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Award for Investigative Reporting

The Centre rewards, promotes, and encourages best practices from the print, radio, television, photo, cartoon, sports, climate change, local government, health, Report Women and online categories.

who focus on themes from regulatory failures, corruption in the public and corporate spheres, and human rights abuses in the country through the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting.

The Award was instituted and first held in October, 2005 to aid the development of an investigative reporting culture in the Nigerian media. In naming the award after Wole Soyinka, the initiators hoped to bring further attention to Soyinka’s untiring and relentless support for the cause of freedom of expression.

Annually, nominations open in October and close in November for the award presentation ceremony usually held on 9 December – the world anti-corruption day.

Judges are selected from a pool of veteran investigative journalists, media professionals and academics for the award programme which has so far rewarded 75 ‘Soyinka Laureates’ and other finalists for their outstanding works.

The award win includes a cash prize of N100, 000, an award plaque, a certificate, computer backup hard drive and an international training cum exposure programme.