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Three killed as okada riders spin on expressway

In ANYTHING on December 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

Three persons died, while several others were injured, on Friday, in Isara, Ogun State, in an accident that occurred after two commercial motorcyclists spun their bikes in a practice on LagosIbadan Expressway.

Witnesses told Saturday Tribune that the young men, believed to be from the Northern part of the country, had ridden from Isara onto the expressway and decided to practise spinning while waiting for passengers.

It was learnt that while the stunt was on, two 14-seater buses, which suddenly came upon the men were forced to slow down to avoid crushing them, but the decision came at a cost.

A trailer coming behind the buses on a top speed pushed them off the road. Three occupants of the vehicles and reportedly died from the impact of the accident.

“Despite the blaring of the buses, the boys continued trying to outsmart each other on the road,” said a witness.

It was gathered that one of the buses, marked: XX 403 FST, with the inscription: “Sunshine Express,” loaded from Ojota, Lagos and was headed for Akure, Ondo State, while the other, a white colour bus, departed Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, with Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State-bound passengers.

Saturday Tribune learnt that while one of the okada riders later died from an injury he sustained in the accident, the injured passengers were rushed to TC Hospital and Fakoya Hospital, both in Sagamu, by security operatives.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who were at the scene, declined to speak to the press, insisting that they had no authority to do so.


Popular Actress Nkiru Sylvanus Kidnapped, N100 Million Ransom Demanded

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

The Special Assistant to the Imo state Governor on Public Affairs and Popular Nollywood Actress Miss Nkiru Sylvanus has been kidnapped in Owerri the Imo state capital, South East Nigeria.

Sources close to the Nollywood actress said she was Kidnapped yesterday night around Concorde hotel in Owerri where she went for an official engagement.

However sources said the Kidnappers have contacted the Imo State Government demanding for the sum of N100 million for her release.

When contacted, the Imo state Police PRO, Mr Vitalis Olugu, said he is yet to be informed about the kidnap.

This development comes barely one week after the kidnap of Prof. Kanene Okonjo, mother of Nigeria’s Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.

Google Journalism Fellowships – 2013

In ESSAY on December 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

In an effort to help develop the next crop of reporters working to keep the world informed, educated and entertained, we have created the Google Journalism Fellowship. As a company dedicated to making the world’s information easily accessible, Google recognizes that behind many blue links is a journalist and that quality journalism is a key ingredient of a vibrant and functioning society.

The program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age.

There will be a focus on data driven journalism, online free expression and rethinking the business of journalism. The 10-week long Fellowship will open with a week at the Knight Foundation and end with a week at Google, split between Google News and YouTube.

  • Participating organizations are based in Berkeley, CA, Columbia, MO, Cambridge, MA, St. Petersburg/Miami, FL, New York, NY and Washington, DC.
  • They include the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Knight Foundation, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, Poynter, Nieman Journalism Lab and ProPublica.

More information about the host organizations and the areas of focus for the Fellows are outlined on the Host Organizations page.

Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including researching and writing stories, contributing to open source data programs, creating timely data to accurately frame public debates about media in the United States and the world as well as finding new and compelling ways to use data to tell stories.

Who should apply?

We’re looking for students who are passionate about journalism and the role that technology can play in the industry and the pursuit of their craft. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to journalism – especially in the fields of data driven journalism or freedom of expression online
  • An interest in exploring and creating business models to help the industry in the digital age
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment

Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 USD for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013 (June-August) and a travel budget of $1,000 USD.

The Fellowship will start on June 3, 2013 with the first week at the Knight Foundation in Florida. Fellows will join their host organization on June 10, 2013 and finish with a week at Google in California on August 5, 2013.


