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LIFE@70: Renowned Editor, DELE GIWA mentored Dimgba Igwe & I in Investigative Journalism-Africa’s famous journalist, MIKE AWOYINFA …Says: ‘My ambition is to become number one biographer in Nigeria, I believe biography is a higher form of journalism’ *‘In Weekend Concord of those days, we were ready to ‘die’ to get stories’ *Quote: “I thank God because everything I wanted to be as a journalist, I have been. As the features editor in National Concord, I changed the orientation about feature writing, to let people know that a feature story is a good human angle story. It is about people. A feature should bring in things that will make people laugh, and also cry. It was based on the ‘revolution’ I brought that I was invited by the Managing Director of the company, Dr Doyin Abiola, to start the Weekend Concord. Whatever one does, people are watching one. There is no way one does well and one will not rise. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious. I was very ambitious. Early on, I decided that I wanted to get to the highest height of the profession. Editing the ‘Weekend Concord’ was one of my highest achievements” *BY KEHINDE AJOSE/MEDIA Correspondent, Lagos

LIFE@70: Renowned Editor, DELE GIWA mentored Dimgba Igwe & I in Investigative Journalism-Africa’s famous journalist, MIKE AWOYINFA …Says: ‘My ambition is to become number one biographer in Nigeria, I believe biography is a higher form...

WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Everyone is asking how Nigerian Politicians raise N100million to buy Presidential Nomination Forms as Public Office Holders -SEYE KEHINDE, City People Media Group Publisher…My colleagues and I led Investigative Guerrilla Journalism in Nigeria fighting oppressive Military Junta to a standstill as Editor of TEMPO Magazine, we were publishing underground * Missing $75,000 cash at the political convergence of the All Progressive Congress ought to have been captured on CCTV, monumental fraud have the support of some insiders who are so sure that nothing will come out of it *Big time Nigerian political players deliberately raised the bar of nomination forms to edge out the youths, Plans on-going to expand City people magazine into other African countries *Commend senior colleagues who were founding fathers of The News Magazine: Mr Bayo Onanuga, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Mr Idowu Obasa; Mr Dapo Olorunyomi and Mr Kunle Ajibade, Mother raised him to be humble in life *General ethics of the press comes with good journalism practice, relationship with Kunle Bakare, Femi Akintunde-Johnson, Dele Momodu; Mayor Akinpelu always intact *“Media practitioners have been holding the government accountable. Public office holders don’t care any longer. No one cares and things are done with impunity. So bad is the situation that corruption is now so rampant. And public office holders have become so brazen in the way they mismanage funds” *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Editor

WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Everyone is asking how Nigerian Politicians raise N100million to buy Presidential Nomination Forms as Public Office Holders-OLUSEYE OLUGBEMIGA KEHINDE, City People Media Group Publisher … My colleagues and I led...

NIGERIA is only the best country in Africa that enables Fairest Free Press-Minister of Information & Culture, Lai Mohammed …‘Our country has a vibrant enabling environment, pluralistic freedom for press’ *Nigerian media will never be a threat but key partners in the progress of the country *“It is a well-known fact that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right enshrined in our various statutes and legal mechanisms, a key feature of democracy across the world. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights captures this succinctly” *“We launched a national campaign against fake news and hate speech in 2018. It was a campaign that brought the issue to the front burner of our national discourse. Journalists within the West African sub-region should join hands with our various governments to curb the activities of journalists who taint the our image, good works and put to disgrace the ethos and professionalism of this very important profession” *BY SADE OLAYIWOLE/MEDIA Staff Writer, Abuja

NIGERIA is only the best country in Africa that enables Fairest Free Press -Minister of Information & Culture, Lai Mohammed …‘Our country has a vibrant enabling environment, pluralistic freedom for press’ *Nigerian media will never...

FREEDOM AT LAST: Court frees Nigerian Journalist, Activist AGBA JALINGO after 30 months in jail …acquitted of Terrorism, Treasonable Felony and Cyber Crimes *Framed up by Cross River State government for daring governor to account for stewardship, ECOWAS court awards N30milion damages against Nigerian government for injustice *“Relying on the provisions of Section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, I hereby acquit Agba Jalingo on all four charges. Therefore, the charge is hereby dismissed” – Justice Ojukwu, Federal High Court, Calabar * “Acquittal of journalist Agba Jalingo on trumped-up charges is welcome, but he should never have been arrested, detained for nearly six months, prosecuted for his work in the first place”-Angela Quintal, Committee to Protect Journalists Africa program coordinator *BY AHMED RABIU/JUDICIAL Reporter, Cross River State

FREEDOM AT LAST: Court frees Nigerian Journalist, Activist AGBA JALINGO after 30 months in jail …acquitted of Terrorism, Treasonable Felony and Cyber Crimes *Framed up by Cross River State government for daring governor to account for stewardship,...

NAIJA STANDARD NEWSPAPER 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY: The PUNCH wins Africa’s Most Accessible, Readable Newspaper Award 2021 …Dele Momodu, Ladi Ayodeji, Tony Iyare; Kayode Soyinka receive Lifetime Media Icons Award for pacesetting contribution and growth of media industry in Nigeria *AZUH ARINZE voted Nigeria’s Most Outstanding Society Journalist of the Year 2021 *Channels Television emerge Most Watched Nigeria News Station of the Year *Best Africa Broadcast Station in the Diaspora goes to BEN Television, London *SAHARA Reporters outshine others to win the coveted Best Anti-Corruption African Blog in the Diaspora * GBENGA DAN-ASABE voted Nigeria’s Best Investigative Journalist of the Year 2021 *BY Editorial Board & Naija Standard Newspaper Center for Investigative Journalism

NAIJA STANDARD NEWSPAPER 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY: The PUNCH wins Africa’s Most Accessible, Readable Newspaper Award 2021 …Dele Momodu, Ladi Ayodeji, Tony Iyare; Kayode Soyinka receive Lifetime Media Icons Award for pacesetting contribution...

