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Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism

Lagos, Nigeria

Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism was awarded $650,000 between 2016 and 2019, including 2 grants in On Nigeria.


2019 • 2 years • On Nigeria

Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is an organization focused on promoting investigative reporting as a tool for achieving accountable governance in Nigeria. WSCIJ began operations in 2005 with a mission to expose corruption, regulatory failures, and human-rights violations through capacity development, rewarding best practices, knowledge creation, research, advocacy, and collaboration with key stakeholders. This renewal helps WSCIJ deepen its investigative reporting on corruption in the education and electricity sectors. It includes two new activities: designing strategic reporting models and modules for education and electricity reporting and conducting detailed monitoring to better understand the subject matter. The award also supports WSCIJ to develop a 13-episode radio show to amplify and improve the reach and impact of investigative stories. The project contributes to strengthening the training and practice of investigative and data-driven journalism, curbing corruption, and promoting accountability.


2016 • 3 years • On Nigeria

Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with social justice programs aimed at exposing corruption, regulatory failures, and human rights abuses with investigative journalism. 

With this award, WSCIJ is piloting a new media initiative, Regulators Monitoring Program (REMOP), to monitor regulatory agencies in the country. REMOP uses media, including investigative journalism, to report on regulators' activities—including successes and failures—to promote proactive disclosure of information, transparency, and accountability.  REMOP is designed to cover all regulatory agencies across the country; the initial pilot is concentrating on regulators in the education and electricity sectors. REMOP strengthens the capacity of practicing and trainee journalists to employ investigative and data-driven journalism and to report on regulators' activities in the education and electricity sectors.

The project contributes to expanding the network of investigative journalists and promoting the culture of investigative work in Nigeria's media. WSCIJ is coordinating with other Foundation grantees to implement the project. 

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