Nige­rian wins best fact-check jour­nal­ist in Africa

Sunday Trust - - MEDIA -

AJour­nal­ist with the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for In­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing (ICIR), La­gos, Chikezie Omeje, has emerged win­ner of this year’s Africa Fact-check­ing Award.

His re­port on “Did Nige­ria record a re­duc­tion in preschool en­rol­ment?” stood out from the 150 en­tries re­ceived this year across African coun­tries like Nige­ria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Egypt, South Africa, and Zim­babwe among oth­ers.

In the “Best stu­dent jour­nal­ist fact-check” cat­e­gory, M Ngom, CESTI of Sene­gal emerged best with his story ti­tled “Dakar n’est pas la deux­ième ville au monde la plus pol­luée” while Ibrahim Ala­wode Dubawa of Uni­ver­sity of Ibadan was run­ner-up for his story “Does Nige­ria Have The High­est Num­ber Of Out-Of-School Chil­dren In The World?”.

The award cer­e­mony which took place in Jo­han­nes­burg on Oc­to­ber 30 was part of this year’s African In­ves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ism Con­fer­ence held in Wits Science Sta­dium of the Uni­ver­sity of Witswa­ter­srand.

The Chair­man of the jury for the awards, Pro­fes­sor Franz Kruger com­ment­ing on this year’s award said “In gen­eral, there was some re­ally good work. We were par­tic­u­larly struck by the stu­dent en­tries, which were very strong. In some cases, they were well ahead of en­tries from pro­fes­sional jour­nal­ists.”

Africa Check is an in­de­pen­dent fact check­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished in 2012 that seeks to pro­mote ac­cu­racy in Jour­nal­ism and among politi­cians.

The an­nual Award which is in its fifth year, hon­ours Jour­nal­ist of African-based Me­dia in the area of Fact-check­ing. The Award is sup­ported by MacArthur Foun­da­tion, Wits Uni­ver­sity, AFP, Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tion, Shut­tle­worth Foun­da­tion, Omid­yar Net­work.

PHOTO:

Slo­vak Pres­i­dent An­drej Kiska (right side, sec­ond from R) meets with an IPI del­e­ga­tion in Bratislava on Oc­to­ber 29, 2018. Sanna Pekko­nen

Chikezie Omeje at the news­room of San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, Septem­ber 2018. (ICIR)

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