My background in law, research, and non-fiction writing immediately endeared me to investigative journalism. I started off properly by joining the Abuja-based International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) as an investigative reporter. In this position, I published over 400 reports, including mostly investigative stories, feature articles, data analyses, and fact-checks. My investigations took me to five of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria, as well as communities in the neighbouring Benin Republic for a cross-border report on child trafficking.
In 2020, I joined HumAngle, a conflict-reporting media outlet, as a Senior Investigative Reporter and have since been promoted to the position of Investigations Editor. In this role, I have supervised the implementation of long-term reporting projects. I lead a team of journalists and fixers to ensure that conflict situations and humanitarian crises across Nigeria are reported in an accurate and in-depth manner.
I was the pioneering lead for the organisation’s transitional justice reporting project that highlights issues surrounding displacement, prolonged military detention, reconciliation, deradicalisation, rehabilitation, and reintegration, as they are connected to the Boko Haram crisis. Currently, I am project lead for a programme that amplifies cases of missing persons in the region.
So far, at HumAngle, I have published over 410 reports as well as contributed to tons of video documentaries and podcasts that especially cover various aspects of the Boko Haram insurgency and brewing terrorism in the northwest region, with a particular focus on the impacts of these crises on individual lives.
I have received several honours and have benefited from some fellowship programmes. I was a 2019 fact-checking fellow of Africa Check, 2020 fellow of Dubawa, and am an alumnus of the British Council’s Future News Worldwide programme. Between 2018 and 2019, I participated in the ICIR’s Open Contract and Human Rights reporting fellowships.
I have a burning interest in conflict and a smouldering interest in tech, environmental issues, and educational reform, as well as how human-centred storytelling can help bring attention to these topics.
Outside journalism, I enjoy making digital arts, learning about futuristic science, and writing satire. Oh and by the way, I am the founder of Punocracy, a platform dedicated to the promotion of political humour and organisers of the annual prize for satire.
As a student, I received dozens of awards in both national and international writing and speaking competitions.
Professional awards and honours
- Winner, 2022 African Fact-checking Award (Working Journalist category).
- Winner, 2022 PwC Media Excellence Award for Business and Economy Reporting.
- Co-winner, 2022 Inaugural Insight Award for Visual Journalism by the Institute for Non-profit News.
- Runner-up, 2022 Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) in education reporting.
- Winner, 2021 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (online category).
- Nominee, 2021 African Fact-checking Awards.
- Runner-up, 2020 Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) in education reporting.
- Finalist, 2020 Isu Elihle Awards on child-centred reporting.
- Finalist, 2020 PwC Media Excellence Awards (Business and Economy).
- Winner, 2019 West Africa Media Excellence Award for Best ICT and Telecommunications Report.
- Winner, 2018 Budeshi Datathon Writers’ Challenge.
- Winner, 2018 Alfred Opubo Prize for Opinion.