Mr. Taiwo Obe, Founder of Journalism Clinic has invited Nigerian journalists to write a story that will provide answer to a thoughtful question of what ‘black market’ petrol hawkers in Nigeria retire to once the problem disappears.
The Journalism Clinic Founder says that the competition was inspired by Mr. Shina Badaru, the founder and editor of Technology Times, Nigeria’s foremost publication on ICT whom he says ‘thought aloud’ with the question on his Facebook timeline.
He quoted Badaru as saying “I have often wondered what those able-bodied men and women who hawk ‘black market’ petrol during fuel scarcity retire to once the problem disappears.”
“Nice story idea we weighed in,” says Obe. So, we decided at Journalism Clinic to create this competition: present an insightful, delightful multimedia story which takes us into Nigeria’s “fuel black market,” Obe adds.
According to Journalism Clinic, the winning story will attract a star prize of N50,000:00 and a smartphone as well as 2 consolation prizes of N25,000 and a smartphone. Plaques will also be presented to the winners, courtesy of Technology Times.
The competition is open to all Nigerian journalists, freelance or those working full-time, and must be submitted on or before midnight on July 9, 2016.
The organizers of the story-writing competition say they expect the story to answer Badaru’s question and more. They also want it extended to the petrol stations’ attendants.
According to Obe, “Entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. No questions will be entertained.”