Thursday, 10 March 2016

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, The First Female Editor Of Nigeria’s Punch Newspaper Has Been Selected As The Recipient Of The Presidential Precinct’s inaugural Young Leader Award.

U.S Embassy Lagos announced the big news yesterday through their facebook page.

The Presidential Precinct announced the creation of the Young Leader Award in January 2016 to honor the current and expected future contributions of a young, emerging leader to their country or community’s economic, social, political, or cultural development.

Ogunseye first came to the Presidential Precinct as a member of the inaugural 2014 class of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. She was one of 500 emerging leaders selected from over 50,000 applications to participate in the program, which is the flagship effort of the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

As Editor of Punch’s Sunday edition, Ogunseye empowers reporters to produce top-quality articles and helps ensure that Punch’s online platforms are competitive and profitable. Drawing on her experience as a Mandela Washington Fellow, she is a passionate advocate for young people and gives motivational speeches in Nigeria and abroad. Ogunseye was named a winner of the Knight 

International Journalism Award for her outstanding investigative reporting in Nigeria. This award, from the International Center for Journalists, recognizes outstanding news coverage that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world. Since her recognition from the ICFJ, Ogunseye has also been elected to the board of the World Editors Forum, a global network of editors and news organizations. She is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

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