ICFJ Knight Fellow Babatunde Akpeji is organizing and expanding the Hacks/Hackers community in Nigeria and also building capacity for a citizen drones journalism project. Babatunde is part of the Hala Nigeria team which worked with technologists, journalists and their media organisations to increase citizen engagement with health news. He has built a network of citizen journalists that cover health in Nigeria’s Delta region, an area rich in resources but wracked by severe poverty. He is a multimedia journalist with a background in health reporting in Nigeria.
Prior to becoming a Knight International Journalism Fellow, he was managing editor of Citizen Confidential, an online news site based in the capital city, Abuja. He also has worked as a reporter for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and for Network News 24 (NN24). As news manager for Hot 98.3 FM in Abuja, he was instrumental in setting up the station’s health desk to increase coverage of HIV/AIDS, maternal, child and other health issues. Prior to that, he reported the health beat for Independent Television (ITV) in Benin City, Nigeria.
Babatunde has served as a media trainer for ICFJ and for BBC Media Action, focusing on thematic and technical training for radio and television producers and reporters. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Mass Communication with a class of distinction from Auchi Polytechnic. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.