​WIJ 2016, ‘Where is investigative journalism in Nigeria?’, Abike Dabiri challenges journalists


She said despite it being tough, she encouraged female journalists to uphold the ethics of the profession at this year’s Women In Journalism conference.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has challenged female journalists maintain ethics of their profession.

The former member of the House of Representatives and other notable female journalists stressed the need for ethics and professionalism at this year’s Women In Journalism (WIJ) conference in Lagos on July 21, 2016.

The annual conference at Muson centre was themed “Stand Up for Ethics and Excellence”. It was attended by over 60 female journalists.

In the opening speech, Dabiri-Erewa asked “ where is investigative journalism in Nigeria?”

The former NTA journalist said it seemed as though this form of journalism was no longer being practiced and stories were written were poorly research.

She said despite it being tough, she encouraged female journalists to uphold the ethics of the profession.

“ I spent eight years investigating one case, but at the end of the day I felt fulfilled that I sorted the case.”

Meanwhile renowned journalist Bimbo Oloyede called on journalists to be responsible and efficient in the way they carried out their jobs.

“ People need to rely on you and you should make yourself dependable ”, she said.

“ As a journalist and a woman living in a developing country like Nigeria, you can’t afford to just write for the sake of writing .

“ You have to write so that change happens.”

Also present at the conference hosted by Kris Oro were veteran female journalists TW Magazine Publisher and broadcaster Adesuwa Onyenokwe, TV show host, Agatha Amata , Genevieve Magazine publisher Betty Irabor as well as President of the Nigerian Association of Women in Journalism, Mrs Ifeayinwa Omowole , CNN Nigeria bureau chief

Stephanie Busari , Thomson Reuters TV producer Sharon Ogunleye and Tolu Adeleru Balogun .

Dr Doyin Abiola , Amata, Irabor, Dame

Comfort Obi , Oloyede, Omowole, and Mrs Ibim Semenitari, were among those honoured for their work and contributions to journalism at the event.

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