Project: The Imole Project, a platform connecting Nigerian journalists with vital records and other resources for in-depth reporting.
Musikilu Mojeed learned early how journalism could effect change. In high school, he wrote about teachers taking a shortcut through a fence – an act for which students were punished. The principal took the teachers to task. Mojeed went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communication arts at the University of Uyo. He then he went to work as a reporter in Lagos, where he worked for a series of publications before joining Timbuktu Media Limited in 2008 as deputy enterprise editor. In 2010, while a Ford Foundation International Fellow, he earned a master’s degree in journalism from City University of New York. In 2011 he became managing editor of Premium Times in Abuja. His passion has been uncovering corruption, including bribery of Nigerian leaders by companies wanting to build a gas plant and fraud in the oil sector. That series, for which he and his reporters were threatened, offered bribes and harassed by the police, won him the Editor’s Courage Award from the Forum for African Investigative Reporters.Titles, employers and biography are from the fellowship year.