One story, many laurels: DUBAWA’s editor Kemi Busari wins at DAME

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DUBAWA’s editor, Kemi Busari, has emerged triumphant in the investigative reporting category at the 32nd Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME).

This is coming less than 24 hours after claiming the online category prize at the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR). 

At the DAME ceremony, held in Lagos on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, Mr Busari’s investigative piece titled, “Baba Aisha, Nigeria’s fake ‘doctor’ cashing out on deadly concoction that cures nothing,” and other subsequent publications edged him ahead of his contemporaries in the category; Tunde Ajaja of Punch Newspaper and Ibrahim Adeyemi of Premium Times.

Mr Busari’s in-depth and impactful reporting on the unregistered herbal medicine popularly known as “Baba Aisha Herbal Medicine” exposed the hazardous consumption of the products, victims and the complacent attitude of the pharmaceutical regulatory agency, NAFDAC, in the crisis.

The DAME Award specifically recognises investigative works done by Nigerian journalists in the broadcast, print or online field. 

According to the award organisers, the judges “emphasised the degree and thoroughness of investigation, the relevance of the work to society, the style of presentation and the impact the work had.”

One story, many laurels

Triumphing in the investigative category of the DAME Awards added another feather to Busari’s cap, coming hot on the heels of his success at the WSAIR’s online category. 

The story had placed DUBAWA on the global map after winning the Highest Impact Award at the Global Fact 10 summit in Seoul on June 30, 2023. 

On Oct. 6, 2023, his story was the runner-up for the professional fact-checking category at the Africa Check Awards in Mauritius before becoming the first Nigerian ever to clinch the Silver Awards for Science Reporting at the In-Depth Category of the AAAS Kavli Awards on Nov. 9, 2023.

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