About us

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation with social justice programmes aimed at exposing corruption, regulatory failures and human rights abuses with the tool of investigative journalism.

The initiative started in 2005 under the name Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award (WSIRA). It operated as an award-giving organisation till 2008 when it took on the name Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ). The change in name became necessary to reflect the intention of the coordinators to embrace a more robust line of activities; such that have greater capacity for engendering the appropriate values of investigative journalism in the Nigerian media environment.


Our mission

To use the tools of investigative and accountability journalism for exposing corruption, regulatory failures and human right violation through capacity development, rewarding best practices, knowledge creation, research, and advocacy and collaboration with key stakeholders

Our Values

  • Integrity – being honest and having strong moral principles (not being perfect)
  • Collaboration – working with actors and players in the media space to achieve more
  • Excellence – quality of being outstanding or extremely good;

Our Vision

A just, inclusive, transparent and accountable Nigeria stimulated by an ethical and sustainable media.

Our Strategy

The WSCIJ carries out its intervention through trainings,
outreaches and resource development.

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Meet our amazing team

Motunrayo Alaka
Motunrayo Alaka

Motunrayo Alaka, WSCIJ’s Executive Director/CEO, has worked in journalism, media innovation, communications, investigative reporting, civil society engagements and social entrepreneurship since 2005. She provides strategic leadership for WSCIJ and its programmes and also manages relationships with the organisation’s stakeholders including partners and funders. Her leadership has enabled capacity development for over 1050 reporters and led the implementation of over 210 reports. Motunrayo is a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow

Adeolu Adekola
Adeolu Adekola

Adeolu Adekola is a Senior Programme Officer with WSCIJ. He has a wealth of experience cutting across Information Technology and Project Management fields. A Computer Engineering graduate, Adeolu also has certificate in Non-profit Leadership Management from Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University. He oversees the day-to-day implementation of projects, towards ensuring objectives are met.

Oluwatoyin Craig-Adeniran

Oluwatoyin Craig-Adeniran has multi-disciplinary background in the public and social space as well as specific work experience in programme and organisational management. A programme Officer with WSCIJ, she holds a Masters’ degree in International and Public Affairs from the University of Lagos and a certificate in Social Sector Management from the Pan-Atlantic University.

Samson Ademola

Samson Ademola, a Programme Officer with WSCIJ, has extensive experience working at the intersection of the media and development. He is a Certified Project Manager with the International Project Management Professionals, IPMP. He implements project monitoring and evaluation procedures, collecting data, keeping track of progress and developing reports on the same, while also contributing to programme design and implementation.

Yakubu Afuye

Yakubu Afuye has over fourteen years’ experience managing data, finance and designing information resources. He serves as the centre’s IT officer. With in-depth knowledge of front-end programming languages, he specialises in WordPress design and development, while also designing and managing website back-end, databases and servers. He leads the design of WSCIJ’s project materials, including infographics and banners.

Hope Nwadiwe

Hope Nwadiwe is an Assistant Programme Officer (administration) with the WSCIJ. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Lagos State University. Hope works with the programme officers to plan and manage project logistics as well as liaise with the centre’s numerous vendors.

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