Ço-founder of staging.sabinews.com Ms Peju Akande, was honoured at the Women In Journalism 2016 (WIJ2016) conference for her contribution in journalism in Nigeria.
Ms Peju was honoured alongside other great women in journalism such as Dame Comfort Obi, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Dr Doyin Abiola, Ms Bimbo Oloyede, Ms Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Ms Betty Irabor, Ms Funke Egbemode, Ms Kehinde Young-Harry, Ms Ijeoma Nwogwuwu, Ms Ifeyinwa Omowole, Ms Agatha Amata, Ms Adetokunbo Olutoyin Akinosho-Thomas, and Ms Ibim Semenitari.
The theme for the WIJ2016 conference was ”stand up for ethics and excellence.” The event which was anchored by TV presenter Kris Oro, featured outstanding women in journalism who had made a mark in the industry.
Ms Bimbo Oloyede, the first speaker of the event, called on women to hold on to ethics and excellence in their fields. She said ”Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right- knowing and doing the right thing.” She went on to encourage women to ‘run your own race, be content with what you have’ and to hold onto excellence and ethics and their works will speak for them.
Panelists also talked on various issues affecting women in journalism. Stephanie Busari of CNN Lagos, who firmly believes that women can do all they set out to do in the journalism field, has this to say ”some of the best investigative journalists I know are women…We are as good as… sometimes better than…try to make a change.”
Lagos based Dutch journalist, Femke Van Zeiji, while acknowledging the difficulties women face in the field, said ”journalism in Nigeria is like walking around with an eye patch” adding that ” sometimes women tend to be modest, to talk down ourselves. We as women should start owning our professions.”
Other panelists at the event were: OAP of Naija FM Tolu Adeleru Balogun, Sharon Ogunleye of Reuters, and Ms Moturayo Alaka of the Wole Soyinka institute for investigative journalism.
At the end of the event, plaques of honour were given to outstanding women by the organiser – Yomi Owope.