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Wole Soyinka Centre to hold annual media lecture

The 14th edition of the Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series tagged ‘Can democracy work without a strong sub-national media?’ is scheduled to hold on Wednesday 13 July, 2022.

The annual lecture will hold as a webinar by 2pm (WAT).

Solacebase reports that the lecture will serve as the public launch of the centre Collaborative Media project, under which it support 26 partner organisations to execute investigative stories at the grassroots level, unmask institutional and regulatory failures at the sub-national levels in Nigeria and the private sectors, and pay attention to under-reported issues, places, and people.

A statement issued by the centre said Chiedo Nwankwor, Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS) and Kole Shettima, Director, MacArthur Foundation Africa office, will lead the conversations.

It said the discussion would hold along with Ibiba Don Pedro, Managing Director, National Point; Haruna Mohammed, Co-publisher, WikkiTimes; ‘Fisayo Soyombo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism and Social Justice; Adaora Onyechere, Executive Director, Gender Strategy Advancement International and Mansur Liman, Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) as panellists at the event to be moderated by Uduak Amimo, broadcaster and executive coach.

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‘’The saturation of media at the centre and the lack of accountability at the state and local government levels, even as the nation heads for the 2023 general elections, informed WSCIJ’s choice of the theme to draw attention to the need for an independent media holding government to account at the sub-national levels towards a vibrant and thriving democracy, ‘’the statement said.

According to the statement, the lecture event will mark the 88th birthday of Wole Soyinka, the grand patron of WSCIJ.

‘’Interested participants may register for the webinar with this link  to join the discussion which will include the media, industry experts, private sector leaders, government ministries and agencies, pressure groups, policy makers, students, members of the diplomatic corps and other stakeholders in the civil society.”

”The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation with social justice programmes aimed at exposing corruption, regulatory failures and human rights abuses with the tool of investigative journalism.”

”The initiative started in 2005 under the name Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award (WSIRA). It operated as an award-giving organisation till 2008 when it took on the name Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).”

”The change in name became necessary to reflect the intention of the coordinators to embrace a more robust line of activities; such that have greater capacity for engendering the appropriate values of investigative journalism in the Nigerian media environment,” the statement added.

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