It was a night of glory for Leadership Newspaper at the 13th Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award where it’s Assistant Business Editor, Anthony Awunor emerged the best aviation writer for the year 2019.
The annual award ceremony, which held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, witnessed the crème-de-la-crème of the society, from politics, business, entertainment, real estate, banking, ICT and of course, media.
Former presidential aspirant, John Onche Shaibu, was the Keynote Speaker of this year’s edition with the theme “Nigerian Economy and Political Development: Finding the Missing Piece.”
Awunor was announced winner amongst nominees from Punch, Daily Trust, BusinessDay, Guardian and ThisDay Newspapers.
He commended the organisers for their objectivity and due diligence in picking him as the winner. He also lauded the management of LEADERSHIP Newspaper for offering him the platform to exhibit his skills. He dedicated the award to God.
Top personalities who were honoured at the event include: Governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle who won the Best Security Conscious Governor of The Year, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel and the first lady of Ondo State, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu,
The organizers also honoured late Precious Owolabi, the Channels Television Corps member who was killed with a stray bullet in Abuja during the clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force.
Anthony Okechukwu Awunor from Ubulu Uku in Aniocha South LGA of Delta State was born in 1970. He attended St Anthony’s College, Ubulu Uku before proceeding to the University of Lagos where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. He started his journalism career with Financial Standard in 2006. He subsequently plied his trade at National Mirror Newspaper, The Moment Newspaper, Union Newspaper where he rose to the position of an Assistant Business Editor, Zest Magazine, where he held different editorial positions and covering many beats before berthing at Leadership Newspaper as an Assistant Business Editor, a position he holds till date.
Awunor has attended many professional courses home and abroad, including the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria Kaduna State.
He is currently, the Head of Media and Communications of the Umu Umu Anioma Foundation Worldwide, a non-religious, non-for-profit socio-cultural organisation, made up of indigenes of Anioma in Delta State and has bi-sect headquarters in Asaba and Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A.
His hobbies include volunteer services, reading and travelling. He is married and blessed with children.