Guardian Abuja correspondent Tina Abeku won the top prize for the most outstanding newspaper article on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) in Nigeria.
His report also beat out 11 other contestants to win the best-written WEE article award in the competition, which aims to promote WEE reporting in Nigeria.
The award was organized by the Partnership to Advance Women’s Economic Development (PAWED) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Development Research Projects Center (dRPC).
Abeku’s article, “Knocks over poor access to Nigeria’s N154 billion WEE Interventions”, published in The Guardian on May 14, reviewed budget provisions and allocations to projects specifically targeting WEE, showing gaps in access to these allocations despite claims of successful project implementation.
At a special event yesterday to celebrate the winners and launch a monitoring and evaluation framework for the WEE, Director of Programmes, dRPC, Dr Stanley Ukpai, encouraged the winners to continue promoting the WEE through their reporting that the media’s central role in budget monitoring, monitoring and evaluation of WEE-specific projects captured in the national budget will ensure that democracy dividends reach the grassroots.
Other contest winners include Temitope Mustapha, who won best in broadcast, Grace Obike of the nation, second place, print and Victoria Onehi of 120 Edge News.com (online).