Fisayo Soyombo and Kiki Mordi have emerged winners of the People Journalism Prize for Africa 2019 (PJPA). The inaugural prize is backed by a $3000 (₦1,000,000) endowment from Gatefield, a Sub-Saharan Africa public strategy firm.
Fisayo Soyombo was selected for his investigative series that exposed the entrenched nature of corruption within Nigeria’s criminal justice system. Fisayo Soyombo spent about two weeks in detention as a “criminal” to bring these stories to the Nigerian public. His report led to the announcement of an official investigation by the Nigerian authorities.
Kiki Mordi was selected for her investigation into the horrid web of sexual harassment on university campuses in West Africa. This resulted in widespread disciplinary actions and policy reforms across the institutions that were exposed by her thorough reporting of the events.