18th Edition Of  The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting 2023 – APPLY NOW

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) has started accepting entries for the 18th Edition Of  The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting  (WSAIR).

18th Edition Of  The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting 
18th Edition Of  The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting

The award invites participation from Nigerian journalists, whether working independently or in teams, and whether employed full-time or freelancing. Their published stories should primarily target a Nigerian audience through the country’s news media.

Continuing its legacy, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) will once again acknowledge outstanding journalism in various genres such as print, online, photojournalism, editorial cartooning, television, and radio. These journalistic works should focus on investigating public and corporate corruption, exposing human rights violations, and shedding light on regulatory abuses in Nigeria.

The stories should possess newsworthiness, investigative depth, and the potential to reveal or prevent covert activities and corruption within both public and private spheres, and they should also contribute to the promotion of human rights.


  • Print
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Photography
  • Online
  • Editorial cartoon

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR) is open to Nigerian professional reporters or teams of reporters, including both full-time and freelance journalists.
  • Eligible entries include published stories in online platforms, print media, or electronic media, with the primary target audience being Nigerian.
  • Participants must be of legal age, which is 18 years or older.
  • The main requirement for eligibility is that the work, whether a single piece or a series on a specific topic, should focus on reporting public or corporate corruption, human rights violations, or failures of regulatory agencies.
  • The submitted story should demonstrate a high level of investigation, with emphasis on its newsworthiness, and potential to expose or prevent covert activities, shed light on corruption in the public sphere, and showcase an understanding of human rights implications. The quality of the presentation is also taken into consideration.
  • The work should have been first published or broadcast in a Nigerian media outlet between October 4th, 2022, and October 3rd, 2023.

Evaluation Criteria

A group of media experts and professionals in the industry will evaluate the submissions using WSCIJ’s thorough award coding and vetting system. The judges will assign scores to the entries based on various criteria, including the quality of investigation, the compelling evidence presented, the incorporation of human rights aspects, adherence to ethical reporting standards, the display of journalistic courage, individual creativity, public interest, the tangible impact of the work, and the overall presentation of the submission.

How To Apply For 18th Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting 2023

The entries that are submitted should consist of:

  • A summary of the story/series (maximum 400 words), along with a picture or portfolio.

In the synopsis, the applicant should:

  • Explain the project’s background, highlighting the issues and key individuals involved.
  • Describe the factors that led to the chosen topic or headline, and any challenges faced during the project’s development. And whether the investigation had any significant consequences.
  • Discuss any obstacles encountered in the content of the story/series that were not addressed in the original work.
  • Attach an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae for every reporter credited with the by-line of the story, including passport photograph(s).
  • Include any pertinent background information related to the submitted work(s).
  • Click here to apply.

Visit the official website for further information.

   Application Deadline

     October 24, 2023, me



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