PwC holds the 2018 edition of its Media Excellence Awards

18 October 2018 2 min. read

Global professional services firm PwC has held the 2018 edition of its Media Excellence Awards in Lagos Nigeria, and awards have been bagged by a number of high profile publications across the country, including Business Day, Nigerian Tribune, Sunday Punch, as well as the Premium Times.

Each year, Big Four accounting and advisory firm PwC holds Media Excellence Awards to recognise exemplar business reporting in Nigeria. The awards are centred in the domain of business and cover four broad categories, namely Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Tax Reporting, Capital Markets Reporting and Business & Economy Reporting.

Candidates for the awards can be journalists employed at a professional publication as well as freelance journalists operating in Nigeria. The criteria for the award winning journalistic work include the level of structure and organisation in the research, journalistic integrity, creativity and resourcefulness and relevance to the current scenario in Nigeria, in addition to adherence to the administrative guidelines laid down by PwC.

PwC holds the 2018 edition of its Media Excellence Awards

In the SME category, the PwC award went to a piece published in Business Day Nigeria under the title ‘A harvest of sunshine,’ which elaborates on the repercussions being faced by the Nigeria agricultural sector due to the lack of a coherent energy plan. As per the piece, Africa’s largest economy loses approximately $9 billion worth of agricultural produce.

In the domain of Tax Reporting, the firm recognised an article by the title ‘Tax 'Armageddon' beckons as VAIDS period endsation: Endless games...endless controversies,’ published in the Business section of the Nigeran Tribune, which evaluates how prepared the Federal Government in Nigeria is for the upcoming tax reforms in the country.

The award for Capital Markets Reporting went to an article in the Business Feature of Sunday Punch titled ‘Green bonds as a lifeline for Nigeria's degraded environment,’ which offers a positive outlook on Nigeria’s environmental scenario with an explanation of how the green bond market jumped by 105% in 2016 to reach a value of $81 billion.

Lastly, the award for Business & Economy Reporting went to a report published in the Premium Times, describing how the passport office in Nigeria is currently charging up to double the legal fees to applications looking to obtain an international passport. The report is titled ‘INVESTIGATION: Corruption, extortion reign at Nigeria Immigration passport office.”