BusinessDay Agribusiness journalists win top honours at Citigroup, NAA awards


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BusinessDay agribusiness journalists have won the Citibank Journalistic Excellence Award (CJEA) and the Nigeria Agricultural Award (NAA) for 2017. The duo of Caleb Ojewale and Josephine Okojie, both on the agribusiness desk, won the respective awards.


They emerged winners for their incisive and in-depth reporting and analysis of relevant issues in the Nigeria’s agricultural sector.


Ojewale’s feature titled “The Rejected Stone Comes to the Rescue” highlighted the importance of the renewed interest in Agriculture as a critical component of Nigeria’s economy was judged the best the entry this year’s Citigroup award.


Winners of CJEA gain the global opportunity to join journalists from around the world at a special study seminar in New York city, administered by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and supported by Citi.


The study seminar includes rigorous workshops in the principles of accounting and finance and exposure to a wide-ranging view of financial and economic issues, including those which affect their own countries. Since the program’s inception in 1982, more than 300 talented journalists from over 100 media outlets in 37 countries have attended the program


Meanwhile the central committee of the NAA said Okojie emerged the winner for her for incisive and in-depth reporting and analysis of relevant issues in the country’s agricultural sector. Josephine was selected from an array of agro reporters from the print media after a rigorous selection process conducted by the award selection committee.
Emmaunel Ikani, chairman, Award Committee said “Josephine won the award for her apt reportage and coverage of happenings in the agricultural sector.”


Ikani praised Josephine’s deep understanding of the dynamics and economics of the Nigerian agriculture and agribusiness industry.


Josephine Okojie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Statistics and a Master’s of Science degree in Economics. Currently, she is an Agro Analyst, covers agribusiness and SME.


She has written over 500 agribusiness news since joining BusinessDay Media, several of which were on the front-page of BusinessDay Newspaper. She is also a Bloomberg trained financial Journalist.


Both journalists continue a tradition of excellence that has come to characterise Nigeria’s premier business daily.


BusinessDay has in its employ some of Nigeria’s best financial journalists. They are highly regarded in the industry emerging firsts in numerous prestigious awards.

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