The Nigeria Media Nite-Out Governing Board, has approved the hosting of this year's award edition in Lagos, Nigeria.
Popularly known as the Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award, NMNA, this year's award ceremony, will be the 17th edition, since inception in 2006.
With the approval received from the Chairman of the Governing Board, the Convener of the award, Mr Sola Olugbemiro, said that, all hands will be on deck beginning next week, to ensure that the hosting of this year's award in October, supercedes the grandeur of year's that has passed by.
"Nigeria Media Nite Out Award, NMNA, has always remained special in our hearts because, it is the only worthy prize and recognition that journalists in Nigeria pride as a reward for their various contribution to the development of our great country Nigeria.
"NMNA has over the years, remained, an all embracing event for media practitioners, which debuted almost about two decades ago, to recognize excellence and achievements by media practitioners (print, electronic/social media). The event also gives opportunity to recognise distinctions among corporate organisations, government organisations and individuals who have one way or another, supported the media, or upheld unique values in the society," said Sola Olugbemiro.
The theme for this year's edition according to the Chairman, Planning Committee, Mr. Ben Okoruyi, is: "Moving Nigeria From A Borrower Nation To A Producing Nation."
Expectedly, NMNA 2023, the 17th edition which will take place in October this year at the prestigious Airport Hotel, Ikeja, will have in attendance, just as usual, top government functionaries, state governors, members of the diplomatic corps, the media and other society's stakeholders.
The Punch newspaper, is currently holding the Newspaper of the Year award, which was clinched last year at the 16th edition, after defeating Vanguard, The Nation and Thisday newspapers. Will Punch newspaper get it again this year? Will ARISE TV win TV Station Of The Year Award again this year? Questions and more questions!
In recent past, top Journalists, Dr. Reuben Abati has won The Analyst Of The Year Award, The Punch newspaper, Sunday Aborisade, has won the Politics Editor of the Year award, Wole Shadare of the Daily Telegraph, has twice won The Aviation Reporter Award, Bond FM won the Radio Station of the Year Award last year, while Toke Makinwa, was named the On-Air Personality of the Year. Rufai Oseni of Arise TV emerged as the OAP of the Year. Kazeem Salau of Vanguard newspaper has won Photo Editor of the Year Award, and Paul Ukpabio of the Nation newspaper, has also won Society Editor Award in the past, just to mention a few.
"I can assure you, this year's award ceremony, will be a grand memorable one," Sola Olugbemiro added.