In ANYTHING on December 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm


by Bayo Akinloye

Staring but not seeing…

Are there clairvoyant eyes

Peeking into Nostradamus’ cauldron

Of concocted tomorrows

I behold twenty colours of confusion

And thirteen of convolution


Isn’t 2013 a magical era

Fireworks, tongues of fire heralding it

Billions keeping vigil just for a sight

While eternity passes us by


At twenty why are we still acting like a blasphemous teen


In ANYTHING on December 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

In all, 54 awards were given at the well attended event, the 22nd edition. The awards included three which were given to distinguished Nigerians for their outstanding contributions to the society.

Sam Omatseye Columnist of the Year.

Olatunji Ololade Ernest Sisei Ikoli Prize for Newspaper Reporter of the Year and the BAT Prize for Industry Reporter of the Year

Muyiwa Adetula- Nnamdi Azikwe Cartoonist of the Year.

Olugbon Adedoyin Saheed News Photographer of the Year

PUNCH –Editorial Writing of the Year

Oketola Adedayo -Telecommunication Reporter of the Year

The Punch – the Newspaper of the Year

Adeyeye Joseph – Editor of the Year.

Adejuwon Soyinka of TELL – Gani Fawehinmi Prize for Human Rights Reporter of the Year

Channels Television (the Television Station of the Year)

Deji Bademosi won the Television Reporter of the Year

Classic FM was declared Radio Station of the Year.

Okusan Olalekan  The Guardian- Sports Reporter of Year.

Bayo Akinloye, National Standard news-magazine – Political Reporter of the Year

Ayodeji Adeyemi, Tell – Entertainment Reporter of the Year

Mordi Raymond Osemudia, Tell- Power Reporter of the Year

Sina Fadare, National Mirror -Agriculture Reporter of the Year

Sulaimon Olanrewaju, Nigerian Tribune -Culture Reporter of the Year

Alabi Adebayo Mojeed (Newswatch) Education Reporter of the Year,

Ogundare Tubosun Alani (National Mirror) (Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporter of the year)

Christopher Ajaero/Anthony Akaeze (Newswatch) jointly won Environment Reporter of the Year

Chikodi Anthony Okereocha (Energy Reporter of the Year)

Adebayo Folashade Grace, Tell (Foreign News Reporter of the Year)

Moreen Chigbo, Newswatch (Defence Reporter of the Year).

Ojo Abiodun Olawunmi, The Guardian won the Tourism Reporter of the Year.

Helen Eni of the Broadstreet Journal (BSJ) won the Insurance Reporter of the Year

Nnorom Nkiruka Eucharia, Newswatch, won the Banking and Finance Reporter award

Segun Edwards of Nigeria Compass emerged the Capital Market Reporter of the Year

The Maritime Reporter Award went to Adenubi Adetola of Nigeria News Direct

Emmanuel Ufot of Newswatch got the Aviation Reporter of the Year.

Tony Manuka of BSJ won the Money Market Reporter of the Year Award

Goodie Ofose (Daily Independent) is the Brand and Marketing Reporter of the Year

Maureen Chigbo (Newswatch), Oil and Gas Reporter of the Year

Tony Manuka (BSJ) got the Business Reporter of the Year award

Helen Eni of BSJ was the Female Reporter of the year

Kemi Ishola Balogun (Vanguard) is the Investigative Reporter of the year

Adekunle Yusuf (Tell) got the Print Journalist of the Year

Muyiwa Lucas (Tell) is the Newspaper Features Writer of the Year

Stella Sawyerr of Tell is the Estate/Construction Reporter of the Year

Business Day emerged the Business Publication of the Year

Tell – News Magazine of the year

Adetayo Solomon of Radio Nigeria got the Radio Reporter of the Year Award

Cordelia Okpei (FRCN, Network) as Radio Presenter of the Year

Ezebue Ifeyinwa Helen (VON) won the Radio Programme of the Year category

Anthonia Ike_Mbanefo got the Radio Production of the Year Award

Seun Olagunju of NTA is the Television Newscaster of the Year

Yvonne Henry Bassey, whose programme is aired on DSTV/Africa Magic, got both the TV Programme Presenter of the Year and TV Production of the year awards

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