To Press Releases listSep 28, 2018
Nestlé Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) Trust Fund to institute
a ‘Nestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting.’
The aim of this partnership endorsed by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) is to empower media
professionals in the area of nutrition and health reporting. It will also
recognize, reward and celebrate excellence among nutrition and health
The Diamond Awards for Media Excellence
is the only awards scheme in Nigeria that covers the media disciplines of
Journalism, Broadcasting and Advertising. Founded upon the ideals that the
media is the watchdog of the society, as well as the fourth estate of the
realm, DAME exists to celebrate and reward superior performance in the
fulfilment of such pivotal roles.
The sponsorship of a Nestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting in DAME
is another step in Nestlé Nigeria’s continuous collaboration with
stakeholders and partners to provide adequate research based information to
help people make healthier food choices. Nestlé recognizes the key role the
media has to play in achieving this objective.
Nigeria currently grapples with the challenges associated with the triple
burden of nutrition; under-nutrition, over-nutrition and micronutrient
deficiency. Nestlé believes that promoting healthy nutrition habits as well
as improving access to nutritious food will have a positive impact on
Nigeria’s health profile.
Speaking on the importance of the partnership at the signing ceremony,
Nestlé Nigeria’s Managing Director, Mr. Mauricio Alarcon said, “We strongly
believe that when provided with adequate information and training, the
media plays a key role in raising awareness of key nutrition, health and
wellness issues among stakeholders and the public. Armed with fact-based
information, individuals and families are empowered to make healthier
“We are confident that this partnership will provide a good platform to
equip journalists with training and capacity building opportunities to help
them perform at optimal capacity,” Mr. Alarcon added.
Speaking on behalf of DAME, Mr. Lanre Idowu, DAME Trustee, said, “We are
very happy to have Nestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting on the list of
categories for the 27th edition of the prestigious media awards.
This will encourage and give the much needed attention and recognition to
exceptional nutrition writers and stimulate interest in nutrition writing.”
In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, Chairman, NUJ
Lagos State Council appreciated Nestlé Nigeria for sponsoring the nutrition
category to fill the gap in that area.
“We appreciate Nestlé Nigeria for collaborating with us to establish a Nestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting, a first of its kind from the
industry. This award will not only motivate our members but will also help
us work towards achieving the sustainable development goals which include
health,” he said.
Nestlé Nigeria again reiterated its commitment towards enhancing quality of
life and contributing to a healthier future by working with partners to
empower individuals to make healthier food choices. Nestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting will help towards achieving
this commitment by training and building the capability of media
practitioners in this field. This is one more way through which the company
creates shared value in the communities where it operates.
Health and nutrition reporters can submit entries forNestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting in DAME Awards by visiting www.dameawards.com before the 17 th of October 2018.
First held in 1992, DAME is a not-for-profit trust established to enhance
professionalism in the Nigerian media. Apart from the 26 uninterrupted
annual awards presentations to date, it holds periodic training for media
professionals. For the first time in the Award’s history, Lagos Reporting
and Nutrition Reporting, sponsored by Nestlé Nigeria PLC are included in
the roll honours.