BusinessDay’s energy and environment reporter, Isaac Anyaogu has won the SMEs category of the PwC Media Excellence Award, 2018 beating twenty five other entrants to claim the top prize, the second time in a row, in an award ceremony which held on October 5, at Oriental Hotels, Lagos.
Anyaogu’s entry titled, ‘A harvest of Sunshine’ which featured activities of companies who are innovating smart solutions to meet energy needs of rural communities in Nigeria and help solve the problem of food waste, was judged the best category and awarded the top prize of N500,000 and a plaque.
In other categories, Nwokeji Chimaroke of Nigerian Tribune emerged winner in tax reporting, Stanley Opara of Punch won the capital market reporting while Kemi Busari of Premium Times won in the Business & Economy category.
Chinwe Agbeze, also of BusinessDay emerged second runner up in the Business & Economy category of the PwC Media Excellence Award.
Isaac Anyaogu studied Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and started his journalism career with BusinessDay in 2016.
Last year, Anyaogu emerged finalist in three categories at the PwC Media Excellence Award and won in the SME category. He also won the Citi Journalism Excellence Award for 2018 and emerged finalist in the Salam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism in South Africa earlier in the year.
In his opening remarks at the award/gala night, Taiwo Oyedele, head of tax and regulatory services, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria said the 2018 PwC Media Awards is designed to promote quality media reporting in the business space.
According to Oyedele, there were 15 entries in Tax, 16 for Capital Market, 26 for SMEs and 69 for Business and Economy reporting.
In all, the 2018 PWC Media Awards received a total of 126 valid entries compared to 83 in 2017.
Ishola Akintoye, one of the judges, and a professor at the department of accounting, Babcock University used the occasion to advise journalists to pay attention to solutions in their future reports.
The judges said they looked for stories that “display well-organised research and insight, demonstrate journalistic integrity, show originality and resourcefulness in crafting their story, are very relevant to the Nigerian situation.”