Sikiru Adeoye-Yusuf, a senior photojournalist with the Tribune newspapers, is an alert man. It was this alertness that prompted him to take the winning shot, When Cow mothers little boy.
Adeoye had gone to the nomadic Fulani settlement in Osogbo, on a private visit when an odd event caught his watchful eyes. As a trained photographer, he knew that what he had just seen would make news. He quickly positioned himself and took pictures of the event. His action drew the ire of members of the community who edged towards him to attack and seize his camera. He took to his heels to escape their wrath.
The picture shows a little boy sucking directly from a cow fodder. The question that readily comes to the mind of many that see the picture is whether the boy is an animal dressed in human cloth?
The judges found the shot candid and newsworthy.
Adeoye holds a diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism and a certificate in Photo Communication from Gaff Institute of Photography and Photo Communication Technique, Osogbo. As a Photojournalist with Punch, Adeoye had won a DAME in the same category in 2000. Today, Adeoye is making history for the Tribune. This is Tribune?s first DAME in 14 years.