John ODHE, Yenagoa
The widely read South-South regional tabloid, TNN (Today’s News Now) has again been declared the best regional newspaper in the Niger Delta at the 2021 edition of the prestigious Bayelsa Media Awards (BMA).
This is the fourth time that TNN would be winning the important award of excellence. TNN debuted in November 2013 as a voice of the Niger Delta, insisting on the promotion of journalism ethos as one of its unique selling points.
According to the organizers of the annual event, TNN deserved the award due to its consistency, quality of reports and professionalism which have endeared it to the heart of many readers who had always been moved by their love for the newspaper to vote massively for it.
Some readers and fans of TNN who spoke to our correspondent after the 2021 edition of the BMA which held at Trendy Event Centre in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, spoke glowingly of their love for the award winning regional newspaper.
One of the avid readers of TNN who simply identified himself as Mr. Emeka said “TNN has carved a niche for itself in the Niger Delta and even beyond.
“With the way TNN is going, l see it winning this award and many other awards over and over again. They are a major voice in the South-South region; they should keep it up. Bravo! TNN.
Another fan of TNN, Ebi Freedom also said “l love reading TNN because they give you investigative stories that will interest you to read. One other thing I love about them is their consistency. I think they really deserve the award.”
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of TNN, Mr. Ofonime Umanah, thanked the organizers of the event for recognizing the newspaper’s effort in the media industry and dedicated the award to God, staff and fans of TNN, postulating that ‘hard work and consistency pay.’
Also awarded was former president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who was in attendance in person to receive his BMA excellent leadership honour.
While personally receiving the ambassador of peace award, the former president said though he had received many awards, that of BMA was most important since it came from his own state and people.
Jonathan, who commended the organizers of BMA for the honour done him, vowed to ‘remain a peace maker for the rest of my life.’
Wife of the Bayelsa state governor. Mrs. Gloria Diri was also one of the awardees of BMA for her women empowerment programmes.
Project Manager of BMA, Mr. Victor Binawari said the Bayelsa media awards would continue to recognize and honour individuals and corporate bodies who had distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavours.