Motunrayo Alaka

Motunrayo Alaka ('20)
Motunrayo Alaka
JSK Journalism Fellow
executive director/CEO, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, Lagos, Nigeria

Motunrayo Alaka is a JSK Journalism Fellow. When selected as a fellow she was executive director/CEO of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism in Nigeria. At the centre, she has enabled the training of more than 700 reporters, and planned, commissioned and implemented 170 reports that have been published across the Nigerian media on issues including girls and women, education, oil and gas, and electricity. She started the Report Women! Programme under which she produced a documentary “Report Women: Untold Stories of Girls and Women in Nigeria” and developed the Female Reporters Leadership Programme, which is prompting conversations around gender issues. She has served on award boards for the UNESCO International Media and Information Literacy Award Committee and the British Broadcasting Corp. Service Trust.

alakamo@stanford.edu

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