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Merck Foundation Announces Winners of “Stay at Home” Media Awards for COVID Reporting

Merck Foundation Announces Winners of “Stay at Home” Media Awards for COVID Reporting

Otosirieze Obi-Young
Merck Foundation Announces Winners of “Stay at Home” Media Awards for COVID Reporting
The Nigerian radio journalist Ekene Odigwe is a winner of Merck Foundation's "Stay at Home" Media Awards.

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has announced the winners of its “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards for Nigerian and Ghanaian journalists reporting the COVID-19 pandemic. The Awards’ theme is “Raising Awareness on How to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy During Coronavirus Lockdown.” For each country’s announcement, they partnered with the First Lady: Dr. Aisha Buhari of Nigeria and Rebecca Akufo-Addo of Ghana.

“I am very proud of our winners from Ghana and Nigeria who helped to educate the communities about COVID 19 through their exceptional work by frequently covering this topic in their respective countries,” said Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation. “I have always believed that Media can play a very important role in sensitizing people about sensitive issues such as Coronavirus global pandemic. Big congratulations to all the winners.”

Dr. Kelej continued: “The valuable contribution from the winners in sensitizing their respective communities about COVID 19 has encouraged us to additionally reward them all to become Merck Foundation Alumni and provide them with one-year access to online educational training program called ‘MasterClass’. The ‘MasterClass’ is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course in English that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet. This is to motivate passionate journalists to continue writing and advocating for social, economic and health issues across their countries.”

Here are the winners.

RADIO CATEGORY

NIGERIA

First Position

  • Ekene Odigwe, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (Coalcity FM), NIGERIA (500 USD)

ONLINE CATEGORY

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