It was amidst glitz and glam that the Association of Community Media Practitioners in Nigeria (APCOM) held its maiden Gala & Award Evening on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.
With the crème of the media, public relations and advertising industry in attendance, the event was held under the theme, “2019 Elections: Galvanising Public Participation through Community Media.”
At the event, the keynote address was delivered by the CEO of GKB News Digest, Akogun Gani Kayode Balogun who drew wide applause from guests and other dignitaries.
The highpoint of the night was the moment where the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr.Akinwunmi Ambode was conferred with the Champion of Community Media Empowerment & Community Development Award.
The Governor who was represented by the Special Adviser on Communities and Communications, Hon. Sulaimon Omoyele Akeem expressed his delight saying the boisterous efforts of the practitioners of community media in Lagos State was critical to the successes achieved by his administration thus far.
In addition, other leading personalities honoured at the event include the Lagos State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan, who received the Award of Excellence in Capacity Building and Community Media Management.
The Publisher, Oriwu Sun Newspaper, Alhaji Monzor Olowosago and Mr Jim Suleman, Editor-in-Chief, Commoners Newspaper, were both honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award while Prince Ganny Awobajo, Managing Editor, Ikorodu News, received the Resilience in Community Journalism Award.
Commenting on the significance of the event, the President of APCOM, Dayo Akintobi, said the gala and award evening was “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.”
He added that “recognition and celebration of one’s efforts by one’s peers is the greatest honour a practitioner anywhere can receive. Not only is it a source of pride and professional accomplishment, it also is a spur to reach for greater heights of achievement and performance.’
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.