Africa Data Hub has announced the recipients of the first cohort of the ADH Community Journalism Fellowship.
The Africa Data Hub is a reliable and up-to-date source of COVID-19 related data on the African continent.
It supports and promotes quality access to information, data-driven journalism to facilitate evidence-based decision-making across the continent.
The ADH Community Journalism Fellowship (ACJF) is an initiative of Orodata Science whose mission is to continue to enable equitable access to information and knowledge towards solutions that impact the lives of millions of people.
The winners were selected from more than 100 journalists who applied for the fellowship program.
The aim of the fellowship is to improve coverage of under-reported issues in local communities across Nigeria, focusing on potential solutions with lasting impact on effective public service delivery, grassroots development and improving the quality of life.
The fellowship program will support community journalists with grants, capacity development and tools to produce in-depth, data-driven reporting on issues affecting communities in different parts of the country. It will prioritize stories that dive deep into community health challenges, the causes of hunger and extreme poverty, and most importantly stories that show the structural barriers that women and girls face.
Meet the ADH Community Journalism Fellows:
1. Adesola Ikulaloju
Adesola Ikulaloju is a multimedia investigative journalist. He is an Africa Check and US Consulate intern on countering disinformation.
His work has been published in The Nation Newspaper, Nigerian Tribune, Guardian Newspaper and digital news outlets such as Premium Times, BBC (Yoruba and Pidgin), Edutorial. He is currently a multimedia journalist in Nigeria.
2. Ngozi Egenuka
Ngozi Egenuka is a freelance journalist at The Guardian newspaper. She has over four years of experience in journalism. Ngozi graduated in Mass Communications from Imo State University.
She has also participated in professional trainings such as training on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) and Media Awareness and Information For All Network (MAIN); Training on the anti-torture law by Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF); Disability reporting trainings organized by the Center for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and many others.
3. Sodiq Ojurungbe
Sodiq Ojuroungbe is a journalist with over six years of experience. He had extensive knowledge of data journalism, news writing, investigative reporting, fact-checking and general reporting. He is the editor of Platform Times, Ogun State’s leading online news platform. Sodiq is a finalist for numerous international awards and won the Ogun State Best Investigative Journalist award in 2020 and 2021.
4. Tunde Omolehin
Tunde Omolehin is an investigative journalist covering the northwestern states of Nigeria. His work focuses on conflict and humanitarian, digital rights, social inclusion, open contracting and reporting environmental crimes. He was a Fellow of the 2012 Africa-China Report Project at Wits University, South Africa, and is currently a Fellow of the African Academy for Open Source Investigation (AAOSI).
5. Bukola Afeni
Bukola Afeni is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Nigeria. She holds a Master of Arts in Development Communications from Nasarawa State University in Keffi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism Abuja. She is a development journalist with extensive experience in print, online and broadcast journalism.
6. Ann Godwin
Ann Godwin is a reporter for The Guardian newspaper in Rivers State, she covers the environment, traffic, politics and general beats. She is a media trainer, mentoring young media professionals on the practice of journalism. She is currently a master’s student at Rivers State University. She is an alumnus of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Ann enjoys teaching, learning new things, listening to people and solving problems.
7. Israel Olatunji
Israel Olatunji Tijani is a multimedia journalist and data analyst with 5 years of experience in print, radio and digital media in Nigeria. Her career as a journalist covers social, gender, health, technology and environmental issues, focusing on marginalized communities in Nigeria. His work has been published by major Nigerian newspapers including The Nation and Sahara Reporters. He is a 2022 Nigeria Health Watch Solutions Journalism Africa Fellow.
8. Victoria Efiong
Victoria Effiong is a dynamic and proactive communications professional, creative thinker, radio personality and aspiring investigative journalist with over five years of experience in a rapidly changing broadcasting industry. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH). She is also a champion of SDGs 4, 5 and 6 and enjoys volunteering in these areas.