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Motunrayo Alaka

Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism
Coordinator
Nigeria
Motunrayo Alaka leads the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism – the pioneer organisation promoting investigative reporting in Nigeria. Motunrayo Alaka is particularly excited about issues of communications development, social entrepreneurship, inclusive governance, gender mainstreaming and value-driven leadership. Motunrayo Alaka led the inauguration of the Nigerian Network for Investigative Journalism in 2011. She has developed programmes, strategies, curriculums and harnessed resources in people, competences and funds in the last 10 years to directly train over 730 reporters; mentor at least 86, and influence the publication of about 170 human-angle reports across the Nigerian media on issues about girls and women, education, oil and gas, and electricity. A passion for media excellence has also seen her initiate media monitoring on various issues. Motunrayo Alaka was instrumental to the creation of the Report Women programme and its Female Reporters Leadership leg that has triggered discourses around gender issues in newsrooms. She produced a documentary – Report Women: Untold Stories of Girls and Women in Nigeria which is available online. She serves as resource person for various organisations on research, communications, governance and development strategy.