Nigerian Journalist wins 2020 African Fact-Check Award

Taiwo Adebulu, a Nigerian journalist and the winner of the 2020 African Fact-Check Award
By Emeh Joy

The winner of the 2020 African Fact-Check Award is Taiwo Adebulu, a Nigerian journalist.

Adebulu's story, "FACT CHECK: Nigeria told UN that 7 varsities run strictly on renewable energy but is this true" was rated as the best among 192 entries from 27 countries across the continent of Africa.

Adebulu is a reporter with TheCable, an online newspaper. He had investigated how Nigeria's Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmood had given the United Nations wrong information at its Climate Action Summit in 2019.

Organisers of the competition held a ceremony on Thursday as part of the virtual African Investigative Journalism Conference, Africa Check.

During the event, the Fact-Check Award organisers said writers submitted impressive entries which shows that the practice of fact-checking is growing in 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 Africa2, 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 and vibrant practice of fact-checking on the continent", the African Fact-Checking Award organizers added.

Adebulu, the winner of the African Fact-Checking Award, holds a Master's in Communication Arts from the University of Ibadan. He is also a recipient of the 2020 BudgIT/Civic Hive Media Fellowship.

Adebulu was the winner of the Sustainable Development Goals category of the Zimeo Excellence In Media Award in Ethiopia in 2017. He also recently won the 2020 PwC Media Excellence Award.

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