My Life in Brief
Musikilu Mojeed, award-winning investigative journalist, is Managing Editor at Nigeria's online newspaper, Premium Times. He was until October 2011 Investigative Editor at Nigeria’s NEXT newspaper where he directed the paper's WikiLeaks coverage.
He is a current John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.
A recent Ford Foundation International Fellow at The City University of New York, he has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking and is one of Africa's most regarded investigative journalists. He is well known for exposing government and corporate corruption in his country.
A winner of several awards, including the FAIR’s Editor’s Courage Award, the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award and Celebrity Media Award, Mojeed was on the board of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters, and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism. He was a finalist in both the 2011 edition of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards and the Kurt Schork Awards, a global journalism competition.
Mojeed studied Mass Communication at the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic and Communication Arts at the University of Uyo, all in Nigeria. His romance with journalism began while in high school where he was president of the school’s press club.
At the polytechnic, where he graduated at the top of his class and won the Josef Akpabio Prize for the best graduating student, Mojeed was features editor of the department’s training newspaper. At Uyo, where he also came tops of his graduating class, he was deputy editor and later editor-in-chief of CAMPUS TIMES, the university’s training newspaper.
After school, Mojeed worked at various times with major newsmagazines and newspapers in Nigeria: THE NEWS/TEMPO, TELL, THE PUNCH and NEXT, where he was investigative editor until October 2011.
Mojeed's journalism is driven by a deep desire to be an advocate for orderliness, transparency, good governance, social change and justice in his immediate community and country.