Premium Times reporter, nine others shortlisted for Wole Soyinka Investigative Journalism award

A Photo from the last award ceremony
A file photo from one of the events by The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (Photo Credit: WSCIJ)

A PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Kemi Busari, is among 10 reporters shortlisted for the 2017 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative journalists.

The WSCIJ 2017 award programme which is scheduled to hold on December 9 in Lagos will also honour former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili, and the Executive Director of the Media Rights Agenda, Edetaen Ojo.

A statement from WSCIJ’s program coordinator, Motunrayo Alaka, said the shortlisted candidates were picked from a list of 166 entries for this year’s award program, which will be based on six different categories.

“A former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, the Executive Director of the Media Rights Agenda, Edetaen Ojo, as well as ten distinguished journalists have been shortlisted for the 12th edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting scheduled to hold on the World Anti-Corruption day, Saturday, 9 December 2017, at the NECA House, Alausa, Lagos,” Mrs. Alaka said.

“Ezekwesili was nominated for the Anti-Corruption Defender award. She is to be recognised for her untiring efforts to promote transparency and accountability as well as her unstinting commitment to the values of justice within and outside Nigeria. Ojo will be receiving the Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence for his leadership of issues that enshrine freedom of expression, including his dogged trailblazing effort at ensuring the passage and implementation of the Freedom of Information Act in Nigeria.

“The shortlist of journalists for the award includes, Ebere Ndukwu of Ripples, Ayodele Adeniran of The Guardian, Kolawole Aliu of Leadership, Soyombo Olufisayo of The Cable, Ayodele Ojo of Daily Sun, Adekunle Yusuf of The Nation, Kemi Busari of Premium Times, Chinwe Agbeze of Business Day, Ujorha Tadaferua of Daily Trust and Mojeed Alabi of New Telegraph.

“The award this year has six categories – print, online, television, radio, photo, and editorial cartoon, as well a special prize for food security and agriculture. The winning stories from journalists were selected by a board of judges from a total of 166 entries received by the deadline of the call for application,” Mrs. Alaka said.

The details of the entries of each of the shortlisted candidates were not disclosed.

Mrs. Alaka added that last year’s winners of the award took part in the recently concluded Global Investigative Journalism Conference held in South Africa.

The WSCIJ award was first held in 2005 to promote a culture of investigative reporting in Nigeria.

According to the WSCIJ, the initiative is aimed at bringing further attention to Wole Soyinka’s untiring and relentless support for freedom of expression.


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  • M-olaniyi Odebode

    Most of these shortlisted likely award recipients are from Southwestern Nigeria. Is one particular ethnic group not marginalized?

    • princegab

      For prof WS, tribal sentiments can only be coincidence. It’s purely for the best irrespective of the tribe or ethnicity.

      • M-olaniyi Odebode

        Thanks. I was aware that the award was based on merit but a Nigerian ethnic group always claims that it is the best, most intelligent, etc. and that it is marginalized. The subtle albeit somewhat sarcastic message in my earlier post is simple. It is that no ethnic group in Nigeria and even worldwide holds a monopoly of intelligence, potential for greatness, talent, and all other positive human endowments

        • princegab

          Not ethnic group per se but some persons of said ethnic group. Unfortunate thing is a professor among them.
          Have a blessed day, thanks

          • M-olaniyi Odebode

            God bless you too real good.