Fisayo Soyombo emerges winner of Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting

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By: Onifade Bello A.

The editor of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, Fisayo Soyombo, has once again emerged winner of the online category of the Wole Soyinka Awards for Investigative Reporting.

His story entitled “UNDERCOVER: In Borno, children are dying at IDP camps, foodstuffs are ‘disappearing’ at SEMA store” published in 2016, earned him the award.

The awards ceremony which was held at NECA House, Ikeja, Lagos, had in attendance iconic dignitaries; including the Africa’s first nobel laureate in literature, Professor Wole Soyinka.

Soyombo while receiving the award acknowledged that victory belongs to God. In his words, “If there is anything that I have learnt in 2017, it is that victory belongs to God. Success belongs to God. We humans just try. But in many ways, this year, I found out that only God rewards man with success.”

He dedicated the award to his former boss, Simon Kolawole. “I want to dedicate this award to Mr. Simon Kolawole, my former boss, to say: thank you to him for everything I learnt under him. Thank you,” he remarked.

Professor Wole Soyinka flanked by the 2017 awardees

Meanwhile, Adelakun Yusuf of The Nation Newspaper walked home with the grand prize award. His story published in March, “Exposed: How corruption, favouritism thrive in Unilorin,” made him the grand prize award winner. He was also named the overall winner for the Print Category; an award he had also won in 2015.

Other winners include Chinwe Agbege of BusinessDay, Tadaferua Ujorha of Daily Trust, Ayodele Adeniran of The Guardian and Mujeeb Alabi of New Telegraph.

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Adekunle Adebajo is a graduate of law from the University of Ibadan. He is an award-winning poet, essayist and public speaker. He considers himself a logophile and grey supremacist, and is the co-author of The Road Before the Fourth Estate. You may reach out to him at [email protected]

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