Nigeria’s Taiwo Adebulu Emerges Winner Of 2020 African Fact-Checking Awards

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On Thursday, Award-winning Nigerian journalist, Taiwo Adebulu, added another feat to his impressive list of achievements after being named the winner of 2020 African fact-checking awards.

Adebulu — a reporter with online newspaper TheCable — won based on his story “FACT CHECK: Nigeria told UN that 7 varsities run strictly on renewable energy, but is this true?” which also recieved ratings as the best among 192 entries from 27 countries across the continent.

It had investigated how Nigeria’s Minister of Environment had grossly misinformed the United Nations at its Climate Action Summit in 2019.

Organisers of the competition, Africa Check, In a ceremony that held on Thursday as part of the virtual African Investigative Journalism Conference, said the impressive entries submitted for the 2020 awards show the growing and vibrant practice of fact-checking on the continent.

“In what has been a year like no other, we’ve received the highest number of entries in the history of the African Fact-Checking Awards: 192 entries from 27 countries across Africa,” the organisers said.

“We’ve gone from strength to strength since our inaugural awards in 2014, when we had about 40 entries from 10 countries. This growth can only be a wonderful advertisement for the growing & vibrant practice of fact-checking on the continent.”

 

Adebulu, is an excellent writer who holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Ibadan. In 2017, he won the sustainable development goals (SDGs) category of the Zimeo Excellence in Media awards in Ethiopia.

He is also a recipient of the 2020 BudgIT/Civic Hive media fellowship and was a finalist for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Journalism 2018. His most recent win was the 2020 PwC Media Excellence Awards.

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