TheCable Editor Wins African Media Initiative Award

Fisayo Soyombo
Fisayo Soyombo

Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, has been announced as one of the winners of the Zimeo Excellence in Journalism Awards organised by the African Media Initiative, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Soyombo won the Maritime Economy category, for his story: UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: Nigeria’s ‘Customs of corruption, bribery and forgery’ which waspublished in December 2015.

Three other Nigerian journalists were also on the 15-man list of winners which was drawn from more than 700 entries from journalists across Africa.

They are Adedayo Oketola of Punch Newspaper, Hannah Ojo of TheNation Newspaper and Eromo Egbejule of Ventures Africa.

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Soyombo has won several other awards in 2016 including, the Newcomer of the Year — Hans Verploeg Award at the 2016 Free Press awards, which held in The Hague, Netherlands and Journalist of the Year (Business and Economy Reporting) in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Awards.

On Sunday, December 4, he was named second runner-up in the Diamond Awards in the Investigative Journalist of the Year category for the 25th Diamond Awards for Media Excellence, DAME.

Soyombo, is a 2013 recipient of the Deutsche Welle/Orange Magazine Global Fellowship for Young Journalists, contributes opinions to Doha, Qatar-headquartered Al Jazeera and Germany-based TAZ.

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A finalist for the 2015 Thomson Foundation Young Journalist from the Developing World FPA Award, his works have been translated into French, German and Arabic.