A member, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Imo Chapter, Cosmos Chukwuemeka Okorie of Darling FM has emerged as the Imo State Best Sports Reporter of the Year of the Governor Hope Uzodinma Media Awards.
Chukwuemeka, popularly called Puyaka Master polled 59 percent of the total score to beat other leading sports journalists in the state in the list of winners made available to the press.
The nine member panelists stated that about five criteria were used in selecting the winners of the eight categories’ awards and that the Imo SWAN member distinguished himself and towered above his peers to be recognized as the Best Sports Reporter in Imo State in the year under review based on the work done between January and October 2022.
In a press release jointly signed by the Imo SWAN Chairman, Everest Ezihe and Secretary, Tunde Liadi, the Association praised the consistency and vibrancy of Cosmos Chukwuemeka stating that his sportscasting style has brought a new dimension to sports reporting in Imo State.
Imo SWAN enjoined Cosmos to continue with his positive portrayal of sports in the state and the body also admonished him not to relent in his positive criticisms of sports policies that need attention.
“I am extremely happy and proud that a member of Imo SWAN has been so recognized through the Governor Hope Uzodinma Media Awards. I am not surprised by his rising profile in sportscasting in Imo State it is no surprised he has been picked among the entries looked at,” Imo SWAN chairman, Everest Ezihe disclosed.
“We will want him to continue with his award winning sportscasting style while also striving to seek improvement in all ramifications to be reconsidered again in the future. It is with delight and pride I am congratulating the Puyaka Master on his enviable feat.”
Others also recognised by the panelists to have done the state proud in 2022 were Chris Anucha of Statesman Newspaper( Best Investigative Journalist); Reginald Mbajunwa of IBC (Best Documentary Tv Journalist); Ngozi Ejimmadu of IBC (Best Documentary Radio Journalist); Adaeze Opara Anyanwu of Ozisa FM (Most Outstanding Radio Presenter Igbo); Mary Omeni Nwode of My Radio FM (Most Outstanding Radio Presenter English).
Others are: Akunna Azuike of IBC who was recognized as the Most Outstanding Tv Presenter and Faith Chichi Igwillo of NTA as the Most Outstanding State Correspondent of the Year.