The immediate past Managing Director of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Ademola Osinubi, will receive the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 31st edition of the annual Diamond Awards for Media Excellence holding in Lagos on Sunday.
Osinubi retired from the services of Punch Nigeria on April 30, 2022, after a distinguished career as the leader of the country’s most successful newspaper company.
A former editor of The PUNCH, Saturday PUNCH and Sunday PUNCH, Osinubi was general manager before he was appointed managing director/editor-in-chief. He had an outstanding career as a reporter and editor before taking over the company’s leadership reins at a time when its fortunes were at their lowest ebb.
According to a statement by the organisers of DAME on Wednesday, media professionals and the public have the 31st edition of the annual awards to look up to when Osinubi will be honoured alongside others on Sunday.
Two other journalists, Messrs Ted Iwere and Dotun Oyelade, will also receive the DAME honorary fellowships for sustained involvement in the media.
It also said 15 media houses would vie for honours at the 2022 edition of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence.
According to DAME, it will be the 31st presentation of the esteemed award programme, established in 1991 to enhance professionalism in the media by rewarding talent and enterprise.
“Prizes will be given in such areas of media work as reporting, commentary, and design. Established to encourage media professionalism by rewarding talent and enterprise, the annual exercise has been acknowledged as living up to this promise,” the statement read in part.
Aside from honouring individuals and organisations with career-boosting recognitions, the awards provide media scholars and professionals, policy formulators, and regulators with the welcome annual feedback on the state of media practice.
In all, 39 nominations have been made in 13 categories from which will emerge overall winners in the Newspaper and Editor of the Year categories. The breakdown of the nominations shows that of the 15 media houses shortlisted, two account for 15 nominations, three have 10 nominations amongst them, while 10 organisations account for the remaining ten nominations.