Ejiro Umukoro is a multi-award-winning Investigative Journalist and Social Entrepreneur. Her data-driven investigative report into the rise of female student cult-gangs in Delta State prompted the Delta State Government to declare an emergency educational response to addressing this issue across schools in the state.
She is an Awardee and Fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Reporting Women Leadership Program. Umukoro has served as a Mentor with the ICIR-MacArthur Foundation capacity building program for Journalists and was the Pioneer General Manager of MEGA 89.1FM, Warri.
Since beginning her career in Journalism in 2013 and apart from regular news reportage, Grace has covered stories on the Chibok girls story, Boko Haram, Persons displaced by Boko Haram and banditry in different parts of Nigeria, lead poisoning outbreaks, child sexual abuse, why nomadic girls are forced to abandon education, water scarcity, malnutrition, and stories related to the present effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She is a data and multimedia journalist who never shies away from difficult stories and enjoys researching and reporting on humanitarian issues in Nigeria and hopefully around the continent.
Justina Asishana is a data and investigative journalist passionate about a solutions approach to news reporting. She is based in Edo state, Nigeria and serves as the Niger state Correspondent of The Nation Newspaper (Nigeria).
She has worked with a variety of Nigerian media outlets including the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) and Premium Times Nigeria. An avid fact-checker, Asishana’s work has focused on combating misinformation and fake news in the media. She is a recipient of the Report Women Network fellowship and the African Science Literacy Network fellowship.
Oluwaseun Durojaiye is an investigative reporter for the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR). Over the last four year’s Durojaiye’s work has focused on producing content that holds governments accountable, reporting on among other things, general elections, as well as service delivery.
She has written for leading digital newsrooms in Nigeria, including The Cable, Legit.ng, as well as ICIR.
Verah Okeyo is an award-winning global health reporter from East Africa’s Daily Nation newspaper, published by the media conglomerate Nation Media Group.
While she reports generally on health, her journalism leans more towards reproductive, maternal, and child health, health systems in the developing world, mental health, infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, agriculture, and climate change.
Verah holds an MSC in global media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. Her dissertation—the impact of foundation-funded journalism and the impact of science reporting in Kenya— is an indication of her research interest in the political economy of science journalism and communication in East Africa.
Felista Wangari is a freelance data journalist covering health, science, and gender issues in Kenya. She was drawn to journalism by her passion for social justice and her desire to highlight overlooked issues affecting women and girls. Her reporting projects focus on highlighting critical issues that underlie the numbers presented in data.
Beyond data, her current interests lie in solutions journalism, as well as collaborating with journalists from other countries on stories that highlight common issues that cut across borders.
Mary is passionate about Global Health & Science Journalism. She has a special bias for stories touching on access to health services, governance and social justice, women empowerment & children’s rights and health. Global health is a topic close to her heart.
She has previously worked as a health reporter at KTN News and has been reporting freelance for The Star Newspaper. Mary is a 2018 AJEA first Runner up in Sports reporting – Print and was an International Aids Society (IAS), 2019 Scholar.
Soila Kenya is a freelance data journalist and fact-checker from Nairobi, Kenya. She started her journalism career at Daystar University by being an editor for school publications such as the Involvement Newspaper and Daystar Oracle.
Soila previously worked at Code for Africa, Africa’s largest data journalism and civic tech lab, where she covered stories on the environment and climate change, women and gender, and health/science. She won the 2018 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting award in the print category and was nominated for the Best fact-check in 2018 by AfricaCheck.
Zoe Abu-Baidoo is a Broadcast Journalist with Citi FM/Citi TV, a leading English news station in Accra, Ghana. She joined Citi in 2016 after her national service with Media General (TV3). She’s a news anchor working on various bulletins on TV and radio.
Zoe has a passion for stories that highlight socio-economic development, gender rights, as well as the welfare of the girl child.
Beryl Richter is a broadcast journalist working with JoyNews in Accra, Ghana. She is passionate about reporting on health and social issues, with a focus on women and other marginalized groups in society.
In October 2019, she was a finalist in the West Africa Media Excellence Awards for her documentary on Obstetric fistula earned her the Best Health Reporter, Television Category award at the 24th Ghana Journalists Awards Ceremony (2019).
Emelia is an award-winning journalist and has been the recipient of the Ghana Journalists Association Environmental Journalists of the Year Award, as well as the Kwadwo Baah Wiredu award for best Business and Economic Reporting.
She is a member of the Foundation for Female Photojournalists, as well as the West African Water Sanitation and Hygiene Journalists Network (WASH-JN).
Florence Majani is a multi-award-winning journalist in Tanzania
who specializes in Investigative Journalism and Health
reporting. She has been a journalist for ten years, worked with Mwananchi Communication Ltd, Deutsche Welle (DW) Kiswahili department in German, Daily Nation in Kenya, and as a Pesacheck correspondent from Tanzania.
She has also been attached at an investigative unit
(AmaBhungane) in South Africa and attended an investigative
journalism course in the USA. As a reporter at Mwananchi Communications Ltd, Ms Majani has reported for parliament and statehouse On a number of occasions.
Florence is also passionate about social media management, and has attended the multimedia techniques course at Tallinn University,
Herieth Makweta is a health journalist working with Tanzania’s Mwananchi newspaper, a national paper published in the Swahili language. Her work has received widespread recognition for making health news accessible to Swahili audiences in Tanzania and has led to real-world impacts for citizens and healthcare providers in the country. Her reporting on dismal conditions at the Kinyeto health center in Singidaled to a response by the Tanzania Medical Stores Department which provided medical supplies to the center after a shortage was revealed.
Herieth is a recipient of multiple awards, including the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) Health Reporting Award in the print media category which she has won for three years in a row (2017, 2018 and 2019).
Jenifer is an investigative journalist working with the Guardian and Nipashe newspapers in Tanzania. She is passionate about Women, Environment, health, and community development, and has covered these topics in her award-winning reporting published in both English and Swahili.
She is a Renewable Energy fellow of Hivos East Africa and Nukta. She is also a Women in News (WIN) Leadership Accelerator Program fellow.
Hope Mafaranga is a science journalist and the regional news editor for Uganda’s New Vision Newspaper. Over her 16 year career, she has covered agriculture, environment, health, oil, gas and mining, as well as human rights issues in Uganda.
She holds an honors degree in Communication Graduate from Uganda Pentecostal University in Uganda and an International Diploma in Science Journalism awarded by World Federation of Science Journalists, (Canada).
Flavia Nassaka is a health reporter for the Uganda Radio Network, a news agency that distributes news to over 100 subscribing radio stations and print media houses in Uganda. Her work focuses on scientific research, policy, and the business of healthcare. She previously worked for the East African Business Week and the Independent Magazine, where she specialized in covering health, public policy and politics.
Gillian Nantume is a print and broadcast (TV) journalist working with the Monitor Publications in Uganda. An experienced features writer, Gillian is interested in health reporting, investigative journalism, environmental journalism, and creative writing.
Her main focus as a journalist has been on the plight and successes of women, sexual reproductive health rights for youth and adolescents.