Fisayo Soyombo, Kiki Mordi Win Prestigious $3000 Journalism Prize

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Undercover journalists. Fisayo Soyombo and Kiki Mordi have emerged winners of the People Journalism Prize for Africa 2019 (PJPA).

The prize is a $3000 (N1m) endowment from Gatefield, a sub-Saharan Africa public strategy firm.

Adewunmi Emoruwa, lead strategist at Gatefield, announced this in a statement on Monday.

Soyombo, a former editor of TheCable, won the prize with his three-part investigation exposing bribery and impunity in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, while Mordi, a journalist with the BBC, clinched the prize with her investigation on sex for grades in some West African universities.

Soyombo’s story generated reactions from the public and the declaration of an official investigation by the Nigerian authorities, and Mordi’s story led to the suspension of University of Lagos lecturers indicted in the video documentary.

Emoruwa said the organiser of the award is proud of both Soyombo and Mordi for subjecting themselves to the torture in a bid to expose the truth.

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