‘Kunle Adebajo, the investigations editor at HumAngle, has been shortlisted for this year’s Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting, one of Nigeria’s prestigious journalism awards.
Adebajo is among 14 finalists who made the shortlist, pooled from 222 entries—the largest since the inception of the award in 2005. He has widely reported on the conditions of displaced people fleeing insurgency in the Northeast and Northwest Nigeria, and the unfolding issues on Nigeria’s borders.
According to organisers, the shortlist cuts across journalists from the print, online, photo, cartoon, television and radio. Others who made the shortlist include: Abiodun Omotosho of Nigerian Pilot, Benedict Uwalaka of Daily Trust, Ibrahim Adeyemi of Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), Kelechukwu Ogu of Rhythm 93.7 FM, Mary Abayomi-Fatile of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Olatunji Obasa of Punch, Olukunle Akinrinade of The Nation, Omolabake Fasogbon of ThisDay, Sharon Ijasan of TVC News, Taiwo Adebayo of Premium Times, Tessy Igomu of Punch, Victor Asowata of The Will and Zainab Sanni of Agidigbo FM.
According to Motunrayo Alaka, the Executive Director of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), the organiser of the award, the award is intended to reward “journalists who expose public or corporate corruption, human rights abuses, and regulatory failures in Nigeria.”
The award presentation will be held on December 9, the International Anti-Corruption Day and eve of the Human Rights Day, “an annual event to acknowledge best practices in investigative journalism and call attention to its significance for attaining good governance, accountability, and social justice,” Alaka said in a statement on Saturday, Nov. 27.
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