A member of the Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ) and health editor Daily Trust Newspapers, Ojoma Akor, has once again achieved another feat, winning third place at the end of the 2021 Global Nutrition and Food Security Reporting Contest.
Kenyan journalist, Leon Lidigu won first place, while Srishti Jaswal of India clinched second position.
The award was given by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in partnership with the Eleanor Crook Foundation, a United States based philanthropy solely dedicated to the fight against malnutrition, a leading cause of childhood deaths in the world.
This forms Part of a broader Global Nutrition and Food Security Reporting Fellowship Program, which offers training and resources to help journalists gain a better understanding of COVID-19’s impacts on global hunger, malnutrition, and food security, as well as opportunities to increase resilience for the most vulnerable populations in a post-pandemic world.
A statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eleanor Crook Foundation, Will Moore, noted that Akor’s story on efforts by a community in Nigeria to stave off hunger in orphans, was one of the reports which stood out from thousands of entries submitted from across the globe.
He said: “Congratulations to the winners of the Nutrition and Food Security Reporting Contest. The dynamic reporting from each of the participants serves as an important reminder of the incredible power of storytelling.”
With over a decade of experience covering health, science gender, politics and agriculture, Akor’s drive for excellence, passion for social change and development through her reportage, has won her several international and local journalism nominations, fellowships and awards.
She is fellow International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)’s Global Health Reporting Initiative; fellow International Center for Journalists Global Nutrition and Food Security program; fellow International AIDS Society (IAS) media fellowship (multiple times); media scholar of the 10th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science, Mexico, July 2019; media fellow HIV Research For Prevention Global Conference (HIVR4P 2018), Madrid, Spain 2018; and fellow virtual HIV Research for Prevention Conference ( HIVR4P virtual 2020); fellow Biosciences For Farming In Africa Fellowship (B4fa); and Child Rights Advocacy Fellowship of Youth Hub Africa done with Support From Malala Fund.
Besides emerging one of the winners of the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) 2021 Global Nutrition and Food Security Reporting contest, Akor has won the print category of the 2020 Merck Foundation and African First Ladies ‘Stay At Home’ Media Recognition Awards on coronavirus awareness; and print category 2020 Africa Health Budget Media Awards For Media Advocacy For Family Planning (Fp2020) Commitment.
Others are: award of excellence for nutrition reporting by the International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH), PACFaH Media Excellence Awards, Nordica Media Merit Award and Biosciences For Farming In Africa (B4fa) story writing award.
Akor is an alumnus of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Global Fund health training programme, BBC News Training programme on reporting COVID-19, and introductory epidemiology course by Chatham House, Bhekisisa Centre For HealthJournalism, Mc-Gill International TB Centre and MESHA, among others.
She has received international and national certifications in several health and journalism courses. She is also a grantee of many global story writing grants, and has been a speaker and panelist in numerous medical and scientific conferences.
Akor received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Mass Communication from Kogi State University, Anyigba, and her Master of Science degree (MSc), in the same course from the prestigious Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.