Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim, an award-winning journalist, fellow AIJC2020, and a student of mass communication at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has made the shortlist of the annual prestigious West African Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) 2021.
Auwal made history again by making ABU proud as he became the first ABU student that ever made the shortlist since the inception of the awards, five years back.
The award-winning journalist has within two years demonstrated excellent performance in journalism and has taken ABU to the next level in terms of journalism.
He was announced as a finalist along with 20 others in a statement released by the organizer, Media Foundation For West Africa on October 6, 2021, in Accra, Ghana.
The statement added that the finalists were selected from five west African countries after a thorough judging process by a five-member jury.
“The 2021 West Africa Media Excellence Awards received 711 entries from 14 countries in West Africa. The five-member jury after a thorough review of the entries shortlisted 21 finalists from five countries.” said the MFWA.
In the coming time, ABU’s Auwal will represent Nigeria in the annual WAMECA event in Accra, Ghana, along with his colleagues.
“This year’s event, the 5th edition, will be held on Friday, October 22, at the Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana, and will be graced by media experts, high-level personalities, and delegates from sub-regional bodies and civil society groups.”
“The event will host West Africa’s foremost media defense lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, as Guest of Honour. The renowned human rights lawyer will present the award to the overall best journalist in West Africa.” The statement read.
Speaking after making the shortlist, Auwal expressed his happiness, “I am super excited to learn this. Alhamdu lilLah, this shows nothing but the fairness, balance, and justice of my reports. May Allah help us.“
Recall that in 2020, he was the only ABU student selected as a fellow of the African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC20) hosted by the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Wits Journalism, and the only ABU student shortlisted for the annual Youth Digest Campus Journalism Awards 2020.
Not only that, he has won the Inaugural Lekan Otufodunrin Journalists Awards 2021 recently and got nominated for another Global fellowship titled ‘Climate Tracker COP26’.
Now, he is the youngest among all the finalists.