[Abuja]–The multi-award winning investigative journalist and former editor of TheCable, Mr. Fisayo Soyombo has joined the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) as Editor.
He made this known via a post on his Facebook timeline on Monday.
The International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, is an independent, nonprofit news agency that seeks to promote transparency and accountability through robust and objective investigative reporting.
The centre was founded by Dayo Aiyetan, who currently serves as the Executive Director. Dayo Aiyetan is a fellow, International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy, NED and more recently, a fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year of the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship.
The Centre’s directors include Alhaji Adegboyega Arulogun, Chairman, Dr. Etim Anim,Mr. Femi Falana,Mr. Fisan Bankale, Mr. Wale Fatade and Lara Owoeye-Wise.
Soyombo, before the appointment, has had a good relationship with the centre as he had earlier revealed in an interview with THE PAGE, that one of his popular investigate work, ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ was funded by ICIR.
According to his post, “Last week, I joined the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) as Editor.
“It was ICIR, founded by Mr. Dayo Aiyetan, that FULLY funded my ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ project last year, and it was that project that defined my career in 2016. So, in a way, joining ICIR means its ‘payback time’; it is in fact a ‘homecoming’ for me. And although the move wasn’t all that straightforward from scratch, it was inevitable, in the end, that this is where I’ve ended up.
“On a personal note, it’s a job that takes me one big step closer to investigative reporting — getting more frequently involved in it myself and also helping my team do the same.
“On an organisational scale, I am under no illusions: there is a lot of work to do here. My dreams for ICIR are massive and only hard, thorough work can bring them to fruition. I am not sure if I will realise them but I am VERY SURE I will try; I will fight.
“My overriding workplace principle hasn’t changed one bit: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might (Eccl 9:10). Only after my work here is done — hopefully after many years — will I look back to see how far this principle has taken all of us!” He added.
In a chat with THE PAGE correspondent, Soyombo expressed his happiness, “I am very happy to be here; to join ICIR is to come home. My career benefited from ICIR in the past and my relationship with my new boss, Mr. Dayo Aiyetan, dates back to my days at TheCable.
“But I can’t revel in this move for too long because there is a lot of work to be done,” he added.
Before this appointment, Soyombo has been the Editor for Harpostrophe Limited, The JobMag, THE WILL,Flair Nigeria, and more recently,TheCable from where he resigned late last year.
Soyombo, one of the most decorated young investigative journalists in Nigeria, has a long list of awards to his name, few of which include: Winner, Hans Verploeg Newcomer of the Year category of the 2016 Free Press awards, The Hague, Netherlands; Winner, Journalist of the Year (Business and Economy Reporting) in the PricewaterhouseCoopers 2016 Awards, Lagos, Nigeria; Winner, Zimeo Excellence in Journalism Awards by African Media Initiative, Nairobi, Kenya; Finalist, Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism; and Winner, Investigative Journalist of the Year, 2016 Wole Soyinka Awards for Investigative Reporting.
Soyombo takes over from Tajudeen Suleiman, another creative and industrious journalist who has countless cerebral investigative reports to his credit.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg