One of Nigeria’s finest investigative Journalists and founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ). Fisayo Soyombo believes that journalism is not just a profession but a calling. To him, journalism is a vital instrument for enhancing and propagating democracy, and serving humanity, particularly the downtrodden.
It is no wonder that he became the first Nigerian journalist to travel the remote villages of Plateau State in order to investigate and report the brutality of years of ethnocentric killings in the state.
He is best known, among other things, for being the undercover journalist who spent five days in a police cell as a suspect and eight as an inmate in Ikoyi Prison to track corruption in Nigeria’s criminal justice system, after which the authorities contemplated arresting him. He was also the journalist who drove the equivalent of a stolen vehicle from Abuja to Lagos, passing through a whopping 86 checkpoints in a journey of over 1,600km that lasted a cumulative 28hours 17minutes.
Soyombo, a former Editor of TheCable, former Editor of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), and the immediate past Managing Editor of SaharaReporters has won multiple awards including; finalist, Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism; winner, Maritime Economy category, African Media Initiative awards; winner, overall prize, Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting; winner, Hans Verploeg Newcomer of the Year category, Free Press Awards, Netherlands; and winner, Journalist of the Year (Business and Economy Reporting), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Journalism Excellence Awards.
Soyombo has also written for TAZ, Journal Du Dimanche, the Daily Mail UK and Africa.