DAME names 21 judges

Trustees of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence have named 21 judges to screen entries for the 22nd edition. They are eight females and thirteen men, drawn from the rank of veteran journalists, academics and members of civil society.

They are Mr Femi Kusa, former Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, Mrs. Wale Sokunbi, Editorial Page Editor of the Sun, Professor Nosa Owens- Ibie, Head, Department of Mass Communication at Caleb University, Dr. Bisi Olawunmi of the Department of Mass Communication, Bowen University, Mr. Feyi Smith, Executive Secretary, Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria, Mrs Agbeke Ogunsanwo, retired permanent secretary and former editor at the Daily Times.

Also serving are Mr. Muyiwa Adetiba, former Editor of Sunday Punch and Vanguard, Mr Muda Ganiyu, former Editor of Nigerian Tribune, ace photographers Tam Fiofori and Victor Agunbiade, Mr Emiko Aruofor, managing director of Pulsar Advertising, Mr Joseph Afolabi, Managing Director of Extrabold Consult, Mr. Ben Lawrence, former Managing Editor of Daily Times and columnist with TELL, columnist Ms Bunmi Sofola, Mrs Tinu Odugbemi, former chairperson of Lagos NAWOJ,

Others are Ms. Victoria Ibanga, former editorial board member of Daily Champion, Mr Gbolahan Gbadamosi, former Judicial Editor of the Guardian, veteran actor and broadcaster, Mr Taiwo Obileye, former broadcaster, Ms Effiom Asuquo, radio host, Mr Jimi Disu and Mrs. Nkechi Ileka, a trained education administrator.

At the inauguration of the panel Tuesday, DAME trustee Lanre Idowu urged them to meticulously screen entries and recommend individuals and organisations that deserve to be honoured.


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