HumAngle Journalist Wins DAME Award For Solutions Reporting

Yekeen Akinwale, the editor of HumAngle+ won the PIND prize for a piece about how small-scale solar power projects are changing lives in the Niger Delta.

HumAngle Editor, Yekeen Akinwale has won the PIND Prize for Niger Delta Reporting at the 31st edition of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME).

Akinwale who was shortlisted twice in the same category was announced the winner at the DAME awards ceremony on Sunday, December 11 in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.

Akinwale’s win at the DAME awards makes him the first winner of the Niger Delta Reporting category which was introduced this year under the sponsorship of the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).

According to PIND, the category has been created to reward “solution journalism reports on issues within the Niger Delta that highlight proven development solutions that can help reduce poverty and conflict in the region is replicated and scaled up.”

Akinwale’s reports about renewable energy intervention in a Niger Delta community, and an NGO’s employment initiative in the Niger Delta earned him the double nomination. 

Akinwale’s report “Let there be light”, for which he won the award, focussed on a traditional ruler, who once believed the government would bring power to his community, but was now the beneficiary of a small scale solar power generator system.

The latest win makes him a two-time recipient of the DAME awards, after his win for the DAME Investigative Journalist of the year in 2018.

Other categories which were awarded at the ceremony include the awards for Judicial Reporting, Lifetime Awards, Sports Reporting, Education Reporting, and others.

Akinwale is the Editor for HumAngle+, a paid membership platform launching in February 2023.

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Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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