The jury awarded Gbenusola a special commendation for his work in setting up a press club among secondary level students at Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Grammar School in Lagos, Nigeria.
“As a teacher, I have tried to impact my students’ lives positively and help them understand the usefulness of journalism and its impact in society,” Gbenusola said.
With Gbenusola’s guidance, students research and discuss national and global issues and, with the help of faculty coaches, produce stories on those topics.
“His work to educate students in Nigeria about the importance of journalism is vital, and he has done a remarkable job in doing so,” said jury member and News Decoder Trustee Nolwazi Wjwara, a consultant at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
In September, Gbenusola moved to Vetland Senior Grammar School in the same city where he hopes to continue his work.