South-South's most widely read newspaper, TNN, has again won the award as best newspaper in the region. The newspaper defeated four other newspapers that were nominated for the award.
TNN debuted in 2013, same year that the Bayelsa Media Awards was introduced. The following year, it won the award as the best. Since then, no other newspaper has been able to win that award.
Last weekend TNN was again confirmed as the best, through votes from members of the public. Publisher of the newspaper, Mr Ofonime Umanah and the Bayelsa State correspondent, Mr John Odhe were on hand to receive the award.
TNN has been consistent in the market since 2013, reporting events in four of the six states of the Niger Delta with dignified grace. The newspaper focuses on delivering thoroughly investigated news, well researched articles on topical and relevant issues while projecting the rich cultural diversity and way of the people across the southern coast of Nigeria.
TNN covers and reports events concerning and about the region extensively and stands out as an authority on issues concerning the Niger Delta. Accepted in four states of the Niger Delta-Bayelsa-Rivers-Akwa Ibom and Cross River, TNN's contents are published on the hard copy, and also on the website, from where they broadcast to all social media platforms.
Speaking after receiving the award, Umanah dedicated it to God Almighty for making it a reality. “I am overwhelmed, but not surprised that we are winning this award for keeps. We have been very professional and consistent in delivering quality news to our readers.
“I want to thank our distributors and the vendors who market our product. I want to thank all those who have been patronising us by way of adverts. I want to thank all the staff who have showed unparallel commitment to their work. We are indeed grateful to everybody who has assisted and supported us to remain in the market.
“What we want to assure everybody is that we will continue to remain who we are. We will not sacrifice professionalism for anything. What has kept us is the fact that we have kept to our statement of vision and mission. We will remain highly professional. Awards like this are an encouragement to us to do more.”