Kunle Adebajo, an editor with The Transverse and an investigative reporter of the International Centre for Investigative Report (ICIR), has won the best opinion category award of the maiden edition of the Alfred Opubo Campus Journalism Award.
Kunle’s article titled “Nigerian tertiary institutions: An endangered species under the proposed 2018 budget,” was considered the best opinion article out of four other articles submitted in the same category.
Kunle who studied Law at the University of Ibadan has had many feathers added to his cap. A prolific writer, inspiring poet and great public speaker, he has won several awards which include: 2017 Chartered Institute for Personnel Management Essay Competition; Junior Chamber International Most Outstanding Person Award in Student Journalism 2016; Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Fisayo Soyombo Essay Competition; Best Orator and Winner of the 2015 King of the Podium Speaking Contest; University of Ibadan Students’ Union Student Journalist of the Year; and 2016 National Higher Education Foundation Essay Competition.
A former scribe at the Courtroom, a weekly column that dissects local and national topical issues, Kunle has some publications to his credit. He is the editor of the text ‘Lines From THE Fount: An Anthology of Speeches by University of Ibadan students;’ and also a co-author of ‘The Road Before The Fourth Estate: A Guide to Becoming the Ultimate Campus Journalist.’
Other categories of the awards were clinched by Adejumo Kabir from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, who went home with three awards: Most prolific contributor to the Campus Reporter website, Best Investigative Story and Best Male Campus Reporter; and Okafor Chiamaka Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, who went home with the Best Community Journalism Story award.
The Alfred Opubo Campus Journalism Award, in its maiden edition, comes under the aegis of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), with the aim of rewarding and motivating student journalists in the various tertiary institutions across the country.