BusinessDay reporter, Chuka Uroko, at the weekend, emerged winner of the International Real Estate Federation’s (FIABCI) best real estate journalist in 2016 award at the Federation’s 2017 Annual Business and Award Dinner in Lagos.
Uroko was selected from an array of real estate reporters from both the print and electronic media after a rigorous selection process conducted by an award selection committee headed by Samuel Eboigbe, an estate surveyor and valuer .
According to Joseph Akhigbe, the FIABCI Nigeria President, Uroko’s selection was based on his deep understanding of the dynamic s and economics of the real estate market, pointing out that he has “consistently provided insights and market intelligence that have aided investment decisions by small, big, local and foreign investors”.
Uroko, a graduate of English Language from the University of Nigeria (UNN), started his career in journalism as a Proof Reader in Vanguard Newspaper, from where he joined BusinessDay as a Sub-Editor, a function he combined with Politics/Governance reporting.
Following his impressive outing as Politics/Governance reporter, he was moved to report real estate where he has demonstrated not only deep understanding of the subject but also strong passion for the journalism profession. He is currently BusinessDay’s Property Editor .
In its tradition, BusinessDay, Nigeria’s leading business and financial newspaper, covering business, finance, economy, banking, politics, health and arts, etc, has produced award-winning journalists, including Anthony Osae-Brown (editor), Obodo Ejiro, Obinna Emelike, Patrick Atuanya, Iheanyi Nwachukwu, Daniel Obi, Peter Olowa, Teliat Sule, and Isaac Anyaogu, among many others.
FIACI which gave the award is a global organization of real estate professionals. As a French acronym for ‘Federation Internationale des Administrateurs de Bien-Conselis Immobiliers’ FIABCI has presence in over 60 countries.
The Nigerian chapter of the federation has been around for 45 years and has provided global business and networking opportunities for its members most of whom are successful real estate professionals.