Vanguard’s reporter, Rosemary Onuoha, wins Citibank’s journalists’ awards

VANGUARD Newspaper’s Insurance reporter, Miss Rosemary Onuoha, has emerged the joint winner of Citi Journalistic Excellence Awards in Nigeria.

Onuoha was selected as a winner for her article entitled “How Safe Is Armed Forces Pension Under Military Pension Board?” which was published in the Vanguard Newspaper on March 26, 2012.

In a statement signed by Ogochukwu Sylvia Ekezie, spokesperson of  Citibank Nigeria, titled “Citi Nigeria Annouces Winners of 2013 Citi Journalistic Excellence Awards in Nigeria” , the 5th edition of the award which ended April 8 was open to business journalists in the media including print, television, wire services, radio and internet.

The statement said she would be sponsored to an elite seminar at Columbia University in New York in conjunction with Mr. Ejiroghene Lucky Obodo of BusinessDay, who was also selected as the co-winner for his article entitled “Where Banks Fear To Tread” which was published in BusinessDay on November 26, 2012.

The International Journalists seminar is a special programme sponsored by Citi and administered by Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. For more than 30 years, the programme has served to improve the quality of business journalism in the developing world by exposing leading journalists to the issues and people that drive the global economy, the statement said.

For the 2013 competition, Citi Nigeria said it received 16 entries from business reporters across various media outlets, including: BusinessDay, Champion, Daily Sun, Invest Advocate, National Mirror, Nigerian Compass, Nigerian News Direct, The Punch, ThisDay and Vanguard, adding that four finalists were selected by a distinguished panel of judges which included Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder of LEAP Africa and Forbes Magazine’s 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa in 2011; Mr. Rob Folley, Economic Officer of US Consulate General, Lagos and veteran media personality, Mr. Soni Irabor, Managing Director of SDI/Ruyi Communications.

“This year, selected journalists from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroun, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Kenya, Korea, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Tunisia will get to meet with leaders of the business community, government, media and academia in New York.

“In previous years, former NY Federal Reserve President; William McDonough, former NY Federal President; Timothy Geithner and Ambassador Felix Rohatyn have spoken to the group, as have Columbia professors; R. Glenn Hubbard, Jagdish Bhagwati, Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs.

Winners of the Citi Journalistic Excellence Awards are expected to play significant roles in shaping their countries’ perceptions of the international business environment. Meeting with the eminent and thought-provoking speakers on the agenda should enhance their ability to interpret the global economy for their readers and viewers,” the statement said.

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