This year’s winning entry in the Health Reporting category is a story that would not only elicit pity, but also ignite government to take urgent actions to stem the spread of breast cancer, which is on the rise in the country. “Killer on the Prowl”, written by Adeola Akinremi of National Standard, takes a critical look at the growing number of people living with the disease and the new trends that have been identified with it.
The report also corrects the erroneous impression that the disease is an exclusive ailment of women, noting that men stand the risk of dying faster from it than women.
Published in the December 5, 2005 edition of the magazine, the report quoted extensively on the various new studies conducted to show that the disease is a major killer not only in Nigeria but all over the world.
Akinremi’s critical analysis of the scourge was so insightful that the judges readily recommended him for the Health Reporting prize.
A first time winner in DAME, Akinremi holds a 1999 National Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Journalism Institute, a Higher National Diploma, in Media Publishing, Yaba College of Technology and a Bachelor’s in History and International Relations, from the Lagos State University in 2005.