NATIONAL Light, the flagship publication of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC) yesterday won gold at the Maiden Anambra Media Excellence Award in the print category.
The event which took place at Best Western Meloch Hotel, Awka saw National Light dusting other newspapers and magazine stables producing in Anambra State to the top prize, with Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ANPC, publishers of National Light, Ka Ọ Dị Taa, Sportslight Xtra newspapers, Sir Chuka Nnabuife also receiving an award.
Creme-de-la-creme from all sectors that attended the awards ceremony Chief Press Secretary to Governor Obiano, Sir James Eze and his deputy, Sir Emeka Ozumba, the Managing Director Anambra State Clear Drainage and Forest Reservation Agency, Chief Chido Obidiegwu,
Igwe Raymond Odegbo of Nteje Abogu, veteran actors and socialites, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Chief Uchenna Okafor, Ifeanyi Aniagoh, the Chairman of Anambra State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Sir Emma Ifesinach,i among others.
Welcoming guests to the ceremony, National President of Association of Digital Media Core Advocates and chief convener of the event, Harris Chuma advised journalists and media officers to discharge their professional duties with objectivity, in pursuit of truth.
According to him, inputs from men and women who tended the media industry in the nation, particularly Anambra state deserves commendation for which new entrants should emulate.
He therefore eulogized Gov. Willie Obiano for his undying commitment to the media, saying that his supports for journalists in the state and that of Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba will leave a legacy of celebrating hard work.
“When we interact and relate well, we become better in what we do because we become better exposed to variety of knowledge on how to carry out our duties well.”
Speaking after receiving the awards won by National Light and himself, Sir Chuka who was represented by a member of staff of ANPC dedicated the honour to God and expressed gratitude to the organisers for the special recognition accorded to him and the table.
“This is simply to spur me to action. You know when you are appreciated for little; it means, come up hither. Step up the good work and support. I am sincerely grateful to you all. Thank you,” he said.
Another recipient of an award and Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) Awka, Nze Uche Nworah charged media officers in the state to unite with one another.
“Let love lead amongst us. The only place we saw this then was in Lagos state. When we host an event like this, it is the only platform we have to cool off the stress and rigours of journalism and of the day. So we should come out en masse, cheer up and connect with one another,” he said.
Other winners of excellence awards were Omega 101.7 FM that won Best Radio Station award,, ABS TV that won Best Television Station award, Mr. Odogwu Emeka Odogwu who won Best Blogger award, and Mr. Emeh Blaze Paschal, among others.