Naija Data LadiesThe Naija Data Ladies initiative is a network of female journalists working on changing the digital media landscape by producing and promoting data-driven news and applying digital technologies in their storytelling.
Adie Vanessa Offiong
Adie Vanessa Offiong is an award-winning journalist with Daily Trust newspaper, Abuja, Nigeria. Although she is the head of the Arts & Entertainment desk, Vanessa also has an interest in reporting development issues with a human angle and solutions-based approach whilst using data/statistics in reporting a range of topics including women & children, environment, agriculture, health and women in business among others. She has done this for about a decade.
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Ogechi Ekeanyanwu is an award winning independent journalist. She pioneered the development desk at TheCable and conducts in-depth and solution based reportage on development issues in Nigeria. She is also a passionate child and women’s rights advocate and has worked as a consultant with MIND, an non-governmental organisation that focuses on urban poor women.
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Chika Oduah is an awarding-winning Nigerian-American independent journalist who works as a television news producer, writer, photographer and correspondent. Her 15-year reporting career in the United States and across Africa has included work with the International Center For Journalists, Al Jazeera, CNN, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, France24 and other outlets. Oduah is known for her human-focus ethnographic reporting style with an anthropological approach in reporting African stories.
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Hannah Ojo is a journalist with The Nation Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria. She is a tech-savvy journalist committed to development reporting and social justice. An alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Hannah is easily drawn to topics in development, technology, arts and literature.
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Bukola Adebayo is an award- winning science journalist with the Punch Newspapers, Lagos, Nigeria. She has over a decade experience reporting on health and development issues. Bukola, a fellow of the International Institute of Journalism, Berlin was adjudged the Science Journalist of the Year by the Nigerian Academy of Science in 2013. She has worked on development reporting projects with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the African Solution Journalism Network. In addition to local and international training in journalism at the Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; Bukola is a graduate of Biochemistry.
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Chioma Obinna is an multiple award-winning , senior medical and health journalist with Vanguard Media Limited,Lagos, Nigeria.Her core interests include investigating and writing news, and feature articles on science and health. She was presented with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research’s, Media Award for Medical Research Reporting 2012.Chioma is also the President of Health Writers Association of Nigeria, a group comprising over 40 Science and Health journalists. She is presently participating in a two-year fellowship with World Population Reference Bureau under its 2017 Women’s Edition-Africa programme.
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Olubunmi Yekini is a versatile and proficient content provider, script writer and Reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria- Radio One. Her work experience span over 10 years, working as a Producer /Reporter on health and environment issues.In 2008 she was commissioned by IRIN Radio International to report stories around Maternal and Child Health. In 2009, She was commissioned as a reporter by The Abidjan – Lagos Corridor Organization – ALCO, an organization saddled with the responsibility of reducing HIV/AIDS transmission along the corridors of Five West African states- Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Ghana. In 2009, she was again commissioned as a reporter on the same project this time by The West Africa Newsmedia and Development Agency-WANAD, Republic of Benin. In 2010 she became the Focal point, Nigeria for WANAD. Bunmi has won several awards including the ‘Red Ribbon’ Award of the Journalists Against AIDS, JAAIDS- Nigeria for the best Radio Report on HIV/AIDS and Nigeria Media Merit Awards – NMMA, Radio Reporter of the year.
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Jackie is a journalist, researcher, and media communications expert with over 9 years of experience in developing communication and public relations strategies for development organizations. She has worked with local Nigerian newspapers and international media, covering stories on agriculture, education, science and technology. In 2013, she reported on the proceedings at the 6th Africa Agricultural Science Week conference in Accra, Ghana. In 2014, she received IDRC-Research Africa Science Journalism Award. She has interned with Research Africa in Cape Town, South Africa and also worked with ResearchResearch London covering science and higher education news.
Currently, Jackie works as a freelance journalist and an independent media consultant, writing for Research Africa and Authority Newspaper, Nigeria. Her stories have appeared on NatureNews, SciDev.net, Forskning & Framsteg, Ipwatch.org, Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism and the University World News.
Latifat Opoola is a reporter with Daily Trust Newspaper, Abuja, Nigeria. She is an alumnus of University of Abuja, with a degree in Economics. She is the business editor for the youth section of the paper, Youthville and also contributes to the business section. She has interest in new ideas/stories and ways of spreading them.
Sola Abe is a journalist with woman.ng, an online magazine for Nigerian women. She is also an avid contributor at Yourcommonwealth.org, a website created and crafted by young people, students and emerging youth leaders from Commonwealth countries. Sola has also worked for EchoNews, and leading newspaper The Punch Nigeria. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.
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Flourish Chukwurah is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is breaking new grounds in journalism in the country by pioneering the use of 360 videos and virtual reality for storytelling in Nigeria. She is passionate about human interest and policy-related stories that are driven by data. One of her first projects was a 360 video of Makoko, an immersive experience of the largest slum community in Nigeria and the second largest in Africa.
