Six out of the 16 nominees shortlisted for the Africa Fact-Checking Awards are members and beneficiaries of the programming outputs of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).
The prestigious, annual award is organised by Africa Check and honours African journalists doing work in the still-new field of fact-checking,
This year’s nominations recognised the impact of three of the PTCIJ’s flagship projects: DUBAWA, a fact-checking programme with a web-based fact-checking platform of the same name that delivers fact-checking trainings to newsrooms across Nigeria and has trained about 200 journalists since it was launched in February; UDEME, a social accountability project that is designed to fight corruption and deepen accountability in the budgeting, contracting and implementation of developmental projects in Nigeria; and the Next Gen Project, a catch-them-young program designed to introduce and indoctrinate campus journalists into the journalism profession.
Three of the nominees for this year, the fifth edition of the Africa Fact-Checking Awards, are Abiodun Alade, who works with Daily Trust Newspapers; Oluseyi Awojulugbe with The Cable, and Chikezie Omeje with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting.
They were part of the DUBAWA fact-checking training, a training that is facilitated by seasoned faculty and deep-dives into fact-checking, building a ground-up understanding of the concept from its history to its current location in the practice of journalism.
Adejumo Kabir and Alawode Ibrahim are campus journalists who are also beneficiaries of the PTCIJ’s Next-Gen Program and are part of a corp of campus journalists trained and mentored by the program who are redefining campus journalism in their various schools. The training typically include fact-checking modules to build their proficiency in the practice of fact-checking.
Messrs Kabir and Alawode were nominated for their fact-checking stories published on the DUBAWA website, a site dedicated to publishing multi-sectoral fact-checked claims.
Akintunde Babatunde’s nomination is as a result of his work on the UDEME project: tracking and monitoring capital, constituency and ecological fund projects and excellent use of FOI act to unravel inefficiencies.
Mr Akintunde leads the project as a project officer with the PTCIJ and in the less than one year since the program started has tracked, monitored, and reported on over 500 projects across 10 states in Nigeria.
According to details provided on the Africa-Check website, over 150 entries from more than 20 countries including Ethiopia, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe were received for this year’s awards out of which, 16 nominees have emerged.
Husband allegedly beats wife to death with belt
A man identified as Laiko Osuri, has been arrested for allegedly beating his wife, Beryl Adhiambo Ouma, to death with a belt.
The unfortunate incident happened at their Kahawa Sukari home, Nairobi, Kenya.
According to neighbours who spoke to a local daily, the couple fought a lot but explained that they were the usual “husband and wife quarrels”.
On the fateful day, the deceased reportedly screamed for help for hours but nobody came to her aid.
Her father, Douglas Ouma said that his late daughter, Beryl Adhiambo Ouma, sent him a “Please Call Me” text on Wednesday night. But he tried to reach her, no one came to the phone.
“My daughter sent me a ‘Please call me’ but I was asleep so I did not hear the phone,” he is quoted by the daily.
Mr Osuri would later call him back and inform him that he and Adhiambo had had an argument.
Confirming the details was Ruiru divisional police commander James Ng’etich who noted that the suspect who is already in custody had admitted to assaulting the deceased using a belt.
Wrong Giving Can Make You Poor — Reno Omokri
Reno Omokri in his Nugget on Friday corrected the popular notion that giving can never make you poor.
The ex- aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan said that wrong giving can actually make one poor. Read below…
“It is a lie that no one has become poor by giving. Giving can make you rich, depending on who you give to.
For instance, you can never be poor if you give to God, your parents and the poor.
However, there are very many men who became poor by giving to girlfriends. A man has no obligation to look after his girlfriend.” He wrote.
Giving money to a girl you sleep with makes her more appropriately a prostitute, not a ‘friend’ #RenosNuggets
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 took its sensitization campaign to Bureaux de Change, BDC operators at the Wuse Zone 4 Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The EFCC team, which was led by ADC Aisha Larai Musa, Head, EFCC’s Creative Communications Unit, used the opportunity to warn the BDC operators on the dangerous trend of an influx of fake Dollar notes now in circulation.
Advising the operators to be at alert, Musa, urged them to be cautious because “as the electioneering period peaks, you are now a soft target for money laundering and circulation of fake dollar notes”.
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