With almost three million views on YouTube, Sweet Sweet Codeine, is a gripping documentary that incisively focused on the rampaging drug crisis in Nigeria. The documentary (see below) is now the recipient of the prestigious BBC Investigation of the Year Award.
Lead investigation journalist Ruona Meyer was on hand with her team to receive the award at the Broadcasting House in London. She wrote:
Sweet Sweet Codiene just won the Investigation of The Year Category for the BBC News Awards.
All I can think of is Psalm 23 v 4-5:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil …Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…”
Team Africa Eye, this is for you all!
I thank Rahat Mustapha, Miriam Quansah, Nisha Kapur; the ladies who pushed Sweet Sweet Codeine. My bosses and brothers Marc and Andy, who gave me all the support to finish this film, and decided to launch Africa Eye with it. Because of you, girls like me, with “unruly” hair and unruly spirits, can also stand here today to receive such an honour and recognition.
My superhuman husband Michael, who stood, and continues to stand by me, and made sure I stay tougher than the toughest times.
To @graceekpu my backbone and BFF, come and take your prize oooo!
To my mother, brothers and family…na una put me here! Thank you all!
For my father Godwin and sister Ronke Bayode, I dedicate this award to your memories. Rest on.
And finally…to GOD alone be ALL the glory.
She is the daughter of the late legendary Nigerian journalist, Godwin Agbroko. A very big congratulations to her!