Toyin Akinosho, geologist, columnist, raconteur, bon vivant, Lagos lover, co-founder of Committee of Relevant Art (CORA), past winner of the CNN African Journalist award and all-round renaissance man has been honoured with one of Africa’s biggest oil industry awards.
In a report by Thisday, “Toyin Akinosho, Publisher of Africa Oil+Gas Report, received the top award of the latest edition of the “Big Five Awards” conferred on distinguished oil industry players at the annual Africa Oil Week in Cape Town. The one week conference is one of the most prestigious gatherings of operators and regulatory authorities on the continent. The awards are named after the big five game animals of the African Jungle; as oil exploration is often described as hunting for game. The term ‘big five game’ was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. They are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros. On the 18th anniversary of the awards, Duncan Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Global Pacific & Partners, organisers of the 22 year old conference, announced the 2015 winners for their contribution to excellence in Africa’s petroleum industry. The winners included Toyin Akinosho, Publisher of Africa Oil+Gas Report, who bagged the Distinguished Contribution to the African Industry.”
Toyin Akinosho received the award for what the organisers described as” having the courage of his convictions.”
The award is richly deserved by a man who has had a rewarding and multifaceted 27 years long professional career in the oil industry “20 of them spent as petroleum geologist with wide and increasingly diverse experience in Chevron, where he retired in 2008. He publishes the widely read Africa Oil+Gas Report, which has shown uncommon courage and candour in its coverage of the industry. Toyin has demonstrated keen interpretation of issues and trends in the technology, fiscal and strategic aspects of the oil industry, leading his magazine to establish rankings of top independent foreign and local producers and spotting the emergence of African indigenous independents.”
In December 2012, Akinosho was named, alongside 7 others, as a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) but in April 2015, Toyin Akinosho who has remained a courageous reporter of trends and shenanigans in the African oil industry, was forced to flee Nigeria following an attempt on his life during which his car was damaged. (Read more.)
The award is a fitting and well deserved recognition for one of the most respected and knowledgeable oil and gas writers on the continent who set up Africa Oil + Gas Report “with a view to enabling the general public and industry watchers get a clearer view and understanding of the practice in the oil and gas industry”.