The award, which was announced at the company’s annual award night held at the Civic Center in Lagos, declared Mr. Owoeye as Second best motoring journalist of the year 2016 and Rasheed Bisiriyu of The Punch newspaper as the third best motoring Journalist of the year.
Overall best Motoring Journalist of the year was won by Mike Ochonma of Businessday Newspaper.
According to TNL’s management, although this year’s motoring journalist award was more competitive than ever before, as more entries were received, quality of selection was not compromised.
“For winners to emerge,” explained the managing Director of TNL, Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, “entries received were sent to independent agencies for thorough assessment. And winners were selected based on clarity, quality and authenticity of reporting as well as level of editorial support enjoyed by Toyota from publication of the stories.”
The awards were presented by TNL’s Executive Director, Chief Sam Bolarinde in company of the Managing Director of TNL.
In his pre-award presentation address, TNL boss expressed appreciation for support Toyota brand enjoyed from Nigerian motoring journalists in 2016.
“2016 was a year we will not forget soon,” he recalled, adding, “But the event has become a tradition and has created a bond with our partners. The annual award night has also created useful feedbacks to help us improve our product quality and service delivery.”