It was a night of glitz and glamour, as Rock City fm 101.9, held its second annual Rockcity award at the DLK event center,Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The award organised by Rockcity fm 101.9 in conjuction with Rockcity foundation honours media mogul like Chief Sam Amuka, publisher of The Vanguard newspapers, late Chief Olubunmi Aboderin, the founding chairman of The Punch newspapers, and some media icons including late ace broadcaster, Peter Okodua for their innumerable contributions to journalism.
Thirteen other prominent media icons got the award for their contributions to the development of their professions. Though some were posthumous.
Those who bagged the Rockcity awards were veteran journalists, former managing director of the defunct, Triumph newspaper, Haroun Adamu, Muyiwa Adetiba, chief executive officer, Channels Television, John Momoh, ace broadcasters, Frank Olize, Julie Coker, Sienne Allwell-Brown, Dr Segun Aderiye, Hauwa Baba-Ahmed and advertising guru, Biodun Shobanjo.
They were all issued with Plaques of recognition at the well attended second edition in the series of what the initiator called “the annual celebration of media icons.”
For the posthumous awards, ace broadcasters , Peter Okodua, Yinka Craig and the former managing director, Africa Independent Television, Ladi Lawal a well as former editor of The Punch, Nurudeen Balogun(NAT Balogun).
The event had in attendance a royal father, Olubara of Ibara, Oba Jacob Omolade, speaker Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, General Manager, Vanguard newspapers, Gbenga Adefuye,
ace broadcaster, Ambrose Somide, representative of the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Alhaji Bola Adeyemi, National president and Nigerian Union of Journalists, Waheed Odusile among others.
While disclosing the rationale behind the awards, the owner of Rockcity fm, in his opening remarks, Dr Malaolu said the Rockcity awards was instituted to celebrate the media practitioners, most especially those who had made remarkable contribution to the development of the industry and the society as a whole.
According to him, the country had never lacked good media people but the snag is that they were neither celebrated by government nor by people in their profession.
He said, “The reason we are doing this is not far-fetched. In Nigeria, we have never lacked good media people but we have not learnt to celebrate them.
“In Nigeria, we celebrate those who despoil the nation. Those we are celebrating in the 2015 Rockcity Awards, which is the second edition, are icons of the media, in broadcast, print and advertising.”
Speaking on how the awardees were picked, Malaolu said people voted online for them, and those among them who scored more than 100 per cent were selected.
He explained that voting period ran from January to June this year.
He said the awards scope would be widened to accommodate those journalists “who are on the beat currently contributing to the development of the profession and the society as a whole.”