HumAngle’s Kunle Adebajo Wins Wole Soyinka Award

Adebajo won the online category for his five-part series: The Deradicalised, setting a precedent for conflict and humanitarian investigations to be recognised in the country.

Kunle Adebajo, Investigations Editor at HumAngle, on Thursday, Dec. 9, emerged winner of the online category of the 2021  Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting.

Adebajo won the online category for his five-part series: The Deradicalised.

The finalist taking a group photograph

Ibrahim Adeyemi of Foundation For Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and Taiwo Adebayo of Premium Times were first and second runner-ups.

Adebajo is also a recipient of the West Africa Media Excellence Award 2019 — Telecommunications and ICT, Budeshi Datathon Writers’ Challenge 2018, and Alfred Opubo Campus Journalism Award 2018 – Best Opinion Piece. 

While expressing his excitement, Adebajo said the award is a validation of the work he has done.

“I’m thrilled to be receiving this award for various reasons. It’s a validation not only of the work I’ve done but also of the kind of journalism we practise at HumAngle and the kinds of stories we tell. They’re important stories that have yet to get the attention they deserve, and awards such as this go a long way in further pushing them into the public consciousness,” he said. 

“I’m grateful to my colleagues at HumAngle and the African Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF) for funding the investigations. I look forward to helping more victims of conflict share their stories with the world and taking the first steps to get them justice.”

The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting recognises journalists who expose public or corporate corruption, human rights abuses, and regulatory failures in Nigeria. 

The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting presentation event is held annually on Dec. 9, the World Anti-Corruption Day.

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