The Association of Community Media Practitioners in Nigeria (APCOM) has concluded plans to stage its maiden Gala & Award Evening on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Ikeja, Lagos Mainland under the theme, “2019 Elections: Galvanising Public Participation through Community Media.”
The event will have the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, as a Special Guest of Honour; former Executive Governor of Ogun State and former Editor of Daily Times of Nigeria, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, as the Chairman of the event and Mr. Sam Amuka, founder, Vanguard Newspaper, as Father of the Day.
The keynote address of the evening will be delivered by CEO of GKB News Digest, Akogun Gani Kayode Balogun.
Commenting on the significance of the event, the President of APCOM, Dayo Akintobi, said the gala and award evening is “being held to celebrate the gains of community media since practitioners came together to add value to the sector and bring it to the mainstream, as well as to honour key stakeholders of the industry who have contributed to its growth and development.”
The leading personalities to be honoured at the event include the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Akinwinmi Ambode, who will be conferred with the Champion of Community Media Empowerment & Community Development Award; Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan, Lagos State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, who will receive the Award of Excellence in Capacity Building & Community Media Management and Alhaji Monzor Olowosago, Publisher, Oriwu Sun Newspaper, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Others are Mr Jim Suleman, Editor-in-Chief, Commoners Newspaper, who will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Prince Ganny Awobajo, Managing Editor, Ikorodu News, who will receive the Resilience in Community Journalism Award.
APCOM is a membership-based, not-for-profit association established for the promotion of the ideals and objectives of the community media sector among which are a commitment to serve the information needs of particular communities across the country, and to serve those needs diligently, professionally, ethically, and truthfully.
Attendance at the event is strictly by invitation.