WSCIJ Accepting Submissions for 18th Wole Soyinka Centre Award for Investigative Reporting

Motunrayo Famuyiwa Alaka  
Executive Director of Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is accepting submissions from journalists across Nigeria for the 18th edition of the Wole Soyinka Centre Award for Investigative Reporting.

The Award will reward, promote, and encourage best practices in journalism works from the print, radio, television, photo, online, and editorial cartoon broad categories as well as from other special categories that focus on themes ranging from regulatory failures, corruption in the public and corporate spheres, and human rights abuses in the country.

It is open to all Nigerian professional reporters or team of reporters (full-time or freelancer), 18 years and above, who have published stories either online, in print, or through broadcast media, primarily targeted at and received by a Nigerian audience.

To be eligible for the award, a submission, whether it is a single work or a single-subject serial, must meet certain criteria which include reporting on public and/or corporate corruption, human rights violations, or the failure of regulatory agencies. The story should demonstrate a high standard of investigation in terms of newsworthiness, ability to expose or prevent clandestine activities, corruption in the public domain, an understanding of human rights implications and a quality presentation. Furthermore, the work must have been first published or broadcast in any Nigerian media between October 4, 2022, and October 3, 2023.

Entries should include a brief synopsis of the story/series (maximum 400 words), a picture, or a portfolio.

The Wole Soyinka Centre Award for Investigative Reporting was instituted and first held in October 2005 to aid the development of an investigative reporting culture in the Nigerian media. In naming the award after Prof. Wole Soyinka, the initiators hoped to bring further attention to Soyinka’s untiring and relentless support for the cause of freedom of expression.

Submissions will close on October 24, 2023.

For more information and to apply, please visit