Quill Awards winner returns from oversea journalism training
The first runner-up winner in the 2016 Promasidor Quill Awards, Olatunji Ololade, has returned from Britain following the completion of the Promasidor-sponsored Thomson Foundation Summer Convergence Course which was grand prize for the annual competition.
Ololade who visited Promasidor Nigeria Head office in Lagos, recently commended the company for the initiative which he noted has helped to expose him to contemporary journalism practice.
Describing the course as unique, Ololade said it has widened his perspective beyond traditional journalism as it broadened his horizon, equipping to face competition from across the world.
“I am seizing this opportunity again to express my heart-felt appreciation to Promasidor Nigeria Limited for giving me the privilege to attend the course. The training really broadened my horizon, which has practically changed my orientation to journalism.
“Before I travelled, I had limited experience about online journalism. I was purely a print reporter, but I discovered during the Summer Convergence Course run by Thomson Foundation and propelled by Promasidor that there was a lot more in today’s journalism profession.”
He added that from the training he had on podcast, he could now shoot video in series with his phone, an experience he said makes journalism more captivating to him.
Welcoming him to his office, The MD, Promasidor, Olivier Thiry, said he felt fulfilled that Ololade was better equipped by the Summer Convergence Course in fulfillment of the goal of the Promasidor Quill Awards.
Thiry noted that part of the goal of Promasidor Quill Awards is to impact positively on the quality of journalism profession in Nigeria such that the quality of the reportage is high.
It would be recalled that Ajibola Amzat, a journalist with The Guardian, won the grand prize of 2016 edition of the Awards early in the year. However, the time to attend the Summer Convergence Course coincided with when Amzat was to go for a Master’s Degree programme in the US and the lot fell on Ololade, the first runner-up.
Amzat had won the top position with his story, Home Away, while Ololade followed with Sorrowful Song from the Valley of Iva.