AAUA Insider’s 2021: Defying The Odds In Akungba Community

With 2021 coming to a close, we take a keen eye at what AAUA Insider achieved in the year, and it is not an overstatement to say the Insider brand defied the odds in Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko, AAUA and beyond.

In 2022, AAUA Insider will be clocking two years, after it was launched in November 2020 – a year marked by global pandemic. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and the hiatus in the school calendar, we were able to end 2020 and enter 2021 on a strong note.

With an outstanding team and supportive readers, we were able to record successes and achievements in 2021.

This is a compilation of our greatest achievements in the year to highlight the milestones reached in Akungba community and beyond.

Changing The Narrative Of Reporting

As AAUA’s media publisher, AAUA Insider has been amplifying the stories of AAUA students and Akungba community. We report on the intriguing lifestyle embedded in the DNA of the students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko with an approach that screams; this is for us by us; showcasing the best of us and generally amplifying the stories that matters to the student of AAUA.

Our essence is a wholesome reportage on every single facet of the AAUA life; the good, the bad and perhaps the ugly. We will be creating engaging contents in a way that priorities the variety of the content, the uniqueness of the content, the truthfulness of the content, the impact of the content, the completeness of the content and even in the time of marketing the content.

In 2021, we reported the 2019/2020 Students’ Union election successfully. Our reporters reported other news, events, elections and other happenings in Akungba community. We published data stories, fact checked some claims.

Beyond reporting, we held the most meritorious award in AAUA, where we rewarded nine outstanding students in different categories and special recognitions.

2021: Of Reward And Recognition

We proved to be the leading media publisher of AAUA when we were nominated as the Blog of the Year, at the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry Student, NSBS; we also got nominated as the Student Journalist of the Year, at Face of AAUA awards. And we won the Blog of the Year at Akungba Choice Awards 2021.

Individually, AAUA Insider’s Sports Editor, Olorunfemi Victor bagged the 2021 NSBS Media Personality of the Year; Peter Emmanuel Ojo won the Journalist of the Year Award at AAUA Insider meritorious award; Insider’s Editor-in-Chief, Oluwatosin Ologun won Edirin Jerry-Wesly Award for the Best Student in Broadcasting.

Readership And Followership

Being a pioneering news outlet, amplifying AAUA stories was initially challenging as it was new in the Nigerian media landscape. Penetrating AAUA audience during our year of launch was a bit difficult.

However, we were able to get the interest and trust of AAUA students. Our readership increased in 2021. In the same year, we reached over one thousand likes on Facebook. Our followers on Instagram and Twitter are also increasing by the day.

Trainings And Growing As A Team

Before the launch, our reporters were engaged in a training facilitated by Olufemi Alfred of Premium Times, Olufemi Damilola of Al Jazeera, and Adesola Ikulajolu of Premium Times.

In the same 2020, AAUA Insider’s reporters participated in a training organized by Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ. Some reporters were also selected for Dataphyte training. In 2021 some reporters were also selected for Africa Check’s training.

We have also been trained by the Head of Station of Agidigbo FM, Adebayo Yousuph Grey; Michael Olatubosun, Broadcast Journalist at Splash FM Ibadan, amongst others.

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