DUBAWA’s Baba Aisha, an herbal concoction investigation, has won the online category of the 2023 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR).
The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) annually rewards, promotes, and encourages best practices in Journalism works from the broad categories of print, radio, television, photo, online, and editorial cartoon.
The investigation by the Nigerian editor of DUBAWA, Kemi Busari, which beat nine other reports shortlisted at the 18th edition of the award, revealed the impact of the herbal concoction on users and how it has spread.
One of the many impacts of the investigation was the raiding of the factory where the National Agency produced the mixture for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Receiving the award at the ceremony on behalf of Mr Busari, a two-time runner-up for the award category, Silas Jonathan, DUBAWA’s Open source Investigation researcher, thanked the award organisers.
He also credited his team members for their collaborative efforts in making the investigation impactful.
Mr Busari, noting the impact of the journalists in the category and the impact of their individual stories, encouraged them to keep the light of investigative journalism.
Mr Jonathan received a plaque on behalf of Mr Busari for his achievement, a brand-new laptop, a cash prize of 300,000 naira, and an all-sponsored international trip.
The judges highlighted the importance of investigative journalism in addressing corruption, human rights abuses, and other issues affecting Nigerians.
The judges concluded by thanking the awardees for their contribution and commended the journalists for their passion, resilience, and the use of innovation to uncover the truth.