In pomp of flaming colours and ostentatious displays, the icons of the journalism world, congregated on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 for the Second Edition of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Legacy Award organised by the Imo State Council.
One of the youngest recipients of the prestigious NUJ Award at the event is no other but Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert who said she was elated and Humbled to bag the award.
She is the Special Adviser on Diaspora Affairs to the Imo State Governor.
She excitedly received the revered recognition for her immense contribution and excellence in such a short space of time in her new role in execution of the duties of her office.
Hon. Osakwe-Hibbert who spoke to journalists at the after the award presentation appreciated the NUJ for judging her worthy of such recognition.
The SA Diaspora said, “I’m indeed humbled with the avalanche of Awards coming my way since I assumed my role as SA Diaspora, this is exactly what happened to me in the United Kingdom, when I got elected as a Ward Councillor.
“It’s now clear to me that hard work defies boundaries, cultures and prejudices; hard work also does not go unnoticed.
“So, all I have to do is to continue to work hard”, she said.
A few other recipients of Awards at the ceremony also reacted with utmost excitement as groans of accomplishment and genuine sense of pride beamed across the faces of the Awardees.
Abuja Business Reports recalls that Senator Hope Uzodimma, the Governor of Imo State was a recipient of NUJ Award seven years ago.
The Imo State Governor was ably represented at this year’s ceremony by his Commissioner for Information, Hon. Declan Emelumba, who reminded attendees that Imo State Governor is interested in the welfare of Journalists in the State, hence the Governor prioritised the reinstatement of Statesman Newspaper as soon as he took office.
He also stated that the Governor will continue to encourage fair, objective and transparent reportage.
Journalism, he said, is a reputable career that must be respected.
The NUJ Award comes once in every 6 to 7 years. Next generation the would be recipients of the prestigious Award has a long time to wait, just as its said that good things do not come easy.