The Institute presented one thousand three hundred and forty-one (1,341) “graduands of five academic sessions from 2013-2017 sets” during their 5th convocation on Friday, April 20. The award of National Diploma (ND) certificate was presented to 501 students, Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate was presented to 407 students, Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) certificate was presented to 352 students, Proficiency Certificate Journalism was presented to 64 students and Proficiency Certificate in Writing and Communication was presented to 17 students.
In all these, Korede Bello who bagged a distinction in Higher Diploma alongside 6 other students, was also awarded the best student in “Editorial Writing” by the institute.
Korede Bello who is part of the 2017 graduating members of the Institute, in an interview few months ago talked about Journalism and what he hopes to achieve.
“I am a student of journalism but am slave to music. I nursed a dream to become a radio presenter in the past but music is my passion for now.
I plan to star in some Nollywood films as I have been presented some scripts, which I am presently considering. But I have just dropped my debut album and I want people to see me as musician enough before I veer into movies.”
On life as a superstar in the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, he said;
“I am grateful that I am still in NIJ if I were in a University of Lagos undergraduate it would have been harder to manage fame because of the frenzy. NIJ allows me be myself, everyone knew me as a wannabe musician who became a star. My lecturers have been really supportive of my career. I am not a stubborn student so they don’t have any issues and they help me maintain my sanity.”