A Nigerian journalist, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, has made the longlist of the One World Media Awards.
Soyombo who is the only African on the International Journalist Award of the Year 2020 category, was selected in a rigorous process which involved scrutiny of entries received from over 60 countries.
According to the announcement statement on the website of the One World Media Awards, it states that, “This year we were thrilled to receive entries from over 60 countries and we are delighted to announce the longlists across all 15 categories for this year’s awards!
“The final three nominees in each category will be announced later this month, and the winners will be presented at the online awards ceremony on Thursday 18 June 2020,” it added.
A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Soyombo who happily shared information about the development on his Facebook timeline, expressed his gratitude to Ruona J. Meyer, a BBC Africa journalist, who encouraged him to apply for the awards.
“Happy to announce that I am the only African of 10 journalists worldwide to make the longlist for One World Media Award’s International Journalist of the Year 2020.
“I wasn’t planning to apply but Ruona J. Meyer pushed me into it. Thank you, Ruona!” he wrote.
For more than three decade, One World Media has worked with partners in the UK and internationally to support international journalism; promoting media coverage of global issues.
A non-profit organsisation based in London, UK, its mission has been to support strong, vibrant and independent media coverage on developing countries that empowers citizens, promotes justice and creates social impact.
The organisation awards journalists in 15 categories, which include: Children in Conflict Reporting Award; Digital Media Award; Environmental Impact Award; Feature Documentary Award; International Journalist of the Year Award; News Award New Voice Award; Popular Features Award; Print Award Radio and Audio Award; Refugee Reporting Award; Short Film Award; Special Award Student Award; and Television Documentary Award.
An investigative journalist, Soyombo’s reports have aroused discourses on national issues in Nigeria, especially the pervasive corruption that has continued to undermine the development of the nation. One such report was about the corruption in the nation’s correctional facilities and judicial system.
Other journalists who made the same category of the longlists are: Alex Crawford, Sky News; Bel Trew, Independent; Drew Ambrose, Al Jazeera English, Hind Hassan, Vice News; Isobel Yeung, Vice News; John Sudworth, BBC News; Mehdi Hasan, Al Jazeera English; Namak Khoshnaw, BBC Arabic; and Rina Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation.