcus Garvey BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES & LOLA ENIFEMI/STAFF WRITER, ABUJA

5TH YEAR MEDIA ANNIVERSARY: NIGERIA’S Foremost HUMAN RIGHTS AMAZON, DR JOE OKEI ODUMAKIN Wins NAIJA STANDARD Newspaper ‘Person of the YEAR 2017’…Receives International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department...

SO INSPIRING: NIGERIAN-IRISH American Ace Broadcaster, ADAORA UDOJI Shines as ADJUNCT PROFESSOR at New York UNIVERSITY…Acclaimed by TIME Magazine as ‘Anchor of Future News on News Deeply’-famous media tech startup *Earlier worked for Cables News Network, ABC News *Reports international stories covering Africa, the Middle East and Europe *Co-host of ‘The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji in 2008’, a nationally syndicated co-production on WNYC, The New York Times, BBC, WGBH-Boston and PRI *Covered Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Vatican, World Economy, Sporting events as in British Open and the Tour De France *Contributes to Good Morning America, World News Weekend, ABC Radio *Writes extensively on topics of being a Nigerian woman, beating cancer and Hurricane Katrina *Served as Board-member of the Montclair Film Festival, Women’s Advisory Board at NBC Universal and still a Woodrow Wilson fellow *NAMED one of 25 Most Influential African Americans by Essence Magazine, Honoree for the World Diversity Leadership Conference at the United Nations *HER Father is Godfrey Udoji, former chief engineer for the city of Dearborn, Michigan and mother Mary, former director of Washtenaw County Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SO INSPIRING: NIGERIAN-IRISH American Ace Broadcaster, ADAORA UDOJI Shines as ADJUNCT PROFESSOR at New York UNIVERSITY…Acclaimed by TIME Magazine as ‘Anchor of Future News on News Deeply’-famous media tech startup *Earlier...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD IN AMERICA: NIGERIAN Born United States based Journalist, GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU Elected PRESIDENT, Nigerian-American Press Association…Promises to create more fluidity for greater networking between Nigeria and American Press * 30 Media Professionals in USA, Africa elect new leaders for Four year tenure * Plans underway to help Nigerian journalists familiarize with latest digital media tools for Investigative Journalism * ‘This is a huge honor for Nigeria, Nigerian Press and Africa Media’-OTUMU * “It is a delight and noteworthy to state that this is the first time any Nigerian or African journalist will occupy this prestigious media position”-Steve Franklin, Pioneer President, NAPA, newly elected Life Patron *Media Membership: American Society of Newspaper Reporters, Foreign Press Association (USA), National Press Foundation(USA), Commonwealth Press Association (UK), World Reporters Association, World Editors’ Forum, Others *Media Awards: MBE Investigative Journalist/Blogger of the Year 2016 (UK), MNA Nigerian Investigative Journalist in the Diaspora 2017(Nigeria), Dee Dee Media Icon of the Year (USA), MNA Society Journalist of the Year 1996 (Nigeria), Future Awards Journalist of the Year in Nigeria and Many more… *QUOTE: ‘All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them’-Walt Disney BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, ABUJA

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD IN AMERICA: NIGERIAN Born United States based Journalist, GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU Elected PRESIDENT, Nigerian-American Press Association…Promises to create more fluidity for greater networking between Nigeria and American...

LET’S SAVE NIGERIAN DYING JOURNALIST: AUSTIN FAIR NWAULU, Nigeria’s Famous REPORTER Battling STROKE on SICK Bed….Unable to cater for Medical Challenge due to unpaid Salaries at National Mirror, Hallmark, Business Hallmark Newspapers *Already Exhaust all Personal Savings, Auction Properties *Reasons Nigeria don’t have Official Standard Salaries Template for Press *Why Nigerian Journalists Have No Insurance during Assignments *BEGS: “I Don’t Want to DIE, Pain is Too Much. Please Help Me with Donations to Austin Fair Nwaulu, DIAMOND BANK Acct No: 0038475459” *To reach him directly on Hospital BED, call: +234 803 324 7569 *STROKE: ‘The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood flow or rupture of an artery to the brain. Sudden loss of speech, weakness, or paralysis of one side of the body can be symptoms’ BY OLU ADEBOWALE/STAFF WRITER, ABUJA

LET’S SAVE NIGERIAN DYING JOURNALIST: AUSTIN FAIR NWAULU, Nigeria’s Famous REPORTER Battling STROKE on SICK Bed….Unable to cater for Medical Challenge due to unpaid Salaries at National Mirror, Hallmark, Business Hallmark Newspapers *Already...

INSPIRING: NIGERIA’S journalist, AMINA YUGUDA of Gotel Television WINS BBC World News Komla Dumor Award…Receives Honor for consistent Investigative News on high-profile stories including the Boko Haram insurgency * News Presenter begins three-month placement at the BBC in London * Award created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014 * She impressed the panel with her story-telling and her ability to convey complex ideas in a way that resonates with a wide audience * “It was a huge honour. I was overwhelmed with joy. Storytellers have always had an important role in Africa… this is what defines us. Today journalists are taking on that responsibility”-Amina rejoices * BBC World Service Group Director Francesca Unsworth: ‘Yuguda was a worthy winner. She possessed Komla’s sterling virtues in Investigative Journalism’ *Receives Ovation from Nigerian-American Press Association BY KUNLE OLAWOLE/REPORTER, LONDON & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

INSPIRING: NIGERIA’S journalist, AMINA YUGUDA of Gotel Television WINS BBC World News Komla Dumor Award…Receives Honor for consistent Investigative News on high-profile stories including the Boko Haram insurgency * News Presenter...

MEDIA Retirement PLANS for ‘MIRACLE MAN OF REUTERS’: ‘ I Want to be a CAREER DIPLOMAT for NIGERIA in Europe or Republic of Ireland’-NIYI BABADE, Al-jazeera Award winner, International Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker …Earlier worked for Cables News Network, Associated Press and other international media platforms *Highly respected in Reuters for Breaking News, Investigative Journalism *Presently Producing/Directing OPDAT TV News, Dublin * ‘I want to use my profound International media experiences to celebrate Nigeria in good light to the West and eastern blocs’ * ‘My appointment as an Ambassador will surely enhance and bring positivity to Nigerians in every sphere of life’ * ‘No More Delays in Nigerian e-Passport Issuance or Renewals Abroad’ * ‘President BUHARI tried in Foreign Policies, Returning Nigeria positively to Honor in International Community’ BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

MEDIA Retirement PLANS for ‘MIRACLE MAN OF REUTERS’: ‘ I Want to be a CAREER DIPLOMAT for NIGERIA in Europe or Republic of Ireland’-NIYI BABADE, Al-jazeera Award winner, International Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker …Earlier...

REVEALING: ‘We Desire JUSTICE from Nigerian Govt on Shooting of Nigerian Publisher, Samuel Nweze, Beating of Charles Otu’-Committee to Protect Journalists in New York * ‘I Narrowly Escaped Death for Reporting News as a Journalist in Ebonyi state’-Nweze * Says: ‘I heard a bang, I felt sharp pains and blood gushing out from my back’ * ‘The assailants threatened to kill me unless I promised not to criticize the government of the southern Nigerian state’ * “Nigerian authorities should show that journalists cannot be viciously abducted, attacked, or shot with impunity”-CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal, South Africa * ‘We have opened Investigations on Otu’s beating’-Titus Lamorde, commissioner of police for Ebonyi BY NDUKA ILEMU/CRIME REPORTER, ABAKALIKI

REVEALING: ‘We Desire JUSTICE from Nigerian Govt on Shooting of Nigerian Publisher, Samuel Nweze, Beating of Charles Otu’-Committee to Protect Journalists in New York * ‘I Narrowly Escaped Death for Reporting News as a Journalist...

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 Aljazeera Television *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 Outstanding 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...