A journalist with HumAngle Media, Kabir Adejumo, has made the shortlist for the environmental component of the prestigious Thomson Foundation Awards 2021.
According to the organisers, Kabir and 14 others gave voice to communities that have played little role in raising the world’s temperature but who have been hardest hit by the climate emergency.
“These journalists have transformed complex ecological issues into compelling storytelling,” Thomson Foundation said.
Kabir’s story was titled: “Special Report: Inside illicit timber trade in Osun causing deforestation”. It was published during his time as correspondent with Premium Times.
In his report, he revealed how encroachers carry out illicit timber trade in Osun forest, and how this illegal felling of trees contributes to climate change in combination with habitat destruction, degradation, and fragmentation.
The report was plucked out from over 200 entries from 55 countries for this year’s award. According to the organisers, Kabir’s will be revealed during COP26.
The best overall winning story is to be revealed on the night of the FPA Awards in London at the end of November.
This is the second time Kabir will be shortlisted for Thomson Foundation Awards. He was runner-up in 2020.
He has in the past won multiple awards and fellowships which include Diamond Awards for Media Excellence, Youth Digest Awards, Alfred Opubor’s Awards, Future Awards Africa Prize for Journalism amongst others.
Kabir who currently works as Assistant Investigations Editor at HumAngle recently completed a three months fellowship on climate change reporting with the Premium Times Centre For Investigative Journalism.
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