Flourish earned her first degree in Mass Communication from Covenant University, Nigeria. After which she went on to obtain a Masters in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, New York
Nelly Ating is a Nigerian freelance Photojournalist focused on under-reported aspects of the Boko Haram uprising in Northeast Nigeria. A graduate of Journalism from the American University of Nigeria. For the past four years, Ating, has been documenting faces and personal stories of refugees in Adamawa and Gombe states.
Ruth Olurounbi is a journalist with the Nigerian Tribune newspaper, focusing on transparency and accountability; development stories in health, oil and gas, entrepreneurship and agriculture. She’s currently figuring out her place in solutions journalism. She is a BudgIT Media Fellow. Ruth earned her first degree in Communication and Language Arts with English Minor at the University of Ibadan; and her second degree in Project Development and Implementation from the same university. Ruth is fascinated with data, tech, travel and food.
Funke Fayemi is a self-motivated and hardworking Radio Journalist who joined Voice of Nigeria in 2004. She has distinguished herself in various capacities both on the local and international scenes. Her productions has earned her awards, accolades as well as being commissioned to package programmes on diverse topics. Her interest ranges from health issues to women and to politics. She is a Fellow of the Journalist to Journalist, USA, a Tobacco Fellow of Health-E Online News, South Africa, Member, International AIDS Society, Switzerland, Member, International Broadcasting Association, London and more. Olufunke is a well- travelled journalist who has attended many trainings, conferences workshops.
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Yemisi Adegoke is a multimedia journalist and producer currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. A graduate of The Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, her writing and video journalism has been featured in numerous media organizations including: CNN, The Guardian (Nigeria), Quartz Africa, The Independent (UK), The Voice, Media Diversified and TRUE Africa.
Rakiya A. Muhammad
Rakiya A.Muhammad is a result-oriented and motivated journalist with over a decade experience in the field, covering a wide range of areas. She is a tenacious newsperson with a passion for human interest and development stories.
A Bureau Chief at Daily Trust, she writes news stories and feature articles on various sectors of the state she covers – Sokoto, and coordinates efforts by reporters in the state to investigate story ideas and cover assignments. She reviews the written pieces of the reporters to ensure materials are in top quality.
Akuba Chiamaka Precious
Chiamaka is a multimedia journalist with a passion for covering solutions based stories with a view of creating the required influence and motivation for social change and development in Africa. With over 5 years of experience in the field, her background sprouts from the University of Lagos, Department of Mass Communication, Nigeria. She currently writes at Outrepreneurs.com, a multimedia website covering entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa.
Ms. Tobore Ovuorie is a dogged multiple award-winning investigative and health journalist. She mainly investigates human rights abuses, corruption, health and regulatory failures.
She specializes in teaching journalists and other stakeholders, how to investigate all aspects of human trafficking, health, human rights abuses, corruption and regulatory failures. She equally speaks to and trains them (locally and internationally) on undercover reporting. Ms. Ovuorie does these effortlessly as her rich years as a journalist so far, has comprised her producing global hard-hitting investigative stories.
Until September 2016, Ms. Ovuorie was a Senior Investigative Journalist with the Premium Times, Abuja where she spent over three years churning hard-hitting investigative stories.
A staunch advocate for women and children, particularly the girl-child, Ms. Ovuorie’s educational background in English and Literary studies, journalism, broadcasting and a Masters degree in Psychology gives her a broad base from which to approach many topics.
She is also a poet, storyteller, playwright and was a radio presenter for ten years. She presented: ‘Woman Tori’, a live phone-in radio show on EKO 89.75FM. She published her first book at the age of sixteen and was president of her high school’s press club and literary and debating society respectively at age fourteen and handed over at sixteen when leaving high school.
While at National Mirror, she wrote two very popular columns: Dear Igho and Singles’ Bliss. She is a speaker at local and international events and speaks mainly on gender issues and investigative journalism. A 2016 alumna of Chimamanda Adichie’s highly competitive Farafina Creative Writing Residential Workshop (for creative writers), Ms. Ovuorie edited Nigeria’s first human trafficking anthology titled: “I Am Not To Be Sold” in 2016.
At the moment, Ms. Ovuorie who also hosts: ‘Every Woman Listen!’, a hangout for women, is currently working on her debut novel. She plans to go back to school to study for a degree in law, some day, not too faraway.
Lizzy Igbine holds a BSC degree in business administration and MBA in Marketing. She is a practicing farmer and leads the Nigerian women agro allied farmers association. She is currently managing a media project of the Organization. She is relating her field experience by telling the Centenary Story of Challenges and Contribution of Women Farmers in Nation Building and others.
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