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Youths Digest announces finalists for 2022 Campus Journalism Awards

Youths Digest, organisers of the annual Campus Journalism Awards, CJA, has announced successful finalists for the 2022 edition of the awards.

Since its inception in 2018, the awards has recorded tremendous successes with over 1,500 entries from student journalists across Nigeria.

The fifth in the series, this year’s edition received a total of 336 entries from over 50 institutions in the country.

The chairman of the screening committee, Olanrewaju Oyedeji, in a statement on Thursday, said after the call for the nominations, 15 categories were unveiled but only 12 categories made it to the finals.

“The three categories dropped are: photojournalist, syndicated writer and social media influencer,” he said, adding that failure of the nominees to meet the screening conditions led to the cancellation.

Mr Oyedeji explained that the screening conditions include: clarity, language, originality, relevance and depth.

“The list is comprehensive of all those who scored high rates in the screening committee, however, selected finalists from the list will be invited for the main event in Abuja,” he noted.

While the selected finalists were shortlisted for the award per category, the organisers said the top two finalists in each category would be invited via email to Abuja for the awards.

Below are the finalists and their institutions:


1. Salako Emmanuel Oluwatobiloba (EKSU) – ‘We Depend On Rain For Water’: Residents Lament Scarcity

2. Hamid Fatimah Omotayo (UDUS)- Director of CAMRET UDUS, Other AK9 Train Passengers, Languish in Terrorists’ Custody

3. Abdullahi Abdullateef (BUK) – 3 Day Old Infant gets Paediatric Surgery

4. Fawas Adebisi (MAPOLY) – PTCIJ Trains dozen MAPOLY Students on Fact Checking, Election reporting

5. Mudathir Hayatullahi Folorunsho (UDUS)- False Claims Circulate Online About UDUS’ Post UTME Form for 2022/2023 Academic Session


1. Amanatullahi Ismail (UDUS) – Why Are Condoms Free and Pads Sold _The Problem With Sanitary Products in Nigeria.

2. Latinwo Gbolahan Jubril (OAU) – IWD 2022: How Female OAU Students Are Breaking The Bias

3. Mariam Hamzat (LAUTECH) – Special Report: Everyday Hazard, Low Financial Support and Self-Medication: Plights of Women in Oyo Garri Producing Community

4. Hamid Fatimah Omotayo (UDUS) – The Case of Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria and Other Countries


1. Fawaz Adebisi(MAPOLY) – Unchecked poaching inside Ogun forest as wildlife migrate to other habitats

2. Adebayo Abdulrahman (University of Ibadan)- Beyond Numbers: Victims of Owo Massacre

3. Philip Anjorin (AAUA) – Alexandra: Scammers extort millions using 9-year-old girl as bait

4. Alofe Faith Opeyemi(OAU) – Emissions from Ife Steel Melting Company Continue to Affect Osun Residents

5. Precious Ewuji(FUOYE) – Reporter’s Diary: N1000 for Registration, N3000 for Validation — How NIN Agents are milking Registrants in Lagos


1. Abdulwaheed Sofiullahi (UDUS) – Scandal Rocks Sokoto Multi-Million Naira Constituency Road Projects

2. Shereefdeen Ahmad (UDUS) – Inside Kwara School Where Students on Teachers’ Private Farms. are Used as Labour

3. Abdulrahman Uthman Ayomide (University of Ibadan)- SPECIAL REPORT: UI Students, ASUU Strike and The Scramble for IT placements

4. Abdulrasheed Hammad (UDUS) – INVESTIGATION: How People Use Fake Job Vacancies to Exploit, Lure Job Seekers into Dubious Organisations

5. Zainab Yetunde Adam (UNIMAID) – Lack of Ambulance Emergency Services Hamper Universal Health Coverage in Rural Borno Communities


1. Abdulwasiu Olokooba (UDUS) – Exposed! Man Behind Strange Red Cross Signs in UDUS

2. Okafor John Oluwadamilare (UI ) – UI Students and the Dilemma of School Fees Payment-

3. Abdulrasheed Hammad (UDUS) – EDITORIAL: In Praise of Prof. Bilbis, the UDUS Vice-Chancellor


1. Oluwatosin Ologun (AAUA)
ASUU Strike: The Days Of Our Lives In Numbers (I – IV)

2. Akintulubo Precious (OOU)
STUDENTS AND ASUU STRIKE: Students Thriving During Strike

3. Jarius Awo (BSU)
Understanding Greenhouse gases

4. Zainab Abdulganiyi (EKSU)
Lions Club instals Princess Iyunade as Charter President

5. Akinsuure Semilore (AAUA)
Talent Hunt Show


1. Oluwaferanmi Omoniyi (EKSU)
The story of unfulfilled ‘league-winning’ promises to Akwa United

2. Olorunfemi Victor (AAUA)
As Gusau resumes NFF job, five key tasks undercut Nigeria’s push to host Africa Cup of Nations after 22 years

3. Shereefdeen Ahmad (UDUS)
After Football, How Kwara Tertiary Institutions’ Reverse in Other Sports Keep Fathering Talents Massacre

4. Confidence Chibueze (UNIUYO)
Uyo Township Stadium, Now A Shadow Of Its Former Self

5. Samuel Akintunde (LASU)
2021 Freshers Cup: Team Education wins gold medal


1. Monsuroh Abdulsemiu (LASU)
EMPTY CROWNS: How winners of LASU’s beauty pageant are extorted, denied prizes

2. Promise Eze (UDUS)
Why Africans Should Learn To Tell Their Own Stories.

3. Chinalurumogu Eze (UNN)
Where are Igbo’s epic movies?

4. Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez (UNILORIN)
Iroko Critic: Towards an Effervescent Critique Community for Nollywood

5. Olaide Fareedat Taofeeq (LASU)
Why do some Celebrities marriage crash


1. Abdulganiyu Abdulrahman Akanbi (UDUS)
How poor power supply hurts women-owned businesses in Kwara

2. Zainab Adewale (OAU)
How homeless children from broken homes strive for survival

3. Mohammed Oluwatimileyin Taoheed (UDUS)
UNDERCOVER: Government Policies Of Indiscriminate Waste Disposal Endangers Lives In Kwara State

4. Olanshile Ogunrinu (UNIBADAN)
In Nigerian universities, student activists exercise free speech at the cost of suspensions

5. Sunday Awosoro (FUOYE)
Without consulting residents, the lawmaker facilitates N115million ‘health centres’. Now they’re used by termites, bushes-





Oyeleye Mahmoodah Temitope (UDUS)
Faded Blues (A novel)

Akingbondere Babatunde David (AAUA)
A History of Students’ Unionism: Chronicling Unionism In Nigerian Universities, A Case-study of







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