A BBC Pidgin and BBC Africa Eye documentary “Sweet Sweet Codeine” has been nominated for the first International Emmys nomination for the BBC World Service and Nigeria.
The documentary by BBC Nigeria service, which examined the problem of codeine addiction in Nigeria, was nominated for the ‘News and Current Affair’ category.
According to the Nigerians senate, 3 million bottles of codeine syrup are drunk every day in just two states, Kano and Jigawa.
The Documentary carried out by an award-winning Nigerian investigative journalist, Ruona J. Meyer, starred up Nigerians to ask questions, as it uncovered the horrors of the opioid crisis that Nigeria was unwittingly facing, as well as the corrupt forces behind it.
Guys, I am still taking it all in but…here goes:
Sweet Sweet Codeine has just got an #emmys2019 NOMINATION for News and Current Affairs, the FIRST for the BBC World Service and #Nigeria!
CONGRATULATIONS, Team Africa Eye!
— Ruona J. Meyer (@RGAMeyer) August 6, 2019
Congratulations to the #bbcafricaeye team on being nominated in the news and current affairs category at the @iemmys awards for 'Sweet Sweet Codeine'. Exemplary investigative journalism from @RGAMeyer, @adejuwonsoyinka & @CNorthcott1 from @BBCafrica: https://t.co/Lje6LzHJfk pic.twitter.com/dyuMHJZiUI
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) August 6, 2019