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Bonuola, Falana, others for honour at Soyinka award

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Eight journalists, Lade Bonuola, founding member and pioneer Associate Editor of The Guardian Newspaper, and Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, will be honoured at the 15th Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting holding on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

According to a statement issued in Lagos by Motunrayo Alaka, Executive Director/CEO, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, Abigail Ndisika-Ogwezzy, chairperson of the 2020 judges’ committee 2020, presented the shortlist of journalists after the score’s collation meeting on Tuesday, November 24. The finalists include, Habib Oladapo of Sahara Reporters, Ibrahim Adeyemi of BusinessDay, ‘Bukola Samuel-Wemimo of TVC News, Samson Folarin of The Punch, Taiwo Hassan Adebayo of Premium Times, Ikechukwu Ibe of Daily Trust, Damilola Banjo of Sahara Reporters and Victor Asowata of The Punch. Their stories were painstakingly selected from one hundred and eighty-eight entries received by a seven-person judges board.

Bonuola will be presented the lifetime award for journalistic excellence for his contribution to independent journalism in Nigeria through his years of service at The Guardian Newspaper, in the publication’s heyday and his commitment to promoting positive values that link media reporting to good governance and social justice.

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On his part, Falana was chosen for the human rights defender award for his consistent defence for the freedom of people who become targets because they voiced their opinion and those oppressed because they are not able to speak for themselves.

The award presentation event, which is billed to hold at NECA House, Lagos, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, will conclude the three-day In-depth Media Conference and Awards programme that the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) announced earlier to mark its 15th anniversary themed, “Masked not silenced.”

The line-up of activities will commence with an online conference on December 7 and 8, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm daily. The conference provides a platform for media professionals and other stakeholders to reflect on the state of the media profession. Interested participants may register to attend the conference through https://bit.ly/IndepthMediaConference.

The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting was launched in October 2005 as WSCIJ’s flagship programme. The award presentation event, which is free to attend, is held annually on December 9, the International Anticorruption Day and eve of the Human Rights Day, to acknowledge best practices in investigative journalism and call attention to its significance for attaining good governance, accountability, and social justice. It has produced 98 finalists, 9 investigative journalists of the year and 22 honorary awards recipients so far.

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