The Courtroom cofounder, Tijani Mayowa, placed second at the 2019 African Fact-Checking Awards, held in Wits University, Johannesburg, during the African Investigative Journalism Conference on October 29.
Mayowa scooped this prize for his piece that debunked the claim by Nigeria’s minister of labour, Chris Ngige, that Nigeria has “more than enough” physicians to meet the needs of its nearly 200 million citizens.
Mayowa placed second behind his fellow compatriot, Odinaka Anudu of Business Day newspaper.
His entry stood out from more than 153 entries from more than 20 countries all across the continent – from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Senegal to Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
For his exploit, he got plaque and a sum of $1,000.
Tijani Mayowa and Osho Samuel conceived the idea of the Courtroom in 2015. He graduated from the University of Ibadan with a degree in Food Technology.
He has since then bagged a Master’s honour in Media Practice and for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex, UK, where he finished with a distinction.
Mayowa is the current business and development editor of TheCable newspaper and a fact-checking journalist with AFP News Agency.