Ijeoma Nwogwugwu, Stella Din Jacob, and Kadaria Ahmed are at the top of WiJAfrica’s list of “Most Powerful Women in Journalism” in Nigeria for 2021.
The list was created in collaboration with numerous industry watchers, publishers, and journalism educators, according to WiJAfrica, a global meeting of top women in the media.
“The impact of her work on national affairs in the past year, influence in the media industry in the past year, efforts in holding leaders to account in the past year, and contribution to advancing social and political consciousness among Nigerian youth in the past year,” according to the organization.
For the second year in a row, Arise TV MD Nwogwugwu has been crowned Nigeria’s most powerful female journalist.
WiJAfrica emphasized her role in the #EndSARS demonstration in October 2020, which brought the country to a halt.
“In the year 2020, Nwogwugwu’s Arise News is the unchallenged champion of #endsars reporting.
She was one of only a few media executives who saw the emerging movement of young people against police brutality as a global campaign for change, according to the organization.
“She rallied her organization to provide uninterrupted coverage of history in the making, as most major cities in Nigeria were at a standstill.
“With its digital newsgathering producing tens of millions of views and comments from young Nigerians becoming politically conscious for the first time, Arise News went from a middle-of-the-road player to a news juggernaut.
“On the one side, Nwogwugwu offers to journalism an unusual but not impossible combination of traditional journalistic lineage and great appeal to generation Z on the other.”
This year, Jacob, the director of news at TVC, climbed four spots to become Nigeria’s second most powerful female journalist.
“After the station was looted and set burned by marauding crowds in the aftermath of the Lekki Tollgate shooting last year, Jacob’s leadership as Director of News at TVC was considered to have suffered some serious setback,” WiJAfrica said.
“However, she disproved her critics by returning to the airwaves within 72 hours, utilizing a makeshift studio and continuing to broadcast from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Hundreds of jobs in the news division were preserved as a result of this exceptional achievement, and Nigerians continued to get crucial news and information during the tumultuous period following the #endsars protests.”
Kadaria Ahmed, who is ranked third, has been hailed as “one of Nigeria’s most remarkable woman journalists who is never hesitant to hold politicians accountable.”
“She frequently takes unpopular stances online and in various fora, debating difficult national topics that most people would prefer avoid,” according to the group.
Other females on the list include:
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Mercy Abang Olusola is a Nigerian actress.
Toyosi Ogunseye T. Momoh Bilkisu Labaran
Ruth Osime is a writer.
Stephanie Busari is a writer who lives in New York City
Betty Irabor is a well-known actress.
Toun Okewale Sonaiya Sonia Irabor
Maupe Ogun Yusuf.
Morayo Afolabi Brown
Tolu Adeleru Balogun