OCR 3Dayo Aiyetan

Dayo Aiyetan

Dayo Aiyetan, Executive Director

Dayo Aiyetan is the founding Executive Director of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, Abuja. He was a senior associate editor and Abuja Bureau chief of TELL Magazine, Nigeria’s leading political weekly, until May 2010 when he resigned to set up the Centre.


A graduate of Theatre Arts/English from the University of Ibadan, he started his journalism career as a Features Writer with Sketch Newspapers, Ibadan and later worked at the Concord Newspapers for about a decade. During the closure of Concord by the military, he taught Investigative Journalism at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, OgbaLagos.


In August 2009, Aiyetan participated in the International Visitors Leadership Program sponsored by the United States State DepartmentIn October 2010he returned to the US as a fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy, NED.  His presentation was on “Combating Corruption in Nigeria: The Promise of Investigative Reporting. In 2017, he became the first black African knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.


An investigative reporter, media trainer and newsroom mentor, Aiyetan from 2014 served as a consultant and lead trainer for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, IWPR’s Access Nigeria Project, during which he has trained and mentored some 50 journalists.


He is a member of the Forum of African Investigative Reporters, FAIR, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors, IRE. In January 2016, he led the ICIR to become a member of the prestigious Global Investigative Journalism Network, GIJN.