ICFJ Knight Fellow Babatunde Akpeji is helping to launch Code for Nigeria to strengthen the storytelling and audience engagement of the news through data journalism and civic innovation in Nigeria as part of ICFJ’s Code for Africa data journalism initiative.
Akpeji is a multimedia journalist with a background in health reporting and building citizen journalist networks throughout Nigeria. Prior to joining the Code for Africa initiative, Akpeji worked as a Fellow to launch a citizen reporting network in the Niger Delta and was part of ICFJ’s Hala Nigeria program, which worked with technologists, journalists and their media organizations to increase citizen engagement with health news.
Before becoming an ICFJ Knight Fellow, Akpeji worked as managing editor of Citizen Confidential, an online news site based in the capital city, Abuja. He also worked as a reporter for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and for Network News 24 (NN24), a news manager for Hot 98.3 FM in Abuja, and a reporter for the health beat for Independent Television (ITV) in Benin City, Nigeria. Throughout his career he has been instrumental at increasing coverage of health issues, including increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS, maternal, child and other health issues.
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.
During his Knight Fellowship, he will organize and expand the Hacks/Hackers community in Nigeria and focus on building capacity for a citizen drones journalism project.