At the award presentation event, two honorary prizes, the lifetime award for journalistic excellence and the anti-corruption defender award were presented respectively to veteran broadcaster, Bimbo Oloyede and immediate past Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, who was represented by his former personal assistant, Abdullahi Usman. Also, twelve journalists were celebrated for their outstanding work. Five of these became Soyinka Laureates, four made the runners-up list and four were commended for a job well done, one of the finalists having made both the commended work and laureate list.
Fifteen journalists joined the list of finalists for the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting at the award presentation ceremony on Tuesday 9 December 2014 in Lagos. Of the fifteen, eight have earned themselves the honour of being called Soyinka Laureates, four made the runners-up list and three were commended for their efforts. The winners were unveiled at the ninth edition of the annual programme hosted by the investigative journalism centre, in commemoration of the world anti corruption and the international human rights days.
Fisayo Soyombo won the online category with his work – Blood on the Plateau, published on Flair Nigeria. Tobore Ovourie of Premium Times clinched the report women category…
Investigative journalism took a leap as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism honoured journalists and others at the award presentation ceremony of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting on world anti-corruption day – 9 December. The event held at the NECA Hall, Ikeja, Lagos.
Professor Ropo Sekoni, the WSCIJ Board Chair opened the meeting. He spoke to the importance of investigative journalism in Nigeria, stressing the criticality of support for existing initiatives.
In her speech, Ms Ibim Semenitari, Rivers State Commissioner for Information, who represented the Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Rotimi Ameachi…
The seventh Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting held at the Abeokuta Cultural Centre on Sunday December 9, 2012.
Idris Akinbajo was named WSCIJ-Nigeria Investigative Journalist of the Year 2012, for submitting the best work across all the categories while eight journalists from the print, online, photojournalism, climate change, local government; health, cartoon, TV and sports received prizes for category wins. Also, five journalists from these categories received the certificate of commendation for their works.
Benson Idonije received the Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence while the Anti-Corruption Defender Award, which is done in collaboration with other civil society organisations, was awarded to Alhaji Balarabe Musa.
Reintroducing the practice of choosing an overall winner amongst the winning entries, the sixth edition of the award programme featured the WSCIJ-Nigeria Investigative journalist of the year (Idris Akinbajo), and ten finalists from the print, online, photo, and climate change categories. The award presentation event held on 9 December, 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria.
A key highlight of the programme was the public honour given to the erudite Justice Kayode Eso as the Anti-Corruption Defender Award recipient and Mr. Lanre Idowu as the fourth recipient of the Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence Award.
Three winners and five runners-up emerged after rigorous assessment of entries for the fifth Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting. Apart from these merit awards, the two honorary awards; Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence and Anti-Corruption Defender Award went to Dr. Doyin Abiola and posthumously to Chief Gani Fawehinmi respectively. The three winners of the 2010 award programme participated at an intensive one-week training programme in the United kingdom.
At the fourth Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting, Professor Wole Soyinka encouraged the journalist who cares enough for the Nigerian state to risk all to expose societal ills towards engendering a better society.
A second honorary award, the Anti-corruption Defender of the Year award was introduced by the Centre in collaboration with four other civil society organisations to honour persons who had worked in public office and have openly stood against corruption in the country. Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was the first recipient of the award. The other honorary award, the Lifetime award for journalistic Excellence, went to Dr. Christopher Kolade.
Six journalists received the Soyinka award in the broadcast TV, Broadcast Radio, Climate Change, Print, Photo and Online categories.
In addition to the general merit categories of the award programme The lifetime award for journalistic excellence was awarded to Mallam Adamu Ciroma in honour of his contribution to the journalism profession and practice. It was also at this edition of the award that the first investigative journalist of the year, in the person of ‘Deji Bademosi of Channels Television emerged.
The award presentation event held at the Yar’adua Centre where the works of seven journalists were rewarded at the award presentation event. A honorary award – the lifetime award for journalistic excellence – was introduced in 2007 and was first received by Alhaji Babatunde Jose. The award was to acknowledge and honour media veterans whose works had positively impacted the profession and practice.
The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting was birthed in October 2005 as the first ever award in investigative journalism in Nigeria and named after Wole Soyinka in recognition of his lifelong work and fight for a just society.
The award was instituted to honour and reward best practices in investigative journalism in Nigeria by rewarding journalists whose works expose corruption, failure of regulatory bodies, and human rights abuses.
Nine journalists from the print, broadcast and photo genres of the media won the award that year.