Chief Executive Officer of the award winning television; Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh, has dedicated the award of the best television station of the year to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Momoh, whose station won the award for the 10th time and six in a row dedicated the award at the presentation ceremony of the Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA) held at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos.
According to Momoh, “It is not by our doing, I like to dedicate this award to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Aimed at recognising excellent media performance, the Award since 1990 has grown into various categories, covering the print and electronic media.
Speaking at the event, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, urged Nigerian journalists to see the positive sides of the nation and report such for the benefit of all.
Kolade, who at the Award also bagged the NMMA Trustee Distinguished Media & National Leadership Award said, “What is happening to us as a nation is that our nation is a people of demoralised people. The government of this nation is critical to us. Whether we like it or not, the perception of everyone is heavily influenced by the media, so if we as media people do not make up our mind, it may not be too good.”
The former envoy to the United Kingdom however enjoined journalists to “make efforts to find what is good about Nigeria and tell the world about it.”
Also at the event, Dr. Haroun Adamu, congratulating the winners and their organisations, did not fail to address the pressing issue in the industry.
Adamu enjoined newspaper proprietors to always have the welfare of their staff in mind. According to him, the staff of these media houses are equally important and must be well taken care of.
The night featured 52 categories, comprising of print and electronic media, producing winners across media houses.
The Nation newspaper came up with a brilliant performance during the night, winning a total of 13 categories from 35 nominations.
Former Lagos State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu also got a Special Recognition Award.
Trailing The Nation newspaper was The Punch, which won the Newspaper of the Year. The newspaper also had nine awards from 13 nominations.
A total of 1,043 entries were received from 726 entrants from print, radio and television categories.
Daily Newswatch Newspaper, with a total of seven nominations, won two awards through Idowu Taiwo, who emerged winner of the News Photographer of the Year and Kehinde Mojeed Adegoke, who won Olusegun Mimiko Prize for Foreign News Reporter of the Year.
Other nominees from Daily Newswatch include Emmanuel Adedayo and Omoike Benjamin.
Meanwhile, no winner emerged in the following categories: Maritime reporter of the year, Cadbury TV reporter of the year and TV programme presenter of the year. Others include the BAT Award, which got no entry and TV Drama of the year in which category, no entry qualified for screening.
Story by Emmanuel Adedayo