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National Light’s Okafor wins 35th award, as AMEA 2022 holds in Awka

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NIGERIAN writer and journalist, Izunna Okafor has been awarded the Outstanding Indigenous Language Media Content Creator of the Year at the 2022 Anambra Media/Movie Excellence Awards.

  The annual award event, which was held in Awka, Anambra State capital on Sunday night, was organised by the Association of Digital Media Core Advocates (ADMCA) and also saw other individuals and media firms emerge winners in different categories.

  Speaking at the event, founder and national president of the Association of Digital Media Core Advocates (ADMCA), Comrade Harris Chuma-Odili said the association is at the centre of changing the narrative in the media landscape by engaging ethics, transparency and integrity in the media ecosystem; while the Anambra Media/Movie Excellence Awards, which is currently in its 4th edition, recognises and rewards media professionals who are doing outstandingly well in the media industry.

  Earlier speaking, the Director-General of   ADMCA, Comrade Ada Nwanagum, who hinted that media and movie practitioners are respected for the values they add to the society, further explained that awardees for this year’s edition were drawn from both media and movie industries, as well as some outstanding individuals who were given special recognition awards.

  The well-attended event, which also featured a paper presentation by Ostende Udoka, had many dignitaries, top government functionaries, media experts, Nollywood stars, and other members of the public in attendance.

  Addressing newsmen shortly after receiving the award, Izunna Okafor, who is also a diglot writer, the 2015 Winner of Nigerian Writers Award and a 2022 Fellow of Ebedi International Writers Residency, said the newest award made it a total of 35 national and international awards he has won in journalism and creative writing.

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  While appreciating the organisers of the award, Okafor, who has authored and edited many books in Igbo and English languages, with over a thousand online publications, said the award would spur him to do more, especially in the area of writing in Igbo language.

  Recall that Okafor is the founder of Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Memorial Lecture, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Chinua Achebe Poetry/Essay Anthology, which is an international poetry and essay anthology published in honour of Chinua Achebe.

  At  Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, where he works as a journalist, he is a reporter in both English and Igbo languages, as well as the anchor of Ka Ọ Dị Taa newspaper, which is the only Igbo language newspaper currently in existence anywhere in the world.

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