The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is scheduled to hold the 2014 edition of its annual Investigative Reporting Awards programme on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the main hall of the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association, Ikeja, Lagos at 5pm.
The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting aims to inspire the development of an investigative tradition in the Nigerian media through rigorous scrutiny of human rights violations, regulatory failures and corruption in the public and corporate sectors of the nation’s life. Since the first edition of the awards in October 2005, 65 finalists have emerged out of which there are 36 ‘Soyinka Laureates’ and 29 runners-up who have been rewarded, while four investigative journalists of the year and 12 honorary award recipients have emerged.
This year’s edition will deviate from the regular award categories as the WSCIJ in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy would be giving an award to the best work highlighting the plight of girls and women in the ‘Report Women’ category, and will also present the VinMartin Ilo grant for the best work in the broadcast category.
The event will be graced by leaders of media industry, government, private sector, diplomatic corps, civil society and students of journalism, among other esteemed guests. Members of the general public are also expected to be in attendance for the event.