Three online journalists, Daniel Adeyemi (Tech-Cabal), Omobayo Azeez (Business Metrics Nigeria) and Sultan Quadri (TechCabal) have emerged as winners of the first edition of a competition entitled “Writing Challenge”, organized by a leader in the bank as a service. (BaaS) activator, OnePipe. The journalists each received one million naira for their outstanding stories highlighting the growth and impact of integrated finance in Nigeria.
The OnePipe Writing Challenge was announced earlier this year, with calls for entries to highlight finance-focused journalism, with a focus on raising awareness about integrated finance. Entries in the form of 400-500 word articles as well as television and radio clips were submitted and collected for evaluation. OnePipe Founder and CEO, Ope Adeoye, said, “We created the OnePipe Writing Challenge in recognition of the critical role the media plays in educating the public about the crucial business solutions that help businesses thrive.
The competition is part of a series of activities aimed at raising awareness of integrated finance through educational reporting by Nigerian journalists. “As more non-financial businesses adopt payment solutions that meet the needs of their customers, there is a growing need to educate the public about new trends and technologies,” the dean also said. Associate of Lagos Business School, Professor Olayinka David-West News. The editors, Caleb Ojewale and Muyiwa Matuluko, all of whom have expertise in editorial writing, financial inclusion policy and digital money, were part of the panel that reviewed entries for the essay competition. The evaluation criteria included the structure of the material, the language used, the way the ideas were presented, among others.
In a final step, the OnePipe management team carried out a final evaluation. Techpoint Africa Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Muyiwa Matuluko said, “I would like to commend OnePipe for highlighting the importance of reporting on education in Nigeria and awarding the winners of the OnePipe Writing Challenge. It was such a pleasure to review all the entries which showcased a variety of story angles focused on integrated finance.
“There were many recurring themes among the winners, including the value of integrated finance for Nigerian and African businesses, the role of technology in financial inclusion, and the future of financial institutions.” Commenting on the competition, one of the winners, Omobayo Azeez, said, “I am delighted to have been chosen as the winner of this competition. Initiatives like this play a vital role in motivating quality journalism that informs the public about critical issues.