Five individuals from Nigeria have been tipped for a global award in journalism. They include Fisayo Soyombo, Kelechukwu Iruoma, and Ruth Olurounbi, Philip Obaji, and Olatunji Ololade. They were shortlisted for the 2020 edition of the Fetisov Journalism Awards. According to the organizers, the general idea is ‘to promote universal human values such as honesty, justice, courage, and nobility through the example of outstanding journalists from all over the world as their dedicated service and commitment contribute to changing the world for the better.’
Fisayo Soyombo, who was a former editor at The Cable, was nominated for his excellent investigative reporting which included an Underground Investigation on Nigeria’s Criminal Justice system. The reporting took the form of a three part series where Fiyaso highlighted the decay in the system. Fiyaso is also reported to have spent five days in a police cell and eight days as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison.
Kelechukwu Iruoma and Ruth Olurounbi’s publication was also shortlisted under the ‘Excellence in Environmental Journalism’ category. Their publication, which includes an investigative report on oil spill pollution in the Niger Delta, reveals how contaminants in the air, water, and land affects the health of people in Ogoniland.
Philip Obaji of SaharaReporters also featured in the ‘outstanding contribution to peace’ category; while Olatunji Ololade of The Nation made it in the ‘Outstanding Investigative Reporting’ category.
The Fetisov award is free to enter and open to all journalists from around the world. The winners of the awards also get the largest monetary prize in the history of international journalism which include CHF100, 000 (US$104, 005), CHF20, 000 (US$20, 801) and CHF10, 000 (US$10, 400) for the first, second, and third positions respectively.
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