Meet Amaka Okoye one of our fellows selected from Nigeria for the Young Africa Media Fellowship!
Amaka Okoye is a seasoned journalist who has practiced in and outside of Nigeria. She has degrees in both Journalism and Maritime Administration and Management. She has covered varied beats, from illegal migration, sex trafficking, human angle reports, criminal justice, and documentaries on prisoners at both the maximum and medium Kirikiri correctional centers.
Recently, she covered conflict and crisis extensively, becoming one of the very few female journalists in Nigeria to have covered conflicts from the frontlines. She has covered most of the mass abductions by bandits in the North and has been on the ground in all of the coverage.
She has traveled to most of the crisis regions, even the most volatile; including returning to Chibok recently to document first hand experiences of the returned Chibok Girls, as well as parents still waiting for their daughters 8 years on. Amaka has covered humanitarian crises, including the reality of internally displaced persons as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, now scattered in several camps.
She has travelled to 28 states out of the 36 states in Nigeria with the hope of traveling to all the states pursuing the most uncommon and untold stories.
Amaka is a Fellow of the prestigious Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and an Alumnus of Thomson Reuters Foundation.
She currently works as a West Africa Correspondent for Deutsche Welle (DW).
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Young African Leaders Initiative Network
Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
U.S. Mission to the African Union
Ministry of Information – Ghana
Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation Ghana
National Communications Authority Ghana
National Commission on Culture
U.S. Embassy Ghana
National Youth Authority
Ghana Investment Promotion Centre – GIPC
Diaspora Affairs Office of the President, Ghana
Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies
Bluecrest College, Ghana
Selasie Stephen Asuo