By Rosemary Olufemi
INTERNATIONAL and local awards, as well as recognition, have trailed ICIR-trained journalists across newsrooms in Nigeria. The capacity training project supported by MacArthur Foundation has enabled journalists from newsrooms across Nigeria receive awards and nominations for their investigative work and contribution to investigative journalism.
Anthony Akaeze of Tell Magazine recently won the West Africa Media Excellence Awards for the Investigative Reporting category with his Darkness in Lagos despite N4bn ‘Light Up Lagos’ project. Akaeze was also nominated for the Human Rights category for his investigative report on Otodo Gbame: How Lagos Govt Killed a Community and its Dreams. Both investigations were supported by the MacArthur Foundation and ICIR.
Also, Kemi Busari and Oladeinde Olawoyin, both of Premium Times, got nominations in Anti-corruption and Business Reporting categories respectively as finalists among the 15 others.
Also, Adekunle Adebajo of the ICIR won the Best opinion piece award at the Campus Journalism Award named in honour of the late Alfred Opubor organized by The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism –PTCIJ.
The MacArthur Foundation funded project aims to strengthen the capacity of the media to investigate and report on budgetary and procurement processes in Nigeria. The project seeks to enhance the capacity of the media to understand public procurement processes and report budgetary and procurement related corruption, with a view to promoting accountability, transparency, good governance and strengthening anti-corruption efforts.