Ronke Olawale, is the winner of the prize for the Child Friendly Journalist. This is a new category that is rewarding a journalist that has addressed the plight of the Nigerian child. Her entry, “Toward a brighter future for the Nigeria Child” was adjudged the best by the judges for its in-depth analysis on the travails of the Nigerian child.
The story written to mark the 2004 Children’s day celebration was published in the May 27, 2004 edition of Guardian newspaper. The story chronicled the different problems facing the African child in general and the Nigerian child in particular. Laced with facts and figures, the story depicts a picture that would elicit pity and concern. In one of the figures, she quoted UNICEF as saying that up to a million Nigeria children are dying annually from preventable diseases, putting Nigeria in an unenviable position.
Ronke Olawale earned a DAME in 2001 for HIV/AIDS reporting. For this Child Friendly report, she got her inspiration and encouragement from her exposure through seminars and workshops she attended on children, women and globalization.
Please join me in giving Ronke Olawale a warm applause.