Call For Entries: Woke Soyinka Award For Investigative Reporting

Call For Entries: Woke Soyinka Award For Investigative Reporting

Deadline: October 23, 2015

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) invites entries from Nigerian reporters for the 10th Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting.

This award rewards outstanding reporters from print, radio, television, online, photography and editorial cartoon categories. The submitted stories must have first been published or broadcast in a Nigerian media between 4th October 2014 and 3rd October 2015.

Award Categories

Print, Radio, Television, Photography, Online & Editorial Cartoon.

Submission Criteria

Print Entries ‐ Newspaper and Magazine
Entrants are required to send the original and a CLEAN Photocopy.

Broadcast Entries ‐ Radio and Television

  • Transcripts should be written in English language.
  • Audio entries should be sent in audio CD format, with accompanying script; video entries must be on VCD, with accompanying script.
  • 2 copies of each entry is required.

Photographic Entries

  • In addition to the broad criteria, photo entries will be scored on quality of investigation, human rights elements, visual interest, power to evoke emotion and quality of technique.
  • Each entry must be well captioned in English. It must come with the original photo and a copy of the published work with clean photocopy of the latter and a CD with the picture(s).

Online Entries

Clearly indicated URL (web link) for the published work is required as print out is unacceptable Entry should be sent online to: [email protected]

Editorial Cartoon

  • Human rights elements, quality of editorial effectiveness or strength of the message, pictorial effect, drawing quality and originality are important here.
  • An original copy of the published work with clean photocopy are required.


The Award is open to any Nigerian professional reporter or team of reporters (full time or freelancers), 18years and above, who have produced a published story whether through print or electronic media (television; radio or online) primarily targeted at and received by a Nigerian audience.

How to Enter

Send entries to:

The Centre Co‐ordinator, WSCIJ
55 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

The submitted package should include:

  • Up‐to‐date curriculum vitae for every reporter who bears the byline of the story with passport photograph(s)
    A brief synopsis of the story/series, picture, or portfolio.

In the synopsis, the applicant is expected to:

  • Explain the background of the project, identifying the issues and key players.
  • Describe what led to the topic or caption, any unusual condition faced in developing the project and whether the investigation had any ramifications.
  • Describe challenges to the content of the story/series that were not reported in the original work Include any relevant background information on submitted work(s).

Synopsis should be in English and a maximum of 400 words. All submissions (apart from the online entry where submission is to be made by email) should be in hard copy for all categories.

For more information, visit  Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism or e-mail [email protected]