Oluniran Ojewale is a winner. Last year, he won the DAME prize for Judicial Reporting. In 2002, he was the DAME Political reporter of the year. In 2000, he was a co- winner in Energy reporting. To date he has won four DAME.
His winning work this year, The plot to jail Dariye, published in Newswatch of May 31, 2004, focuses on the events that led to the suspension of Governor Joshua Dariye of Plateau state and the subsequent declaration of a state of emergency in that state.
The story gave an insight into the intrigues that preceded and followed the suspension. The story also x-rayed the options open to both the supporters and opponents of the governor.
Ojewale was born in Ibadan. He attended Ibadan Boys’ High School from 1971 to 1975 and the College of Journalism, London from 1980 to 1982, where he was awarded Higher National Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. He started his journalism career with Triumph newspaper as a reporter in 1984. He then moved to Weekly Scope newspaper in 1988 as its Lagos State Bureau Chief. He joined Newswatch magazine in December 1990 as a Staff Writer and rose to become its Associate Editor before joining Tell in April 2005 in that same capacity.
He was a finalist at the Fletcher Challenge Paper, Commonwealth Media Awards on Literature, Arts and Media in 1999