7 Indigenous Journalists Breaking Authentic Nigerian Stories to the World


In 2020, journalists around the world stepped up to bring some understanding amidst all the stressful situations. From protests against police brutality around the world to COVID-19 misinformation, journalists strapped up their boots to make sure truth prevailed.

In the Nigerian context, it is important that local journalists tell local stories, to prevent the kinds of misconstructions we have seen in the past by international news platforms. Each Nigerian story with a Nigerian byline has been a step in the right direction.

The fresh crop of Nigerian journalists cover issues pertaining to contemporary realities; the Music, Technology, LGBTQ issues, Politics, Gender Inequality, Fashion, Culture, Art, etc. They are breaking the Nigerian stories the world needs to know about.

These are seven journalists you should definitely watch, for the scoop on the pertinent Nigerian stories of today.

Tami Makinde

Tami Makinde is a Staff Writer and Head of Social Media at The Native Magazine. Her writings have appeared in platforms such as Vogue, VICE, Medium, The Native, HumAngle, Femme Mag. 

Her work carefully documents the music scene, crafting stories that touch on the culture, and the artists shaping the sounds of tomorrow. She’s also very vocal about women’s’ rights and through her journalism, she brings attention to significant issues hindering the creation of a more balanced world for women.

Fisayo Soyombo

Fisayo Soyombo is a Nigerian editor and investigative journalist who has served as the founding editor of The Cable and Managing Editor of Sahara Reporters in the past.

Soyombo is best known for his inclination to “hard stories” which usually leave his health, and well-being on the line, finding himself face-to-face with elusive authorities. He has earned several awards and nominations on the continental and global stage. In 2020, he won the Kurt Schork Award In International Journalism with his three-part investigation exposing bribery and impunity in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.

Nana-Aisha Salaudeen

Nana-Aisha Salaudeen is a CNN Journalist and multi-platform producer based in Lagos. She covers business and development stories but prioritizes underreported human interest stories due to their ability to reveal the unusual.

In August 2020, she was featured in British Vogue as one of the 50 trailblazers from across the globe. She was also among More Branches’ 20 Trailblazers of 2020. In October 2020, she was awarded The Future Awards Africa Prize for Journalism.

Adedayo Laketu

Adedayo Laketu is a Nigerian journalist and editor based in Lagos, he covers Music, Art, Fashion, and Culture. His writings have appeared in publications such as OkayAfrica, i-D UK, The FADER, HumAngle, and MoreBranches which he co-founded and operates as Editor-In-Chief & Creative Director.

Adedayo’s attention to minute details sets him apart as a careful storyteller. His narration is fluid and his stories are well connected to the pulse of Nigerian youth culture. He carefully carves well-thought questions to facilitate intimate conversations with public figures that uncover their human and professional faces.

Kiki Mordi

Kiki Mordi is a multiple award-winning on-air personality, investigative journalist and filmmaker with seven years of experience in journalism, filmmaking and social activism. She is popularly known for her role in the BBC Africa Eye: Sex for Grades film that amplified the voices of victims of sexual assault in tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Ghana.

Kiki left the University of Benin in 2013 because of sexual harassment by a lecturer, and began her career as a rookie on-air personality in Benin city. Her work in female empowerment and emancipation is inspired by her private experiences. 

Her hardwork hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2019 she was awarded the People Journalism Prize for Africa and was also nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize in Journalism. In 2020 she was awarded the Michael Elliott Award for Documentary and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Vincent Desmond

Vincent Desmond is a writer, consultant and editor living in Nigeria. He is interested in fashion, music, culture, identity and art. A bulk of his reports have appeared in British Vogue, ELLE, PAPER Magazine, Mail & Guardian, NYLON, i-D, VICE, Dazed, AnOther Magazine, MIC, OkayAfrica, Guardian, WePresent and several more.

He was the winner of the TIERS Nigeria Young Trailblazer Award in 2019. In 2020, he was nominated for The Future Award for Leading Conversation and was one of the ten members of the inaugural class of the Nigerian Prize for Diversity and Difference. 

Aanu Adeoye 

Aanu Adeoye is a Rest of World reporting fellow based in Johannesburg who writes about politics, technology, sports, and culture in Africa. Until recently, he was the managing editor at TechCabal, a Nigerian publication covering technology. 

Aanu is currently a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Scholar at Wits Journalism and his work has appeared in the Guardian, Foreign Policy, Mail & Guardian, CNN, Vice, Al-Jazeera and elsewhere. His strength is in writing adept short news stories, writing feature-length pieces to tight deadlines and his wealth of knowledge about global affairs. In 2020, he was nominated for the Future Awards Africa Prize in Journalism. 

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