• A Deaf Journalist in Nigeria Fights to Advance Disability Rights

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    Deaf activist and journalist, Julius Shemang was frustrated with the lack of coverage of disability issues in mainstream media, In 2006, he started his own newspaper — Kafanchan Times —that covered disability as well as other human life issues. Although he had to put the paper on hiatus due to financial reasons, Julius still advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in Nigeria and to get the mainstream media to cover their issues, particularly regarding the passage of a disability rights law.

  • A Deaf Journalist in Nigeria Fights to Advance Disability Rights

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    People with disabilities in Kaduna State in Nigeria took to the streets in May to protest a proposed law banning street begging and hawking. The administration of governor Nasir el-Rufai said that the goal was to keep children in school rather than begging in the street and to enhance security after a street bombing that left 25 dead and others injured.

  • “By telling stories I can create change.”

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    (This story was originally posted on Medium.)

    Journalist Ameto Akpe was working on a story about a Nigerian businessman who had partnered with a group of Americans to build six oil refineries in Nigeria. Akpe investigated the Nigerian company’s office and found out it was a bogus operation. The American company was also not listed anywhere and calls to their “parent company” in New York were never returned.

  • Environmental Journalism Organizations Work on Innovative Reporting Projects, Supported by Grants from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) has selected the five latest winners of its annual small grants program. The five recipients – which this year hail from Paraguay, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Mongolia, and Pakistan – comprise partners both old and new, and will contribute to existing EJN projects while expanding the network’s global presence through the development of regional networks of their own.

    The five selected programs are as follows:

  • Ameto Akpe Named 2013 Persephone Miel Fellow

    Ameto Akpe Named 2013 Persephone Miel Fellow
    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    (The Persephone Miel Fellowship set up by Internews and the Pulitzer Center is featured in this blog post.)

    The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is pleased to announce the 2013 Persephone Miel Fellowship winner: Ameto Akpe.

  • Partner Profile: iHub

    Man talks on a phone in a radio studio
    Monday, April 30, 2012

    In Kenya, young technologists and innovators have created a unique space for collaboration and incubation at iHub, a community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. iHub members utilize the workspace itself, with high-speed internet connections, as well as mentorship opportunities and connections to potential investors.

  • In Africa, There’s an App for That

    A young girl holds a red card against human trafficking
    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Making your Android phone behave like a mobile phone tower? There’s an app for that, in Nigeria.

    Tapping into an SMS network to report human trafficking in rural areas? There’s an app for that, in Ghana.

    Internews launched a “Small Innovation Grants” competition in July, designed to identify cutting-edge, high-risk but feasible technology solutions for some of the most serious problems facing isolated and vulnerable communities in Africa.  The call for proposals generated nearly 400 applications from Cameroon to Zambia, to address everything from tracking market prices to denouncing electrical shortages.

  • Does Lime Juice Prevent AIDS? "Princess Chi" Dispels HIV Myths on Air in Nigeria

    Chinyere interviews a woman
    Thursday, July 31, 2008

    A radio talk show host at HOT-FM in Abuja devoted a recent program to dispelling myths about AIDS, such as the belief that women can use lime juice after sex to protect themselves from getting AIDS.

    Uzomba Chinyere Joy, who is known to her listeners as “Princess Chi,” hosts two talk shows, one on emotional issues, Evening Showers, and a health program called Healthy Living.

  • Rosemary Ejirika's Radio Clinic

    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Rosemary Ejirika, a Nigerian talk show producer, is responsible for two weekly radio programs, one covering general health issues and one covering HIV/AIDS, for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. FRCN is the only radio station that is broadcast nationally, with at least 40 million listeners.