t was an evening to remember for THEWILL Newspaper at the 15th edition of the Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award (NMNA), where its Senior Aviation Writer, Anthony Awunor emerged as the Aviation Writer of The Year 2021.
The annual award ceremony, held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, on September 19, 2021, witnessed key players in politics, business, entertainment, property, banking, ICT, media among others.
Awunor was announced as the winner of the Aviation Writer of the Year Award, after his nomination alongside four other journalists from The Guardian, Tribune, Leadership, and Daily Telegraph.
After receiving the award which was presented by the Marketing Manager, TECNO Nigeria, Attai Oguche, Awunor commended the NMNA organisers for their objectivity and due diligence in picking the winners.
He dedicated the award to God Almighty and the Publisher of THEWILL Newspaper, Austyn Ogannah, who provided the platform under which he was recognised.
He said: “I thank the organisers of this event, especially for their objectivity in picking the winners of this prestigious award. I dedicate the award to God and my Publisher, Mr. Austyn Ogannah.”
Other awardees among the 45 award categories include: Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who got the award of Governor of the Year on Infrastructure; Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle, who clinched the Media Friendly Governor of the Year Award and Kano State Governor Abdullah Ganduje, who won the Accomplished Governor of the Year Award for Infrastructure and Human Capital Development.
James Faleke, a three-time member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, got a Diamond Award of Excellence for his contributions to youth empowerment and community development.
This year’s edition of the award ceremony with the theme: “Fake News & Social Media,” also recognised
TVC as the Television Station of The Year,” while the programme; Journalist Hangout, clinched the award for The Programme of The Year.
Gatekeepers News emerged as the ‘Next Rated Online News Platform of the Year.’
Travellers Magazine learned that the President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Mrs. Susan Akporiaye, won the Nigeria Media Platinum Merit Award for her leadership and resilience in keeping the Nigerian travel trade business together despite the impact of COVID-19 on global travel and tourism.
Other organisations that got different categories of awards include Arise TV, Enugu State Television (ESTV), Benue State Television, Naija FM, Sobi FM, TECHNO Nigeria.
NMNA was put together by Sola Olugbemiro, a publisher and media consultant of repute.
Speaking on the selection of the awardees, Olugbemiro said the awardees were picked due to their dexterity and dedication, as well as their outstanding contributions to their various field.