Dapo Olorunyomi Receives CPJ 2020 International Press Freedom Award

Dapo Olorunyomi has been honored alongside four others with the 2020 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Dapo Olorunyomi is the co-founder, CEO, and publisher of the Nigerian newspaper Premium Times, which today is one of the most trusted newspapers in Nigeria and a standard for African investigative journalism.

Dapo Olorunyomi has dedicated his life to holding the powerful to account and is a fierce advocate for press freedom.

Dapo Olorunyomi worked as an editor at other Nigerian media outlets, including PM News, which he helped co-found; Radio Nigeria; The African Guardian magazine; and NEXT newspapers. In 2005, he founded the Lagos-based Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, named after Africa’s first Nobel laureate in literature and dedicated to exposing corruption and human rights abuses. He also co-founded the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, a partner organization to the newspaper, which has its own press freedom tracker.

Dapo Olorunyomi serves on the advisory boards of nonprofit organizations Africa Check and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism.

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Wana Udobang Joins 54th International Writing Programme (IWP) Fall Residency At University Of Iowa, USA

Wana Udobang has been selected to participate in the 54th International Writing Programme (IWP) Fall Residency at the University of Iowa, courtesy of the United States Department of State.

Over the course of 11 weeks, Wana Udobang will join 29 other accomplished writers from across the globe in the world’s oldest and largest multinational writing residency. She and the other participants will give readings and lectures that share their work and cultures, collaborate with artists from other genres and art forms, and travel to interact with audiences and literary communities across the United States of America.

In addition, the residency will provide the writers a one-of-a-kind inter-cultural opportunity to forge productive relationships with colleagues and translators, and take part in the vibrant social and academic life of the University of Iowa as well as the larger American literary scene.

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Vincent Kolo Wins African Union & Afrochampions Inaugural Africa Integration Day Creative Challenge [Grand Prize]

Vincent Kolo, has won the $50,000 Nefertiti grand prize for creativity during a virtual festival as part of the African Union & Afrochampions inaugural Africa Integration Day Creative Challenge celebration.

Vincent Kolo won the visual art category with his artwork ‘The Cords of Yesterday’.

Sponsored by Afreximbank and Commercial International Bank, the Grand Prize was awarded for work that passionately highlights the contemporary quest for Africa to learn from its past, take charge of its present and build its own unique vision of a united, prosperous, future. Its thematic essence is: the Africa we Want, the AU’s Agenda 2063 grand slogan.

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