Nigerian journalist David Oku has been honoured by the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports at the inaugural Excellence Awards for Young Journalists in Cairo, Egypt.
The Physics graduate from the University of Calabar who works with Flo 94.9 FM in Umuahia, Abia State, and also a contributor on 9jabuzzer.com finished in second place in the African Media category of the awards for journalists who covered the 2019 AFCON and are under the age of 40 years.
The award which is the maiden edition is the innovation of Egypt’s Sports Minister Dr Ashraf Sobhi and was organised to recognise and celebrate the AFCON related works of young Egyptian and African journalists and the media houses that covered the Nations Cup in Egypt.
The works of eligible journalists were assessed by a jury of media houses and journalists who then picked the top three in different categories.
Cross River State born David Oku finished in second place in the Africa Media category behind winner Kenya’s Idah Waringa Kamau and Boudi Omar of Algeria who came third.
Responding after receiving his award from Dr Sohbi in Cairo, David Oku thanked Egypt’s Sports Ministry for bestowing him with the honour, and also acknowledged the government of Abia State and Flo 94.9 FM for their immense support.
“I am extremely honoured to be receiving such an important award, I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work because I’m sure that every other nominee deserved the award,” he said. “I have faced several challenges on my way here but each one of them has only strengthened me to make me the person I am today.”
“I sincerely thank each one of you starting from the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports for the enabling environment during the AFCON, the government of Abia State for their support, the Chairman and acting manager of Flo 94.9 FM Umuahia for their encouragement, family friends and well-wishers for helping me reach this stage.”
The award winning journalist is currently in Egypt to cover the U23 AFCON, where Nigeria is slugging it out with seven other countries for a 2020 Summer Olympics ticket.