DAME Awards 2018: Recognising Excellence


The Diamond Awards for Media Excellence gives prizes to media practitioners whose works have excelled in the past year


The Diamond Awards for Media Excellence, DAME, has recognised journalists, media houses, cartoonists and columnists for their excellent work in 2018. It also named The Punch Newspaper as the Newspaper of the Year.

During its 27th award ceremony in Lagos on Saturday December 15, the DAME awarded journalists, cartoonists and columnists from six different newspapers. Aside from winning the Newspaper of the Year, The Punch clinched eight other awards out of the 15 available categories.

Other newspapers that won awards include The Nation Newspaper (two awards), Daily Trust (one), Nigerian Tribune (one), The Guardian (one) and International Centre for Investigative Reporting (one).

Two veteran journalists, Olatunji Dare and Ray Ekpu, bagged the 2018 DAME Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Lanre Idowu, the chief executive officer, Diamond Publications and Trustee of the awards, said all the finalists were winners. He noted that in the works assessed, journalists reminded the country of the challenges of governance and development, what should be done to banish hunger in the land and keep debilitating sicknesses at bay, make the world better for children, tackle corruption, address the culture of waste, pay better attention to the environment, among others.

“There is still a lot to be done to attain the Nigeria of our dreams. In this season of political campaigns, the media need to be more even-handed in their assessment of political actors and their messages.

“They need to identify the issues early and seek answers to them from the candidates. There is no harm in having sympathies for particular candidates and parties, but in our reporting, we must keep these biases in check, avoid fake news and hate speech.”

– Dec. 17, 2018 @ 17:29 GMT |

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