The GLORY of AFRICA: Nigerian Investigative Journalist, TOBORE OVUORIE defeat Canada, USA, Australia; other nations to win DW Freedom of Speech Award 2021 in Germany… ‘On no account should we let our voice be silenced’ *Risks life as an undercover to pose as a would-be sex worker to investigate the widespread human trafficking ring in Nigeria, discovery prompt federal government to launch investigation *‘I hereby present the DW Freedom of Speech Award 2021 to Tobore Ovuorie, who has met extreme challenges during her investigation into the trafficking of young women from Africa to Europe’- DW Director General Peter Limbourg *‘I cannot think of a more courageous journalist than Tobore Ovuorie. Her passion to unearth the truth, to reveal the plight of the victims and the cruelty of their persecutors, led her to take a leap that very few journalists ever could summon the bravery or replicate’ – Laudatory speaker Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch Executive Director * “Ovuorie’s work is an outstanding example of investigative journalism and human braveness’-Antoaneta Vassileva, vice president of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings  *”Being a journalist in Nigeria is difficult. We struggle for an economic basis for our work and fight for access to information. Critical and sophisticated journalism in Nigeria is shrinking”-OVUORIE *BY PAULINE DAMIEN/MEDIA Staff Writer, Germany

 The GLORY of AFRICA: Nigerian Investigative Journalist, TOBORE OVUORIE defeat Canada, USA, Australia; other nations to win DW Freedom of Speech Award 2021 in Germany… ‘On no account should we let our voice be silenced’ *Risks life as...

HOPE ALIVE FOR YOUTHS IN NIGERIA! My Administration will be lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty-Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari …Vows ‘We will deliver on this promise’ * “President Buhari wondered why a holistic agenda on poverty reduction was never contemplated by pasts administrations when the Nation’s revenue was at an all-time high”-Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President * BY RILWAN AHMED/ Special Correspondent, Abuja

HOPE ALIVE FOR YOUTHS IN NIGERIA! My Administration will be lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty-Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari …Vows ‘We will deliver on this promise’ * “President Buhari wondered why a holistic...

JOURNALISM AT ITS FINEST @ RAINBOW HALL OF FAME AWARDS: Nigerian born American Journalist, GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU Wins double media honor in a glitzy and glamour red-carpet ceremony at Golden Gates Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos * Receives Outstanding African Investigative Journalist of the decade, Most Celebrated Nigerian Journalist in the Diaspora on Saturday, March 15 * Remaining award winners: Most Outstanding Legal Luminary of the year (Charles Ajiboye), African Humanitarian Writer (Mike Cerutti Osagie), Extraordinary Business Icon (Dr .Nwaorie Lazarus); African Culture Promoter in the Diaspora ( Nikki Spooner), Most Trusted Real Estate Investor (Dr.Jerry Nwakobi), Most Outstanding Female Initiator (Mrs.Olajumke Saliu), Hon .Dr.Segun Musa (Dynamic Politician) and other recipients BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, Nigeria

JOURNALISM AT ITS FINEST @ RAINBOW HALL OF FAME AWARDS: Nigerian born American Journalist, GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU Wins double media honor in a glitzy and glamour red-carpet ceremony at Golden Gates Restaurant, Ikoyi,...

The god-father of General Interest News Stories in Nigeria break silence: ‘KUNLE Bakare, MAYOR Akinpelu & I established Fame Weekly Magazine successfully, Nigeria’s Biggest and Most Famous Journal ever’ -FEMI AKINTUNDE JOHNSON (FAJ) …Unpublished reasons why I left National Encomium Magazine, embraced higher media calling * The Nigerian Press has continued to perform in commensurate to their relative capacities within the context of the prevailing economic challenges that have restrained print runs, sales and advertising budgets * There’s relative freedom of expression in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari’s Govt * It is not true that the agitation of few American legislators made the release of Omoyele Sowore and Dasuki possible * Federal Government need to establish an atmosphere of mutual respect and security of life for media practitioners to thrive *Recalls evergreen days in The Punch Newspaper plus highpoint of media career *Teaches Post Graduate students (PGD) a semester on a course called Topical Issues In Mass Communication, with Celebrity Journalism being the keystone at Nigerian Institute of Journalism GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU, America’s Foreign Bureau Chief

The god-father of General Interest News Stories in Nigeria break silence: ‘KUNLE Bakare, MAYOR Akinpelu & I established Fame Weekly Magazine successfully, Nigeria’s Biggest and Most Famous Journal...

98 DAYS in Custody: ‘My LIFE is in Danger, I will continue on HUNGER STRIKE until Nigeria’s Department of State Security Services Release Me on Court Order’-OMOYELE SOWORE, Convener, RevolutionNow * “Since Thursday, Omoyele Sowore has refused to come down. He has refused to see anybody and this is in protest that his rights are being violated. He has not eaten because the DSS don’t feed him and he is rejecting food from the people who usually take food to him in detention”-Femi Falana, Human rights lawyer BY SALOME RACHAEL/REPORTER

Pic 2. Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore during his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday (30/9/19). Sowore is the publisher of Sahara Reporters and the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress...