The Big Guns in The Cabinet

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Anthony Akaeze, senior assistant editor is a dogged journalist. When he sets out to investigate a story, he does it with gusto such that obstacles cannot debar him. He is a goal getter. A testament to this was the Nigeria Breweries’ Golden Pen award he won shortly after we went to press two weeks ago.

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That is not his first award. As a matter of fact, it will not be an overstatement to say that Akaeze is used to cropping awards. And that is because he works for excellence. Prior to the golden pen award, he had had in his kitty five awards from the Nigeria Media Merit Award, NMMA, Rotary award for maternal/child care reporting, Diego Africa Business Award in tourism and a runner up in Wole Soyinka award for Investigative Reporting.

Now, this: as we were preparing for this edition, he started dusting his briefcase to respond to an invitation as a nominee for another award in Johannesburg, South Africa. The South African event is the Zimeo Media Excellence Award, organized by the African Leaders Forum.

That is the tradition here at TELL. The publication and its staff stand for excellence. It is rare not to be inspired by the laurels paraded by the magazine, some of which adorn the boardroom like ornaments. Often times, some of finest journalists here decide to stop entering for awards, so as not to behave like selfish individuals who deprive colleagues from other publications from taking awards. So it is a thing of surprise here if a journalist is not winning awards. So at TELL, journalism awards are honours almost taken for granted.

For instance, another award-winning journalist anchors this week’s cover. Anayochukwu Agbo, general editor and head of Abuja bureau sometimes delegate colleagues to stand in for him as nominee at award ceremonies, particularly when he does not want to be distracted from an on-going investigation. This week, Agbo is not going for awards nor is he sending a representative to take one for him yet. What he is doing on the following pages is to award those ministerial portfolios that President Muhammadu Buhari would rather keep to his chest.

Agbo spoke to many sources, and came up with the permutations that are the subjects of hushed whispers in government circles. His story, The big Guns in the Cabinet, gives an idea of what the president will probably unfold this week.

The story is being complimented by what needs to be done to stem the education tourism that has become the fad these days. The story- Education Tourism: How To Stop The Exodus– is written by Juliana Uche-Okobi, assistant editor and also one of the award winning journalists in the newsroom.

Their efforts and those of their other colleagues combine to bring this edition for your pleasure.

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