Africa Foundation for Young Media Professionals Begins Training for Media Entrepreneurs

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Mr. Yinka Olaito, Executive Director of AFYMP

The Africa Foundation for Young Media Professionals (AFYMP) has commenced the training of 84 Media entrepreneurs across Nigeria, including campus journalists, women journalists, and disability and social inclusion in the media advocates.

Tagged” AFYMPFundedMediaproject2022”, the project is a multi-level intervention with the aim of increasing professional capacity of participants as well as increasing the voices of marginalized people within the media industry. It has a subtle focus on the next generation of media practitioners.

According to Mr. Yinka Olaito, Executive Director of AFYMP, the breakdown of the beneficiaries includes 30 media entrepreneurs selected from across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, 22 campus journalists selected from across Nigeria Universities, 16 female mass communications students selected to participate in Women in Journalism course. Sixteen disability and social inclusion media students will also benefit from these trainings.

Some of the awardees of the training programme including Remilekun Jimoh from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye and Slyvia Akpan from University of Uyo expressed their joy in being selected to participate in the Media Entrepreneurship, Thought Leadership and Niche Building programme, given the competitive nature of the selection process.

The South-west Cohort began on June 13, 2022 in Lagos while the train will move to Ibadan on June 20, 2022. The South east and South south workshops will commence on June 27, 2022.

While speaking on the quality of the course and the faculty, Yinka maintained that the courses were developed to address present challenges in the media industry. Aside from this, he said the faculty parades some of the best and renowned in the media industry as well as journalism training institutes in Nigeria.

The AFYMPFundedMediaproject2022 is being implemented with support from the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) under the Collaborative Media Engagement for Development and Accountability (CMEDIA) project funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

The AFYMP is a media skills/career development organization based in Nigeria with projected regional and operational country offices across Africa with a mission to elevate Africa’s media landscape into global standard through capacity development and reinforcement of right values.