Speakers

Adam Alqali

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Adam Alqali is a development journalist cum founder/editor of the African Newspage (www.africannewspage.net) – a digital newspaper which focuses on reporting development issues in Nigeria and across Africa. African Newspage’s reporting cut across a diverse range of development issues (health, education, governance and access to justice) and in less than 6 months of its existence, the publication has carved a niche for itself as a pioneer web-based newspaper offering in-depth and analytical coverage of a wide range of development issues.

In May 2016, he became a grantee of the Access Nigeria Research Reporting Fund of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) London and investigated acts of diversion and corruption in the distribution of relief materials by relief agencies in north-eastern Nigeria. He was also a 2015 co-grantee of the Nigeria Investigative Reporting Project (NIRP) funded by the Ford Foundation for the Oga Lecturer project, an investigative journalism initiative aimed at exposing sexual harassment by lecturers in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

Earlier In 2014, he was a grantee of the French Institute for Research Africa (IFRA) Nigeria on the Invisible Violence in Rural Nigeria Research Project and also a co-grantee of the Human Rights Abuses in the Context of Insurgent Violence in Northern Nigeria Research Project funded by the Mac Arthur Foundation.

Prior to founding African Newspage, he worked as a freelance journalist for over 5 years across print, online and radio genres of journalism reporting for newspapers, magazines and digital publications. Alqali reported for leading local and international news publications like the Blueprint newspaper and the Johannesburg-based fact-checking news platform africacheck.org.

Blueprint was notable for its exclusive and extensive coverage of the Boko Haram insurrection and his reports for the newspaper cut across the economic implications of the Boko Haram dissent on commercial activities in Kano (which is the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria); the human rights violations of the military-police joint task force (JTF); as well as the chains of intrigues surrounding Nigeria’s war against the revolt.

Alqali is a member of several professional networks and associations including the Communication for Development (C4D) Network and the International Association for Community Development (IACD) UK. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the Bayero University, Kano.