Tell Magazine on Monday surprised Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum with a special award as Nigeria’s Governor of the year, 2020, for courage in leadership.
The President, also editor-in-chief of Tell Communications, Mr. Nosa Igiebor, led a delegation to Maiduguri to present both a letter of the nomination and the award itself. Tell, one of Nigeria’s oldest surviving news magazine, was first published on April 15, 1991.
In company of Tell’s chief operating officer, Dejo Oyawale and executive editor, Wola Adeyemo, Mr. Igiebor entered Maiduguri on Sunday without Zulum’s knowledge and requested to take advantage of a public presentation of a compendium of media reports on the Governor, which had been publicized in advance. The event was well attended at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House in Maiduguri.
Our correspondent reports that it was the first time a major media establishment in Nigeria would follow a Governor to his State and present such an award. Media representatives mostly invite VIPs to Lagos and Abuja to receive awards at ceremonies.
Governor Zulum, in response, expressed appreciation to the management of Tell Communications, saying he considered the award, a challenge to do more.
Zulum described Igiebor, as one of the veteran journalists who fought for Nigeria’s return to democracy in the 90s despite arrests and detention, and has been holding leaders accountable, through his 43 years of journalism.