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Quill Awards Winner visits Promasidor and applauds the Thomson Foundation Course

The first runner-up in the 2016 Promasidor Quill Awards, Olatunji Ololade, has commended Promasidor Nigeria for the Thomson Foundation Summer Convergence Course, which is part of the overall prize for the annual competition.

Ololade, who has just returned from Britain after attending the course, gave the commendation during his visit to Olivier Thiry, Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria, in his Isolo, Lagos office. He disclosed that before he attended the course, he was a complete print journalist who had a limited experience in contemporary journalism.

However, Ololade described the course as a rare experience. “I am seizing this opportunity again to express my heart-felt appreciation to Promasidor Nigeria for giving me the privilege to attend the course. It is a once in lifetime experience, which has practically changed my orientation to journalism”, he stated.

According to him, the training has widened his horizon beyond traditional journalism. His words: “Before I travelled, I had limited experience about online journalism. I was a complete print reporter, but I discovered during the Summer Convergence Course run by Thomson Foundation and propelled by Promasidor that there was a lot more in today’s journalism profession.” The experience gained during the course makes journalism more mobile and captivating, he said.

Welcoming him to his office, Mr Thiry said he felt fulfilled as Ololade was practically equipped by the Summer Convergence Course. “Part of the goal of Promasidor Quill Awards is to impact positively on the quality of journalism profession in Nigeria such that the quality of the reports circulated is high and the content is accurate,” he added.

Ajibola Amzat, a journalist with The Guardian newspaper, won the overall prize and was supposed to attend the Summer Convergence Course, but the timing coincided with the Master’s Degree programme he was studying for in the US. As a result of that, he ceded the UK training to Ololade. While Amzat’s write-up, Home Away, was adjudged the best entry, Ololade’s Sorrowful Song from the Valley of Iva was picked as the first runner-up in the 2016 edition of the competition.

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