A graduate of the Mass Communication Department, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko(AAUA), Adesola Ikulajolu and five others have emerged winners of the Journalism Fellowship for Investigative Reporting on Trans Fat.
Other announced winners for the programme organised by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) are: Temitope Bademosi (TVC), Sunday Elom (Orient Daily Newspaper), Dare Akogun (Sobi FM), Felicia Dairo (Premium Times), and Nkoli Omhoudu (AIT).
A statement made available to newsmen by the Executive Director of CAPPA, Akinbode Oluwafemi which was obtained by ECHO MEDIA revealed that the winners will form the second cohort of the fellowship which will kick-start on the 12th of April with a virtual orientation.
The Executive Director revealed that the fellowship will stimulate conversations and deep dive into key issues relating to trans-fat consumption, elimination, and the health of Nigerians.
“The fellowship will also equip the journalists with the necessary skills and access to information to aid their reporting on issues concerning trans fatty acids,” he added.
He further said the winners will receive training on researching and finding resources for an investigative report.”
He said: “The selected winners were judged based on the quality of the presentation of their pitches, the ingenuity of their ideas and the relevance of their pitches to the campaign objectives.”
He, however, said the selected journalists will produce and publish in-depth pieces on trans fat around any trans-fat content in food, trans-fat and wellbeing, industry players, food labelling and regulation and distinguishing trans-fat enhancing cardiovascular diseases and implications of the treatment of such in Nigeria.
According to him, “CAPPA, through the fellowship, aims to build the capacity of the Nigerian media to report on trans fat use, health risk and its regulation from an informed perspective in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommended standards for countries to follow.”
The statement also revealed that the fellowship which is supported by the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) will be geared towards improving the public’s awareness of trans fat and global best practices.
Omosola Friday Oke , popularly know as Honour-Pen, a student of mass communication department with optimistic of serving the nation and world with the use of pen. A poet, relationship consultant and human right activist.